Vermont approves new sugaring licenses on state land

first_imgSource: Vermont F&W The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation has approved three new applications for maple sugaring licenses on state lands. The sugaring sites are located in the Town of Groton on Groton State Forest, in the Town of Stowe on Mt. Mansfield State Forest, and in the Town of Mt. Holly on Okemo State Forest.In May of this year, the department announced that eight new sugaring sites were being made available on state forest and state park land to interested sugar makers. The department received a total of six applications for three of the eight sites by the July 10th deadline.A Maple Advisory Board has been established to advise the commissioner on this new program. The board is composed of department representatives, independent sugar makers, and representatives from UVM Extension, and the Vermont Forests Products Association. The board reviewed all applications received and forwarded its recommendations to department commissioner Jason Gibbs for approval.   Approved applicants include Glenn Goodrich of Cabot, Lewis Coty of Stowe, and Mark Turco of Mt. Holly.“I was really impressed with the qualifications and experience of these sugar makers and look forward to working with them on this new program”, said Commissioner Gibbs.  Over the coming weeks, department staff will work with these sugar makers to delineate the sugarbush and agree on how it will be accessed and managed. “We hope to get much of this work completed in the next couple of weeks so sugar makers will have ample time this fall to get the sugarbush ready for the 2010 sugaring season”, said state lands director Mike Fraysier.License agreements will be developed for each of the approved applicants outlining site-specific conditions and requirements and approved tapping guidelines. License terms will be for a five-year period with the option to renew for two additional five-year periods.License fees will include a standard $50 one-time administrative fee plus an annual fee based on the number of taps in the sugarbush. The per-tap fee will be 25 percent of the average of the previous year’s price per bulk pound of Vermont fancy grade syrup and Vermont commercial grade syrup.  last_img read more

Johnny ‘Cupcakes’ Earle: Strange is good

first_imgBranding guru/innovator Johnny “Cupcakes” Earle has had a multitude of jobs over the years, from selling whoopee cushions to performing magic shows to peddling soda on the beach.Ultimately, he learned an important lesson. “I realized I could make money doing something that made me happy and others happy, too,” Earle said Sunday during the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council Conference in Anaheim, Calif.Earle’s latest venture is an exclusive t-shirt brand, Johnny Cupcakes, that started as a joke but grew to be a multi-million dollar operation. He regularly uses innovative marketing and social media to get hundreds of people to camp outside his mock bakeries, which sell cutting-edge t-shirts instead of cupcakes.“We did this just for fun,” he said, “But word-of-mouth spread like peanut butter and all of a sudden people started asking to buy the t-shirts.”While there’s no obvious connection between t-shirts and credit unions, Earle offers several lessons he has learned that credit union marketers can embrace: continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Do You Remember 2000-2015?

first_imgHere are a few memorable moments that have occurred since the turn of the century.  Some are certainly good, and a few will live in infamy for various reasons.1.  9/10/2000 – Bobby Knight is fired as IU coach.2.  4/5/2010 – Gordon Hayward’s near miss for Butler in the NCAA Tourney.3.  2/5/2012 – Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl year.4,  3/20/13 – Butler joins the Big East5.  7/23/2013 – Alex Rodriguez suspended for a year.6.  7/28/2015 – Brady’s suspension is upheld in court.There were certainly many more sporting events that took place in that period of time.  I chose just a few that have lingered for more than a week or so.  In fact, IU fans are still debating whether IU should have fired Knight 15 years ago.  You can choose which were good and which were bad based on your likes and dislikes.last_img read more

Gold for Jeffrey, Khalil at Senior CASA

first_imgTHERE was a gold rush for Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey and Jason Ray Khalil as the 2019 Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) continued at the Georgetown Club.The duo snapped up gold in the Men’s Doubles competition at the Georgetown Club Squash Courts yesterday.The doubles segment, an inaugural feature of the senior CASA, ensured that Guyana continued to show their dominance on the regional court.The Jeffrey/Khalil combination lost the first set to Barbadian players Khamal Cumberbatch and Shawn Simpson 3-11, but rebounded well to win the remaining games. With limited practice as a unit, the two senior Guyanese flowed well on the court to win 11-8, 11-10.Meanwhile the Women’s pair of Taylor Fernandes and Ashley Khalil lost to their Bajan counterparts, Meagan Best and Amanda Haywood 5-11, 9-11.Strive as they did, they were unable to cope with the fitness of the Bajans – putting up a good fight nonetheless.The tournament continued last evening with the third-place singles playoff which featured the Guyanese pair of Taylor and Mary Fung-a-Fat and the male third-place with saw Richard Chin (Guyana) and Joe Chapman (BVI) clash.Megan Best of Barbados was up against Guyana’s best in Nicolette Fernandes for the female final while Christopher Binnie of Jamaica played Cameron Stafford of the Cayman Islands in the male final.last_img read more

GFA to financially support New Edubiase in Confederations Cup

first_imgPremier league side New Edubiase have received financial boost ahead of their maiden appearance at the CAF Confederations cup this Sunday following the Ghana Football Association’s promise to support the club.The Bekwai based club had earlier considered pulling out of the competition after struggling to raise the needed funds for their campaign.JOY Sports can confirm that New Edubiase will need about 65,000 dollars to host Congolese side Diables Noirs in the first leg.According to the spokesperson of the GFA, Ibrahim Saanie Daara the Executive Committee of the Association has agreed to help Edubiase financially.“New Edubiase met the GFA on Tuesday to find out if the FA could help them because they were struggling to put together their team due to financial difficulties,” he told JOY Sports.“The Emergency Committee has agreed to help the team to enable them participate in the competition but the volume of help rest on the committee who will meet on Friday”. Diables Noirs will arrive in Accra on Wednesday afternoon to play New Edubiase United in the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round qualifier on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium.last_img read more