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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

thursday, april 17, 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 Illuzzi and Starr,

     By Representatives Wheeler of Derby and Lewis of Derby,

S.C.R. 46. 

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating QNEK Productions on its 15th anniversary.

Whereas, the home of QNEK Productions (QNEK) is the historic Haskell Opera House located on the international border in Derby Line and Stanstead, Quebec, and

Whereas, the company’s binational status was formalized in 2005 when QNEK Productions was invited to join the Quebec Drama Federation and became the only international theater company in the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, QNEK Productions educational endeavors include the Academy for Children in Theater (ACT 1) for youngsters ages 9–13; the apprenticeship program for students ages 13–19; the QNEK scholarship for graduating seniors; and the over $10,000.00 in scholarship monies awarded to students in the Northeast Kingdom, and

Whereas, QNEK offers loans for props, sets and costumes to local high schools and provides them with technical support for their productions at no cost to the schools, and

Whereas, the educational and outreach roles will broaden in 2008 with the inauguration of QFEST, which this year will focus on the presentation of already written 10-minute plays; and the prospective plan for 2009 is to guide students at several area high schools in the development of plays that will be featured at each high school in a play tournament, with the winner of each tournament invited to perform on the Haskell’s stage and the ultimate winning students being awarded college scholarship funds, and

Whereas, QNEK has involved Vermonters at the other end of the age spectrum through a 2005 Vermont Women’s Foundation grant that financed Memoirs, an unusual project that encouraged senior women in the Northeast Kingdom to write their personal stories that were interpreted and musically enhanced for a World Premier performance, and

Whereas, the proceeds from sales of the book containing these women’s stories were donated to support the dialysis project at North Country Hospital; and other charitable donations from performance revenues have been donated to breast cancer awareness activities; and this year, QNEK plans to donate money toward the installation of much needed air-conditioning in the Haskell House, and

Whereas, QNEK founding director, Lynn Leimer, was the winner of the 2004 Vermoscar Award for outstanding contributions to the arts in the Northeast Kingdom, has served as a drama adjudicator at the State of Vermont Drama Festival and at Montreal’s Fringe Festival, and is the secretary of the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative which QNEK joined in 2007, and

Whereas, QNEK’s main stage repertoire has expanded from one production in 1993 to four in 2008, beginning with season opener Dearly Beloved on April 25, the Mikado in August, Nunsense in September, and concluding with a bonus, Christmas Belles in November, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates QNEK Productions on its 15th anniversary, and be it further

ResolvedThat the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Lynn Leimer.

By Senators Collins and Kittell,

By Representatives Keenan of St. Albans City, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Allard of St. Albans Town and Howrigan of Fairfield,

S.C.R. 47.

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Caitlin Manahan on being named the 2008 Miss Hockey.

Whereas, Caitlin Manahan’s enthusiasm for the fast-paced game of ice hockey was apparent to BFA-St. Albans Comets girls’ hockey coach Luke Cioffi when he watched her compete as a junior high school player, and

Whereas, she is an extremely talented player whose skills continued to improve during her four years as a Comet, and she contributed in a major way to her team’s three Division I titles during the past four years, including in 2008 when she scored two of the three Comet goals in the championship game, and

Whereas, Caitlin Manahan now holds her school’s all-time girls’ ice hockey scoring record with 153 points and an impressive 98 goals, and

Whereas, team leadership is an inclusive concept for Caitlin Manahan whose play on the ice and interactions with her teammates are always collaborative and never self-centered, and

Whereas, off the ice, Caitlin is a caring individual whose concern for the welfare of others is manifested in many ways, such as her participation in a school work trip to a rural Nicaraguan village to which she planned to return during the 2008 spring break, and

Whereas, she intends to major in human services and Spanish at Elmira College, where she will of course play ice hockey, and she hopes to serve in the Peace Corps following her college studies, continuing her goal of community service on an international level, and

Whereas, in recognition of her outstanding career in high school hockey, the Burlington Free Press has honored Caitlin Manahan by naming her the newspaper’s 2008 Miss Hockey, a title bestowed on the young woman that its sportswriters deem to be this season’s top woman high school ice hockey player in the state, and

Whereas, Caitlin Manahan is an outstanding human being whose hockey talents add luster to a person whose personal values are a model for her peers, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Caitlin Manahan on being named 2008 Miss Hockey, and be it further

ResolvedThat the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Caitlin Manahan and to Luke Cioffi, both at BFA-St. Albans.

By Senators Doyle, Coppenrath, Cummings, Mullin and Scott,

S.C.R. 48.

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the Granite Center Garden Club on its 70th anniversary.

Whereas, gardens brighten a community with color and beauty, and instill a sense of civic pride, and

Whereas, for 70 years, the Granite Center Garden Club (GCGC) has promoted botany and horticultural activities in the Barre community through its mission “to increase knowledge of gardening, to promote the conservation of natural resources, and to participate in the community through beautification projects,” and

Whereas, at the Aldrich Library, the GCGC has planted trees and flowers, decorated the building at the holiday season, and donated books on gardening, and

Whereas, in 1968, the GCGC landscaped the grounds of the new Central Vermont Hospital, and

Whereas, another major endeavor for the GCGC was the planting of crab apple trees on Auditorium Hill and at the new Spaulding High School, and

Whereas, the students and faculty at Barre City and Barre town elementary schools have enjoyed the butterfly gardens that the GCGC planted on their respective school grounds, and

Whereas, the GCGC’s floral arrangements are featured at the Paletteers Art Show, and

Whereas, regional Habitat for Humanity homes are the sites for GCGC’s tree and flower plantings, and

Whereas, in recognition of the GCGC’s contributions to the city’s landscape over the past seven decades, the Barre City Council has officially honored this community-minded organization, and

Whereas, on April 19, 2007, the GCGC will observe its 70th anniversary, an occasion of great celebration for garden lovers in the Barre area, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Granite Center Garden Club on its 70th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Phyllis Andrews, chair of the Granite Center Garden Club.

By Senators White and Shumlin,

     By Representatives Deen of Westminster, Edwards of Brattleboro, Hube of Londonderry, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marek of Newfane, Milkey of Brattleboro, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Partridge of Windham and Pillsbury of Brattleboro,

S.C.R. 49. 

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Marlboro College on its 60th anniversary.

Whereas, Marlboro College, established in 1946, is a unique institution of higher education whose academic mission is “to teach students to think clearly and to learn independently” and emphasizes academic self‑initiative and a creative pursuit of knowledge, and

Whereas, students are required “to participate in the planning of their own program of study,” through the plan of concentration first introduced in 1960, and major community issues are addressed through the college town meetings  convened regularly since 1947, and

Whereas, before any class met, Robert Frost became Marlboro College’s first trustee in 1946, and in 1950, the college awarded him its first honorary doctoral degree, and

Whereas, Arthur F. Whittemore was elected the first chair of the board of trustees, and Walter Hendricks, Marlboro College’s first president in 1946, and Hendricks and his wife, Flora, donated most of the farm land and buildings that formed the campus, and

Whereas, the Marlboro Music School arrived on the campus in 1950, commencing the college’s international reputation as a center for chamber music and the college’s association with many famous musicians, including Rudolf Serkin, who in 1977 was awarded an honorary doctorate and for whom in 2005 the college’s new performing arts center was named, and

Whereas, in 1965, Marlboro College’s academic integrity and excellence were confirmed when, on its first application, it achieved accreditation from the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, and

Whereas, former Time Magazine correspondent Rod Gander, who later was elected Senator from the Windham Senatorial District,  became president in 1981 and inaugurated the college’s first capital campaign, and

Whereas, a new era in international education was launched in 1985 when Marlboro College and the School for International Training collaborated to establish World Studies and World Issues academic programs, and

Whereas, Marlboro College entered the high technology age in 1994 with wiring construction support from a major federal Title III grant, and

Whereas, in 1997, the scope of studies and physical contours of the college were extended in new directions when the Marlboro College Graduate Center was established in downtown Brattleboro, and

Whereas, in the first decade of the 21st century, major developments have included the opening of the Marlboro College Technology Center in Brattleboro, the establishment of a farm on the main campus, the receipt of a Freeman Foundation grant to strengthen undergraduate education and inspire research on Asian studies topics, the completion of a capital campaign that raised $5 million above its original goal, and the arrival of Ellen McCulloch‑Lovell as the college’s eighth and outstanding current president, now therefore be it  

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Marlboro College on its 60th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Marlboro College President Ellen McCulloch‑Lovell.

By Senators Shumlin, Mazza and Scott,

By Representatives Wright and Keogh,

S.C.R. 50. 

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating WVMT radio’s Charlie and Ernie In The Morning on the radio program’s 10th anniversary.

Whereas, in 2008, the standard AM dial’s daily competition includes not only its competitor of many decades, the FM dial, but newer technologies such as Internet audio streaming and satellite radio, and

Whereas, despite the scope and technological advancement embodied in these new media, AM radio remains the preferred audio choice for tens of thousands of listeners who tune to its frequencies every day for news, sports, weather, a diverse mix of musical genres, and engaging conversation in which the listener is often a participant, and

Whereas, in the Burlington-Plattsburgh radio market, one of the primary reasons to keep your AM radio turned on, and the dial set at 620 WVMT, is Charlie and Ernie In The Morning, starring Charlie Papillo, and his radio pal and veteran broadcaster, Ernie Farrar, and

Whereas, they wake up Chittenden, Franklin and nearby New York state counties each weekday morning with their unique combination of fun, gab, incisive commentary, caller contributions and all the necessary information one needs to face the world at the start of a new day, and

Whereas, this rollicking duo of radio buddies is celebrating a most auspicious occasion on Friday, April 18, 2008, when they observe the 10th anniversary of the Charlie and Ernie In The Morning radio show on WVMT, and

Whereas, listeners will assuredly hear a special anniversary broadcast that is the radio equivalent of a grand celebration, and clearly a party that must not be missed, and

Whereas, the 10th anniversary of Charlie and Ernie In The Morning on WVMT marks an unparalleled milestone in the history of radio broadcasting in Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is thrilled to congratulate WVMT’s Charlie and Ernie In The Morning, and its two wonderful stars, Charlie Papillo and Ernie Farrar, on the radio program’s 10th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Charlie Papillo and Ernie Farrar at WVMT radio in Colchester.

By Senators Doyle, Cummings and Scott,

By Representatives Anderson of Montpelier and Kitzmiller of Montpelier,

     S.C.R. 51. 

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Montpelier High School principal Peter Evans on his designation as the 2008 Vermont Principal of the Year.

Whereas, serving as a public high school principal is an extremely challenging task that involves working in different, and at times conflicting, academic, administrative and representational capacities, and

Whereas, the bottom line for every principal is helping to foster the best possible educational opportunity for each student in the school and creating an ideal learning environment to facilitate that objective, and

Whereas, each year the National Association of Secondary School Principals, in cooperation with its state‑affiliated organizations, including the Vermont Principals’ Association, designates a principal in each of the 50 states as that state’s principal of the year, and

Whereas, the Vermont Principals’ Association has selected Montpelier High School principal Peter Evans as the 2008 recipient of this distinguished award in the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, Peter Evans is a fitting choice for this award as he is a principal who maintains effective and collaborative working relationships with both faculty and students, and

Whereas, unlike many principals, he serves as a teacher advisor in order to continue the regular and direct daily contact with students that principals often lose when they leave the classroom for the administrative office, and

Whereas, Peter Evans’ less-than-stellar academic profile in high school bore no indication of his future career, but through working with a potter, he developed a passionate interest in art that eventually led to a love affair with education, and

Whereas, his own educational quest for academic advancement has resulted in his completion of a doctoral degree in education at the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, his admirers include both Montpelier school superintendent Steve Metcalf and schoolboard chair John Hollar, who are both pleased with the rising level of achievement that Montpelier High School students have demonstrated, and

Whereas, before major school decisions are made, Peter Evans will consult the faculty to assist him in gauging the best way to proceed, and

Whereas, voter faith in the school system, of which Peter Evans is a primary representative to the community, was exhibited when a $1.46 million bond was adopted at town meeting in March 2008, and

Whereas, in September Peter Evans, along with similarly recognized secondary school principals from the other 49 states, will be honored at a special celebration in Washington, D.C., now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Montpelier High School principal Peter Evans on his designation as the 2008 Vermont Principal of the Year, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Peter Evans at Montpelier High School.

H.C.R. 269

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Mount Anthony Union High Patriots’ 2008 Vermont championship wrestling team on winning a national record-setting 20th consecutive state title 

Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Botzow of Pownal, Corcoran of Bennington, Krawczyk of Bennington, Miller of Shaftsbury and Mook of Bennington

Offered by:  Senator Sears

Whereas, prior to this year, the Mount Anthony Union High School Patriots had captured 19 consecutive state high school wrestling titles in an historic athletic odyssey that continued forward with immense vigor at the 2008 Vermont championship meet held at the Keefe Gymnasium in Rutland City, and

Whereas, the Patriots were in top form as they faced 20 other schools who sought the distinction of defeating the Patriots, a dream that was truly far beyond their grasp, and

Whereas, when all of the two-day tournament’s wrestling matches had concluded, the Patriots had won their 20th state championship, earning a massive victory as they scored 290.5 points while their nearest opponent, Mount Mansfield Union High School, despite its roster of outstanding wrestlers, including two individual champions, trailed 150.5 points behind, and

Whereas, seven of the Patriots won individual championships, in their respective weight classes, including Mike Bradley (103 pounds), Jacob Shortt, (119 pounds), Scott Legacy II (130 pounds), Matt Parisi (140 pounds), Damian Legacy (152 pounds), Matt McVay (189 pounds), Ethan Furlon (285 pounds), and the other outstanding team members are Zech Burke, Cody Wilkins, Zach Randall, Cole Frost, Brad Sawyer, and Kyle Lane, and

Whereas, beyond the accolades of their hometown fans, the Patriots are especially thrilled to have set a national high school wrestling record with their 20th consecutive state championship victory, and

Whereas, the team’s success is made possible with the great support of the many individuals associated with the Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling program, including coach Scott Legacy, who has piloted all 20 of the state championship teams, assistant coaches Eric Becker, Shawn Legacy, T.J. Maroney, Kyle Willard, Dwayne Metcalf, Derrick Tienken, Fred LaBrake, and Dan Pierce, junior varsity head coach Ben Lackey, assistant junior varsity coach Bucky Noyes, and student assistants Katie Nelson, Jessica Altiery, and Tesla Shaw who are responsible for statistics, and team manager Paul Redden, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Mount Anthony Union High School Patriots’ 2008 Vermont championship wrestling team on winning a national record-setting 20th consecutive state title, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Scott Legacy at Mount Anthony Union High School.

H.C.R. 270

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Mount Anthony Union High School Lady Patriots Division I championship Nordic ski team

Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Botzow of Pownal, Corcoran of Bennington, Krawczyk of Bennington, Miller of Shaftsbury and Mook of Bennington

Offered by:  Senator Sears

Whereas, the Nordic skiing state high school championship tournament is eagerly anticipated among high school cross-country skiers in Vermont, and

Whereas, the heavy and frequent snowfalls this winter enabled the competitors to ski in ideal conditions on powdery snowy course surfaces, and

Whereas, the tournament is a two-day event with the first day’s competition, the classical races, occurring at the Rikert Ski Touring Center in Middlebury on Saturday, February 16, and the concluding day’s races held at Mountain Top in Chittenden on Thursday, February 21, and

Whereas, the Division I girls’ competition proved a special showcase for the extremely talented young women Nordic skiers from Mount Anthony Union High School (MAUHS) in Bennington who, as the 2007 champions, were seeking to extend their winning streak to two in a row, and

Whereas, once again, the MAUHS Lady Patriots skiers earned the top, or to be accurate in skiing parlance the lowest, scoring total of 86 points, while the second‑place Champlain Valley team trailed far behind at 169, and

Whereas, the quick and talented Lady Patriot skiers who brought a second Division I Nordic ski championship title home to their school were Melissa Buckley, Kristen Carra, Carson Casey, Olivia Casey-Moore, Mem Daliey, Anya Eckhardt, Kelsey Hoar, Catherine Keenan, Mackenzie Kurtzner, Charlotte Malmborg, Emily Pietrucha, Elisabeth Seyferth, Julia Seyferth, Catherine Sharkey, Helen Sharkey, and Lettie Stratton, and

Whereas, the Lady Patriots’ skiing talents were polished under the tutelage of head coach Bruce Smith and assistant coach Rob Short, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 Mount Anthony Union High School Lady Patriots Division I championship Nordic ski team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bruce Smith at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington.

H.C.R. 271

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Mount Anthony Union High School 2008 Lady Patriots’ Division I girls’ basketball championship team

Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Botzow of Pownal, Corcoran of Bennington, Krawczyk of Bennington, Miller of Shaftsbury and Mook of Bennington

Offered by:  Senator Sears

Whereas, the Mount Anthony Union High School (MAUHS) Division I Lady Patriots girls’ basketball team learned that a state championship is never a foregone conclusion, even for the defending title holders, and

Whereas, the Lady Patriots played convincingly during the winter, earning the No. 3 playoff tournament seed and sported a 20–3 record after they secured a much-coveted berth in the 2008 Division I championship game, and

Whereas, at the University of Vermont’s Patrick Gymnasium, the Lady Patriots encountered the No. 5-seeded Champlain Valley Union High School (CVUHS) Redhawks who also had similar championship dreams, and

Whereas, the Lady Patriots started the evening with a solid 11–2 scoring salvo, and despite the Redhawks narrowing the gap to seven points, with only 11 seconds remaining in the first half, MAUHS retired from the court at half time with a comfortable 31–21 lead, and

Whereas, early in the third quarter, the Lady Patriots padded their advantage to 14 points, but the Redhawks shot back with 13 of the quarter’s 17 final points, reducing the MAUHS margin to five points, 39–35, as the teams entered the last and most dramatic quarter of play, and

Whereas, CVUHS’ offensive spark continued into the fourth quarter as it narrowed the Lady Patriots’ lead to 39–38 with seven minutes to play, but 21 seconds later, Michelle King (MAUHS’ high scorer with 19 points) executed a three-point play that temporarily halted the Redhawks’ scoring surge, and

Whereas, a determined CVUHS team again threatened to derail the Lady Patriots’ championship aspirations as it reduced the MAUHS lead to 50–48 with 48 seconds of regulation play remaining, and

Whereas, Kayla Whitman’s timely pass to Kourtney Hewitt, who immediately scored on a lay up, began a final scoring push, assuring an MAUHS 56-48 win, and its second consecutive Division I girls’ basketball state championship title, and

Whereas, Lady Patriots Chelsea Allard, Lizzie Curtin, Kasey Frasier, Alyssa Herrington, Kourtney Hewitt, Michelle King, Amber Legacy, Jhonny Mahar, Alyssa Porter, Bree Ripley, Courtney Saheim, Rebecca Sklepowicz, and Kayla Whitman were delighted with this hard-fought victory, and

Whereas, head coach Leo Reynolds and assistant coaches Bill Martin and Courtney Ludwig directed the Lady Patriots well through the challenging final quarter, and the team’s manager, Hannah Cross, was always rooting her classmates to victory, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Mount Anthony Union High School 2008 Lady Patriots Division I girls’ basketball championship team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Leo Reynolds at Mount Anthony Union High School.

H.C.R. 272

House concurrent resolution in memory of former Bennington County Assistant Judge Ezekiel S. Cross

Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Corcoran of Bennington, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington and Livingston of Manchester

Whereas, Ezekiel Cross resided throughout his life in the town of Shaftsbury, but his decades of civic service extended statewide and continued to his dying day, and

Whereas, his youth was spent on his family’s Hardwood Hill dairy farm, and he later attended Berkshire College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and

Whereas, in the private sector, Ezekiel Cross had a 40‑year association with the Bennington Banner, and for three decades he was a partner with his wife in Mary Lou’s Bakery, and

Whereas, at Town Meeting Day in 1964, Ezekiel Cross was first elected to the Shaftsbury Selectboard, and he remained a member of this municipal governing body for the next nine years, and

Whereas, Ezekiel Cross’s perceptive administrative skills were applied to the town’s voter registration process and its review of property tax appeals through his membership on the board of civil authority, on which he sat both as a selectman and also for 15 years as a justice of the peace, and

Whereas, his talents as a public official were recognized beyond Shaftsbury’s borders, and in 1988, Ezekiel Cross was elected Bennington County high bailiff introducing him to the county’s court system, and

Whereas, Ezekiel Cross’s experience as high bailiff was useful preparation for his subsequent tenure as a Bennington County assistant judge, and he attended the Judicial College in Nevada in order to better understand the duties of a civil trial judge, and

Whereas, several state government panels, including the health policy council, the lottery commission, and, most recently, the medical practice board, were fortunate to have the governor appoint Ezekiel Cross to participate in their respective organizations’ deliberations, and

Whereas, he was a local officer in several community organizations including the Grange, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and the American Association of Retired Persons, and Ezekiel Cross also was a leader in the State Association of Judges and its national counterpart, and

Whereas, Ezekiel Cross’s death at the age of 76 concluded the life of an outstanding Vermont citizen whose survivors include Mary Lou Cross, his wife of 54 years, son Peter Cross and his wife Paula Cross, two daughters, Kimberly Bessette and her husband Stephen Bessette and Doris Bigart and her friend Michael Lemieux, daughter-in-law Pamela Cross, the wife of the couple’s late son Alan, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a brother, a sister, and his mother-in-law, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its sympathies to the family of former Bennington Assistant Judge Ezekiel Cross, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mary Lou Cross in Shaftsbury.

H.C.R. 273

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Vermont Frost Heaves on winning the 2008 American Basketball Association championship

Offered by:  Representatives McDonald of Berlin, Ainsworth of Royalton, Anderson of Montpelier, Audette of S. Burlington, Bissonnette of Winooski, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Devereux of Mount Holly, Godin of Milton, Grad of Moretown, Hube of Londonderry, Jewett of Ripton, Keogh of Burlington, Koch of Barre Town, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, McFaun of Barre Town, Monti of Barre City, Moran of Wardsboro, Morley of Barton, Mrowicki of Putney, Nease of Johnson, Oxholm of Vergennes, Pearson of Burlington, Scheuermann of Stowe, Sharpe of Bristol, Stevens of Shoreham, Symington of Jericho, Valliere of Barre City, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington

Offered by:  Senators Doyle, Coppenrath, Cummings and Scott

Whereas, the Vermont Frost Heaves 2007 American Basketball Association (ABA) championship thrilled their many fans who anticipated another spectacular season of play in 2008, and

Whereas, once again in 2008, the Frost Heaves earned the coveted first place post-season competition ranking, and the far north journey to Quebec City proved no deterrence to the Frost Heaves’ championship quest, and

Whereas, in the quarterfinal and semifinal playoff tournament rounds, the Frost Heaves defeated the San Francisco Ramble and the Texas Tycoons, respectively, and

Whereas, this left only the San Diego Wildcats standing in the way of a second ABA title for the Frost Heaves, and

Whereas, the Sunday, March 30 championship game against the Wildcats was as thrilling as any sportswriter might imagine, and

Whereas, despite the fevered pitch of play, when the buzzer sounded, the Frost Heaves won the game 87–84 and were crowned the 2008 ABA champions, and

Whereas, this is the first team, whose 2007–2008 roster featured Dokun Akingbade, Markus Austin, Tyrone Barley, John Bryant, Antonio Burks, Chris Cayole, Brett Gravitt, Terrance Green, Issa Konare, Dwayne Lee, Erik Nelson,  Dwuan Rice, B.J. Robertson, and Ted Skuchas, in the contemporary ABA to earn two consecutive championship trophies, and

Whereas, team member Dwuan Rice was named the tournament’s most valuable player, and

Whereas, most deservedly, head coach Will Voigt has, for the second consecutive year, been designated the ABA Coach of the Year, and in addition to winning the 2008 ABA championship, his season’s accomplishments included winning his 100th professional game and the 2008 ABA all-star contest, and

Whereas, coach Will Voigt, along with his great coaching and medical staff, consisting of assistant coaches Wayne Lafley, Matt Saltus, and Kerry Lyons, strength and conditioning coach, Scott Caulfield, trainer Meggan McCusker, and team physician, Dr. Robert Leubbers, had major roles in the team’s success, and

Whereas, team president and general manager Alex Wolff’s dream of professional basketball in central Vermont has blossomed into a local sporting institution, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates the Vermont Frost Heaves on winning the 2008 American Basketball Association championship, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Alex Wolff.


H.C.R. 274

House concurrent resolution honoring Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. on its fortieth anniversary

Offered by:  Representatives Grad of Moretown, Anderson of Montpelier, Donahue of Northfield, Dostis of Waterbury, Hosford of Waitsfield, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, Minter of Waterbury, Monti of Barre City, Nease of Johnson, Partridge of Windham, Peltz of Woodbury, Smith of Morristown and Valliere of Barre City

Offered by:  Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Scott of Washington District, Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Carris of Rutland District, Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Coppenrath of Caledonia District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Giard of Addison District, Senator Hartwell of Bennington District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex‑Orleans District, Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District, Senator Kittell of Franklin District, Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator MacDonald of Orange District, Senator Maynard of Rutland District, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle District, Senator McCormack of Windsor District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District, Senator Mullin of Rutland District, Senator Nitka of Windsor District, Senator Racine of Chittenden District, Senator Sears of Bennington District, Senator Shumlin of Windham District, Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Starr of Essex‑Orleans District and Senator White of Windham District

Whereas, Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. was incorporated in February 1963 as the Winooski Valley Family Consultation Service, and

Whereas, on November 16, 1967, the board of directors voted to change the organization’s name to Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. (WCMHS) to describe more accurately its geographic coverage area, to reflect the nature of the services it provides, and most importantly to enable it to request federal designation as a comprehensive mental health center which would facilitate the receipt of federal financial support, and

Whereas, in the early years, the organization relied largely on state
grants, school system contracts, and contributions from local fundraising for its monetary support, and

Whereas, WCMHS clinical staff began specializing in a number of subfields of mental health care, including high risk clients, children, adolescents, elderly people, people diagnosed with developmental disabilities or substance abuse, and public offenders, and

Whereas, other organizations benefiting from WCMHS professional assistance have included Head Start, Planned Parenthood, and the Vermont Department of Corrections, and

Whereas, WCMHS staff work both at the organization’s headquarters and in the field to supply clients with the counseling they require, and

Whereas, in 1973, three area community mental health centers, including WCMHS, joined forces to form the Orange-Washington-Lamoille Community Service Council (OWL Council) in order to meet the minimum population threshold of 75,000 to apply for a federal mental health services grant, and

Whereas, this coordinated tri-county effort resulted in federal grant support both for facilities and for services, and

Whereas, WCMHS has expanded over the past four decades from being a small organization to a major provider of comprehensive mental health and developmental disability services for over 35,000 central Vermonters

and their families, and

Whereas, WCMHS has been recognized nationally for implementing cutting-edge and cost-effective consumer-centered mental health and developmental disability services, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to honor Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. on its fortieth anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc.

H.C.R. 275

House concurrent resolution honoring retiring Weybridge town moderator Stanley James Jr.

Offered by:  Representative Bray of New Haven

Offered by:  Senators Ayer and Giard

Whereas, Vermonters value their town moderators as local institutional treasures who gain their longevity based on a genuinely perceived impartiality and fairness in presiding at a municipality’s annual town meeting, and

Whereas, in the town of Weybridge, the trust placed in the James family’s parliamentary abilities extended over half a century, and

Whereas, in 1975, when 22-year veteran moderator Stanley James banged the town meeting gavel for the last time, his son Stanley Jr., better known as Kelly, immediately took possession of this symbol of Vermont’s grassroots democracy and began a new chapter in his family’s town meeting tradition that would extend for another 33 years through 2008, and

Whereas, Kelly James learned to walk the fine line by keeping the Weybridge town meeting moving forward without denying a voter the chance to express what was on his or her mind with respect to any issue, and

Whereas, his command of Robert’s Rules of Order and unobtrusive yet watchful presiding technique won the respect of his fellow Weybridge residents, and he served without interruption or challenge throughout his long and admired service at the podium, and

Whereas, Weybridge’s citizens recognized that this farmer’s sharp mind and down‑to‑earth Vermont sense of right and wrong should not be exercised  on the community’s behalf only once a year, and

Whereas, he served in various local roles, including holding seats on the Weybridge planning commission and the zoning board, and

Whereas, Kelly James places a high priority on ensuring that students receive a quality education, and he has exercised this belief through his service on the Union District 3 school board and on the committees that brought the Weybridge and Cornwall school buildings to fruition, and

Whereas, although he decided that 2008 would be his final year to serve as Weybridge town meeting moderator, ending an illustrious 33‑year tenure in this post, Kelly James will continue to serve on the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center’s board of directors, and

Whereas, the town of Weybridge will need to acquire a new gavel and copy of Robert’s Rules of Order, as these are both cherished personal possessions that will remain with the James family, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors retiring Weybridge town moderator Stanley James Jr. for his long and faithful community service, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Stanley James Jr. in Weybridge and to the Weybridge town clerk.

H.C.R. 276

House concurrent resolution recognizing the lifesaving efforts of William Woolsey

Offered by:  Representatives Wheeler of Derby and Lewis of Derby

Offered by:  Senators Illuzzi and Starr

Whereas, the bitterly cold winter day of January 28, 2008 proved eventful in the lives of William Woolsey of East Charleston and Carroll Silloway of East Charleston, and one they will long remember, and

Whereas, on this morning, Silloway took advantage of nearby Echo Lake’s solidly frozen surface and snowmobiled across it, and

Whereas, at approximately 11 a.m., as Silloway drove up a ramp in an attempt to leave the lake, his snowmobile tipped over and he was pinned on his back under the vehicle, and

Whereas, the force of the accident ripped away his jacket and shirt, exposing his bare skin to the frigidly cold frozen lake for a period that stretched on for five hours, and

Whereas, in the early afternoon, Woolsey was walking on Echo Lake and thought he heard a faint cry for help but was uncertain of the sound’s source or even its authenticity, and

Whereas, nonetheless Woolsey shouted out for the person to repeat the call for help, but there was no audible response in reply, and

Whereas, after being home for only a few minutes, Woolsey became extremely concerned and dashed back outside, shouting out “if someone needs help say something”, and

Whereas, this time Silloway called out for help loud enough to be heard, but even so, Woolsey later commented that had he stopped following the sound of Silloway’s voice two feet shorter, he would never have discovered the badly injured Silloway, who appeared to be drifting in and out of consciousness, and

Whereas, recognizing Silloway’s precarious situation, Woolsey decided he should not move the injured man on his own despite Silloway’s continued pleas for help, and

Whereas, Woolsey quickly returned home and gathered blankets and phoned the Charleston fire chief, who, along with his brother, proceeded by truck and foot to the scene of the accident and contacted the state police, and

Whereas, the firefighters and Woolsey, who had returned to the scene, removed Silloway from under the snowmobile and wrapped him in the blankets, and

Whereas, an ambulance soon arrived, and the injured man was taken first to North Country Hospital and then airlifted to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and

Whereas, despite the severity of his injuries, Carroll Silloway is recovering at home in East Charleston, and Bill Woolsey, although modestly wishing no recognition for his effort, clearly deserves a special commendation, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the timely and effective lifesaving efforts of William Woolsey in his rescue of Carroll Silloway, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to William Woolsey, Carroll Silloway, and the Charleston Fire Department.

H.C.R. 277

House concurrent resolution in memory of Representative David T. Clark of St. Johnsbury

Offered by:  All members of the House

Offered by:  All members of the Senate

Whereas, Representative David Clark had been a much respected leader in the civic life of the town of St. Johnsbury for over half a century, and

Whereas, he spent his youth in Kennebunk, Maine, and then graduated from the University of Maine, and he earned a master’s degree in public administration from New York University, and

Whereas, on completing his academic studies, David Clark worked in two public sector managerial positions, including his service as South Burlington town manager, before his appointment as St. Johnsbury town manager, and

Whereas, David Clark proved adept as St. Johnsbury town manager, serving in that position’s roles as chief executive officer for the town, the selectboard’s liaison with municipal employees, and overall problem solver, and his success was measured in his lengthy tenure of 36 years, and

Whereas, after his retirement as town manager, David Clark sought to remain active in the public sector and decided to run for a seat in the house of representatives to bring his wealth of municipal government experience to Montpelier, and

Whereas, Representative David Clark first entered the house as the member from St. Johnsbury in 1997, and he remained one of his town’s legislators for the next 11 years, serving on the house government operations committee where his past professional experience was invaluable, and

Whereas, the senior member from St. Johnsbury was always interested in expanding his knowledge concerning the matters under the committee’s consideration, and he worked amicably with his fellow legislators regardless of their partisan affiliation or political perspectives, and

Whereas, Representative David Clark had been active in many fraternal and community organizations in St. Johnsbury through which he had made many friendships, and

Whereas, residents of the Northeast Kingdom and the members and staff of the general assembly always anticipated the delicious apples that came from his Crow Hill Orchard that he had developed through many years of effort, and

Whereas, Representative David Clark was proud of his service in the U.S. Army as a member of the infantry during World War II, and

Whereas, after an event‑filled life that was closely intertwined with the town of St. Johnsbury, Representative David Clark died in the town he loved so well on February 21, 2008, and his survivors include his wife, Joan, two daughters, three sons, and his grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its sincere condolences to the family of Representative David Clark, whose service to his town and state it is proud to honor, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Joan Clark in St. Johnsbury.

H.C.R. 278

House concurrent resolution congratulating Vermont Woman on winning the 2007 New England Press Association’s Newspaper of the Year Award and related honors

Offered by:  Representative Pugh of S. Burlington

Whereas, in 2002, perceiving the strong need for a newspaper designed for women readers that men would also find informative, a daring group of Vermont women and men launched Vermont Woman, and

Whereas, thoughtful regular columns such as Eyes of Ceres and Older Wiser, informative articles written with great style and verve, an attractive layout, and well designed illustrations each contributed to Vermont Woman’s rapid acceptance in the journalism fraternity, and

Whereas, in 2003, Vermont Woman earned its first award, a third-place prize from the Vermont Press Association (VPA) for general excellence, and

Whereas, in 2005, Vermont Woman won first-place honors from the New England Press Association (NEPA) in the general news story and feature photo categories, and, in 2006, the VPA awarded Vermont Woman first-place awards in feature-writing and headline-writing, and NEPA presented the paper a top prize for a human interest feature story, and

Whereas, these accolades along with a number of second- and third-place awards from both organizations further enhanced Vermont Woman’s esteem among its publishing peers, and

Whereas, all of these honors were merely a prelude to the unexpected presentation to Vermont Woman of the NEPA’s 2007 Newspaper of the Year Award in the biweekly–monthly publication category, a recognition that no Vermont publication, regardless of its frequency of issuance, has ever received, and

Whereas, a NEPA competition judge commented, “I can not imagine being a woman living in Vermont and not being a reader of Vermont Woman,” and

Whereas, NEPA also recognized Vermont Woman with first-place prizes in the general news story category for Carrie Chandler’s April 2007 cover story, “Inconvenient Choices:  The Future of Vermont’s Energy Supply & Demand,” and in the feature photo category for editor Margaret Michniewicz’s portrait of Monkton farmer Norma Norris with her two grandsons, as well as with additional second- (feature photo) and third- (general news story) place awards, and

Whereas, these prestigious 2007 regional journalism awards are an amazing accomplishment, and the entire staff of Vermont Woman can be extraordinarily proud, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Vermont Woman on winning the 2007 New England Press Association’s Newspaper of the Year Award and related honors, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Vermont Woman’s publisher, Sue Gillis.

H.C.R. 279

House concurrent resolution honoring the 2008 FIRST Robotics Competition teams from Vermont

Offered by:  Representatives Klein of East Montpelier, Ainsworth of Royalton, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Crawford of Burke, French of Randolph, Grenier of St. Johnsbury and Hutchinson of Randolph

Whereas, Dean Kamen established the FIRST Robotics Competition to encourage secondary school students to pursue careers in science and technology, and

Whereas, in 2008, 37,000 students, competing on 1,500 teams, and coming from eight nations, including Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, including all 50 states, participated in this unusual international educational experience, and

Whereas, on the first Saturday in January, the FIRST competition posted a challenge on the Internet, and the teams were then given six weeks to work with professional mentors and parent volunteers to construct a robot that would represent a team at one of the regional competitions, and

Whereas, the 2008 challenge was a game entitled “Overdrive” that consisted of two alliances, red and blue, that was each composed of three teams, and

Whereas, the game’s objective was for each alliance to score points in different ways as the robots traveled counterclockwise around a large circular track, either each time the robots crossed the finish line, herding 40”-diameter track balls over the finish line, or if robots hurled the track balls over the overpass that was located six and one-half feet above the finish line, and

Whereas, two Vermont teams, The Green Team #885 and IBOTS #2370, participated in the 2008 FIRST BAE Granite State regional competition in Manchester, New Hampshire, and

Whereas, the Green Team #885 was based at Vermont Technical Center in Randolph, included 20 students ages 12–18 who reside in nine central Vermont communities, and they attend 11 different schools, including Barre Town Elementary School, East Montpelier Elementary School, Hartford Memorial Middle School, Hartford High School, Randolph Union High School, Sharon Academy, South Royalton High School, Spaulding High School, U-32 High School, Websterville Baptist School, and Williamstown High School, and it received sponsorship support from Vermont Technical College, Norwich University, the Richard E. & Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation, John Abele, Connor Contracting, Inc., SynEcology, Mansfield Heliflight, Inc., Vermont Space Grant Consortium, and Community Partnership of Orange and Windsor Counties, and

Whereas, IBOTS #2370, a Rutland area team, received sponsorship support from General Electric and Alderman Chevrolet, and

Whereas, the St. Johnsbury Academy #2538 team, competed in the 2008 First Connecticut regional competition in Hartford, Connecticut, and it received sponsorship support from NASA, Norwich University, Fairhaven Crowne, IBM, Hazelett Strip Casting, and P.G. Adams, and

Whereas, although none of the three Vermont teams was selected to continue to the international finals in Atlanta, Georgia, all three performed with distinction, and

Whereas, Vermont students who participated in the 2008 FIRST competition demonstrated their robots in the state house, and onlookers were impressed with the student’s technical skills and dedication, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the 2008 FIRST robotics competition teams from Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each of the three Vermont teams and to Dean Kamen in Manchester, New Hampshire.



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