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State of Vermont

Senate Chamber

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent Senate Resolution

   By Senator Illuzzi,

     S.C.R. 25.  Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Bernie Gonyaw on his retirement as the press foreman at the Newport Express.

Whereas, Bernie Gonyaw began his long career at the Newport Express in 1965 as a 19-year old stenotypist, a position requiring melting lead from a molten pot and creating lead casts for advertisements, and

Whereas, he was employed subsequently in the paper’s composition department, and

Whereas, after a hiatus of two years from 1968–1970, during which he relocated temporarily to Burlington and then Connecticut, Bernie Gonyaw returned home to Newport and the Express where he worked as a commercial printer until he assumed the role of press foreman in 1972, and

Whereas, for the next 35 years, the Newport Express appeared through the diligent work of Bernie Gonyaw who made certain that the presses ran smoothly and that the ink was always applied to each page in just the right amount, and

Whereas, during his stewardship in the press room, the Newport Express moved in 1979 from its former location on Central Street to new headquarters on Hill Street, and relocating the multi-piece press was a complicated operation, entailing the press being disassembled and then lowering the pieces into their new location through a hole in the roof, and

Whereas, on two occasions-to wit,  the shooting of Pope John Paul II and the shuttle Challenger explosion - the editor sent an order to stop the presses in order to update the day’s content, and

Whereas, Bernie Gonyaw witnessed the age of the hot lead press pass into history as computer-driven technology enabled the paper to be printed more efficiently, and

Whereas, he retired in September 2007, completing his career as the Newport Express’s second longest working pressman since 1923, but Bernie Gonyaw will still be a presence in the pressroom as a substitute for colleagues and on visits to see his many friends, and

Whereas, Bernie Gonyaw will remain active as the Vermont commissioner for Cal Rifkin Baseball and participating in family activities with his wife, children, grandchildren and first great-grandchild, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Bernie Gonyaw on his retirement as the press foreman at the Newport Express and wishes him much happiness in the years ahead, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bernie Gonyaw in Newport.


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