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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 258

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Brattleboro Reformer on its receipt of a 2008 Vermont Centennial Business Award

Offered by:  Representatives O'Donnell of Vernon, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Edwards of Brattleboro, Milkey of Brattleboro, Deen of Westminster, Hube of Londonderry, Marek of Newfane, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, Obuchowski of Rockingham and Partridge of Windham

Whereas, the Vermont Centennial Business Awards are presented each year under the joint sponsorship of the Vermont secretary of state, the Vermont Business Magazine, and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and

Whereas, these special commendations recognize businesses that have endured for at least a century and, through their longevity in our state, have made historic and ongoing contributions to the vitality of Vermont’s economy, and

Whereas, one of the 2008 winners of this prestigious honor is the Brattleboro Reformer, the long-standing principal source for printed news in Windham County, and

Whereas, the Brattleboro Reformer did not begin as a daily newspaper dedicated to reporting the news in an unvarnished manner, but as the Windham County Reformer, a creation of Charles N. Davenport that was issued as a weekly intended to promote the candidacy of Samuel Tilden as the 1876 Democratic Party presidential nominee, and

Whereas, with the demise of the Tilden candidacy, Davenport’s son, Charles, continued the publication to advocate the success of  the Democratic Party, changing it to a biweekly publication in 1897, and

Whereas, in 1901, the younger Davenport sold the paper to G. Ullery, who then sold it in 1903 to the Vermont Printing Company, which strove to steer a more nonpartisan course in its reportorial offerings, and

Whereas, in 1913, upon the Reformer’s merger of its operations with another local weekly paper, the Phoenix, the now-renamed Brattleboro Daily Reformer assumed a daily publication schedule of six days per week, while the Phoenix continued to appear separately and weekly until 1955, but the Phoenix’s name was retained in the Reformer’s masthead until 1973, and

Whereas, the now legendary Howard Colby Rice edited the paper from 1918 into the 1960s with a steady commitment to journalistic excellence and integrity, and

Whereas, today, under the ownership of New England Newspapers Inc., the Brattleboro Reformer is a respected newspaper with a local print circulation in excess of 25,000 and with many readers around the world who follow Windham County happenings via the Reformer’s website, now therefore be it 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Brattleboro Reformer on its receipt of a 2008 Vermont Centennial Business Award, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Martin Langveld at the Brattleboro Reformer.


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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont