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(J.R.H. 150)

Offered by: Representatives Dunne of Hartland, Angell of Randolph, Kainen of Hartford, Kehler of Pomfret and Mallary of Brookfield.

Whereas, Bill Brigham fervently believes that passenger railroad service immensely enhances the quality of life in Vermont, and

Whereas, as an Amtrak station agent, he has enthusiastically implemented this maxim on a daily basis, and

Whereas, Bill Brigham began his professional railroading career on June 28, 1974 when he joined the staff of the then three-year old National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak), as a station agent in Albany, New York, and

Whereas, after outstanding service at both the Albany and Schenectady, NY Amtrak stations, he assumed his first Vermont assignment in Waterbury, and

Whereas, Bill Brigham has subsequently been employed as station agent in Montpelier, and is now at the historic railroad hub of White River Junction, and

Whereas, during his two and one-half decades as an Amtrak station agent, he has earned a reputation for providing outstanding service to the railroad's customers, and

Whereas, passengers who are boarding or disembarking at White River Junction are welcomed with the greatest warmth and courtesy as Bill enthusiastically attends to their traveling requirements while serving as a one-man ambassador for Vermont, and

Whereas, as a founding member of both the Champlain Valley and White River Junction chapters of the National Railroad Historical Society, a member of the board of the Vermont Rail Museum, and as an extraordinary photographer of moving passenger trains, he seeks to record and preserve the glories of passenger railroading in Vermont, and

Whereas, Bill Brigham's crusade to improve Amtrak service in Vermont was exemplified by the countless personal hours that he devoted to assisting the residents of Randolph, his hometown, in winning designation as a regular stop on the Vermonter route, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Bill Brigham on a quarter century of outstanding service as an Amtrak station agent, and salutes his continuing efforts to preserve the heritage and ensure the future of passenger railroading in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bill Brigham at the Amtrak station in White River Junction.