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NO. R-75. JOINT RESOLUTION in honor of retiring Springfield justice of the peace, Caroline G. Aiken.

(J.R.H. 53)

Offered by: Representatives Follett of Springfield, Emmons of Springfield, Obuchowski of Rockingham and Partridge of Windham.

Whereas, while justices of the peace are frequently unknown to their constituents, they play important roles in municipal government, and

Whereas, Caroline G. Aiken was first elected a justice of the peace in Springfield on November 8, 1966, and

Whereas, she served 34 consecutive years in this position from the day she first took the oath of office on February 1, 1967 until February 1, 2001 when she retired, and

Whereas, Caroline G. Aiken considered her public office as a solemn trust bestowed upon her by the town’s electorate, and she always maintained the very highest ethical standards, and

Whereas, as a justice of the peace, she served as a member of the board of civil authority, the board of tax appeals, and the board of abatement, and

Whereas, Caroline G. Aiken had an outstanding attendance record, missing only 23 of 275 municipal meetings during her 34-year tenure, and

Whereas, she especially enjoyed the voting-related aspects of her job, such as standing guard at the ballot box on election day, participating in numerous voter registration drives, counting ballots in the wee hours of the morning before Springfield switched to an electronic voting system, and willingly volunteering to deliver ballots to those voters physically unable to vote in person, and

Whereas, Caroline G. Aiken enjoyed presiding over the joining of new husbands and wives in matrimony, and she performed 70 marriage ceremonies, and

Whereas, in April 2000, she was presented the Vermont State Catholic Daughters of the Americas’ "Unsung Hero Award" for her many years of work on the organization’s behalf, and

Whereas, the director of a local senior center where Caroline G. Aiken regularly volunteers similarly described her as an unsung hero, and

Whereas, she is known as a very youthful, and much admired, senior citizen who, at 80, remains personally active, and still shovels her driveway in the winter and walks to church, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Caroline G. Aiken on her outstanding 34 consecutive years as a Springfield justice of the peace, and sends her best wishes for a happy retirement, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Caroline G. Aiken in Springfield.