NO. R-60.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the town of Worcester on the occasion of its bicentennial observance.

(H.C.R.23)

Offered by:  Representatives Smith of Morrisville and Miller of Elmore.

Offered by:  Senators Cummings of Washington County, Senator Doyle of Washington County and Senator Scott of Washington County.

     Whereas, Worcester was one of the first towns whose municipal boundaries were set forth in the future Washington County when New Hampshire Governor Benning Wentworth granted a charter for the town on June 8, 1763, and

     Whereas, while the town’s outer parameters were established before Vermont was formed, the first persons to settle in Worcester, John Ridlon and George Martin, arrived from Kennebec, Maine in 1797 and laid out the central settlement on Hampshire Hill, and

     Whereas, on March 3, 1803, the Vermont General Assembly formally incorporated the town of Worcester, and

     Whereas, Worcester’s current population of 935 residents encompasses both individuals whose ancestry dates back in the community for many generations and recent arrivals, and

     Whereas, this picturesque town’s borders embrace a varied topography, including productive farms, rugged mountains, clear streams, and green shady forests which are home to a great diversity of animals and which are ideal for hunting, fishing, biking, horseback riding, skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, 4-wheeling, swimming, photographing, or for simply sitting and admiring from one’s own dooryard, and

     Whereas, Worcester is a community of resourceful and creative persons which will be celebrating its bicentennial this year, now therefore be it

     Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

     That the General Assembly congratulates the town of Worcester on the occasion of its bicentennial observance, and be it further

     Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dell Waterhouse’s and Sonya Whitesell’s third and fourth grade classes at the Doty Memorial School in Worcester for presentation to the town at its 200th birthday party.