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State of Vermont

Senate Chamber

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent Senate Resolution

     By Senators Kitchel and Coppenrath,

     By Representatives Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Clark of St. Johnsbury and Larocque of Barnet,

     S.C.R. 19.  Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Reeve Lindbergh and Nathaniel Tripp on their designation as the Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce's 2007 Citizens of the Year.

Whereas, annually, the Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce awards the special honor of citizen of the year to locally based individuals who have made distinguished economic, cultural, or social contributions to life in the Northeast Kingdom and beyond, and

Whereas, for 2007, the chamber has selected, for the first time, a husband and wife team, Reeve Lindbergh and Nathaniel Tripp, who have distinguished themselves as nationally recognized writers and community activists and volunteers, and

Whereas, Reeve Lindbergh is the author of highly regarded children’s books, including The Midnight Farm, Benjamin’s Barn, and The Awful Aardvarks series, that through the art of fiction portray rural life to children who live increasingly in urban and suburban centers, and

Whereas, she spearheaded a unique literary project as the editorial coordinator of a book entitled In Every Tiny Grain of Sand:  A Child’s Book of Prayers and Praise, featuring, as Reeve Lindbergh writes in the volume’s foreword, “a collection of prayers and poems and other writings gathered from many different sources” that is organized by four themes for the day, night, home, and earth, and that is illustrated exquisitely, and

Whereas, Reeve Lindbergh is the former chair of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum board of trustees on which she continues to serve, serves on the Lyndon State College Board of Visitors, and has helped showcase Lyndon State College’s many academic and economic contributions to Vermont as a demonstration of this educational institution’s intellectual vibrancy and importance to both the Northeast Kingdom and the state, and

Whereas, she serves on the board of the Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation that allocates significant financial assistance to many worthy individuals, and

Whereas, Nathaniel (Nat) Tripp’s books focus on major issues of national concern, both historic and contemporary, including:  Father, Soldier, Son:  Memoir of a Platoon Leader in Vietnam (which was awarded a New York Times Notable Book of the Year designation), and Confluence:  A River, The Environment, Politics & The Fate of All Humanity, which calls for action to restore the water quality of the Connecticut River, and

Whereas, Nat Tripp’s concern for the ecological health of the Connecticut River extends far beyond the printed page as he has played an instrumental role in the Connecticut River Byways initiative, chairing the council overseeing this project; and he also sits on the Connecticut River Joint Commission, and

Whereas, he has worked to preserve the Northeast Kingdom’s railroad heritage as a founder of the St. Johnsbury Railroad Heritage Society; sought to expand the local economic base as a member of the St. Johnsbury Works; and promoted the importance of natural history education as a member of the Fairbanks Museum’s board of trustees, and

Whereas, each of these distinguished Vermonters is a worthy recipient of this honor, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Reeve Lindbergh and Nathaniel Tripp on their designation as the Northeast Chamber of Commerce’s 2007 Citizens of the Year, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Reeve Lindbergh and Nat Tripp.


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