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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

thursday, march 15, 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.

H.C.R.  63.

House concurrent resolution honoring Representative Francis K. Brooks.

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

Whereas, Representative Francis Brooks’ stirring oratorical presence has graced the floor of the Vermont House of Representatives since January 1983, and

Whereas, this illustrious member of the house journeyed from his native Alexandria, Virginia to Vermont in order to attend Norwich University from which he graduated in 1967, and in 1974, he earned a master’s degree from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, and

Whereas, a generation of Montpelier High School students studied chemistry and physics under Francis Brooks’ careful instruction, and

Whereas, Francis Brooks’ extracurricular activities have included coaching the Montpelier High School Solons eight-man football team, singing with the Vermont Symphony Chorus, and regular participation in the events of the local Baptist Church, and

Whereas, Representative Francis Brooks has served on four legislative committees, including Appropriations, General and Military Affairs, which he chaired most ably during the 2005–2006 biennium, Judiciary, and Transportation, and

Whereas, legislators who have been privileged to serve with Representative Brooks on a committee can attest that on occasion, he has cited principles of physics to illustrate important points of public policy, and

Whereas, his colleagues in the Democratic caucus so admired Representative Brooks’ leadership and negotiating skills, they elected him to serve as their floor leader, and

Whereas, as a full-time resident of the capital city, he has attended and moved to adjourn numerous floor sessions convened exclusively to advance the house calendar, and

Whereas, during his nearly quarter-century of legislative service, the members of the house have become well acquainted with the wisdom of Representative Francis Brooks’ Daddy whose advice to the House, as relayed through his son, is always wise and germane, and

Whereas, on February 15, 2007, the general assembly elected Representative Francis Brooks to serve as its new sergeant at arms, now therefore be it  

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Representative Francis Brooks as he concludes his distinguished career as the member from Montpelier and begins his new role as the sergeant at arms, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Representative Francis Brooks of Montpelier.

H.C.R.  64.

House concurrent resolution honoring Gloria Gerdes for her 30 years of exemplary public service in the town of Roxbury.

Offered by:  Representatives Grad of Moretown and Donahue of Northfield

Whereas, when Gloria Gerdes, and her husband, Art, moved from New Jersey to the little Washington County town of Roxbury in 1970, they could not have envisioned her future career in town government, and

Whereas, the citizens of the town of Roxbury soon recognized that Gloria Gerdes was a knowledgeable and civically minded individual who was well‑qualified to serve in important municipal offices, and

Whereas, beginning in 1977, when she was first elected town auditor, and for the next three decades, Gloria Gerdes has devoted her time and talents to the management of Roxbury’s governmental affairs, and

Whereas, in 1978, the voters elected her a justice of the peace, entitling her to serve on the Roxbury board of civil authority, and

Whereas, although she concluded her successful tenure as auditor in 1987, Gloria Gerdes retained her interest in Roxbury town affairs and remained on the board of civil authority, and

Whereas, in 1997, when a vacancy arose in the office of town clerk, the Roxbury selectboard turned to Gloria Gerdes to assume this pivotal role in local government, and, for the last decade, she has served with great distinction, and

Whereas, Gloria Gerdes loved to assist visitors who came in search of information, as exemplified by her careful search of town records that determined the town retains a 999-year lease on a local cemetery, and

Whereas, everyone always enjoyed stopping by the town office, not only for the pleasant conversations with the town clerk, but also to see her dog, Ginger, who would greet them eagerly at they entered, and

Whereas, during the years Gloria Gerdes served as town clerk, the municipal vault was expanded, officially to accommodate the growing collection of town records but, in reality, to give Ginger a more spacious location to cool off on a hot summer’s day, and

Whereas, although Gloria Gerdes left the Roxbury board of civil authority in 1999, she rejoined the board upon her election as a justice of the peace in 2006, and

Whereas, despite the demands of her official duties, Gloria Gerdes has been active in the life of Roxbury through her involvement in the local community center’s and library’s activities, and church dinners, and

Whereas, after a decade as Roxbury’s much-admired town clerk, Gloria Gerdes is retiring from this post on Town Meeting Day 2007, and both her outstanding administrative talents and good humor will be missed, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Gloria Gerdes for her 30 years of exemplary public service in the town of Roxbury, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Gloria Gerdes in Roxbury.

H.C.R.  65.

House concurrent resolution in memory of Andrea Parhamovich.

Offered by:  Representatives Donovan of Burlington and Keogh of Burlington

Whereas, Andrea Parhamovich grew up in Perry, Ohio where she graduated from the local high school, and

Whereas, she continued her education at Marietta College in Ohio, earning a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations in just three and one-half years, and

Whereas, after graduation, Andrea Parhamovich’s political interests led her to work on the staff of former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift, and

Whereas, Andrea Parhamovich has been described as an “idealist dedicated to freedom, justice and peace” who, although opposed to American military policy in Iraq, desired to assist personally and directly in the development of  a democratic society in that troubled nation, and

Whereas, in pursuit of this worthy goal, Andrea Parhamovich joined the staff of the International Republican Institute (IRI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening political life in new democracies, and, under its auspices, had worked in Baghdad, organizing seminars and workshops, and teaching grassroots political skills, including instructing citizens to communicate with their elected representatives, and

Whereas, she most recently had been on the staff, in Baghdad, of the International Democratic Institute whose mission and programs are similar to of the IRI, and

Whereas, in June 2005, while Andrea Parhamovich was working in New York, she met Michael Hastings, a Burlington native, 1998 Rice High School graduate, and Newsweek reporter who has reported extensively from Iraq, and almost immediately they fell in love, and

Whereas, on January 17, 2007, while traveling from a meeting outside Baghdad’s green zone, a contingent of more than 50 armed insurgents attacked the convoy of armored sedans in which she was traveling, and she was killed along with three security personnel who accompanied her, and

Whereas, Michael Hastings and Andrea Parhamovich had planned to formalize their engagement at a celebration in Paris, and

Whereas, Andrea Parhamovich was a young woman who believed in acting on her political beliefs in order to make the world a better place, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its profound sympathies to the family of Andrea Parhamovich and to her fiancé, Michael Hastings, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Parhamovich family in Perry, Ohio and to Michael Hastings in Burlington.


H.C.R.  66.

House concurrent resolution honoring the community service and life‑saving activities of the Vermont chapters of the American Red Cross.

Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Andrews of Rutland City, Barnard of Richmond, Donahue of Northfield, Fisher of Lincoln, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Haas of Rochester, Manwaring of Wilmington, McAllister of Highgate, Mrowicki of Putney and Potter of Clarendon

Whereas, on May 21, 1881, Clara Barton, the famous nurse who aided soldiers with battlefront medical assistance during the Civil War, gathered a group of associates in Washington, D.C. to establish the American Red Cross, and

Whereas, the organization, which Clara Barton directed until 1904, provided domestic and international assistance, including medical support for U.S. troops during the Spanish American War in 1898, and

Whereas, during her 23-year tenure as head of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton was instrumental in adding peacetime relief services to the agenda of the international Red Cross movement, and

Whereas, the American Red Cross received its first congressional charter in 1900, and a second charter was issued in 1905 stating that the organization’s purposes included “giving relief to and serving as a medium of communication between members of the American armed forces and their families and providing national and international disaster relief and mitigation,” and

Whereas, in Vermont, professional staff and trained volunteers provide American Red Cross services under the organizational umbrella of three chapters, including Green Mountain, Central Vermont–New Hampshire Valley, and Northern Vermont, based in Bennington, Hartford, and Burlington, respectively, and

Whereas, the services these chapters provide have included disaster assistance during local floods and fires, contributing to large-scale relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina and the 2005 Indian Ocean tsunami, and

Whereas, thousands of Vermonters have learned emergency first aid or swimming skills as a result of local Red Cross programs, and

Whereas, the month of March is American Red Cross Month and presents an ideal opportunity to salute the community service and life-saving activities of the American Red Cross chapters in Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the community service and life-saving activities of the Vermont chapters of the American Red Cross, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the respective executive directors of the American Red Cross chapters in Vermont, including Deborah Peterson – Green Mountain Chapter; Beth Finlayson – Central Vermont–New Hampshire Valley Chapter, and Rob Levine – Northern Vermont Chapter.

H.C.R.  67.

House concurrent resolution welcoming the Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission to the state house.

Offered by:  Representatives Atkins of Winooski and McCullough of Williston

Offered by:  Senator Mazza

Whereas, in July 1609, the French explorer Samuel de Champlain became the first European to arrive at the lake that now bears his name, and

Whereas, from 1609 forward, Lake Champlain played a major role in the cultural, economic, and military history of the European colonists and later of Vermont and the entire United States, and

Whereas, today, Lake Champlain remains a treasured resource for Vermont, New York, and Quebec, and

Whereas, in 2009, Vermonters will commemorate Samuel de Champlain’s arrival on the lake with an array of quadricentennial observances that will celebrate the lake’s role in Vermont’s cultural heritage and its importance to the state’s future, and

Whereas, in anticipation of the 2009 festivities, in 2003, Governor Douglas issued Executive Order No. 16-03, establishing the Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission (Vermont LCQCC) to “advise the Governor on the direction, planning, promotion and implementation of heritage, tourism activities and programs in the Lake Champlain region . . . with similar efforts on the part of New York State and the Province of Quebec, in order to commemorate the arrival of Samuel de Champlain in 1609 and to celebrate the natural and cultural history of the Lake,” and

Whereas, the 26-member Vermont LCQCC is comprised of representatives of the public and private sector and has been engaged in developing plans for 2009, and

Whereas, the commission has introduced a logo featuring a picture of the lake and the words “Champlain Quadricentennial,” and

Whereas, on September 14, 2006, an International Samuel de Champlain Stamp Cancellation Day was held at Isle La Motte and subsequently in Champlain, New York and Lacolle, Quebec, and

Whereas, significant progress has been made in planning for the 2009 commemorative activities that is being highlighted today, March 13, 2007, during the Vermont LCQCC Day at the State House, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly welcomes the Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission to the state house and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bruce Hyde, Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing, the chair of the Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission.

H.C.R.  68.

House concurrent resolution commemorating the 230th anniversary of the Revolutionary War fortification of Mount Independence in Orwell, Vermont.

Offered by:  Representatives Stevens of Shoreham, Devereux of Mount Holly, Jerman of Essex and Zenie of Colchester

Offered by:  Senators Ayer and Giard

Whereas, in July 1776, while our nation was being established in Philadelphia, critical military developments were occurring in the Champlain Valley, and

Whereas, on July 2, 1776, approximately 5,200 American soldiers, over one-half of whom were ill from smallpox or fatigue, had retreated from Canada and reached the western shore of Lake Champlain at Crown Point, and

Whereas, American Major General Horatio Gates and his military leadership resolved that it was “prudent to retire immediately to the strong ground on the east side of the Lake, opposite to Ticonderoga,” to Rattlesnake Hill in present day Orwell, and

Whereas, by July 8, 1776, the first reconnaissance of the new site had been made, and then on July 28, 1776, the assembled troops heard the Declaration of Independence for the first time, and they named the new outpost Mount Independence, and

Whereas, it was a strategic imperative for the Americans to halt the southward push on Lake Champlain of British forces and, in October 1776, the Americans’ Northern Department Army of nearly 12,000 soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga and the newly-constructed Mount Independence fortification proved sufficient to persuade British General Sir Guy Carleton to reverse course and sail back with his forces to Canada for the winter, and

Whereas, American troops spent a difficult winter of 1776–1777 at Mount Independence, and

Whereas, starting in February 1777, the American army, under the direction of Chief Engineer Jeduthan Baldwin, began construction on the ice of a bridge between Mount Independence and Fort Ticonderoga, an engineering marvel, and the American troops worked feverishly that spring and early summer to complete the extensive fortifications at Mount Independence, anticipating the arrival of British General John Burgoyne, and

Whereas, on July 5–6, 1777, when it became clear that there were not enough soldiers to defend Mount Independence and Fort Ticonderoga against the British and their German allies, American General Arthur St. Clair gave the order to withdraw under the cover of darkness, and

Whereas, the British and Germans occupied Mount Independence from July 6 to November 8, 1777, burning it before they retreated to Canada, and

Whereas, the Fort Ticonderoga Association owns the northern half of the Mount Independence site, and the Vermont board of historic sites purchased much of the southern half in 1961, thus holding in the public trust one of America’s best-preserved Revolutionary War archaeological sites, and

Whereas, the Mount Independence site, which has been designated a Vermont state historic site and a national historic landmark, is the home of over six miles of trails and an outstanding art museum–visitor information center, and

Whereas, among the commemorative events marking the 230th anniversary of the occupation of Mount Independence by American, British, and German forces, and the sacrifices of those who built and served at this fortification, are the July 1, 2007 opening of a new handicap accessible trail and  “Soldiers Atop the Mount,” a living history weekend on July 21 and 22, and this summer’s commemorations will be held with the assistance of the Mount Independence Coalition and other volunteers, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commemorates the 230th anniversary of Mount Independence, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Orwell town clerk, the Mount Independence Coalition, the Vermont division for historic preservation, and the Fort Ticonderoga Association.

H.C.R.  69.

House concurrent resolution in memory of Margaret A. Maurice of Burlington.

Offered by:  Representatives Donovan of Burlington, Keogh of Burlington and Pugh of S. Burlington

Whereas, Margaret “Maggie” Maurice’s Burlington-based journalistic career spanned from the 1940s to the end of the 20th century and encompassed work as a reporter, an editor, and a columnist, and

Whereas, a native of Syracuse, New York, she graduated from Tufts University in 1944 and then accepted a reporter’s position at the old Burlington Daily News, and

Whereas, in 1947, Maggie Maurice left journalism to attend to her growing family and resumed her career in 1960 on the staff of the University of Vermont extension service, and

Whereas, in 1965, northwestern Vermont’s newspaper readers saw her return when she became the women’s editor at the Burlington Free Press and wrote feature stories, and

Whereas, although Maggie Maurice’s feature stories appeared regularly in the Free Press for nearly a quarter of a century, she became most noted for her column “Maggie” that was published for the first time in 1975 and continued until she retired in 1989,  and

Whereas, even after her retirement from the Free Press, Maggie Maurice continued to write for other publications and broadcast her Vermont Spectrum commentaries on WJOY radio, and

Whereas, Maggie Maurice was a committed journalist and belonged to the National League of Pen Women, Green Mountain Branch, and

Whereas, her community involvement and interests were extensive as she served on the boards of the Northern Chapter of the American Red Cross, the local American Cancer Society, and Prevent Child Abuse Vermont; and she was also a member of Chapter B of the P.E.O. (a foundation dedicated to promoting educational opportunities for women), the Fortnightly Club, Playreaders, the Burlington Garden Club, and the Colonial Dames, and

Whereas, Maggie Maurice was a religiously devout individual and was a 60-year active member of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and

Whereas, family was of paramount importance to Maggie Maurice, and she, and her husband Pug who predeceased her, were the parents of four children, two of whom, John and Donald, survive as do her eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

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

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Donald Maurice in Burlington.

H.C.R.  70.

House concurrent resolution congratulating Alexandra Larrow of Vergennes on her designation as Vermont’s Junior Miss 2007.

Offered by:  Representatives Clark of Vergennes and Oxholm of Vergennes

Offered by:  Senators Ayer and Giard

Whereas, the Junior Miss program’s goal is “to honor young women who excel and encourage them to obtain a college education and assume roles of leadership in their communities,” and

Whereas, the individual junior miss contestant in both the state and national competition is evaluated based on an interview, plus scores in the fitness, self‑expression, and talent categories, and an assessment of scholastic record, and

Whereas, at the state finals in Chester on January 30, Alexandra Larrow of Vergennes was selected as Vermont‘s Junior Miss 2007, the 50th young Vermont woman honored as a Vermont Junior Miss title winner, and

Whereas, she was also the recipient of top honors for fitness, talent, self‑expression, and the candidate interview, and

Whereas, all of these outstanding achievements prompted the judges to designate her as the winner of the Spirit of Junior Miss Award at the Chester event, and

Whereas, these multiple accomplishments resulted in Alexandra Larrow being awarded $950.00 in cash scholarships, $21,000.00 in scholarships to Green Mountain College, and the right to compete in the National Junior Miss competition this summer in Mobile, Alabama, and

Whereas, Alexandra Larrow is an extraordinarily talented young woman who has learned to manage her time efficiently, devoted special effort to her academic studies, and still have time for an amazing array of extracurricular activities in which she has achieved much success, and

Whereas, academically, she is a National Honor Society member, is ranked third in the 2007 senior class of 110 students at Vergennes Union High School, and has won special citations in Spanish language studies and music, and

Whereas, athletically, Alexandra Larrow is a member of the outdoor track and field team and the varsity cheerleading squad, and

Whereas, she is the winner of numerous academic, oratorical, and youth leadership awards, and she has worked or interned for several media organizations in Addison County, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Alexandra Larrow of Vergennes on her designation as Vermont’s Junior Miss 2007 and wishes her every success both in the national competition and in her college studies, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Alexandra Larrow in Vergennes.

H.C.R.  71.

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Vermont Girl Scout Council’s gold and silver award recipients.

Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Allard of St. Albans Town, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Dostis of Waterbury, Errecart of Shelburne, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, Gervais of Enosburg, Helm of Castleton, Howrigan of Fairfield, Kilmartin of Newport City, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Livingston of Manchester, Marcotte of Coventry, McAllister of Highgate, McFaun of Barre Town, Morley of Barton, Myers of Essex, O'Donnell of Vernon, Oxholm of Vergennes, Perry of Richford, Rodgers of Glover, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shaw of Derby, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City and Wright of Burlington

Whereas, girl scouting provides wonderful opportunities for young girls to volunteer in community service projects and to sample leadership roles and possible career options, and

Whereas, as incentives to maximize participation in these programs, girl scouting has developed the silver and gold awards to honor those girl scouts who have demonstrated a special commitment to community service and personal character development, and

Whereas, the Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest honor that may be bestowed on a girl scout in the 11–14 age range, and the award’s recipients are younger girl scouts who represent the organization’s most energetic and enthusiastic members, and

Whereas, in order to be presented a Girl Scout Silver Award, a potential recipient must complete the requirements for both the Girl Scout Silver Leadership Award, including 15 hours of service in a leadership role, and the Girl Scout Silver Career Award, as well as design and implement a Girl Scout Silver Award Project entailing a minimum of 40 hours of meaningful community service, and

Whereas, in 2006, the Vermont girl scouts between the ages of 11 and 14 who were presented a Girl Scout Silver Award and their related community service projects were:  Katy Bickford of Waitsfield who designed and constructed a gathering space for middle school students at her school; Misha Kydd of Jericho who trained a Guiding Eyes for the Blind puppy; and Michaela Green of West Charleston who with several friends created and hosted a “Be Your Own Star” young girls’ party and fashion show to stress self-esteem and celebrate individual difference, and

Whereas, girl scouts in the 14 to 17 age range can earn the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award that requires a candidate for this honor to earn the Girl Scout Gold Leadership Award, including 40 hours of service in a leadership role; fulfill the prerequisites for the Girl Scout Gold Career Award, including devoting 40 hours to either a shadowing project or internship; conduct a community assessment, and complete a 65 hour community service project, and

Whereas, in 2006, the Vermont girl scouts between the ages of 14 and 17 who were presented a Girl Scout Gold Award, and their respective community service projects included: Eliza Goldberg, Sarah Flickinger, and Sydney Chandler of Shelburne who organized a community volunteer fair and created a youth volunteering group; Sharon Mathieu of Underhill, who created French language learning materials for home schoolers; Amber Brooks, Lauren Gaffney, Katherine Matcovich, and Kate Noble of Essex who educated the public concerning a dangerous road intersection by promoting the construction of a traffic light; Leigh Elliot of Essex who developed a website for Essex Meals on Wheels, and Desiree Whitman of East Thetford who bridged the generations by creating a series of monthly programs at her church for girls and senior citizens, and

Whereas, each of these Girl Scouts was presented her gold or silver award at a ceremony last October 15 at Basin Harbor in Vergennes, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2006 Vermont Girl Scout Council’s gold and silver award recipients, and be it further

Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each of the girl scouts honored in this resolution.

H.C.R.  72.

House concurrent resolution honoring cancer survivors.

Offered by:  Representatives McDonald of Berlin, Andrews of Rutland City, Barnard of Richmond, Gervais of Enosburg, Hudson of Lyndon, Keenan of St. Albans City, Krawczyk of Bennington, Potter of Clarendon and Pugh of S. Burlington

Whereas, recent medical breakthroughs, in combination with an increased public awareness of steps that can be taken to reduce an individual’s risk of developing cancer and the importance of early detection, have made cancer more likely to be controllable and curable, and

Whereas, this trend has been documented by the 3,014-person reduction in the cancer death rate in 2004 as compared to 369-person reduction in 2003, and

Whereas, despite these encouraging statistics, cancer remains the leading killer among Americans under the age of 85, and

Whereas, the American Cancer Society has set ambitious goals for the years between 2007 and 2015 to reduce cancer’s threat to the American public, and

Whereas, these goals, according to the American Cancer Society, include a 50-percent reduction in age-adjusted mortality rates; a 25-percent reduction in age-adjusted incidence rates, and “a measurable improvement in the quality of life (physical, psychological, social, and spiritual) from the time of diagnosis and for the balance of life for all cancer survivors,” and

Whereas, public education to reduce the initial incidents of cancer has focused especially on those forms of cancer that are most susceptible through preventative measures, and

Whereas, tobacco smoking cessation and, even better, never starting to smoke at all are steps that can lessen the chances of developing lung cancer, and

Whereas, mammograms provide an excellent method to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages, and prostate cancer rates can be reduced and its effects mitigated, through regular testing and prompt treatment when detected, and

Whereas, a vaccine is now available to reduce the risk of cervical cancer, and

Whereas, today, Thursday, March 15, 2007, is cancer awareness day at the state house and serves as an excellent opportunity to honor cancer survivors and their role in educating the public about this dreaded but increasingly controllable disease, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors cancer survivors and their special role as cancer educators, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont office of the American Cancer Society.

H.C.R.  73.

House concurrent resolution honoring the outstanding work of child care providers in Vermont.

Offered by:  Representatives Pugh of S. Burlington, Ancel of Calais, Andrews of Rutland City, Botzow of Pownal, Chen of Mendon, Clarkson of Woodstock, Clerkin of Hartford, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Courcelle of Rutland City, Davis of Washington, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Fisher of Lincoln, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Haas of Rochester, Hosford of Waitsfield, Jerman of Essex, Koch of Barre Town, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lorber of Burlington, Malcolm of Pawlet, Martin of Wolcott, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, Mook of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Myers of Essex, Ojibway of Hartford, Pearson of Burlington, Peltz of Woodbury, Potter of Clarendon, Randall of Troy, Sharpe of Bristol, Sweaney of Windsor, Turner of Milton and Zuckerman of Burlington

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

Whereas, today’s young children are tomorrow’s voters, workers, taxpayers, and parents, and

Whereas, a good start helps ensure both a child’s and Vermont’s future prosperity, and

Whereas, science tells us that early experiences establish the architecture of a child’s developing brain, and nurturing and individualized interactions with adults – at home and in the community – build a strong foundation for future growth and development, and

Whereas, the quality of early childhood experiences establishes either a sturdy or fragile foundation for all development that follows, and

Whereas, child development is community development as well as economic development, as healthy, capable children are the building blocks of a solid and productive society, and

Whereas, the 5,000 child care providers in the state are essential to Vermont's economic growth, and they contribute to the creation or support of 2,232 indirect jobs, and

Whereas, although 85 percent of a child’s core brain structure is formed by the age of four years, less than nine percent of public investments in education and development are made by that time, and

Whereas, we must work together to meet their needs to ensure that all Vermont children grow into solid community members and active participants in our economy, and

Whereas, concerned Vermonters will gather at the State House on March 16, 2007 to inform their state legislators about the importance of making high-quality early childhood care and education services accessible and affordable to all Vermonters, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the outstanding work of child care providers in Vermont who are visiting the State House on March 16, 2007, which is Early Childhood Day at the legislature, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the sponsoring organizations of the Kids Are Priority One Early Childhood Coalition, including Voices for Vermont’s Children, Windham Child Care, Parent to Parent of Vermont, Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council, and the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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