NO. R-130.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Vermont Standard on the occasion of the newspaper’s sesquicentennial anniversary.

(H.C.R.82)

Offered by:  Representatives Anderson of Woodstock, Adams of Hartland, Chen of Mendon, Reese of Pomfret and Sweaney of Windsor.

Offered by:  Senator Campbell of Windsor County, Senator Dunne of Windsor County and Senator Welch of Windsor County.

Whereas, the Vermont Standard plays an important role in the Woodstock community by providing weekly coverage of local and regional news, entertainment and the arts, sports and the outdoors, school news, town news, and area briefs, and

Whereas, this hometown newspaper offers lively editorial opinion and space for commentary and dialogue with the publication’s readers, and

Whereas, this newspaper has a long‑storied past beginning on April 29, 1853, when the inaugural issue of the “Vermont Temperance Standard,” a newspaper dedicated to ending alcoholic consumption, and now Vermont’s second‑oldest continuously‑published newspaper, was published in Woodstock under the ownership of Louis Pratt Jr. and the editorial direction of

Dr. Thomas E. Powers, and

Whereas, on January 30, 1857, Wilber P. Davis and Luther O. Greene purchased the Standard, dropped the term “Temperance” from the masthead, and published their intention “to combat slavery in the United States,” and

Whereas, after the passing of Luther Greene in 1891, a feisty editor who did not shy away from controversial stands, ownership passed to a partnership consisting of W.H. Brown and W.H. (Bert) Moore, and

Whereas, in 1937, W.H. Moore, having become the sole owner in 1913, concluded his nearly 46 years at the Standard when he sold the paper to Robert H. Matteson whose brief four-year tenure featured the Standard’s only extra edition on October 26, 1938, and

Whereas, Benton Dryden purchased the Standard in 1941, and his much respected editorial leadership continued through 1971 when he sold it to a group of his employees,  and

Whereas, in 1977, Edward J. Bennett, a former New Hampshire legislator and publisher, purchased the paper from the Standard’s employees and began a lively four‑year editorial stewardship, and

Whereas, in 1981, current Vermont Standard publisher Phillip Cabot Camp, whose association with the paper dates to his high school days when he served as the Standard’s first sports editor, assumed the reins of journalistic ownership, and

Whereas, on April 29, 2003, the Vermont Standard will celebrate 150 years of publishing the news for the citizens of Woodstock and surrounding communities, and

Whereas, in celebration of the publication’s sesquicentennial, the Standard is sponsoring a series of commemorative activities, including:  a just‑concluded series of community forums entitled “Woodstock Today and Tomorrow – An Exercise in Community Building” a major artistic event to be held in collaboration with the Woodstock Historical Society; a poster and essay contest in the area’s schools; and the culmination of the celebration, a special commemorative edition to be issued in the fall, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Vermont Standard on the occasion of the newspaper’s sesquicentennial anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Phillip Cabot Camp at the Vermont Standard and Corwin Sharp, Executive Director of the Woodstock Historical Society.