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NO. R-247.  House concurrent resolution honoring Douglas MacPhee, the voice of Bellows Falls Union High School Football.


House concurrent resolution honoring Douglas MacPhee, the voice of Bellows Falls Union High School football

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Partridge of Windham, Deen of Westminster and Mrowicki of Putney

Whereas, Douglas MacPhee’s association with Bellows Falls Union High School football dates back half a century to 1954, when he started as a freshman player and then became the team’s manager during his junior and senior years, and

Whereas, after his graduation from Bellows Falls Union High School in 1958, he served in the United States Army, attended college, and worked out‑of‑state before returning permanently to Bellows Falls in the late 1970s, and

Whereas, autumn 1978 marked the inauguration of Doug MacPhee’s second and far more memorable relationship with the football Terriers when his voice was first heard as the team’s official public address system announcer, and

Whereas, this role requires carefully monitoring play on the field and reporting all the referees’ calls and other key developments throughout the game, and

Whereas, Doug MacPhee’s career behind the microphone continued for three decades, during which he announced for eight state championship squads, including the 1981 and 1984 undefeated teams, and

Whereas, when asked to recall his most memorable game, he cited the 1984 state championship in which the Terriers defeated Rice Memorial High School 56-13, and

Whereas, although Doug MacPhee has great admiration for Bellows Falls Union High School’s many championship teams, he greatly respects the 1987 team that battled all season to achieve a 3-6 record, and 

Whereas, while announcing games, he snapped innumerable photos that he shared with the players, the coaches, the press, and even the opposing teams, and

Whereas, Doug MacPhee’s announcing duties have taken him to five state championship football games, including two involving the Terriers, as well as to other interscholastic sporting events, and

Whereas, in 2005, the press box at the school’s Hadley Field was named in his honor, and

Whereas, on October 20, 2007, after 30 seasons behind the microphone, Doug MacPhee concluded his career as the official Terrier announcer, including his occasional service on behalf of the school’s baseball, basketball, and track teams, and he hopes now to fulfill a long-held dream to attend college football games both in New England and at Notre Dame University, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Douglas MacPhee, the voice of Bellows Falls Union High School football, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Douglas MacPhee and to Bellows Falls Union High School.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont