NO. R-110.  Joint resolution honoring Phil Varricchione for his outstanding proprietorship of Longe’s Market in Burlington.

(H.C.R.66)

Offered by:  Representative Donovan of Burlington.

Whereas, Longe’s market in Burlington is a favorite neighborhood gathering place and information exchange center, best known as the Church of What’s Happening Now, and

Whereas, for the past 18 years, Phil Varricchione has served as the incomparable proprietor and master of ceremonies of this wonderful institution which specializes in dispensing tender loving care, and is also referred to as Phil’s Corner Store, and

Whereas, the store’s newspaper collection, encompassing not only the daily and weekly Vermont press but also regional and national papers originating in Boston and New York, is on display waiting to be purchased, and Phil willingly offers his free personal perspective on the day’s events, both locally and internationally, and

Whereas, Phil’s edible inventory of dairy, baked, and other primary grocery items can fulfill a family’s morning breakfast order, which he may personally deliver to your family’s doorstep, and

Whereas, a friendly personalized greeting, adorned with Phil’s special wisdom and wit, is bestowed on neighborhood youngsters in search of a much anticipated afterschool snack, and

Whereas, despite a generous customer credit line featuring sink-or-swim debt, Phil, and his financial advisor and wife Kay, have managed to keep this quintessential community newsroom and refectory open day in and out, and

Whereas, his great employees are among the friendliest folks in town, and

Whereas, Phil and Kay have decided to sell Longe’s which will continue under new ownership and a different trade name, but the truth be told, Phil will be sorely missed in the neighborhood where his daily presence and friendship are warmly appreciated, and

Whereas, few individuals are more truly deserving of the title neighborhood institution than Phil Varricchione, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Phil Varricchione, who for 18 years has operated Longe’s market in an exemplary manner with warmth, friendship, and a caring heart, and wishes his wife Kay and him well in their future endeavors, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Phil Varricchione in Burlington.