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NO. R-266.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Harwood Union High School student producers of the video documentary “Common Ground:  The Stories of Waterbury to Warren.

(H.C.R.166)

Offered by:  Representatives Hosford of Waitsfield, Dostis of Waterbury and Minter of Waterbury.

Whereas, Carrie Arnot, Ryan Bidlack, Sam Ciccone, Max Constant, Ed Forkey, Kendi Hough, Tom Maynard, Kate Noyes, Bob Touchette, and Gerald Webber are Harwood Union High School students who enrolled in a Vermont history class, and

Whereas, the students, working in coordination with Vista volunteer Katie Mack embarked on a journey along Route 100, through the towns of  Waterbury, Duxbury, Moretown, Fayston, Waitsfield, and Warren, to produce a video documenting the history of each of these municipalities, and

Whereas, in order to obtain professional production assistance, the students consulted videographer Vince Franke of Peregrine Productions, and they also worked with the Vermont Land Trust on whose board Vince Franke serves, and

Whereas, the interviewees for the video included Mary Noyes, Skip Flanders, Anne Day, Brian Harwood, Wilma Maynard, Ralph and Helen Davis, Sid Thurston, Alice deLong, Winona Hoffman, Fletcher Joslin, Lynn Lewis, Katherine Hartshorn, Kenneth Griffith, and Max Irish, all residents of one of the six towns documented in the video, and

Whereas, the students were encouraged to visit local historical societies and statewide archival repositories to review primary source materials, including pictures that could be incorporated into the video, and

Whereas, they compiled a resource binder of reference information and personal reflections for future students’ use, and

Whereas, after months of extensive research, production work, and careful editing, the students premiered the video before a Harwood Union High School audience on December 16, 2004, and it was telecast subsequently on Mad River Valley’s public access station, and

Whereas, the praise that the video received resulted in Vermont Public Television’s (VPT) broadcasting this student documentary during the VPT March membership drive, and

Whereas, the students completed a challenging project and produced a documentary of lasting value for the school and the depicted towns, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Harwood Union High School student producers of the video documentary, “Common Ground:  The Stories of Waterbury to Warren,” and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Harwood Union High School.



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