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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

thursday, january 31, 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.

By Senators Condos, Flanagan, Lyons, Miller, Racine and Snelling,

     By Representatives Audette of South Burlington, Head of South Burlington, Kupersmith of South Burlington and Pugh of South Burlington,

S.C.R. 27. 

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 South Burlington High School Rebels girls' lacrosse Division I championship team.

Whereas, after leaving the 2006 girls’ lacrosse Division I state championship game bereft of the division title, the South Burlington High School Rebels were afforded a championship rematch in 2007 when they once again faced the Middlebury Union High School Tigers in the season’s finale, and

Whereas, throughout the 2007 contest played at the University of Vermont’s Widner Field, the many enthusiastic South Burlington fans in attendance provided the Rebels an extra degree of momentum, and

Whereas, South Burlington grabbed an early lead, having outdistanced the Tigers 3–0 after only 10 minutes of play, and

Whereas, Middlebury was not prepared to concede defeat easily, and by the halftime break, the Tigers had narrowed the Rebels lead to a narrow 7–6 margin, and

Whereas, early in the second half, South Burlington scored three quick goals in succession and continued to increase its lead until victory was assured with a 14–9 win when the game concluded, and

Whereas, the offensive muscle that brought the championship crown to South Burlington featured the scoring of seniors Lexi Crook (six goals), Taylor Rand (three goals), Caroline Andrew (two goals) and their classmates, Ashley Moirano, Jenny Wheel and Donna Jezwinski, who each contributed a goal, and

Whereas, the entire 2007 South Burlington Rebels girls’ lacrosse squad, consisting of Donna Jezwinski, Zoe Iasilli, Katie LeClair, Julie Barrett, Annie Rendall, Sydney Stevens, Alex Dionne, Caroline Andrew, Becca Lee, Lexi Crook, Kylie McLane, Jenny Wheel, Michelle Handy, Ashley Moirano, Malinda Wisell, Gillian Mann, Alyssa Crews, Gigi Veve, Natalie vonTurkovich, Andrea Luxenberg, Jenn Duff, Taylor Rand, Kaleigh Giard-Chase and Becca Shaw, and the leadership of its great coach, Anjie Soucy, resulted in the team’s fantastic 17–1 state championship 2007 season, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2007 South Burlington High School Rebels girls’ lacrosse Division I championship team, and be it further

ResolvedThat the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Anjie Soucy at South Burlington High School.

By Senators Condos, Flanagan, Lyons, Miller, Racine and Snelling,

     By Representatives Audette of South Burlington, Head of South Burlington, Kupersmith of South Burlington and Pugh of South Burlington,

S.C.R. 28.

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 South Burlington High School Rebels Division I championship boys' tennis team.

Whereas, the 2007 South Burlington High School Rebels boys’ tennis team brought its proud tradition of high-quality play, symbolized by the team’s amazing record of 16 prior state championships, into the spring 2007 campaign, and

Whereas, after the Rebels defeated every team they played, which translated into wins in 92 of 114 matches, the Rebels were prepared to take their 15-0 record into the state championship against the second-seeded Brattleboro Union High School Colonels, and

Whereas, in his matches, the Rebels’ No. 1 singles player, Jeff Yang, despite falling behind 3-1 in the opening set, rebounded easily and dominated his opponent by winning five consecutive games, culminating in a match point based on 6-3, 6-2 set victories, and

Whereas, freshman Alex Ward thrilled the hometown championship final crowd with his commanding 6-1, 6-1 set scores, demonstrating why he won the state 2007 state single’s championship, and teammates Kevin White and Taylor Wilkins also has successful singles matches, and

Whereas, the Rebels’ No. 1 doubles pair of Ethan Tarricone and Charlie Dunn, after a first set 6-3 loss, focused on their play and captured their match 6-3, 7-3, and South Burlington’s second doubles pair, Ben Wargo and Mark Mallory, also won a tie breaker to clinch their match, and

Whereas, the Rebel’s 2007 season was assured of a state championship designation when Jonathon Covell won his single’s match handily 6-2, 6-1 as South Burlington left the courtside benches with a 7-0 victory over Brattleboro Union High School, and

Whereas, everyone on the 2007 South Burlington boys’ tennis roster, including Charlie Dunn, Andy Gower, Jeffrey Lee, Ethan Tarricone, Ben Wargo, Kevin White, Taylor Wilkins, Jeff Yang, Jonathon Covell, Andrew Kaufman, Steve Bolger, Mark Mallory and Alex Ward, contributed to the Rebel’s superb 2007 undefeated Division I championship season, and

Whereas, Coach Bill Price exhibited great leadership talent throughout this exciting endeavor, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2007 South Burlington High School Rebels Division I championship boys’ tennis team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bill Price at South Burlington High School.

By Senators Condos, Flanagan, Lyons, Miller, Racine and Snelling,

By Representatives Audette of South Burlington, Head of South Burlington, Kupersmith of South Burlington and Pugh of South Burlington,

S.C.R. 29.

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 South Burlington High School Rebels Division I championship baseball team.

Whereas, the 2007 South Burlington High School Rebels played an incredible spring of baseball, both on the field and at the plate, and

Whereas, at each succeeding game during the 2007 season, the prospect of another high school defeating this team of extremely adroit and powerful athletes became more unlikely, and

Whereas, the Rebels advanced during the playoff competition and won their penultimate contest with a 1-0 10th-inning victory against Mount Mansfield Union High School, and

Whereas, with their place at the Centennial Field Division I final secured, the Rebels prepared to face the Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) Red Hawks, and

Whereas, through the first five innings, a repeat of the semifinal game was emerging as each team’s display of outstanding play on the pitcher’s mound and elsewhere on the field prevented any runners from crossing the plate, and

Whereas, the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the game’s decisive frame as the Rebels scored three runs based on just a single hit from the bat of Brandon Fay who also slammed the essential hit in the semifinal game against Mount Mansfield, and

Whereas, South Burlington held back a CVU scoring threat in the seventh inning as a runner advanced to third base before three consecutive Red Hawk outs extinguished this challenge of the Rebels’ lead, and

Whereas, when the game was over, South Burlington had won the 2007 Division I baseball championship, its second in three years, and Rebel pitcher Casey Harman had thrown a memorable two-hitter with 15 strikeouts and just one walk, and

Whereas, Rebels Rob Griffin, Ben Mowczan, Ethan Martin, Casey Harman, Jared Candib, Brandon Fay, Dylan Freeman, Dylan McLean, Jason McMahon, Josh Blow, Taylor Stevens, Steve Collins, Owen Ozanich, and Dan Maldonado played a quality of baseball that enabled the team to finish with a 20-0 season record, and

Whereas, coach Patrick Bose, and assistant coaches Tim O’Day and Steve Maglaris, served as outstanding role models and mentors for the Rebels, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2007 South Burlington High School Rebels Division I championship baseball team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Patrick Bose at South Burlington High School.

H.C.R. 199

House concurrent resolution in memory of former South Burlington Representative Theodore Riehle Jr.

Offered by:  Representatives Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Audette of S. Burlington, Head of S. Burlington, Pugh of S. Burlington, Ainsworth of Royalton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Anderson of Montpelier, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clarkson of Woodstock, Clerkin of Hartford, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Courcelle of Rutland City, Deen of Westminster, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donovan of Burlington, Emmons of Springfield, Evans of Essex, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howrigan of Fairfield, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, 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 Springfield, Masland of Thetford, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, McNeil of Rutland Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, 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, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington and Zenie of Colchester

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

Whereas, Theodore (Ted) Riehle Jr.’s environmental and political leadership on behalf of the state’s scenic heritage resulted in the general assembly’s adoption of Act 333 of 1968, legislation that severely restricted outdoor advertising signs, more commonly referred to as billboards, and

Whereas, the legislation was adopted with findings that “scenic resources of great value are distributed throughout the state,” and that “the scattering of outdoor advertising” was “detrimental to those scenic resources,” and

Whereas, bringing his vision to dismantle these widely prevalent and unattractive large roadside signs was a mission that few of his general assembly colleagues thought even the most masterful politician could accomplish, and

Whereas, as a United States Naval officer with both World War II and Korean War combat experience, Ted Riehle Jr. had invaluable expertise gathering all needed hands on deck for this monumental legislative battle, and

Whereas, Ted Riehle Jr. attended Choate, Cornell University, and the New York Maritime Academy where he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy, and

Whereas, as a talented engineer, Ted Riehle Jr. held several patents, and he rose through the ranks at the Master Rule Company in Middletown, New York, becoming the company’s youngest-ever executive vice president, and

Whereas, while visiting Vermont in the` 1950s, he saw, ironically, a billboard advertising the sale of Savage Island in Lake Champlain which he purchased and built a vacation home that was solar powered and independent of the electric grid, and

Whereas, Ted Riehle Jr. decided to settle permanently in Vermont and moved to South Burlington whose voters had the foresight to elect him to the house in the special 1965 election and again in 1966, and

Whereas, following his legislative tenure, Ted Riehle Jr. served as Vermont’s first planning director under Governor Deane Davis, and in that role organized the first Green-Up Day activities, and

Whereas, after leaving state government, Ted Riehle Jr. was Congressman Richard Mallary’s Vermont director, and

Whereas, he continued his naval service in Vermont commanding the U.S. Naval Reserve Center in Burlington, and

Whereas, Ted Riehle Jr. established a legacy of legislative service that his son Ted III, and daughter-in-law Helen, continued, he as a member of the house, and she as a member of the house and later the senate, and 

Whereas, Ted Riehle Jr.’s life of public service and personal accomplishment ended with his death on New Year’s Eve 2007 at the age of 83, and his survivors include his wife, Ayn, his son, Ted III, and his wife, Helen, his son, Dunlap, and his son, Parker, and his wife, Deidre, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the family of former Representative Theodore Riehle Jr., and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ayn Riehle, and to each of Ted Riehle Jr.’s sons.

H.C.R. 200

House concurrent resolution in memory of Rutland City Deputy Fire Chief Michael Walsh

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

Offered by:  Senators Carris, Maynard and Mullin

Whereas, Rutland City Deputy Fire Chief Michael Walsh was dedicated to his profession and to improving his colleagues’ working conditions and advancement opportunities, and

Whereas, he began his firefighting career as a part-time employee of the department before his appointment to a full-time firefighting position in 1974, and

Whereas, Michael Walsh was born in Rutland, graduated from Mount Assumption High School in Plattsburgh, New York, and earned a degree in fire science from the State University of New York’s Empire College, and

Whereas, always seeking to broaden his skills, Michael Walsh becoming an EMT in 1975, a paramedic in 1981, and most recently, in 2007, earned certification as an FAA Airport Firefighter, and

Whereas, Michael Walsh completed the rigorous service and skill requirements for designation as a firefighter one in 1996, and then as a firefighter two in 2001, and

Whereas, the Rutland City Fire Department recognized both his skills and leadership attributes, promoting him successively to the rank of lieutenant, captain, and in 2002, deputy fire chief, and

Whereas, Michael Walsh’s contributions to the firefighting profession extended beyond the confines of Rutland City through his pivotal leadership roles in instituting the first paramedic program in the state and in introducing binding arbitration for Vermont’s firefighters, and

Whereas, his fellow firefighters admired his battling on their behalf as secretary, president, and shop steward of the local chapter of the International Association of Firefighters, and

Whereas, Deputy Fire Chief Michael Walsh remained on the job as the deputy commander of the department’s C shift until just days before his death from lung cancer on December 30, 2007 at age 55, and

Whereas, his community and colleagues held this award-winning public safety leader in such high regard that Governor Douglas issued a proclamation, designating January 3, 2008 as “Michael Walsh Day,” and

Whereas, Deputy Fire Chief Michael Walsh’s fellow firefighters marched in procession to and from his funeral, and they concluded their fond farewell at the Rutland City fire station with the traditional final alarm ceremony and the blowing of the whistle, and

Whereas, the death of Deputy Rutland City Fire Chief Michael Walsh was a great loss to the city of Rutland and its citizens, and

Whereas, his family, including his wife, Paula, son, Brian, stepsons, Jason and Justin Haynes, his step-grandson, his sister, Diane, and his father and stepmother, have lost a truly remarkable husband, father, grandfather, brother, and son, now therefore be it 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the family of Rutland City Deputy Fire Chief Michael Walsh, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the members of the family of Michael Walsh and to the Rutland City Fire Department.

H.C.R. 201

House concurrent resolution in memory of former Washington County side judge Paul H. Guare of Montpelier

Offered by:  Representatives Kitzmiller of Montpelier and Anderson of Montpelier

Offered by:  Senators Cummings, Doyle and Scott

Whereas, Paul Guare, a lifelong Montpelier resident, had multiple careers as a journalist, lobbyist, senior state official, side judge, and leader in the civic, commercial, and cultural life of Vermont and its capital city, and

Whereas, his early life was spent studying at the Montpelier parochial schools named for St. Michael and earning a degree in English at the similarly named institution of higher education, and

Whereas, Paul Guare served his nation in Europe as a member of the United States Army during World War II, and

Whereas, his journalistic career included both the print and broadcast media as he worked as a reporter and editor for the former Barre Times and then at the news department of radio station WSKI, and

Whereas, Paul Guare’s writing talents served him well as executive secretary of the Vermont Petroleum Association, and

Whereas, Governor Phil Hoff had the good judgment to appoint Paul Guare to several senior jobs in state government, including director of planning, director of the Vermont office of economic opportunity, and deputy commissioner of administration, and

Whereas, for over a decade, from 1975 to 1986, Paul Guare served as executive secretary of the transportation board, and many matters relating to the state’s highway system came under his purview, and

Whereas, Paul Guare twice stood successfully for election as a Washington County side judge, in which role he sat on the civil bench and helped to administer county government affairs, and

Whereas, more recently, Governor Douglas, recognizing Paul Guare’s transportation expertise, appointed him to the Vermont rail council, and

Whereas, within his hometown, Paul Guare was often referred to as Mr. Montpelier in honor of his numerous local leadership roles, including serving as chair of the city planning commission, president of the Montpelier Chamber of Commerce, chair of Montpelier on the Move, and his special contribution to the preservation of the city’s past as the founder and first president of the Montpelier Historical Society, and

Whereas, the many local initiatives Paul Guare was responsible for starting included the nighttime illumination of the State House, the establishment of the city hall war memorial, the restoring of the historic model state house, and the 1999 reenactment of Dewey Day, and

Whereas, Paul Guare’s dramatic talent was on display in the plays of the Montpelier Theater Guild and the Atlantic Theater Company, and

Whereas, his death at the age of 85 marks the passing of a great gentleman who left a legacy of unique personal accomplishments and enormous civic generosity, 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 Washington County side judge Paul Guare, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Paul Guare’s wife, Claire, and daughter, Kathryn, in Montpelier.

H.C.R. 202

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

Offered by:  Representatives Clark of Vergennes and Oxholm of Vergennes

Whereas, few knowledgeable observers viewed the 10th seeded Vergennes Union High School Commodores as leading contenders to capture the 2007 Division II baseball championship, and

Whereas, despite these statistically realistic assessments, Vergennes proceeded to bat a path into the Division II championship game against the top-seeded Mt. Abraham Union High School Eagles, and

Whereas, at this pivotal contest, played at the University of Vermont’s Centennial Field, Vergennes easily ended the Eagles’ first-inning one-run lead when Shane Montani doubled and later scored when his fellow Commodore, Tanner Price, singled him home, and

Whereas, a scoreless contest then ensued until the top of the 6th inning when the Commodores’ Zane Leno singled and stole his way to second base, igniting an offensive surge that ended with Vergennes returning to the field on top 5–1, and

Whereas, any doubt that the Division II championship belonged to Vergennes was decided in the 7th when the Eagles committed a costly two‑base throwing error that resulted in a sixth and final Commodore run, and

Whereas, Vergennes’ well-deserved 2007 Division II baseball championship can be attributed in good measure to the two-hit and seven‑strikeout pitching display of Commodore Corey Haight who also doubled two teammates home during his team’s 6th-inning scoring drive, and

Whereas, Vergennes’ entire roster, including Jason Alexander, Zane Leno, Ben Chugg, Casey Brigan, Ryan Devine, Shane Montani, Corey Haight, Adam Flynn, Tanner Price, Cam Curler, Gian Samaritoni, Dustin LeBlanc, Logan Williams, and David Kauffman, as well the Commodore’s great coach, George Ringer, are all proud of their grand 2007 season, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

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

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

H.C.R. 203

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Poultney High School Blue Devils Division III championship football team

Offered by:  Representative Donaghy of Poultney

Whereas, the 2007 Division III football championship game featured two powerful contenders, the 2nd-seeded Poultney High School Blue Devils and the undefeated top-seeded Windsor High School Yellow Jackets, and

Whereas, the game was special for veteran head coach Dave Capman, a onetime Blue Devil player, because for 19 seasons, despite winning small school superbowls, the team was ineligible for post-season competition because it competed in a New York state league, and

Whereas, perseverance and hope were the key words for the Poultney fans whose Blue Devils trailed 16–0 until, with 5:46 remaining in the first half, Kurt Hewes threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to freshman John Fairbanks, and although a successful point after kick followed, Windsor was still left on top 16–7 at halftime, and

Whereas, with 6:41 left in the third period, Blue Devil Ryan Davenport completed a 15-yard touchdown run to narrow Poultney’s deficit to 16–13, but the Yellow Jackets quickly responded with another 6 points, giving Windsor a 22–13 advantage as the fourth quarter began, and

Whereas, recognizing the need for fast action, the Blue Devils narrowed the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 22–20 with 7:38 remaining to play, and then with only 3:48 until the final whistle, Poultney unceremoniously relieved Windsor of the ball, and the Blue Devils started a sequence of offensive plays, resulting in Poultney assuming a new 27–20 lead, and

Whereas, very late in the final quarter, Poultney extinguished a near certain Windsor touchdown pass, and two plays later, with only 28 seconds on the clock, John Fairbanks recovered the suddenly free ball and raced down the field for an 83-yard touchdown run, giving Poultney, including its 17 thrilled senior players, an unimaginably exciting 33–27 win and the 2007 Division III state championship, and

Whereas, Blue Devils Michael Barker, Chris Coffinger, Michael Crandall, Ryan Davenport, Caleb Haskins, Kurt Hewes, Peter Jones, David Lewis, Nate Loomis, Kurtis Petty, Tim Prior, Ricky Ross, Robert Scott, Joey Simons, Matt Smith, Owen Teetor, James VanGuilder, Tyler Austin, Ethan Bruce, Jason Fox, Phil Hawthorne, Derik Kerber, Jordan Pauquette, Dyllan Winters, Seth Conway, Benjamin Corey, Justin Davenport, Chad Eary, Richard Ferguson, Tyler Mason, Johnny Olsen, Aaron Snook, Skyler Staples, Wayne Thornton, Scott Williams, Andrew Cook, Bryan Crandall, John Fairbanks, Matt Jedlick, Brendan Miller, and Nick Prior will long remember this grid iron season as will head coach David Capman and assistant coaches Chris Capman, David Hughes, Doug O’Donnell, Bob Scott, Mike Kelley, and Jim Oakman, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

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

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

H.C.R. 204

House concurrent resolution wishing the New England Patriots good luck in Super Bowl XLII

Offered by:  Representative Obuchowski of Rockingham

Whereas, professional football fans in New England were once forced to look beyond the region’s boundaries to find a team to cheer, and

Whereas, this unfortunate dilemma was remedied with the birth of the New England Patriots, who, for nearly half a century, have represented our region on the gridiron turf, be it natural or artificial, and

Whereas, the New England Patriots of the 1960s were among the old American Football League’s greatest franchises, despite their nomadic wanderings around Boston in search of a permanent home field, and

Whereas, the contemporary New England Patriots, now securely housed in their own ultra-modern stadium located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, have far surpassed the notable Sunday triumphs of their earlier predecessors, and

Whereas, under the strategic genius of their amazing head coach Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots have won three prior Super Bowl titles, and

Whereas, the 2007–2008 football season has been an historic one for the New England Patriots, as this seemingly invincible team, including their great quarterback, Tom Brady, have thrilled their fans each week with a victory that has on occasion been hard-won, and

Whereas, the New England Patriots’ 21–12 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, January 20, at Foxborough earned them the 2007 American Football Conference title and brought their season record to 18–0, a feat no NFL team has ever accomplished, and

Whereas, the New England Patriots can now earn their ultimate goals of becoming the Super Bowl XLII champions and only the second team in NFL history other than the 1972 Miami Dolphins to record an undefeated season, and

Whereas, New Englanders will be cheering their home region team as the New England Patriots face the New York Giants at Super Bowl XLII in Phoenix on Sunday, February 3, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2007 New England Patriots on their 2007 American Football Conference championship and their record‑breaking 18 consecutive-victory season and wishes them good luck in Super Bowl XLII, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to New England Patriot Head Coach Bill Belichick in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

H.C.R. 205

House concurrent resolution honoring Tom Frazier for his quarter‑century‑plus of outstanding local and regional public service on behalf of the town of Roxbury

Offered by:  Representatives Donahue of Northfield and Grad of Moretown

Offered by:  Senators Cummings, Doyle and Scott

Whereas, Tom Frazier dedicated 28 years to serving the citizens of Roxbury as a public servant of high esteem, and

Whereas, he began his civic career in the demanding office of lister, in which he served from 1980 to 1982, and on matters related to the town’s transportation infrastructure as road commissioner from 1981 to 1987, and

Whereas, after acquainting himself with these essential aspects of local government operations, Tom Frazier was elected to serve as a member of the Roxbury Selectboard for several terms and two extended periods of service, initially from 1982 to 1987 and later from 1996 until the present, and

Whereas, Tom Frazier offered his services to the town as a volunteer firefighter from 1988 to 1995, a job that can call a person to emergencies at all hours of the day and night, and as Roxbury’s director of emergency management, initially during 2001 and again since 2006, in which role he has drawn on his firsthand firefighting experience, and

Whereas, his early years of service on the Roxbury Selectboard and the town’s board of civil authority served him well as a justice of the peace from 1988 to 1997 and later during 2004–2005, and

Whereas, Tom Frazier’s knowledge of town government made him an ideal appointee as Roxbury town agent, and he exercised the duties of town agent competently from 1990 to 1993, and

Whereas, the skills and experience he gained on the Roxbury Planning Commission from 1993 to 1996 enabled him to serve effectively on the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission on Roxbury’s behalf since 2001, and

Whereas, in recognition of Tom Frazier’s nearly three decades of dedicated public service on behalf of the town of Roxbury and of his announced retirement from the Roxbury Selectboard effective Town Meeting Day 2008, he will be honored at a community celebration during February 2008, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Tom Frazier for his quarter-century-plus of outstanding municipal and regional public service on behalf of the town of Roxbury, and be it further

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



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