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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

thursday, april 10, 2008
CONSENT CALENDAR

Concurrent Resolutions for Notice under Joint Rule 16

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

     By Senators Condos, Racine and Cummings,

S.C.R. 42.

Senate concurrent resolution recognizing Vermont Uniform Law Commissioner Carl Lisman for his continuing assistance to the general assembly.

Whereas, the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) also known as the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), assists states in drafting many statutes that are intended to encourage uniformity among the states in areas of the law where uniformity is desirable, and

Whereas, among the topics addressed in uniform state laws are adoption, anatomical gifts, forms of business organization, child custody, the commercial code, common interest ownership of real property, criminal law in many of its specific aspects, electronic transactions, rules of evidence, gifts to minors, unclaimed property, as well as many others far too numerous to mention, and

Whereas, this 116-year-old organization is composed of lawyers from every state, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C., who are in private practice, academia, the judiciary and legislatures, and who are legislative staff, and who work on a nonpartisan basis to bring clarity and stability to state statutes across the country, and

Whereas, one of the six respected members of the Vermont bar who represent this state in the NCCUSL is Carl Lisman, who has served as a uniform law commissioner since 1976, and

Whereas, Carl Lisman and the other ULC members from Vermont receive no per diem compensation and whose annual out-of-pocket expenses continually exceed their reimbursements from Vermont by a significant amount, and

Whereas, on repeated occasions during the past 32 years, Carl Lisman has devoted countless hours to working with the members of the general assembly and legislative council attorneys to draft and amend legislation that is then enacted as Vermont’s codified version of various uniform state laws, most prominent of which is the Uniform Commercial Code, and

Whereas, his outstanding legal work, which always reflects careful scholarship and meticulous attention to detail, merits commendation from this legislature, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives: 

That the General Assembly recognizes the significant and much appreciated role of Carl Lisman as a uniform law commissioner in assisting the members and staff of this legislature in preparing and enacting uniform laws in Vermont, and be it further

ResolvedThat the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Carl Lisman at the law firm of Lisman, Webster & Leckerling and to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in Chicago.

By Senators Doyle, Cummings and Scott,

S.C.R. 43.

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the Bethany Church-United Church of Christ of Montpelier on its bicentennial anniversary.

Whereas, Bethany Church-United Church of Christ has a proud history as the oldest organized religious community in the city of Montpelier, and

Whereas, on April 12, 1808, 83 men gathered to organize a religious society named the First Congregational Society of Montpelier, and, on July 20 of that year, a group of eight men and nine women organized a Church of Christ, and the two organizations together became the First Congregational Church, and

Whereas, the society hired the Reverend Chester Wright as its first minister on an interim basis, and on June 24, 1809, the society and the church jointly offered Reverend Wright a permanent position, and his ministry continued for 21 years as the congregational membership grew from the original 17 to 423, and

Whereas, the congregation first worshiped at the “Old Academy” near the intersection of the present Spring and Main Streets, and from 1810 until 1820 its services took place in the wooden first state house, and

Whereas, in 1820, the First Congregational Church occupied the first home of its own, the Old Brick Church, which was situated on Main Street, and

Whereas, after the second state house was destroyed in the 1857 fire, the general assembly reversed the pattern of four decades earlier and convened in the church’s sanctuary, and

Whereas, in 1867, the congregation demolished the church building and, in October 1868, after worshiping for over a year in a building known as the Village Hall, dedicated a new church edifice at the original site, and

Whereas, during 30 years of the 19th century, the Reverend William Lord ministered to the congregation, and he selected the name Bethany Church for the new church building in recognition of the term Bethany’s Christian theological significance, and

Whereas, in 1918, the First Congregational Society of Montpelier and the Bethany Church united as Bethany Congregational Church of Montpelier, Inc., and

Whereas, in the aftermath of damage sustained due to the great flood of 1927, the members of Bethany Church temporarily worshiped at the neighboring Trinity Methodist Church, and

Whereas, the second Bethany Church was dismantled in 1957, and following nearly two years of worship at the Masonic Temple, the congregation dedicated the new and current Bethany Church on Palm Sunday in March 1959, and

Whereas, having completed post-1992 Montpelier flood restoration work on the building and since 2002 being under the ministerial co-leadership of the Reverends Mark and Amy Pitton, Bethany Church will celebrate its bicentennial anniversary on the weekend of April 12-13, 2008, now therefore be it   

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Bethany Church-United Church of Christ of Montpelier on its bicentennial anniversary, and be it further

ResolvedThat the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Reverends Mark and Amy Pitton at Bethany Church-United Church of Christ in Montpelier.

   By Senators Kitchel and Coppenrath,

     By Representative French of Randolph

S.C.R. 44. 

Senate concurrent resolution honoring Margaret Trautz for her exemplary career contributions to the advancement of public policy in the areas of education, health and social welfare.

Whereas, Margaret Trautz has worked as a consultant, public policy analyst, state employee, and, since 1997, as a director of the Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center, Inc. in St. Johnsbury, and

Whereas, after graduating from Boston University, she completed the Program in Organizational Development at Syracuse University, and

Whereas, her first professional role was as a program consultant developing community educational and social service programs for the Cambridge Corporation, a nonprofit organization under the joint sponsorship of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and

Whereas, Margaret Trautz then relocated to Vermont where she became employed in state government initially as the chief evaluation specialist in the department of employment and training and then as director of the planning and evaluation division at the Agency of Human Services, and

Whereas, her background in state government, which included considerable work related to social service programs, stood her in good stead when she became a senior policy analyst at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. in Princeton, New Jersey, with the responsibility of design specifications of major components of an automated welfare system, and

Whereas, for a period of 17 years, beginning in 1980, Margaret Trautz worked as an independent public policy consultant, conducting a variety of significant projects related to health care and health insurance, including an analysis of the state of Wyoming’s public health insurance programs and developing and helping to guide to partial enactment health reform proposals of then-Governor Dean, and

Whereas, in 1997, she took her wealth of knowledge on matters related to health care and helped found the Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center, Inc. in St. Johnsbury, an organization that serves six counties, and

Whereas, through partnerships with community hospitals, local health and social service agencies, and educational institutions, the center develops educational and administrative programs designed to improve the quality and accessibility of health care in rural Vermont, and

Whereas, Margaret Trautz has maintained personal associations with many organizations and commissions seeking to improve health care in Vermont and has written extensively on health care policy, and

Whereas, after four decades serving in a variety of roles related to public policy development, Margaret Trautz will retire as the executive director of the Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center, Inc., now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Margaret Trautz for her exemplary career contributions to the advancement of public policy in the areas of education, health care and social welfare, and be it further  

ResolvedThat the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Margaret Trautz.

By Senators Kitchel and Coppenrath,

By Representatives Bostic of St. Johnsbury and Grenier of St. Johnsbury,

S.C.R. 45. 

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Elwin Cross on being named the 2008 Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

Whereas, the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) Chamber of Commerce selects one individual each year for special recognition as the organization’s citizen of the year, and

Whereas, in 2008, the citizens of St. Johnsbury were especially proud to learn that one of their most respected citizens, business- and civic leader Elwin Cross, the recipient of a 2005 Vermont Public Service award, has been selected to receive this coveted award, and

Whereas, Elwin Cross was born just across the international border in Stanstead, Quebec, and he moved with his family to Vermont as a very young boy, and

Whereas, during his successful career as a building contractor, Elwin Cross constructed homes in St. Johnsbury and many nearby communities, and

Whereas, Elwin Cross began a second career in 1972 as a civic leader, and

Whereas, his foray into local government started as a member of the St. Johnsbury zoning board, on which he served for 12 years, and then he was an active selectboard member for 22 years, and over the years he developed a reputation as an attentive and effective municipal public officer, and

Whereas, Elwin Cross’s persistent efforts to replace the deteriorated iron bridge at St. Johnsbury Center will be recognized when the new replacement  span is named in his honor, and

Whereas, his other civic roles have included service as a member of the St. Johnsbury Center fire district-water department and as a board member of the Northeastern Development Association, and

Whereas, among the fraternal organizations to which Elwin Cross has belonged are the Masons, the Eastern Star, and the Grange, and

Whereas, he was married to Pauline Cross for over 60 years prior to her death in 1999, and he is the father of Ruth Cole, as well as a grandfather, a great-grandfather, and a great-great-grandfather, and

Whereas, his family and friends will honor him at an NEK Chamber of Commerce celebratory dinner to be held on May 3, 2008, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Elwin Cross on his being named the 2008 Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Elwin Cross in St. Johnsbury.

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

H.C.R. 265

House concurrent resolution congratulating Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters on the retailer’s 75th anniversary

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Edwards of Brattleboro, Milkey of Brattleboro, Partridge of Windham, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Deen of Westminster, Manwaring of Wilmington, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, O'Donnell of Vernon

Offered by:  Senators Shumlin and White

Whereas, soon after World War I, pushcart peddlers began selling surplus U.S. Army clothing and other supplies, and the more successful of these entrepreneurs moved indoors, establishing so-called Army & Navy stores, and

Whereas, in 1929, Sam Borofsky, a Russian immigrant, joined his brothers in the operation of several Army & Navy stores, and

Whereas, in 1932, Sam Borofsky purchased a Brattleboro Army & Navy store from one of his brothers, naming it, not surprisingly, Sam’s Army & Navy Store, and

Whereas, in 1944, Sam’s initiated the first of many Brattleboro store enhancements, and in the years after World War II, the store added camping gear to its inventory and sold Marlboro College the tents and cots that served as the college’s first residence hall and beds, and

Whereas, other landmark improvements to Sam’s Brattleboro headquarters included purchase of its home, the Barber Building in 1953, the construction of a new addition in 1978 that truly made Sam’s “the biggest little store in the world,” the addition of a Flat Street entrance and women’s department in 1982, the 1983 purchase of the adjacent former Sugars Furniture Store and its conversion into a new sporting goods department, the 1989 renovation that enabled the store to spruce up its Main Street entrance and introduce new computer technology, and most recently, a 1996 interior reconstruction project designed to improve merchandise displays, and

Whereas, in 1947, Sam Borofsky and his brother, Irving, purchased a store in Bellows Falls, and Sam, who became the sole owner in 1958, moved this northern branch across the street in 1963, expanding the new facility to 6,000 square feet, and

Whereas, in 1989, Sam’s opened an outlet in Keene, New Hampshire that in 1993 was moved to a more spacious locale in Swanzey, New Hampshire that facilitated the creation of a large outdoor kayak display area, and

Whereas, the generational changes at Sam’s Outfitter’s have included Sam’s son, Stanley “Pal” Borofsky, who was first put to work at age nine, joining the business full-time in 1957, Pal’s son, Brad, coming on board in 1982, and the part-time addition to the staff of Sam’s great-grandchildren, Joaquin and Meagan, in 2006, and

Whereas, in 2006, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, the name the popular retailer adopted in 1998, celebrated its 75th anniversary, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters on the retailer’s 75th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Pal Borofsky at Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters in Brattleboro.

H.C.R. 266

House concurrent resolution honoring Kermit and Margaret Richardson for their dedication as citizen public servants in the town of Orange

Offered by:  Representatives Winters of Williamstown and Davis of Washington

Offered by:  Senators Coppenrath and Kitchel

Whereas, Kermit and Margaret Richardson’s marriage of 57 years has been happily occupied with a family that has grown to four children, nine grandchildren, and soon to be six great-grandchildren, and

Whereas, for many decades, the Richardsons’ second family, the town of Orange and its voters, has also been of great personal importance, and

Whereas, at the Orange town meeting on March 4, 1958, 28-year-old Kermit Richardson, a three-time champion debater at Bradford Academy, confidently volunteered and was immediately elected, for the first time, as his community’s town moderator, and

Whereas, on that March morning 50 years ago, the town of Orange inaugurated the now annual civic ritual of electing him as the presiding officer at town meeting, and

Whereas, although he has mastered the finer points of Robert’s Rules of Order, the moderator’s Bible, Kermit Richardson has come to realize that good common sense and respect for the town’s deliberating voters are of paramount importance in the running of a successful town meeting, and

Whereas, Kermit Richardson’s presence at the moderator’s platform has been a steady and welcoming sight in Orange despite changes in venues, starting time, and the town’s extended flirtation with partial Australian balloting, and

Whereas, although 2008 marked his 50th anniversary as Orange town moderator, Kermit Richardson, who also served for 12 years as a member of the Orange County school board, two terms as a member of the House of Representatives, and eight years as national master of the Grange, looks forward to continuing his role as Orange town moderator, and

Whereas, Kermit Richardson inspired his son Mark to follow his father’s lead, and the younger Richardson serves as the Chelsea town moderator, and

Whereas, service to the town of Orange has been a Richardson family enterprise as Margaret Richardson, who has now retired, was town auditor for 30 years, and she was greatly admired for the competent manner in which she performed her important fiscal oversight responsibilities, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Kermit and Margaret Richardson for their dedication as citizen public servants in the town of Orange, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Kermit and Margaret Richardson in Orange.

H.C.R. 267

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Basin Harbor Club on its receipt of a 2008 Vermont Centennial Business Award

Offered by:  Representatives Clark of Vergennes and Oxholm of Vergennes

Offered by:  Senators Ayer and Giard

Whereas, the history of the Basin Harbor Club dates to 1790, when Revolutionary War veteran Platt Rogers constructed the Homestead at Basin Harbor, and

Whereas, he soon began operating the Homestead as an inn, and the Winans family, descendants of Rogers’s son‑in‑law, James Winans, operated this inn into the 20th century, and

Whereas, separately, in 1882, Ardelia Beach, the true matriarch of the Basin Harbor Club, purchased the Lodge farm on the harbor’s south shore for $4,292.00, and she began accepting paying boarders in 1886, and

Whereas, she raised the building’s roof in 1890, creating a third floor and more guest space, and

Whereas, Ardelia Beach’s nephew Allen Penfield (AP) Beach persuaded his father to purchase the Lodge from Ardelia, and beginning in 1913, AP began a 40‑plus‑year association with the resort, and

Whereas, in the boom days of the 1920s, AP Beach built a nine‑hole golf course that opened in 1928 and the first of the numerous cottages now on the property, and, to conclude the decade, he electrified the resort, and

Whereas, during the Great Depression, the Lodge and the Homestead were merged into a single resort under AP Beach’s ownership, and

Whereas, AP’s son, Robert Sr., representing the third generation of Beaches to operate the Basin Harbor Club, assumed a greater managerial role after World War II, and a new and spacious dining room was built in 1946, and

Whereas, the golf course grew to a full 18 holes in the 1950s, and a state‑funded air strip was created as a Cold War defensive measure, and

Whereas, vacationers are able to cool off in the new swimming pool built during the 1960s, and

Whereas, in that same decade, the Beach family bid farewell to AP whose death marked the closing of an historic era at Basin Harbor Resort, and

Whereas, in the 1970s, air conditioning arrived in the main dining room, the Red Mill informal eatery was opened, and nature trails were expanded, and

Whereas, the 1980s saw the centennial of Basin Harbor Club in 1986 and the new leadership of fourth‑generation Beach family proprietors Pennie and Robert Jr., and

Whereas, the desires of the resort’s youngest visitors were addressed in the 1990s when a fantastic playhouse with multiple pavilions and slides was constructed, reflecting the impact of the young fifth generation of Beaches, and

Whereas, in the new century, the Basin Harbor Club became the first Vermont resort to gain membership in the National Audubon Society’s Cooperative Sanctuary Program, and

Whereas, Basin Harbor Club was recently honored when the secretary of state, Vermont Business Magazine, and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce presented the resort a 2008 Vermont Centennial Business Award marking its 122 years of superb hospitality, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates the Basin Harbor Club on its receipt of a 2008 Vermont Centennial Business Award, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Pennie Beach and Robert Beach in Vergennes.

H.C.R. 268

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Windsor High School Yellow Jackets Division II boys’ basketball championship team

Offered by:  Representative Sweaney of Windsor

Offered by:  Senators Campbell, McCormack and Nitka

Whereas, the Windsor High School Yellow Jackets nearly captured the 2007 Division II boys’ basketball crown in a close 76–71 loss to the Mt. Abraham Union High School Eagles, and

Whereas, in 2008, the adrenaline flowed in the Yellow Jackets as No. 2‑seeded Windsor once again earned the right to play the top‑seeded Mt. Abraham for the Division II championship, and

Whereas, Windsor’s prospects were not initially bright as they concluded the first quarter on the low end of a 16–5 score, and

Whereas, halftime arrived at a more encouraging moment with Windsor on top, for the first time in the game, 30–29, based on a Yellow Jacket three‑pointer a mere second before the midpoint break, and

Whereas, Mt. Abraham rebounded and held a three‑point advantage, 48–45, at the break between the final two periods, and

Whereas, in the last quarter, the Yellow Jackets concentrated on winning and played in a style befitting a championship team, and

Whereas, Windsor opened the fourth quarter exhibiting a slight of hand, stealing the ball and scoring a fast layup and then adding another two points after an Eagle turnover to secure a temporary 49–48 lead, and

Whereas, although the Yellow Jackets and the Eagles exchanged the lead over the following few minutes, with approximately four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Windsor’s James Aldrich directed the basketball into the net sending his team ahead 56–52, a lead it would retain for the balance of the game, and

Whereas, the Yellow Jackets’ high game scorer, Sean Buckner, earned a crucial 10 of his 18 points in the last quarter, and the Yellow Jackets succeeded in 6 of 7 foul shots during the game’s final 48 seconds to clinch a solid 71–57 win and the 2008 Division II boys’ basketball championship, and

Whereas, the contributors to this impressive team effort included Billy Gokey, James Aldrich, Tim Lens, Jeff Danyew, Sean Buckner, Alex Beloin, Kane O’Neill, Cody Tancreti, Jake Perkins, Justin Menard, Kyle Wiedman, Hunter Knox, Tyler Kibling, James Nolan, and Gavin Callahan, and

Whereas, the 2008 state title represented coach Harry Ladue’s fourth Windsor boys’ basketball crown, and his two assistant coaches Don Swinyer and Win Townsend were keys to the team’s success, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 Windsor High School Yellow Jackets Division II boys’ basketball championship team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Harry Ladue at Windsor High School.



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