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(J.R.H. 270)

Offered by: Representatives Partridge of Windham and Obuchowski of Rockingham.

Whereas, Richard Brown’s 40-year long commitment to serving the Bellows Falls community, through both the public and private nonprofit sector, merits much praise, and

Whereas, as an alumnus of Brattleboro High School, Richard Brown has always felt at home in Windham County, and he decided, after completing his U.S. Naval service, to raise his family in Bellows Falls, which he describes as a village of congenial and friendly individuals, and

Whereas, his activities on behalf of the village, and the town of Rockingham, began in 1962 when he served a term on the Rockingham Selectboard, and

Whereas, for a dozen years, Richard Brown was a member of the Bellows Falls Area Development Corporation, and

Whereas, in 1970, when plans were formulated for a new Bellows Falls Union High School, he was an active member of the Advisory Committee, and

Whereas, Richard Brown’s endeavors in the field of youth athletics have included the creation, with his wife Judy, of the Bellows Falls Middle School’s downhill ski program, coaching and acting as an official for the Bellows Falls Recreational Department and Pee Wee Football teams, and assisting in the radio broadcasts of the Bellows Falls Union High School football games, and

Whereas, Richard Brown is an active member of many fraternal and civic organizations, including local units of the Rotary Club which, in 1988, named him a Paul Harris Fellow; the Chamber of Commerce, which awarded him its Man of the Year award in 1983; the Elks, the Masons, the Moose, the American Legion and the Jaycees, of which he was a local charter member in 1961, and

Whereas, a scholarship is given to a local student each year in memory of his wife Judy, and his brave son Terry who sacrificed his life during service as a volunteer fireman at the Star Hotel fire in Bellows Falls, and

Whereas, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, it is most fitting to honor Richard Brown’s long dedication to the improvement of community life in Bellows Falls, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to honor Richard Brown of Bellows Falls for his four decades of outstanding volunteer community service, and to extend to him best wishes on the occasion of his 70th birthday, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Richard Brown of Bellows Falls.