Lifelong valley resident Vernon Pawloske planted his sugar maple trees 52 years ago from small seedlings approximately a year old. The seedlings arrived from Ottawa Ontario in the spring of 1968 after being carefully harvested and shipped across the country. As maples are not known to thrive in the valley, Pawloske had to carefully tend to the small plants and now has a burst of color high above his home each fall. /ANDREA ARNOLD