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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

thursday, march 29, 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. 82

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Mt. Anthony Union High School Patriots’ wrestling team on winning its 19th consecutive state championship

Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Miller of Shaftsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Corcoran of Bennington, Krawczyk of Bennington and Mook of Bennington

Offered by:  Senators Hartwell and Sears

Whereas, on Saturday, February 24, 2007 at the St. Johnsbury Academy gymnasium, the Mt. Anthony Union High School wrestling Patriots wrote a new page in the national interscholastic sports record books when they captured their school’s 19th consecutive state championship title, and

Whereas, this great feat tied the national consecutive state wrestling championship record that Paulsboro, New Jersey High School had held solely until this year, and

Whereas, the Mt. Anthony wrestlers amassed an amazing 300 points at the two-day championship meet, outscoring their nearest competitor by a 132‑point margin, and

Whereas, 11 Patriot wrestlers earned the right to compete in the final championship round reflecting the extremely talented athletes who comprised the 2006–2007 Mt. Anthony team, and

Whereas, not only did the Mt. Anthony Patriots capture the statewide championship, but six individual wrestlers, including Jacob Shortt (112-pound class), John Andrews (119-pound class); Scott Legacy II (125-pound class); Kyle Elithorpe (152-pound class); Damian Legacy (171-pound class), and Matt McVay (189-pound class) won in their respective individual weight classes, and 

Whereas, the entire 2007 Mt. Anthony Union High School Patriots wrestling roster consisting of Derek Loneregan, Jacob Shortt, John Andrews, Scott Legacy II, Ethan Olin, Zach Randall, Dan Pierce, Mike Becker, Kyle Elithorpe, Cole Frost, Damian Legacy, Matt McVay, Larry Cole, and Ethan Furlton  is to be complimented for its outstanding performances both at the state championship and throughout the season, and welcomed the support of statisticians Hannah Messer, Whitney Olin, and Ashley Hayes, and manager Paul Redden, and

Whereas, coach Scott Legacy and his coaching staff of Ben Lackey, Bucky Noyes, Shawn Legacy, Eric Becker, Dwyane Metcalf, T.J. Maroney, and Derrick Tienken merit special recognition for their accomplishments, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2007 Mt. Anthony Union High School Patriots championship wrestling team on winning its 19th consecutive state championship, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Scott Legacy at Mt. Anthony Union High School.

H.C.R. 83

     House concurrent resolution congratulating Claire Bohannon of Alburgh on her award-winning business “Claire’s Country Garden”

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

Offered by:  Senator Collins

Whereas, Claire Bohannon was raised on her family farm in Franklin, and she loved to help tend to a large vegetable garden and can the produce for winter consumption, and

Whereas, her late husband Lawrence and she settled at retirement on a 25‑acre farm in Alburgh, and to keep herself occupied, she began to create quilts and floral arrangements for craft shows, and she then added a few jars of canned vegetables to her output, and

Whereas, in 1997, her projects became a business, Claire’s Country Garden, and the farmhouse kitchen proved inadequate for the expanding operation of canning pickles, relishes, jams, and jellies, and producing gift boxes, and

Whereas, they converted a garage into a working kitchen, and

Whereas, the business was a partnership of love with her husband and they worked together in the garden and in the kitchen until his death in 2004, and

Whereas, she has continued to operate the business, inspired by her husband’s memory, and in the last few years, she has raised the profile of Claire’s Country Garden considerably through her self-marketing initiatives, and

Whereas, she now provides merchandise to 30 retail establishments in Vermont, including King Arthur Flour in Norwich and the Stowe Mercantile, and sells at the Stowe Farmer’s Market and extensively on the internet, all of which results in the sale of 15,000 jars of her products on an annual basis, and

Whereas, in a contest for small artisans, under the sponsorship of the Gallo Family Vineyard, Claire’s Country Garden was awarded a Gold Medal Award in the Outstanding Fruit and Vegetable category for her famous Dilly Bean recipe, and she received formal recognition for this achievement at an event in New York City, and

Whereas, the March 2007 issue of “Country Living Magazine” reports on Claire Bohannon in its women entrepreneurs section as part of a “feature article about women turning their artistic gifts into cottage industries,” and the  magazine is flying her to a special celebration in Chicago, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Claire Bohannon of Alburgh on her award-winning business “Claire’s Country Garden” and wishes her continuing good fortune, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Claire Bohannon in Alburgh.

H.C.R.  84

House concurrent resolution honoring Gordon Bruce Foster of Fair Haven for his exemplary community service

Offered by:  Representatives Canfield of Fair Haven and Helm of Castleton

Whereas, Gordon Foster has dedicated numerous hours to encouraging civic pride and economic development on both sides of the Vermont–New York border, and

Whereas, after serving as a member of the U.S. Navy, he was employed at J.J. Petelle, Inc. in Fair Haven and subsequently purchased the business from its founder, and

Whereas, Gordon Foster has a long and proud association with the Fraternal Order of Eagles, having held the post of president of Eagle Aerie (chapter) #3907 in Fair Haven, and he assisted in the establishment of a new Aerie in Ticonderoga, New York, and

Whereas, he has organized the Fair Haven Eagles’ senior citizen dinner and picnic each year, and in recognition of his work on its behalf, Eagle Aerie #3907 presented him its 2005 Eagle of the Year award, and

Whereas, the Eagles are not the only fraternal organization to benefit from Gordon Foster’s good deeds as he has been an active member of the Whitehall, New York Elks Lodge and a local Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, and

Whereas, the American Legion Post 49 in Fair Haven on whose corporation committee he has served, awarded Gordon Foster a life membership in 2006 after he played an instrumental role in the construction of the post’s new headquarters facility, and

Whereas, on a communitywide basis, for 15 years, Gordon Foster served as the energetic and innovative Fair Haven Chamber of Commerce president, and during his presidency, the popular Applefest was inaugurated, and it has since become the largest fundraiser for the Fair Haven Grade School, and

Whereas, Gordon Foster continues to assist the chamber through his work on its Spring Fling and Memorial Day parade and observances, and

Whereas, in appreciation of the many ways Gordon Foster has served his community, he is being honored at a dinner and dance to be held at American Legion Post 49 on Friday, March 23, 2007, and

Whereas, the special celebration is being held for a most deserving honoree, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Gordon Foster of Fair Haven for his exemplary community service, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Gordon Foster and to his wife, Geraldine, in Fair Haven.

H.C.R.  85

House concurrent resolution honoring Daniel O’Brien for his service on the Vermont liquor control board, and as a business and political leader in Vermont

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

Whereas, Daniel O’Brien has served as a leader in business, politics, and Vermont state government, and

Whereas, his family roots in Vermont and leadership in both the private and the public sectors date back 120 years to the time his grandfather, also named Daniel established a livestock business in South Burlington and later served for nine terms in the General Assembly, and

Whereas, under the guidance of both Daniel O’Brien and his brother, Leo O’Brien Jr., the small real estate office the family established in the late 1950s has grown into a major residential and commercial developer, and

Whereas, Daniel O’Brien’s business activities do not reflect the entire scope of his interests as he inherited his family’s love of politics and desire to serve the community at large, and

Whereas, his political acumen proved sharp, and Daniel O’Brien served terms both as Democratic state chair and as Vermont’s Democratic National Committeeman, and

Whereas, of all the roles Daniel O’Brien has filled so successfully, special recognition must be made of his 28 years of service as a member of the Vermont liquor control board, and

Whereas, for 20 of those 28 years, he was the board’s astute and watchful chair, and his meritorious performance in this sensitive and potentially controversial position earned much praise from his board colleagues regardless of their political party affiliation, and

Whereas, Daniel O’Brien shared his wealth of expertise on liquor regulatory matters on a national basis during his over-20 years of service on the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association’s board of directors, and 

Whereas, he played an instrumental role in securing the adoption of legislation requiring that Vermont employees and owners of licensed retailers of alcohol be trained as servers, an important step toward promoting safe drinking policies, and

Whereas, Daniel O’Brien is retiring from the liquor control board, and his personal presence and wise advice will be missed by one and all, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Daniel O’Brien for his service on the Vermont liquor control board, and as a business and political leader in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Daniel O’Brien in South Burlington.

H.C.R.  86

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Poultney High School championship Division III cheerleading team

Offered by:  Representative Donaghy of Poultney

Whereas, in order to excel as a cheerleader, an individual must have innate enthusiasm, be physically fit, and have the ability to work in coordination with teammates and often a musical accompaniment, and

Whereas, Poultney High School has mastered the finer points of cheerleading as its recent record of accomplishment testifies, having captured championship titles in Division II in 2004 and 2005 and then winning a similar honor in Division III in 2006, and

Whereas, having settled comfortably into the Division III alignment of teams, the Poultney cheerleaders were prepared to continue their impressive streak of state divisional titles, and

Whereas, when the cheerleading team traveled to Essex for the 2007 state championship competition, over 100 Poultney residents made the same journey, including many who adorned shirts emblazoned with the words “It takes a Village to raise a champion” as a sign of support  for their home town cheerleaders, and

Whereas, the Poultney cheerleaders did not disappoint their many admirers as they captured a fourth consecutive state title, and

Whereas, in the second round of the Essex  competition, Poultney earned 183 of a possible 200 points with the next highest scoring school in any of the three divisions turning in a performance that garnered a much lower 145 points, and

Whereas, the Poultney students comprising this fantastic cheerleading team are seniors Danielle Gregoire, Jessica Kimball, and Luke Dailey; juniors Brittany Snook, Katarina Kerber, Caliegh Nagar, Amanda Petty, Brooke Rupe, Katie Hampl, Kassey Powers, Kelsey Powers, Jami Panoushek, Meredith Oakman, and Ryan Pettis; sophomores Staci Jedlick, Ashley Morgan, Lauren Maynard, and Tammy Thomas; and freshmen Nicolette Duval, Aaron Snook, Ashley Fox, Erika Carter, Joanna Lilly, and Meghan Franzoni, and they all  valued the support of team manager Patience Carpenter, and

Whereas, coach Rommy Fuller, varsity assistant Joey Crowningshield, and assistant varsity coach Tia Hewes all proved to be great instructors and mentors for the team, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2007 Poultney High School championship Division III cheerleading team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Rommy Fuller at Poultney High School.

H.C.R.  87

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Proctor High School Phantoms Division IV championship basketball team

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

Offered by:  Senators Carris, Maynard, Mullin and Nitka

Whereas, Proctor Junior-Senior High School, the defending Division IV basketball champions, entered the 2006–2007 hoop campaign with a positive attitude and they generated an excitement that was obvious among the team’s fans at home games, and

Whereas, the Phantoms did not disappoint their loyal supporters as they continued their winning ways from 2006, as not a single opponent they faced during the regular season and initial playoff rounds walked off the court victorious at the final buzzer, and

Whereas, despite the incredible string of victories that totaled 30 prior to the final game at the Barre Auditorium, their neighboring rivals, the West Rutland Golden Horde, exhibited sharpness on the hardwood court and gave the Phantoms their greatest challenge of the 2006–2007 season, and

Whereas, West Rutland held the scoring edge during much of the game, and Proctor’s basketball magic seemed to be vanishing, and

Whereas, despite the dire situation late in the fourth quarter, the Phantoms drew on their vast knowledge of the sport to leave Barre with this most important victory, and

Whereas, with 1:58 left in regulation play, Proctor’s Kyle McQuarrie succeeded in the execution of a three-point play, giving the Phantoms the lead which they maintained for the balance of the game, and

Whereas, as the final buzzer was heard in the Barre auditorium, the Phantoms had clinched their second consecutive Division IV title, their third in the last four years, and concluded with an undefeated 23–0 record that will stand in the annals of Vermont interscholastic basketball, and

Whereas, all the Phantoms, including Kyle McQuarrie, Jacob Tanner, Chad Thornton, DJ Barton, Ryan Connell, Zach Currier, Alex Salgo, Adam Falco, Jordan Snow, Curtis Robinson, Randy Chartrand, Chris Perry, Brennan Watkins, and Dan Probst, rejoiced in this special victory, and

Whereas, coach Richard Wilcox is truly one of the elite high school basketball coaches in Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2007 Proctor High School Phantoms Division IV championship basketball team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dick Wilcox at Proctor Junior-Senior High School.

H.C.R.  88

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Smugglers’ Notch Resort on its 50th anniversary

Offered by:  Representative Westman of Cambridge

Offered by:  Senator Bartlett

Whereas, the award-winning Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Jeffersonville has evolved from a small ski area into an extremely popular year-round family vacation destination, and

Whereas, the resort’s history can be traced to April 10, 1956 when a group of local business persons incorporated Smugglers’ Notch Ski-Ways Inc. “for the purpose of developing a new ski area on the northwest side of Sterling Mountain in Jeffersonville,” and

Whereas, for the 1956–1957 season, skiers were whisked to the mountaintop on two new T-100 Poma lifts, and

Whereas, in 1960, IBM entrepreneur Thomas Watson, and his brother Arthur, purchased the resort with the intent of constructing a self-contained destination resort village, and

Whereas, starting in 1963, Madonna Mountain assumed a new role at Smugglers’ when service to the mountain’s summit was inaugurated on a new Hall double chair lift, the longest in the east, and the Madonna base lodge was opened to guests, and

Whereas, in 1964, Tom Watson Jr. purchased an interest in the resort, and it was renamed the Madonna Mountain Corporation, and

Whereas, during the 1967–1968 season, service on a Hall double chair lift to the ridge of Morse Mountain from Sterling Meadow Village began, and skiing from one’s door became a reality, and

Whereas, when Stanley and Ann Snider purchased the resort in 1972, its name was changed to The Village at Smugglers’ Notch, and

Whereas, in the following years, additional trails, lifts, and base facilities were inaugurated, and, in 1980, the resort hosted the International Winter Special Olympics, and

Whereas, through the 1980s, the resort’s summertime programs were expanded as Smugglers’ Notch became a truly year-round destination, and

Whereas, in 1989, Smugglers’ Notch won the first of many citations for excellence as Family Circle Magazine voted it one of the top 10 family ski resorts in the nation, and in 1992, RCI named it a Gold Crown Resort, a designation that continues to this day, and

Whereas, in 1996, Bill Stritzler became the current owner of the Smugglers’ Notch Resort, and, under his great leadership, it has continued to win much praise from a pleased patronage, and

Whereas, Smugglers’ Notch Ski Resort’s 50th anniversary was celebrated on January 7, 2007 in grand style with a snow ball which featured presentations on the resort’s history and an evening of dancing to tunes from the last five decades, and

Whereas, to cap the festive mood, in a survey conducted independently for SKI Magazine, Smugglers’ Notch was rated, for the seventh year, as the best ski resort for family programs nationwide and the #1 overall eastern resort, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Smugglers’ Notch Resort on its 50th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bill Stritzler at Smugglers’ Notch Resort.

H.C.R.  89

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 South Royalton School Royals Division III championship boys’ basketball team

Offered by:  Representatives Ainsworth of Royalton, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Allard of St. Albans Town, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Canfield of Fair Haven, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Clerkin of Hartford, Davis of Washington, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Flory of Pittsford, Godin of Milton, Haas of Rochester, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Johnson of Canaan, Kilmartin of Newport City, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Livingston of Manchester, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McDonald of Berlin, Mitchell of Barnard, Moran of Wardsboro, Myers of Essex, O’Donnell of Vernon, Oxholm of Vergennes, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Peaslee of Guildhall, Perry of Richford, Randall of Troy, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shand of Weathersfield, Shaw of Derby, Stevens of Shoreham, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Wheeler of Derby, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, the expression “never say never” can be applied aptly to the South Royalton School Royals 2007 boys’ basketball team, and

Whereas, as the 12th seeded team in this year’s Division III championship tournament, no sports fan, even if a South Royalton student or graduate, would  have identified the Royals as a likely title contender, and

Whereas, the Royals surprised their preliminary rounds’ opponents and earned a berth in the decisive game at Barre Auditorium against the Thetford Academy Panthers, and

Whereas, bringing home the championship was not a mere matter of appearing on the basketball court as the Orange County school held the lead at the halftime break, and

Whereas, recognizing that time was now short, the Royals coalesced in the third period, outscoring their opponents 11-4 and finishing the third period with a 30-25 lead, and

Whereas, despite a golden opportunity with less than five seconds remaining, the Panthers failed to take the lead, and the Royals assured their victory with two successful foul shots immediately preceding the final buzzer, and

Whereas, when the game was finished, South Royalton had defeated Thetford 41-38, and the Windsor County-based school was the 2007 Division III boys’ basketball champion, and

Whereas, the entire Royals’ roster, consisting of Joey Kinnarney, Jake Timian, Nate McShinsky, Ki Walker, Miles Ellis, Peter Doyle-Braman, Cal Wilmot, Chris Chapman, Nick Enright, Dale Manning, Darren Slack, and  Tyrell Manning, made other schools realize that South Royalton was the sleeper team of Division III, and

Whereas, team managers Brian Obuchowski, Jack Howe, and Tyler Hastings were extremely helpful to the Royals, and

Whereas, coach Jeff Moreno and assistant coaches Alex Moulton, Bill Vielleux, and Chuck Howe provided insightful instruction to the players, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2007 South Royalton School Royals Division III championship boys’ basketball team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jeff Moreno at South Royalton School.

H.C.R.  90

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Burr and Burton Academy Bulldogs championship Division II girls’ ice hockey team

Offered by:  Representatives Livingston of Manchester, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington and Morrissey of Bennington

Offered by:  Senators Hartwell and Sears

Whereas, not prepared to allow their male counterparts to reap all the praise, the Burr and Burton Academy Bulldogs’ girls’ ice hockey team skated onto the ice at Kreitzberg Arena in Northfield with the objective of repeating the boys’ prior evening’s accomplishment and capturing their own Division II ice hockey championship, and

Whereas, the championship contest against the Missisquoi Valley Union High School Thunderbirds proved to be a thrilling evening of top quality ice hockey, and

Whereas, the scoreless first period only raised the players’ and fans’ anticipation of the exciting action on the ice that was sure to come, and

Whereas, at 4:38 in the second period, Bulldog Lou Lou Wheeler passed the puck to teammate Chelsea Edson who directed it into an unprotected area of the net for the game’s initial point, and

Whereas, late in the third period, with only eight seconds remaining in regulation play, and as it turned out, the entire season, Burr and Burton’s Marie Van Der Kar sent the puck with great force toward the scoring zone, and teammate Lou Lou Wheeler steered it precisely in the right direction to provide the Bulldogs their second and final goal, and

Whereas, the Bulldogs’ 2–0 victory was the result of a unified team effort, and special recognition must be paid to goalie Kristen Palmer whose 13 saves throughout the evening were essential for the Bulldogs’ championship win and

Whereas, the team featured a talented roster of dedicated hockey players, including:  Aimee Bailey, Marie Van Der Kar, Whitney Marmer, Danielle Charbonneau, Nicole Read, Sarah Stearns, Hannah Wright, Lou Lou Wheeler,  Hannah Corkum, Michelle Read, Chelsea Edson, Kelsey Cone, Erin Foerster, Michaela Lewis, Jenny Coppin, Karla Coppin, Kristen Palmer, and Maria Rojas, and

Whereas, coach Chip Edson’s timely advice and informative instruction resulted in a wonderful 20-1-1- season and the Division II championship crown, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2007 Burr and Burton Academy Bulldogs championship Division II girls’ ice hockey team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Chip Edson at Burr and Burton Academy.

H.C.R.  91

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Vergennes Union High School Commodores Division II championship cheerleading team

Offered by:  Representatives Clark of Vergennes and Oxholm of Vergennes

Offered by:  Senators Ayer and Giard

Whereas, the Vergennes Union High School Commodores cheerleaders, having been crowned the 2006 Division II champions, were prepared to return to the competitive mats for another season of rousing performances, and

Whereas, the Commodores selected the musical accompaniment for their intricate routines, practiced each move to assure that its timing was on target, and garnered a maximum amount of enthusiasm to be certain that each team member presented the cheeriest possible persona when rooting for the home team, and

Whereas, this experienced and well-rehearsed group of high school cheerleaders entered the 2007 state championship tournament with high expectations, and

Whereas, the judges recognized immediately that the Commodore cheerleaders were tops among the Division II entrants as they topped their nearest competitors by a 21-point margin, and

Whereas, this superb team of proficient cheerleaders whose combined talents proved unbeatable consisted of seniors Kim Worley, Ashley Bushnell, Whitney Denny, Heather Marcelle, Amber Braun, and Alexis LaBerge; juniors Jenny Johnson, Belinda Hall, Lilli Allen, Alison Predom, Lily Maxham, Grace Lange, Kelli Cogger, Aly Kilbride, and Jacky Schoonmaker; and sophomore Dana O’Brien, and

Whereas, the team’s success would not have been possible without the dedicated leadership of coach Debra Hall, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2007 Vergennes Union High School Commodores Division II championship cheerleading team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Debra Hall at Vergennes Union High School.

H.C.R.  92

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

Offered by:  Representatives Devereux of Mount Holly, Morrissey of Bennington, Baker of West Rutland, Corcoran of Bennington, Jerman of Essex, Krawczyk of Bennington, Mook of Bennington and Pearson of Burlington

Whereas, in the summer of 1777, during the raging battle for American independence, one of the Continental Army’s critical supply depots was located in the town of Bennington, and

Whereas, on the morning of August 16, 1777, a British‑led force of 800, including 600 German Brunswick Dragoons serving as mercenaries under the leadership of Colonel Fredrick Baum, Scots marksmen, Canadians, Vermont loyalists, and Indians were assembled on the west bank of the Walloomsac River in New York State, fewer than 10 miles west of the strategic Bennington depot, and

Whereas, a contingent of another 600 German mercenaries was traveling east from the forces of British General John Burgoyne to join their fellow countrymen, and

Whereas, at 3 o’clock that afternoon, 1,600 American soldiers, including members of the Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts militia under the command of General John Stark, swept around the British forces and destroyed the enemy’s frontal defenses in the course of the two-hour first stage of what became a two-phase battle, and

Whereas, as the 5 o’clock hour passed, the German relief forces approached the battle scene, but fortunately, 140 members of Seth Warner’s Continental regiment also appeared and provided essential support as the Americans repeated their earlier strategy and decisively won this prolonged military assault several hours later past sunset, and therefore assured that the Bennington depot would not be subjected to British attack, and

Whereas, when the casualties were tallied, 207 soldiers from the combined British forces, including Colonel Baum and loyalist Colonel Pfister, and 30 brave Americans perished, while 40 independence fighters were wounded, and

Whereas, a century later, the Bennington Historical Society decided to commemorate this historic battle in the fight for American independence with the construction of a giant obelisk at the site of the famous Bennington storage depot, and

Whereas, the complexity and magnitude of this construction project delayed its commencement for a decade, and

Whereas, in 1891, the centennial year of Vermont statehood, the monument was dedicated at a ceremony at which President Benjamin Harrison and most of his cabinet attended, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

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

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Bennington Historical Society and to the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation.

H.C.R.  93

House concurrent resolution honoring the scholastic geography events to be held on March 30 in Burlington

Offered by:  Representative Kupersmith of  S. Burlington

Whereas, in an era of jet travel and instantaneous worldwide communications, today’s students need to be well acquainted with the international map, and

Whereas, in 1991, at the time many newly independent nations were emerging in Eastern Europe, and international geography assumed a new importance, a group of K–12 teachers, college faculty, and other citizens interested in the promotion of geographic literacy established the Vermont Geography Alliance (VGA) which is aligned with similar organizations nationwide, and

Whereas, the VGA receives financial support from the National Geographic Society and in-kind support from both the University of Vermont and St. Michael’s College, and

Whereas, annually, the VGA stages two large events that enable students from across the state to demonstrate their geographic knowledge and ingenuity, and

Whereas, the Geography Fair, to be held at the Memorial Auditorium in Burlington on the morning of Friday, March 30 will feature students’ exhibits on geographic topics involving countries around the globe, and

Whereas, following the geography fair, in the afternoon, the Vermont finals of the National Geographic Society’s Geography Bee will occur on the University of Vermont campus, and

Whereas, this nationwide academic contest is “designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography,” and

Whereas, the Vermont state winner will earn the chance to participate in the national finals to be held in Washington, D.C., and

Whereas, these events will make Burlington the center of geographic knowledge in Vermont on Friday, March 30, and

Whereas, both the geography fair and bee are constructive, informative, and exciting events for the student participants, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the scholastic geography events to be held on March 30 in Burlington, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Richard Kujawa, coordinator of the Vermont Geography Alliance, in care of St. Michael’s College in Colchester.



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