"If people were relying on syrup sales to pay for a tubing system, chances are they didn't make enough money this year to pay for it," he said.
Associated Press writers Wilson Ring in Montpelier, Vt., and George M. Walsh in Albany, N.Y., contributed to this report.
Dinesh Ramde can be reached at dramde(at)ap.org.
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