One Vermont maple syrup maker's season isn't so sweet after 140 of his sap-collecting buckets were stolen from maple trees.
Fred Hopkins says the thief or thieves struck twice, dumping out the sap one of the times and making off with the steel buckets -- even though they're not worth much. Police are investigating.
After hearing of the heists, a maple syrup-producing couple offered to lend Hopkins some steel buckets. On Monday, they helped install them. The investigating police officer also chipped in.
Hopkins says the local maple syrup makers association, a maple equipment dealer and another maple syrup maker have also offered help. But he's told them he's all set.
Hopkins makes syrup as a hobby and typically gives much of it away.