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NO. R-231. JOINT RESOLUTION HONORING ERNEST LEE EARLE FOR HIS MANY YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE IN THE TOWN OF EDEN.

(J.R.H. 182)

Offered by: Representative Woodward of Johnson.

Whereas, a young lad named Ernest Lee Earle was born on December 21, 1914 to Joseph Orlando Earle and Grace Bello Jones in the town of Eden, Vermont, and

Whereas, Ernest attended schools in Eden and graduated from Johnson High School on June 10,1932, and

Whereas, Ernest married Evelyn Dorothy Ryan on June 22, 1940, and

Whereas, together, Ernest and Evelyn raised their sons, Ernest "Stub" and Harold in that same town of Eden, and

Whereas, they instilled in their sons a great respect for the land and the values of family and citizenship, and

Whereas, Ernest served the Town of Eden as town auditor from 1947 to 1952, and

Whereas, he then served the Town of Eden as a selectman from 1953 to 1954, and

Whereas, he later served the Town of Eden as Lister from 1965 to the present, and

Whereas, at the same time, he served the Town of Eden as Fence Viewer from 1981 to 1999, and

Whereas, in 1986, the Annual Town Report of Eden was dedicated to Ernest for his many years of municipal public service, and

Whereas, in 1999, Ernest and Evelyn were joint recipients of the Haven Bullard Award, given to a resident of Eden who is community oriented and unselfishly serves the community, and

Whereas, Ernest Lee Earle was featured in a Burlington Free Press article written by Brigitte Ruthman, entitled "Yup, He's the Real Thing," detailing the confusion over his close resemblance to Santa Claus, and

Whereas, he was also featured, along with his son "Stub," in the Bicentennial Project on Lamoille County, produced by WCAX, and

Whereas, the Town of Eden will be ever grateful for his many years of wisdom, patience and guidance, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly wishes to thank Ernest Lee Earle for his commitment to the Town of Eden and for his many years of service, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Eden Selectboard.