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NO. R-21.  House concurrent resolution congratulating McGirr’s Nursing home on its 40th anniversary.


Offered by:  Representative Obuchowski of Rockingham, Deen of Westminster, Mrowicki of Putney and Partridge of Windham

Whereas, a nursing home was established in 1926 at 33 Atkinson Street in Bellows Falls, and it was named the Bellows Falls Inn, and

Whereas, this venerable residential care facility has been in continuous operation longer than any other nursing home in Vermont, and

Whereas, on its 40th anniversary, in 1966, Royal and Margaret McGirr purchased the Bellows Falls Inn and renamed it the McGirr Nursing Home, and

Whereas, Royal and Margaret McGirr operated this Bellows Falls nursing home compassionately and competently for many years, and they passed the family tradition to their daughter, Margaret Perry, who has continued the nursing home’s reputation as a Vermont leader in the provision of quality residential care services, and

Whereas, concurrent with her managerial responsibilities at the McGirr Nursing Home, Margaret Perry has broadened her focus to encompass a much younger clientele as the operator of the Hill House Day Care Center located across a common backyard, and

Whereas, she has bridged the generations in a unique fashion by having the youngsters visit regularly the predominantly senior citizen residents at the nursing home, and

Whereas, these intergenerational social gatherings are enjoyed by participants across the age spectrum who anticipate them with much eagerness and excitement, and

Whereas, Margaret Perry is able to offer the nursing home residents the opportunity to live in a more homelike atmosphere than in an acute care facility while she is still meeting all of the residents’ medical needs, and

Whereas, 2006 marked the 40th anniversary of McGirr’s Nursing Home under Margaret Perry’s family’s ownership of this community-based and locally owned enterprise, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates McGirr’s Nursing Home on its 40th anniversary and commends Margaret Perry for her laudable work in bringing Bellows Falls’ youngest and oldest residents together to be an essential part of each other’s lives, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Margaret Perry at McGirr’s Nursing Home in Bellows Falls.  


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont