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Goat sworn in as 'mayor'

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FAIR HAVEN, Vt.—The new honourary mayor of Fair Haven, Vt.—a three-year-old goat named “Lincoln”—officially was sworn into office this week.

Lincoln was dressed in a sash reading “Mayor” for the Tuesday ceremony at the Fair Haven town offices.

Town clerk Suzanne Dechame and the select board were present to deliver the oath of office.

Fair Haven, a town of about 2,500 along the border with New York just west of Rutland, does not have an actual mayor.

Town manager Joseph Gunter said the honorary pet mayor idea was conceived as a fundraiser for a playground but it turned into a civics lesson for kids.

On the way out of the offices, the honourary mayor defecated on the floor—leaving clean-up to the police chief and other attendees.

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