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NO. R-281. JOINT RESOLUTION HONORING MIRIAM E. NELSON ON HER 51 YEARS OF EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE AS NORTON TOWN CLERK AND TREASURER.

(J.R.H. 218)

Offered by: Representatives Johnson of Canaan and Peaslee of Guildhall.

Whereas, in 1949, Judge Edward J. Norton suddenly died while he was serving as the Norton Town Clerk and Treasurer, and

Whereas, the Norton Selectboard, recognizing the trust that the town’s citizens had in the Nelson family, designated Judge Nelson’s daughter Miriam E. Nelson to complete her father’s unexpired one-year term, and

Whereas, in 1950, the voters expressed their confidence in Miriam’s performance by electing her to the positions of Town Clerk and Treasurer, and

Whereas, the Norton town office is undoubtedly unique in Vermont as it literally straddles the international border with Canada, has an entrance in each nation, and until a few years ago also housed the Nelson family’s general store, and

Whereas, throughout her public service career, Miriam has strongly relied on the invaluable aid of her sister Ruth, who ably serves as the Assistant Town Clerk, and

Whereas, Miriam E. Nelson holds the distinct honor as Vermont’s longest serving Town Clerk and Town Treasurer and she is among the longest serving in these positions in the state’s history, and

Whereas, she was one of the town clerks profiled in a special story in the Spring 1999 issue of Vermont Life Magazine, and

Whereas, in 1999, on the occasion of her 50th anniversary as Norton Town Clerk and Treasurer, the town report was dedicated in her honor, and

Whereas, when not tending to town matters, Miriam is an active congregant at the Morgan Four Corners Church, and

Whereas, she helped to establish a residential facility for persons with special needs in nearby Dixville, Quebec, and

Whereas, the voters of Norton recently expressed their full confidence in Miriam’s management of the town’s official business when, at the 2000 Norton Town Meeting, she was overwhelmingly reelected to her 51st consecutive term as the municipality’s highly respected and admired Town Clerk and Treasurer, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is delighted to honor Miriam E. Nelson, an extraordinarily dedicated public servant, who has faithfully served the Town of Norton as its esteemed Town Clerk and Treasurer for 51 years, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Norton Town Clerk and Treasurer, Miriam E. Nelson.