Randy Major, center, and his wife Beverly, right, received a certificate from the state rec­ognizing them for their years of service to the public at
Randy Major, center, and his wife Beverly, right, received a certificate from the state rec­ognizing them for their years of service to the public at Westminster Town Meeting in March. Handing it to them is Vermont State Rep. David L. Deen (D-Windham 4). (Submitted photo)
Saturday April 6, 2013

WESTMINSTER -- The state of Vermont has officially recognized what the town has known for ages.

Randolph and Beverly Major have spent decades serving the public.

At the 2013 Town Meeting in March, the couple received a certificate from the state to thank them for their years of work with both town and state citizens and the two enjoyed a standing ovation from the voters on hand before the voting portion began.

"It meant a lot to us. It was totally unexpected," Randolph told the Reformer. "It really felt good that our legislative reps appreciated what we were doing."

The certificate -- signed by Vermont Speaker of the House Shap Smith, Senate President/Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and House Clerk Donald Milne -- mentions many of the services the Majors have provided to the community and is being professionally framed by Zephyr Designs in Brattleboro. It was presented to the Majors by State Rep. David L. Deen (D-Windham 4).

Perhaps the most notable of Randolph Major's contributions was his term in the Vermont House of Representatives. He said he sought a seat in the House all those years ago because he had a desire to serve. Randolph, or Randy, also ran as a Democrat for the United State Senate in the early 1970s, when a special election was held following the death of Sen. Winston Prouty, R-Vt.

Even though he lost to Republican Robert Stafford, Randolph recalls with fondness his "low-cost" campaign, in which he went door to door from Swanton in the northwestern corner of the state down to Vernon.

"I walked from one end of the state to the other," he said.

Randolph, 81, also remembers another opponent in that race more than 40 years ago -- a Liberty Union Party candidate by the name of Bernie Sanders.

He also worked as a researcher for the Experiment in International Living and lived abroad for a while.

Beverly, 77, was as shocked by the recognition as her husband.

"We were bowled over by it," Beverly, or Bev, told the Reformer. "It means a lot. It was really nice that they honored both of us."

Now a librarian at the Westminster West Public Library, she served two different times on the Westminster School Board and about six years on the Bellows Falls Union High School Board. After earning a degree in education from Antioch University New England, she was instrumental in the local 4-H club and in adding a kindergarten class to the Westminster school system.

The Majors have also spent time identifying Westminster's ancient roads, worked to rebuild the Westminster West church after it was destroyed in a fire and sit on the board of directors of the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association, which is dedicated to preserving the highest and most scenic peak in the town.

Domenic Poli can be reached at dpoli@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311, ext. 277. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoli_reformer.