His Eyes Are on the Sweet Prize: Paul Webster Still Making Maple at 87
This first appeared in the Herald of Randolph March 21, 2001. Paul Webster, the owner of Webster's Farm Machinery, died April 18, 2008 at age 94.
Paul Webster of Randolph keeps his eye on the gauge of a new automatic draw-off system at his sugarhouse nestled beside Route 12A in Randolph.
At age 87, Webster still vividly remembers his first season of sugaring. The year was 1927, and he was just 14.
"I burned the pan on my father’s rig and had to buy a new one," he said.
"It cost everything I earned that entire season."
Central Vermont sugar makers are finding that this year’s season is starting late. With two feet still in the woods and another foot or two predicted late this week, they are having to work especially hard to produce Vermont’s most famous product.
But nobody doubts that it will be worth it, least of all Paul Webster.