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Thursday, February 15, 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.


H.C.R.  40

House concurrent resolution in memory of Brian Lawrence Wrigley

Offered by:  Representatives Donahue of Northfield and Grad of Moretown

Whereas, Brian Wrigley and the citizens of Northfield had a deep and abiding mutual friendship that extended back over several decades, and

Whereas, his special life was marked by leadership in his community, church, and civic organizations, and

Whereas, Brian Wrigley was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and he attended the University of Vermont from which he graduated with a major in botany and taxonomy, continued his education at the University of Connecticut where he earned a master’s degree in botany, and more recently had been pursuing further studies toward a doctorate, and

Whereas, from 1973 to 1978, Brian Wrigley served as the principal of the South Royalton schools prior to his decision to become a full-time general contractor as the owner of Old Red Mill Builders LLC in Northfield, and

Whereas, Brian Wrigley served as chair of the board of the St. Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte and applied his best construction skills when he moved, with great care, a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes from storage to its new home at the shrine overlooking Lake Champlain, and

Whereas, his Rotary roles had included service as president of the Northfield Rotary and being named a Paul Harris Fellow, and he had sat as a board member of the Northfield Historical Society, and

Whereas, Brian Wrigley, a three-time iron man at the Sugarbush Triathlon, was an enthusiastic athlete whose sporting interests included biking, hiking, skiing, and windsurfing, and he enjoyed other outdoor activities, including bird watching and gardening, and

Whereas, he loved spending time with his family at their camp on Lake Champlain, and

Whereas, many children in Northfield considered Brian Wrigley a second father, and this was demonstrated when Northfield schools were closed to allow the students, as well as staff and faculty, to attend the memorial mass celebrated following his death at age 62, and

Whereas, his wife, Cynthia, his son, Jason, daughter, Mary, his three grandchildren, and other family members have lost a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and brother, and the entire town has lost a special community member, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

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

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

H.C.R.  41

House concurrent resolution honoring Joyce Wyman for her local and state public service

Offered by:  Representative Browning of Arlington

Offered by:  Senators Hartwell and Sears

Whereas, Joyce (Birdie) Wyman is a native Vermonter who was born in the Bennington County community of Sunderland, and

Whereas, her early education occurred in Sunderland where she attended grades 1–8 in three different one-room schoolhouses, and

Whereas, Birdie Wyman then matriculated to Arlington High School from which she graduated, and

Whereas, she met and married another Arlington High School alumnus, James “Cricket” Wyman, who for 35 years worked for the United States Postal Service, including 20 years as the Arlington postmaster, and

Whereas, she and her late husband had four daughters, Kimberly, Dawn, Michelle, and Tamara, and Birdie is now the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren, and

Whereas, Birdie Wyman’s combined interests in serving her town and participating in the formation of local public education policies led to her standing for election to the Arlington school board on which she served from 1975 to 1983, and

Whereas, her community concerns broadened beyond the school system, and in 1983, she ran successfully for the position of Arlington town clerk and proved extremely adept at overseeing the daily business of town government, and

Whereas, Birdie Wyman earned the respect of both the local citizenry and her colleagues in other town halls across the state, and

Whereas, her talents in the field of public administration were applied on the state level while she served from 2002 to 2004 as the Bennington County representative to the Vermont fish and wildlife board, and

Whereas, she has served as a role model and mentor for others interested in serving in elected and appointed public office, and

Whereas, after 23 years of service as Arlington’s reliable and respected town clerk, Birdie Wyman concluded her nearly 32-year public service career on December 31, 2006 and looks forward to spending more time with her daughters and granddaughters, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Joyce Wyman for her local and state public service and extends best wishes to her as she embarks on new endeavors, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Joyce Wyman in Arlington.

H.C.R.  42

House concurrent resolution in memory of Seward Weber

Offered by:  Representative Ancel of Calais

Whereas, the life of Seward Weber gave meaning to the phrase “a life well lived,” and

Whereas, Seward Weber, a native of New Haven, Connecticut, spent his personal and professional life improving the created and natural environments, and

Whereas, Seward graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a Master’s Degree in regional planning from the University of North Carolina, and

Whereas, after volunteering with rehabilitation efforts in post-World War II Germany, he returned to the United States where eventually his passion for the natural environment brought him to Vermont where he became the first director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council, and

Whereas, Seward served in that post with distinction and enthusiasm, and

Whereas, in 1982 Seward Weber won a Mellon Fellowship to the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, resulting in his 1984 appointment as executive director of the Shawangunk Ridge natural area in New Paltz, New York, and

Whereas, Seward retired in 1993 and, with his wife Susan, moved home to “Folly Farm,” their Calais homestead, and

Whereas, Seward Weber’s retirement years were anything but retiring, as he worked on Folly Farm, remained physically active, and served on the boards of many organizations, including the Vermont Land Trust, Audubon Vermont, the Vermont Alliance of Conservation Voters, and the Vermont Natural Resources Council, and

Whereas, Seward lived the environmental ethic and reminded the rest of us to do so with humor and persistence, and

Whereas, Seward had the distinction of being claimed and celebrated by not one, and not two, but three different states – Vermont, Maine, and New York, and

Whereas, Seward Weber’s recent death concluded a warm and caring life with his wife, Susan, his daughter, Sarah and his son, Benjamin, four grandchildren, other family members and many, many friends – all of whom remember and celebrate his life, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives

That the General Assembly extends its condolences to the family of Seward Weber, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Susan Bartlett Weber of Calais.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont