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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

thursday, march 1, 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 Senator Illuzzi,

S.C.R. 10.

     Senate concurrent resolution honoring Representative Albert and Marcia Perry for their civic contributions to their community, state and nation.

Whereas, Albert (Al) Perry of Richford graduated from the University of South Carolina and served as a United States Navy submarine commander, and

Whereas, he married Marcia Corbett, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Connecticut College; and they raised seven children, moved 22 times in the course of his 30 years of military service, and today have 19 grandchildren, and

Whereas, upon the conclusion of his naval career, Captain Perry and his wife moved to his boyhood hometown of Richford, and

Whereas, Al Perry has represented Richford and adjacent communities in the House from 1993–2000, and again from 2003 to the present; and has sat on the committees on agriculture, appropriations, transportation, and ways and means, and served as a committee vice-chair, and

Whereas, Al Perry has been active in numerous civic and fraternal organizations, including serving as a director of the Richford Economic Advancement Corporation, the Richford Renaissance Corporation, and the Richford Main Street Mill Development Corporation, and

Whereas, Marcia Perry joined the board of the Richford Health Center (RHC) in 1991, and, in 2000, assumed the organization’s presidency, and

Whereas, during her presidency, she has overseen an institutional evolution of enormous significance as the RHC assumed the management of the Northwest Medical Center’s three health clinics located in Alburg, Enosburg and Swanton; purchased the Richford Rexall in order to preserve pharmacy service in the town; and the now unified centers (now known as Northern Tier Center for Health) earned designation as a federally qualified health care center, and

Whereas, in 2006, the Bi-State Primary Care Association awarded Marcia Perry its President’s Award in recognition of her extraordinary leadership in the health care field, and

Whereas, the nearly completed restoration of the historic Main Street Mill in Richford, as the new home of a grocery store, the Richford Health Center’s clinic and pharmacy, and high quality affordable housing, is due in large measure to the work of Al and Marcia Perry through their leadership roles at the Richford Main Street Mill Development Corporation and the Northern Tier Center for Health, respectively, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Representative Albert and Marcia Perry for their civic contributions to their community, state and nation, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Representative Al and Marcia Perry in Richford.

By Senators Doyle, Cummings and Scott,

By Representatives Peltz of Woodbury and Smith of Morristown,

S.C.R. 11.

     Senate concurrent resolution honoring Marcia McGlynn for her public service on behalf of the town of Woodbury.

Whereas, the town of Woodbury is a small rural community of fewer than 1,000 residents located on the northern border of Washington County, and

Whereas, within the town are 26 lakes that have attracted many seasonal camps and an increasing year-round population, and

Whereas, since March 1987, Marcia McGlynn, a graduate of Spaulding High School and a Woodbury resident since 1979, has managed the town’s daily administrative affairs in the dual roles of town clerk and treasurer, and

Whereas, the citizens of Woodbury have appreciated her careful attention to the jobs’ responsibilities and her public-spirited dedication to the community’s well-being, and

Whereas, over the past two decades, Marcia McGlynn has seen the value of the town’s grand list increase significantly as the revenue derived from property taxes has nearly tripled from approximately $500,000.00 to roughly $1,500,000.00 annually, and

Whereas, reflecting the growth in demand for municipal services in Woodbury, she has been busy assisting with the preparations for a town bond vote this spring to fund an expansion of the town clerk’s office, including an expansion of the vault where records are stored and of the meeting space to accommodate larger crowds and to provide handicapped access, and  

Whereas, although much of the town’s record’s management system remains primarily on traditional paper record format, Marcia McGlynn envisions that a switch to increased computerization is not far away, and

Whereas, after 20 years of faithful service on behalf of the town of Woodbury, she has decided that the impending changes in municipal government mark an appropriate moment for her to pass on these positions of public trust to a successor who will be elected on March 6, Town Meeting Day, and

Whereas, Marcia McGlynn plans to remain involved in Woodbury’s municipal affairs by continuing in the role of tax collector, and

Whereas, with the reduced work schedule, she hopes to spend more time with her family and pursue her hobbies, including reading and soap-making, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Marcia McGlynn for her public service on behalf of the town of Woodbury, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Marcia McGlynn in Woodbury.

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

H.C.R.  48.

House concurrent resolution congratulating Ernie Farrar on his 40th anniversary of broadcasting on WVMT radio.

Offered by:  Representatives Keenan of St. Albans City, Atkins of Winooski, Condon of Colchester, Donovan of Burlington, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Gervais of Enosburg, Howrigan of Fairfield, Keogh of Burlington, McCullough of Williston, Turner of Milton and Wright of Burlington

Offered by:  Senator Mazza, Collins and Kittell

Whereas, WVMT News-Talk 620’s Ernie and Charlie in the Morning stars Ernie Farrar and Charlie Papillo and is one of the Burlington area’s most listened-to radio shows, and

Whereas, co-host Ernie Farrar is a veteran of Vermont radio, having first taken to the airwaves in 1963 as an occasional weekend host on WSNO in Barre, and within months of his premier broadcast, he became the full-time morning host at co-owned WWSR in St. Albans, and

Whereas, after Ernie Farrar woke up listeners in Franklin County for three years, the executives at WVMT radio, which serves the greater Burlington and Plattsburgh markets, decided that he exhibited a fantastic radio talent and offered him the chance to speak regularly to a new and larger audience, and

Whereas, Ernie Farrar hosted Burlington’s first country music radio show, entitled “From the Wired Woodshed,” and ultimately settled into his current  morning slot, and

Whereas, an avid auto racing fan, he hosted the station’s award-winning “The Inside Groove,” the “fastest half hour on radio,” aired live weekly broadcasts from the former Catamount Stadium in Milton, and provided colorful commentary on a NASCAR radio network, and

Whereas, Ernie Farrar has served as WVMT’s chief operator and hosted a daily open mike program, and

Whereas, in recognition of his many achievements in the field of radio broadcasting, in 1999, Ernie Farrar was inducted into the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and

Whereas, Ernie Farrar has for nearly 30 years maintained an important role outside his broadcast career as the director of the Vermont Golden Gloves boxing tournament, and

Whereas, he has recently celebrated his 40th anniversary on the WVMT airwaves where he continues to wake up northwestern Vermont each weekday morning in a style that is unique and fun, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Ernie Farrar on his 40th anniversary of broadcasting on WVMT radio, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ernie Farrar and to WVMT radio in Colchester.

H.C.R.  49

House concurrent resolution honoring Carole Lechthaler on her retirement as the outstanding area director of the central region of the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire.

Offered by:  Representatives Hube of Londonderry, Emmons of Springfield, Martin of Springfield, Pellett of Chester, Chen of Mendon and Shand of Weathersfield

Offered by:  Senators Campbell, McCormack and Nitka

Whereas, the area directors of the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire (VNA) supervise the planning, coordination, and delivery of high quality health care to home-bound individuals residing in 70 Vermont towns, and

Whereas, the health, safety, and comfort of its patients are always foremost in the minds of the VNA staff, and

Whereas, since 1969, Carole Lechthaler has provided exemplary services to the VNA staff and to the citizens of the 25 towns within her region, and

Whereas, Carole Lechthaler’s outstanding leadership ability and superb nursing skills resulted in her appointment to important positions within the VNA, most recently as the agency’s central area director, and

Whereas, desiring to enhance her knowledge and skill, she pursued graduate studies at the University of Vermont, and, in 1992, earned a master’s degree in community health nursing with a minor in education, and

Whereas, Carole Lechthaler has dedicated countless hours to serving as a visiting nurse and teaching the critical skills required for nurses to thrive in the unique environment of home health care, and 

Whereas, in 1993, she became the first community health clinical specialist in Vermont, and

Whereas, it takes a special person to work as a home health care nurse and an extraordinary person to devote nearly four decades to this profession, and

Whereas, during her tenure with the VNA, Carole Lechthaler has been the recipient of several honors, including the citizen of the year from the Londonderry Grange, and

Whereas, despite her busy professional schedule and personal life as a wife and mother, she has served on the boards of the Mountain Valley Medical Clinic and West River Sports, and as the town of Weston’s health officer, and

Whereas, in October 2006, Carole Lechthaler retired from the VNA as area director, and her patients and colleagues will retain fond memories of their encounters with this much-respected nurse, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Carole Lechthaler on her retirement as the outstanding central region area director of the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire and extends best wishes to her for the years ahead, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Carole Lechthaler and to the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire’s central region office in Springfield.

H.C.R.  50.

House concurrent resolution honoring Pat Richardson for her dedicated public service in the town of Hartland.

Offered by:  Representative Adams of Hartland

Whereas, Pat Richardson grew up in Buffalo, New York where she braved that city’s infamous snowy winters and attended the Park School that is recognized for its rigorous educational curriculum and instilling in its students a strong sense of social awareness, and

Whereas, after completing her education, Pat Richardson sought slightly less challenging winters and settled in Hartland where, over the decades, she has become a pillar of the community, and

Whereas, Pat Richardson’s interest in improving the civic fiber of Hartland motivated her to become an active participant in the governance of the town and a leading advocate on behalf of the Hartland Public Library, and

Whereas, in 1975, shortly after she arrived in Hartland, Pat Richardson was appointed a trustee of the public library, a position she would hold for the following dozen years, and

Whereas, in 1987, Pat Richardson embarked on a new challenge when she stood successfully for a seat on the Hartland Selectboard, and

Whereas, Pat Richardson has recently joked that she stood for a seat on the selectboard in the belief that she could do a better job than the incumbents,

and that selectboard membership would enable her to address the problems of junk cars and dogs, and

Whereas, not surprisingly, Pat Richardson proved extremely adept serving as a selectboard member, and in 1991, her colleagues elected her as the board’s chair, and she presided at the board’s meetings until 1995, and

Whereas, her commitment to the Hartland Public Library has never waned, and, from 1996 to 2000, she served on the fundraising committee that raised the money that helped enable the library to complete a major expansion and modernization of its building and services, and

Whereas, in 1997, Pat Richardson became one of Hartland’s justices of the peace, adding that office’s duties to her other civic roles, and

Whereas, Pat Richardson has decided that, after two decades of serving on the Hartland Selectboard, she will not stand for reelection on Town Meeting Day 2007, and

Whereas, the citizens of Hartland have been extremely fortunate to have Pat Richardson serving as a multitalented municipal official on their behalf, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Pat Richardson for her dedicated public service in the town of Hartland, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Pat Richardson in Hartland.

H.C.R.  51.

House concurrent resolution honoring former Representative and retiring Sergeant-at-Arms Kermit Spaulding of Stowe for his outstanding public service on behalf of all Vermonters.

Offered by:  Representatives Brooks of Montpelier, Scheuermann of Stowe, Adams of Hartland, Baker of West Rutland, Flory of Pittsford, Head of S. Burlington, Howrigan of Fairfield, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Komline of Dorset, Moran of Wardsboro, Nease of Johnson, Partridge of Windham, Trombley of Grand Isle, Valliere of Barre City and Wright of Burlington

Whereas, the office of sergeant-at-arms is responsible for the maintenance of order, the scheduling of events, and supervising other matters pertaining to the smooth functioning of daily life within the state house, and

Whereas, the most recent occupant of this important post has been the former member from Stowe, Kermit Spaulding, and

Whereas, a native of Morrisville, Kermit Spaulding attended the Vermont School of Agriculture, the predecessor of Vermont Technical College, and in 2001, was honored as the college’s alumnus of the year, and

Whereas, he is a United States Army veteran and rose to the rank of 1st lieutenant, and

Whereas, Kermit Spaulding became a vice president at an area bank during his exemplary career in the banking industry, and

Whereas, over the decades, Kermit Spaulding was engaged in many civic roles, including service as a member of the Stowe board of civil authority and as a guardian ad-litem for the Lamoille County court system, and

Whereas, in recognition of the countless hours and ways that he has volunteered his time, Kermit Spaulding has been the recipient of numerous honors, including designation as a Stowe town hero and selection as a member of the Lamoille County Hall of Fame, and

Whereas, the esteem that the residents of Stowe and Morrisville hold for Kermit Spaulding was instrumental to his election to the house of representatives in 1992, 1994, and 1996, where he represented his district effectively and lent his banking expertise to the deliberations of the committee on commerce, and

Whereas, in February 1997, Kermit Spaulding’s fellow Vermont state legislators elected him to the office of sergeant-at-arms, and his outstanding performance in this capacity is best reflected in his reelection to this position each successive biennium, and

Whereas, Kermit Spaulding has decided to retire in order that he can enjoy more time with his wife, Hazel, three daughters, and eight grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors former Representative and retiring Sergeant-at-Arms Kermit Spaulding of Stowe for his outstanding public service on behalf of all Vermonters, and be it further

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

H.C.R.  52.

House concurrent resolution honoring the Wallingford Locker and its owners, Paul and Justin Courcelle.

Offered by:  Representatives Fallar of Tinmouth, Acinapura of Brandon, Andrews of Rutland City, Baker of West Rutland, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Courcelle of Rutland City, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Flory of Pittsford, Helm of Castleton, Howard of Rutland City, Komline of Dorset, Malcolm of Pawlet, McCormack of Rutland City, Potter of Clarendon and Sunderland of Rutland Town

Offered by:  Senators Carris, Maynard and Nitka

Whereas, the availability of freshly processed produce benefits the local economy, reduces environmental harm resulting from the transportation of food from thousands of miles away, and serves as a source of community pride, and

Whereas, for over 60 years, the Wallingford Locker has been a most welcome commercial establishment in the town whose name it shares, and

Whereas, since the early 1960s, the Wallingford Locker has been under the expert ownership and management of brothers Paul and Justin Courcelle, and

Whereas, known by its famous moniker “just a little old-fashioned meat market,” the Wallingford Locker serves as a retail and wholesale purveyor of quality meats, especially cob-smoked hams and bacon prepared from local livestock, and

Whereas, community dinners and Wallingford Locker hams go hand in ham, and this is most certainly the case for the annual Wallingford Ham Dinner that functions as a major local and regional charitable fundraiser, and

Whereas, similarly, the Ladies Aid of the Wallingford First Congregational Church proudly serves sausage and bacon from the Wallingford Locker at its May breakfast as it has for generations, and

Whereas, the Wallingford Locker is not only a place to purchase food products, but it also provides storage space where individuals who have purchased locally raised and slaughtered meats can refrigerate the produce until they are ready to consume it, and

Whereas, Paul and Justin Courcelle have announced that they will retire on February 28, 2007, possibly closing the doors for ever on this locally cherished food emporium that has done so much to foster local meat production and that has served as a unique catering resource at community functions, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors both the Wallingford Locker for its over 60 years of serving Rutland County’s best locally processed ham and bacon, and Paul and Justin Courcelle whose four-plus-decade ownership has enabled this little meat market to evolve into a cherished community institution, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state send a copy of this resolution to Paul and Justin Courcelle in Wallingford.

H.C.R.  53.

House concurrent resolution honoring the community spirit of the Rutland city fire department.

Offered by:  Representatives Howard of Rutland City, Andrews of Rutland City, Courcelle of Rutland City and McCormack of Rutland City

Whereas, the Rutland city fire department is charged with the fire protection responsibilities for one of the state’s largest and most urbanized municipalities, and

Whereas, the city’s firefighters perform their duties around the clock under often difficult circumstances, and on occasion they exhibit acts of heroic bravery, and

Whereas, during the one-year period beginning February 1, 2006, the department responded to many types of situations including:  fires (10.29%); overpressure, rupture, explosion, and overheating (0.42%); rescue and emergency medical service (3.68%); hazardous condition (13.88%); service call (53.75%); good intent call (6.75%); false alarms and false call (9.46%); severe weather and natural disaster (0.09%); and special incidents (1.68%), and

Whereas, despite the intensity and uncertainty of Rutland city firefighters’ daily schedule of public safety protection duties, they organize a large number of charitable and community programs that improve and brighten the lives of many individuals, and

Whereas, those outreach projects most directly related to the department’s traditional public protection role include conducting a safety fair at the Rutland Regional Medical Center, spraying area Christmas trees to prevent the development of fire hazards, and hosting an appreciation day to thank the many members of volunteer safety departments throughout Rutland County, and

Whereas, during the holiday season in December, the department is responsible for the distribution requirements of Teddy Bears for Tots at the Rutland Regional Medical Center and adopts a low income family to which it provides support, and

Whereas, on the medical front, the Rutland city fire department hosts an annual cancer walk to raise research dollars, and

Whereas, local students benefit from scholarship grants the department offers to those persons pursuing public safety-related studies, and

Whereas, perhaps most broadly visible among the department’s outreach activities are the department’s beautification promotion program and its annual promotion of and escort support for the Killington Classic Motorcycle Rally, and

Whereas, the breadth of the Rutland city fire department’s public service roles is extremely impressive, now therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the community spirit of the Rutland city fire department, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Chief Robert Schlachter at the Rutland city fire department.

H.C.R.  54.

House concurrent resolution honoring J. Douglas Webb for his life of community service in the town of Fairfax and in Franklin County.

Offered by:  Representatives Gilbert of Fairfax and Branagan of Georgia

Offered by:  Senators Collins and Kittell

Whereas, J. Douglas “Doug” Webb of Fairfax has resided in this Franklin County community since his birth in 1922, and

Whereas, he is a hardy dairy farmer, still extremely active at the age of 84, who has devoted his life to serving his community, and

Whereas, a graduate of BFA Fairfax, Doug Webb still recalls fondly his playing on the championship 1939 state soccer team when he watches his grandchildren’s games, and

Whereas, town government played a pivotal role relatively early in his life when he journeyed to neighboring Fairfield, in which a few acres of his farm are located, to record the farm’s deed, and

Whereas, at the clerk’s office, Doug Webb met Nellie Burnor, who worked for the clerk, and two years later, in 1948, they were married,  and

Whereas, they were married for 55 years until her death in 2003, and they were the parents of three children, James, Dale, and Linda, and the grandparents of four grandchildren, Garrett, Brook, Daniel, and Stephanie, and

Whereas, Doug Webb has served the citizens of Fairfax in several important capacities, including 40 years as a selectboard member, a post to which he was initially appointed; over two decades as town service and health officer; as a former overseer of the poor during the era when the town of Fairfax was associated with the Bakersfield Poor Farm; and most recently, as a justice of the peace, and

Whereas, in recognition of his laudable career as a local citizen public servant, Doug Webb was selected as the 2005 recipient of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns’ Lifetime Achievement Award, and he has also been inducted into the secretary of state’s town officials hall of fame, and

Whereas, aside from town government, he has continued a close association with the Franklin County Field Days, having served as the event’s first chair, and

Whereas, the Vermont Maple Festival committee has benefited from his wise advice for many years, and

Whereas, Doug Webb, a truly remarkable and wonderful human being, is retiring from town government service on town meeting day 2007, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors J. Douglas Webb for his life of community service in the town of Fairfax and in Franklin County, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Doug Webb in Fairfax.

H.C.R.  55.

House concurrent resolution in memory of Lance Cpl. Kurt Edward Dechen of Springfield.

Offered by:  Representatives Emmons of Springfield, Martin of Springfield, 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, 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, Koch of Barre Town, 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, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, 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, Moran of Wardsboro, 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, Weston of Burlington, Wheeler of Derby, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

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

Whereas, Marine Lance Cpl. Kurt Dechen of Springfield served his country with pride and dedication, and

Whereas, he graduated from Springfield High School in 2001, and

Whereas, following his high school graduation, Kurt Duchen enrolled at Castleton State College where he studied criminal justice, and

Whereas, Kurt Duchen’s career goal was to serve the public as a police officer, and

Whereas, in 2003, his commitment to public service prompted him to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, and he was most recently assigned to the 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, and

Whereas, in March 2005, Lance Cpl. Kurt Dechen was deployed to Iraq as a member of Regimental Combat Team 5, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendelton, California, and

Whereas, on Thursday, August 3, 2006, his 24th birthday, Lance Cpl. Kurt Dechen was shot when enemy gunfire hit him in the course of a patrol in the Iraqi city of  Fallujah, and

Whereas, sadly, he died from his wounds after being transported to a nearby military hospital, and

Whereas, although Lance Cpl. Kurt Dechen missed his native Vermont and was looking forward to his scheduled return from Iraq in October 2006, he was proud to be serving his country and of his role as a United States Marine, and

Whereas, when not pursuing college studies or performing his military duties, he loved to be outdoors and was an avid snowmobiler and hunter, and he was a member of the Rod and Club in Perkinsville

Whereas, Kurt Dechen was a man with an infectious smile, a love of country music, and a loyal circle of friends, and

Whereas, he was a parishioner of the First Congregational Church of Springfield, and

Whereas, Kurt Dechen played a fundamental role in the lives of his surviving family members, including his parents, Richard and Dale Dechen, his brother, Justin, his maternal grandmother, Virginia H. Freeman, and in that of his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer Knight, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its profound condolences to the family of Lance Cpl. Kurt Edward Duchen of Springfield, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Richard and Dale Dechen in Springfield and Virginia H. Freeman in Chester.

H.C.R.  56.

House concurrent resolution congratulating Jeremy Russo of Rupert on his designation as a national Outstanding Young Farmer semifinalist.

Offered by:  Representative Malcolm of Pawlet

Whereas, the national Outstanding Young Farmer Program (OYF), was established in 1951 to recognize the nation’s foremost up-and-coming agricultural entrepreneurs, and

Whereas, in order to be considered a candidate for OYF designation, individuals must be under age 40, have demonstrated progress in their agricultural careers, derive at least two-thirds of their income from farming businesses, utilize soil and water conservation methods, and have made civic contribution both locally and nationally, and

Whereas, in the most recent round of OYF awards, Jeremy Russo of Rupert was honored as one of 25 semifinalists in this stringent competition, and

Whereas, Jeremy Russo is proud to continue a family tradition as the sixth generation to farm in Vermont, and

Whereas, he prepared for an agricultural career by completing the Dairy Fellows program at Cornell University, working as herdsman on a neighbor’s farm, and then securing initial financing with the assistance of the federal  Farm Services Agency, and

Whereas, in 2001, with 12 milking cows in his herd, Jeremy Russo embarked on his farming career and, by 2006, the herd of milkers had expanded to over 90 with 70 replacement heifers being raised for the future, and

Whereas, the farm has become a true family enterprise with his brothers and father pitching in to assist with various aspects of its operation, and

Whereas, he employs a low-input production system and value-added processing, and

Whereas, Jeremy Russo has sought to broaden his agricultural base by operating an organic farmstand and experimenting with cheese manufacturing, and

Whereas, his wife Jennie is a kindergarten teacher who teaches her students about the importance and role of farming in Vermont, and

Whereas, the OYF program made an excellent choice in designating Jeremy Russo as a national semifinalist, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Jeremy Russo of Rupert on his designation as a national Outstanding Young Farmer semifinalist, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jeremy Russo in Rupert.

H.C.R.  57.

House concurrent resolution in memory of John D. Flory Jr.

Offered by:  Representative Sunderland of Rutland Town

Offered by:  Senators Carris, Maynard and Mullin

Whereas, John Flory’s entire life was centered in Rutland County, and especially the community of Rutland Town, where he was a leading entrepreneur and popular public official, and

Whereas, he grew up in Rutland Town and graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy, and

Whereas, Flory’s Diner and Snackbar in Center Rutland was an eatery he established in 1971, where customers could purchase a hearty meal, could chat with John Flory while he prepared food in his own unique culinary style, or could visit the backyard animals, including the cats and goats, and

Whereas, although he was certainly a successful businessman, John Flory was perhaps even better known for his numerous public roles, and in particular, his stellar career in law enforcement, and

Whereas, he served as Rutland Town’s second constable beginning in 1975 and, in 1994, succeeded his brother Anthony as first constable, and

Whereas, even before his appointment as Rutland Town’s second constable, John Flory had served as a Rutland County deputy sheriff, a position he assumed in 1965, and his 40-plus years on the county force were longer than any other Rutland deputy, and

Whereas, his desire to protect the community was not limited to law enforcement activities as John Flory was a proud charter member of the Rutland Town volunteer fire department, and

Whereas, John Flory’s public roles were hardly limited to those of deputy sheriff, constable, and firefighter as he served in a host of elected and appointed municipal offices, and

Whereas, the citizens of Rutland Town elected him to a seat on the selectboard and as a lister, and

Whereas, his law enforcement expertise was put to good use as both Rutland Town’s animal control and emergency management officer, and

Whereas, the pride John Flory took in serving as a law enforcement officer was epitomized on his car’s registration plate which read “Cop John,” and

Whereas, his death brought great sadness to his wife, Louise, his daughter, Judith, son, John, three grandchildren, and the Rutland County law enforcement community which turned out in large numbers and full regalia at his funeral to say goodbye to a valued colleague and friend, and

Whereas, in John Flory’s memory, the former Holiday Drive in Rutland Town has been renamed Cop John Drive, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its sympathies to the family of John Flory, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Louise Flory in Rutland Town, the Rutland Town fire department, the clerk of Rutland Town, and the Rutland County sheriff’s department.

H.C.R.  58.

House concurrent resolution honoring Alice Sturgeon for her community service in Georgia.

Offered by:  Representatives Branagan of Georgia and Gilbert of Fairfax

Offered by:  Senators Collins and Kittell

Whereas, for many years, Alice Sturgeon has contributed boundless energy to the well-being of her hometown of Georgia, and

Whereas, the citizens of Georgia have long admired her civic spirit and her compassionate concern for the needs of the town and its residents, and

Whereas, children, both her own and others, have a special place in her life, and, for 25 years, Alice Sturgeon has operated a day care center at her home where many Georgia youngsters spend happy hours of fun and developing their learning skills, and

Whereas, Alice Sturgeon is a devout congregant of the Ascension Parish Roman Catholic Church in Georgia, and

Whereas, her volunteer roles at the church have included serving on the pastoral board and assisting with countless church dinners, including the senior dinner, and

Whereas, Alice Sturgeon’s concern for others’ welfare extends beyond Georgia’s borders, and she has provided meals for Martha’s Kitchen in St. Albans, and

Whereas, aside from her church activities and operating the day care center, she has found time to serve the community in the public sector as a member of the Georgia school board of which she was a member from 1991–1999, and again from 2004–2006, and

Whereas, her school board participation has been thoughtful and constructive during deliberations formulating local education policy, and

Whereas, family has always held a special place in Alice Sturgeon’s life, and she and her husband Mitchell Sturgeon are proud to have raised 10 children, including Michelle, Michael (now deceased), Molly, Melissa, Mary, Matthew, Margaret, Mark, Mead, and Miles, who are known collectively in Georgia as the Ms, and

Whereas, Alice and Mitchell Sturgeon are now the grandparents of nine grandchildren, and

Whereas, this extremely humble woman has a special place in the hearts of Georgia residents, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Alice Sturgeon for her community service in the town of Georgia, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Alice Sturgeon in Georgia.

H.C.R.  59.

House concurrent resolution honoring Arlo Sterner for his outstanding public service in Lamoille County and in the towns of Morrisville and Wolcott.

Offered by:  Representative Martin of Wolcott

Offered by:  Senators Bartlett and Illuzzi

Whereas, Arlo Sterner has served the citizens of Lamoille County, and especially the residents of Morrisville and Wolcott, in important roles for over half a century, and

Whereas, he grew up in western New York State, spent summers engaged in forestry work on his grandfather’s land, and graduated from the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University, and

Whereas, Arlo Sterner’s college education was interrupted during World War II when he served in the U.S. Army’s counterintelligence division as a spy in Germany, and

Whereas, following college graduation in 1947, he was employed in Sitka, Alaska with the U.S. Forest Service but soon opted to accept a position with Vermont state forester Perry Merrill, and

Whereas, after military service in Korea, Arlo Sterner returned to Vermont, and, beginning in 1952, was Lamoille County Forester for the next 38 years, and

Whereas, in the 1960s, he worked with the county’s farmers, through the soil bank program, to encourage the planting of trees on fields, and his success included the year he arranged for the planting of 900,000 trees, and

Whereas, he has remained connected to the state’s woodlands as a private forestry consultant since his retirement from the county position in 1988, and

Whereas, public service for Arlo Sterner has extended to municipal government first in Morrisville, and, in more recent years, in Wolcott to which he relocated in 1975, and

Whereas, in Morrisville, he served as chair of the Morrisville water and light department, as a village trustee, and as a member of the fire department, and

Whereas, in Wolcott, his municipal roles have included selectboard member for six years starting in 1976, fire department member, first in the late 1970s and again since 1985, as a lister since 1988, and currently in the important dual roles of emergency management director and 911 coordinator, and

Whereas, the town of Wolcott is publishing a special thank you to Arlo Sterner in this year’s town report as he is retiring as Wolcott’s lister, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Arlo Sterner for his many decades of outstanding public service in Lamoille County and in the towns of Morrisville and Wolcott, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Arlo Sterner in Wolcott.

H.C.R.  60.

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce on its 50th anniversary.

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

Whereas, the Great Falls region consists of the Vermont communities of Athens, Grafton, Putney, Rockingham, including Bellows Falls, and Westminster, and the New Hampshire municipalities of Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Langdon, North Walpole, Walpole, and Westmoreland that surround the dramatic gorge waterfalls on the Connecticut River, and

Whereas, the Great Falls region offers many visitor and business development opportunities on both sides of the Connecticut River, and

Whereas, since 1957, the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce has endeavored to promote the wonders of the region locally, nationally, and internationally, through publications, personal appearances, and, more recently, on the World Wide Web, and

Whereas, from its headquarters at the Waypoint Visitor’s Center in the village of Bellows Falls, the chamber offers specific services for vacationing tourists and for businesses seeking to establish or relocate facilities in the region, and

Whereas, every summer, this year August 3–5, the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce sponsors Rockingham Old Home Days (ROHD) that features fun events at the Waypoint Center and at nearby Centennial Park, including a carnival, craft and food booths, and entertainment, and

Whereas, other ROHD-associated happenings at other locations are the Green Mountain Flyer train excursions and the annual pilgrimage ceremony at the Rockingham Meeting House, and

Whereas, under the insightful leadership of executive director Roger Riccio, president Rose Fowler, and the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, the organization has brought increased economic activity and prominence to the region, and

Whereas, on March 7, the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce will commemorate the organization’s 50th anniversary at its annual banquet, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce on its 50th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Roger Riccio at the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce in Bellows Falls.

H.C.R.  61.

House concurrent resolution congratulating Norwich University ice hockey coach Michael McShane on his 500th collegiate victory.

Offered by:  Representatives Brooks of Montpelier, Valliere of Barre City, Donahue of Northfield, Koch of Barre Town, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town and Monti of Barre City

Offered by:  Senators Cummings, Doyle and Scott

Whereas, Norwich ice hockey coach Mike McShane has developed a reputation for skill and savvy both on and off the ice during his nearly four decades coaching, and

Whereas, following his own collegiate playing career at, and graduation from the University of New Hampshire, he decided to continue his close association with the game as a coach, and

Whereas, after serving his apprenticeship in the prep school coaching ranks, and as an assistant coach at Dartmouth College, Mike McShane was offered a college head coaching opportunity at St. Lawrence University where he won 93 games during a five-year tenure, and he followed this accomplishment with an impressive 151 victories in a nine-season run at Providence College, and

Whereas, following a coaching sabbatical that provided Coach McShane the chance to work with the NHL Ottawa Senators and to earn a master’s degree from Boston University, he accepted the job of leading the ice hockey program at Norwich University and simultaneously participating in the design of a new rink for the Cadets, and

Whereas, his first two years at Norwich were in the dated Taylor Arena, and he then endured a year of home games while camped at the Barre Auditorium before moving the Cadets into their new home, the now highly touted Kreitzberg Arena, and

Whereas, on Saturday evening, February 17, at Kreitzberg Arena, the Cadets concluded their regular season by:  earning their sixth consecutive win as they defeated a tough Colby College team 4-2; clinched the regular season ECAC-East regular season championship; and, yes, securing for Coach McShane his 500th collegiate ice hockey coaching victory, and

Whereas, the coach was presented a special granite plaque to commemorate this historic occasion and becoming only the 14th college ice hockey coach to reach this lofty victory plateau, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Norwich University ice hockey coach Mike McShane on his 500th collegiate victory, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Coach McShane at Norwich University.

H.C.R.  62.

House concurrent resolution honoring Mary Lou Raymo for her superb public service in the town of Dover.

Offered by:  Representatives Hube of Londonderry, Manwaring of Wilmington and Moran of Wardsboro

Whereas, Mary Lou Raymo has devoted three decades to serving the town of Dover and assuring that its municipal affairs are always in order, and

Whereas, she was born and raised in Dover, residing on Holland Road where her parents, William and Dorothy Holland, operated the last surviving dairy farm in town, and

Whereas, after graduating from high school, Mary Lou Holland married her sweetheart, Jim Raymo, and they are now the parents of three grown daughters, and

Whereas, the town of Dover first benefited from Mary Lou Raymo’s meticulous attention to detail when she assumed the position of auditor, and

Whereas, the excellent quality of her work as town auditor resulted in Mary Lou Raymo’s being appointed to the dual offices of assistant clerk and assistant treasurer, and

Whereas, in 1987, the voters of Dover, having come to appreciate her outstanding job performance in the assistants’ positions, elected Mary Lou Raymo to the offices of town clerk and treasurer which she has exercised faithfully and responsibly ever since, and

Whereas, Mary Lou Raymo has taken her job seriously and completed the courses for certification as both a town clerk and treasurer, and

Whereas, the Dover annual town reports are documents that dazzle the reader as Mary Lou Raymo has applied her considerable artistic talents to the beautiful covers that often feature local Dover buildings, and she has edited the reports with such great flair and style that they have been awarded prizes as among the best in the state, and

Whereas, Mary Lou Raymo, a passionate genealogist and avid town historian, is a member of both the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Dover Historical Society, and

Whereas, she takes great pride in her neighbors having elected her to offices of great trust and is known to spend weekends and holidays at work to be certain that all municipal matters are addressed in full, and

Whereas, after 30 years serving as a Dover town official, Mary Lou Raymo has decided to retire and enjoy more time to pursue her genealogical hobby and be with her family, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Mary Lou Raymo for her three decades of superb public service in the town of Dover, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mary Lou Raymo in Dover.



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