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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

thursday, february 21, 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.

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

By Senators Doyle, Cummings, Illuzzi and Scott,

     By Representatives Koch, McDonald, McFaun, Monti and Valliere,

S.C.R. 33.

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Dente's Market in Barre City on its centennial anniversary.

Whereas, a family business, especially a food market facing challenging economic competition from larger supermarkets, that celebrates its 100th birthday under the ownership of the founders’ descendants deserves a congratulatory salute, and

Whereas, the history of Dente’s Market in Barre City is the saga of a family grocery store that has thrived on North Main Street for a century, and

Whereas, in 1907, Basilio Dente and James Catterello formed a partnership and opened the Boston Fruit Store on North Main Street at the site that Coins and Hobbies now occupies, and within a few months, Basilio Dente had purchased his partner’s interest in the new store, and

Whereas, the business moved in about 1915 to 311 North Main Street, and in 1920 it was relocated to the Smith Block at 387 North Main Street, a structure Basilio and his wife, Mary, had purchased for this purpose, and

Whereas, from the Smith Block, with the assistance of their three sons—James, Nelson and Gino—Basilio and Mary Dente operated the market under the name M. Dente Grocery for approximately the next quarter of a century, and

Whereas, the market’s first generational leadership transfer occurred in the middle 1940s when James Dente assumed ownership of the store, although his father remained involved in the business until his passing in 1956, and

Whereas, James Dente and his wife, Clara, kept the market’s economic course on a steady path with the able help of their children, Thomas, Jack, Richard and Stephen, and

Whereas, in 1972, the family temporarily relocated the market to 355 North Main Street before purchasing a new home for the business, by then known as Dente’s Market, at 406 North Main Street, and

Whereas, from this location, Richard Dente and his wife, Lucille, along with their children, Christopher, Kevin and Karen, have continued the family’s tradition of selling high quality grocery items, and they appreciated the sage advice that James continued to offer prior to his death in 1998, and

Whereas, 2008 marks Dente’s Market’s 100th anniversary, truly a milestone in the commercial history of Barre City, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Dente’s Market in Barre City on its centennial anniversary, and be it further

ResolvedThat the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dente’s Market in Barre City.

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

H.C.R. 213

House concurrent resolution commemorating the 4706 Asian American Lunar Year celebration in Rochester

Offered by:  Representative Haas of Rochester

Whereas, according to ancient legend, 4706 years ago, Nian (meaning year in Chinese) the evil dragon ravaged the countryside, spreading war and famine and consuming human beings for substance, until the emperor vanquished him, and Nian has never returned, and

Whereas, in celebration of this great triumph of good over evil, each year, the Chinese people, and others across east Asia, sound gongs and beat drums to keep Nian away and assure that the new year will be one of peace, prosperity, and good fortune, and

Whereas, an essential aspect of the lunar year festivities is the commemoration of the Zodiac of 12 animals called by the Buddha, in which a rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig raced to his presence with the rat jumping off its perch on the ox to finish first, and

Whereas, each of these animals rotates annually as the new year’s designated animal, and

Whereas, February 7, 2008, marks the 4706th commemoration of the emperor’s triumph over Nian and is the year of the rat, and

Whereas, in order to create and promote a more culturally and socially diverse America and Vermont, an Asian American Lunar New Year celebration will take place in Rochester on Saturday, February 23, and

Whereas, the Asian American community has added its enthusiasm and contribution to American culture, and

Whereas, the festival will encourage multicultural aspects of our society, will create an atmosphere that encourages diversity and inclusiveness, and will enrich the social fabric of Vermont and America, and

Whereas, the highlight of the day’s exciting festivities will be a parade through the village of Rochester featuring a large decorative rat with a sculptural head and a 100-foot body and tail, banners with calligraphy wishing everyone a prosperous new year, drums and gongs for traditional musical accompaniment, and a burn barrel at the parade route’s conclusion for the acceptance of offerings, and

Whereas, the many events throughout the lunar new year celebration will be a wonderful combination of cultural sharing and great fun, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commemorates and extends best wishes to the 4706 Asian American Lunar Year celebration in Rochester, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to John Wong in Rochester.

H.C.R. 214

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Chester Innkeepers Association for requiring Green Hotel in the Green Mountain State designation

Offered by:  Representative Pellett of Chester

Whereas, Green Hotels in the Green Mountain State is a public-private program under the auspices of the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership that designates lodging establishments in the state as Green Hotels based on an on-site environment assessment process and the hotel’s adoption of environmental standards and a corresponding management plan that, although unique, is always rigorous, and

Whereas, on November 13, 2007, the Chester Innkeepers Association’s 13 lodging-business members voted unanimously to require Green Hotel in the Green Mountain State designation as a condition for membership, and

Whereas, given the association’s solid record of encouraging environmentally friendly and energy-efficient lodging practices, it decided to formalize these policies, and

Whereas, the approval of this new policy is historic as it represents the first instance that a lodging association in the United States has adopted a green hotel designation requirement, and 

Whereas, by December 18, 2007, all association members had completed the on-site assessment and other qualifications for Green Hotel in the Green Mountain State designation, and they now constitute 20 percent of the designated hotels, and

Whereas, On January 2, 2008, a member of the Chester Innkeepers Association launched a new website, www.greenlodgingvt.com, that promotes the association’s commitment to pollution prevention and sound environmental practices, and

Whereas, the Chester Innkeepers Association’s respective lodgings include  Chester House Inn, the Fullerton Inn, Henry Farm Inn, Hugging Bear Inn & Shoppe, Motel in the Meadow, Old Town Farm Inn, Park Light Inn Bed and Breakfast, Popple Fields Bed & Breakfast, Quail Hollow Inn, Rose Arbour Bed & Breakfast, Rowell’s Inn, Stone Cottage Collectables B&B, and the Williams River Inn, and

Whereas, each of these 13 lodging establishments are now using 575 compact fluorescent lightbulbs and 83 water‑saving showerheads; practicing a washing awareness program in 130 guestrooms that allows guests the option to use towels and linens for more than one night, saving 100 gallons of water and three gallons of detergent for every 100 guests; sponsoring a Connecticut River Transit town shuttle bus service; and during 2008, the association will have a recycling bin and other green tips for tourists at the Chester village information booth, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Chester Innkeepers Association for requiring Green Hotel in the Green Mountain State designation, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Chester Innkeepers Association and each of its member lodging establishments.

H.C.R. 215

House concurrent resolution congratulating Isabelle Briggs, Etta Dean, and Mabel Ward on their half-century of civic service as members of the Cavendish Firemen’s Auxiliary

Offered by:  Representative Shand of Weathersfield

Offered by:  Senators Campbell, McCormack and Nitka

Whereas, the Cavendish Firemen’s Auxiliary was established in order to support the essential public service role of the Cavendish volunteer fire department, and

Whereas, the fundraising events the auxiliary has conducted have helped finance the department’s purchase of new equipment to meet its firefighting responsibilities and keep apace with improving technology, and

Whereas, the auxiliary’s members have provided firefighters refreshments and fellowship while they work, and these support services are always greatly appreciated, and

Whereas, three of the auxiliary’s founding members have now been supporting the department, and the firefighters who are its members, since 1957, and

Whereas, Isabelle Briggs, the wife of the department’s first chief, Arthur Briggs, has held many auxiliary offices and continues to work actively on behalf of the town’s firefighting service, and

Whereas, Etta Dean’s role at the auxiliary focused for many years on the organization’s finances through her service as treasurer, and

Whereas, Mabel Ward has long kept the auxiliary’s minutes in good order as secretary, and her attention has also been directed to the department’s own finances during her service as its treasurer, and

Whereas, these women and their counterparts help assure the viability and continuity of volunteer fire departments throughout Vermont, and their crucial supporting roles are often overlooked and merit praise, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Isabelle Briggs, Etta Dean, and Mabel Ward on their half-century of civic service as members of the Cavendish Firemen’s Auxiliary, and be it further

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

H.C.R. 216

House concurrent resolution honoring Paul Normandeau on his civic contributions to the town of Dummerston

Offered by:  Representatives Mrowicki of Putney, Deen of Westminster, Obuchowski of Rockingham and Partridge of Windham

Offered by:  Senators Shumlin and White

Whereas, for over a quarter of a century, Paul Normandeau has served the town of Dummerston in many important municipal government capacities, and

Whereas, Paul Normandeau began his public career in 1975, when he won a seat on the Dummerston board of civil authority as a justice of the peace, and

Whereas, although he continued as a justice of the peace for the next 30 years, over this three-decade period Paul Normandeau was also an active member of Dummerston’s municipal government in several other roles, and

Whereas, in 1977, Paul Normandeau was appointed to the Dummerston planning commission, a post he held until 1989, and he became well acquainted with development proposals in the community, and

Whereas, the expertise that Paul Normandeau gained in the local planning process made him an ideal candidate to represent Dummerston from

1984 to 1990 on the Windham Regional Planning Commission, and

Whereas, as Dummerston’s weigher of coal for over 20 years, from

1978 to 1999, he was entrusted with this long-standing office in Vermont municipal government, and

Whereas, in 1998, this veteran local official was elected to the Dummerston Selectboard, on which he has served for the past decade, and

Whereas, in 1999, Paul Normandeau also assumed the post of town service officer, which he retained for a two-year period, and

Whereas, this impressive history of municipal public service will conclude when Paul Normandeau retires from the Dummerston Selectboard on Town Meeting Day 2008, and

Whereas, since 1975, the Dummerston citizenry has been most fortunate to benefit from the public service of Paul Normandeau and will miss his experience and wise counsel, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Paul Normandeau for his many civic contributions to the town of Dummerston and wishes him well on his retirement from the town’s selectboard, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Paul Normandeau in Dummerston.



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