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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. R-24.  Senate concurrent resolution honoring David “Dave” and Dorothy Stevens of Wells River.

(S.C.R.1)

By Senators Kitchel, Coppenrath and MacDonald,

By Representative Otterman of Topsham,

Whereas, Dave Stevens was born in St. Albans, graduated from Newport High School, and studied at the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, in the midst of the Depression, he left the university, joining the federal Civilian Conservation Corps to assist in the development of state parks  in Vermont and New Hampshire, and

Whereas, after working for Vermont Transit as a technician, Dave Stevens and his wife Dorothy, whom he married in 1940, relocated to Wells River in 1953, operating his wife’s family farm until 1985, and

Whereas, for 37 years, the citizens of Wells River were fortunate to have Dave Stevens serve on the village’s board of trustees, including much of that time as the board’s chair, and

Whereas, Dave Stevens devoted considerable effort to conservation-related issues as a member supervisor and secretary of the White River Conservation District Board, as a representative to the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts, for which he also served as treasurer, and as a member of the state conservation council, and

Whereas, the White River Conservation District presented Dave Stevens an outstanding service award, and

Whereas, Vermont dairy farmers benefited from Dave Stevens’s work as a member of Green Mountain Dairy Promotion where he also served for several years as treasurer, and he was the 1990 recipient of the George D. Aiken Award as Vermont Agriculturalist of the Year, and

Whereas, Dorothy Stevens was born in Newbury in 1916, the town in which the village of Wells River is located, and she graduated from Wells River High School as valedictorian and with honors from the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, she taught at Lamoille Academy in Hyde Park, and, upon returning to Wells River with her husband, Dorothy Stevens became dedicated to improving the local public schools, and

Whereas, for 15 years Dorothy Stevens served on the Wells River School Board, and she was instrumental in the formation of the Blue Mountain Union School District and served as the first chair of its board, and

Whereas, she also served on the executive board of the state school directors association, and, in 1966, Dorothy Stevens received a citation from the Vermont Education Association “for outstanding service to public education,” and

Whereas, Dorothy Stevens’s role in conservation activities included five years’ service as Auxiliary President of the Northeast Region of the National Association of Conservation Districts, and she was the winner of the region’s distinguished service award, and

Whereas, any recognition of Dave and Dorothy Stevens must include mention of their children, Al, who served in the House of Representatives, Philip and Susan, and

Whereas, the community of Wells River is honoring Dave and Dorothy Stevens for their unparalleled community service over half a century, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to join with the citizens of Wells River in honoring Dave and Dorothy Stevens for their exemplary community service, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to David and Dorothy Stevens in Wells River.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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