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thursday, february 1, 2007

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 Doyle, Cummings and Scott,

     By Representatives Brooks of Montpelier and Kitzmiller of Montpelier,

S.C.R. 3. 

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the Vermont Mountaineers on winning the 2006 New England College Baseball League championship.

Whereas, the Vermont Mountaineers of the New England College Baseball League (NECBL) played before enthusiastic and capacity crowds at Montpelier Recreation Field throughout the team’s thrilling 2006 season, and

Whereas, the Mountaineers’ games were replete with superb batting and fielding, and most importantly numerous victories, that climaxed with the Mountaineers capturing their first NECBL championship, and

Whereas, the team’s post-season play was hard-hitting, well executed, and exciting to watch as the Mountaineers prevailed at each level of competition, and

Whereas, in the Northern Division finals, the Mountaineers met the challenge of the Sanford, Maine, Mariners, winning the first game in the best of three series 2-1, and

Whereas, the decisive Northern Division game will be long remembered as the teams were tied at 2-2 in the seventh when the game was suspended due to torrential rain and an excessively soggy field, and

Whereas, the overnight break proved beneficial to the Mountaineers who survived the Mariners’ loading the bases in the top of the ninth, and then repeated the same feat in the inning’s second half with greater success when Mountaineer, and Rutland native, Kyle Massie hit a sacrifice fly that enabled teammate Cal Smith to score the winning run and send the Mountaineers into the league championship series, and

Whereas, their Southern Division opponents, the Torrington, Connecticut Twisters, proved no match for the Mountaineers, who swept the decisive best of three series with back-to-back 4-3 and 4-1 victories which included a four-run fifth inning in the concluding game that sealed the Mountaineers league championship title, and

Whereas, individual Mountaineers earned special NECBL honors, including: Mark Murray as top relief pitcher, Chris Friederich as rookie of the year, Curt Smith as defensive player of the year, and Robbie Minor as the sportsmanship award recipient, and

Whereas, four Mountaineers, catcher Zach Zaneski, shortstop Robbie Minor, third baseman Curt Smith and starting pitcher Joe Esposito were named to the all-league first team, and teammates second baseman Troy Krider and pitcher Chris Friedrich were designated as members of the second all‑league team, and

Whereas, the leadership of team manager John Russo and coaches Brent Heaberlin, Douglas Walter, Troy Moock and Kevin Major provided the guidance the Mountaineers required to win the 2006 NECBL championship and compile an impressive 27-15 2006 record, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Vermont Mountaineers on winning the 2006 New England College Baseball League championship, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Mountaineers president Eddie Walbridge, and team manager John Russo.

   By Senators Illuzzi, Carris, Maynard and Mullin,

S.C.R. 4. 

     Senate concurrent resolution in memory of former United States Bankruptcy Judge Charles J. Marro.

Whereas, Rutland native Charles Marro’s distinguished tenure as the United States Bankruptcy Judge for the district of Vermont lasted for 44 years from 1941 until his retirement in 1985, and

Whereas, at the time of his retirement, he was the longest serving federal bankruptcy court jurist, and even after retirement, he continued to hear cases on occasion, and

Whereas, the future judge was born on June 24, 1910, to Italian immigrant parents who named him Girolamo; and, as was not unusual in1915, the nuns at St. Peter’s School changed the young boy’s name to Charles to facilitate easier pronunciation, and

Whereas, after graduating from Rutland High School in 1927, Charles Marro became the first member of the eight Marro children to attend college, and

Whereas, he was a 1931 graduate of Columbia University and proceeded on to Fordham University Law School, from which he graduated in 1934, and

Whereas, returning home to Rutland, Charles Marro commenced the practice of law and was appointed Federal bankruptcy judge for Vermont in 1941, and

Whereas, Judge Marro was passionate about the law and conducted his hearings in a respectful manner and with great humility, and

Whereas, he was committed to serving the public and never cancelled a court session, but would be certain not to schedule court during August in order to attend the harness horse races at Saratoga, New York, and

Whereas, in 1996, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges honored Judge Marro for more than 50 years of service on the federal bankruptcy bench, and

Whereas, in November 2006, a Dahl Taylor portrait of Judge Marro was unveiled at a ceremony in the federal courthouse in Rutland, and

Whereas, his family included his wife, Helen, his sons, Joseph and Charles, and daughter, Albina, five grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren, and

Whereas, his death in 2006 at the age of 96 marked the conclusion of a long and honorable life, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the memory of former United States Bankruptcy Judge Charles Marro and extends its condolences to his family, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Helen Marro in Rutland, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Commissioner of the Department of Buildings and General Services place a copy of this resolution in a place of public prominence and view in the Rutland District and Family Court.


H.C.R. 24

House concurrent resolution congratulating Zelia Parizo on her 100th birthday

Offered by:  Representatives Hunt of Essex, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Condon of Colchester, Heath of Westford, Hutchinson of Randolph, Keenan of St. Albans City, McCullough of Williston, Myers of Essex, Potter of Clarendon, Sweaney of Windsor and Zenie of Colchester

Whereas, Napoleon and Bertha Gaboriault of St. Sebastien, Quebec were the parents of 17 children, including a daughter, Zelia, who was born on October 22, 1906, and

Whereas, when Zelia Gaboriault was eight, the family emigrated to the United States, settling in the Lamoille County town of Elmore where the family supported itself by farming the land, and

Whereas, just seven years later, she met a neighboring farmer, Ernest Parizo, and despite her young age, they married shortly thereafter, and

Whereas, Zelia and Ernest Parizo moved to the village of Essex Junction in 1943 where she has resided for the last 63 years, and

Whereas, for 30 years, she was employed as a burler at the Winooski Woolen Mills until it ceased operations in the early 1950s, and

Whereas, Zelia and Ernest Parizo were the parents of one child, the late Bernard Parizo, who was a history teacher, a respected public official in both the village of Essex Junction and the town of Essex, and represented his community in the General Assembly, and

Whereas, since her husband’s death in 1964, Zelia has continued to live a busy life in Essex and maintained her health by walking to all her many community activities, and

Whereas, during the past century, she has witnessed vast changes in her life as the horse and buggy era gave way to the computer age, and

Whereas, this past October, she celebrated her 100th birthday in the presence of her family members, including her daughter-in-law and former Representative Mary Ann Parizo, grandchildren, Paul Parizo of Essex Junction and Marijane Gryk of South Windsor, Connecticut, and her four great‑grandsons, Tyler and Brett Parizo and Shawn and Brian Gryk, and

Whereas, she was a loving wife and mother and remains devoted to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its warmest congratulations to Zelia Parizo on reaching the special milestone of her 100th birthday, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Zelia Parizo in Essex.

H.C.R.  25

House concurrent resolution congratulating Edwin Telfer Mook on his 100th birthday

Offered by:  Representatives Mook of Bennington, Botzow of Pownal, Browning of Arlington, Corcoran of Bennington, Krawczyk of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Miller of Shaftsbury, Moran of Wardsboro and Morrissey of Bennington

Offered by:  Senators Hartwell and Sears

Whereas, Edwin Mook was born in Metuchen, New Jersey on February 3, 1907, the third child of Milton Campbell Mook and Mabel Kent Mook, and

Whereas, he learned to drive at the age of 12, and was known for driving his father to the train station, and

Whereas, as an adult, he joined his father’s mail addressing business in Grand Central Station in New York City, and

Whereas, Edwin Mook served his community as a Metuchen councilman, and on the board of directors of both the Metuchen Building and Loan, now known as Metuchen Savings Bank, and the Metuchen YMCA, and

Whereas, at the young age of 20, Edwin Mook became a faithful brother of the Masonic movement, and is about to achieve his 80th year of membership as a Mason, and

Whereas, in 1933, Edwin Mook married Elberta Schenck of New Brunswick, New Jersey, and they had three children, named Edwin Junior, James Wesley, and Joanne, and

Whereas, in 1944, the young Mook family moved from Metuchen, New Jersey long before it became fashionable to move from an urban area to a rural area, and relocated in Cambridge, New York in order that Edwin Mook could become a dairy farmer, and

Whereas, upon retirement, the Mooks spent summers in Cambridge at Lake Lauderdale, and the remainder of the year in Florida, and

Whereas, through the past 100 years, Edwin Mook has seen many technological transformations such as the switch from horse-drawn farm vehicles to air-conditioned tractors with computers, the change from milking by hand to milking parlors, the introduction of genetic engineering, the advancement in communications from crank telephones to cell telephones, and the passing of an era of gaslight farmhouses to one in which bio-energy can serve as a power source, and

Whereas, Edwin Mook has witnessed the evolution of the automobile, the advent of the computer, and the birth of television, and

Whereas, Edwin and Elberta Mook had nine grandchildren, including Michael, Linda, Charlene, Haley, Matt, Jonathan, S Rodman, F Robert, and Rebeka, and 13 great-grandchildren:  Campbell, Camilla, Corinne, Duncan, Gillian, Will, Kelby, Taylor, Madison, Cody, Schuyler, Anna, and Hailey and

Whereas, Edwin Mook continues to live independently and remains in good health, and,

Whereas, on February 3, 2007, Edwin Mook and his family will gather to celebrate a momentous occasion, his 100th birthday, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives

That the General Assembly congratulates Edwin Telfer Mook on his 100th birthday, and extends best wishes for continued good health on this special occasion, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Edwin Mook of North Bennington.

H.C.R.  26

House concurrent resolution honoring Dr. Mildred “Mimi” Reardon

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Pugh of S. Burlington, Andrews of Rutland City, Barnard of Richmond, Botzow of Pownal, Chen of Mendon, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Deen of Westminster, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Emmons of Springfield, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Haas of Rochester, Heath of Westford, Hube of Londonderry, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jewett of Ripton, Keogh of Burlington, Koch of Barre Town, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Maier of Middlebury, Marcotte of Coventry, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Nease of Johnson, O'Donnell of Vernon, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Partridge of Windham, Pellett of Chester, Peterson of Williston, Rodgers of Glover, Shand of Weathersfield, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle and Wheeler of Derby

Offered by:  Senators Kitchel, Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Carris, Collins, Condos, Coppenrath, Cummings, Doyle, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, Kittell, Lyons, MacDonald, Maynard, Mazza, McCormack, Miller, Mullin, Nitka, Racine, Scott, Sears, Shumlin, Snelling, Starr and White

Whereas, Dr. Mimi Reardon’s many contributions to the delivery and improvement in the quality of primary health care services in Vermont are legendary, and

Whereas, she rose to the pinnacle of the medical profession and earned the admiration and respect of her colleagues, both locally and nationally, and

Whereas, Dr. Mimi Reardon has blazed a trail for women desiring to become doctors and served as a mentor to many aspiring physicians during her distinguished career as a practicing physician, the president of the Vermont Medical Society, and most especially as the associate dean for primary care at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and

Whereas, she embarked on her college studies with no intention of becoming a physician, enrolling at a state teacher’s college in Massachusetts with the thought of following in her mother’s footsteps, and

Whereas, fortunately, an alert professor recognized the young Mimi Reardon’s talents and facilitated her transfer to Northeastern University where she earned an undergraduate degree in biology, and

Whereas, when Mimi Reardon entered the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine as a member of the class of 1967, she established a special bond with the college that over nearly half a century would manifest itself in many wonderful ways, and

Whereas, after earning her medical degree, and completing her residency and a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology out-of-state, the lure of Vermont beckoned, and she returned to work as a primary care physician, and

Whereas, while practicing full-time, she was also associated with the medical school as a clinical instructor and as a member of numerous committees, and

Whereas, Dr. Mimi Reardon’s reputation as an outstanding physician, teacher, and primary care advocate proved to be the perfect credentials for her selection as the Vermont Medical Society’s first women president and then as the society’s delegate to the American Medical Association, and 

Whereas, in 1993, despite her devotion to serving as a full-time practicing physician, Dr. Mimi Reardon’s friends and colleagues at UVM persuaded her to accept the newly established position of associate dean for primary care, and

Whereas, Dr. Mimi Reardon filled this important new role magnificently, in part by spearheading the establishment of federally funded Area Health Education Centers in Vermont and overseeing the implementation of the Freeman Medical Scholars Program, and

Whereas, this amazing and caring physician has now retired from her deanship, but she continues to play an advocacy role at UVM on behalf of primary care medical services, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives

That the General Assembly honors retired Vermont College of Medicine Associate Dean, Dr. Mildred “Mimi” Reardon, on her exemplary medical career, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dr. Mimi Reardon at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington.

H.C.R.  27

House concurrent resolution welcoming the Vermont Frost Heaves to the Green Mountain State

Offered by:  Representatives Jewett of Ripton, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford and Sharpe of Bristol, Keogh of Burlington and Maier of Middlebury.

Offered by:  Senators Ayer and Giard

Whereas, in 2004, Sports Illustrated writer and Cornwall resident, Alex Wolf, considered forming a professional basketball team in Vermont, and

Whereas, on November 10, 2006, his new team, the Vermont Frost Heaves, appeared courtside for its first American Basketball League game, and

Whereas, the Frost Heaves have adopted a series of Vermont-centered organizational principles that provide the team is sustainable through its capped payroll and by playing its home games at existing downtown sites including Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium and the Barre Auditorium (the Aud); local by including area players on the roster, hiring local employees, and contracting with local suppliers; built to scale with the ideal seating arrangements at both home courts; and of the community with the plan to transfer partial ownership to local fans once the team achieves financial stability, and

Whereas, Vermonters across the state can follow the team online through the audio streamed play-by-play of all games and an e-mail update network, and

Whereas, the team’s mascot, a native Vermont moose named Bump, came by his name, and love of basketball, when a basketball became embedded in his head during a university alumni game in Massachusetts,

Whereas, the Vermont Frost Heaves are visiting the State House on Tuesday, February 6, to be welcomed officially to their new home, and

Whereas, members of the General Assembly are returning the compliment two evenings later when, during the Frost Heaves’ halftime at the Aud, they will play a brief, but historic, basketball game, involving two multipartisan and bicameral squads under the expert refereeing eyes of Speaker Symington who has announced that violations of the rules and orders of either chamber, the joint rules, and Mason’s Rules, including the prohibition on uttering the phrase “thank you madam speaker” will result in a foul call, regardless of the offending player’s legislative position, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly welcomes the Vermont Frost Heaves to the Green Mountain State, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Vermont Frost Heaves chief executive Alex Wolf.

H.C.R.  28

House concurrent resolution congratulating Mayo HealthCare in Northfield

Offered by:  Representatives Donahue of Northfield and Grad of Moretown

Whereas, the quality of the services offered in Vermont’s nursing care facilities is of great importance for its residents and their families, and

Whereas, the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living has recently assessed nursing facilities across the state, and commissioner Patrick Flood has awarded special recognition to several that were judged to provide outstanding services to their residents, and

Whereas, the specific criteria that each honored facility was required to meet in order to be presented the department’s Quality of Care Award included excellent survey results, efficient operation, better-than-average resident satisfaction, and no substantial resident complaints, and

Whereas, one of the honored nursing facilities is Mayo HealthCare in Northfield which is proud to have fulfilled the stringent criteria required for winning this special recognition, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Mayo HealthCare in Northfield on its winning a department of disabilities, aging, and independent living Quality of Care Award, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mayo HealthCare in Northfield.

H.C.R.  29

House concurrent resolution recognizing the law enforcement leadership and community service of former Brattleboro Police Chief and Windham County Sheriff Richard Guthrie

Offered by:  Representatives Marek of Newfane, Deen of Westminster, Edwards of Brattleboro, Hube of Londonderry, Manwaring of Wilmington, Milkey of Brattleboro, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Partridge of Windham and Pillsbury of Brattleboro

Offered by:  Senators Shumlin and White

Whereas, during the summer of 2006, the Windham County sheriff’s department was thrown into turmoil as the result of the sheriff’s resignation following a contentious controversy, and

Whereas, there was an immediate need to restore confidence in this countywide law enforcement force that also serves as the municipal police department in a number of localities, and

Whereas, the qualifications for a new sheriff included a strong and respected law enforcement background, including leadership and managerial experience and a knowledge of Windham County and its public safety requirements, and

Whereas, an obvious candidate for the position was former Brattleboro Police Chief Richard Guthrie who had won considerable admiration in that town during his many years of association with Windham County’s largest municipal police force, and

Whereas, he assumed the role of Windham County Sheriff last July and restored the county residents’ respect for their law enforcement force and the integrity of its administration, and

Whereas, as he promised, Richard Guthrie served in this important role only on an interim basis until the voters of Windham County could elect a new sheriff at the 2006 general election, and

Whereas, Richard Guthrie proved during the summer and fall of 2006 that the excellent reputation he earned during his years with the Brattleboro Police Department were richly deserved, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the outstanding law enforcement leadership and community service of former Brattleboro Police Chief and Windham County Sheriff Richard Guthrie, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Richard Guthrie.

H.C.R. 30

House concurrent resolution commemorating the life of 19th-century American journalist, political activist, social critic Horace Greeley

Offered by:  Representative Donaghy of Poultney

Whereas, Horace Greeley had a broad and lasting impact on 19th-century American society, and he was one of the most prominent journalists and statesmen of his era, and

Whereas, much of his early youth was spent on his family’s farm in West Haven where he displayed a voracious intellectual curiosity, and

Whereas, at age 15, this future founder and editor of the New York Tribune, and the individual most closely associated with the phrase “go west young man” headed in the opposite direction to the village of East Poultney where he began a four-year apprenticeship with the printer (publisher) of the Northern Spectator, and where his insatiable search for knowledge was more easily satisfied with regular visits to the East Poultney Public Library, and

Whereas, his journalism skills proved prodigious, and, within a year, he was able, on his own, to print an entire edition of the Northern Spectator, including typesetting and the composition of political editorials, and

Whereas, while working in East Poultney, he developed a strong abolitionist perspective, assisted a runaway slave that he encountered on the East Poultney green, and laid the foundation for his crafting of an editorial during the Civil War entitled “The Prayer of Twenty Million,” advocating the freeing of all slaves, as President Lincoln directed when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, and

Whereas, as a youth in Vermont, Horace Greeley became an advocate for workers’ and women’s rights, positions that he supported fervently throughout his life, and

Whereas, not content just to espouse his opinions in print, Horace Greeley became a formidable political figure, serving as a member of Congress, nominating Abraham Lincoln at the 1860 Republican convention, and, in 1872, seeking the presidency on his own accord, albeit unsuccessfully, and

Whereas, in commemoration of East Poultney and Vermont’s role in shaping the outlook and character of this most distinguished American, a group of local citizens has established the Horace Greeley Foundation and celebrate his birthday each year on February 3rd, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commemorates the life of Horace Greeley and the role that Vermont played in the intellectual and political development of this most distinguished American, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Linda Knowlton at the Horace Greeley Foundation in East Poultney.

H.C.R. 31

House concurrent resolution congratulating Verna May (Long) Evarts on her 100th birthday

Offered by:  Representatives Clark of Vergennes and Oxholm of Vergennes

Whereas, Verna May Evarts is much admired in Vergennes as both a former high school teacher and still vibrant community member, and

Whereas, in 1929, when women earning college degrees was not common, she graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with a major in English and a minor in French, and

Whereas, after college graduation, she became a school teacher in Delaware and taught English for seven years, and

Whereas, Verna May Long was married to Lloyd Evarts, now deceased, and

Whereas, they raised two sons, and she is the grandmother of several grandchildren, and

Whereas, having relocated to Vermont, in 1953, Verna May Evarts resumed her teaching career accepting a faculty position at Vergennes High School as both an English instructor and school librarian for the annual salary of $2,800.00, and

Whereas, for the next 19 years, until her retirement in 1972, Verna May Evarts became know to a generation of students as an outstanding teacher, and

Whereas, she was a faculty member when the school moved to its current location and later when its name was changed to Vergennes Union High School, and

Whereas, aside from her scholastic duties, she has been a devoted parishioner at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Vergennes and extremely active in the Order of the Eastern Star, and

Whereas, Verna May Evarts always has a kind word for everyone and is truly a community treasure, and

Whereas, on Monday, February 5, Verna May Evarts will reach a momentous personal milestone when she celebrates her 100th birthday, and

Whereas, her 100th birthday will be a special occasion in the city of Vergennes, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Verna May (Long) Evarts as she celebrates her 100th birthday, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Verna May Evarts in Vergennes.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont