Archive - Mar 22, 2012
ORLEANS, VT - It's been a rough year for maple sugaring, according to Rene Desmarais.
He should know. His operation, known as Black Sheep Sugarhouse, produced about half as much syrup as it did last year - 4,530 gallons to last year's 9,013.
He said that's not unusual for the county.
"Most sugarers are doing 25 to 35%," he said. But others, with better equipment, have reached the 50% mark.
The season has been unusually short due to record-breaking warm temperatures.
NORTH TROY â€“ Owners of Appalachian Flooring are not letting a bleak economy prevent them from moving forward. Earlier this year, the Cowansville, QC, company opened a second plant in North Troy.
Workers at the North Troy factory, known as Appalachian Engineered Flooring, produce engineered hardwood for concrete slabs. Workers at the Cowansville plant produce flooring for unfinished plywood.
ORLEANS COUNTY - A combination of record warm weather with sunny skies and a lack of precipitation has led to a fire weather watch alert issued yesterday for northern and central Vermont, according to Chris Bouchard, a meteorologist with the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury.
The unusually small amount of snowfall and warmth from a large high pressure system spanning from Bermuda have brought record breaking warm temperatures five days in a row. The temperatures, which have climbed to near or over 80 degrees for the last several days, are about 30 degrees above normal.
BRIGHTON, VT - An Island Pond man was arrested Thursday after he reportedly put a state trooper in a headlock and choked her until she couldn't breathe.
The trooper, Debra Munson of the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks, was able to break the hold, chase the man down and take him into custody.
Thirty-year-old Adam Verge is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, burglary and unlawful mischief. He was lodged at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today.