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NO. R-151.  Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom on the occasion of the company’s centennial anniversary.

(S.C.R.28)

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

Whereas, the origins of contemporary telecommunications services can be traced to the local telephone companies around the nation that were established in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in order to provide access to an amazing new invention, which permitted individuals to speak to each other from afar, and

Whereas, on November 30, 1904, the General Assembly adopted Act No. 317, incorporating the Waitsfield and Fayston Telephone Company as a body politic and corporate “for the purpose . . . of acquiring, building, maintaining and operating telephone lines in the county of Washington,” in order to “meet the needs of said company and the wants of the people of said county,” and

Whereas, this historic legislation directed one of the incorporators, Mr. Z. H. McAllister of Waitsfield, to call the first meeting, and

Whereas, during the century since the company’s incorporation, the company, now known as Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, has remained independent, which is an increasing rarity for American telephone companies, and

Whereas, the company had operated under the outstanding ownership of Alton and Eunice Farr and now is operated by Dana and Eleanor Haskin and their family, and

Whereas, the company now offers the latest improvements in residential and commercial telecommunications services, having made a significant infrastructure investment, including the most recent digital switching, fiber optic, and broadband technologies, to more than 21,000 customers in both the Mad River and central Champlain valleys, and

Whereas, Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom’s telecommunications services play a key role in the economic development of the communities that the company serves, and

Whereas, the company’s outstanding corporate citizenship is demonstrated   through its generous support of many worthy community events, and

Whereas, Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom remains dedicated to providing the highest quality telecommunications services to its local communities and to continuing a proud tradition of corporate excellence, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom on the occasion of the company’s centennial anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dana and Eleanor Haskin at Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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