It’s that time of year again. Mud season? Not quite. No, it’s bragging — uh, tapping — time. The sugar harvest simultaneously evokes nostalgia for the old days, marvel at the wonders of modernization and a fierce fidelity to a tradition which will always require time, patience and, it is hoped, good company.
Shawn McComas, left, brings up another kettle of sap as Joe Duggan and Douglas Cowan stoke up the fire. Jerry Duggan stands by to lend a hand. These boys have tapped several neighborhood maples and conduct their syrup-making operation in the back yard of the Donald Cowan home. The boys have produced more than a gallon and a half of the sweet product. “Sport” accompanied the boys and seemed to be having as much fun as his young masters. A dog adds much to a group of boys whether they are making maple syrup, roaming the fields or throwing a stick in the home door yard. (From the issue of March 5, 1954)