Maple Weekend regional coordinator to speak at state conference

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Steven Rogers, Maple Weekend region coordinator for Oneida,
Lewis, Jefferson, and Oswego counties will participate in a panel discussion at the 2019 State Maple Conference at the New York
State Fairgrounds in Syracuse in January.

On Saturday, Jan. 5, Rogers will participate on a panel with Western NY Maple Weekend Coordintor Bridget Smith offering tips to help New York producers participate in Maple Weekends, according to an announcement by event organizers.

The 2019 Maple Weekends will be March 23-24 and March 30-31 with events scheduled for across the region at various schools and maple syrup producers, the announcement added.

The annual Maple Weekends provide the public with the opportunity to visit NY maple producers and experience first-hand how real maple syrup and maple confections are made, the announcement said.

Sugarmakers welcome families and visitors of all ages to their farms and forests with a variety of activities from sap boiling demonstrations and sugarbush tours to tasting, children’s activities, and pancake breakfasts, according to the event organizers.

The NNY region also includes the International Maple Museum Centre in Croghan.

A wide variety of pure maple products are available for tasting and purchase.

A free copy of the 2019 Maple Weekends brochure listing sugarhouses, the 5th Annual Sap Run-Walk, and pancake breakfasts in the four-county upstate region will be available at the Cornell Cooperative Extension offices in Lowville, Mexico, Oriskany, and Watertown.

People can also receive a copuy of the 2019 Maple Weekend brochure by mail by sending a self-addressed, stampled, letter-size envelope sent to Steven Rogers, Bear Creek Farm, 5728 US Route 11, Adams, N.Y. 13605.

Rogers, who retired in 2015 after 31 years as a biology teacher with the South Jefferson Central School District, is in his second year as Maple Weekend Region Coordinator for the four-county upstate region.

He has his own maple operation in Pierrepont Manor, organizers said.

To learn more about the New York State Maple Weekends, go online to www.mapleweekend.com.

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