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Past National Master and First Lady Inducted into Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame
  SEPTEMBER 2007 -- The Vermont Farm Bureau inducted five new members into its Agricultural Hall of Fame on August 29th, 2007. Two of those members were Past National Grange Master Kermit Richardson and his wife, Margaret. They were honored for their significant contributions to rural life in the state of Vermont. Between them, Kermit and Margaret have 120 years of service to their local Grange, Riverside Grange #455 in West Topsham, Vermont.

Margaret Richardson spoke to Jack Hurston from WCAX News about farmers being the backbone of Vermont. She said, "They are a precious breed of people. They are committed to what they do. And they believe in it. They know if it wasn't for a farmer, we wouldn't be eating this meal today."

Kermit and Margaret both served as Masters of the Vermont State Grange, Kermit from 1970 to 1974, and Margaret from 1984 to 1991. Margaret paved the way by being the first Lady Master for the Vermont State Grange. Prior to these positions, they were selected as the 1957 Vermont State Grange Young Couple of the Year.

Kermit took leadership roles in the National Grange as Chaplain, Lecturer, and Overseer, which eventually culminated in his election as the 20th Master of the National Grange in 1995. In addition to his work through the Grange, Kermit also served several terms as a member of the Vermont State Legislature. Former Vermont State Grange Master Phyllis Mason wrote in the nomination: "They continue to be an inspiration to their counterparts as they remain involved locally and state wide."

This is the fifth year that the Vermont Farm Bureau have honored individuals for their Agricultural Hall of Fame. Vt. Gov. James H. Douglas was on hand to make the presentation of a framed print of a Champlain Valley farm by artist Deborah Holmes to the new members and or their family.
 
 
 

 
     
     
       
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