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Photo submitted Evelyn Thorndike is shown stirring her hot maple syrup and a plate of crackers and pickles at the Vallley Historical Society Maple Sugar Party.

SINCLAIRVILLE — The Valley Historical Society gathered at the dining hall of the Sinclairville Fire Hall recently for their annual maple sugaring party. President Larry Barmore welcomed everyone and led the group in the Lord’s Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Barmore. The financial report was presented by Treasurer John Sipos.

The maple syrup first had to be heated to 232 degrees and then cooled to 110 degrees before each person could have a full bowl to stir. Preparing the syrup was Sue Alford, Amy Bly and Linda Lanphear. All were given a bowl full of syrup and told to stir it for about half an hour and then put it on crackers to enjoy. Pickles were provided to take away the sweetness. A memorable moment was enjoyed by all.

The Valley Historical Society serves the entire Cassadaga Valley area and was formed by the late John and Ruth Smith, and Walter Waite and the Reverend John Rough in 1977. The museum located at the corner of Main and Lester streets in the village was bought a year later and is open for visits free of charge from May to September. New members are always welcome.

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