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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

thursday, march 31, 2005
CONSENT CALENDAR

Concurrent Resolutions for Notice under Joint Rule 16

     The following joint concurrent resolutions have been introduced for approval by the Senate and House and will be adopted automatically unless a Senator or Representative requests floor consideration before the end of the session of the next legislative day.  Requests for floor consideration in either chamber should be communicated to the Secretary’s office and/or the House Clerk’s office, respectively.

   By Senators Campbell, Dunne and Welch,

S.C.R. 21

     Senate concurrent resolution honoring Jamie Guth.

Whereas, Jamie Guth has been the Director of Public Affairs and Marketing at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) since January 2000, and

Whereas, her responsibilities have included marketing, media relations, publications, and media services for DHMC and its major components, as well as working closely with the Vermont member hospitals of the Dartmouth‑Hitchcock Alliance, and

Whereas, Jamie Guth came to DHMC in 1985 to help develop and produce the nationally distributed public television series, “The Doctor Is In,” which has garnered dozens of awards from national organizations, and

Whereas, DHMC’s media services group, which was set up under her direction in 1995, has produced hundreds of videos, multimedia, and interactive products on health and medicine, and

Whereas, Jamie Guth developed a new website for the Darmouth health care system that includes eleven independently owned health care facilities and the physician practice network in Vermont and New Hampshire, and

Whereas, a former resident of Hartland, Vermont, she and her family will be relocating to Geneva, Switzerland, where she has accepted a position in the World Health Organization’s tropical disease research group, and

Whereas, in this post, Jamie Guth will be traveling to numerous countries to examine international public health issues, and she will design a website intended to raise the tropical disease research group’s profile, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Jamie Guth for her contributions to the delivery of health care information and services to the residents of Vermont and all of northern New England and wishes her the very best as she begins her new position at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to mail two copies of this resolution to the Office of Public Affairs and Marketing at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

By:  Representative Larrabee of Danville,

By:  Senators Cummings, Doyle and Scott,

H.C.R. 77

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Cabot High School Huskies 2005 Division IV championship boys’ basketball team.

Whereas, the Cabot Huskies boys’ basketball team has been a powerhouse in Division IV throughout the 2004-2005 season, impressing opposing squads and coaches wherever it has played, and

Whereas, when the Huskies tipped off against the West Rutland High School Golden Horde, an agile team with an uncanny determination to rebound from behind no matter how dire the prospects, the Cabot boys did not envision an opponent so tenaciously determined to win, and

Whereas, although West Rutland had established an early 13-9 lead at the first quarter’s conclusion, by the midgame break, the Huskies were the owners of a modest but viable 30-22 lead, and

Whereas, as the second half proceeded, Cabot’s offensive domination of the game became increasingly evident as the third quarter ended with a very comfortable 16‑point Huskies' margin of 44-28, and

Whereas, despite this seemingly insurmountable advantage, the Huskies learned a most valuable lesson during the game and season’s final quarter that brought special meaning to their ultimate victory, and

Whereas, the Golden Horde’s remarkable skill to rebound from adversity was on display as West Rutland chipped away at the Cabot lead and even took brief turns on the upper side of the score although Cabot, due to the success of Ian Ackermann’s five three‑three point scoring plays, was back in command at 49-37 with slightly better than 3 minutes remaining, and

Whereas, with Cabot commanding a tenuous 54-52 lead with 1:18 left, Ian committed his fifth and final foul, and left the game involuntarily, and

Whereas, despite West Rutland’s subsequently tying the game at 54, Cabot proved to be the winner as it scored once more to capture the 2005 Division IV title 56-54, and

Whereas, Coach Billy Waller can be extremely proud of his players, including Casey Cochran, Rhett Fitzgerald, Greg Molind, Tim Considine, Matt Dudley, Ian Ackermann, Sam Tormey, Jesse Fitzgerald, Brant Billings, Levi Mclellen, Ryk Atkinson, and Bobby Martino, for both their on‑court performance and good sportsmanship, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Cabot High School Huskies 2005 Division IV championship boys’ basketball team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Billy Waller at Cabot High School.

By:  Representatives Martin of Wolcott and Smith of Morristown,

By:  Senators Bartlett, Illuzzi and Starr,

H.C.R. 78

House concurrent resolution honoring Arlo K. Sterner for his outstanding service as a firefighter in Lamoille County.

Whereas, firefighting is a public service of the highest order, and its practitioners are individuals whom Vermonters rely upon at unexpected and often frightening moments, and

Whereas, Arlo Sterner has been involved in various aspects of fire prevention since 1956 when he joined the Morrisville Fire Department, and his outstanding level of performance resulted in his rising through the ranks and being appointed first assistant chief in 1973, and

Whereas, in 1974, he completed the United States Fire Administration’s instructor’s course and has since taught firefighting classes throughout the state, and

Whereas, on moving to Wolcott, and temporarily leaving the Morrisville Fire Department, Arlo Sterner was instrumental in establishing that community’s volunteer fire department and continues to respond to its calls, and

Whereas, in 1986, he returned to the Morrisville Fire Department to serve as the engine captain and safety officer, and

Whereas, in January 2005, Arlo Skinner retired from full‑time status and concluded a 37‑year record of superb service as a Morrisville firefighter, and

Whereas, although retired from the department, he has continued to lend a valued helping hand, both as a watchdog of the department’s equipment and as a valued substitute during the current engine captain’s National Guard deployment, and

Whereas, the citizens of Lamoille County have been extremely fortunate to have been the beneficiaries of Arlo Sterner’s firefighting expertise, as have the firefighters elsewhere in the state who have enrolled in classes he has taught, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Arlo K. Sterner for his outstanding service as a firefighter in Lamoille County, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Arlo Sterner in Wolcott.

By:  Representatives Molloy of Arlington, Botzow of Pownal, Corcoran of Bennington, Hube of Londonderry, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Miller of Shaftsbury, Mook of Bennington, Morrissey of Bennington and Seibert of Norwich,

By:  Senators Sears and Shepard,

H.C.R. 79

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Arlington High School Eagles’ 2005 Division III championship girls’ basketball team.

Whereas, the Division III girls’ basketball championship at Barre Auditorium matched the two-time champion Arlington High School Eagles against an extremely capable challenger, the Thetford Academy Panthers, and

Whereas, the evening’s excitement and drama was quantifiable as the first half lead changed eight times with Arlington up by one, 13-12, at the first quarter’s conclusion, and the game tied at 22-all when the midgame break arrived, and

Whereas, the third quarter concluded with the Eagles holding a precarious three point advantage, 33-29, and despite Erin Mears’ successful three pointer that expanded the Eagles’ fourth quarter margin to 41-33, the Panthers came roaring back to once again trail by a mere three points, 41-39 with a mere two minutes and 48 seconds remaining in regulation play, and

Whereas, the Eagles now realized that the team’s season-long goal to make it three championships in a row might truly be in jeopardy, and they ignited an impressive scoring spree and sharp defense that overwhelmed the Panthers, and

Whereas, in the final moments, Arlington was in command on the basketball court as it outscored Thetford 12-3 prior to the sounding of the final buzzer, and

Whereas, Jade Csizmesia’s 6 for 6 free-throw performance in the final one minute and 33 seconds, and game high 18 points, were major contributors to the 55-42 victory, and the Eagles’ clinching their third consecutive, and fifth in seven years, Division III girls’ basketball title, and

Whereas, Erin deserves special mention for her strong recovery from a recent ankle injury as her 17-point performance demonstrated, and

Whereas, the entire Eagle roster, including Jade Csizmesia, Kelsey Cefalo, Erin Mears, Alysha Roberts, Lindsay Sheldon, Shelby Wilson, Rachel Peterson, Ashley Hoyt, Stephanie Hazlett, Britni Hawley, and Laura Fisher, exhibited a unified team effort throughout the season, and

Whereas, the Eagles’ 21-1 championship season stands as a great tribute to the skill and leadership of Coach Kerry Csizmesia who took over the coaching reins shortly before the season began, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Arlington High School Eagles’ 2005 Division III championship girls’ basketball team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Kerry Csizmesia at Arlington High School.

By:  Representatives Botzow of Pownal, Bartlett of Dover, Corcoran of Bennington, Hube of Londonderry, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Malcolm of Pawlet, Miller of Shaftsbury, Molloy of Arlington, Mook of Bennington and Morrissey of Bennington,

By:  Senators Sears and Shepard,

H.C.R. 80

House concurrent resolution honoring Margaret Elizabeth Lillie of Pownal.

Whereas, Margaret Lillie of Pownal, a sixth generation Vermonter, has served her town, county, state, and nation in pioneering capacities during a stellar career of public and community service, and

Whereas, she developed an affinity for learning early in life while a student at the Maple Grove School in Pownal, and  

Whereas, as a result of having graduated first in her high school class, she earned a scholarship to attend the University of Vermont where she earned her undergraduate degree in 1944, and

Whereas, lacking the funds to pursue her career goal of a legal education, Margaret Lillie availed herself of the new wartime military service opportunities opened to women, and their attendant post service education benefits, and enlisted in the Navy as a WAVE (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), and

Whereas, following her military tour of duty at Quonset Naval Air Station in Rhode Island, and several years of employment at Bennington College, she enrolled at Boston College Law School, and not at all surprisingly, graduated first in her class, and

Whereas, in 1956, after clerking and practicing for several years as a junior attorney in a private law office, Margaret Lillie accepted the challenge to stand for election as Bennington County State’s Attorney, becoming only the second woman in Vermont to be elected a state’s attorney, and

Whereas, for six years, she served as the county’s sole prosecutor litigating on the state’s behalf with considerable success, and

Whereas, in 1961, Margaret Lillie was elected Bennington County Probate Judge and spent the next 13 years presiding over the disposition of the county’s estates, and

Whereas, since 1974, her legal skills have been applied to the general practice of law, first in Bennington, and since 2000, from a Pownal office in one of the town’s oldest residential structures, and

Whereas, Margaret Lillie was instrumental in the establishment of the Pownal Race Track in the early 1960s and the Pownal Historical Society in 1994, on whose board of directors she continues to serve, and

Whereas, from 1974 until this year, Margaret Lillie has served as Pownal Town Agent, and while she is concluding that tenure this year, she is retiring neither from the practice of law, which she continues to enjoy, nor from her favorite athletic pastime, downhill skiing, and

Whereas, she will be honored at a meeting of the Pownal Historical Society on April 10, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Margaret Elizabeth Lillie for her many years of public and community service, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Margaret Lillie in Pownal and to the Pownal Historical Society.


By:  Representative Livingston of Manchester,

By:  Senators Sears and Shepard,

H.C.R. 81

House concurrent resolution honoring Donald B. Keelan for his outstanding role as the host of the “Q & A Live” public access cable television program.

Whereas, public access television encourages and enables citizens to communicate directly with their communities, and

Whereas, in Manchester, many interested viewers and committed volunteers support the public access television channel, and

Whereas, one of the most committed of these volunteers is Donald “Don” Keelan who created the program “Q & A Live,” and

Whereas, “Q & A Live” provides the channel’s viewers a variety of  informative programs featuring lively topics with interesting guests, and

Whereas, this cablecast included both political and instructional types of interviews as Don Keelan provided candidates for public office an opportunity to be heard, and officials from different governmental offices, such as the court diversion program, a forum to educate the public concerning the operation and purpose of their programs, and

Whereas, as the “Q & A Live” host, Don Keelan has encouraged the viewers to participate through telephone calls, in which they could offer questions and comments, and

Whereas, during the five years he has hosted the program, “Q & A Live” has achieved popular success and positive audience response, and

Whereas, the program has featured over 100 guests discussing topics related to cultural affairs, education, health, government and politics, and religion, and

Whereas, the communities of Bennington County have appreciated Don Keelan’s thoroughly prepared research, tough questions, and diversity of guests, including two governors, and

Whereas, after five years of extraordinary cablecasts, Don Keelan will be concluding his role as the “Q & A Live” host in March 2005, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Donald Keelan for his outstanding contribution to improving civic engagement in the north shire of Bennington County through his “Q & A Live” public access cable television program, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Donald Keelan in Manchester.

By:  Representatives Barnard of Richmond, Frank of Underhill, Symington of Jericho, Dostis of Waterbury and Minter of Waterbury,

H.C.R. 82

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Mount Mansfield Union High School 2005 Cougars girls’ alpine skiing state championship ski team.

Whereas, remembering their second place finish in 2004, the Mount Mansfield Union High School (MMUHS) girls’ alpine ski team strove determinedly to win the state championship in 2005, and

Whereas, when the MMUHS skiers arrived for the two-event state meet at Mount Ellen, they were both physically and psychologically prepared to ski speedily and smoothly down the slopes, and

Whereas, the Cougars were provided the assistance of an ideal day from a meteorological perspective for ski racing, and

Whereas, MMUHS’s overall performance on the trails surpassed that of any competitor as the Cougars’ swift and steady runs resulted in the team’s garnering the fewest points, the objective in competitive skiing, and

Whereas, especially noteworthy was the individual skiing of Cougar Katie Wry who captured first place honors in the giant slalom, completing the course in 58.29 seconds and finished second among the slalom racers with a time of 1.31.13, and

Whereas, Cougar alpine skiers Rachel Beauregard, Ulana Bihun, Whitney Davis, Hanna Denison, Kiesha Desautels, Kim Desautels, Allie Foust, Julie Goodman, Meghan McLaughlin, Holly Mumford, Kate Wigg, Erin Wry, and Katie Wry each skied with precision and style throughout the season, and

Whereas, Coach Warren Palmer and Assistant Coach Paul Curtiss deserve credit for guiding their skiers to their championship triumph, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Mount Mansfield Union High School 2005 Cougars girls’ alpine skiing state championship ski team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Warren Palmer at Mount Mansfield Union High School.


By:  Representatives Symington of Jericho, Barnard of Richmond, Frank of Underhill, Dostis of Waterbury and Minter of Waterbury,

H.C.R.  83

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Mount Mansfield Union High School 2005 Division I boys’ basketball team.

Whereas, the excitement of winning the Division I state championship in 2004 was so exhilarating that the Mount Mansfield Union High School Cougars boys’ basketball team decided it was an experience worth repeating, and

Whereas, the Cougars were not automatically awarded a second consecutive divisional title as they needed to battle their way through an exciting championship game at UVM’s Patrick Gym against the 21-2 Spaulding Union High School Crimson Tide season record, and

Whereas, Spaulding, which had defeated Mount Mansfield on three occasions this season, was as formidable an opponent imaginable as the Barre‑based team forced the Cougars to work every second of the game for the coveted top honors in Division I, and

Whereas, when at the end of the first quarter, the Cougars led the Crimson Tide 13-2, the Chittenden County team’s obstacles had not even appeared, and

Whereas, the second quarter proved a far more challenging period of play as the Cougars barely clung to a 15-14 lead as the halftime festivities commenced, and

Whereas, the second half continued to showcase each team’s moments of hope and disappointment as the Crimson Tide, with just 6:58 remaining in the last quarter, held the upper hand 32-27, and

Whereas, realizing that the game and championship were clearly at stake, the Cougars ignited for a 16-3 scoring run, including 10 points from the game’s top scorer, Matt Glass, resulting in a 43-35 Mount Mansfield lead that nearly matched the final 43-37 result, and

Whereas, the contributions of seniors Mike Filipek, Luke Ehinger, Andrew Gallagher, Ben Vogelzang, and Nmoemeka Ekwuabu will be especially missed in future Mount Mansfield High School seasons, and

Whereas, Cougars Sam Saks, Mike Filipek, Tim MacDonnell, Luke Ehinger, Eli Keller, Sam Lacy, Matt Godek, Ben Vogelzang, Nmoemeka Ekwuabu, A.J. Bugbee, Mike Kreigh, Andrew Gallagher, and Matt Glass all contributed to the championship win through a season of hard work and team building, and

Whereas, team managers Katherine Towers and Laura Pantaline assisted with team statistics during every game, and

Whereas, Coach Jeff Davis exhibited great leadership skill throughout the season, and

Whereas, assistant coaches Jeff Brown and Jason Pecor provided additional support and training to the team, and

Whereas, athletic trainer Amanda Cowan assisted team members in maintaining healthy bodies and repairing sprained ankles and other injuries, and

Whereas, Dorothy Kuerth, Director of the Mount Mansfield Union Learning Lab, offered regular support and encouragement not just to the players, but also to their families, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Mount Mansfield Union High School 2005 Division I boys’ basketball team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jeff Davis at Mount Mansfield Union High School.

By:  Representatives Barnard of Richmond, Frank of Underhill, Symington of Jericho, Dostis of Waterbury and Minter of Waterbury,

H.C.R. 84

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Mount Mansfield Union High School 2005 Cougars boys’ alpine skiing state championship ski team.

Whereas, the annual state meet, held this year at Mount Ellen, serves as the culmination of the high school alpine ski season, and

Whereas, the boys’ team from Mount Mansfield Union High School (MMUHS) demonstrated agility and speed as they raced quickly down the giant slalom and slalom terrains capturing the 2005 state championship title, and

Whereas, although the skilled competitors from other high schools’ alpine ski teams proved challenging opponents, MMUHS emerged victorious, and

Whereas, leading the way for this extremely competent crew of skiing enthusiasts was Cougar Nick Young who crossed the finish line first in the giant slalom and third in the slalom, respectively, and

Whereas, when the day’s activities on the slopes had concluded, MMUHS and its rival team from Burr and Burton Academy stood tied with equally low scores, the scoring objective in alpine skiing, of 82, and

Whereas, in order to break the tie, and determine a winner, the judges, in accordance with Vermont Principals’ Association rules, relied on the results of each school’s fifth‑place skier in the giant slalom and slalom, and

Whereas, MMUHS’ Jake Tobi and Ben Foust who were their team’s fifth‑place finisher in each event skied faster than their respective Burr and Burton counterparts, and

Whereas, after this unusual review of the results, the MMUHS Cougars were declared the 2005 boys’ alpine skiing state champions, and

Whereas, the entire team, consisting of skiers Peio Beristain, Andrew Bloch, Josh Cohen, Jeff Davis, Ben Foust, Ben Haller, Brendan Hamel‑Bissell, Zak Lance, Tommaso Miari-Fulcus, Connor O’Brien, Niklaus Scheidegger, Taylor Sisson, Eric Sutherland, Jake Tobi, Vibor Travas, Tyler Wilkinson‑Ray and Nick Young, shares the credit for the team’s terrific season on the slopes, and

Whereas, the guidance of Coach Warren Palmer and Assistant Coach Paul Curtiss was essential for the MMUHS victory, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Mount Mansfield Union High 2005 Cougars boys’ alpine skiing state championship ski team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Warren Palmer at Mount Mansfield Union High School.

By:  Representatives Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Larocque of Barnet, Marek of Newfane, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Wolcott, Milkey of Brattleboro, Myers of Essex, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O’Donnell of Vernon, Rodgers of Glover, Rusten of Halifax and Trombley of Grand Isle,

H.C.R. 85

House concurrent resolution congratulating Amanda Mitteer on her winning the 2005 Miss Vermont USA title.

Whereas, Amanda Mitteer of Brattleboro has achieved an impressive record of academic and civic accomplishments, and

Whereas, she graduated near the top of her class from Brattleboro Union High School where she qualified for membership in the National Honor Society and participated in many extracurricular activities, and

Whereas, at the University of Vermont, Amanda Mitteer earned an undergraduate degree in secondary education, met the academic qualifications to join Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor’s Society), joined Alpha Phi Omega (Community Service Group), and she became an advocate for those with fibromyalgia, a common condition characterized by widespread pain in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues, and

Whereas, her advocacy work on behalf of persons with fibromyalgia continued while she was earning her law degree at the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire, and

Whereas, Amanda Mitteer is the recipient of a National Fibromyalgia Association advocacy award, and

Whereas, while pursuing her academic studies and professional career, she has simultaneously striven diligently to become Miss Vermont USA, placing as the third runner-up on her first try, advancing to first-runner-up the next year, and this last year she won the title, and will be participating in the Miss U.S.A. national event in April, and

Whereas, her personal accomplishments and community service merit special recognition, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Amanda Mitteer on her winning the Miss Vermont USA title, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Amanda Mitteer in Brattleboro.

By:  Representatives Grad of Moretown and Donahue of Northfield,

H.C.R. 86

House concurrent resolution honoring Frank Plumley for his extraordinary public service on behalf of the Brown Public Library in Northfield.

Whereas, the Brown Public Library in Northfield is a valued community institution that has experienced important physical and program expansion during the last few years, and

Whereas, the construction of a public library wing and the addition of new programs requires careful oversight and managerial attention, and

Whereas, the success of the Brown Public Library in Northfield, on both these fronts, can be attributed in large measure to the extraordinary diligence and oversight of the library’s retiring board of trustees’ chair, Frank Plumley, and

Whereas, his creativity and initiative have contributed greatly to the library’s new vitality and prominence in the town of Northfield, and

Whereas, under Frank Plumley’s innovative and thoughtful leadership, the Brown Public Library was able to increase the facility’s square footage with the construction of a handsome addition that encompasses much needed new stack space, expanded reading areas, and a popular community room and  adjacent kitchen, and

Whereas, once the building project was approved and the plans finalized, he monitored the project’s progress as he worked with the contractors to assure completion in a timely and satisfactory manner, and

Whereas, Frank Plumley has been instrumental in improving the library’s administration, increasing its hours of operation as well as the fundraising program’s efficiency and success, and

Whereas, he has advanced the library’s cause in the political arena by advocating for the children’s librarian’s position and the library’s annual budget before the selectboard, and

Whereas, in those years when his persuasive powers have not swayed the town’s municipal officials, Frank Plumley has campaigned successfully for the placement and adoption of the necessary expenditures on the ballot, and

Whereas, under his auspices, the annual used book sale has been transformed into an even more successful used bookstore, and

Whereas, after many years of devoted service to the Brown Public Library, Frank Plumley is retiring as chair of the board of trustees, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Frank Plumley for his many years of extraordinary public service on behalf of the Brown Public Library in Northfield, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send two copies of this resolution to the Brown Public Library in Northfield, one for presentation to Frank Plumley and a second for the library’s permanent retention.

By:  Representatives Trombley of Grand Isle and Johnson of South Hero,

By:  Senator Mazza,

H.C.R. 87

House concurrent resolution congratulating the North Hero Volunteer Fire Department on receipt of the Keep Going Award.

Whereas, the town of North Hero is extremely proud of the municipality’s outstanding volunteer fire department that islanders established in 1947 to protect their community, and

Whereas, a series of dedicated and highly respected fire chiefs have led the department, including:  Gus Oman, the first chief, whose 17‑year tenure coincided with the construction of the town’s first fire house; Fred Rousseau, who was instrumental in retrieving the department’s first truck from Maine; Carlton Durham, whose 15 years of leadership were known for their occasional humor; Bob Bideau, who was dedicated to serving his community; John Lawrence, who increased the department’s training activities; Jack Miller, whose leadership focused on increasing the department’s professionalism and response capacity; Pete MacDonald, who carried forward the department’s reputation for excellence; Bill Johnson, who promoted modernization to keep pace with the island’s growth; Peter Rousseau, who assumed his father’s former role with comparable competence and community respect; and the current chief, Michael Murdock, who leads a department encountering 21st century challenges, such as potential hazardous materials accidents and terrorist threats, population growth on the island, and evolving building materials, and

Whereas, he leads a force of dedicated volunteers comprised of both recent recruits and veterans Donald Mashtare and Ron Tier, whose service dates back to the 1960s, and

Whereas, the North Hero Volunteer Fire Department was one of more than 5,000 departments to apply for the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Engineers Keep Going Award, and

Whereas, from these thousands of worthy applicants, only five departments were selected as recipients of this special award in the national firefighting fraternity, and

Whereas, the North Hero Volunteer Fire Department was selected as one of the five departments to be presented this honor, and

Whereas, the members of the North Hero Volunteer Fire Department, and all the citizens of Vermont’s most northerly island community, can be proud of the department’s national recognition and commitment to public service, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the North Hero Volunteer Fire Department on receipt of the Keep Going Award, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Chief Michael Murdock at the North Hero Volunteer Fire Department.  



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