Linda and John Whitney, residents of Essex Junction, know the story all too well, as their efforts have failed to yield what theyve worked for for several years.
The couple had rallied a grassroots campaign to have legislators declare the day one of independence and see it celebrated by government offices.
Linda Whitney says its not very well known that on January 15, 1777, Vermont declared its independence from New York in a lawsuit over land, and the Whitneys were eager to see it made into a state holiday.
In 2004, Whitney says several state representatives were enthusiastic about the idea, but it never went anywhere.
Linda says, Things move very slowly in Vermont. Slower than maple syrup.
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