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Offered by: Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Cummings of Washington County and Senator Scott of Washington County.

Whereas, following World War II, in increasing numbers, Americans took to the nation's byways and highways for recreational travel, and

Whereas, the touring public required convenient and reasonably priced overnight accommodations that were readily accessible to the main highways, and

Whereas, in response to this new lodging phenomena, the American tourist industry established motels that catered to the needs of family highway travelers, and

Whereas, Stanley and Minnie Sabens, recognizing the economic potential, established Vermont's first motel, the Knoll Motel, on 1015 North Main Street in Barre, in April 1950, and

Whereas, this eight-room facility inaugurated a flourishing motel industry in Vermont where tourism is an essential component for the state's economic vitality, and

Whereas, in 1965, in order to better serve its growing clientele, the Knoll Motel was expanded to 14 rooms, and

Whereas, after this major expansion, the Sabens family, under the direction of Stanley and Minnie Sabens, continued to offer friendly hospitality to the thousands of weary travelers who came to visit its roadside location, and

Whereas, Stanley Sabens II has now assumed the management of his parents' entrepreneurial creation, and

Whereas, in April 2000, the Knoll Motel celebrated a half century of offering outstanding hospitality, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Sabens Family on the occasion of the Knoll Motel's 50th anniversary and wishes this venerable lodging establishment the very best success in the future, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Stanley Sabens II in care of the Knoll Motel in Barre.