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Volunteers trim tree in Vt. Statehouse

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Statehouse volunteers gathered for their annual tree decoration party. The ornaments, in the Victorian style, are about as traditional as you can get.

"They're made out of paper. They're handmade. They're very ornate. They have photographs, old photographs of the Statehouse and we also have photographs of the volunteers through the years, so it's very personal," said Jane Bishop, a volunteer decorator.

"This is all about Vermont and the Statehouse and we try to keep the tree focused on that," said David Schutz, the Vermont state curator.

Although Teresa Randall volunteers once a week at the gift shop, she has a long history under the golden dome.

"I don't know it gets in your blood," she said.

Randall started in 1972 in the cafeteria, later working for Gov. Madeleine Kunin and eventually becoming sergeant-at-arms in the early 90s.

The tree decorating and many other Statehouse renovations started in 1985.

"If you'd have been around in '72 it did not look like the same building," Randall said. "Tourists now say this is the prettiest small building they've been to."

She's one of the nearly 100 volunteers that give tours to visitors.

"People here are very friendly I think and they can tell that," she said. "They don't feel afraid to talk and ask you questions and I mean you have them from all over the world. I never realized there was so many countries in the world as we had."

A nearly 30-year tradition that keeps many coming back for more.

Teresa Randall: Couple more years, yeah. If I'm still around we'll probably still be doing it, right David?

David Schutz: I rather expect it...

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