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NO. R-318. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING WILLIAM AND PHYLLIS TABOR ON THEIR 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY AND ON THEIR CAREER AS SUPERB OXEN EXHIBITORS.

(J.R.H. 256)

Offered by: Representative Nitka of Ludlow.

Whereas, Phyllis Stewart Tabor is a native of Wallingford, where she spent her youth, and William Harry Tabor was born in Shrewsbury, grew up in Quechee, and graduated from Vermont Technical College, and

Whereas, on May 17, 1950, William Harry Tabor and Phyllis Stewart were married in Rutland, and for the last 32 years have been residents of Shrewsbury, and

Whereas, during the last half century, they have raised six children, Theresa, Melody, Margo, Dane, Lance and Heidi, have become the grandparents of 14 wonderful grandchildren and most recently, the proud great-grandparents of three great-grandchildren, and

Whereas, over the years, William Tabor has been employed in farming, the wood pulp industry and for 32 years at General Electric, while Phyllis was employed at Metro Mail for nearly 20 years before concluding her primary working career at General Electric, and

Whereas, aside from their busy working lives, raising a wonderful family, and maintaining a farm, for over 30 years, the Tabors have engaged in a very special avocation, raising and displaying oxen, that has brought great joy to thousands of persons in the northeastern United States, and

Whereas, the Tabors have exhibited their oxen at the Tunbridge Fair, the Fryeburg, Maine Fair, and other similar events, and won numerous ribbons in ox pulling competitions, and

Whereas, the oxen have marched in many Vermont parades and are a favorite of the spectators, and

Whereas, the Tabors also visit the Penfield Museum in Ticonderoga, New York where youngsters have thrilled in riding these animals which, for so many decades, were the stalwarts of agricultural production, and

Whereas, the Tabors have derived much pleasure from meeting thousands of individuals along their travel path, many of whom have become long-time friends whose acquaintances are renewed on a regular basis, and

Whereas, as the Tabors pause to joyfully celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, they intend to continue their careers as oxen exhibitors extraordinaire, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is delighted both to extend congratulations to William and Phyllis Tabor as they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, and to recognize them for their 30-plus years of outstanding work in raising and exhibiting prize winning oxen, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to William and Phyllis Tabor in Shrewsbury.