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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

thursday, march 27, 2008
CONSENT CALENDAR

Concurrent Resolutions for Notice under Joint Rule 16

     The following joint concurrent resolutions have been introduced for approval by the Senate and House and will be adopted automatically unless a Senator or Representative requests floor consideration before the end of the session of the next legislative day.  Requests for floor consideration in either chamber should be communicated to the Secretary’s office and/or the House Clerk’s office, respectively.

H.C.R. 248

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Woodstock Union High School Wasps boys’ championship alpine ski team

Offered by:  Representative Clarkson of Woodstock

Offered by:  Senators Campbell, McCormack and Nitka

Whereas, during the winter of 2008, Woodstock Union High School’s boy alpine skiers demonstrated their mastery of a sport that is a fundamental part of Vermont’s athletic culture, and

Whereas, the state alpine skiing championship tournament, which is composed of morning giant and afternoon slalom competitions, was staged this year at the Burke Mountain ski resort in the Northeast Kingdom, and

Whereas, a critical challenge was freezing rain that fell in the morning and had the potential of causing the slopes’ surfaces to become extremely slippery, and

Whereas, when the giant slalom portion of the competition concluded, Woodstock was in third place, trailing 24 points behind the first-place leader, Burr and Burton Academy, and

Whereas, several Wasp skiers experienced difficulties during the giant slalom run, including Austin Kolb, who lost a ski passing through the second gate and tumbled to the bottom of the course’s steep pitch, badly bruising his knee, and

Whereas, despite these obstacles, the Wasps rebounded during the two rounds of slalom competition, and most notable was the strong skiing of Austin Kolb who earned third place individual honors in the slalom, and

Whereas, fellow Wasp Colton Blackman’s 10th-place slalom finish was another major factor in Woodstock’s second consecutive boys’ alpine skiing state championship with 112 points, a 20-point advantage over second-place finalist Rutland, and

Whereas, the great efforts this winter of all the Wasp boy alpine skiers, including Sean Bjornsson, Austin Blackman, Colton Blackman, Henry Farrand, Ian Ford, Charles Harris, Charles Kimbell, Austin Kolb, Benn Mapes, Brogan McGrath, and Roy Salguero, made 2008 a memorable season on the slopes for Woodstock, and

Whereas, head coach Bill McCollom and volunteer coach Steve Foley enabled this talented boys’ alpine ski team to meet its fondest hopes and win a second consecutive state championship, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 Woodstock Union High School boys’ championship alpine ski team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bill McCollom at Woodstock Union High School.

H.C.R. 249

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Lake Region Union High School Rangers Division III boys’ basketball championship team

Offered by:  Representatives Rodgers of Glover, Morley of Barton, and Marcotte of Coventry

Whereas, Lake Region High School had waited 28 years for a boys’ state basketball championship, and

Whereas, the 2007–2008 season was historic for the Rangers as they placed themselves in the winner’s circle with a consistency that was impressive, winning 17 games before their second-seed playoff ranking was announced, and

Whereas, the Rangers earned a much-coveted berth in the Division III championship game played at the Barre Auditorium (the Aud) against the top‑seeded Winnoski Spartans, and

Whereas, Lake Region quickly concentrated on its winning mission and rose to the occasion, scoring eight points during the opening period which ended with the Rangers on top 19–14, and

Whereas, during the second quarter, Lake Region completed an 18–2 scoring run and they retired from the hardwood floor at halftime, based on their ball shooting accuracy and strong defensive skills, ahead 36–23, and

Whereas, the Spartans exhibited their own abilities on the court during the third quarter, reducing the Lake Region advantage form 13 points to 8, but with three‑fourths of the game complete, Lake Region was still ahead 40–32, and

Whereas, eagerly anticipating the exciting final whistle, the Rangers discovered new offensive energy in the last period and expanded their scoring margin to 14 points, winning the game 56–42, and bringing home Lake Region’s first boys’ basketball state championship along with a fantastic 21–3 season record, and

Whereas, Rangers Jordan Poutre, Sam Collette, Emmitt Simpson, Jon Jarry, Tommy Russell, Joe Gaudreau, Ryan Brown, Brandon Wells, Richie Hackett, Teddy Benoit, and Ed Collins played a season of interscholastic basketball they will long cherish, and

Whereas, coach James Ingalls exhibited great leadership skills, and the support of team managers Mikayla McAllister, Becca Poginy, and Caleb Fecher was invaluable, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 Lake Region Union High School Rangers Division III boys’ basketball championship team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to James Ingalls at Lake Region High School.                

H.C.R. 250

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Proctor High School Phantoms on winning their school’s third consecutive Division IV boys’ basketball championship

Offered by:  Representatives Potter of Clarendon, Baker of West Rutland, Acinapura of Brandon, Andrews of Rutland City, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Courcelle of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Fallar of Tinmouth, Flory of Pittsford, Haas of Rochester, Helm of Castleton, Howard of Rutland City, Komline of Dorset, Malcolm of Pawlet, McCormack of Rutland City, McNeil of Rutland Town and Stevens of Shoreham

Whereas, having lost only a single game during the 2007‑2008 basketball campaign and secure in the knowledge that they had won the Division IV title in each of the prior two seasons, the top-seeded Proctor High School Phantoms entered the 2008 championship contest against the second-seeded Danville High School Indians confident they could repeat the triumphs of recent past seasons, and

Whereas, the closeness of the game reminded the Phantoms that a championship victory requires hard work and dedication, and

Whereas, at the opening quarter’s conclusion, Proctor maintained a narrow four-point margin and 14–10 lead, and despite a 10-point Phantom advantage of 22–12 at the 4:43 mark of the second period, when the halftime break arrived, the Indians had narrowed the gap back to four points, with Proctor still ahead 25–21, and

Whereas, the Phantoms’ tall pair of six-foot-five-inch center Jordan Snow and six-foot-four-inch guard Curtis Robinson contributed 11 of Proctor’s 17 third‑quarter points, and with a single period left, the score stood at 42–35 in the defending champions’ favor, and

Whereas, the fourth quarter tested the Phantoms as no prior period had as the Indians spent the period’s opening minutes on an offensive drive that tied the game at 42-all, but Jordan Snow hit a foul shot with 3:20 remaining in the quarter, giving Proctor a one-point lead that his team increased to six before the game ended with a Proctor victory of 50–44 and the Phantoms’ third consecutive Division IV championship, the school’s fifth basketball crown since the turn of the century and its 13th overall, and

Whereas, this year’s Phantom squad, consisting of Adam Falco, Brennan Watkins, Calvin Knowles, Casey Blaisdell, Chad Thornton, Curtis Robinson, Jacob Tanner, Jordan Snow, Josh Taranovich, Kyle McQuarrie, Kyle Palmer, Matt Dobart, Ryan Connell, and Zach Currier, displayed great teamwork that made a difference, and

Whereas, coach Dick Wilcox and assistant coach Brian Finnigan provided critical direction to the team all season and especially during the tense fourth quarter, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 Proctor High School Phantoms on winning their school’s third consecutive Division IV boys’ basketball championship, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dick Wilcox at Proctor High School.

H.C.R. 251

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Twinfield Trojans Division IV championship girls’ basketball team

Offered by:  Representative Ancel of Calais

Whereas, since 1992, the Division IV Twinfield Trojans girls’ basketball team had not won a state crown, although they came close in 2007 when they played their Route 2 rival, the Danville High School Indians, in the championship game, and

Whereas, the same two teams returned to the Barre Auditorium for the 2008 Division IV championship with the No. 1-seeded Trojans carrying a 20–1 record into the pivotal contest, and

Whereas, in a tightly played game, in which emotions and excitement ran high on both sides, the two teams’ similar strengths were apparent in Danville’s slight 37–35 halftime lead, and

Whereas, a similar balance between the two squads, with a greater emphasis on their defensive skills, persisted through the second half, and

Whereas, with Danville ahead 50–47 and only 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Trojans’ game high scorer, Vanessa Powers, narrowed the gap to 50–49, and

Whereas, in a finale that no sports fiction author could top, Twinfield’s Betsy Martin passed the ball to Trojan senior Camille duPont, who was concluding her 1,000-point high school career, and

Whereas, with the clock now counting down the contest’s last seconds, duPont outwitted the Danville defense and, to a crescendo of Danville cheers, executed her signature pivot shot, giving the Trojans a dramatic 51–50 game victory and the 2008 Division IV girls’ basketball championship, and

Whereas, this wonderful season of Twinfield basketball was the result of a coordinated team effort to which Becca Chodorkoff, Camille duPont, Raven Gile, Stella Leach, Mallorie Lyford, Betsy Martin, and Kyla Potter, Vanessa Powers, Ciara Roberts, Emma Sanford, and Nelsa Welch each made a significant contribution, and

Whereas, coach Deb Rathburn and assistant coach Phil Carpentier instructed these young women when to play strategically or spontaneously, enabling the Trojans to maximize the strengths of the squad’s extremely talented roster of players, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 Twinfield Trojans Division IV championship girls’ basketball team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Deb Rathburn at Twinfield High School.

H.C.R. 252

House concurrent resolution congratulating Kelley Tully, the 2008 Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham and Partridge of Windham

Whereas, the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce (GFRCC), headquartered in Bellows Falls, is an organization that promotes economic development and community events in 14 communities in Vermont and New Hampshire in the vicinity of the Connecticut River’s famous gorge falls, and

Whereas, the GFRCC also honors accomplished individuals whose activities have made the region a better place to live, work, and play, and

Whereas, the 2008 winner of the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year Award is Kelley Tully, who grew up and continues to resides in Bellows Falls, and

Whereas, Kelley Tully’s interest in her community dates to her days as a middle school student when she won an eighth grade citizenship award, and

Whereas, a nurse for 17 years on the staff of Springfield Hospital, she has, for the past seven years, also served as a clinical educator at the hospital, and she makes a maximum effort to assist patients under her care, and

Whereas, while Kelley Tully’s husband was recovering from kidney transplant surgery, she drew on her own school athletic experiences and assumed his role as coach of the Bellows Falls recreation department boys’ basketball team, and

Whereas, she persuaded the department to lower the entry age from the fourth to third grade in order to afford younger children, including her son Seamus, an opportunity to play, and

Whereas, Kelley Tully nurtured the team in her role as coach, transportation coordinator, and chief supporter of the young boys who played under its banner, and

Whereas, having concluded her role as the boys’ youth basketball coach, she has extended her volunteer activities in the recreation department to other sports as a soccer coach and assistant to both the Little League and Pee Wee football teams, and

Whereas, Kelley Tully is an active parent volunteer in the local schools, serving as an adult reader to students, as a substitute nurse, and as a member of the parent-teacher organization, and

Whereas, she is known by her many friends to be a person who is selfless and willing to help others ahead of herself, and she even finds time to assist in her family’s business activities, and

Whereas, Kelley Tully was honored at the recent GFRCC dinner at which 125 persons were in attendance, now therefore be it 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Kelley Tully, the 2008 Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce Person the Year, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Kelley Tully in Bellows Falls and to the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce.

H.C.R. 253

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Mount St. Joseph Academy Mounties Division II championship ice hockey team

Offered by:  Representatives Courcelle of Rutland City, Andrews of Rutland City, Flory of Pittsford, Howard of Rutland City, McCormack of Rutland City, McNeil of Rutland Town, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon and Potter of Clarendon

Offered by:  Senators Mullin, Carris and Maynard

Whereas, a seventh-seed draw in the playoff tournament combined with a 12-7 regular season record are less-than-optimistic indicators for an aspiring  Division II high school hockey state champion team, and

Whereas, despite these discouraging signs, the Mount St. Joseph Academy (MSJ) Mounties headed into the tournament imbued with a sense that 2008 would prove the year that their championship drought, extending back to 1992, would be ended, and

Whereas, the Mounties brought that desire to the forefront throughout the playoff series as they demonstrated a powerful offensive punch, scoring 27 goals, easily surpassing the prior four-game series record of 21, and

Whereas, the Mounties’ great effort placed them in the championship contest against the defending Division II champion and fourth-seeded Burr and Burton Academy Bulldogs, and

Whereas, although the Bulldogs scored the initial goal, it proved a temporary advantage as the Mounties’ Shawn Miller evened the point allocation within a minute, and teammate Bill Shouldice sent MSJ ahead a few minutes later, ending the first period with an MSJ 2-1 lead, and

Whereas, despite the Bulldogs tying the score at 2-all early in the second period, Mounties Will Hadeka’s and Lane Wisell’s goals placed MSJ in front 4-2 at the game’s two-thirds mark, and

Whereas, shortly after the third period opened, the Bulldogs narrowed the Mounties’ lead to 4-3 while MSJ was playing short, but Mounties Miika Uotila and Steve Kallen secured two more points, and MSJ had a solid 6-3 victory and the 2008 Division II ice hockey championship, and

Whereas, Mounties Zachary Heath, Bill Shouldice, Joel Korkvakangas, Eric Ladabouche, Matt Messier, Miika Uotila, Shawn Miller, Janne Kelahaara, Connor McGinnis, Steve Kallen, Lane Wisell, Corey Lacz, Brian Ribbans, Conner Burke, Nick Mobilio, Seth Widli, Will Hadeka, Kevin Grassi, Colin McCormick, and Zach Richards were outstanding players, and

Whereas, head coach Chris Creed and assistant coaches Chris Cosgrove and Todd Widli were instrumental in leading the Mounties to the championship, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 Mount St. Joseph Academy Mounties Division II championship ice hockey team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Chris Creed at Mount St. Joseph Academy in Rutland.

H.C.R. 254

House concurrent resolution honoring Greg McClallen for his 36 years of extraordinary coaching and dedication to Rutland High School’s athletic programs

Offered by:  Representatives Courcelle of Rutland City, Andrews of Rutland City, Flory of Pittsford, Howard of Rutland City, McCormack of Rutland City, McNeil of Rutland Town, Chen of Mendon and Potter of Clarendon

Offered by:  Senators Mullin, Carris and Maynard

Whereas, the success of a high school’s interscholastic athletic program is dependent to a great extent on its coaching staff, and

Whereas, no coach on the Vermont high school scene has earned higher grades, on every possible measurement scale, than Greg McClallen of Rutland High School, and

Whereas, Greg McClallen’s genius is derived from his understanding of adolescent psychology and the fundamentals of the sports he coaches, and

Whereas, this coach’s record of achievement is remarkable for its longevity of 36 years, the 30 state championships and a national title he has helped bring to his school, and the variety of sports in which his mentoring and teaching skills have excelled, and

Whereas, Greg McClallen’s success have included winning teams in girls’ cross country (1980, 1981, and 1983), boys’ track and field (1974, 1975, 1976, 1983, and 2002), girl’s track and field (1981, 1982, 1983, and 1984), boys’ alpine skiing (1987, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, and 2004), and girls’ alpine skiing (1988, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2007, and 2008), and

Whereas, beyond these state titles, in 1976, the Rutland High School team, under coach McClallen’s expert tutelage, won the New England Championship for alpine and Nordic skiing combined, and

Whereas, special recognition was given to coach McClallen when in 1987 he was presented the National Coach of the Year Award for Skiing, and

Whereas, after his extraordinary career at Rutland High School, which has concluded with the best possible farewell — his girls’ alpine ski team clinching the 2008 state title, Greg McClallen will be retiring at the end of the 2007–2008 academic year, and

Whereas, the city of Rutland honored him, most fittingly, when it designated March 17-23, 2008 as Greg McClallen Week, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to honor Greg McClallen for his 36 years of extraordinary coaching and dedication to his student athletes’ personal success and to the vitality of the school’s athletic programs, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Greg McClallen and to the Rutland High School athletic department.



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