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NO. R-8. JOINT RESOLUTION celebrating the completion of the Robert H. Gibson River Garden in Brattleboro.

(J.R.H. 1)

Offered by: Representatives Milkey of Brattleboro, Pillsbury of Brattleboro,

Webster of Brattleboro and Obuchowski of Rockingham.

Whereas, in 1999, Building A Better Brattleboro, an organization dedicated to revitalizing Brattleboro, purchased the former Rite-Aid building at the intersection of Main and High Streets, and

Whereas, large glass facades now dramatically accentuate the renovated edificeís appearance, renamed the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, in memory of the Brattleboro native and veteran Vermont Senate Secretary, and

Whereas, the Robert H. Gibson River Gardenís central atrium will serve as an ideal venue for concerts, other community gatherings, and as a place where the public can relax and marvel at the majestic beauty of the Connecticut River and Mount Wantastiquet, and

Whereas, the Robert H. Gibson River Garden is the first step in a major effort to create a new dynamic, and mutually nurturing, relationship between downtown Brattleboro and the Connecticut River, and

Whereas, on Saturday, January 6, 2001, the citizens of Brattleboro will have a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the completion of the Robert H. Gibson River Gardenís construction, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly welcomes the completion of the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, and congratulates Building A Better Brattleboro on its continuing community revitalization initiatives, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Nelle Hanig at Building A Better Brattleboro.