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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

thursday, February 8, 2007

 

 


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.

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

     By Senators Condos, Flanagan, Lyons, Miller, Racine and Snelling,

S.C.R. 5.

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Burlington High School Seahorses Division II championship football team.

Whereas, the Burlington High School Seahorses football team last won the Division II championship title in 1999 when it defeated the South Burlington High School Rebels, and

Whereas, in the fall of 2006, after the Rebels defeated the Seahorses 37–6, the Burlington players recognized the need to reenergize their game plan, and

Whereas, in the following weeks, the Seahorses exhibited a disciplined style of play as they were victorious in eight of their nine remaining games, and

Whereas, Burlington’s improved performance provided the ticket to a berth in the Division II final, and once again, its southern neighbor, South Burlington, was ready to engage in gridiron battle, and

Whereas, the Seahorses turned in stellar offensive and defensive performances on the field, and Burlington’s skillful play also caused its opponents to fumble the ball on three occasions, and

Whereas, Burlington’s Andrew Plumley garnered 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and teammates Riley Lessor and Josh Carey each added a touchdown to the Seahorses’ total, and

Whereas, when the final whistle sounded, the Seahorses were on top 27–12 and the new owners of the 2006 Division II football championship title, and

Whereas, the 2006 football Seahorses, including Josh Carey, Paul Messier, A.J. Dusablon, Michael Carrier, Zac Carr, Jason Murray, Travis Hunt,  Andrew Plumley, Derek Stubbs, Casey DeGuise, James Hance, Peter Opel, Nolan Cain, Riley Lessor, Justin Dacres, Luke Gallagher, Sam Smith, Kevin Messier, Dipu Chiappetta, Anup Chiappetta, Dwight Stannard, Woody Orr, Richard Poquette, Marty Bombard, Justin Leombruno, David Cooper, Chris Brault, Leland King, Graham Kenworthy, Kiah Ellis, Colton Dober, Greg Guyette, Adam Chicoine, Andrew Staples, James Gilbert and Owen Ryan, proved that when a team plays with 100 percent effort, victory will follow, and

Whereas, head coach Jim Marrier and assistant coaches Sean Quinn, Todd Gregory and Pat Brown were wonderful mentors throughout the season, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2006 Burlington High School Seahorses Division II championship football team, and be it further

ResolvedThat the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jim Marrier at Burlington High School.

By Senators Condos, Flanagan, Lyons, Miller, Racine and Snelling,

S.C.R. 6.

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) Redhawks Division I championship boys’ soccer team.

Whereas, the CVU Redhawks boys’ soccer team, the Division I champions from 2002–2005, faced new challenges in 2006, having lost eight outstanding graduating seniors and its veteran coach, Dan Shepardson, and

Whereas, the school fielded a first-rate team under the guidance of new head coach T.J. Mead, himself a famous alumni of the CVU soccer program, and

Whereas, the Redhawks earned both the top playoff ranking and a 16–1 record that they brought to this year’s championship game against the talented third-seeded South Burlington High School Rebels, and

Whereas, these nearly evenly-matched squads played an intensive, but scoreless, game until with one minute and 34 seconds remaining in the first half, CVU’s Ian Dudley’s timely assist enabled teammate Tyler Macnee to score the day’s first point, and

Whereas, the second half’s scoring featured a single South Burlington goal that began with a long Rebel offensive run, leaving the game tied at one-all when regulation play concluded, and

Whereas, after CVU goalie Andreas Varsakopoulos made a spectacular save early in overtime play, the two teams battled exhaustion and a cold wind  for over 30 minutes until Tyler Macnee kicked the championship goal following a well-executed assist from CVU teammate Micah Rose, and

Whereas, the 2006 CVU boys’ soccer roster, consisting of Jonathan Bateman, Andreas Varsakopoulos, Sean Brady, Eric Vecchio, Cam Powden, Carson Cornbrooks, Kevin Ford, Ian Dudley, Ethan Morrow, Kyle Carrier, Thomas Dinitz, Micah Rose, Evan Karge, Jeffery Abbott, Matt Sulva, Matt Francis, Tyler Gagliuso, Will Hemingway, Tyler Macnee, Andy Borah, Peter Raszka, Charlie Marks, Josh Parker, Lucas Hawley and Whitney Mikell, was one of great skill, and

Whereas, coach T.J. Mead has inaugurated his Redhawk coaching career in grand style, and appreciated the great support of assistant coaches Jeff Evans and Stan Williams, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2006 Champlain Valley Union High School Redhawks’ Division I boys’ soccer team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to T.J. Mead at Champlain Valley Union High School.

By Senators Condos, Flanagan, Lyons, Miller, Racine and Snelling,

S.C.R. 7.

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School Redhawks Division I championship girls’ cross country team.

Whereas, after a five-day delay due to inclement weather, the competitors in the 2006 girls’ cross country championship meet were finally able to proceed to the starting line at the Thetford Academy course, and

Whereas, the Division I championship race was hardly a contest, as the CVU Redhawks once again demonstrated the extent of their speed and stamina, and

Whereas, the Redhawks amassed the lowest total score, the key to a cross country victory, with only 23 points compared to their nearest competitor’s final tally of 110, and

Whereas, the CVU squad led the field as Redhawk Hannah Meier earned the individual first place honors with a time of 20:31, and

Whereas, Hannah Meier was certainly not the only CVU standout runner as seven of the top 15 finishers were her classmates, including Kelsey Barton who came in third at 21:13 and Emily Olsen who completed the course fourth at 21:30, and

Whereas, the CVU girls proved their worth on a larger regional scale when they captured third place in the New England championship track meet that took place on November 11, and

Whereas, the three top finishers at the Thetford Academy competition are just part of an outstanding team of running Redhawks that also consists of Ali Barnes, Caroline Carpenter, Virginia Farley, Danika Frisbie, Kendall Frost and Sydney McEwen, and

Whereas, head coach Scott Bliss and his able assistant coaches Kasie Enman, Cory Coffey and Jessica Cover trained their students to be both skillful runners and good sportswomen, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2006 Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School Redhawks Division I championship girls’ cross country team, and be it further

ResolvedThat the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Scott Bliss at Champlain Valley Union High School.

By Senator Condos, Flanagan, Lyons, Miller, Racine and Snelling,

S.C.R. 8.

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) Redhawks Division I championship girls’ soccer team.

Whereas, the CVU Redhawks girls’ soccer team won the 2004 Division I title and lost the 2005 divisional final in overtime by a 1-0 score, and

Whereas, having come so close to bringing home top honors in 2005, the Redhawks were motivated to employ all of their soccer skills in pursuit of the 2006 crown, and

Whereas, the team played its best throughout the fall and earned the right to face Rutland High School in the pivotal final game, and

Whereas, the importance of  a strong bench was demonstrated as Redhawk Katherine Goller, who is not a regular starter, either assisted with or scored all three CVU goals, and

Whereas, at 11:58 before the midgame break, she set up the shot that enabled teammate Joanie Gentile to send the ball to the right post and place CVU on the scoreboard, and

Whereas, with slightly over 20 minutes remaining in the second half,  Redhawk Jackie Wool passed the ball to Katherine Goller, who then scored a second team goal, and

Whereas, seeking to increase the margin of comfort, Katherine Goller sent the ball to Redhawk Katy Shaw who was within scoring range and kicked the ball into the net for the game’s final and decisive goal, and

Whereas, the entire CVU team, including Alexa Mucklow, Lindsay Simmons, Katy Shaw, Kendra Wilkins, Emily Milbank, Laura Gentile, Shawn Logan,  Rachael Stearns, Angie Dunkling, Jenna Wulfson, Tova Tomasi, Dava Wool, Joanie Gentile, Elizabeth Proutt, Robin Hart, Jackie Wool, Mandy Clayton, Katherine Goller, Haleigh Smith, Lindsay Volk, Amanda Blanchard, Addie Peterson and Abbi Senesac, played energetically and with great spirit, and

Whereas, the leadership of head coach Brad Parker and assistant coaches John Koerner, Katherine Riley and Annie Crawford proved essential to the CVU victory, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2006 Champlain Valley Union High School Redhawks Division I championship girls’ soccer team, and be it further

ResolvedThat the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Brad Parker at Champlain Valley Union High School.

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

H.C.R.  32

House concurrent resolution honoring the heroes of the March 2006 Isle La Motte ice rescue

Offered by:  Representatives Trombley of Grand Isle and Johnson of South Hero

Whereas, on March 24, 2006, a man fell through the ice off the west shore of Isle La Motte in view of three individuals, including the 1st Assistant Chief David Gervais and firefighter Warren Klopsch of the Isle La Motte volunteer fire company and local resident Paul Langlois, and

Whereas, the immediacy of the emergency inspired the three individuals to not wait for the arrival of additional individuals or backup safety equipment and to venture onto the ice despite the extreme personal risk they might encounter, and

Whereas, this daring rescue proved successful, and the man who fell through the ice reached the hospital in time to receive the medical treatment necessary in order to recover completely, and

Whereas, in recognition of their extraordinary and potentially life‑threatening heroism, Isle La Motte volunteer fire company 1st Assistant Chief David Gervais, firefighter Warren Klopsch, and Paul Langlois have been selected as recipients of the Vermont State Citizen Heroism Award, and

Whereas, on February 5, 2007, the three honorees will be presented the award at a special ceremony to be held at the Isle La Motte fire station, and

Whereas, the ceremony will be conducted in the presence of local, state, and Quebec public safety and other governmental representatives as well as family and friends of the three award winners, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the heroes of the March 2006 Isle La Motte ice rescue and congratulates them on their receipt of the Vermont State Citizen Heroism Award, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Isle La Motte volunteer fire company’s 1st Assistant Chief David Gervais and firefighter Warren Klopsch, to Paul Langlois, and to the Isle La Motte volunteer fire company.

H.C.R.  33

House concurrent resolution honoring the many achievements of Vermont’s elementary and secondary public school students and teachers

Offered by:  Representatives Mrowicki of Putney, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Botzow of Pownal, Brooks of Montpelier, Chen of Mendon, Clarkson of Woodstock, Clerkin of Hartford, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Courcelle of Rutland City, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Evans of Essex, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Hosford of Waitsfield, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Wolcott, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Stevens of Shoreham, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, elementary and secondary public educators and students in Vermont can take great pride in their recent accomplishments, and

Whereas, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) ranked Vermont second nationally in the organization’s evaluation of states’ public schools’ academic accomplishments, and

Whereas, for the second consecutive year, Vermont was listed second in Morgan Quinto Press’s “Smartest State” educational rankings, and

Whereas, the respected publication Education Week determined that Vermont schools performed third best in the nation in achievement and achievement gains, and

Whereas, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island have developed a common educational assessment program, and Vermont youngsters were ranked first in proficiency in every subject, and

Whereas, the state’s developmental reading assessment showed that in 2006, 85 percent of Vermont’s second graders were meeting or exceeding the reading standard, which is a marked improvement over a comparable figure of 73 percent who met this benchmark in 1979, and

Whereas, nationally, Vermont ranks seventh in weighted SAT scoring achievement, and the state’s secondary school students score six percent higher than the national mean on AP examinations, and

Whereas, 92 percent of Vermont’s public school teachers who have worked in core academic subjects have earned the “highly qualified” teacher designation from the United States Department of Education, and

Whereas, nearly 70 percent of public school employees in Vermont are educators or instructors, which is far above the national average of 62.2 percent, and

Whereas, in the realm of arts and music, three Vermont schools have won the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education National School of Distinction awards since 2001, and additional schools have won similar recognition on the state level, while, since 2000, 13 youngsters have been awarded full scholarships to study at the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Institute, and

Whereas, Vermonters have reason to be proud of the state’s public school students and the teachers who work so patiently and creatively to enable these youngsters to achieve these impressive results, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the many achievements of Vermont’s elementary and secondary public school students and teachers, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Commissioner of Education Richard Cate, the Vermont School Boards Association, the Vermont Superintendents Association, the Vermont Principals’ Association, the Vermont NEA, and the Vermont Alliance for Arts Education.

H.C.R.  34

House concurrent resolution commemorating the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Hubbardton

Offered by:  Representatives Devereux of Mount Holly, Baker of West Rutland, Canfield of Fair Haven, Donaghy of Poultney, Fallar of Tinmouth, Flory of Pittsford, Komline of Dorset, Potter of Clarendon and Stevens of Shoreham

Offered by:  Senators Carris, Maynard and Mullin

Whereas, on July 7, 1777—local, also known as continental—military forces from Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts confronted the elite British army of King George III at the Battle of Hubbardton, the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Vermont, and

Whereas, the continental forces included Colonel Seth Warner's Green Mountain Boy Regiment of Vermont and members of the militia, Colonel Nathan Hale’s 2nd New Hampshire Regiment, and Colonel Ebenezer Francis’ Massachusetts Regiment, and

Whereas, these forces were dispatched to delay the British in order that the main American military contingents then situated at Castleton, Vermont might escape from the British, and

Whereas, the continental forces accomplished their mission by fighting a desperate battle at Hubbardton that allowed the main American army to escape, and

Whereas, the great Battle of Hubbardton resulted in many casualties on both sides, but it facilitated American victories near Bennington and Saratoga that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War and enabled the formation of alliances with Spain, Holland, and France that helped to assure our nation’s independence, and

Whereas, the Battle of Hubbardton was crucial for both the protection of the citizens of Vermont and New England and for the continued existence of the Northern Department of the Continental Army, and

Whereas, the general assembly’s interest in this historic battle began in 1875 when it appropriated funds for the construction of the cast iron fence around the 1859 Hubbardton battle monument, and subsequently it created a Hubbardton Battlefield Commission in 1937 to begin purchasing battlefield land, and more recently, in 1947, the general assembly established the board of historic sites to develop the battlefield as one of the first Vermont state historic sites, and

Whereas, of all the Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields in the United States, the well-preserved Hubbardton Battlefield is the most evocative of the time in which the battle took place, and

Whereas, a 230th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Hubbardton will occur at the battle site in Hubbardton on July 7 and 8, 2007 under the auspices of the Vermont division for historic preservation, the Hubbardton Historical Society, and the Living History Association and with the assistance of many local organizations, and

Whereas, the 230th Battle of Hubbardton anniversary will honor the sacrifices of those who fought in this pivotal Revolutionary War battle and will promote the greater enjoyment and understanding of our American heritage, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commemorates the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Hubbardton, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Hubbardton town clerk, to the Hubbardton Historical Society, and to the Vermont division for historic preservation.

H.C.R.  35

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2005 and 2006 North Hero Destination Imagination championship teams

Offered by:  Representatives Trombley of Grand Isle and Johnson of South Hero

Whereas, Destination Imagination is an innovative problem-solving competition that challenges youngsters to find creative solutions to complex situations, and

Whereas, in both 2005 and 2006, the Destination Imagination teams from the North Hero School competed successfully, capturing the Vermont championship in their age division, and winning the right to travel in the global competition which, in 2006, the students did attend, and

Whereas, in 2005, the team, consisting of students Patrick Dupont, Ben Dupont, Josh Kenyon, and Karl Raacke, and under the guidance of coach Kathy Raacke, selected the balsa wood challenge, and

Whereas, the project entailed the students designing a balsa wood bridge, studying elements of bridge design, and creating instant supporting skits during the actual competition, and

Whereas, in 2006, the team consisting of Dominique Guerrina, Allana Gerlach, Marijke Ameigh, Anne and Marie Guillette, and Aaron Mesec, under the direction of coach Marilyn Dunbar, accepted the challenge of creating an original skit based on a Mexican myth, and

Whereas, the 2006 students studied Mexican culture, designed costumes, and composed music appropriate for the skit’s presentation, and

Whereas, both years’ North Hero teams are to be commended for their outstanding achievements in the Destination Imagination competition, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2005 and 2006 North Hero Destination Imagination championship teams, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Pamela Quinn, the principal of the North Hero School.

H.C.R.  36

House concurrent resolution congratulating IBM on its 50th anniversary in Vermont

Offered by:  Representatives Hunt of Essex, Heath of Westford, Evans of Essex, Jerman of Essex and Myers of Essex

Offered by:  Senators Condos, Flanagan, Lyons, Mazza, Miller, Racine and Snelling

Whereas, in 1957, IBM established a plant in Essex Junction (IBM Vermont), and in 2007, this development and production facility is the largest private industrial employer in the state, and

Whereas, IBM Vermont is a leading development center for microtechnology and produces microchips for some of the most prominent computer, communications, and consumer manufacturers, and

Whereas, many significant thresholds in the expansion of memory chips’ capacity were realized at IBM Vermont, and

Whereas, IBM Vermont produced the microprocessor for IBM’s Deep Blue computer that defeated chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, and

Whereas, space and interplanetary exploration, including NASA’s Apollo, Mars Rover, and Pathfinder programs, have each benefited from technology developed at IBM Vermont, and

Whereas, in 2005, the National Medal of Technology was awarded to IBM Vermont in recognition of its advances in semiconductor technology, and

Whereas, this technologically innovative manufacturing facility is a major reason why, for the past decade, IBM has been the leader in the securing of United States patents, and

Whereas, IBM Vermont has a major fiscal impact in the state of Vermont, including its payment of in excess of $6 million in property taxes and the facility’s $300 million payroll, and

Whereas, in the past decade, Vermont’s K-12 schools have benefited greatly from IBM Vermont’s generous donation of more than $3.5 million in technology, cash, and services, and

Whereas, IBM Vermont is a great community citizen as annually it donates more than $500,000 for employee and retiree donations to numerous nonprofit organizations in the cultural, educational, environmental, and health care fields, and its employees and retirees volunteer thousands of hours of invaluable community service, and

Whereas, the commitment of IBM Vermont to energy conservation and a better environment are demonstrated through its annual energy savings that are equivalent to the power usage of 2,000 single-family homes, and through its receipt of several environmental awards, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to congratulate IBM as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Essex Junction manufacturing facility, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jeff Couture at IBM in Essex Junction.

H.C.R.  37

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Shelburne Community School Wind Ensemble on its selection as a participant in the 2007 Walt Disney World®’s Magic Music Days

Offered by:  Representatives Errecart of Shelburne and Lenes of Shelburne

Whereas, in March 2004, the  Shelburne Community School (SCS) Wind Ensemble was honored to participate in Walt Disney World®’s annual Magic Music Days where the young Vermont players impressed the professional Disney musicians who heard them play, and

Whereas, the 2006–2007 SCS Wind Ensemble members have now duplicated their predecessors’ 2004 great musical accomplishment, and

Whereas, entrée into this elite musical gathering is extremely difficult as thousands of groups, including bands, choruses, and various instrumental ensembles, audition for the few hundred invitations, and

Whereas, even among the limited number of successful musical competitors, only a select few are awarded a prized workshop opportunity, and the SCS Wind Ensemble has now earned a second chance to participate in this unforgettable instructional experience, and

Whereas, while at Walt Disney World®, the SCS Wind Ensemble is scheduled to perform at the Galaxy-Palace Theater in the Magic Kingdom and at the Dockside Stage at Downtown Disney, and

Whereas, the workshop will occur at the EPCOT Magic Music Days recording studio where the students will be taught to perform a soundtrack to accompany a Disney animation, and

Whereas, while these student musicians are in Florida, they will be serving as outstanding ambassadors of the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, while the students will have time to explore Walt Disney World® with their chaperones, this excursion is primarily a musical expedition in which musical practice and performance, at professional standards, will be the first priority, and

Whereas, the SCS Wind Ensemble’s students, none of whom has more than three and one-half years of musical experience, and some much less, can be extremely proud of their hard work and accomplishment, and

Whereas, the ensemble’s success is attributable in large measure to the exceptional leadership and direction of its director, David Myers, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Shelburne Community School Wind Ensemble on its selection as a March 2007 participant in Walt Disney World®’s Magic Music Days, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to David Myers at the Shelburne Community School.

H.C.R.  38

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Green Mountain Council Boy Scout Eagle Class of 2006

Offered by:  Representatives Koch of Barre Town, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Brooks of Montpelier, Browning of Arlington, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Clerkin of Hartford, Condon of Colchester, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Courcelle of Rutland City, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, 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, Keenan of St. Albans City, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, 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, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Wheeler of Derby, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Offered by:  Senators Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Condos, Cummings, Kittell, Miller, Racine and Starr

Whereas, the Green Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America has provided thousands of young Vermont men, be they rich or poor, from Pownal to Canaan, with a special opportunity to learn important lifelong skills and values, and

Whereas, through their membership in the Boy Scouts of America, these young men receive important preparation for future citizenship and leadership roles in their communities, and

Whereas, the ultimate goal of every Boy Scout is to achieve the rank of Eagle, and

Whereas, fewer than two percent of all Scouts succeed in climbing the step ladder of strenuous steps that culminate in becoming an Eagle Scout, and

Whereas, in the year 2006, the following Boy Scouts in Vermont achieved the rank of Eagle:  Adam Sherman, Kyle Lumbra, Benjamin Scaralia, Michael Stearns, Matthew Racenet, Nathaniel Coutu, Jonathan Bergman, Thomas Hardy, Devlin Byrne, Alexander Rousselle, Bradley Jones, Bradley Hodet, Timothy Bessette, Brian Stevens, Brandon Stevens, Allen Cubit, Jay Storie, Nick Conger, Robert Coutu, Jared Pero, William Meglathery, Daniel Huff, Andrew Harhen, Timothy Martin, Jr., Ronald Kurtz, Shawn Allen, Kristopher Fryer, Jeremy Ballentine, William Cobb, Mathew Taylor, Trevor Leadbeater, Thomas Burton, Jeremy Mullins, Edwin Miller, Andrew Matt, Joshua Platt, Lukas Martin, Jon-Erik Hopwood, Peter Kohler, Timothy Basiliere, Mason Rachampbell, Dwight Parker, Thiefaine Magre, Matthew Turnbull, Michael Kling, Thomas Scott, Thomas Malinowski, David Kennedy, Peter Johnson, Joshua Hester, Christopher Norcross, Hank Ng, Daniel Thomas, Brian Mick, John Candido, Nathan Foster, W. Scott Walch, Adam Shackett, Steven Kuhns, Benjamin Osicky, Scott Mason, Kevin Bowdish, Zachariah Harwood, Gary McDonough-Gunther, Christopher Wood, Ian Harvey, Zachary Currier, Jared Rock, Christopher Ritland, Derek Palmieri, Joseph Malko, Cody Slack, Alexander Peterson, Andrew Schauwecker, Jonathon Kimball, Michael Rogals II, Peter Cesiro, Tyler Prescott, Austin Hunt, Joshua Audibert, Daniel Thibodeau, Harrison Gates, Andrew Jenzer, Raphael Nephi Magre, Adam Martin, Curtis Miller, Kevin Miller, Kyle Pixley, Michael James Reinker, Andrew Willard, and Spencer Williams, and

Whereas, many of these outstanding young men are gathered today, February 9, 2007, at the State House to be honored for their accomplishments, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is delighted to honor the Boy Scouts who achieved the rank of Eagle in 2006, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Green Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Waterbury.

H.C.R. 39

House concurrent resolution honoring the dementia respite program on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Awareness Day

Offered by:  Representative Head of South Burlington and French of Randolph

Whereas, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a debilitating form of dementia that involves the gradual destruction of a person’s brain cells and can last from three to 20 years before the death of the individual, and

Whereas, nationally, one in ten persons over the age of 65 and nearly one‑half of those over age 85 will contract AD, and according to the 2000 United States Census, the number of persons with AD in Vermont exceeded 11,000, and it is expected to increase as the state’s population continues to age, and

Whereas, the ability to perform daily tasks decreases as the disease becomes increasingly severe over time; however, 70 percent of those with AD continue to live at home, and

Whereas, a large number of AD care providers are family members and friends as it costs an average of $25.32 per hour for a home health aide, and private nursing home care in a single room averages over $70,000.00 annually on a national basis, and

Whereas, the burden on AD caregivers, 61.3 percent of whom are female and the wives and daughters of individuals with AD, is especially severe because 71 percent of the caregivers serve in this role for more than one year while 32 percent continue for over five years, and

Whereas, the work of AD caregivers is heroic; they often are forced to make significant long-term personal sacrifices that can affect their careers and family lives in a negative way, and

Whereas, through the dementia respite program, individuals who are caregivers for persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders are provided the ability to continue their regular employment, participate in family events, and simply have the chance to rest and catch up on their lives, and

Whereas, during fiscal year 2006, the caregivers of 370 Vermonters were able to take advantage of the dementia respite program that the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living administers with funds from the federal Alzheimer Disease Demonstration Grant to States, and

Whereas, as a result of this program, 27.3 percent of the participating family caregivers were able to remain employed and not be forced to sacrifice their economic livelihoods, while others were able to participate in additional personal activities, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the dementia respite program on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Awareness Day, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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