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NO. R-102.  Senate concurrent resolution honoring Harold Howrigan.


Offered by:  Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Illuzzi of          Essex-Orleans District, Senator Kittell of Franklin District, Senator Starr of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Giard of Addison District, Senator Leddy of Chittenden District and Senator MacDonald of Orange District.

Offered by:  Representatives Allard of St. Albans Town, Dunsmore of Georgia, Howrigan of Fairfield, LaVoie of Swanton, Branagan of Georgia, Donovan of Burlington, Endres of Milton, Gervais of Enosburg, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, McAllister of Highgate, Parent of St. Albans City, Perry of Richford and Winters of Swanton.

Whereas, Harold Howrigan of Fairfield has dedicated his life to farming as a practitioner, advocate and industry and political leader, and

Whereas, on a family basis, he and his wife, Anne, the 2004 Vermont Mother of the Year award winner, own two Franklin County farms formally organized as H.J. Howrigan & Sons, Inc., with a total of 1,800 acres that encompass a maple sugar operation, cropland, and a 500‑cattle herd, and

Whereas, they are the parents of five children, three sons, Lawrence, K. Michael, and Harold J., who are active participants in the family’s agricultural operations, and daughters Ellen, who farms on Grand Isle, and Bridget, a Connecticut business executive, and they are the proud grandparents of 12 grandchildren, and

Whereas, Harold Howrigan’s many organizational and advocacy roles on behalf of Vermont’s dairy farmers are worthy of special commendation, and

Whereas, he has served as president of the Green Mountain Dairy Farmers Federation of Cooperatives, as a director of the Vermont Dairy Promotion Council, and has been a gubernatorial appointee to both the Vermont Milk Commission and the Governor’s Agricultural Advisory Committee, and

Whereas, Harold Howrigan was instrumental in working for the congressional adoption of the Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact; and, subsequent to its enactment, Governor Dean appointed him to the Vermont Compact Commission, and

Whereas, on a national level, Vermont’s United States Senators have each appointed him to their agricultural advisory committees, and he has chaired the Council of Northeast Farmer Cooperatives and served as a director of Dairy Management, Inc., the United States Dairy Export Council, and the National Milk Producers Federation, and

Whereas, in recognition of his contributions to agriculture at the state and national levels, the Vermont Dairy Industries Association awarded him the John C. Finley Memorial award in 1995, and

Whereas, in recognition of his superb leadership as chair of the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board, Harold Howrigan was presented the 2001 Richard E. Ling award for distinguished service, and

Whereas, Harold Howrigan’s greatest role in the Vermont dairy industry has been his 24‑year membership on the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, Inc.’s board of directors, on which he has served as chair since 1988, and

Whereas, during his years on the board, and in large part on account of his outstanding leadership, the cooperative increased its annual volume to over a billion pounds of fluid milk, expanded its geographic territory to include the state of New York, and acquired the Independent Dairymen’s Association, and 

Whereas, in 2005, Harold Howrigan is retiring from the St. Albans Cooperative’s board of directors in order to devote more time to his own farms and family, and

Whereas, any tribute to Harold Howrigan would be incomplete without noting his service on behalf of the Vermont maple sugar industry, both as a past president of the Franklin County Maple Producers’ Co-op, and as a former director of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, and

Whereas, Harold Howrigan is the youngest son of an amazing clan of brothers and sisters, whose oldest sibling was the late Senator Francis Howrigan, and also includes brothers Robert, Thomas and Raymond, and sisters Mary, Rose, Loretta, Kathleen and Teresa, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Harold Howrigan for his many contributions in support of the Vermont dairy industry, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Harold Howrigan in Fairfield, to the St. Albans Cooperative

Creamery, Inc. in St. Albans, and to the Fairfield Town Clerk with a request that this resolution be displayed in a prominent place in the Fairfield Town Hall.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont