The annual Maple Syrup Festival was in full swing this weekend, where the crowds gathered by the infamous Sugarhouse for a tasty meal of pancakes, an educational trip out to the country and a lot of family-friendly fun. The festival, now in its 21st year, is put on by Mike and Leane Goering on their Sugarbush Farm, a rural piece of property on the eastern outskirts of the Salem where they produce several varieties of maple syrup. Mike head’s up syrup production every season and Leane plans and runs the festival each year. Though it is a well ingrained community tradition now, the first festival came about almost by accident.
The Washington County Chamber of Commerce held their regular monthly meeting on February 23 at St. Vincent Salem Hospital. Manny Alvarez, Vice President of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, welcomed the crowd and conducted the meeting. Marketing Director Anita Bush announced that Weathers Funeral Home and Washington County Artisans and Farmers were among those inducted into the Chamber of Commerce this month. She then reminded the audience that Friday Night on the Square will take place on May 18 this year and that vendor applications are now available at the Chamber’s office. “We had 105 booths at the fall Friday Night on the Square...we’re hoping for more this time.”
For the first time this year, things at the Greenville Town Council’s regular meeting on Feb. 13 remained civil. The council passed two ordinances, one allocating the funds in which the Town Manager Randal Johnes will be paid and another concerning the town’s motor vehicle insurance.
The Eastern High School Starz set the bar for the program in 2011. They won a regional championship in the intermediate pom division and finished third in the state. They also finished third in the Jazz division last year. This year they had even loftier goals heading into last Saturday’s regional competition and they met them.