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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  59

House concurrent resolution honoring Arlo Sterner for his outstanding public service in Lamoille County and in the towns of Morrisville and Wolcott

Offered by:  Representative Martin of Wolcott

Offered by:  Senators Bartlett and Illuzzi

Whereas, Arlo Sterner has served the citizens of Lamoille County, and especially the residents of Morrisville and Wolcott, in important roles for over half a century, and

Whereas, he grew up in western New York State, spent summers engaged in forestry work on his grandfather’s land, and graduated from the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University, and

Whereas, Arlo Sterner’s college education was interrupted during World War II when he served in the U.S. Army’s counterintelligence division as a spy in Germany, and

Whereas, following college graduation in 1947, he was employed in Sitka, Alaska with the U.S. Forest Service but soon opted to accept a position with Vermont state forester Perry Merrill, and

Whereas, after military service in Korea, Arlo Sterner returned to Vermont, and, beginning in 1952, was Lamoille County Forester for the next 38 years, and

Whereas, in the 1960s, he worked with the county’s farmers, through the soil bank program, to encourage the planting of trees on fields, and his success included the year he arranged for the planting of 900,000 trees, and

Whereas, he has remained connected to the state’s woodlands as a private forestry consultant since his retirement from the county position in 1988, and

Whereas, public service for Arlo Sterner has extended to municipal government first in Morrisville, and, in more recent years, in Wolcott to which he relocated in 1975, and

Whereas, in Morrisville, he served as chair of the Morrisville water and light department, as a village trustee, and as a member of the fire department, and

Whereas, in Wolcott, his municipal roles have included selectboard member for six years starting in 1976, fire department member, first in the late 1970s and again since 1985, as a lister since 1988, and currently in the important dual roles of emergency management director and 911 coordinator, and

Whereas, the town of Wolcott is publishing a special thank you to Arlo Sterner in this year’s town report as he is retiring as Wolcott’s lister, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Arlo Sterner for his many decades of outstanding public service in Lamoille County and in the towns of Morrisville and Wolcott, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Arlo Sterner in Wolcott.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont