Maple Sugaring History and Traditions

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The slow dripping sound of fresh maple sap hitting a tin bucket isn’t heard as often as it once was. Horses pulling wagons of sap buckets and home-made molds for maple candy are also nearly bygone practices. Vermont Edition is reviving some of the old-school traditions of maple sugaring in Vermont and tracing its long history back to the 1600s with Betty Ann Lockhart, author of Maple Sugarin’ in Vermont: A Sweet History.

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Also in the program, Olympic excitement continues this weekend with the opening of Paralympics. Six hundred international athletes with a variety of physical disabilities will compete in Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Sledge Hockey and Wheelchair Curling. We talk with Maggie Burke, a program coordinator from Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, one of six coaches and program leaders selected to participate in the Paralympic Experience Program.

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