July 13, 2013
A Tunkhannock High School student was recently crowned the 2013-14 Endless Mountains Maple Queen. Rachel Phinney, daughter of Lea Ann and Randy Phinney, Meshoppen, was crowned on June 10 by reigning queen Macie Karhnak during the Endless Mountains Maple Syrup Producers Association annual banquet held at the Bonanza Restaurant, Wysox. Phinney gave a presentation on making pure Pennsylvania maple syrup. She also explained the grading system used in the maple industry and gave examples of the different ways maple can be used in a variety of products including maple cream, candy, popcorn, seasoning, vinegar and hot chocolate. Phinney will represent the area’s maple producers when she competes for the title of Pennsylvania Maple Sweetheart at the Pennsylvania State Maple Tour on Sept. 20-21 at the Settlers Inn at Bingham Park, Hawley. From left, are Phinney and Karhnak.