Local couple honoured by maple industry

Andrew Wagstaff
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Avard and Jean Bentley were recently recognized by the Maple Producers' Association of Nova Scotia for their 30 years in the business.

WESTCHESTER STATION – Despite their 30 years in the maple business and ongoing commitment to the local industry, Avard and Jean Bentley did not expected to receive any special recognition for their efforts.

Yet that is exactly what happened when the couple was honoured by the Maple Producers’ Association of Nova Scotia at its annual general meeting in Bible Hill on Jan. 22.

“We were really surprised,” said Mrs. Bentley. “It was a total shock. We were very humbled, but it was nice.”

The Bentleys’ involvement with the maple industry spans more than three decades, after the sugar camp was built on Westchester Mountain in 1978. The pipelines was installed in 1980 and the first boil took place in the spring of 1981.

(For the full story, see the Feb. 12 issue of The Citizen)

Organizations: Maple Producers, Association of Nova Scotia, The Citizen

Geographic location: Bible Hill, Westchester Mountain

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