Friday was a very proud day in the Statehouse for our legislative district. Each legislative session begins with a “devotional.” Usually devotions are a member of the clergy providing some inspirational remarks or a prayer. This morning Thetford’s very own master cellist Margaret Gilmore accompanied pianist Kathi Tarrant of Barnard in playing the deeply moving “Peace on Earth, A Thrush Singing in Deep-Woods.” It was a piece composed by Kathy Eddy of Braintree in the wake of 9/11. More than a couple of legislators were moved to tears by the beauty and grace of the composition and Margaret’s playing in particular. Sublime. Jim did a nice job introducing Margaret and her husband Howard Sussman, who was seated in the gallery, to the House.
Friday afternoon, Norwich’s Rebecca Holcombe, the Secretary of Education, gave a spectacularly good presentation to the legislature on the need for education reform. After her presentation, at a time of the week when most legislators are running to their cars for the commute home, Rebecca was mobbed by state reps looking for her input. She’s a rock star. If there’s a more respected public servant than Secretary Holcombe in Montpelier, I have yet to meet them.