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(J.R.H. 271)

Offered by: Representatives Rivero of Milton, Gervais of Enosburg, Heath of Westford and Metzger of Milton.

Whereas, Larry Messier has dedicated his professional career to educating young students in the public schools of Enosburg and Milton, and

Whereas, he is a native Vermonter who spent his youth in the St. Albans area, and

Whereas, in 1961, Larry Messier began his professional career as an elementary school teacher in Enosburg, and

Whereas, after teaching on both the elementary and junior high levels, he was promoted to the principalship at the Enosburg Elementary School, a position in which he continued for 11 years, and

Whereas, word spread regarding Larry Messier’s very successful tenure as the principal of the Enosburg Elementary School, and

Whereas, the school committee in Milton was so impressed with his record as an educational administrator, the board hired Larry Messier to be the new principal at the Milton Elementary School, and

Whereas, after a dozen years as principal of the Milton Elementary School, and 39 years as a public educator, Larry Messier will be retiring at the conclusion of this academic year, and

Whereas, Larry Messier has earned a reputation as a school principal who is devoted to his school, and its students, and is greatly admired in both Enosburg and Milton, and

Whereas, his wonderful sense of humor, and calming personality, enables him to diffuse otherwise tense situations and place persons at ease, and

Whereas, aside from his scholastic duties, Larry Messier was an active member of the local Lions Club and was featured in the Milton Independent in recognition of his establishment of the annual Thanksgiving dinner for the senior center, a project that brought the young and old together in a unique intergenerational endeavor, and

Whereas, he has been happily married to Joyce Barry Messier for 41 years, and they are the parents of two children, Laurie and Randall, now married to Michelle Messier, and the grandparents of four grandchildren, Jordan, Kate, Christopher and Kyle, and

Whereas, Larry Messier will be missed by the teachers and students of Milton Elementary School who have come to rely on his wisdom and good judgment in performing his administrative duties, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to recognize Larry W. Messier, an outstanding teacher and school principal, on the occasion of his retirement, and extends best wishes for many enjoyable years ahead, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Larry Messier at the Milton Elementary School.