LePage Taps Blaine House Tree, Talks Up Syrup 

Gov. Paul LePage is promoting the state’s maple syrup industry by tapping a maple tree on the lawn of the governor’s mansion.LePage was joined Wednesday by state officials and representatives of the Maine Maple Producers Association for the annual Blaine House ceremonial tree tapping.LePage touted Maine’s syrup industry ahead of Maine Maple Sunday, an annual event where dozens of sugarhouses open their doors to allow the public to view the syrup-making process and taste a few samples.Last year, Maine produced 360,000 gallons of syrup, making it the No. 3 syrup-producing state in the U.S.