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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

thursday, february 28, 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

S.C.R. 34. 

By Senators Doyle, Cummings and Scott,

     By Representative Hosford of Waitsfield,

Senate concurrent resolution in memory of Dr. Lawrence Myers of Waitsfield.

Whereas, Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Myers’s career as a leader in the field of public education spanned many decades, and

Whereas, he grew up in New York City and served as an aerial navigator in the Pacific during World War II, and

Whereas, after his military discharge, Larry Myers enrolled at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and subsequently, he attended the University of Chicago and New York University, where he was awarded two master’s degrees, and earned a Ph.D. from Union Graduate School, and

Whereas, he taught as an elementary school teacher both in New Jersey and Vermont before joining the Johnson State College faculty where he was a tenured professor of education for over two decades until his retirement in 1994, and

Whereas, Dr. Larry Myers was a guiding mentor for hundreds of students who became teachers in Vermont and elsewhere, and

Whereas, through his continuing political advocacy, Dr. Larry Myers sought to improve the quality of public education for students and society, and

Whereas, he was an enthusiastic and active proponent of youth sports and demonstrated this commitment as president of the Mad River Valley Little League, as a founder and first president of Harwood Hockey, and as a fundraiser for many athletic teams, and

Whereas, annually, the Larry Myers Award is presented to the two most improved players on the Harwood tennis team, and

Whereas, Larry Myers worked to increase the availability of primary health care in his community and was a founder and board member of the Mad River Valley Medical Center, and

Whereas, in recent years, Larry Myers had dedicated much of his attention to improving health care services offered to older Vermonters, and he served on the boards of the Dartmouth Center for Aging and the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, and

Whereas, after a personally fulfilling life of service in his profession and the community, Dr. Larry Myers died on February 2, 2008, at the age of 85, and his survivors include his wife, Helen, his sons, Lawrence and Daniel, and two grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its condolences to the family of Dr. Lawrence Myers of Waitsfield, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Helen Myers in Waitsfield.

S.C.R. 35.

By Senators Doyle, Cummings and Scott,

     By Representatives McDonald of Berlin, Monti of Barre City and Valliere of Barre City,

Senate concurrent resolution honoring Barre City Clerk-Treasurer Eugene Stratton on his service to the community.

Whereas, Barre City is one of the two statutorily designated cities in Washington County, and the municipal government has many responsibilities to assure the effective administration of the city, and

Whereas, one of the most important positions in Barre City municipal government is that of clerk-treasurer, the jurisdiction of which includes overseeing the city’s finances and elections, the organization, processing and maintenance of municipal records of all types, recording and attesting to various documentary transactions, and serving as an informational point of contact for numerous public inquiries, and

Whereas, since 1995, Eugene Stratton has held the office of Barre City clerk-treasurer, and

Whereas, his initial entry into office was achieved after winning a hard‑fought five-way race to fill an open vacancy, and

Whereas, this challenging campaign served as good preparation for the work ahead, and

Whereas, during the past 13 years, Eugene Stratton has worked diligently to assure the efficient and fair operation of the programs and services within his office, and

Whereas, during his tenure as Barre City clerk-treasurer, technological advances have made the job both simpler and more complex, and Eugene Stratton has met each new challenge successfully, and

Whereas, after 13 years as Barre City clerk-treasurer, Eugene Stratton will retire on Town Meeting Day, which is March 4, 2008, and he and his wife, Donna, are looking forward to moving later this year to Washington State to be closer to their sons, and

Whereas, Eugene Stratton has served as a model city clerk-treasurer, and he has been a leader among his peers, now therefore be it   

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to honor Eugene Stratton for his outstanding public service as Barre City clerk-treasurer, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Eugene Stratton in Barre City.

S.C.R. 36. 

By Senators Doyle, Cummings and Scott,

     By Representatives Grad of Moretown and Donahue of Northfield,

Senate concurrent resolution honoring Moretown Town Clerk-Treasurer and Trustee of Public Money Susan Goodyear for her public service.

Whereas, the town of Moretown, chartered in 1763, is located at the northern gateway to the Mad River Valley and is a community that extols civic pride, and

Whereas, the citizens of Moretown are proud of their municipal government and the integrity of their elected officials, and

Whereas, for the last dozen years, Susan Goodyear has exercised prudent judgment and outstanding managerial skills in her role as the Moretown clerk‑treasurer and trustee of public money, and

Whereas, in small Vermont municipalities, such as Moretown, the clerk‑treasurer’s duties are not unlike those of a town administrator or manager in a larger community, and

Whereas, Susan Goodyear has been a reliable custodian of the town’s monies and has administered the town’s elections fairly and honestly, and

Whereas, local residents know that they will be treated with respect when they enter her office, and

Whereas, on Tuesday, March 4, the town of Moretown will elect a new town clerk as Susan Goodyear will be stepping down from her post with the warm thanks of her constituents for a job well done, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Moretown Town Clerk-Treasurer and Trustee of Public Money Susan Goodyear for a dozen years of outstanding public service on behalf of her community, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Susan Goodyear in Moretown.

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

H.C.R. 217

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Vermont Girl Scouts selected to attend the 52nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Barnard of Richmond, Minter of Waterbury, 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, 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 Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Condon of Colchester, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Courcelle of Rutland City, Crawford of Burke, 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, 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, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Johnson of South Hero, Keenan of St. Albans City, Keogh of Burlington, 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, Leriche of Hardwick, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, 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, McCullough of Williston, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, McNeil of Rutland Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Monti of Barre City, 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, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, 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, Spengler of Colchester, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Weston of Burlington, Wheeler of Derby, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

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

Whereas, in the coming days, the 52nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will convene at United Nations headquarters in New York City, and

Whereas, the commission will consider the theme “financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women,” and

Whereas, the national Girl Scouts of the USA’s Global Issues Council has honored six Vermont Girl Scouts, who are legislative 2008 interns in the Girls Rock the Capitol program, with a special invitation to attend the commission’s proceedings in New York, and

Whereas, these Vermont Girl Scouts were selected for this honor because the Girls Rock the Capitol program has no counterpart in any other state or regional member council of Girl Scouts of the USA and because the Vermont program has been recognized for its educational excellence, and

Whereas, they will attend the commission’s opening plenary session, general assembly sessions, and other parallel events, and

Whereas, the Vermont Girl Scouts traveling to New York and their respective legislative mentors when they are in Montpelier are Hallie Washburn of Williamstown (Representative Denise Barnard), Brittany Wieland of Georgia (Representative Sue Minter), Courtney Mattison of Rutland (Senator Jeanette White), Kate Bull of Waterford (Senator Diane Snelling), Ellie Beckett of Williston (Senator Sara Kittell) and Alexis Lounsbury of Proctor (Representative Mary Morrissey), and

Whereas, accompanying the Vermont Girl Scouts on this exciting journey will be Carmel Quinn, director of teen programs of the Girl Scout Council of Vermont, and council board member Carol Story, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates each of the Vermont Girl Scouts selected to attend the 52nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women , and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each of the Girl Scouts honored in this resolution and to the Girl Scout Council of Vermont in Essex.

H.C.R. 218

House concurrent resolution honoring Barbara Oles for her public service as Guilford town clerk and treasurer and as a leader among her colleagues

Offered by:  Representative O’Donnell of Vernon

Whereas, the daily administration of Guilford’s municipal government has been under the conscientious purview of Barbara Oles since 1984, when she was initially elected as town clerk and treasurer, and

Whereas, in order to develop a greater expertise in matters related to local government administration, Barbara Oles became both a Vermont Certified Municipal Clerk and a Vermont Certified Municipal Treasurer, and

Whereas, Barbara Oles’s strong desire to pursue advanced training in her field resulted in her becoming one of only 12 current Vermont municipal clerks who have earned the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, and

Whereas, the Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association (VMCTA) considers Barbara Oles one of its most esteemed members, and she has worked actively and effectively on behalf of the association, and

Whereas, her leadership role in the VMCTA began in 1988 with her appointment to its scholarship committee and then her election as a member at large in 1989 and 1990, and

Whereas, the quality of her performance in these roles led to her election as the VMCTA treasurer in 1991, and she remained in that office until 1995, and

Whereas, Barbara Oles was elected the VMCTA’s 2nd vice president in 1996, 1st vice president in 1997, and her outstanding accomplishments while serving in these offices resulted in her being elected VMCTA president for 1998 and 1999, and

Whereas, in recognition of her superb leadership at the VMCTA and her outstanding work in Guilford, the VMCTA named her Town Treasurer of the Year in 1996 and Town Clerk of the Year in 2001, and

Whereas, her leadership experience in Vermont has not gone unnoticed regionally, and she has served as vice president of the New England Association of City and Town Clerks from 2004 to 2007 and on the board of directors of the New England Municipal Clerks’ Institute from 2000 to 2005, as well as serving a term as the institute’s logistics chair, and

Whereas, after this impressive record of accomplishment locally, statewide, and regionally, Barbara Oles will retire as Guilford town clerk and treasurer on Town Meeting Day 2008, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Barbara Oles for her public service as Guilford town clerk and treasurer and as a leader among her colleagues, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Barbara Oles in Guilford.

H.C.R. 219

House concurrent resolution honoring Laurence Rossi for his civic service in the town of Woodbury

Offered by:  Representatives Peltz of Woodbury and Smith of Morristown

Offered by:  Senators Cummings, Doyle and Scott

Whereas, the town of Woodbury in northern Washington County is a rural community that is proud of its citizen-based municipal government, and

Whereas, one of the town’s most respected citizen leaders is Laurence Rossi who has served in various posts for over two decades, and

Whereas, Laurence Rossi was first elected to the Woodbury selectboard in 1986, and

Whereas, in light of the integrity of his municipal public service, and the wise decision‑making he had exhibited as a member of the selectboard, there was more than sufficient justification for his fellow board members to select him as their chair in 2002, and for the past six years, the Woodbury selectboard has been well served with Laurence Rossi as its chair, and

Whereas, the citizens of Woodbury have also benefited from Laurence Rossi’s service since 1996 as a justice of the peace and for the last six years as the town’s all-important fence sitter, and

Whereas, on town meeting day 2008, Laurence Rossi will be concluding his tenure on the Woodbury selectboard and as its chair, and

Whereas, the citizens of Woodbury have appreciated his dedicated municipal public service, now therefore be it 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Laurence Rossi for his civic service in the town of Woodbury, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Laurence Rossi in Woodbury.

H.C.R. 220

House concurrent resolution congratulating Arthur Briggs for a half-century of civic service as a member of the Cavendish volunteer fire department

Offered by:  Representative Shand of Weathersfield

Offered by:  Senators Campbell, McCormack and Nitka

Whereas, Arthur Briggs of Cavendish has been an active and enthusiastic member of the Cavendish volunteer fire department since 1957, and

Whereas, during the over-50 years that he has served as a firefighter, Arthur Briggs has responded to numerous fire calls and other emergency situations at all hours of the day and night, regardless of the weather conditions, and

Whereas, for 30 years, Arthur Briggs directed the department’s operations in his role as its first fire chief, and

Whereas, during his service as chief, Arthur Briggs participated on an active basis in the intermunicipal mutual aid system that enables fire departments from neighboring towns to assist one another during major fires and other large emergency situations, and

Whereas, although Arthur Briggs retired from the position of fire chief in 1987, he has continued to respond to calls and now serves as the department’s dispatcher and as a mentor to his firefighting colleagues, and

Whereas, in commemoration of his landmark achievement of a half-century serving as a volunteer firefighter, special recognition is in order, now therefore be it 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives

That the General Assembly congratulates Arthur Briggs for a half-century of civic service as a member of the Cavendish volunteer fire department, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Arthur Briggs in Cavendish.

H.C.R. 221

House concurrent resolution congratulating Sarah Hurlbut on being named the recipient of the Franklin County Person of the Year Award

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

Offered by:  Senator Collins and Senator Kittell

Whereas, Sarah Hurlbut of St. Albans is a devoted parishioner of Holy Angels Church in St. Albans and regularly recites the rosary with residents of a local nursing home, and

Whereas, her deeply held religious convictions are exercised in secular venues through her extensive itinerary of volunteer responsibilities, and

Whereas, over the course of many years, this St. Albans Bay native has donated her time and energy to numerous good works, assisting both individuals and organizations, and

Whereas, the scope of Sarah Hurlbut’s volunteer activities has been diverse and in past years has included driving cancer patients to their chemotherapy appointments, performing secretarial work for an AIDS advocacy organization, working in the kitchen at the Vermont Respite House, and driving from St. Albans to Brattleboro to take hot meals to a woman who was terminally ill, and

Whereas, currently, she is volunteering as a gift shop cashier at the Northwestern Medical Center and coordinating lunches for Franklin and Grand Isle Habitat for Humanity work crews, even purchasing pizza for the crews out of her own pocket, and

Whereas, Sarah Hurlbut’s most unusual volunteer enterprise is no doubt her participation in a 2005 mission that the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph organized to deliver medical and school supplies to the Dominican Republic, and

Whereas, while in the Dominican Republic, she demonstrated her commitment to the mission when she helped paint several rooms in a home for low income individuals, and more, recently, she assisted in the loading of medical supplies into a large shipping container that was sent to the Dominican Republic, and

Whereas, Sarah Hurlbut has been described as a caring and dedicated individual who is a friend to all, and

Whereas, she and her husband, John, are the parents of five children, Joseph, Timothy, Wendy, Chad, and John Jr., and have 10 grandchildren, and

Whereas, Sarah Hurlbut’s exemplary community service was recognized when she was named the most recent recipient of the Franklin County Person of the Year Award, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Sarah Hurlbut of St. Albans on being named the most recent Franklin County Person of the Year, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Sarah Hurlbut in St. Albans.

H.C.R. 222

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Frederic Duclos Barstow Memorial School on its 75th anniversary

Offered by:  Representatives Chen of Mendon, Acinapura of Brandon, Baker of West Rutland, Canfield of Fair Haven, Courcelle of Rutland City, Fallar of Tinmouth, Helm of Castleton, Howard of Rutland City, Malcolm of Pawlet, McCormack of Rutland City and McNeil of Rutland Town

Offered by:  Senator Carris of Rutland District and Senator Mullin of Rutland District

Whereas, the events that led to the establishment of the Frederic Duclos Barstow Memorial School in Chittenden originated with the career of a successful electrical engineering entrepreneur, William Barstow, who was once associated with Thomas Edison, and

Whereas, in 1901, William Barstow began his own consulting business

specializing in electric power projects, and his work with the Chittenden Dam brought him to this Rutland County community, and

Whereas, William Barstow became enamored with the area’s scenic views, and he and his wife Francoise (Duclos) purchased property in the town, and

Whereas, their son, Frederic Duclos Barstow, needed a quiet home after his World War I military service, and he operated a silver fox farm in Chittenden until his death in 1931 from pneumonia while traveling in the Pacific, and

Whereas, his parents, long committed to quality education and seeking to honor Frederic’s memory and his personal commitment to quality education, built the Frederic Duclos Barstow Memorial School in Chittenden that was dedicated on July 1, 1933, and

Whereas, William and Francoise Barstow donated the school to the town of Chittenden, and funds to sustain its operation, in accordance with their wishes, with the condition that should the town be unable to maintain the school, the building would be transferred to Middlebury College, and

Whereas, in 1937, classrooms and other facilities were added to the structure and a major addition was opened in 1939, and

Whereas, with the town in danger of losing the school, in 1949 Raymond Dropp, the school’s superintendent, and Mrs. Barstow arranged for Pittsford and Mendon to send their students to the school, and although Pittsford ended its participation in this agreement in 1981, Mendon’s students continue to attend, and

Whereas, a new middle school wing was added in 1965 and a major renovation was completed in 2002 that included a new gymnasium, classrooms, and offices while retaining the school’s architectural character, and further campus improvements have continued to be implemented, and

Whereas, the Barstow Foundation, dating to the school’s opening in 1933, continues to provide financial support, as do the two municipalities’ citizens, and together they have developed a school that offers students a high-quality education, and

Whereas, 2008 marks the Frederic Duclos Barstow Memorial School’s 75th anniversary, and a commemorative celebration will be held on May 2, 2008, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Frederic Duclos Barstow Memorial School on its 75th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Frederic Duclos Barstow Memorial School in Chittenden.


H.C.R. 223

House concurrent resolution congratulating Frank Pecora on being named a St. Michael’s College unsung hero

Offered by:  Representatives Donahue of Northfield and Grad of Moretown

Offered by:  Senator Cummings, Doyle and Scott

Whereas, St. Michael’s College in Colchester recently named 38 unsung high school faculty members from throughout New England as unsung heroes, and

Whereas, these teachers, coaches, and administrators were honored for their continuing commitment and contribution to secondary education and their impact on students’ academic and personal development, and

Whereas, the college described these high school faculty as “heroic teachers who truly made a difference in students’ lives and inspired them to pursue higher education,” and

Whereas, the honorees were selected from the nominations that St. Michael’s students submitted for consideration, and

Whereas, one of the St. Michael’s students, Jeffrey Dukette, a Northfield High School graduate, nominated Frank Pecora, whose multiple roles at Northfield High School reflect the broad training and personal flexibility required of faculty members at small high schools, and

Whereas, Frank Pecora is not only Northfield High School’s outstanding assistant principal, but he also serves as a teacher, as the school’s athletic director, and as a baseball coach, and

Whereas, in nominating Frank Pecora, Jeffery Dukette described him as a person who “was always there for me throughout high school in both an academic sense and as a friend,” and as an individual who “did everything he could to make sure I wasn’t having any problems,” and

Whereas, St. Michael’s College created the unsung hero project in the belief that teachers, just as firefighters or police officers, are unsung heroes who do not receive sufficient recognition and praise for their daily heroic deeds, and

Whereas, Frank Pecora of Northfield High School is highly respected in the community, and he is, by any measure of evaluation, a worthy recipient of this special honor, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Frank Pecora on being named a St. Michael’s College unsung hero, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Frank Pecora at Northfield High School.

H.C.R. 224

House concurrent resolution congratulating Colchester town clerk and treasurer Karen Richard on being named the 2007 Vermont Town Clerk of the Year

Offered by:  Representatives Condon of Colchester, Brennan of Colchester, Spengler of Colchester and Zenie of Colchester

Offered by:  Senator Mazza

Whereas, Karen Richard has served the town of Colchester for a decade as town clerk and treasurer, and

Whereas, in that time, she has constantly devoted herself with intelligence and limitless energy to the many facets involved in the operation of a first-class town clerk’s office, and

Whereas, she has successfully demonstrated to anyone on the fence the need for new town office space, and

Whereas, Karen Richard exudes friendliness and competence when dealing with members of the Colchester community on issues including land record searches, passport applications, and property tax payments, and

Whereas, she has brought her talents to the state house on a regular basis over the past few years, and has been a great source of information and insight for all members of the legislature, and

Whereas, Karen Richard has successfully represented the interests of the Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association while in Montpelier on issues ranging from election procedure to citizen privacy issues, and

Whereas, last September, the Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association recognized Karen Richard’s talents and achievements when it named her the 2007 Vermont Town Clerk of the Year, and

Whereas, the town of Colchester is very fortunate to have a person of Karen Richard’s caliber as its town clerk and treasurer, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors and extends its sincere congratulations to Karen Richard on being named the 2007 Vermont Town Clerk of the Year, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Colchester town clerk Karen Richard and to the Colchester selectboard.

H.C.R. 225

House concurrent resolution honoring Carolyn Wells for her outstanding public service in the town of Worcester

Offered by:  Representatives Peltz of Woodbury and Smith of Morristown

Offered by:  Senators Cummings, Doyle and Scott

Whereas, the citizens of Worcester have a deep admiration for and great trust in Carolyn (Lindy) Wells and her work as the guardian of the town’s records and finances, and

Whereas, for the past two decades, she has served ably as the town clerk in this rural Washington County community, and

Whereas, for 18 years, Lindy Wells has also been responsible for the town’s finances in her role as the Worcester town treasurer, and

Whereas, her analytical skills were also put to good use during the

seven-year period she served as a town lister, and

Whereas, in each of these positions, Lindy Wells has distinguished herself as an individual of great competence and integrity, and

Whereas, after many years of laudable public service, Lindy Wells will be retiring from the Worcester town government on Town Meeting Day 2008, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Carolyn Wells for her outstanding public service in the town of Worcester and wishes her the best in her future endeavors, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Carolyn Wells in Worcester.

H.C.R. 226

House concurrent resolution honoring Henry Andrew Raymond for his tireless community service in the town of Fairfax

Offered by:  Representatives Gilbert of Fairfax and Branagan of Georgia

Offered by:  Senators Collins and Kittell

Whereas, Henry Raymond grew up in Fairfield and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in St. Albans, but it is the town of Fairfax, where he has resided throughout his adult life, that has benefited from his role as a public official, town historian, and civic volunteer of the highest order, and

Whereas, his professional career was spent exclusively at IBM where he worked from 1957 until retiring in 1992 as a 3rd level project manager, and

Whereas, the public offices Henry Raymond has held include serving as a zoning official in the early 1960s and currently as a justice of the peace, and

Whereas, however, Henry Raymond has created his most enduring legacy for the town of Fairfax through his computerizing of Fairfax’s vital records, including data pertaining to births, deaths, marriages, assisting in the mapping of local cemeteries, and serving as the unofficial Fairfax digital town crier, and

Whereas, Fairfax may be the only Vermont municipality to have computerized all of its vital records, and this data compendium is a great resource for local genealogists, and

Whereas, during the past 15 years, his vtgrandpa.com newsletter has evolved into the unofficial Fairfax community website, and it reports all the events in Fairfax, attracting nearly 1,000 visits daily, and

Whereas, Henry Raymond voluntarily maintains other Internet sites featuring Fairfax’s selectboard minutes and development review board meeting reports, links to the local school board minutes, a unique photo montage of town events supplemented with descriptive narratives, the Fairfax Historical Society (where he has served as vice president since 1997), and a site for area IBM retirees, and

Whereas, Henry Raymond maintains a voluntary relationship with the St. Albans Messenger enabling him to serve as the newspaper’s source of information for Fairfax community events, and

Whereas, his extensive and still-growing photo collection of the town’s events and personalities is being digitalized on CDs for historic preservation, and

Whereas, St. Luke’s Church has long been a special place for Henry Raymond, and he has served in many leadership roles at the church and he, of course, maintains a website for the congregation, and

Whereas, as one Fairfax town official has stated through his forum (website), Henry Raymond “not only portrays a sense of humor, but a contentment with who he is, what he has, and how thankful and grateful he feels for the life he’s had,” and

Whereas, every Vermont town should be so lucky to have its own Henry Raymond, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Henry Andrew Raymond for his tireless community service in the town of Fairfax, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Henry Raymond in Fairfax.



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