Governor Jim Douglas today announced a new partnership with the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association that gives the go-ahead to expand tapping on some state land. The announcement came as the Governor kicked off the 8th annual Maple Open House Weekend at Marcia Maynard and Ken Denton s sugarhouse in Cabot. Maple sugaring is a vital piece of our agricultural and forest products economy, the Governor said. I am very pleased that the state will be able to make this modest contribution to this important industry with an agreement that promotes responsible stewardship of sugarbushes on state land.Under the agreement, the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will license sites that it deems appropriate in state forests and state parks to sugarmakers, who will be required to abide by state land policies and management efforts while operating the sugarbushes. The Department expects to have as many as 11 sites licensed and operational for next season. There are few things we take more seriously than our forests and our well-deserved acclaim for forest products like maple syrup and quality timber, said Jason Gibbs, commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation. This commonsense partnership recognizes this and strengthens the tradition of Vermont s working landscape.Vermont is the largest U.S. producer of maple syrup and approximately 500,000 gallons of 5.5 million pounds of syrup is produced annually, according to the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association. We have a proud tradition of sugarmaking here in Vermont, said Rick Marsh, president of the association. We re excited to be working with the state in taking the next step to promote and protect the Vermont maple syrup brand.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSpa crew did a great job on big stormA quick letter to recognize the excellent job Saratoga Springs did clearing our streets from the sizeable two-day snowstorm earlier this month.Not only were most of the streets plowed, but Broadway and downtown were cleared in time for our Victorian Street Walk, which attracted a reported 25,000.To plow our large city so quickly, it took an experienced department with excellent leadership, a proven plan, sufficient equipment and hard work by the city crews working long hours overnights.Richard SellersSaratoga Springs Flushing is the least of Trump’s worriesDonald J. Trump has announced his latest concern, the deregulation of American toilets.He claims that Americans are flushing their toilets too often, and this in turn results in a shortage of water for washing your hands.He has ignored serious infrastructure repairs and updates in many areas of the country. The concern of seepage from underground ancient and rotting pipes, which might affect drinking water, is not there.He has denied climate change, even if there is abundant scientific proof to the contrary.Melting glaciers causing rising oceans, rampant wildfires and hurricanes resulting in human losses and hundreds of homes are just phenomena.He refuses to acknowledge the need for gun regulation, neither in the vetting process nor in being able to purchase military-type automatic rifles. The violence continues too frequently, most recently at a U.S. Naval base in Florida by a Saudi nationalist. The president offers “thoughts and prayers” until the next mass shooting.The situation at the southern border is a monumental disgrace where asylum seekers are being treated like animals, in some cases worse than animals. Another young man died last week. But never fear, now Jared Kushner is in charge.Now that the national debt has reached $21 trillion and still rising. We the people as law abiding citizens must prove our loyalty by not flushing our toilets so often.Jane ReisengerSchenectadyMust do better than tributes to racismWhile driving around Schenectady I saw a Confederate battle flag hanging on a porch.In response to this provocation, I’d like to praise the New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) for supporting and building the statue “Rumors of War.”This statue was recently on view in New York City and now is prominently displayed at the VMFA near, but not on, Richmond, Virginia’s, famous Monument Avenue. I spent my formative years near Richmond, where I learned that Monument Avenue was created to “honor heroes of the Confederacy.” As I learned about the Confederacy, it became clear that “Monument Avenue” is simply a monument to a beastly culture and the men who killed tens of thousands of American troops to preserve a society dependent upon the practices of kidnapping, owning people, separating families, selling children, rape and torture, to name just a few. Noting this, I do believe “Rumors of War” would be a bit better if it was forged from the melted statues of the racist traitors currently standing along Monument Avenue in Richmond. And to the New Yorkers sporting the Confederate battle flag on porches, vehicles and flag poles, I share Wiley’s response to the statues of traitors, murderers, and racists along Monument Avenue, “We can do better.”Chuck PiotrowskiNiskayunaEllen audience a bit too giddy over giftsI sat down with a cup of coffee the other day and settled in to watch the 5 p.m. local news on Channel 6. I turned on the TV, a bit early, around 4:50 p.m. Well the Ellen DeGeneres show was on with Ellen and some model dancing around telling the studio screaming, jumping women in the audience that they all were going to get free this and free that.What I find so amazing is that the women in the audience behaved like little children on Christmas morning getting presents from their parents. My question is why would they behave and belittle themselves for a free toaster or whatever. Have they no pride? There, that being said, let the flogging begin.Rick SplawnikAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the proposal for setting up of a Centre for Disability Sports at Gwalior.To be registered under the Societies Registration Act, the proposed Centre will entail an estimated cost of Rs 170.99 crore and be completed in five years, an official release said.The improved sports infrastructure created by this Centre will ensure effective participation of persons with disabilities in sports activities and also enable them to compete at national and international levels, it said.Setting up of the Centre will develop a sense of belonging in persons with disabilities to facilitate their integration in society, it added. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWS