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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

thursday, march 20, 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 the Senate Committee on Transportation,

S.C.R. 37.

Senate concurrent resolution recognizing the outstanding role of Vermont Transit and its employees in the state's transportation history.

Whereas, for nearly 80 years, the name Vermont Transit has been synonymous with intrastate and interstate public transportation emanating from and terminating in the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, on October 14, 1929, the Thompson family organized Vermont Transit as a bus company intended to provide bus transportation service in the city of Burlington in competition with the existing street car service, and

Whereas, the riding public’s level of patronage quickly demonstrated its preference for the new buses that had greater flexibility and maneuverability than the street cars limited to their fixed track routes, and

Whereas, during the ensuing years, Vermont Transit extended its route network, in part through the purchase of other local Vermont bus companies, and it eventually reached as far away as the state of Maine and the city of New York, and

Whereas, Vermont Transit’s fleet has been continuously updated and modernized to reflect the latest in comfortable and safe bus travel, and

Whereas, in the early 1970s, the Burlington Transit Company, the privately owned, local bus service that Vermont Transit had originally established in 1929 ended with the legislative chartering of the publicly owned Chittenden County Transportation Authority, and

Whereas, the intercity bus service that Vermont Transit provided had by the early 1970s been extended to 89 localities, both in- and out-of-state, and was a major contributor to Vermont’s economy through its employment of Vermonters and its tourist and commercial transportation activities, and

Whereas, in 1975, the Greyhound Corporation purchased Vermont Transit from the Thompson family, but the local company retained its corporate autonomy and proud identity within the larger corporation, and

Whereas, during Vermont Transit’s 79 years, its buses have been driven over 300,000,000 miles and carried over 45,000,000 customers without a single passenger fatality, and

Whereas, a notable era in Vermont’s transportation history will conclude on March 31, 2008, when Vermont Transit ceases to exist as an autonomous Greyhound subsidiary, and the corporate name will be retired, and

Whereas, although the majority of Vermont Transit employees will retain their jobs, a sense of sadness exists as the company’s familiar and distinctive green and white buses disappear from the state’s and region’s highways, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the outstanding role of Vermont Transit and its employees in the state’s transportation history, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Christopher Andreasson at the Vermont Transit depot in White River Junction.

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

By Representatives Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Bissonnette of Winooski, Donovan of Burlington, Keogh of Burlington, Larson of Burlington, Lorber of Burlington, Pearson of Burlington, Weston of Burlington, Wright of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington,

S.C.R. 38.

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the Burlington Seahorses’ 2008 Division I championship and undefeated boys’ basketball team.

Whereas, the Burlington High School Seahorses boys’ basketball team began the 2007–2008 hoop campaign as the proud winners of two Division I championship titles in the last three seasons, and

Whereas, this record of basketball prowess served as the foundation for the Seahorses to write a new page in Vermont high school basketball history, and

Whereas, each team that played Burlington High School on the hardwood court during the regular season left disappointed as the Seahorses built an apparently invincible record of continuous victories, and

Whereas, Burlington High School earned the top seed in the playoff competition, and ultimately the Seahorses were paired against number two Rice Memorial High School for the Division I crown, and

Whereas, before a crowd of over 3,000 avid local basketball fans gathered at the University of Vermont’s Patrick Gymnasium, these two local teams played the dream game of the high school basketball season, and

Whereas, when the two teams adjourned for their midgame break, Burlington held a respectable but not insurmountable 25–18 lead, and

Whereas, during the second half, the Seahorses widened their lead considerably; and, at the final whistle, Burlington had defeated Rice Memorial 49–33, had earned the 2008 Division I championship title, and had become the first Vermont boys’ basketball team in a quarter of a century to go undefeated, and

Whereas, the 2007–2008 Seahorses, including Adam Chicoine, A J Dusablon, Tyler Barron, Cody Sourdiff, Clancy Rugg, Shane Norris, Oliver Davis, James Hale, Lester Alexander, Kevin Cherry, Schuyler Mitchell and Joe O’Shea, were thrilled to be member of this historic team, and head coach Matt Johnson and assistant coach Jeanne Hulsen served as outstanding mentors, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Burlington Seahorses’ 2008 Division I championship and undefeated boys’ basketball team, and be it further

ResolvedThat the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Matt Johnson at Burlington High School.

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

H.C.R. 236

House concurrent resolution honoring the outstanding work of child care providers in Vermont  

Offered by:  Representatives Pugh of S. Burlington, Adams of Hartland, Ancel of Calais, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Audette of S. Burlington, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Botzow of Pownal, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Browning of Arlington, Chen of Mendon, Clarkson of Woodstock, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Courcelle of Rutland City, Deen of Westminster, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, 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, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larson of Burlington, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Wolcott, 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, Minter of Waterbury, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Otterman of Topsham, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Peterson of Williston, Scheuermann of Stowe, Sharpe of Bristol, 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, Weston of Burlington, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

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

Whereas, today’s young children are tomorrow’s workers, voters, taxpayers, and parents, and

Whereas, Vermont’s future growth and prosperity depend upon our ability to provide our children with the opportunity to develop into healthy and productive citizens and leaders, and

Whereas, science tells us that early experiences build the foundation for a child’s brain architecture, and positive and nurturing interactions with adults at home and in the community help form a solid foundation for a child's future growth and success, and

Whereas, when we fail to provide a child with what he or she needs to build a strong foundation, both the child’s and his or her community’s future is harmed, and

Whereas, supporting healthy child development is easier and more effective than trying to make up for damaging early experiences later on, and

Whereas, 85 percent of a child’s core brain structure is formed by the age of four, yet less than nine percent of the investment in educational development is dedicated to children under age four, and

Whereas, parents who can find, afford, and rely on quality child care are more likely to enter the workforce, be productive at work, and remain employed, and

Whereas over 70 percent of children in Vermont are in out-of-home care during the work week, and 

Whereas, to ensure that all Vermont children grow into solid community members and become active participants in our economy, we must work together in order that our child development system meets our young children’s needs, and

Whereas, concerned Vermonters will gather at the state house on March 14, 2008 to inform their state legislators about the importance of making high-quality early childhood care and education services accessible and affordable to all Vermonters, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the outstanding work of early childhood development service providers in Vermont who are visiting the state house on March 14, 2008, which is Early Childhood Day at the legislature, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the sponsoring organizations of the Kids Are Priority One Early Childhood Coalition, including Voices for Vermont’s Children, Windham Child Care, Parent to Parent of Vermont, Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council, the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children, and Mama Says.

H.C.R. 237

House concurrent resolution honoring the half-century active Bennington firefighters

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

Offered by:  Senators Sears and Hartwell

Whereas, although volunteer firefighters are often younger individuals, as the physical requirements of the position are demanding and stressful, there are some firefighters whose skill and stamina are sustained for many decades, and

Whereas, outstanding examples of hale and hardy firefighters, and their tenure in the department, are extraordinary 50‑year-plus active Bennington Fire Department members:  Irv Gardner (62 years), Richard “Dick” Hollister (57 years), Charles “Chuck” Sawyer (56 years), Francis “Butch” Corbett (55 years), and the three outstanding most recent additions to this exclusive public safety protection fraternity:  Erwin Mattison (51 years), Ormal Pierce (50 years), and John Stone (51 years), and

Whereas, each of these dedicated persons can trace his personal firefighting history to the era when Bennington’s firefighting services were provided by several firefighting companies, and

Whereas, Erwin Mattison, who is a Korean War veteran and a long-time active member of the local Moose lodge, began his firefighting career with the former Eagle Hose Fire Company No. 4, for which he served as chief until it became part of the unified Bennington fire fighting force, and he and his late wife’s, Dorothy’s, children and grandchildren reside in the Bennington area, and

Whereas, Ormal Pierce, an avid Little League baseball enthusiast, has for over 40 years served as a respected coach and umpire in Bennington, and his firefighting career also began at the former Eagle Hose Fire Company No. 4, and he continued as a firefighter when the local firefighting companies were unified, and he and his wife, Frances, are the proud parents of several children and grandchildren, and

Whereas, John Stone, who is a former veteran member of the Bennington board of civil authority and has belonged for many years to both a local Elks lodge and the Knights of Columbus, started his tenure as firefighter volunteering for the former Putnam Hose No. 3, and he has remained a Bennington firefighter since the departmental unification, and he and his wife, Jean have a large family of children and grandchildren who reside across the United States, and

Whereas, each of these exemplary public servants, and especially the three outstanding most recent additions to this exclusive public safety protection fraternity, will be most deservedly honored at the Bennington Fire Department’s Ladies’ Night Dinner Dance to occur on Saturday, March 15, 2008, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Erwin Mattison, Ormal Pierce, John Stone, Irv Gardner, Richard Hollister, Charles Sawyer, and Francis Corbett for their history of outstanding community service and enduring longevity as Bennington firefighters, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each of the individual Bennington firefighters named in this resolution.


H.C.R. 238

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Missisquoi Valley Union High School Thunderbirds 2008 Division II girls’ ice hockey championship team

Offered by:  Representatives LaVoie of Swanton, Consejo of Sheldon, McAllister of Highgate, 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 and Perry of Richford

Offered by:  Senators Collins and Kittell

Whereas, until 2008, a winter sports’ championship title had eluded Missisquoi Valley Union High School (MVUHS), although in 2007, the school’s girls’ ice hockey team advanced to the Division II final, losing to the Burr and Burton Academy Bulldogs 2–0, and

Whereas, in 2008, the MVUHS girls’ hockey Thunderbirds took their impressive 20–2 record and first-seed playoff ranking into the Division II championship at Norwich University’s Kreitzberg Arena against the same opponent, and

Whereas, despite a quick 2–0 lead, the Bulldogs failed to score during the game’s final two periods while the Thunderbirds began a memorial five-point offensive streak that will be recorded in the annals of MVUHS athletics, and

Whereas, freshman Emily Ledoux scored the Thunderbirds’ first goal with 12:20 minutes left in the second period, and just a minute later, teammate Erin McDonald tied the game at 2–all, and

Whereas, Thunderbird Riley Fontaine sent the puck into the net twice, once with 6:15 remaining in the second period and again, with an assist from Rachel Remillard, just 11 seconds before the middle period of play concluded, and

Whereas, to cap off this momentous occasion, Norma Fleming scored a fifth MVUHS goal with less than 19 seconds to play in the third period, enabling the Thunderbirds to skate off the ice with a memorable 5–2 win and the 2008 Division II championship title, and

Whereas, the amazing 2007–2008 roster of MVUHS ice hockey players includes Rachel Rainville, Norma Fleming, Abby Coon, Grace Metayer, Lyette Viens, Emily Gregoire, Emily Wright, Casey Loiselle, Nyoka Bertrand, Ghislaine Lykens, Debbie Brosseau, Rachel Remillard, Adrienne Fleming, Erin McDonald, Riley Fontaine, and Emily Ledoux, and

Whereas, varsity coach Matthew Laroche, and assistant coaches Michael Gagne and Wynn Paradee headed the team in the right direction, and team mangers Lacey Dufresne and Melissa Godin were most supportive all season, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Missisquoi Valley Union High School Thunderbirds 2008 Division II girls’ ice hockey championship team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Matthew Laroche at Missisquoi Valley Union High School.

H.C.R. 239

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Enosburg Falls High School Hornets Division III girls’ basketball championship team

Offered by:  Representative Gervais of Enosburg Falls

Whereas, the Enosburg Falls High School Hornets girls’ basketball team is known for its enthusiasm, perseverance, and successful play as was demonstrated when the team won the 2006 Division III state championship against the Lake Region Rangers, and

Whereas, because the Hornets’ only two losses in the last two seasons were to these same Rangers, the fourth-seeded Enosburg Falls anticipated an exciting northwest vs. northeast match against third-seeded Lake Region in the Division III championship game, and

Whereas, after a weather-related postponement, resulting in an unusual Sunday night state championship game, the two teams rendezvoused at the Barre Auditorium for this much-anticipated contest, and

Whereas, everyone in attendance was treated to a thrilling display of basketball that kept all in attendance on the edges of their seats, and

Whereas, the Rangers scored the opening basket, and while the lead switched sides throughout the first half, the Hornets had narrowed a 25–18 deficit to 25–22 when the halftime break occurred, and

Whereas, by the third quarter’s conclusion, the Hornets held a slight but psychologically important 36–35 lead, and

Whereas, throughout much of the dynamic fourth quarter, the lead changed sides several times as both Enosburg Falls and Lake Region sought to maximize every scoring opportunity, and

Whereas, with only 2:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, Hornet Alexa Johnson passed to teammate Ellen Lussier, who smoothly aimed the orange ball on a 15-foot journey into the basket, giving Enosburg a 44–43 lead and igniting an 8–2 Hornet scoring romp, culminating with a truly well-deserved 50–43 Enosburg victory and the 2008 Division III championship title, and

Whereas, Hornets Jade Desroches, Maria Gleason, Carol Ann Jackson, Alexa Johnson, Lindsey Larivee, Victoria Lombard, Maria Lovelette, Ellen Lussier, and Samantha Pothier responded skillfully throughout this fast-paced championship game, and

Whereas, coach Jay Nichols and assistant coaches Donna Flanders and Stephen Jette instructed the team well on applying the playing techniques that proved essential, and scorekeeper Ashleigh Clark, statistician Kelly Kane, and videotapers Liane Vogel and Callan Tracy were each a valued resource throughout the 2007–2008 season, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 Enosburg High School Hornets Division III girls’ basketball championship team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jay Nichols at Enosburg Falls High School.

H.C.R. 240

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Essex High School Hornets Division I cheerleading team

Offered by:  Representatives Myers of Essex, Evans of Essex, Heath of Westford, Hunt of Essex and Jerman of Essex

Whereas, the Essex High School Hornets’ cheerleaders began their
2007–2008 season desirous of making their best effort to return to the championship status they held for many years in the past, and

Whereas, as the final Division I team to perform at the 2008 cheerleading championships, the Hornets had ample opportunity to assess their competitors before it was their turn to go before the judges and their many fans gathered at the Champlain Valley Exposition’s Expo Center, and

Whereas, the Hornets’ enticing musical themes, along with their accompanying intricate and agile routines featuring precision timing, contributed to the judges’ decision to award the Hornets’ the top Division I score of 186 out of a possible 200 points, 18 more than their nearest competitor Rutland High School, and the highest score of all the teams, in every division, that competed that day, and

Whereas, the many enthusiastic Essex fans gathered at the champion site gave their team thunderous applause on the completion of the Hornets’ rousing cheers, and they were thrilled when their hometown team won the state championship, and

Whereas, the 2008 cheerleading Hornets, including Autumn Brugger, Abbie Desrochers, Kimberly Dion, Teeshia Farmer, Becca Frost, Casey Lynn Gilmond, Erin Hoehl, Hannah Morrett, Sara Oesterle, Amanda Peck, Hannah Puisto, Taylor Troville, Emily Whitehead, Tashaw Woodworth, Marian Yandow, and Sarah Yandow, began a new history of Hornet cheerleading championships, and

Whereas, Head Coach Stephanie Edelman and assistant coaches Maria Ung and Jessica Lindholm inspired their students to master challenging cheerleading skills that outpaced those of their competitors, now therefore be it 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 Essex High School Hornets Division I cheerleading team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Steph Edelman at Essex High School.

H.C.R. 241

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Essex High School Hornets’ Division I championship boys’ ice hockey team

Offered by:  Representatives Myers of Essex, Evans of Essex, Heath of Westford, Hunt of Essex and Jerman of Essex

Whereas, the Essex High School Hornets boys’ ice hockey team, the defending Division I champions and the winner of 12 prior state titles, has a proud history of athletic achievement, and

Whereas, the 2007–2008 Hornets, based on their strong, regular season performance, were awarded the first seed for the post-season tournament, and they progressed smoothly to the championship game at the University of Vermont’s Gutterson Fieldhouse against their cross-county rivals, the Champlain Valley Union High School (CVUHS) Redhawks, and

Whereas, much of the championship game’s offensive action occurred in the first period, during which the Hornets’ Tyler Peckham scored his team’s opening goal, and teammate Brian Pearl scored Essex’s second and third points while the Redhawks shot the puck into the net successfully just once, and

Whereas, following a scoreless second period, the third period proved decisive as CVUHS, with 10 minutes remaining in regulation play, scored its second and final goal, but the Hornets were not to be denied their third consecutive, and 13th overall, state championship as Mike Abbott scored Essex’s crucial fourth and final insurance goal later in the period and enabled Essex to finishing the contest with a 4–2 victory and the 2008 Division I state title, and

Whereas, Essex goalie Brandon Reagan’s 12 saves was a key contributing factor for the Essex victory as was the sturdy playing of Hornets Bryce Currier, Thomas Dvorak, Jake Orr, Tim Carpenter, Cullen O’Neil, Tyler Peckham, Stevie Mone, Brendan Neal, Jacob Begnoche, Sam Martin, Dan King, Bobby Fisher, Scott Tanghe, Alex Godin, Mike Abbott, Kaleb Lamos, Ben Pearl, Kyle Murdock, Ethan Clark, Nick Cheney, and Chase Congreves, and

Whereas, the instructive leadership of head coach Bill O’Neil and assistant coaches Jay Parent and Nick Mone and the administrative assistance of team manager Shaun Connolly and statisticians Leah Murdock, Amanda Abbott, and Grace O’Neil were each important, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 Essex High School Hornets’ Division I championship boys’ ice hockey team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bill O’Neil at Essex High School.

H.C.R. 242

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Vermont Ice Storm on winning the 2007 Empire Football League championship and being named the 2007 American Football Association Triple-A national champions

Offered by:  Representatives Myers of Essex, Brennan of Colchester, Condon of Colchester, McCullough of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Spengler of Colchester and Zenie of Colchester

Whereas, from 2001 to 2005, the Vermont Ice Storm played in the New England Football League; for the first year in the A classification, the lowest in semiprofessional football, and beginning in 2002, at the more-demanding AA level, and

Whereas, during these years, the Vermont Ice Storm always concluded the regular season with a winning percentage, won the North Atlantic Conference championship in 2002, and head coach Doug Perez won coach of the year honors in 2001, 2002, and 2004, and

Whereas, the Vermont Ice Storm’s ambition to enter the highest semiprofessional football classification, AAA, was realized in 2006 when the team moved up to the AAA Empire Football League, and promptly posted an 8–2 record that fall, and once again, coach Perez was named coach of the year, and

Whereas, in 2007, the Vermont Ice Storm compiled a perfect regular season record of 10–0 in Empire League competition before proceeding into the league playoff round where the team’s triumphant journey continued, and

Whereas, in the decisive 2007 Empire Football League championship contest, the Vermont Ice Storm played an exciting and challenging four quarters on the gridiron and emerged victorious with a 9–8 win over their opponents, the Watertown (New York) Red and Black, no less than the oldest semiprofessional football team in the United States, and

Whereas, the Vermont Ice Storm’s undefeated regular and post-season records prompted the American Football Association (AFA), of which the Empire Football League is a member, to name the team as the 2007 AFA Triple-A national champions, and as such, the names of the Vermont Ice Storm’s players and coaches will be engraved on the Arthur S. Arkush Memorial Cup, and

Whereas, the Vermont Ice Storm earned a No. 2 national AAA ranking, and despite a 24–14 loss to the Detroit Black Ravens at the U.S.A. Bowl (the AAA national football championship game) at McArthur Stadium in Hollywood, Florida on January 19, 2008, the team has won its place in the history of semiprofessional football in the United States, and

Whereas, the amazing players and coaching staff, including head coach Douglas “Doc” Perez, assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Scott Aguglia, special teams coordinator and running backs coach Mike LaBarre, offensive line coach Jeff Miller, defensive backs coach Drew Gordon, receiver coach Troy Canada, linebacker coach Dave Baldwin, and defensive backs‑linebacker coach Donny LaFleur can each take credit for the historic 2007 season, and

Whereas, the team is also to be commended for its community public services activities, including the Burlington Boys and Girls Club, the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), and the Special Olympics, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Vermont Ice Storm on winning the 2007 Empire Football League championship and being named the 2007 American Football Association Triple-A national champions, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Robert Sinkewicz in Essex Junction.

H.C.R. 243

House concurrent resolution honoring the outstanding winter road clearance performance of the agency of transportation highway crews

Offered by:  Committee on Transportation

Whereas, in contrast to 2007, when a single record-setting Valentine’s Day blizzard was the major snow event of the season, 2008 has been a winter of multiple moderate to larger size storms whose total accumulation has set monthly snowfall records, and

Whereas, this continuing stream of substantial snowfalls has severely tested the human and snow removal equipment resources of the agency of transportation, and

Whereas, delays in removing snow from highways can threaten public health and safety and slow the flow of commerce, and

Whereas, despite the strain that the snowstorms have caused, the state and municipal highway crews assigned snow-removal duty have worked in a highly professional and prompt way and around the clock, including on weekends, to remove the snow from the interstate and state highways in order to minimize the inconvenience to the public, and

Whereas, Vermonters are extremely grateful that the agency of transportation highway crews, stationed at the central garage and at the nine district garages across the state and municipal highway crews have come to the driving public’s timely assistance when stormy conditions had the potential to cause major havoc, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the outstanding winter road clearance performance of the agency of transportation highway crews and municipal highway crews, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to secretary of transportation Neale Lunderville, to transportation operations division director Sam Lewis, to central garage superintendent Ken Valentine, to each of the nine transportation district garages, and to the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

H.C.R. 244

House concurrent resolution in memory of John D. Picard

Offered by:  Representative Klein of East Montpelier

Whereas, John (J.D.) Picard died tragically at the age of 17 on February 24, 2008, but his brief life brought great joy and happiness to his family members and many friends at U-32 High School, and

Whereas, a deep love of the land represented a core value in J.D.’s life that was manifested in the pleasure he derived from hunting, fishing, trapping, and riding on an ATV or a snowmobile, and

Whereas, he possessed a bountiful knowledge of living and working in the outdoors and the animals that inhabit the Vermont woods, and

Whereas, J.D. was born in Berlin and resided in Middlesex with his parents, John and Megan, and he had three loving sisters, Melissa, Suzanne, and Jessie, who with her husband Paul Alfarone have two children, Oscar and Biruk, and

Whereas, he graduated from the Rumney Elementary School and was a senior at U-32 High School, from which he was scheduled to graduate this June, and

Whereas, J.D. was a strong athlete, was a member of the U-32 lacrosse team, and played football as a sophomore before withdrawing from the team, following an injury, in order to preserve his health for joining his father’s excavation company after graduation, and

Whereas, J.D. was known for being a champion for the underdog, and this compassion for others was reflected in his large circle of friends at school where he was fondly referred to as the “King of U-32,” and he was delighted when his senior class voted him as its “Real Vermonter,” and

Whereas, the work ethic J.D. displayed was second to none, and he was known for continuing on a job long into the evening until it was completed, and he was looking forward to the prospect of working full-time with his father, and

Whereas, from a young age, J.D. was fascinated with machinery and could operate an excavator and other construction equipment with great precision, and

Whereas, J.D. was a warm and immensely likeable human being whose premature death has left a deep and lasting void within his extended family, especially for his most special friend Kira Hopkins as well as in the lives of his U-32 classmates, and

Whereas, his passing reminds us how each individual’s unique place in society is important to so many other human beings, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its sympathy to the family and friends who were privileged to have John Picard be an integral and meaningful part of their lives, and be it further

Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to John and Megan Picard, to Melissa Picard, to Suzanne Picard, to Jessie and Paul Alfarone, to his maternal grandparents, Donald and Audrey Walker, and to Kira Hopkins.


H.C.R. 245

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Vergennes Union High School Commodores Division II cheerleading champions

Offered by:  Representatives Clark of Vergennes and Oxholm of Vergennes

Offered by:  Senators Ayer and Giard

Whereas, as the defending Division II cheerleading champions, the Vergennes Union High School Commodores had a reputation of excellence among the other schools within their division, and

Whereas, because only one-third of last year’s championship squad returned for the 2007–2008 season, the team needed to rebuild its cheerleading knowledge and skill to the high level at which it finished in 2007, and

Whereas, despite this challenge, the Commodores dedicated many hours to shaping an exciting championship competition performance, consisting of innovative cheers and difficult presentation maneuvers, and

Whereas, when the Commodores appeared at the state championship, held at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex, the Vergennes cheerleaders were ready to defend their title, and they retained their state title with a 28‑point margin, 161–133, over their nearest Division II competitor, U-32 High School, and

Whereas, this season’s cheerleading Commodores included Jenny Johnson, Belinda Hall, Lily Maxham, Jacky Schoonmaker, Katee Ingram, Dana O’Brien, Anna Hamer, Aaron Clodgo, Michelle Stark, April Karzmarzcyk, Katie Viau, Jessica Laughlin, Jenny Cunningham, Nichole Hunter, and Shelby Sheehan, and

Whereas, coach Debra Hill and assistant coach Dani Hausler were superb teachers and team mentors, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 Vergennes Union High School Commodores Division II cheerleading champions.

H.C.R. 246

House concurrent resolution in memory of Charlie Bristow

Offered by:  Representative Ancel of Calais

Whereas, Charlie Bristow was a teacher, a mentor, a Vermonter by choice, a lawyer, a judge, a state official, a legislative employee, a father and grandfather, a husband, and a friend, and

Whereas, he was born in Mississippi, grew up in the Crescent City of New Orleans, and graduated from Tulane University Law School, and

Whereas, while a student at Tulane, he met and married Claudia Horack, and

Whereas, after a number of years of private sector legal employment in New Orleans, Charlie Bristow, his wife Claudia Bristow, and their three sons, Allan, Ben, and Brian relocated to central Vermont, and

Whereas, in New England, Charlie Bristow pursued two career paths, public service and academia, of which he sought in the first to serve the citizens of Vermont and in the second to instruct aspiring lawyers in the technical and reasoning skills required to practice law, and

Whereas, Charlie Bristow was employed in all three branches of Vermont state government, serving in the executive branch as both an assistant and a deputy attorney general and as commissioner of public safety; in the judicial branch as a district court judge, and finally, he brought his abundant experience to the position of legal counsel for the judiciary committees in the General Assembly, and

Whereas, during his legal career, he took a hiatus from public service to teach on the faculties of Vermont Law School and New England School of Law, where his expertise in the field of evidence proved invaluable, and

Whereas, Charlie Bristow had a remarkable zest for exploring life as demonstrated in the diverse hobbies in which he engaged, and

Whereas, few persons can claim to have run in marathons, hiked the Long Trail, sailed on Caspian Lake, scuba dived in the waters off Mexico, taken airplane piloting lessons, earned a ham radio license, delighted in birding excursions to the Georgia Sea Islands, amassed a book collection that would be the envy of many bibliophiles, and, despite all these endeavors, find time to create culinary delights in their kitchen, and

Whereas, the warmth and kindness with which Charlie Bristow treated others was an inherent part of his personality, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family of Charlie Bristow, and be if further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Claudia, Allan, Ben, and Brian Bristow.


H.C.R. 247

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Milton High School Yellowjackets Division II girls’ basketball championship team

Offered by:  Representatives Turner of Milton, Godin of Milton, Johnson of South Hero and Trombley of Grand Isle

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

Whereas, losing in the semifinal round in an interscholastic athletic playoff tournament can motivate a high school team to intensify its efforts the following season in its quest to win a state championship, and

Whereas, the 2007–2008 top-seeded Milton High School Yellowjackets girls’ basketball team was afforded a special opportunity when it faced its 2007 semifinal opponent, the second-seeded Lamoille Union High School Lancers, a team it had previously defeated twice this season, in the championship game at the Barre Auditorium, and

Whereas, the opening quarter’s concluding 14–13 Yellowjacket lead reflected two closely matched teams playing in a tight contest, and

Whereas, during the second quarter, the young women basketball players from Milton decided that a convincing exhibition of their offensive capabilities was required to set the game on its proper course, and they concentrated their energy into hitting the basket on target, outscoring the Lancers 12–1, and were ahead 26–13 at the midgame break, and

Whereas, this seemingly substantial point margin was nearly depleted in the third quarter as Lamoille discovered its talents and narrowed the Milton lead to only 40–38 with just 1:20 minutes left in the final quarter, and

Whereas, two Yellowjackets, Heather Little and Brittany Rice, made successful last-second free throws which enabled Milton to win the game 42–38 and claim the 2008 Division II girls’ basketball title, and

Whereas, the entire team, consisting of Ashleigh Adams, Lauren Ball, Stephanie Boyd, Stephanie Bull, Andrea Deuell, Kaitlin Geary, Heather Little, Mallory Machia, Michelle Nichols, Taylor Perras, Courtney Pidgeon, Brittany Rice, and Jordan Trombly, worked together to achieve this great victory, and

Whereas, head coach Mike Lefebvre and assistant coaches Jim Deuell and Jim Harton prepared these young women to succeed on the basketball court, and team manager Rachel Branco was ready to assist the team as needed, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 Milton High School Yellowjackets Division II girls’ basketball championship team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mike Lefebvre at Milton High School.



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