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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

thursday, april 28, 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.

Offered by:  Representatives Emmons of Springfield and Martin of Springfield,

H.C.R. 104

House concurrent resolution congratulating the volunteer long‑term care ombudsmen program on the occasion of its 10th anniversary.

Whereas, over 5,000 Vermonters live in nursing homes, residential care homes, and assisted living residences, and

Whereas, the volunteer long‑term care ombudsmen program was established 10 years ago to help protect the rights and improve the quality of life of all Vermonters living in long‑term care facilities, and

Whereas, volunteer ombudsmen complete 20 hours of classroom training, 30 hours of field training, and attend monthly in-service meetings to learn how best to assist individual residents with complaints and to provide information to others who want to learn more about Vermont’s long‑term care system, and

Whereas, volunteer ombudsmen work with families, other agencies, organizations, and the staff and administrators of long‑term care facilities in order to strengthen Vermont’s long‑term care system, always remembering that residents are the most important part of the system, and

Whereas, over the past 10 years, volunteer ombudsmen have dedicated more than 30,000 hours assisting Vermonters who live in nursing homes, residential care homes, and assisted living residences, and

Whereas, the ongoing presence of volunteer ombudsmen in long‑term care facilities has improved the quality of care and life of countless individual residents and strengthened Vermont’s long‑term care communities, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the volunteer ombudsmen program on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jackie Majoros, the state long‑term care ombudsman.

Offered by:  Representatives Zuckerman of Burlington, 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, Clark of Vergennes, 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, Grad of Moretown, Green of Berlin, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, 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, Kainen of Hartford, 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, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, 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, Miller of Elmore, 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, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, 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, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington and Young of Orwell,

Offered by:  Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Coppenrath of Caledonia District, Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Dunne of Windsor District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Gander of Windham District, Senator Giard of Addison District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District, Senator Kittell of Franklin District, Senator Leddy of Chittenden District, Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator MacDonald of Orange District, Senator Maynard of Rutland District, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District, Senator Mullin of Rutland District, Senator Scott of Washington District, Senator Sears of Bennington District, Senator Shepard of Bennington District, Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Starr of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Welch of Windsor District, Senator White of Windham District and Senator Wilton of Rutland District,

H.C.R. 105

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2004-2005 University of Vermont Catamounts America East Conference championship men’s basketball team.

Whereas, the University of Vermont (UVM) Catamounts men’s basketball team’s impressive 2004-2005 record of 25-7 does not convey completely the grand triumphs that marked this extraordinary season that captured the hearts of all Vermonters, and

Whereas, this final season for veteran 19-year coach Tom Brennan proved to be a fantastic capstone for his career, and an historic pinnacle in the 105‑year history of UVM men’s basketball, and

Whereas, one of the memorable highlights was UVM’s rebounding from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat UMBC 66-61 on senior night, the team’s final regular season home game, and

Whereas, the overwhelming 81-57 America East championship victory over Northeastern University at Patrick Gymnasium was the Catamounts’ third consecutive year winning this prestigious title, and

Whereas, these fantastic events were mere warm-ups for the NCAA tournament appearance on Friday evening, March 18, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, and

Whereas, no sportswriter could have imagined a more exciting scenario as the lead in this relatively low-scoring, and predominantly defensive, game switched eight times, and the two teams were tied on 11 occasions and overtime  became a necessity, and

Whereas, determined not to lose the opportunity of a lifetime, the spunky and determined Catamounts played to win as T.J. Sorrentine drilled a successful long three pointer and Martin Klimes added a late free throw, which sealed UVM’s 60-57 first round NCAA victory, and

Whereas, basketball fans everywhere, except in Vermont, were stunned as they witnessed 13th-seeded UVM’s triumph over 4th-seeded Syracuse, the first time a Catamount men’s basketball team had ever defeated a Big East team, and the first time it ever beat a nationally ranked opponent, and 

Whereas, in UVM’s second NCAA tournament game against Michigan State, during which the team made an outstanding effort, T.J. Sorrentine scored his 2,000th career point, becoming only the third Catamount to reach this elite plateau, and

Whereas, the 2004-2005 Catamount basketball team of T.J. Sorrentine, Kyle Cieplicki, Martin Klimes, Chad Powlovich, Taylor Coppenrath, David Hehn, Timothy McCrory, Germain Mopa Njila, Alex Jensen, Ryan Schneider, Josh Duell, and Chris Holm will always have a special place in the hearts of UVM fans, and

Whereas, Coach Tom Brennan, Associate Head Coach Jesse Agel, assistant coaches Patrick Filien and Jeff Rush, student assistant coach Jack Phelan, and athletic trainer and strength coach Chris Poulin were outstanding mentors and advisors for this extraordinary basketball squad, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2004-2005 University of Vermont Catamounts’ America East Conference championship men’s basketball team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send copies of this resolution to each of the players and coaches on this outstanding team and to Bruce Bosley at the University of Vermont athletic office.

Offered by:  Representative Jewett of Ripton,

Offered by:  Senator Ayer of Addison District and Senator Giard of Addison District,

H.C.R. 106

House concurrent resolution honoring former Ripton Town Clerk and Treasurer Timothy Hanson.

Whereas, the town of Ripton was extremely fortunate to have Timothy Hanson serve as the municipality’s town clerk and treasurer for 19 years, the second longest tenure of any Ripton town clerk, and

Whereas, over the course of 22 years, he has served many official roles in Ripton’s municipal government, including clerk of selectmen, school treasurer, delinquent tax collector, fire chief, emergency medical technician, solid waste district delegate, pound keeper, and dog warden, and

Whereas, in addition to this extremely impressive list of official duties, which broadly encompasses nearly every aspect of town governance, Timothy Hanson also served in a number of other posts on an unofficial basis, including town administrator, town planner, lister tax-preparer, and medical advisor, and

Whereas, his qualifications to serve as a medical advisor and emergency medical technician were premised on his training as a nurse, and

Whereas, amazingly, despite his multiple municipal assignments, Timothy Hanson found the time to devote most weekends to working as a nurse for the Addison Home Health and Hospice Agency, and

Whereas, while he has stepped down as town clerk, his assistance to the community will continue, and

Whereas, Timothy Hanson’s willingness to contribute to the smooth functioning of Ripton’s municipal affairs in nearly any imaginable capacity is to be greatly admired, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes Timothy Hanson’s extraordinary dedication to serving the citizens of Ripton for over two decades and wishes him every success in his future endeavors, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Timothy Hanson and to the Ripton town clerk.  

Offered by:  Representatives Green of Berlin, Evans of Essex, Hosford of Waitsfield, Koch of Barre Town, McFaun of Barre Town and Valliere of Barre City,

H.C.R. 107

House concurrent resolution congratulating Ellen Sulek on being named a winner of a 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.

Whereas, one of the highest honors that a math or science teacher in the United States can earn is a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and

Whereas, in 2004, only 95 elementary and secondary school teachers in the nation were presented this prestigious commendation, and

Whereas, the awards were established in 1983, and they are intended to identify and honor outstanding math and science teachers in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. territories, and the U.S. Department of Defense Schools, and

Whereas, the 2004 winners were selected exclusively from kindergarten through sixth grade classroom teachers, and

Whereas, a panel comprising leading mathematicians, scientists, and educators, working in conjunction with the White House, selects the winners, and

Whereas, among this year’s recipients was Ellen Sulek, a science teacher at Barre Town Middle and Elementary School, and

Whereas, she approaches the teaching of science to children in a special way, according to a Times Argus account, encompassing “modeling and inquiry, exploring new experiences, making predictions, investigating and observing, and deciding if the evidence confirms the prediction or not,” and

Whereas, through her emphasis on the investigatory aspect of science,  Ellen Sulek is able to arouse in her young students scientific curiosity and interest in exploring new ideas, and

Whereas, the National Science Foundation (NSF), which administers this award program, paid for her to travel to our nation’s capital to be honored at a ceremony that President Bush attended and to participate in a series of professional development activities, and

Whereas, Ellen Sulek will be the recipient of a $10,000.00 NSF grant to enhance science education at her school, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Ellen Sulek on being named a winner of a 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ellen Sulek at Barre Town Middle and Elementary School.


Offered by:  Representative Fallar of Tinmouth,

H.C.R. 108

House concurrent resolution honoring and extending best wishes to Ernest Boulé of Tinmouth on the occasion of his 95th birthday.

Whereas, Ernest Boulé is one of Tinmouth’s most revered citizens, and

Whereas, he has assumed many positions of leadership in the community, and

Whereas, his first public service position was as constable during the 1930s, and

Whereas, having fulfilled his law enforcement duties most effectively, he was later entrusted by the voters with the important duty of assessing the town’s property when he was elected as lister, a post he held for five years, and

Whereas, most significantly, from 1975 to 1992, Ernest Boulé was a highly respected member of the Tinmouth selectboard and served several terms as its distinguished chair, and

Whereas, he always scrutinized the spending of every penny so as to be frugal with his neighbors’ hard-earned money, and

Whereas, for many decades he and his wife, Therese, stayed true to Vermont’s agricultural heritage as they operated their family’s farm, and

Whereas, on Saturday, May 24, 2005, Ernest Boulé will celebrate his 95th birthday, and

Whereas, his service on behalf of the town of Tinmouth has reflected the best traditions of Vermont’s citizen government, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Ernest Boulé for his honorable and diligent devoted public service on behalf of the citizens of Tinmouth and extends the very best of wishes on the occasion of his 95th birthday, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ernest Boulé in Tinmouth.

Offered by:  Representative Head of South Burlington,

H.C.R. 109

House concurrent resolution welcoming to the State House the commission on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

Whereas, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the leading cause of dementia, a disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate, and perform daily activities, and

Whereas, this disease has no single known cause, but the greatest known risk factors for late onset (after age 65) are increasing age and family history with the disease, and

Whereas, the course and progression of the disease depend on the afflicted individual, but on average, a person lives for eight to 10 years after an initial diagnosis, although an individual can live with the disease for as many as 20 years, and

Whereas, one in 10 persons over age 65 and nearly one‑half of those over age 85 are victims of this dreaded disease, and

Whereas, based on Census 2000 data, 11,000 Vermonters have Alzheimer’s disease, and

Whereas, Alzheimer’s disease costs American businesses $61 billion on an annual basis, and the average lifetime care for an individual with AD is $174,000.00, and

Whereas, Alzheimer’s disease is a tragic disease that can deprive individuals of decades of meaningful living, and

Whereas, Alzheimer’s disease is not only a tragedy for the individual victims, but it places an enormous and difficult burden both emotionally and physically on their families, and

Whereas, while a cure for Alzheimer’s disease is not on the immediate medical horizon, research efforts to assist in finding a cure and programs to alleviate the problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease serve important roles, and

Whereas, in Vermont, the General Assembly has established the Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders to “advise state agencies on matters of state policy relating to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia‑related disorders,” and

Whereas, the commission’s activities have been of great assistance to both AD victims and their families, and

Whereas, the commission’s members are visiting the State House today, April 26, 2005, to inform legislators concerning the commission’s activities, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly welcomes to the State House the members of the Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and congratulates them for their dedication to assisting victims and families of victims of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia‑related disorders, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders.

     Offered by:  Representatives Donovan of Burlington, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Cross of Winooski, Keogh of Burlington, Kiss of Burlington, Larson of Burlington, Lorber of Burlington, Tracy of Burlington, Wright of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington,

H.C.R. 110

     House concurrent resolution congratulating the Burlington Electric Department on the centennial anniversary of its commencing electric generation.

Whereas, at the start of the last century, and in response to the privately owned Burlington Light and Power Company’s high rates, the General Assembly, pursuant to Act No. 213 of 1902, “authorized and empowered” the city of Burlington “to construct an electric light plant for the purpose of lighting the streets, walks, public grounds and public buildings of the city,” and to provide electric power to residential customers on a contractual basis, and

Whereas, in 1903, the city’s electorate approved a $150,000.00 bond issue for the construction of an electric generating plant that commenced operation on April 29, 1905, and

Whereas, the inauguration of the Burlington Electric Department’s (BED’s) plant resulted in a substantial lowering of the city’s public and private electric rates, and

Whereas, after surviving difficult economic circumstances due to the rise in the price of coal during World War I, BED’s finances improved, and in the 1930s, the department began to provide free electric power for

municipally owned street lights, and     

Whereas, post-World War II power shortages, attributable to the increased electrification of modern life, led Burlington’s voters to approve funding for the coal-fired Moran Generating Station which commenced operations in 1954 and resulted in major consumer savings, and

Whereas, with the projected retirement of the Moran plant, new and more acceptable sources of energy were examined, and, in 1984, the McNeil

Wood-Powered Electric Generating Facility opened in the Intervale, and

Whereas, in the 1990s, Burlington’s voters approved an $11.3-million bond to fund BED’s energy efficiency projects, and

Whereas, as it observes 100 years of electric generation, BED is proud to be Vermont’s largest municipally owned electric utility, and it is committed to utilizing innovative and efficient methods to produce clean and sustainable power for Vermont’s Queen City, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Burlington Electric Department on the centennial anniversary of its commencing electric generation, and be it further

     Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Burlington Electric Department’s general manager, Barbara Grimes.

Offered by:  Representatives Seibert of Norwich and Masland of Thetford,

H.C.R. 111

House concurrent resolution congratulating Hannah Kearney on winning the 2005 women’s moguls world championship in Ruka, Finland.

Whereas, 19-year-old Hannah Kearney of Norwich, a Hanover High School graduate, began skiing at an early age and, while attending grade school, participated in the local Ford Sayre Ski Program, and

Whereas, her introduction to international ski racing occurred when she was a 10th grader and journeyed to Iso-Sytoe, Finland, capturing both the moguls and duals gold medals at the World Junior Championship, and

Whereas, in December 2003, Hannah qualified for the U.S. mogul team and traveled to training camps in Chile and Colorado, and her coach was Elizabeth McIntyre, another Hanover High School graduate who captured the silver medal in mogul skiing at the 1994 Olympic Games at Lillehammer, Norway, and

Whereas, in December 2003, with her high school books in tow, Hannah returned to Finland, this time heading to Ruka, located in the country’s far north on the Arctic Circle’s edge, to commence her first full season as a World Cup circuit skier, and

Whereas, during her first full season, Hannah won two mogul events, sparking much interest in this talented young Vermont skier, and

Whereas, in March 2005, she returned to Ruka, Finland to compete in the world mogul championship, and

Whereas, battling arctic temperatures and the best women mogul skiers in the world, Hannah Kearney’s title clinching run included a back flip combined with an iron cross (pulling her skis up under her arms), and a heli-X, with a full 360-degree rotation, and

Whereas, these dazzling jumps, combined with a fast traverse of the course, resulted in her winning the 2005 women’s world mogul championship, and

Whereas, Hannah Kearney and Ann Battelle, a Middlebury College graduate who grew up in Williston, are the only two Americans to have ever captured the women’s mogul crown, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Hannah Kearney on winning the 2005 women’s moguls world championship in Ruka, Finland, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Hannah Kearney in Norwich. 

Offered by:  Representatives Howard of Rutland City, Allaire of Rutland City, Baker of West Rutland, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, DePoy of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Fallar of Tinmouth, Haas of Rochester, Helm of Castleton, Komline of Dorset, Louras of Rutland City, Malcolm of Pawlet, Nitka of Ludlow, Potter of Clarendon and Sunderland of Rutland Town,

H.C.R. 112

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Rutland Hometown Heroes.

Whereas, the Central Vermont-New Hampshire Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross organized a “Salute to Rutland County Hometown Heroes,” and

Whereas, the salute honored individuals and organizations that have served their communities in many special and beneficial ways as either categorical winners or honorable mention recipients, and

Whereas, in the law enforcement category, the winner was Sgt. Charles Cacciatore of the Vermont State Police, who was recognized for “his bravery and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty,” whose many roles have included service as the Project DARE officer in Castleton, the Mill River Union High School’s resource officer (the first state police officer to hold such a position) and off duty as a Special Olympics volunteer, and the honorable mention recognition was awarded to Officer Michael Nesshover of the Rutland City Police Department, and

Whereas, in the education and training category, the winner was the Proctor school system’s family school coordinator, Peggy Bartlett, who the Proctor Community Kids nominated in recognition of all the things she has done for them as a counselor and friend, and honorable mention recognition was awarded to Foster Grandmothers of Northwest School, and

Whereas, in the firefighter category, the winner was Dennis Duby, a Pittsford volunteer firefighter who was honored for his quick response to the crash of a car into a house and the resulting human injury and fire, and the honorable mention recognition was awarded to John Flory of Rutland Town for his many years of firefighting service in Rutland Town, and

Whereas, in the medical-rescue category, the winner was Mona Blanchard R.N. whose work as a pediatric nurse at the Rutland Regional Medical Center to save baby Christopher was honored, and the honorable mention recognition was awarded to Dr. Katherine Hession of Pediatrics Associates, and

Whereas, in the military/veteran category, the sole award was presented to “all Military Service Personnel for their bravery, commitment, and dedication to securing the safety of our country and our state,” and

Whereas, in the Good Samaritan youth category, the group winners were the junior firefighters of the Tinmouth volunteer fire department in recognition of their assistance to the department, and honorable mention recognition was awarded to Jessica Marie Conway of Rutland, and

Whereas, in the Good Samaritan adult category, the winner was Patty Sabotka “in recognition of creating ‘Carmey’s Angels’ in memory of her friend Carmey Munzer, and the honorable mention recognition was awarded  posthumously to the late Dorothy Dockum R.N., and

Whereas, in the animal rescue category, the winner was “Patches,” an English setter who resides in Fair Haven, and was instrumental in saving her owner Marti’s life when Marti experienced a diabetic emergency, and the honorable mention recognition was awarded to Rutland City Police personnel, including communications operator Lynette Gallipo, K-9 officer Matthew Prouty, and officer Earl “Frank” Post, and

Whereas, in the community impact category, there were three finalists including:  Stephen Costello of the Central Vermont Public Service Corporation who “for years has served on various community boards and supported many community organizations”; Sharen Underwood, who was recently sworn into the bar after reading the law and established the state’s first TRIAD program for seniors after serving as a lieutenant in the Rutland County sheriff’s department; and Michael Smith who has exhibited, “a strong commitment  to Pine Hill Park (in Rutland) and its accessibility to all local residents and outdoor enthusiasts,” and the honorable mention was awarded to Mary Waite R.N., the nurse at the Fair Haven Graded School, and Robert “Bob” Dean of Brandon, and

Whereas, all of the winners were honored at a special celebration held on March 12 at the Paramount Theater in Rutland City, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates all of the Rutland County Hometown Heroes, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send 22 copies of this resolution to the Rutland office of the Central Vermont- New Hampshire Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross in order to distribute one copy to each individual or institutional winner or honorable mention recipient and to retain a copy for its permanent records.

Offered by:  Representatives Ancel of Calais, Morley of Barton and Rodgers of Glover,

H.C.R. 113

House concurrent resolution congratulating Carol Amos on being named a winner of a 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.

Whereas, one of the highest honors that a math or science teacher in the United States can earn is a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and

Whereas, the awards were established in 1983, and they are intended to identify and honor outstanding math and science teachers in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. territories, and the U.S. Department of Defense Schools, and

Whereas, the 2004 winners were selected exclusively from kindergarten through sixth grade classroom teachers, and

Whereas, in 2004, only 95 elementary and secondary school teachers in the nation were presented this prestigious commendation, and

Whereas, a panel comprising leading mathematicians, scientists, and educators, working in conjunction with the White House, selects the winners, and

Whereas, among this year’s recipients was Carol Amos, a mathematics teacher at Twinfield Union School, and

Whereas, she teaches mathematics to young children, she says, in a way “that doesn’t involve rote memorization of algorithms,” and

Whereas, according to the Times Argus, Carol Amos provides children “with essential building blocks to solve math problems and allow them to reach a solution in a variety of ways,” and

Whereas, she has learned that children need to “dig into a problem and grasp onto a conclusion in their own way,” reports the Times Argus, and

Whereas, the National Science Foundation (NSF), which administers this award program, paid for Carol Amos to travel to our nation’s capital to be honored at a ceremony that President Bush attended and to participate in a series of professional development activities, and

Whereas, she will be the recipient of a $10,000.00 NSF grant to enhance further mathematics education at her school, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Carol Amos on being named a winner of a 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Carol Amos at Twinfield Union School.

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster and Partridge of Windham,

Offered by:  Senator Gander of Windham District and Senator White of Windham District,

H.C.R. 114

House concurrent resolution congratulating Parks Place Community Resources Center on the organization’s tenth anniversary.

Whereas, located in the village of Bellows Falls, Parks Place Community Resources Center (“Parks Place”) is a social service agency offering both an organized schedule of community activities and walk-in support services, and

Whereas, the organization’s service area includes the towns of Athens, Grafton, Rockingham, and Westminster, and

Whereas, Parks Place collaborates with other social service agencies, schools, and community groups to reach individuals who can benefit from its services, and

Whereas, as well as special activities, among the 32 regular programs that Parks Place offers are adult literacy, youth mentoring, employment assistance, substance abuse prevention, student assistance, court alternatives, parenting classes, and health promotion, and

Whereas, Parks Place is welcoming, convenient, and accessible, and annually, it helps thousands of individuals improve their lives through either direct one-on-one support or one of its many group activities and classes, and

Whereas, in recognition of the outstanding community support services that Parks Place offers, it was named the 1998 Vermont Social Work Agency of the Year, and

Whereas, on June 1, this vibrant and highly respected social service agency marks its tenth anniversary, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Parks Place Community Resources Center on the tenth anniversary of the organization’s providing outstanding community‑based social services, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Parks Place Community Resources Center in Bellows Falls. 

Offered by:  Representatives Atkins of Winooski, Tracy of Burlington, Allaire of Rutland City, Ancel of Calais, Audette of S. Burlington, Barnard of Richmond, Bohi of Hartford, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Cross of Winooski, Deen of Westminster, Donovan of Burlington, Endres of Milton, Evans of Essex, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hudson of Lyndon, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Metzger of Milton, Miller of Elmore, Minter of Waterbury, Morrissey of Bennington, Partridge of Windham, Rodgers of Glover, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby and Sweaney of Windsor,

H.C.R. 115

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2005 University of Vermont EISA championship ski team.

Whereas, the 2005 University of Vermont alpine and Nordic skiers mastered the snowy slopes and trails at this year’s EISA championship, garnering 903 points and capturing the school’s 29th EISA title in the last 30 years, and

Whereas, at the EISA championship, the Catamounts took three of the top four spots in the men’s 20-kilometer free technique event with Ethan Foster of Weston capturing first place with a time of 49:22.2, and the UVM women  earned three of the top 10 spots in the women’s giant slalom with Jamie Kingsbury of Waitsfield placing second with a combined time of 2:02.6, and

Whereas, the EISA crown was only the beginning of an exciting season finale for the Catamounts as they proceeded to the NCAA Ski Championship which UVM hosted at the Mount Mansfield Ski Resort and the Trapp Family Lodge cross country ski area, and

Whereas, at the NCAA championship, the Catamounts demonstrated that they can compete against the best collegiate skiers in the nation, and

Whereas, on the first day of skiing in Stowe, where the teams were forced to combat strong winds, UVM proved unbeatable in the giant slalom as three‑time All-American Jamie Kingsbury of Waitsfield won the women’s event, her second national championship in three years, with a combined two‑run time of 1:55.03, and Greg Hardy of Stratton captured the men’s event with a total time of 1:45.49, and

Whereas, at the completion of the four-day national championship, UVM was the top‑scoring eastern team with 575 points and second overall, an admirable accomplishment for the Catamounts, and

Whereas, UVM’s 2004-2005 men and women’s alpine and Nordic skiers, including Lowell Bailey, Sam Beck, Kelsy Bouchard, Zac Brown, Amy Cochran, Kate Crawford, Johnny Davidson, Emilia DeMarchis, Paul Epstein, Ethan Foster, Ryan Foster, Molly Gray, Jeff Hackett, Carina Hamel, Greg Hardy, Justin Hart, Drew Holbrook, Anja Jokela, Hunter Kaltsas, Jamie Kingsbury, Kerry Klauder, Madaileine Krebs, Jane Lemasurier, Erin Mascolino, Hilary McCloy, Jilyne McDonald, Anders Osthus, Jordi St. John, Ashley Spina, Maile Wade, and D. J. Wassick, all deserve commendation for a job well done, and

Whereas, the entire Catamount skiing coaching staff, including Head Alpine Coach Bill Reichelt, Assistant Alpine Coach Erica MacConnell, Head Nordic Coach Allan Serrano, Assistant Nordic Coach Liz Hollenbach, and Volunteer Assistant Nordic Coach Fred Fayette, provided outstanding support as did athletic trainer Kelly Johnson, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2005 University of Vermont  EISA championship ski team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bill Reichelt, and Allan Serrano at the University of Vermont Department of Athletics and to Gordon Woodworth at the University of Vermont Department of Athletic Communications.



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