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NO. R-268.  House concurrent resolution in memory of Allison Hansen, Joshua Nutbrown, and Justin Nutbrown.


Offered by:  Representatives Valliere of Barre City, Adams of Hartland, Allaire of Rutland City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Brooks of Montpelier, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clarkson of Woodstock, Condon of Colchester, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Cross of Winooski, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Dowland of Holland, Dunsmore of Georgia, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Endres of Milton, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Green of Berlin, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Louras of Rutland City, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, McLaughlin of Royalton, Metzger of Milton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Molloy of Arlington, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Niquette of Colchester, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Parent of St. Albans City, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Reese of Pomfret, Rodgers of Glover, Rusten of Halifax, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Morristown, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Offered by:  Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District and Senator Scott of Washington District.

Whereas, three vibrant young lives were brought to a tragic conclusion on Wednesday evening, May 25, 2005, and

Whereas, the children were two inseparable brothers, Joshua Nutbrown, an 11-year-old fourth grader, and Justin Nutbrown, a 13-year-old seventh grader, and their close friend 11-year-old fifth grader Allison Hansen, all of Barre City and students at the Barre City Elementary-Middle School, and

Whereas, the three youngsters, who called themselves “The Three Musketeers,” were playing by Spaulding Falls on the Jail Branch of the Winooski River in Barre City, and

Whereas, when they failed to return home by their regular curfew time, a contingent of first responders that ultimately included public safety officials from Barre City, Barre Town, the state of Vermont, and nearly a dozen K‑9 rescue dogs worked valiantly into Thursday morning until the children’s remains were discovered shortly after dawn, and

Whereas, each of the youngsters possessed a unique personality trait:  Justin, the indisputable leader, was always extremely protective of his younger brother; Joshua, who, as a prankster, loved to brighten the spirits of those who were sad, as a classmate wrote, “had a good heart”; and Allison was a compassionate soul with a true empathy for animals, and

Whereas, their classmates at Barre Elementary-Middle School wrote remembrances of their three suddenly departed friends, and they, along with teachers and administrators, shared their thoughts in verse and song at a memorial service held at the school on Friday, May 27, 2005, and

Whereas, the Barre community gathered to mourn Justin, Joshua, and Allison at a combined interdenominational funeral held on Wednesday, June 1, at the Barre Auditorium, and

Whereas, the children’s families, including Justin and Joshua’s mother, Penny Wade, Allison’s mother and stepfather, Patricia and John Hansen, her father, Peter Erikson Jr., their many siblings, and other relatives, have suffered an especially difficult loss, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its most sincere condolences to the families of Justin Nutbrown, Joshua Nutbrown, and Allison Hansen, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the children’s parents and the Barre Elementary‑Middle School.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont