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(J.R.H. 111)

Offered by: Representatives Koch of Barre Town, Angell of Randolph, Bjerke of Burlington, Costello of Brattleboro, Fox of Essex, Gray of Barre Town, Kristensen of Guilford, Little of Shelburne, McNamara of Burlington, Nuovo of Middlebury, Poirier of Barre City, Sinnott of Bennington, Towne of Berlin and Valsangiacomo of Barre City.

Whereas, in the State of Vermont, the common woodchuck or Marmota caligata is held in high esteem in certain quarters, and

Whereas, the Vermont native of the human form, also known colloquially as a woodchuck, is held in like regard for his cunning and wile, and

Whereas, Stephen B. Martin, a native of Vermont, is likewise held in high esteem by his brethren and kin, not only for his cunning and wiles, but also for his wisdom and high jurisprudence, and

Whereas, Stephen B. Martin is the last of his kind of Superior Court Judge, having been duly elected by his fellow legislators, and

Whereas, the common woodchuck, through the process of viewing his shadow, attempts to predict the weather and lead us to the warm light of spring, and

Whereas, with his wisdom, insight and good humor, Stephen B. Martin has since 1970 guided all who came before him through the legal process to the light of justice, and

Whereas, these two symbols of a vanishing Vermont, the common woodchuck and Stephen B. Martin, share common appeal, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives and Senate:

That February 2, 1998 be declared Stephen B. Martin Groundhog Day in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Judge Stephen B. Martin.