NO. R-73. House concurrent resolution expressing condolences to and support for the businesses destroyed in the Depatie-Bongiorno Block fire in Enosburg Falls.
Offered by: Representative Gervais of Enosburg.
Offered by: Senator Collins of Franklin District and Senator Kittell of Franklin District.
Whereas, the historic Depatie-Bongiorno Block in downtown Enosburg Falls has served as the village’s commercial center for many decades, and
Whereas, the Depatie-Bongiorno Block was the home of many of Enosburg Falls’ leading retail establishments, all of which were locally owned businesses, including Leigh Meridiths, owned by Rhonda Greenway, Halvy’s Cafe, owned by Bob and Jane Boutin, Depaties, owned by Steve and Linda and Kevin Depatie, Precious Things, owned by Sandra, Raymond, and Chris Ferland, and Modern Furniture, owned by Greg Abbott, and
Whereas, on Wednesday morning, February 2, 2005, the historic Depatie‑Bongiorno block burst into flames, and
Whereas, the local fire department, and those from many nearby communities, responded quickly and professionally, and
Whereas, although no deaths or serious injuries resulted from this enormous blaze, each of the block’s businesses was destroyed in its entirety, and
Whereas, the initial property damage is estimated at $1 million, and
Whereas, each of these businesses has played an important role in the economic life of Enosburg Falls, and their absence, even on a temporary basis, will be missed, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly expresses its condolences to and support for the commercial establishments destroyed in the Depatie-Bongiorno Block fire on February 2, 2005, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the owners of each business named in this resolution.
The Vermont General Assembly
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