Governor LePage helped to kick off the start Maine’s maple syrup season.this morning the governor tapped a maple tree on the lawn of the Blaine House.He told folks gathered there that Maine produced more than 300-thousand gallons of syrup last year. The governor was joined by Eric Ellis, president of the Maine Maple Producers Association.Ellis says if the weather cooperates this could be a great year for Maine’s maple industry. “The warm up is slow this spring as long as it continues,” says Ellis. “March and April mother nature controls really the next 5 weeks are key to the maple producers. A nice slow warm up will be the key to that.”Wednesday’s event is also a reminder that Maine Maple Sunday is right around the corner. On March 27th more than 70 sugarhouses across the state will hold open houses.