RICHFORD – The Board of Directors of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association (VMSMA) presented the annual Maple Awards and announced Glenn and Ruth Goodrich of Cabot as winners in their first annual Maple Contest at their annual meeting held on Saturday, June 24, at Vermont Technical College.
The Sumner Williams Lifetime Achievement Award went to Glenn Goodrich of Cabot. This award, previously called the “President’s Award” was renamed in January 2000 in memory of Sumner Williams, then assistant director of the UVM Proctor Maple Research Center. Sumner was a sugar maker, a researcher, an educator and a true friend to the maple industry. The Sumner Hill Williams Memorial Cup is presented each year to honor an individual for outstanding service and dedication to the maple industry. For 45 years Glenn has worked on improving quality, designing equipment and improving efficiency. He has mentored many within the maple industry, young and old, assisting them in their operations to increase yield, and has been a long-standing and important educator both within the industry and within the tourism world. He was one of the first sap tubing installers, doing work across the maple region in the country. He has held many county and state positions within maple organizations and is a sought after presenter on a wide variety of maple topics. Glenn works tirelessly to help others with their maple projects, is always uplifting others and always willing to go the extra mile.
Ruth and Glenn Goodrich also won the Vermont Maple Best in Class Award for in the Golden Color with Delicate Taste Syrup category, and also the Best in Show Award for the same syrup.