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thursday, february 22, 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 Sears and Hartwell,

By Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Botzow of Pownal, Browning of Arlington, Corcoran of Bennington, Hube of Londonderry, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Manwaring of Wilmington, Miller of Shaftsbury, Mook of Bennington and Moran of Wardsboro,

S.C.R. 9.

Senate concurrent resolution thanking the state employees who work in the Bennington state office building.

Whereas, there are 135 Vermont state employees in the executive and judicial branches who work in the Bennington state office building located on Route 7 near the municipality’s downtown, and

Whereas, since June 2006, these state employees have continued to work at this building despite their knowledge that an increasing number of their co-workers were being diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a rare and debilitating auto‑immune disease, and

Whereas, typically one in 10,000 individuals is afflicted with this ailment. but occurrence of sarcoidosis among these state employees has been eight times higher than the Bennington County average and 9.5 times higher than the state of Vermont as a whole, and

Whereas, simultaneous with the incidents of sarcoidosis, the rates for asthma and other respiratory diseases have also risen far above the national average, and

Whereas, these state employees have been working under extremely difficult conditions as potential risks to their health have been of prime concern each day they enter the Bennington state office building, and

Whereas, despite these legitimate health-related anxieties, these state employees continued to perform their work-related duties at the building and provided uninterrupted and high quality service to the residents of Bennington County, and

Whereas, as the relocation process has commenced to move these state employees to alternative work locations, it is most appropriate to thank them for their special effort since the building-related problems arose, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly thanks the state employees who work in the Bennington state office building for their dedicated public service under extremely challenging circumstances, and be it further

Resolved:  The Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Charles Gingo, Bennington field director of the Agency of Human Services, to the clerk of the Bennington District Court, and to Anne Noonan, executive director of the Vermont State Employees’ Association in Montpelier.  


H.C.R.  43

House concurrent resolution thanking the Vermont agency of transportation’s district and central garage forces for their heroic response to the 2007 Valentine’s Day blizzard

Offered by:  Committee on Transportation

Whereas, after an initially mild and minimally snowy 2006–2007 winter season, Vermont was walloped when an enormous blizzard inundated the state on Valentine’s Day, and

Whereas, this storm tested the agency of transportation’s human and technical resources dedicated to returning Vermont’s interstate and state highway systems, a combined network of 3,400 miles, to a drivable condition in the wake of a snowstorm, and

Whereas, although it is not uncommon for the Green Mountain State to be the recipient of blustery winter weather, the agency of transportation does not encounter snowfalls of record intensity with accompanying gusty winds on a regular basis, and

Whereas, the agency of transportation’s forces at both the central garage and the nine highway maintenance districts were ready to meet this challenge upon the storm’s arrival, and

Whereas, nearly 300 vehicles including 250 plows plus graders and pickup trucks, were marshaled to roll back the storm’s negative impact on Vermont’s transportation lifelines, and

Whereas, a standing army of nearly 500 workers reported for road clearance duty, ready to remove the snow that blocked the state’s highways, and

Whereas, nearly all of these state employees worked for 36 hours during the 48-hour period beginning at 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday February 14, and

Whereas, because of the thorough and swift work of the agency’s snow clearance forces, there were no reported serious storm-related motor vehicle accidents as of 7:30 a.m. on Friday, February 16, and

Whereas, despite the gravity of the storm and the breadth of Vermont’s interstate and state highway networks, the agency’s forces attended to the snow clearance needs of the 10 state airports, and eight were back in operation by late Thursday afternoon, and

Whereas, the agency of transportation’s extraordinary job performance during this week’s snowstorm merits special and immediate commendation on the part of the general assembly, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly thanks profusely the Vermont agency of transportation’s district and central garage forces for their heroic response to the 2007 Valentine’s Day blizzard, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Secretary of Transportation Neale Lunderville and to the emergency management office in Waterbury.

H.C.R.  44

House concurrent resolution honoring Vermont wood products and fine furnishings and the creative artisans who produce these products

Offered by:  Representatives Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Andrews of Rutland City, Atkins of Winooski, Barnard of Richmond, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Brooks of Montpelier, Browning of Arlington, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clarkson of Woodstock, Corcoran of Bennington, Davis of Washington, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, French of Randolph, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Keogh of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Larson of Burlington, Lawrence of Lyndon, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McFaun of Barre Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Morley of Barton, Mrowicki of Putney, Myers of Essex, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Ojibway of Hartford, Otterman of Topsham, Pearson of Burlington, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sweaney of Windsor, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Westman of Cambridge, Weston of Burlington, Wheeler of Derby, Winters of Williamstown, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, Vermont has become a center for the design and manufacturer of exquisite wooden furniture products that grace residential, commercial, and public spaces in this state, nationwide, and internationally, and

Whereas, one of the most significant activities that promotes this creativity is the Vermont Fine Furniture & Wood Products Design Competition, which in 2006 was held for the third consecutive year, and

Whereas, in 2006, the competition’s categories, winners, their studio locations, and their respective products included:  custom/studio furniture, Doug Jones, Shelburne (first place, Curved Bench), who was voted best in show, Beeken Parsons, Shelburne (second place, Pleissner Bench), and Sam Norris, Burlington (third place, Media Cabinet); production furniture, Mark Lackley, Woodstock (first place, Classic Poker Table), Beeken Parsons, Shelburne (second place, Oak Leather Side Chair), and Timothy Clark, Waltham (third place, Cod Rib Settee); production turnings, Charles Shackleton, Bridgewater (first place, Clara’s Tuscan Table), Doug Jones and Kim Kullow-Jones, Shelburne (second place, Cribbage Board), and Cindy Fuller, Granville (third place, “Natural Beauty Within” Bowl); custom turnings, Ralph Tursini, Cambridge (first place, Sugar Maple Spheres), Ted Fink, Shelburne (second place, Natural Edge Burl Piece #2), and Reid Richardson, Hartland (third place, Natural Edge Maple Platter); architectural installations, Dan Mosheim, Dorset (first place, Fly Tying Desk), Steve Flanders, Duxbury (second place, White Oak Garage Door), and James Dwinell, Randolph (third place, Nantucket Lite Cap™); production woodenware, David Hurwitz, Randolph (first place, Wooden Utensil Set), Robert Gasperetti, Mount Tabor (second place, Sculptural Cutting Boards), and Mike Rainville, Middlebury (third place, Cable Stay Bridge); Custom Woodenware, T. Breeze Verdant, Brattleboro (first place, Midnight Falls Box), John McHugh, South Royalton (second place, Eastern Gate Screen), and Robert Gasperetti, Mount Tabor (third place, Tissue Box Covers); reproduction furniture, David Spero, Londonderry (first place, Windsor Settee), Janet Collins, Ryegate (second place, Tall Post Mahogany Bed), William La Berge, Dorset (Blacker House Desk); carving and sculpture, Dan Ober, Lincoln (first place, Butternut Owl Carving), Mario Messina, Windsor (second place, Cephalopod), and Rick Schneider, Bristol (third place, Iris Full Bloom); students/apprentices, Dee Dee O’Brien, Shelburne (first place, Bow Front Nightstands), Eric Coker, Burlington (second place, Cherry Birdseye Dining Table), and Steve Hulsey, Williston (third place, Hidden Drawer Buffet), and

Whereas, the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association named Janet Collins as the Vermont Wood Worker of the Year in recognition of her own creative work and her leadership role as president of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers, and

Whereas, in the coming months, the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association will showcase outstanding Vermont wood products, including those of the 2006 competition winners, for both viewing and using in the space adjacent to the State House cafeteria, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Vermont wood products and fine furnishing and the artisans who create these products, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association in Rutland.

H.C.R.  45

House concurrent resolution honoring Adeline Baker on the conclusion of her outstanding career at the Mountain Valley Medical Clinic

Offered by:  Representatives Hube of Londonderry, Komline of Dorset, Livingston of Manchester, Obuchowski of Rockingham and Partridge of Windham

Offered by:  Senators Shumlin and White

Whereas, in 1972, a group of Londonderry area residents established the Mountain Valley Medical Council in order to improve local access to primary health care services, and

Whereas, in 1974, the council recognized the need to establish an administrative office as a prelude to the opening of a functioning medical clinic, and

Whereas, the council hired its first full-time employee, Adeline “Addy” Baker, to manage the daily workflow, and

Whereas, she was an ideal candidate for this position, having left nursing school in Arkansas, just short of graduation, to marry her military beau, Dick Baker, and

Whereas, they subsequently moved to his native state of Vermont, and

Whereas, her careful preparatory work played a large role in the successful  1976 opening of the Mountain Valley Medical Clinic with an initial staff of three, including a physician, a nurse practitioner, and Addy, and

Whereas, during the next three decades, Addy Baker remained an integral member of the clinic’s administrative operations as the direct patient medical services offered to the community were expanded to include pediatrics, geriatrics, and internal medicine, and vital support services such as physical therapy, x-ray, bone densitometry, and laboratory analysis were added to the clinic’s menu, and

Whereas, as new challenges arose over the years, at this ever-growing medical facility, Addy met them effectively and cheerfully, and

Whereas, Addy Baker became an enthusiastic parishioner at the local Baptist Church, where she served as the organist for many years, as well as an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and

Whereas, before her recent retirement from the clinic’s staff in December 2006, her colleagues held a celebratory dinner to honor and thank her for the three-plus decades of loyal service she has provided the clinic and its patients, and

Whereas, although her beloved husband, Dick, has passed on, she will have the company of her daughters and the enjoyment of her church and fraternal work to keep her busy in the years ahead, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Adeline Baker on the conclusion of her outstanding career at the Mountain Valley Medical Clinic, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Adeline Baker and to the Mountain Valley Medical Center in Londonderry.

H.C.R.  46

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team

Offered by:  Representatives Pugh of South Burlington, Audette of S. Burlington, Head of S. Burlington and Kupersmith of S. Burlington

Whereas, Odyssey of the Mind is a friendly international competition encompassing over two dozen nations and comprising participating student teams from the kindergarten to college level, and

Whereas, the objective of Odyssey of the Mind is for the student teams to develop innovative and creative solutions to complex problems that focus on various academic disciplines, and

Whereas, each of the first- and second-place winners in the several competitions held at the 2006 Vermont state tournament earned the right to travel to the 2006 world finals held at Ames, Iowa, and

Whereas, among the nearly 800 teams that participated in the 2006 Odyssey of the Mind world finals, one of the 19 Vermont teams represented the Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School of South Burlington, and

Whereas, the Tuttle School team was one of 53 participating in the Odyssey of the Mind long‑term problem, geometry structure competition group, and

Whereas, this problem required the teams to build a balsa and glue structure weighing less than 15 grams which could support weight on it during an eight‑minute skit, and

Whereas, the structure supported 260 pounds, and the team included a highly ingenious living grass skirt in its skit that the judges found to be extremely creative, and

Whereas, on May 27, 2006, the competition’s judges presented the Tuttle School team the Ranatra Fusca award in recognition of “an exceptionally creative idea” representing “the pinnacle of what the Odyssey program represents,” and

Whereas, the Tuttle School team was one of just six recipients of this honor at the 2006 Odyssey of the Mind world finals and became only the fourth Vermont team to earn the Ranatra Fusca award, and

Whereas, the Tuttle School team’s roster included students Holly Gauding, Anne Chickanosky, Alyssa Jeffer, Bethany Audette, and Karly Loyer, and they had great guidance from coaches Valerie and Sarah Chickanosky, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School Odyssey of the Mind Team on winning the Ranatra Fusca award at the 2006 world finals, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington.

H.C.R.  47

House concurrent resolution honoring retiring Vermont Life Magazine editor Tom Slayton

Offered by:  Representatives Brooks of Montpelier, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Atkins of Winooski, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Devereux of Mount Holly, Evans of Essex, Hudson of Lyndon, Jerman of Essex, Manwaring of Wilmington, Martin of Wolcott and Sweaney of Windsor

Offered by:  Senators Cummings, Doyle and Scott

Whereas, prior to Tom Slayton’s appointment in 1985 as editor of Vermont Life magazine, this Montpelier-based journalist worked in the hectic world of daily newspapers as a reporter and editor for the Rutland Herald, Barre‑Montpelier Times Argus, the Vermont Press Bureau, and, for a decade, he also served as the Boston Globe’s Vermont correspondent, and

Whereas, Tom Slayton’s experience as an arts writer is reflected in the many entertaining, informative, and colorful articles that have been published in Vermont Life magazine on the lively and diverse Vermont arts scene, and his book on Sabra Field also reflects his artistic acumen, and

Whereas, his much praised editorial leadership has spanned the terms of both Democratic and Republican governors, including Governors Kunin, Snelling, Dean, and Douglas, and under his dedicated leadership, the magazine has won nearly 100 national awards, and

Whereas, his editorial colleagues beyond Vermont recognized Tom Slayton’s creativity and leadership talent when they elected him to serve as president of the International Regional Magazine Association, and

Whereas, Tom Slayton’s musings on all aspects of life in the Green Mounta in State are now heard regularly as commentaries on Vermont Public Radio, and

Whereas, Tom Slayton has been awarded an honorary degree from Southern Vermont College, and the University of Vermont will confer a similar honor on him later this year, and

Whereas, the Fairbanks Museum presented Tom Slayton its Franklin Fairbanks Award in recognition of his “significant contributions to the advancement of the sciences and humanities on behalf of Vermont and its people,” and

Whereas, after over two decades, Tom Slayton is concluding his editorial leadership at Vermont Life, but he will continue his writing and editorial craft on new and exciting projects, pursue his love of hiking and skiing, and enjoy life with his wife, Elizabeth, and son, Ethan, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors retiring Vermont Life magazine editor Tom Slayton for his over two decades of outstanding editorial leadership at the magazine, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Tom Slayton in Montpelier and to the editorial offices of Vermont Life magazine.

Published by:

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