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NO. R-42. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 1998 PRESERVATION TRUST OF VERMONT LOCAL STOREKEEPERS AWARD.

(J.R.H. 33)

Offered by: Representatives Angell of Randolph, Mallary of Brookfield, Mackinnon of Sharon, Seibert of Norwich, Randall of Bradford, Dominick of Starksboro, Pembroke of Bennington and Colvin of Bennington.

Whereas, many of Vermont's general stores and local markets are rich in history and tradition, as exemplified by the 1998 Local Storekeeper Award recipients, whose stores average 175 years of business, and

Whereas, local markets provide their communities with important places to meet, greet and exchange information with neighbors and often act as both homes for official town notices and as centers for assistance when help is needed, and

Whereas, local stores are an important part of our Vermont communities, and

Whereas, the storeowners competing for the 1998 awards received the ultimate compliments through the recommendations of their customers, and

Whereas, grants from the Preservation Trust of Vermont will help this year's winners make improvements to their markets, and

Whereas, the Vermont Grocers' Association expresses its appreciation of the Preservation Trust of Vermont and the Vermont Country Store for making these awards possible, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to congratulate Al and Jan Floyd of Floyd's General Store in Randolph Center; Neil Moss, Joan Goodrich, Pat Barr and Rolf Sternberg of Powers Market in North Bennington; Jeffrey and Mary Martin of Martin's Olde Village Store in East Corinth; Catherine and Robert Romeo of the Sharon Trading Post; and Dan and Vaneasa Sterns of the Lincoln General Store for their selection as the 1998 Preservation Trust of Vermont Local Storekeepers Award, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Al and Jan Floyd, Neil Moss, Joan Goodrich, Pat Barr and Rolf Sternberg, Jeffrey and Mary Martin, Catherine and Robert Romeo, and Dan and Vaneasa Sterns.