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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

thursday, may 3, 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.

By Senator Campbell,

S.C.R. 22. 

Senate concurrent resolution commending the State House cafeteria management and staff for their outstanding work during the first year of the 2007-2008 biennium.

Whereas, Fitz, Vogt & Associates Ltd. has managed the State House cafeteria and catering service since November 2003, and

Whereas, the quality of the firm’s service has been excellent, and

Whereas, under Fitz, Vogt & Associates Ltd.’s management, the cafeteria’s cleanliness is a continual priority, and all public areas of the facility are regularly scrubbed and made shiny, and

Whereas, the cafeteria’s enticing menu of both hot and cold offerings, including the salad bar, offers diners many attractive dining choices, and

Whereas, the catering for special events held in different locations throughout the State House has been of high quality, and the tastiness and freshness of the food, as well as its presentation format, have been superb, and

Whereas, the State House cafeteria staff, including the corporate supervisory manager, Steve Marinelli, the on-site manager, Joanne Prim, and Fitz, Vogt & Associates Ltd. employees Martisha Burke, Paige Young, Daniel Harries, Khadija McGray, Ashleigh Wentworth, Jacob Gurule and Sharese Leggett, have risen to the challenge of meeting its demanding patrons’ expectations for a well‑managed food service facility that is operated with a strong sense of pride, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to congratulate Fitz, Vogt & Associates Ltd. and all of the personnel it has hired to operate the State House cafeteria and catering service for a job well done during the first year of the 2007–2008 biennium, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Joanne Prim, the on‑site manager of the State House cafeteria.

H.C.R. 125

House concurrent resolution congratulating Liz Stephen on her accomplishments as a competitive Nordic skier

Offered by:  Representative Klein of East Montpelier

Whereas, Liz Stephen has skied most of her life and was initially an alpine enthusiast, and

Whereas, her competitive skiing potential was sufficiently promising that she opted to enroll at Burke Mountain Academy, one of the nation’s premier skiing schools, and

Whereas, when Liz Stephen was a sophomore, she switched her skiing concentration from alpine to Nordic, and

Whereas, she quickly gained speed and proficiency in her new skiing mode, and impressed everyone as a skier who would go far on the national scene, and

Whereas, although she narrowly missed qualifying for a place on the U.S. Olympic team, Liz Stephen’s accomplishments on the snowy Nordic courses in the last year mark her as a major skier to watch, and

Whereas, she placed seventh in the Junior Worlds competition, an extremely impressive performance for a relative newcomer to cross-country racing, and

Whereas, more recently, at the U.S. Cross Country Championships, Liz Stephen skied a great race in the 10K classic event, earning a bronze medal, and

Whereas, her eagerness to compete was hardly satisfied after this first medal victory, and, the following day, she dazzled and surprised many of the competitors on the course tying for the first place gold medal in the 5K freestyle title event, and

Whereas, Liz Stephen is turning to longer distances and hopes to participate in more 15K and marathon races, and

Whereas, she is excited to continue racing in this fast paced winter sport, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Liz Stephen on her accomplishments as a competitive Nordic skier, and be it further

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

H.C.R. 126

House concurrent resolution in memory of former Representative J. Russell Carpenter and of M. Ellen Carpenter

Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Corcoran of Bennington, Krawczyk of Bennington and Mook of Bennington

Offered by:  Senators Hartwell and Sears

Whereas, two distinguished members of the Carpenter family of Bennington died this past year, and

Whereas, J. Russell Carpenter was an admired civic leader in the town of Bennington and throughout Vermont, and

Whereas, he graduated from the former Bennington High School and later attended the University of Vermont and Siena College, and

Whereas, during the closing months of the Second World War, and until 1947, J. Russell Carpenter was a member of the United States Navy, and

Whereas, he was extremely proud of his naval service, and for many years he belonged to the Tin Can Sailors, an organization comprised of former naval personnel who were stationed on destroyers, and he was also a member of American Legion Post 13 in Bennington, and

Whereas, J. Russell Carpenter was the proprietor of his family’s business, T.A. Carpenter & Sons Lumber, Hardware and Paint in Bennington, and

Whereas, religion played an important role in his family, and he was a parishioner of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington and was also a local and state leader in the Knights of Columbus, and

Whereas, beginning in 1988, J. Russell Carpenter embarked on a public service career when he was elected to the first of two terms in the House of Representatives, and

Whereas, following Representative Carpenter’s legislative service, Governor Dean appointed him to serve on the Vermont State Lottery Commission, and Governor Douglas reappointed him to this panel, and

Whereas, his role as a lottery regulator took him beyond Vermont during his tenure on the Tri-State Lottery Commission on which he served a term as chair, and

Whereas, news of former Representative Carpenter’s death in June 2006 was received with great sadness in Bennington and among his many friends throughout northern New England, and

Whereas, his daughter, M. Ellen Carpenter, died tragically in Boston at the age of 52, exactly six months after her father’s passing, and

Whereas, she had a distinguished career as a federal attorney in Washington, D.C. and Boston, and, in more recent years, as a private sector bankruptcy law practitioner in Boston, and

Whereas, M. Ellen Carpenter served as the first president of the Boston Bar Association who specialized in the bankruptcy legal field, and she was selected to act as the hearing officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers in a highly publicized 2005 legal ethics case, and

Whereas, her untimely passing brought public statements of condolence from leading state and federal judges in Massachusetts and from prominent members of the legal community nationwide, and

Whereas, Russell Carpenter’s wife, Mary Elaine, and her surviving children, Patricia and her husband Robert Bolduc, John and his wife, Sylvia, and Theodore and his wife, Anne Chantal, and three grandchildren, Jesse and Sean Carpenter and Elizabeth Bolduc, are left with wonderful memories of their two departed family members, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the family of former Representative J. Russell Carpenter of Bennington and M. Ellen Carpenter, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mary Elaine Carpenter of Bennington.

H.C.R. 127

House concurrent resolution congratulating the nursing staff at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center on the center’s second designation as a Magnet® hospital

Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Botzow of Pownal, Browning of Arlington, Corcoran of Bennington, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Miller of Shaftsbury and Mook of Bennington

Offered by:  Senators Sears and Hartwell

Whereas, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is a national organization that develops standards for evaluating the professional qualifications of nurses and the services they provide to patients, and

Whereas, this evaluation process encompasses the qualifications of nurses as individuals and as teams working in an institutional setting, and

Whereas, in an institutional context, the ANCC’s Magnet® hospital designation program recognizes a hospital or medical unit’s nursing staffs that have satisfied a set of criteria whose attainment means the hospital or medical unit delivers coordinated nursing care that is of the highest possible caliber, and

Whereas, these criteria or forces of magnetism used in awarding a hospital Magnet® designation include the quality and vision of the nursing leadership, the dynamism and responsiveness of the organizational structure, the support that the management style gives to the nurses, the creativity and flexibility of the personnel policies, the professional authority allotted to nurses in the model of care, the quality of care offered, the opportunity to improve the quality of care, the opportunities afforded for consultation with medical experts when required along with the adequacy of the resources provided to the nurses, the autonomy given to nurses in providing care to patients, the quality of the nursing staff’s relationships with other health care and community organizations, the teaching role of nurses and the image of nursing in the health care community, interdisciplinary relations among heath care specialists within a medical center, and professional development opportunities that are offered to the nursing staff, and

Whereas, the ANCC assessed the nursing staff at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center on each of these Magnet® forces and gave the center high grades in every instance, and

Whereas, the stellar report that ANCC compiled on Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s nursing activities resulted in the hospital’s redesignation as a Magnet® hospital, and

Whereas, this honor reflects on the outstanding nursing staff and services that serve as the institutional foundation of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Southwestern Vermont Medical Center on the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s designating the center as a Magnet® hospital, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Katherine Riley, MSN, RN, the assistant vice president of operations at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.


H.C.R.  128

House concurrent resolution commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Green Mountain National Forest

Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Andrews of Rutland City, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Anderson of Montpelier, 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, 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, Lawrence of Lyndon, Lenes of Shelburne, Livingston of Manchester, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Morley of Barton, 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, Pearson of Burlington, Peaslee of Guildhall, 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, Stevens of Shoreham, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, during the 19th century, Vermont’s haphazard logging practices transformed the state’s timber stock from softwoods to hardwoods, resulted in extensive deforestation, and prompted Governor Urban Woodbury, in an 1894 address to the General Assembly, to express concern over the security of the state’s wood industry, and

Whereas, early in the 20th century, the accumulated ecological damages from the lack of sound forestry management resulted in serious forest fires in the state, and

Whereas, the state of Vermont had only limited resources to address the long-term need to manage properly the state’s timber resources, and

Whereas, conservationists Marshel Hapgood and Joseph Battell were among the first Vermonters to suggest federal acquisition of mountainous forest land to assure its proper management, and

Whereas, proposals were presented to the National Forest Reservation Committee (NFRC) to establish a national forest in Vermont which unlike western national forests, would be comprised of land that the federal government had not owned previously, and

Whereas, a prerequisite for the NFRC to recommend the establishment of a new national forest was the adoption of state-authorizing legislation which the general assembly adopted as Act 1 of 1925, “An act to enable the United States government to establish national forests in the state of Vermont,” and

Whereas, in 1928, the state of Vermont presented formal proposals to the NFRC for the establishment of a national forest, and on December 12 of that year, the NFRC voted to accept the state’s proposals, and

Whereas, on April 25, 1932, President Hoover signed the proclamation establishing the Green Mountain National Forest, and the first land acquired for this new forest was from the estate of Marshel Hapgood, and

Whereas, from this initial 1,842-acre purchase, the Green Mountain National Forest has grown to encompass 400,000 federally owned acres within the overall boundaries of the forest’s northern and southern land units, and

Whereas, the Green Mountain National Forest provides significant land management protection, a source for scientific research, and outdoor recreational opportunities for thousands of individuals, and

Whereas, in 2007, the Green Mountain National Forest, in collaboration with the staff and volunteers at the Bennington Chamber of Commerce, will serve as the woodland source for this holiday season’s national Christmas tree to be displayed, in all its beautiful glory, at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., and

Whereas, April 25, 2007 marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Green Mountain National Forest, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Green Mountain National Forest, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Meg Mitchell, Green Mountain National Forest Supervisor, in Rutland.

H.C.R. 129

House concurrent resolution honoring state employees during Public Service Recognition Week

Offered by:  House Committee on Government Operations

Whereas, since 1985, the first week of May has been celebrated as Public Service Recognition Week in honor of the men and women who serve the United States as federal, state, and local government employees, and

Whereas, Congress and President Bush have designated Public Service Recognition Week to educate citizens concerning the essential nature of the services which public employees perform and provide for the citizenry, and

Whereas, public employees serve Vermonters every day, and our citizens have consistently endorsed the quality and accessibility of Vermont’s public services, and

Whereas, public sector employees maintain our roads and bridges; deliver essential services to families, the elderly, veterans, persons with disabilities, and other Vermonters in need; ensure quality education for our children; preserve our natural environment and historic heritage; guarantee the public safety through law enforcement activities and emergency response services; promote economic development, including assisting Vermonters in finding jobs and improving their employment skills; safeguard our public health; and care for the most vulnerable in our society, and

Whereas, without dedicated civil servants, there would not be any continuity of governmental services when changes occur within the elected leadership structures of our democracy, and

Whereas, recognition of governmental employees encourages more persons to consider public service as an honorable career choice, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to honor the dedication and outstanding contributions of Vermont’s state employees on behalf of the citizens of Vermont during Public Service Recognition Week, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Governor James Douglas, the Vermont State Employees’ Association, the Vermont NEA, and the Vermont AFL-CIO as the representatives of these dedicated public servants.

H.C.R. 130

House concurrent resolution honoring Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and the participating athletes on its Sugarbush ski team

Offered by:  Representatives Grad of Moretown, Donahue of Northfield and Hosford of Waitsfield

Whereas, individuals with special needs, including those with physical and developmental disabilities, have limited opportunities to socialize in organized group athletic activities, and

Whereas, when group athletic activities do exist for these individuals, it is an uplifting and personally satisfying experience that broadens their lives, and

Whereas, a unique organization, Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports (VASS) was established to provide persons with special needs the chance to participate in both instructional and competitive athletic activities, and

Whereas, VASS supports its programs through fundraising efforts that enable the community at large to participate in fun and competitive events such as its annual ski challenge, and

Whereas, VASS’ diverse athletic programs for individuals with special needs include summertime canoeing, cycling, sailing, wintertime skiing, and year‑round indoor rock climbing, and these programs are conducted at venues throughout the state, and

Whereas, an outstanding example of VASS’ organized activities for persons with special needs is the ski team it sponsors as part of the organization’s Winter Adaptive Snowsports program held at the Sugarbush ski area, and

Whereas, these skiers look forward to their runs down the slope with an enthusiasm that reflects their joy at being outdoors and socializing with their peers in a fun and exciting activity, and

Whereas, they leave with fond memories, new and renewed friendships, and an anticipation of their future visits to the ski area, and

Whereas, the ski team members were participants at a recent winter games event at the Bolton ski area from which they derived great pleasure, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and the participating athletes on its Sugarbush ski team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Erin Fernandez, executive director of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, Eric Bonin, northern program coordinator, and Philip Kellem, Sugarbush ski team member.

H.C.R. 131

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Vermont Business Roundtable on its 20th anniversary

Offered by:  Representatives Pugh of S. Burlington, Andrews of Rutland City, Condon of Colchester, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, French of Randolph, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Larson of Burlington, Lorber of Burlington, Morrissey of Bennington, Orr of Charlotte, Peterson of Williston, Trombley of Grand Isle and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, the Vermont Business Roundtable (Roundtable) was established in 1987 to “elevate the standard of living for all Vermonters” and to encourage public debate on a range of current policy issues related to education, the economy, and health care, and

Whereas, this independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization maintains a focus that is far broader than a traditional trade association, and it relies on research analysis and member recommendations to determine its agenda and program initiatives, and

Whereas, the Roundtable consists of 110 chief executive officers from throughout the state, and

Whereas, approximately 25 other similar organizations have emerged nationwide to stimulate a discussion and policy initiatives that promote both economic growth and a desirable quality of life, and

Whereas, the Roundtable seeks to improve the Vermont business climate by continuously reassessing business, economic, and social strategies and encouraging basic infrastructure investments that are essential for Vermont to attract new and maintain existing business enterprises, and

Whereas, one of the Roundtable’s most innovative initiatives was to serve as the initial home of the Peer to Peer Collaborations program that brought together teams of successful Vermont business leaders to advise struggling local businesses,  and

Whereas, a more recent Roundtable endeavor is its report entitled: “Having the Courage to Change:  Avoiding the Coming Workforce Crisis” that examines the shortage of skilled workers in Vermont and explores educational policy options to alleviate this crucial problem, and

Whereas, as the Roundtable celebrates 20 years of serving the citizens of Vermont as an idea incubator and policy initiator, it is looking ahead to future projects that seek to improve Vermont as a place to do business, be educated, and live life, and

Whereas, this special organization merits recognition for its accomplishments and the nobility of its achievements, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Vermont Business Roundtable on its 20th anniversary and wishes it continued success, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Lisa Ventriss, president and chief executive officer of the Vermont Business Roundtable.

H.C.R. 132

House concurrent resolution honoring Dan Collins for over 40 years of superb service as a public educator

Offered by:  Representative Stevens of Shoreham

Whereas, Dan Collins, a sixth-generation Vermonter, has devoted his professional career to public education in both traditional and alternative settings, and

Whereas, in 1964, Dan Collins began his career as a teacher at the former Brandon Training School, a facility for individuals with special needs, and he also served successfully for four years as the school’s principal, encountering administrative challenges that most public school principals will never confront, and

Whereas, he then opted for the slightly‑more‑routine environment of the Rutland Achievement Center where he assumed the roles of both program director and educational director, and

Whereas, upon concluding his service at the Rutland Achievement Center, Dan Collins decided to take a well‑earned sabbatical that he has described as being a ski bum for a year, and

Whereas, although the slopes continued to draw his attention, Dan Collins recognized that he had much wisdom and guidance to offer the schoolchildren of western Vermont, and, in 1987, he resumed his pedagogic endeavors and focused his attention on elementary schools, and

Whereas, during the ensuing years, he worked as both a classroom teacher and administrator in the communities of West Haven, Castleton, and Wells before becoming the Shoreham Elementary School’s principal in the fall of 1998, and

Whereas, during the last nine years, Dan Collins polished his reputation as a caring administrator who listened to and respected the opinions of the faculty and as a principal who developed a special bond of friendship with his students, and

Whereas, Dan Collins has exhibited a talent for managing and analyzing a variety of students’ assessment results and then implementing, and even exceeding, the goals for improving the original results, and

Whereas, he has accomplished this challenging task without losing sight of all the other aspects of a child’s development that are critical for a happy and productive life, and

Whereas, at the conclusion of the 2006–2007 school year, Dan Collins will close the principal’s door behind him for the last time and devote more time to his passions for sail boarding and skiing, but he promises to remain involved in public education as a volunteer, and

Whereas, Dan Collins has served as a model educator and mentor for his colleagues, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Dan Collins for over 40 years of superb service as a public educator and extends best wishes for a long and happy retirement, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dan Collins at the Shoreham Elementary School.

H.C.R. 133

House concurrent resolution honoring Northfield fire chief William C. Lyon

Offered by:  Representatives Donahue of Northfield and Grad of Moretown

Offered by:  Senators Scott, Cummings and Doyle

Whereas, William Lyon, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam, joined the Northfield fire department upon his military discharge, and began one of the most illustrious firefighting careers in the town’s history, and

Whereas, his aptitude at mastering the skills and techniques essential for successful firefighting were second to none, and he earned promotions to positions of increasing responsibility, and

Whereas, by 1985, this still‑young firefighter became the logical choice to direct the department through the final years of the 20th century and into the 21st, and

Whereas, the new chief brought a fresh perspective to the department’s leadership and recognized that a modernization campaign, including the replacement of two small and outdated separate firehouses and a number of antiquated vehicles, was essential for the department’s future viability and effectiveness, and

Whereas, his energetic fundraising enabled Northfield to construct a large centralized firefighting facility near the town green with only a minimal amount of taxpayer financing and later to purchase the land on which the station sits with entirely private funds, and

Whereas, Chief Lyon has continued to conduct an innovative fundraising program on the department’s behalf, including the annual duck race and a Labor Day weekend fire station yard sale whose proceeds are split with the local senior center, and

Whereas, his resourcefulness as a fundraiser is also descriptive of the chief’s skill at securing state and federal grants for the department, and

Whereas, the town’s firefighting fleet was modernized, and this process entailed Chief Lyon’s own engineering and construction ingenuity, and

Whereas, in order to create a brush truck, Chief Lyon began with a Ford truck and hand built all of the attachments for fire suppression and the required generators onto the rear of the vehicle, and

Whereas, the chief, using a septic tank truck as his model, built a tank with an attached pump onto the rear end of a truck, and the unusual arrangement of not requiring a portable pump to bring water into the tank made this vehicle unique for a period of time among area fire trucks, and  

Whereas, he oversaw the dousing of several major fires, and a rekindling never occurred, and

Whereas, the importance of promoting preventative measures has been high on Chief Lyon’s agenda, and he organizes an annual safety day, and

Whereas, Chief Lyon has earned the respect of his colleagues in Washington County and was nominated for a Red Cross Hometown Hero Award, and

Whereas, he will conclude his record‑setting 22‑year tenure as Northfield’s fire chief when he retires from the department on July 15, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Northfield Fire Chief William Lyon as he concludes 40 years of exemplary firefighting service, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Chief William Lyon and to the Northfield Fire Department.   

H.C.R. 134

House concurrent resolution honoring Sandra Demasi Kingsley for her outstanding 32‑year career on the administrative staff at Norwich University

Offered by:  Representatives Donahue of Northfield and Grad of Moretown

Offered by:  Senators Scott, Cummings and Doyle

Whereas, Sandra (Sandy) Kingsley has rendered 32 years of exemplary service to Norwich University, first for four years as a general secretary and then for more than 28 years as secretary and office administrator in the university’s division of business and management, and

Whereas, she has been a source of inspiration and support for thousands of Norwich students and dozens of faculty members from her post in Dewey Hall, and

Whereas, her extraordinary efforts guided the division of business and management from the typewriter-and-carbon‑paper era into the world of faxes, computers, e-mail, cell phones, and text-messaging without ever losing the human touch which is so much in her nature, and

Whereas, Sandy is a lifelong resident of Northfield and Roxbury and is a respected and valued member of her community, and

Whereas, she is now retiring from the Norwich University staff to spend more time with her family, including her husband, Fred, her children, and, most especially, her beloved grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to join the faculty and staff of Norwich University in recognizing Sandra Kingsley for her outstanding career of dedicated service as a member of the university’s administrative staff, especially in the division of business and management, and extends best wishes to her for an enjoyable retirement, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Sandra Kingsley at the division of business and management at Norwich University.

H.C.R. 135

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Community High School of Vermont on earning accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Offered by:  House Committee on Institutions

Offered by:  Senate Committee on Education

Whereas, most persons who become incarcerated are high school dropouts and lack fundamental skills to obtain and retain employment, and

Whereas, in order to improve the personal and family prospects of those under state correctional supervision, the general assembly established in sections 120 and 121 of Title 28, an independent high school, known as the Community High School of Vermont (CHSVT), within the state correctional system, and

Whereas, “The Mission of the Community High School of Vermont is to provide an accredited, coordinated and personalized education that assists students in their academic, social and vocational success,” and this mission is distinctly summarized with the phrase “living, learning, and working” and

Whereas, unlike in many other jurisdictions, CHSVT is not centered in one correctional facility, but is present in every state-sponsored correctional facility and probation and parole campus, enabling the student to continue a course of study wherever assigned within the system, and

Whereas, approximately 1,500 students have passed through the school since its inception, typically 380 individuals are enrolled at any given moment, and, annually, there are roughly 150 proud high school graduates, and,

Whereas, in March 2006, in order to enhance the school’s academic standing and the respect that the students’ diplomas are accorded outside the correctional system, CHSVT began the challenging application process of earning accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and

Whereas, CHSVT completed an exhaustive self-study report that it submitted to the NEASC in September 2006, and, in October, an NEASC team conducted a five-day site visit at the school and submitted a report to the Independent School Commission in January 2007, and

Whereas, on February 12, 2007, the Independent School Commission voted unanimously to recommend that CHSVT be awarded NEASC accreditation, and, on March 16, 2007, the NEASC board of trustees voted to approve full accreditation for CHSVT, and

Whereas, CHSVT, under the innovative and enthusiastic leadership of its superintendent, Bob Lucenti, and principal, Stephan LaTulippe, is the first statewide school for offenders to receive NEASC accreditation, which is a remarkable accomplishment, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Community High School of Vermont on earning accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to commissioner of corrections Rob Hofmann, to the director of corrections education and superintendent of the Community High School of Vermont, Bob Lucenti, and to the chief of corrections education and principal of the Community High School of Vermont, Stephan LaTulippe.

H.C.R. 136

House concurrent resolution congratulating Collin Bigras on being named to the 2007 Sub-Junior All-American Trapshooting First Team

Offered by:  Representatives Koch of Barre Town, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Baker of West Rutland, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Canfield of Fair Haven, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clerkin of Hartford, Consejo of Sheldon, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Edwards of Brattleboro, Errecart of Shelburne, Fallar of Tinmouth, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Johnson of Canaan, Komline of Dorset, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Livingston of Manchester, Marcotte of Coventry, McFaun of Barre Town, Miller of Shaftsbury, Moran of Wardsboro, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Otterman of Topsham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Pearson of Burlington, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shaw of Derby, Stevens of Shoreham, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Wheeler of Derby, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington

Offered by:  Senators Coppenrath, Hartwell, Maynard and Nitka

Whereas, Collin Bigras has mastered the sport of trapshooting as few other 15-year-olds have ever achieved, and

Whereas, the U-32 freshman took up the sport at age 12 at the East Montpelier Gun Club, and

Whereas, Collin Bigras has participated in 15 shoot-off competitions, winning at least a dozen, and

Whereas, his proficiency as a trapshooter led to his participation in the 2006 World Shooting Championship in Sparta, Illinois, and

Whereas, the trapshooting event required Collin Bigras to shoot from five trap stations that are arranged in a semicircle and to take five shots at each target for a total of 25 shots per round and to repeat this process for five rounds, and

Whereas, having scored a perfect 100 points hitting every target in the program round, Collin Bigras was one of four shooters entered in a shoot-off round, and he outlasted the others, never missing the target to win this Champion of Champions event, and

Whereas, he is the first Vermonter, in any age or class category, ever to win any of the prestigious Champion of Champions shoot events, and

Whereas, his 2006 victory has now earned him a place on the 2007 Sub‑Junior All-American Trapshooting First Team, and

Whereas, the magnitude of Collin’s accomplishment received additional recognition when he was invited to attend the Olympic trials in Colorado Springs, Colorado scheduled for August 2007, and

Whereas, Collin Bigras can be extremely proud of his unusual athletic accomplishment, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Collin Bigras on being named to the 2007 Sub-Junior All-American Trapshooting First Team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the general assembly extends its best wishes to Collin Bigras for success at the Olympic trials, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Collin Bigras in East Montpelier.

H.C.R.  137

House concurrent resolution honoring the role of foster parents during foster parent month

Offered by:  Representatives Andrews of Rutland City, Acinapura of Brandon, Ancel of Calais, Browning of Arlington, Clarkson of Woodstock, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Davis of Washington, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Evans of Essex, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Howrigan of Fairfield, Jewett of Ripton, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larson of Burlington, Leriche of Hardwick, Lorber of Burlington, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Martin of Springfield, McCormack of Rutland City, Milkey of Brattleboro, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Nease of Johnson, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Partridge of Windham, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Sharpe of Bristol, Stevens of Shoreham, Sweaney of Windsor, Trombley of Grand Isle and Turner of Milton

Offered by:  Senator Nitka

Whereas, a stable, loving, and nurturing home environment is desirable for every child growing up in Vermont, and

Whereas, unfortunately, all too many children experience abusive or neglectful family situations that cause the children significant trauma, and there are other children whose delinquent or disruptive behavior results in intolerable stress for their parents, and

Whereas, although the department for children and families strives to return children under the department’s custody back to their homes of origin as soon as possible, there are situations in which the only viable option is to place a child in foster care, and

Whereas, approximately 1,200 children reside in foster family settings for either brief or indefinite periods of time, and

Whereas, foster parents are dedicated individuals who serve as nurturing custodians and supporting adults who enable children and parents to restart their often shattered lives and reconnect with each other if at all possible, and

Whereas, categorized foster care options have been created to address specific types of situations, and

Whereas, emergency foster care provides children a refuge for a brief transitional period of time, kinship foster care involves care for either relatives or children in a family-like bonding situation, legal risk foster care occurs when the foster parents agree in advance of a placement to provide a permanent home if a child cannot return to his or her birth parents, independent-living foster care is designed to provide a home for older teenagers who are in need of guidance toward living on their own, and specialized foster care is for children with more acute and time‑consuming requirements, and

Whereas, in celebration and appreciation of the genuine dedication and affection that foster parents provide to children, the month of May is being observed throughout the country as foster parent month, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors foster parents in Vermont during foster parent month, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Project Family at the Vermont Foster and Adoptive Family Association and the department for children and families.

H.C.R. 138

House concurrent resolution congratulating Thomas Secoy on winning the 2007 Vermont Arbor Day poster contest

Offered by:  Representatives Krawczyk of Bennington, Morrissey of Bennington and Corcoran of Bennington

Whereas, pursuant to section 372 of Title 1 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated, the first Friday in May is designated as Arbor Day, and

Whereas, in celebration of this much‑anticipated spring celebration, the state of Vermont conducts a poster contest open to 5th grade students, and

Whereas, the North Bennington Graded School’s students’ participation in the contest is centered on five key concepts:  a forest is more than trees; many different kinds of forests exist; every forest contains a variety of habitats that support diverse, interdependent communities of plants and animals; a forest provides many benefits; and altering a forest environment affects all living things and interrelationships in an ecosystem, and

Whereas, at the Arbor Day Poster Contest’s Rutland regional competition, four posters from the North Bennington Graded School were displayed, and the four posters had been chosen for this honor with the assistance of Gary Salmon from the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and  

Whereas, Thomas (Tommy) Secoy, a 5th-grader at North Bennington Graded School, was selected as both the Rutland regional winner, and then at the Vermont Flower Show, the nearly 400 voting attendees selected his poster as the 2007 Vermont Arbor Day Poster Contest first‑prize winner, and

Whereas, Tommy Secoy is a talented young artist who uses his keen observation skills to place meticulously developed details in his drawings, and his artwork has been exhibited at community art shows in Bennington, and

Whereas, he brought his great love of the outdoors and his experiences going into the woods with his father to the creation of his poster which was centered on a rainforest theme, and

Whereas, Tommy Secoy is being honored today, May 4, 2007, both in the general assembly and at the Governor’s Arbor Day ceremony on the state house lawn where Governor Douglas will present him an official copy of his winning poster and a $100.00 U.S. Savings Bond, and

Whereas, his poster will now be entered in the national Arbor Day Poster Contest, and the 1st‑place prize is a $1,000.00 U.S. Savings Bond, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Thomas Secoy on winning the 2007 Vermont Arbor Day Poster Contest and wishes him good luck in the national competition, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Thomas Secoy and to the North Bennington Graded School.

H.C.R.  139

House concurrent resolution commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, “The Wall,” in Washington, D.C. and all Vietnam War Veterans

Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Anderson of Montpelier, 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, 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, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Morley of Barton, Mrowicki of Putney, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O’Donnell of Vernon, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Pearson of Burlington, Peaslee of Guildhall, Peltz of Woodbury, 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, Stevens of Shoreham, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Weston of Burlington, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, over eight million Americans answered their country’s call to arms during the Vietnam War, and

Whereas, it is important to remember always those members of the American Armed Forces, from across the nation, who made the ultimate sacrifice when called to serve their nation in the Vietnam War, and

Whereas, the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, “The Wall,” was erected in 1982 in Washington, D.C. as a fitting tribute to the memory of those young men and women, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly highly commends all Vietnam veterans and their families for their outstanding service to the United States, Southeast Asia, and the world, and be it further

Resolved:  That the General Assembly commends and applauds the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, “The Wall,” in Washington, D.C., and be it further

Resolved:  That the General Assembly calls upon all citizens to participate in special observances surrounding the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, “The Wall,” in Washington, D.C., on Veterans Day, November 11, 2007, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

H.C.R. 140

House concurrent resolution welcoming the FISA’s 2007 international rowing tour on the Connecticut River

Offered by:  Representatives Deen of Westminster, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Edwards of Brattleboro, Milkey of Brattleboro, Mrowicki of Putney, O'Donnell of Vernon, Partridge of Windham and Pillsbury of Brattleboro

Offered by:  Senators Shumlin and White

Whereas, the International Federation of Rowing Associations (FISA) “is the governing body of the sport of rowing” and was established to “develop, promote, present and govern” the sport, and

Whereas, the mission and vision of the FISA is “to make rowing a universally practiced and globally relevant sport” and “to strengthen the bonds that unite those who practice it,” and

Whereas, perhaps the most tangible example of strengthening the bonds of rowers around the world is the FISA’s World Rowing Tour which was first rowed in 1971, and

Whereas, the tour has traveled to rivers and lakes in many nations, including most recently to the United States in 1999 when it paddled the waters of Lake Champlain and Lake George, and

Whereas, the 2007 FISA World Rowing Tour will be rowed in three segments, the first on sections of the Connecticut River from Bellows Falls, Vermont to Essex, Connecticut, starting July 22 and concluding on July 25, and

Whereas, this watery sojourn along central New England’s most prominent river will include 75 rowers, representing Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and, of course, the United States, who will travel southward in 17 sculling boats, and

Whereas, the Connecticut River Watershed Council and the Masters Rowing Association are sponsoring this spectacular summer spectacle that will be visible from the river’s Vermont shoreline, and

Whereas, the tour will celebrate the rejuvenation that has occurred on the Connecticut River in recent years and will include swimming breaks in the clean water of this historic New England recreational and commercial waterway, and

Whereas, Vermonters are encouraged to look for the FISA rowers this summer as they travel through the state, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly welcomes the FISA’s 2007 international rowing tour on the Connecticut River, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s executive director, Chelsea Gwyther.

H.C.R. 141

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Route 100B Byway Committee on the designation of the Mad River Byway

Offered by:  Representatives Grad of Moretown and Donahue of Northfield

Offered by:  Senators Cummings, Doyle and Scott

Whereas, the Federal Highway Administration administers and the state of Vermont administers the National Scenic Byway Program whose goal is “to create a distinctive collection of American roads, their stories, and treasured places,” and

Whereas, under this rubric, the Vermont byway program, a joint effort of the scenery preservation council and the transportation board, designates roads that celebrate, interpret, protect, or enhance cultural, historical, scenic, natural, or recreational resources, and

Whereas, Route 100B parallels the Mad River from its intersection with Route 100 through Moretown and ends as it crosses the Winooski River in historic Middlesex village, and

Whereas, its long-standing and continuing popularity as a scenic road is premised on the beautiful landscape it passes and the historic settlement patterns of the area it traverses, and 

Whereas, a group of civically minded local citizens formed the Route 100B Byway Committee to develop a byway along this historic Vermont highway corridor, and

Whereas, the preservation of the historic local community and enhancing its quality of life have been the primary focus of the Route 100B Byway Committee, and

Whereas, the committee’s byway plan promotes multi-modal use of the corridor by cars, bicycles, and pedestrians and the importance of highway safety, and

Whereas, the plan contains five management and enhancement strategies including:  village sidewalks, traffic calming, and streetscape improvements; scenic viewshed planning and preservation; the development and maintenance of highway pull-offs and river access; development and implementation of a user program designed to engender respect among the users of Route 100B; and the development of recreational paths, and

Whereas, as the result of this detailed work plan, and the supporting comments offered at well-attended public hearings, the state of Vermont has designated the eight-mile-long Route 100B corridor as the first Vermont Byway, and

Whereas, as a result of this designation, Steve Gladczuk, a Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission transportation planner and Mad River Valley resident, is coordinating the committee’s development of two informational kiosks and signage along the byway which a $39,000.00 federal grant is financing, and

Whereas, the Mad River Byway, which will be dedicated on May 20, 2007, may be extended at a future date to Granville Notch, now therefore be it 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Route 100B Byway Committee on the designation of the Mad River Byway and the special dedication ceremony to occur on May 20, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Steve Gladczuk at the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, to the Moretown Selectboard, and to Vermont agency of transportation byway coordinator John LaBarge.



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