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NO. R-202. JOINT RESOLUTION in memory of Robert P. "Bob" Harrington.

(J.R.H. 146)

Offered by: Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Colvin of Bennington, Freed of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Miller of Shaftsbury, Molloy of Arlington, Palmer of Pownal, Pembroke of Bennington and Rusten of Halifax.

Whereas, Robert P. "Bob" Harrington was a native of Manchester, graduated from Burr and Burton Seminary and attended Norwich University, and

Whereas, in 1958, after honorable service in the United States Air Force, he graduated from the Leland Powers School of Radio, Television and Theatre in Boston, and

Whereas, Bob Harrington then returned to Bennington County and commenced his distinguished broadcasting career at radio station WBTN, and

Whereas, he took great pride in the professional coverage that he provided of Bennington’s municipal government and the Mt. Anthony Union School District, and

Whereas, Bob Harrington regularly attended selectboard and school board meetings, and he always reported on the sessions fairly and without bias, and

Whereas, Bob Harrington’s informative interviews with the community's newsmakers were a regular feature of his broadcasts, and

Whereas, he was affectionately known by all as "the voice of Bennington," and he reported on life in Bennington in a manner that presented conflicting viewpoints but allowed the radio listeners to draw their own conclusions, and

Whereas, in 1998, a combination roast and tribute was held to honor Bob Harrington as he celebrated his 40th anniversary at WBTN, and

Whereas, when Vermont Public Radio purchased WBTN AM and FM in 2000, a loud community outcry was heard when his voice vanished from the airwaves, and

Whereas, Bennington listeners were thrilled when Bob Harrington recently resumed his broadcasts as WBTN-AM took to the airwaves under new ownership, and

Whereas, the residents of Bennington were deeply saddened to learn that Bob Harrington died on May 26, 2001 depriving their community of a very special personality and community information resource, and

Whereas, beyond his broadcasting duties at WBTN, he was actively involved in the civic life of Bennington as a member of many organizations and had served as president of the Bennington Jaycees, Bennington Rotary Club and Bennington Regional Alcohol Council, as treasurer of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters, on the board of directors of the United Counseling Service of Bennington County, and as a long-time member of both the American Legion and the V.F.W., now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere sympathy to the family of Robert P. "Bob" Harrington, including his daughters Michelle, Julie, and Heather, their mother Patricia Harrington, his sons Michael and Matthew and their mother Deborah Macklin, his companion Jane Bleau of Bennington and his five grandchildren, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Patricia Harrington in Bennington, Deborah Macklin in White Creek, New York, and Jane Bleau in Bennington.