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A warm March sun melts recent snow, but Cabot residents spent this Saturday celebrating running sap, and its tasty by-product -- Vermont Maple Syrup.

Diane Maurice-Brault commented, "Maybe get some maple cotton candy and some ice cream and do the bouncy house look at the crafts."

Maurice-Brault made the trip from Barre to Cabot for the 5th annual MapleFest. They planned to spend most of the day enjoying the event.

"Just something to do in the wintertime, just to get out, and it's a nice beautiful sunny day." adds Maurice-Brault.

Among the offerings were horse drawn cart rides, crafts, sweet snacks, as well as breakfast and lunch.

Proceeds benefit the Cabot Chronicle to help the startup local newspaper with the sticky issue of finances.

Jeannie Johnson of the Cabot Chronicle said Saturday, "We needed it, being free, it's easy to get it out, and into people's hands but being free, it's hard to sustain it. So we started Maplefest as a fundraiser to keep the Chronicle going."

As the organizer, Johnson says they re-invigorated the once defunct paper in 2008.

Drops in revenue had forced other local papers to fold, leaving a void in community communication.

Johnson says it costs 18-thousand dollars a year to run the paper, "My goal is to raise five-thousand, but we've never done it yet."

When asked, "What's the closest you've come?" She replies, "Half."

Johnson says the event has snow-balled over the years, and is confident the fundraiser will make-up more and more of the budget each year. She hopes a community sugar-high will keep the momentum rolling.

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