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thursday, february 23, 2006

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 Senator Illuzzi,

S.C.R. 53.

Senate concurrent resolution recognizing Robert E. Miller for his contributions to Vermont.

Whereas, Robert E. Miller of Burlington, a Rutland native, has contributed  countless hours of his time and expertise in crafting solutions to some of the state’s most pressing challenges and opportunities, and

Whereas, Robert Miller’s leadership has in turn inspired other community members to commit to provide thousands of hours of work on community projects, and

Whereas, Robert Miller’s tireless commitment and financial contributions to the proposed Chittenden Regional Technical Academy assisted the Regional Technical Education Board in its efforts to propose a high quality work-force training and education program, and

Whereas, although voters defeated the specific proposal, Robert Miller’s advocacy and support for work-force education has resulted in a heightened awareness of the need for work-force education, the creation of community partnerships, and an enhanced interest in technical education that will endure and grow, and

Whereas, beyond the field of technical education, Robert Miller has been a one man economic development agency in many areas of Vermont outside of Chittenden County, including Orleans, Essex and Orange Counties, and

Whereas, Robert Miller and his spouse, Holly, have made numerous financial gifts to institutions of higher education, not-for-profit organizations, and community organizations, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes Robert Miller for his work on behalf of technical education, higher education, economic development and community development endeavors around Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Robert and Holly Miller and to the Essex Regional Technical Education Academy with a request that it be prominently and permanently displayed in that facility.

     By Representatives Dostis of Waterbury, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Canfield of Fair Haven, Darrow of Dummerston, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Flory of Pittsford, Heath of Westford, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Hube of Londonderry, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Klein of East Montpelier, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larrabee of Danville, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, McLaughlin of Royalton, Minter of Waterbury, Morrissey of Bennington, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Pellett of Chester, Pugh of S. Burlington, Seibert of Norwich, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho and Tracy of Burlington,

H.C.R. 242.

     House concurrent resolution on Hunger Awareness Day and honoring Marianne Metropoulos.

Whereas, in 1994, Marianne Metropoulos decided to assist the thousands of Vermont children going without adequate food and nutrition, and

Whereas, she approached the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, which resulted in the creation of the Project Healthy Start grant program for the express purpose of making start-up funds available in order to expand nutrition programs at schools, summer food sites, and child care centers across the state, and

Whereas, since 1995, as a result of Marianne Metropoulos’s ongoing humanitarian efforts, more than 59 Project Healthy Start grants have been awarded to Vermont schools to help them start school breakfast and lunch programs, and

Whereas, more than 27,000 low income children in Vermont now have access to school breakfasts and school lunches, and the students can enjoy them without stigma, and

Whereas, in 1997, Marianne Metropoulos and the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger acknowledged that when schools are closed for the summer, many of these children lose their only reliable source of food and nutrition, and

Whereas, in response to the lack of school lunch programs during the summer months, the Project Healthy Start grant program was expanded financially to enable communities to establish summer food programs for children at risk of hunger, and

Whereas, more than 154 Project Healthy Start grants have been awarded in order to expand and strengthen the summer food service program and provide over 5,200 children with at least one nutritious meal every summer day, and

Whereas, in response to the nutritional requirements of preschool children in child care centers, the Project Healthy Start grant program was expanded in 2004 to help these centers participate in the Child Care Food Program, and

Whereas, many more children of low income households can receive nutritious meals in locations where they are improving their health, development, and ability to learn during the day, and

Whereas, the Project Healthy Start grant program has been the catalyst for many of these programs, and the return on the initial investment of each grant is long-lasting insofar as the programs remain a sustainable part of Vermont schools and ensure all children will benefit from these meals for years to come, now therefore be it 

Resolved by the House of Representatives:

That the Senate and House of Representatives honors Marianne Metropoulos for her foresight, generosity, and determination to ensure that every Vermont child receives access to wholesome nutrition each day and for epitomizing the leadership ability needed to take responsibility for the issue of child hunger which is an epidemic that affects one in five Vermont children, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Marianne Metropoulos and to the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger.

By Representatives Bartlett of Dover, Botzow of Pownal, Clark of Vergennes, Cross of Winooski, Hube of Londonderry, Krawczyk of Bennington and Rusten of Halifax,

By  Senators Sears and Shepard,

H.C.R. 243.

House concurrent resolution in memory of Stamford Elementary School Principal Leo Ethier.

Whereas, Leo Ethier was respected and much admired in the town of Stamford where he served as an education and community leader for several decades, and

Whereas, a Massachusetts native and an Eagle Scout, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at North Adams State College, and

Whereas, in 1972, Leo Ethier was appointed principal of the Stamford Elementary School, a position he held until he died on his 59th birthday after a battle against cancer, and

Whereas, despite his illness, he continued to direct activities at the school until recently, and

Whereas, on Leo Ethier’s final birthday, a contingent of approximately 240 parents and students, including several seventh and eighth graders who carried a birthday banner, marched to his home where they sang “Happy Birthday” and released many balloons into the air in honor of a truly special individual, and 

Whereas, under his direction, the Stamford Elementary School had won the state of Vermont’s Golden Medallion Award for educational excellence, and

Whereas, Leo Ethier chaired the regional standards board of principals and was an active member of several state and national educational administration organizations, and

Whereas, he was a veteran Stamford volunteer firefighter, having served as a departmental officer for 21 years, as chief for four years, and the department recently designated him as honorary chief, and

Whereas, Leo Ethier had served as Stamford’s assistant civil defense director and had sat on the community library planning committee, and

Whereas, he was a communicant of  St. John’s Bosco Church, and

Whereas, when not involved in school or town activities, Leo Ethier might be found on the links where he was an award-winning amateur golfer or on a local body of water, enjoying his other favorite hobby, boating, and

Whereas, his wife, Carol, his sons, Paul and Glenn, and the entire town of Stamford were saddened by this leading community figure’s death, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the family of Leo Ethier, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Carol Ethier in Stamford, to the Stamford Elementary School, and to the Stamford Fire Department.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont