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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

Thursday, January 24, 2008
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. 185

House concurrent resolution congratulating Susan Hennessey on the receipt of a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award

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

Offered by Senators Cummings, Doyle and Scott

Whereas, in 1987, the Milken Family Foundation established a National Educator Award in order to honor outstanding K–12 educators, and

Whereas, the award focuses on the importance of high-quality teaching in the nation’s elementary and secondary schools and encouraging caring and creative persons to enter the education profession, and

Whereas, the award recipients form networks of educators who serve as a catalyst for improvements in primary and secondary education, and

Whereas, in October 2007, Susan Hennessey, a media literacy specialist at Harwood Union High School, was named as the third Vermont recipient of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, and

Whereas, the Vermont department of education nominated Susan Hennessey for this special recognition based on her exceptional educational talent and her inspirational presence in the classroom and with parents and community members, and

Whereas, Susan Hennessey began her teaching career as an English teacher and then found her special calling as a media literacy specialist, a role she fills with great success as the director of the Harwood Union High School library, and

Whereas, under her dynamic leadership, the school’s library has become an important center for innovative technological initiatives and curriculum development activities, and

Whereas, as a member of the department of education’s Vermont professional development network, she has applied her Harwood experience to advise teachers throughout the state on ways to maximize the internet as a positive and beneficial learning tool, and

Whereas, this superb educator was surprised and honored when she was presented the award, including a $25,000.00 cash prize, at an all-school assembly, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Susan Hennessey on the receipt of a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Susan Hennessey at Harwood Union High School.

H.C.R. 186

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Harwood Union High School Highlanders 2007 Division II championship boys’ cross-country team

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

Offered by:  Senators Cummings, Doyle, and Scott

Whereas, Harwood Union High School has excelled in boys’ cross-country competition over the last quarter century, having won 22 state titles under the guidance of head coach John Kerrigan prior to the 2007 fall running season, and

Whereas, in 2007, once again Harwood boasted a team of superb athletes who were well-prepared to maintain a swift pace at the state championship meet held at the Thetford cross-country course, where the muddy conditions posed many challenges for the runners, and

Whereas, despite these conditions, the Highlanders continued their school’s tradition of speedily traversing the hilly terrain, with team members finishing in third, seventh, and ninth place in the decisive Division II 5K race, and

Whereas, the team’s divisional low point total of 68 points secured the Highlanders their 23rd state title, and Harwood’s margin of victory over runner-up Lyndon Institute was the largest ever recorded in any Vermont state cross-country meet, and

Whereas, Harwood’s super 2007 boys’ cross-country team consisting of Eamon Welter, Tim Shepard, Caleb Kernan, Colton Crowley, Sam McCausland, Nick Wisniewski, and Mike Shepard demonstrated both their own skills and that John Kerrigan’s leadership as a cross-country coach is unsurpassed, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Harwood Union High School Highlanders 2007 Division II championship boys’ cross-country team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to John Kerrigan at Harwood Union High School.

H.C.R. 187

House concurrent resolution congratulating Jean Berthiaume on his receipt of the 2007 Victor R. Swenson Humanities Educator Award

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

Offered by: Senators Cummings, Doyle and Scott

Whereas, starting in 2003, the Vermont Council on the Humanities has presented the Victor Swenson Humanities Educator Award and an accompanying $1,000.00 cash prize to honor an outstanding Vermont humanities teacher and to recognize the council’s first executive director, Victor R. Swenson, and

Whereas, for its 2007 honoree, the council sought a 6th through 12th grade teacher who “inspires his or her students and encourages an appreciation for lifelong learning” and who is passionate about and accomplished as an instructor of “language, literature, history, social studies or other humanities field,” and

Whereas, additional criteria for the award included professional dedication demonstrated through an ability to collaborate with colleagues, a record of personal achievement as an educator, and proven service as a role model to other teachers, and

Whereas, after an intensive review of the many outstanding nominees, the council wisely selected Harwood Union High School faculty member Jean Berthiaume as the 2007 winner of the Victor R. Swenson Humanities Educator Award winner, and

Whereas, Jean Berthiaume graduated from Lyndon State College and earned a master’s degree from the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, his original position at Harwood was as an assistant to the dean of students, in which he exercised his disciplinarian duties most often by integrating troubled students into the school community rather than acting as a heavy-handed punisher of students, and

Whereas, more recently, as a social studies teacher, he has continued the theme of community building through the development of a civics course entitled Creating Sustainable Communities, and

Whereas, Jean Berthiaume is an ideal example of a teacher who has promoted a love of humanities among his students and is a superb choice to receive the Victor R. Swenson Humanities Educator Award, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Jean Berthiaume on his receipt of the 2007 Victor R. Swenson Humanities Educator Award, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jean Berthiaume at Harwood Union High School.

H.C.R. 188

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Harwood Union High School Highlanders Division II championship boys’ soccer team

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

Offered by:  Senators Cummings, Doyle, and Scott

Whereas, in two decades of play, the Harwood Union High School Highlanders boys’ soccer team had never brought a state title home to its Duxbury campus, and

Whereas, under head coach Don Haddox and assistant coach Mark Ewald’s direction, the 2007 Highlanders played with the team’s best interest and not individual glory as the primary objective, and

Whereas, the Highlanders proved tough opponents during the playoffs, allowing their opponents only a single goal and earning a spot in the Division II championship on November 3rd in Fair Haven against Mill River High School, and

Whereas, the Highlanders never displayed any sign of unease while competing against an opponent that brought a 2007 16-1 season record into the championship game, and

Whereas, a scoreless tie was broken 26 minutes after play commenced when Harwood’s Steve Griffith delivered a 35-yard volley into the net which the Mill River goalkeeper ejected but fellow Highlander Neal Smeltzer’s agile footwork sent the ball back for the game’s opening goal, and

Whereas, the lead was doubled to 2-0 in the second half when Harwood ‘s Chad Marino forwarded an Eric Mackey throw-in shot into the corner of the goal zone, and

Whereas, although no further goals were scored, Harwood remained alert for the balance of the game and emerged triumphant with its first boys’ soccer championship title, and

Whereas, all the boys associated with this historic Harwood soccer season, including Mike Pavlovich, Angelo Festa, Joe Yalicki, Taylor Jones, Mike Riccardi, Steve Griffith, Greg Mehuron, Neil Smeltzer, Sam Hewitt, Luke Dollmeyer, Chad Marino, Wilson Pierce, Peter Moore, Mike Eid, Noah Goss-Woliner, Billy Ronci, Stephen LaRock, Eli Holden, Paul Weston, Steve Wilson, Chad Koenig, Josh Fisher, Eric Mackey, Will Hoffman, Beck Sinclair, Thomas Jacobs Moore, Sam Siegel, and Ben Harmon, are to be commended, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2007 Harwood Union High School Highlanders Division II championship boys’ soccer team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Don Haddox at Harwood Union High School.

H.C.R. 189

House concurrent resolution honoring former Windham State’s Attorney Dan M. Davis

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Deen of Westminster, Edwards of Brattleboro, Hube of Londonderry, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marek of Newfane, Milkey of Brattleboro, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, O'Donnell of Vernon, Partridge of Windham and Pillsbury of Brattleboro

Offered by:  Senators Shumlin and White

Whereas, Dan Davis’s remarkable career in Vermont law enforcement has spanned more than three decades, and

Whereas, although he began a career path as an elementary school educator, earning a degree in that field from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, Dan Davis subsequently completed a master’s degree in criminal justice at Northeastern University, and

Whereas, he gained firsthand knowledge enforcing the state’s criminal statutes as a member of the Vermont state police, serving 11 years as a state trooper and then two years on direct assignment to the Windham County state’s attorney’s office, and

Whereas, after graduation from Western New England School of Law, Dan Davis assumed a new role in that office as a Windham County assistant state’s attorney, and

Whereas, in 1988, Dan Davis became Windham County state’s attorney, and remained that county’s chief prosecutor until 2007, and

Whereas, during his two decades as Windham County state’s attorney, his office prosecuted between 45,000 and 50,000 cases, the highest number of any county in the state, and

Whereas, he argued the full breadth of criminal cases, including murder, but Dan Davis took the greatest pride in his efforts to separate children from domestic abuse situations, and

Whereas, Dan Davis’s reputation for excellence earned him a place on both the Democratic and Republican lines on the election day ballot, and

Whereas, after two decades of outstanding prosecutorial leadership, Dan Davis retired as Windham County state’s attorney in September 2007, having won high praise from his professional colleagues, elected officials, and citizens throughout Windham County, and

Whereas, Dan Davis plans to remain active in the legal profession and to pursue his challenging special personal odyssey to climb to the highest point of every state in the union, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Dan M. Davis on the conclusion of his honorable law enforcement career as both a state police officer and the Windham County state’s attorney and extends to him best wishes in his future pursuits, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dan Davis in Bellows Falls.

H.C.R. 190

House concurrent resolution congratulating Cub Scout Pack 401 of Bellows Falls on being designated the 2007 Vermont Pack of the Year

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham and Partridge of Windham

Offered by:  Senators Shumlin and White

Whereas, Cub Scouts, a long-standing service of the Boy Scouts of America (B.S.A.), provides elementary-age schoolboys with wonderful opportunities to learn skills that will last them a lifetime and to engage in exciting and enjoyable activities, and

Whereas, local organizations sponsor Cub Scout packs in their respective communities, enabling young boys throughout Vermont to participate in the programs that scouting offers, and

Whereas, in Bellows Falls, the Moose Family Center sponsors Cub Scout Pack 401, and

Whereas, Pack 401 has striven to excel in all aspects of its program and administrative endeavors, and

Whereas, the excellence of Pack 401’s operations was recognized when it was honored as the Pack of the Year in the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, the Green Mountain Council (B.S.A.) selected Pack 401 based on the pack meeting specified criteria, including having council-trained local leadership, sending boys to summer camp and offering other summertime activities for the youngsters, the success of its fundraising, and the size of its membership growth, and

Whereas, among the Pack 401 activities that Cub Scouts participate in are cub car racing, rocket building and launching, the pinewood derby race, Green Up Day, parades, camping, picnics, and a variety of other events, and

Whereas, the members and leaders of Pack 401 deserve special recognition for their dedication to cub scouting, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Cub Scout Pack 401 of Bellows Falls on being designated the 2007 Vermont Pack of the Year, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Cubmaster Eric Chapin in Bellows Falls.

H.C.R. 191

House concurrent resolution in memory of former auditor of accounts Jay Gordon and his wife, Joan Gordon

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Partridge of Windham, Anderson of Montpelier, Kitzmiller of Montpelier and Milkey of Brattleboro

Offered by:  Senators Shumlin, White, Cummings, Doyle and Scott

Whereas, Jay Gordon was a quiet person with a witty sense of humor, who, as befitting his profession as a certified public account, approached his work with great meticulousness, and

Whereas, he was born in Bellows Falls, the son of Eastern European immigrant parents, and Yiddish was the language spoken in their home, and

Whereas, after graduating from Bellows Falls High School, Jay Gordon earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, and he later continued his education at New York University from which he was awarded a master’s degree in business administration, and

Whereas, in between his undergraduate and graduate studies, Jay Gordon served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and later in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, and

Whereas, after completing his education and active duty military service, Jay Gordon returned home to Bellows Falls and joined a local accounting firm, and

Whereas, aside from his professional duties, Jay Gordon participated in the civic and political life of his hometown and took an active interest in Democratic Party politics, and

Whereas, in 1964, as election season approached, Jay Gordon, acting on a whim, decided to run against the incumbent, Republican David Anderson, for the office of auditor of accounts, and

Whereas, Jay Gordon entered the race, notwithstanding that a Democrat had never held the position, an incumbent Vermont auditor of accounts seeking reelection had never been defeated, and in Vermont, no one of the Jewish faith had previously been elected to statewide office, and

Whereas, each of these known challenges proved surmountable for Jay Gordon as he defeated the incumbent in 1964 and was again victorious in a 1966 rematch, and

Whereas, Jay Gordon directed the state’s auditing activities with great competence and attention to detail during his tenure, and

Whereas, after leaving office, Jay Gordon remained in Montpelier, resumed his career as a highly respected certified public accountant, and always retained his avid interest in Vermont politics, and

Whereas, after retiring from his accountancy practice, Jay Gordon turned to a new career as a full-time faculty member at Norwich University, and for over a decade, he thoroughly enjoyed teaching accountancy-related courses, and

Whereas, Jay Gordon and his wife, Joan (Plumpton), died tragically in a fatal house fire in Montpelier on the night of December 4, 2007, and

Whereas, their sudden deaths shocked their sons, Harry and David, and their many friends across the state, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its sincere condolences to the family of former state auditor of accounts Jay Gordon and his wife, Joan, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Harry and David Gordon.

H.C.R. 192

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Mary Meyer Corporation on its 75th anniversary

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Partridge of Windham and Marek of Newfane

Whereas, the Mary Meyer Corporation of Townshend is the home of cuddly stuffed toys that have delighted several generations of children, and

Whereas, unlike many American corporations, Mary Meyer’s founding family continues to direct its operations 75 years after its establishment, and

Whereas, in 1933, Mary Meyer started to produce pincushions in the shapes of tomatoes and Scottish Terriers that her husband sold while traveling as a Fuller Brush salesman, and

Whereas, in the 1940s, Mary Meyer’s creativity as a designer was on display when she introduced her first teddy bears that, due to war-time shortages of other materials, were often made from either gingham grain sacks or camouflage, and

Whereas, later in the 1940s, the Meyer family moved to Wardsboro from New York City and built a toy manufacturing facility in the back of their home, and they later relocated their home and headquarters to Townshend, and

Whereas, in 1950s, Mary’s and Hans’s son, Walter, joined the company’s staff, and

Whereas, even after Hans’s death in 1965, Mary continued as an active manager until her retirement at age 78 in 1982, the same year her grandson, and Walter’s son, Kevin, joined the company, and

Whereas, until her death in 1999, at age 94, Mary Meyer remained a regular presence in her company’s factory store, and she enjoyed signing the now-stylish collector bears for customers, and

Whereas, the company’s inventory now encompasses over 400 stuffed toys, including lovable characters Sweet Mortimer Mouse, Froggy Belly Pufferbellies, Tobey Chocolate Lab Flip Flop, and Zany Maine Lion, and

Whereas, today, the Mary Meyer headquarters houses a toy museum, and

Whereas, in addition to president Kevin Meyer and corporate director Walter Meyer, Kevin’s brothers have assumed leading roles at Mary Myer Corporation, including toy designer Steven, warehouse supervisor Michael, and information technology coordinator Peter, and

Whereas, the fourth generation of young Meyers may well continue the family tradition, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Mary Meyer Corporation on its 75th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Kevin Meyer in Townshend.

H.C.R. 193

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers on its 40th anniversary

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Manwaring of Wilmington, Milkey of Brattleboro, Moran of Wardsboro, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Shaw of Derby and Westman of Cambridge

Whereas, the welcoming environment and accessibility of trails that snowmobilers find in this state are attributed in large measure to the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, popularly known as VAST, through the organization’s trail development and maintenance and related activities, and

Whereas, in the 1960s, snowmobiling enthusiasts recognized that a statewide governance structure, supported with a system of local clubs, was needed to address an increasingly negative image of snowmobilers, and

Whereas, as an initial step toward improving the status of snowmobiling, Burlington area snowmobilers held an informal meeting in December 1966 at the South Burlington home of William and Miriam Oakes, and

Whereas, following this initial gathering, a formal organizational meeting was convened at the Grandview Motel in Colchester on January 26, 1967 at which the name Vermont Association of Snowtravelers (VAST) was selected, a VAST logo was approved, Marilyn Currier was appointed temporary secretary, and Miriam Oakes temporary treasurer, and

Whereas, the first VAST public announcement began with the phrase “Why VAST? With every privilege comes a responsibility.  Why not VAST?” and the organization issued its first newsletter on January 30, 1967, and

Whereas, at a statewide meeting held in late 1967, William Flynn of Newport was elected as the first president of VAST, in 1973 Carmi Duso became the organization’s first executive director, and today, the governance of VAST consists of 14 directors who each represents the snowmobiling clubs in his or her respective county, and

Whereas, the TMA (Trail Maintenance Assessment) pass that all snowmobilers who use VAST trails must purchase annually funds VAST trail maintenance and administrative activities, and

Whereas, VAST was the first snowmobile association that operated with no state financing or personnel support and that created a trails system with its own trails coordinator, and

Whereas, VAST, which in 2008 consists of approximately 140 local snowmobiling clubs, recently observed its 40th anniversary, and 80 percent of its statewide trails system exists due to the generous permission of private landowners, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers on its 40th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Vermont Association of Snowtravelers Executive Director Bryant Watson in Berlin.

H.C.R. 194

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Chittenden Fire and Rescue on its 50th anniversary

Offered by:  Representative Chen of Mendon

Whereas, on April 17, 1957, the Chittenden Volunteer Fire Department (Chittenden Fire and Rescue) was established to provide locally based fire protection services to the community, and the illustrious line of chiefs, starting with Harry McKinley, continued with Richard Smith, William Creed, Robert Muzzy, Dick Blow, Scott Raymond, Thomas Voity, Louis LaFemina, Frank Lucia, Brian Soulia, and now Scott Poljacik, and

Whereas, for half a century, the department has been situated in a building constructed on land that Nick and Mary Casey donated that has been expanded from an initial two-bay; garage-type structure into a multi-bay facility with a meeting room, and

Whereas, the first two fire trucks to serve the town of Chittenden were 250‑gallon vehicles, including a 1941 American LaFrance pumper purchased from the Ethan Allen Air Force Base and a 1946 Chevrolet that the Pittsford Fire Department donated to the newly formed department, and

Whereas, Bob Bearor’s garage converted a fuel truck into the department’s first tanker, and later additions to the fleet have consisted of trucks with a 1,500-gallon water capacity, and

Whereas, the communications mechanisms utilized to summon volunteers to a fire have evolved considerably from 1957 when a siren and telephone tree system were used to today’s regional high-tech VHF radio system, and

Whereas, in order to broaden the scope of the department’s services, starting in 1978, Chittenden firefighters enrolled in advanced first aid training, leading to the formation of the Chittenden First Response unit in 1981 that is now licensed as an intermediate level first responder service, and

Whereas, the Chittenden Fire and Rescue has extinguished a number of major blazes in the town, and it has provided mutual aid support to adjoining communities on repeated occasions, and

Whereas, in 2005, Chittenden Chief Scott Poljacik was named EMS District #10 First Responder of the Year Emergency Care Attendant, reflecting his multiple roles as a firefighter, medical first responder, and departmental administrator, and

Whereas, 2007 marked the Chittenden Fire and Rescue’s 50th anniversary, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Chittenden Fire and Rescue on its 50th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Chittenden Fire Chief Scott Poljacik.

H.C.R. 195

House concurrent resolution honoring Thomas Anthony Levesque for 28 years of public service as the Chittenden East Supervisory Union district treasurer

Offered by: Representatives Barnard of Richmond, Frank of Underhill, Symington of Jericho, Dostis of Waterbury and Minter of Waterbury

Offered by:  Senators Racine, Condos, Flanagan, Lyons, Miller and Snelling

Whereas, Thomas Levesque grew up in the town of Richmond, and he graduated from Richmond High School in 1967, and

Whereas, he continued his education at Champlain College and earned an associate degree in accounting that would prove essential in his future career, and

Whereas, among Thomas Levesque’s employers have been his family’s business, the M&M store in Richmond, and the U.S. Postal Service, and

Whereas, his initial employment with the Chittenden East Supervisory Union district was as a school bus driver, starting in 1971, and

Whereas, Thomas Levesque’s driving expertise resulted in his teaching a driver education course at Mount Mansfield Union High School, and

Whereas, in 1980, Thomas Levesque was appointed as the Chittenden East Supervisory Union district treasurer, and

Whereas, Thomas Levesque has continued to manage the increasingly complex financial records for the school district accurately, faithfully, and in a timely manner for the last 28 years, and

Whereas, he is retiring from his treasurer’s position with the supervisory union, and his colleagues are saluting him at a farewell celebration on February 7, 2008, and

Whereas, the citizens of Richmond are delighted that this 40-year firefighting veteran will continue as chief of the Richmond Volunteer Fire Department, and

Whereas, his many years of service at the Chittenden East Supervisory Union district merit special recognition, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Thomas Levesque for 28 years of public service as the Chittenden East Supervisory Union district treasurer, and be it further

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

H.C.R. 196

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Missisquoi Valley Union High School Thunderbirds championship Division II girls’ cross‑country team

Offered by:  Representatives LaVoie of Swanton, Consejo of Sheldon, Allard of St. Albans Town, Branagan of Georgia, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Howrigan of Fairfield, Keenan of St. Albans City, McAllister of Highgate and Perry of Richford

Whereas, despite rosters over the years, in many sports, that contained talented competitive athletes, Missisquoi Valley Union High School had not won a team state championship since 1994, and it had been 24 years since one of the fall athletic teams had won this honor, and

Whereas, since it was established, the girls’ cross-country team had never won a state crown, and

Whereas, during the fall of 2007, Missisquoi Valley Union High School’s interscholastic athletics achieved an historic achievement when the girls’ cross‑country team won the Division II state championship title, and

Whereas, the 2007 girls’ cross-country team entered the Division II championship race at Thetford Academy with great optimism, and despite challenging track conditions due to recent rains, three of the first six runners to complete the course were Thunderbirds, and

Whereas, based on the Thunderbirds’ speedy pace, their 44 points were the lowest in the Division, and nearly 20 points ahead of their nearest competitor, the Stratton Mountain School, making Missisquoi Valley Union High School the 2007 championship girls’ cross-country team, and

Whereas, all of these young women runners, including Allison Bruley, Adrienne Fleming, Norma Fleming, Megan Flint, Sarah Flint, Maeve Evans, and Brianna St. Amour, helped to make the 2007 season a very special one for the team, and for head coach Richard Flint and assistant coach Charlie Cline, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2007 Missisquoi Valley Union High School Thunderbirds championship Division II girls’ cross-country team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Richard Flint at Missisquoi Valley Union High School in Swanton.

H.C.R. 197

House concurrent resolution congratulating Edward Koren of Brookfield as the recipient of the 2007 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts

Offered by:  Representatives French of Randolph, Hutchinson of Randolph,

Botzow of Pownal, Ancel of Calais, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bray of New Haven, Cheney of Norwich, Clarkson of Woodstock, Clerkin of Hartford, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Deen of Westminster, Dostis of Waterbury, Emmons of Springfield, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Frank of Underhill, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howrigan of Fairfield, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Keogh of Burlington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larrabee of Danville, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McCormack of Rutland City, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Partridge of Windham, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle, Winters of Williamstown and Zenie of Colchester

Offered by:  Senator MacDonald

Whereas, cartooning is a form of expression through which an artist comments on many aspects of society, often employing humorous drawings and text to satirize societal foibles, and

Whereas, an undeniable laureate among The New Yorker magazine’s famous cartoon contributors is Edward (Ed) Koren, who has penned nearly 1,000 cartoons for its erudite readership that ponder life both in Vermont and elsewhere, and

Whereas, in preparation for his career as a cartoonist, Ed Koren graduated from Columbia College, earned a master’s degree in fine arts from Pratt Institute, and studied in Paris under the tutelage of the artist, S.W. Hayter, and

Whereas, Ed Koren wisely abandoned the urban bustle of New York City for the friendly environs of Brookfield where he has resided for several decades, and he has served as a member of the fire department, rising to the rank of captain, and

Whereas, a diverse list of serial publications, in addition to The New Yorker, has enlivened its pages with his illustrative masterpieces, including the Boston Globe, Esquire, Fortune, GQ, The Nation, The New York Times, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Time, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, and

Whereas, Ed Koren has illustrated many books, including Delia Ephron’s “How to Eat Like a Child,” Peter Mayle’s “A Dog’s Life,” and George Plimpton’s “Pet Peeves”; and two children’s books that he wrote, “Very Hairy Harry” and “Behind the Wheel”; and six volumes of his The New Yorker cartoons have been published, and

Whereas, museums, including those at Harvard University, Princeton University, and the Rhode Island School of Design, own etchings from the pen of Ed Koren, and he has taught at Brown University, and

Whereas, Ed Koren’s cartoons adorn many Vermonters’ homes or businesses largely due to his extraordinary generosity in contributing his cartoons to community and charitable fundraisers, and

Whereas, on October 27, 2007, at a State House ceremony, and in the presence of many of his Vermont neighbors, Ed Koren became the first cartoonist to be presented the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Edward Koren of Brookfield as the recipient of the 2007 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ed Koren in Brookfield.

H.C.R. 198

House concurrent resolution in memory of Representative Cola Hudson, the dean of the House of Representatives

Offered by:  All members of the House of Representatives

Offered by:  All members of the Senate

Whereas, Representative Cola Hudson’s house district encompassed his hometown of Lyndon and the adjoining communities of Burke and Sutton, and

Whereas, regardless of the specific towns he represented, Representative Cola Hudson was truly the member from the Kingdom, and took a keen interest and pride in advocating on behalf of the citizens who reside in the rural communities located in the northeastern corner of Vermont, and

Whereas, throughout his 81 years, Cola Hudson resided on his family’s farm in Lyndon and was deeply connected to the land that his family had farmed for generations, and

Whereas, Cola Hudson graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1944, and he later actively served for many years on the independent school’s board of trustees and the board’s executive committee, and

Whereas, aside from farming, Cola Hudson was employed at the Lyndon Elementary School as a custodian, and

Whereas, seeking to broaden his horizons, Cola Hudson enrolled in courses at Lyndon State College where he studied with history professor and veteran northeast kingdom legislator, Graham Newell, who inspired the Lyndon resident to stand for election to the house in 1972, and

Whereas, in January 1973, Cola Hudson proudly took the two state representatives’ oaths of office for the first of an eventual 18 times, and

Whereas, during his 35-year career in the house, Representative Cola Hudson served primarily on the committee on government operations, which he chaired twice from 1981 to 1984 and again from 2001 to 2005, and he also sat on the committee on municipal corporations and elections during the 1987 and 1989 bienniums, and

Whereas, as a member of the committee on government operations, he was a leading protector of the Northeast Kingdom’s legislative seats during several rounds of legislative reapportionment, and, among other accomplishments, played a leading role in the establishment of the Vermont Film Commission, and

Whereas, Representative Hudson would carefully listen to house floor debates, and then, shortly before a vote, offer pithy and pointed remarks on the matter at hand that made it abundantly clear to all where this Vermonter stood on the issue, and

Whereas, his legislative colleagues’ great respect for Representative Cola Hudson was demonstrated in their electing him to the board of trustees of state colleges, and

Whereas, Representative Hudson had been a master of the West Burke Grange, belonged to Farm Bureau, served as a deacon of the Lyndon Center Baptist Church, and was a loyal member of the Republican Party, serving on the party’s Lyndon town and Caledonia County committees and as a delegate to the Republican National Convention, and

Whereas, on Sunday, January 20, 2008, an era in the history of the Vermont General Assembly came to a conclusion when the dean of the house, Representative Cola Hudson, the member from Lyndon who loved the institution of the house with all his heart and soul, died, and

Whereas, his voice will be absent, but hardly forgotten, in future house debates, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is deeply saddened at the passing of the dean of the House and expresses its sincere condolences to the family and many friends of Representative Cola Hudson, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his cousin, Larry Ruggles of Barnet, to the Lyndon Institute, to the Lyndon Town School, and to the Lyndon town clerk.



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