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(J.R.H. 104)

Offered by: Representatives Marron of Stowe and Voyer of Morristown.

Whereas, Rusty Dewees, a highly talented Vermonter who, after graduating from Stowe High School, attending Champlain College, where he showed great prowess on the basketball court, and performing on stage with the Lyric Theater and the Vermont Repertory Theater, opted for the life of a thespian, and

Whereas, he headed south to New York to embark on his chosen profession, and

Whereas, since arriving in the big apple, Rusty's roles have included appearances on the television programs "Saturday Night Live" and "Law and Order," as well as the feature film "Black Dog," and

Whereas, despite the allure of the big city, Rusty has never forgotten his local roots, having accepted roles in Vermont cinematic spectaculars such as "Stranger in the Kingdom," "Where the Rivers Flow North," and most recently the film "Mud Season," that premiered at the Montpelier Film Festival and was subsequently shown in Rusty's hometown of Stowe, and

Whereas, it is on the stage, not the silver screen, that Rusty has made his unique and lasting contribution to Vermont's cultural heritage, and

Whereas, he has authored the highly entertaining one-man show, entitled "The Logger," that portrays the joys and travails of hard-working Vermonters whose daily lives are filled with the risks associated with their jobs and the problems precipitated by the toil of preserving domestic tranquility, and

Whereas, not only has Rusty's show enjoyed wide acclaim on the community stages of Vermont, but he has performed, without any charge to the state of Vermont, this masterpiece of the real Vermont before his most unusual audiences at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, the Northeast State Correctional Facility in Newport, the Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans and the St. Johnsbury Regional Correctional Facility, and

Whereas, Rusty's performance brought a sparkle to the inmates' eyes and an hour's entertainment that was enormously appreciated, and

Whereas, Rusty's performances of his original creation have helped to record a Vermont way of life that is fundamental to our state's heritage, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Rusty Dewees of Stowe for his most significant contribution to Vermont's cultural heritage, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Rusty Dewees.