FERGUSON FALLS A sweltering day in mid-July is an unlikely time to be wolfing down pancakes and sausages and looking at sugar maples, but the 175 persons who visited McEwen’s Pancake Shanty here Saturday thought it was great. They were members of the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association winding up a two- day tour of maple syrup centres in Eastern Ontario. Duncan McArthur of Glengarry said the annual tours are a great idea. “It is a chance to trade ideas with other producers. I’ve picked up a lot of useful ideas.” Bill Langenberg, head of maple syrup research at Kempt-ville College of Agricultural Technology, said this was one of the best attended tours yet. Langenberg said the energy crisis is a big concern to maple syrup producers. Many switched to oil-fired evaporators just in time to be hit hard by rapidly rising oil prices. Some of the smaller ones have gone back to wood-fired evaporators, but that isn’t possible for the big producer.
My dad had a small sugar bush on the right on Hwy 7 just before the big curve, past Montgomery Shores Rd. The next people who bought it cut down all the maples. There are small trees on the property now and a auto repair. So sad the trees are gone.
But the property on the right before Montgomery Shores, has many evergreens that we helped my dad plant through a ministry program that are still standing. If you look the right way, you see the rows.
I remember going…either grade 2 or 3 in Doris Blackburn’s class. My drawing was up on the wall near the door…