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Highlight for album: FAIRFAX PHOTOS BY CATHY THAYER
FAIRFAX PHOTOS BY CATHY THAYER
Photos From Cathy Thayer - Latest photos show a Hot Air Balloon over BFA area at 7:30 a.m. on October 6, 2004

Last changed on 12/25/08. This album contains 15 items.
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Highlight for album: The Great Falls Of Fairfax
The Great Falls Of Fairfax
Various Photos Of Fairfax Falls

Last changed on 07/16/09. This album contains 25 items.
This album has been viewed 4995 times since 02/15/04.
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Highlight for album: The McMaster Farm House -
The McMaster Farm House -
"I have some photos of the farm of my great, great, great grandfather, Melvin McMasters, who lived in West Fairfax in the early 1800's. His wife was Hannah A. Russell. The photos were taken by my great grandfather in the early 1900's. I would be happy to scan them to you if you like. I would love to know what that area looks like today. I have no address and wouldn't know how to find the farm. I just wonder if the house is still there. My great, great grandfather, Harry J. McMasters was certified to teach in Georgia, VT, in 1854. His wife was Ethelinda Dickinson, born in Underhill in 1847. That's about all I know. Thanks for your website. Sincerely, Lorna Rios Caldwell, Idaho" The 1871 Map does not show a McMasters Homestead that I can find, however when I look at the old 1857 Map of Fairfax, like the one in the Fairfax Town Office, I do find a couple of McMaster Homesteads on the Nichols Road when you take the first left on it coming from Fairfax Village. When you get up to the top and take a right there is one on the right and another on the left. The 1871 Map shows one as then belonging to S. Place

Last changed on 09/30/07. This album contains 14 items.
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Highlight for album: High tech syrup making at Minor's Maple
High tech syrup making at Minor's Maple
Adam Minor & Mike Spaulding take great pride in the age old Vermont tradition of making maple syrup. The Minors hava a state of the art operation. They tap 16,000 of there own trees each year and also purchase sap from other people who have 16,000 taps. To store all of the sap the Minor's have over 17,000 gallons of storage. Sap that comes directly from the tree usually has 2.5% sugar content. At this small concentration it would take a lot more fuel and time to boil off the water to concentrate the sugar into maple syrup. To solve this problem the Minor's use two large reverse osmosis machines, these machines can concentrate the sap to 22% sugar at a rate of 7000 gallons per hour. The heart of the operation is a Dominion Grimm sugaring rig that can produce 110 gallons of syrup and hour while it consumes 30 gallons of oil during that same time. Due to the rapid rate that the boiler makes sap an automatic drawdown system is used to take the finished syrup out of the rig. When the syrup reaches a temperature of 214 degrees F an automatic valve opens and releases the product. The syrup is then piped to one of three filter presses to remove any impurities. Adam tells me that they use three presses because they could never keep up with such volume with one or two presses and clean and replace filters. I was surprised when Mike Spaulding offered me a sample of the sweet stuff... boy was it good. Don't worry, I didn't drink it all, the Minor's produce 13,000 gallons of syrup in an average year. If you are in the market for some great maple syrup, take a drive down Fletcher road. Adam says if there is steam coming out of the sugar house, he would be glad to give you a tour. They also have plenty of Maple Syrup to sell in various sizes.

Last changed on 10/30/07. This album contains 11 items.
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Highlight for album: Governor Douglas Comes To Fairfax For The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Of The Fairfax Green Adult Community
Governor Douglas Comes To Fairfax For The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Of The Fairfax Green Adult Community
Quite a few people showed up on this rainy afternoon as Governor Douglas came to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of The Fairfax Green Adult Community. The Governor arrived around 5 p.m. and met and shook hands with everyone. Even though he was running late he took the time to speak and listen to everyone.

Last changed on 09/30/07. This album contains 49 items.
This album has been viewed 5409 times since 07/19/07.

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