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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  52

House concurrent resolution honoring the Wallingford Locker and its owners, Paul and Justin Courcelle

Offered by:  Representatives Fallar of Tinmouth, Acinapura of Brandon, Andrews of Rutland City, Baker of West Rutland, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Courcelle of Rutland City, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Flory of Pittsford, Helm of Castleton, Howard of Rutland City, Komline of Dorset, Malcolm of Pawlet, McCormack of Rutland City, Potter of Clarendon and Sunderland of Rutland Town

Offered by:  Senators Carris, Maynard and Nitka

Whereas, the availability of freshly processed produce benefits the local economy, reduces environmental harm resulting from the transportation of food from thousands of miles away, and serves as a source of community pride, and

Whereas, for over 60 years, the Wallingford Locker has been a most welcome commercial establishment in the town whose name it shares, and

Whereas, since the early 1960s, the Wallingford Locker has been under the expert ownership and management of brothers Paul and Justin Courcelle, and

Whereas, known by its famous moniker “just a little old-fashioned meat market,” the Wallingford Locker serves as a retail and wholesale purveyor of quality meats, especially cob-smoked hams and bacon prepared from local livestock, and

Whereas, community dinners and Wallingford Locker hams go hand in ham, and this is most certainly the case for the annual Wallingford Ham Dinner that functions as a major local and regional charitable fundraiser, and

Whereas, similarly, the Ladies Aid of the Wallingford First Congregational Church proudly serves sausage and bacon from the Wallingford Locker at its May breakfast as it has for generations, and

Whereas, the Wallingford Locker is not only a place to purchase food products, but it also provides storage space where individuals who have purchased locally raised and slaughtered meats can refrigerate the produce until they are ready to consume it, and

Whereas, Paul and Justin Courcelle have announced that they will retire on February 28, 2007, possibly closing the doors for ever on this locally cherished food emporium that has done so much to foster local meat production and that has served as a unique catering resource at community functions, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors both the Wallingford Locker for its over 60 years of serving Rutland County’s best locally processed ham and bacon, and Paul and Justin Courcelle whose four-plus-decade ownership has enabled this little meat market to evolve into a cherished community institution, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state send a copy of this resolution to Paul and Justin Courcelle in Wallingford.




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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont