Sugarin’ Off in the 1940s

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It’s early April and the maple sap is starting to flow, which means it’s time for one of Vermont’s most beloved traditions: The Sugaring-Off Party. This recently rediscovered clip from a 16mm film reel in the Middlebury College Archives records one such party held by students in the early 1940s.

Sponsored by the Mountain Club, the annual outing brought sugar-craving undergrads to the college’s own maple grove near the Bread Loaf Inn. Complete with an evaporation hut for processing freshly-tapped sap into syrup, the “sugar camp” boasted 1,100 trees on land bequeathed to the college by Joseph Battell in 1915. Photographs from the 1939 party even made it onto the pages of LIFE Magazine.

Mountain Club Members 1932

Mountain Club Members 1932

After hiking up to the orchard, “Sugarman” Boudreau helped the eager students collected sap and boil it to produce thick maple syrup. Like any good Vermont sugar-makers, the students diligently (and by no means begrudgingly) inspected the results with generous helpings on snow with pickles and doughnuts. Others chose the more exhaustive measure of quality control by vigorously whipping the syrup until it hardened into maple candy.

Anne Saurman of Clearwater, Florida uses an oldtime yoke to carry sugar pails

Anne Saurman of Clearwater, Florida 1948

Join us for Staff and Faculty Skate Night!

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Staff Council invites staff, faculty, and their families to Skate Night! Join Staff Council for an evening of roller skating at Skateland in Essex Junction. Cost is $10 per person and includes skate rental. Food is available for purchase at the snack bar.

Saturday, May 2
4:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
$10 per person
Skateland Vermont

If you think you might attend, we would like to get a rough count for staffing at Skateland.

The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Artist Mark Podwal to Speak at Middlebury

Middlebury Voices in the News: Guggenheim Fellowship, Election Fundamentals, TV Storytelling

Classics Department Celebrates Endowment, Naming

College Mourns Loss of Staff Member

New Summer Course Offers Tour of Vermont Food System

Middlebury Senior Will Use ‘Projects for Peace’ Grant to Spread Design Thinking Among Pakistani Youth

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Schwarzman Scholars–New! Information Session April 23

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Join us for an information session about the new Schwarzman Scholars Program on Thursday, April 23 from 4:30-5:30pm in Library 201. A representative from the program will lead the session.  Schwarzman Scholars, inspired by the Rhodes scholarship, is a program designed to help future leaders meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing them […]

Promotions

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I am so pleased to announce that Zach Schuetz and Brett Wells have been promoted from Computing Specialist 2 to Senior Technology Specialist.  Both Zach and Brett have earned their promotions by demonstrating leadership and initiative, each taking on projects and challenges and finding solutions to ongoing issues that have resulted in improved processes for ITS.  Brett and Zach are outstanding examples of one of ITS’ organizational values:

“3.Teamwork – no room for I don’t need to worry about that, that’s not my job.  Trust and value the team to be accountable for team’s results, not just your own.  Help find solutions to known issues, take the initiative, collaborate with colleagues, reach out to managers if need be but not by throwing colleagues under the bus.  Offer and take advantage of peer review, be open to other’s ideas, share your knowledge – teach.  Value different skills sets. Don’t be afraid to commit to a goal that makes you dependent on your colleagues.”

http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/technology/its

Please join me in congratulating Zach and Brett on their well-deserved promotions.
Lisa Terrier

Do you have a deep connection with Lake Champlain? The Community Sailing Center has several internship opportunities for students!

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The Community Sailing Center is unique. They are a non-profit organization made of dedicated sailors, paddlers and recreation enthusiasts who share a deep passion for Lake Champlain because they live near and recreate on it regularly. They believe everyone deserves to play on, learn from and ultimately take care of Vermont’s greatest natural resource. Check […]

Learn more about why you should consider Peace Corps and come out to an on-campus event next week with a Peace Corps Recruiter!!!

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1. It’s easier than ever In July Peace Corps announced historic changes to its application process. The online  form is doable in under an hour; you can help choose the country you’d like to volunteer in (there are still no guarantees) and what  you’d like to do there; and you’ll hear within a year about that acceptance. […]