Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:31 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:31:52 GMT
Vermont State Parks are set to open this weekend. A press release says the Memorial Day holiday, the unofficial start of summer, marks the beginning of the prime season for all 52 Vermont State Parks.More >>
Vermont State Parks are set to open this weekend.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:16 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:16:17 GMT
It's not just you that may be dealing with seasonal allergies. If you have pets, they too may be suffering. According to a local veterinarian, often times, animals will get itchy. Extreme scratching canMore >>
It's not just you that may be dealing with seasonal allergies. If you have pets, they too may be suffering. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:38 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:38:49 GMT
Rescue crews are still searching for people caught in Monday's massive tornado near Oklahoma City. The tornado is estimated to have been at least 2 miles wide. So far Tuesday morning, there have been 51More >>
Rescue crews are still searching for people caught in Monday's massive tornado near Oklahoma City.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:10 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:10:02 GMT
A Florida based company is breaking out the checkbook for Vermonters. The company in trouble is American Debt Counseling. They provide debt reduction programs and credit counseling to consumers. In a recentMore >>
A Florida based company is breaking out the checkbook for Vermonters.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:29 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:29:03 GMT
Now more than a month after the Boston Bombings, Burlington police are giving us a glimpse at their plans and the changes they've made for the Vermont City Marathon on Sunday. Burlington police say, inMore >>
Now more than a month after the Boston Bombings, Burlington police are giving us a glimpse at their plans and the changes they've made for the Vermont City Marathon on Sunday.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:53 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:53:56 GMT
Burlington City Councilor Vince Brennan will be running in the Vermont City Marathon and is also using it as a fundraiser. He has started a online campaign to raise money for the One Fund Boston, whichMore >>
Burlington City Councilor Vince Brennan will be running in the Vermont City Marathon and is also using it as a fundraiser.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:08:20 GMT
On a quiet, Morristown, Vermont street, police say a neighborhood feud went too far. The owner of 80 George Street says he and the people in 75 never got along. "Ever since they moved in, they've justMore >>
We're beginning to learn more about a feud between neighbors that almost turned deadly. Four people have been arrested, two charged with attempted murder.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:12 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:12:36 GMT
He could spend 15 years in prison, for taking a joy ride on a school bus. The man accused of taking the wild ride faced a judge today. The 22 year old from Newport, Adam page pleaded not guilty to allMore >>
He could spend 15 years in prison, for taking a joy ride on a school bus. The man accused of taking the wild ride faced a judge today.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:01 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:01:55 GMT
Call it death with dignity or physician assisted suicide, Monday Vermont became the first state to pass legislation, and the fourth state in total, allowing the hotly debated end of life choice. "I thankMore >>
How hospitals can develop protocols for the new law and whether or not they can in the first place.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:48 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:48:44 GMT
Vermont governor Peter Shumlin signed the so-called "death with dignity bill" into law. But at the end of a long battle Vermonters now have a choice about ending their life given specific circumstances.More >>
There are limitations to using the new patient end of life choice.More >>
WOODBURY, Vt. -
Vermont is iconic for maple syrup, it's a tradition passed down many generations and the proposed changes leave anything but a sweet taste in Kenneth Bushee's mouth.
"Are we going to lower our standards to keep up with the rest of the country? Or are they going to raise their standards to keep up with us? I'd hate to see ours lowered," said Bushee.
Here's what would change: The syrup now known as "Fancy" becomes "Golden Color - Delicate Taste.' ‘Grade A Medium Amber' changed to ‘Amber Color Rich Taste', and ‘Dark Amber' to ‘Dark Color Robust Taste.'
Dave Folino, a sugarer out of Bristol, is torn on the decision, "We'll be able to market better or at least equally with the bigger markets and we need those bigger markets."
But he understands the value of tradition and branding which are two things sugarer Ed Griffith, of Danby, can't let go of, "There's nothing I'd like better than to live in the county that's the only place in the world to produce Vermont fancy syrup."
Which is why he proposed Rutland County be exempt from the law. But Agriculture officials say it's important to stay competitive with the international markets, "In order to compete with Canadian syrup, other states syrup, if you're calling it the same thing than it all comes down to the quality of the product, the flavor and the price," said Henry Marckres, with the Vermont Department of Agriculture.
But he's certain Vermont syrup can beat out the rest when it comes to quality.
If passed the changes are not expected to happen until 2014. The next meeting is tomorrow in Woodstock.
Sugarers Speak Out on Possible Syrup Grade ChangesMore>>