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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

thursday, april 24, 2008
CONSENT CALENDAR

Concurrent Resolutions for Notice under Joint Rule 16

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

Senate Concurrent Resolutions

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

S.C.R. 52. 

Senate concurrent resolution honoring Robert Stiller for his entrepreneurial achievements and vision.

Whereas, Robert “Bob” Stiller, the founder and chair of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in Waterbury, has a passion for developing innovative approaches to manufacturing and business management which began during his youth while assisting at his father’s Stillman Manufacturing in the Bronx, New York, and

Whereas, by the age of 12, he had learned to operate all of the company’s equipment, and, while still a high school student, he designed a machine that expedited the manufacturing process, and

Whereas, he attended the New York Military Academy and Syracuse University and graduated from Parsons College in Iowa, and

Whereas, in the late 1970s, he and a colleague established the E-Z Wider Company, and, while managing the company, he exhibited keen and decisive entrepreneurial skills, and

Whereas, in 1981, while living near the Sugarbush Ski Resort, Bob Stiller purchased an interest in a Waitsfield cafe called Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, subsequently purchasing the entire company, and

Whereas, despite some early financial challenges, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has evolved into one of the premier small companies in the United States, and since 1993 has been a publicly traded company on NASDAQ with the moniker of GMCR, and

Whereas, in 2000, Fortune Magazine featured Bob Stiller as the publication’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and, in 2007, the company had  worldwide sales in excess of $340 million, and

Whereas, this producer and seller of high-grade and highly aromatic coffee operates from a social responsibility premise “motivated by a deep desire to learn to share and represent the best of corporate America,” and the company contributes five percent of its pretax profits to social and environmental causes, and 

Whereas, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters implements a social responsibility agenda through partnering with coffee-growing communities; supporting local communities; protecting the environment at its corporate headquarters, which are carbon neutral, through the use of electric cogeneration at its production plant, and in many manufacturing and retailing innovations; and promoting sustainable coffee through fair trade certification and carefully selected sourcing of where to purchase coffee, and

Whereas, the company has over 1,000 employees, and it has been recognized as a great place to work for its commitment to a collaborative work environment, wellness, livable wages, and holistic educational opportunities, and

Whereas, the success of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has been boosted by the company’s purchase of Keurig Corporation, a manufacturer of individual cup coffee brewing machines, and

Whereas, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has won numerous awards for its corporate leadership, and Bob Stiller and the company were profiled in a laudatory article in the July 2007 edition of Vermont Business Magazine, and

Whereas, in 2004, Bob Stiller, a licensed pilot, purchased Heritage Flight in Burlington and is continuing to create new jobs in the aviation industry, and

Whereas, in May 2007, he relinquished his daily executive duties at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters but continues to serve as chair of its board of directors and in guiding the company in brewing a better world, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Robert Stiller for his entrepreneurial achievements and vision, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send two copies of this resolution to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.


House Concurrent Resolutions

H.C.R. 280

House concurrent resolution congratulating Windsor School District Superintendent Brenda Needham on being named the 2007 Vermont Superintendent of the Year and Frederick H. Tuttle Service Award recipient

Offered by:  Representatives Sweaney of Windsor and Adams of Hartland

Offered by:  Senators Campbell, McCormack and Nitka

Whereas, the Vermont Superintendents Association annually names a recipient of the Frederick H. Tuttle Service Award, honoring an individual who merits the title Vermont Superintendent of the Year and remembering former South Burlington Superintendent Frederick H. Tuttle whose contributions to public education in Vermont were significant, and

Whereas, the criteria the association considers in naming the award’s recipient are “outstanding educational leadership at the local, regional, and state levels and a commitment to public education and children of Vermont,” and

Whereas, in 2007, after careful consideration, the Vermont Superintendents Association selected Windsor School District Superintendent Brenda Needham as the Frederick H. Tuttle Service Award recipient, and

Whereas, since the 1970s, Brenda Needham has worked in public education, and in 2000 she became the Windsor School District superintendent, and

Whereas, she has a superb professional reputation and is known as a school superintendent who is focused on the needs of children, and

Whereas, Brenda Needham works closely with teachers, parents, and the Windsor school board to implement improvements in the operation of the Windsor schools, and

Whereas, as a school superintendent, Brenda Needham has focused on a number of administrative areas including strategic planning, fiscal management, and community engagement while also dedicating considerable attention to the learning environment and curriculum development, and

Whereas, other school superintendents in the state and the region have recognized Brenda Needham’s excellent leadership skills, electing her to serve as secretary of the Vermont Superintendents Association and as president-elect of the New England Association of School Superintendents, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Windsor School District Superintendent Brenda Needham on being named the 2007 Vermont Superintendent of the Year and Frederick H. Tuttle Service Award recipient, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Brenda Needham at the administrative office of the Windsor School District.

H.C.R. 281

House concurrent resolution congratulating the State Street School in Windsor on winning the 2007 Fall Fit & Healthy Kids Challenge

Offered by:  Representatives Sweaney of Windsor and Adams of Hartland

Offered by:  Senators Campbell, McCormack and Nitka

Whereas, according to the department of health’s most recently published statistics, approximately five percent of Vermont students in grades 9–12 are overweight or obese and an additional 4,100 are at risk to join their ranks, and

Whereas, in response to this problem, which has been developing for a number of years in Vermont and nationally, the Governor’s Fit & Healthy Initiative was established “to motivate students to make health lifestyle choices,” and

Whereas, a corollary project, the fall and spring Fit & Healthy Kids Challenge, was launched to “encourage schools to incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into academics including tracking daily fruit or vegetable consumption or minutes of physical activity logged each day,” and

Whereas, the winner of the 2007 Fall Fit & Healthy Kids Challenge is the State Street School in Windsor, which challenged students to record their walked mileage and to walk the length of the Long Trail (270 miles), and

Whereas, three students completed this goal by the February 2008 school break, and

Whereas, the challenge inspired many of the students to walk to school this past winter, and a group of six graders chose to made carrot, date, and apple cake and applesauce because these are healthy foods, and

Whereas, a delegation of students, teachers and parents from the State Street School will visit the state house on May 14 for an award ceremony, and the governor will present a $500.00 check to the school to create more opportunities for healthy activities, and he will visit the students in Windsor, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Windsor State Street School on winning the 2007 Fall Fit & Healthy Kids Challenge, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the State Street School in Windsor.

H.C.R. 282

House concurrent resolution honoring the Vermont Council on World Affairs for its facilitation of Vermonters’ increased understanding of world affairs and international visitors’ knowledge of Vermont

Offered by:  Representatives Johnson of South Hero, Weston of Burlington, Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, Ancel of Calais, Andrews of Rutland City, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Browning of Arlington, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clark of Vergennes, Clerkin of Hartford, Condon of Colchester, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Courcelle of Rutland City, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, French of Randolph, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Jerman of Essex, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Komline of Dorset, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Lenes of Shelburne, Lewis of Derby, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marcotte of Coventry, Martin of Wolcott, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McFaun of Barre Town, McNeil of Rutland Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Monti of Barre City, Moran of Wardsboro, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, O'Donnell of Vernon, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Oxholm of Vergennes, Pearson of Burlington, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Rodgers of Glover, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Spengler of Colchester, Sweaney of Windsor, Wheeler of Derby, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington and Zenie of Colchester

Offered by:  Senator Mazza

Whereas, in 1952, America’s first ambassador to the United Nations and U.S. Senator Warren R. Austin along with a group of other distinguished Vermonters founded the Vermont Council on World Affairs (VCWA), and

Whereas, the VCWA is one of 86 nonprofit, nonpartisan, and independent affiliates of the World Affairs Councils of America, and

Whereas, the mission of the VCWA is to “promote an awareness and understanding of world affairs” through its programs that include public forums on key foreign affairs issues, the hosting of international delegations and the arranging of seminars and meetings with their professional counterparts in Vermont, working with local educational institutions to develop international affairs curricula and events, and fostering a better understanding of the international business arena among the state’s businesses, and

Whereas, a special component of the VCWA’s activities is its international visitors program, which is coordinated with the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitors program and has included state and federal legislators and senior government officials from South American nations, librarians and archivists from Cambodia, journalists from Sri Lanka, local government officials from Iraq, a delegation of young leaders from Turkey, and many of these international guests have visited the general assembly and met with legislators and officials from the judicial and executive branches, and

Whereas, upcoming planned visits include professional foresters from the Ukraine and a representative of the Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs who will be studying transparency in Vermont’s state and local governments, and

Whereas, these exchanges are greatly beneficial to the visitors’ and the participating Vermonters’ intercultural understanding, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly honors the Vermont Council on World Affairs for its facilitation of Vermonters’ increased understanding of world affairs and of international visitors’ knowledge of Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Council on World Affairs.

H.C.R. 283

House concurrent resolution congratulating Robert Hamlin on his extraordinary high school wrestling career

Offered by:  Representatives Barnard of Richmond, Dostis of Waterbury, Frank of Underhill, Minter of Waterbury and Symington of Jericho

Whereas, Robert Hamlin has proven he is one of the strongest and most skilled high school wrestlers in the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, since entering Mount Mansfield High School as a freshman, he has won the individual wrestling championship in his weight class during his freshman, sophomore, and junior years, and

Whereas, in 2007 as a junior, Robert Hamlin finished third in the Junior National wrestling competition held at Virginia Beach, Virginia going 8-1 and only losing to the national champion, and

Whereas, in 2008, as a senior, Robert Hamlin entered the state high school wrestling championship meet at Keefe Gymnasium in Rutland with the objective of earning his fourth consecutive individual title, and his quest proved successful, and

Whereas, wrestling this year in the 171-pound class, Robert Hamlin continued to display his dexterity and skill on the wrestling mat as he convincingly outscored his opponent from Fair Haven Union High School, winning an overwhelming 17–2 victory, and

Whereas, this impressive performance earned Robert Hamlin the tournament’s most valuable wrestler award and he was also named the tournament’s outstanding sportsman, and

Whereas, he is only the seventh Vermont high school wrestler to capture an individual title in each of his four years, finishing with an overall Vermont career record of 172–3, and

Whereas, Robert Hamlin won his third consecutive New England wrestling championship title at the regional competition in Lowell, Massachusetts where he won three preliminary round matches and then a thrilling 5-4 championship round victory, and

Whereas, this stunning accomplishment gained him automatic induction into the New England Wrestling Hall of Fame, and on March 7 he was named a Burlington Free Press athlete of the week and

Whereas, Robert Hamlin’s commitment to intensive athletic training and the highest level of wrestling performance have not deterred him from aspiring to academic excellence, and he has earned high honors at Mount Mansfield High School, and

Whereas, his wrestling and scholarly pursuits will continue this fall when he enters Lehigh University as a member of the class of 2012, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Robert Hamlin on winning his fourth consecutive individual Vermont and third New England championship titles and for his induction into the New England Wrestling Hall of Fame, and be it further

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


H.C.R. 284

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Stowe High School Raiders Division III championship field hockey team

Offered by:  Representative Scheuermann of Stowe

Whereas, the Stowe High School field hockey teams are legendary in the annals of Vermont’s interscholastic sports competition, and

Whereas, in 2007, the top-seeded Raiders entered the Division III playoff competition undefeated, having allowed only six goals during the regular season, and

Whereas, the thoroughly prepared and confident Raiders demonstrated they merited the first-seed ranking as they shut out both their first- and second-round opponents, and

Whereas, in the championship game, Stowe proved the far superior team, easily defeating Bellows Falls Union High School 3–0, clinching the 2007 Division III title, and concluding the year with an unblemished record of 17–0, and 

Whereas, the 2007 field hockey championship, the Raiders’ 15th during coach Bev Osterberg’s 39 years as the team’s leader and mentor, represents a unique record of athletic achievement, and

Whereas, all the Stowe students associated with the varsity and junior varsity field hockey program in 2007, including Kristin Chambers, Katherine Clark, Jessica Ditoro, Katrina Horton, Alana Izzo, Kathleen Landwehrle, Elizabeth Libby, Helen Mask, Ruth McGovern, Sidney Purnell, Taylor Wolfgang, Heather Bradford, Molly Hayden, Millie Heckler, Maeve McGovern, Rafferty Parke, Chelsea Thompson, Victoria Blaine, Jessica Condon, Charlotte Haab, Emma Howell, Aleksandra Karosas, Michaela Meehan, Adele Priestley, Samantha Purnell, Rebecca Condon, Olivia Derienzo, Evelyn Reed, Kim Vigneau, Nisha Walls, Sarah Winokur, and Amanda Wood, were outstanding representatives of their school, and

Whereas, the support and advice of assistant coach Janet Godin was always invaluable, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2007 Stowe High School Raiders Division III championship field hockey team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bev Osterberg at Stowe High School.


H.C.R. 285

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Stowe High School Raiders 2008 championship girls Division II Nordic ski team

Offered by:  Representative Scheuermann of Stowe, Peltz of Woodbury and Smith of Morristown

Whereas, with many miles of cross-country skiing trails contained within the municipality’s borders, the town of Stowe is not surprisingly home to some of Vermont’s swiftest and most talented Nordic skiers, and

Whereas, the familiarity of many local youngsters with the specialized techniques of this popular winter sport is reflected in the outstanding skiers who are members of Stowe High School’s Nordic ski teams, and

Whereas, in 2008, the Stowe High Division II girls’ Nordic ski team proved its command of the snowy trails by surpassing its competitors at the state championship meet by an overwhelming scoring margin, and

Whereas, the exciting two-day championship begins with a day of classical ski racing that, in 2008, took place at the Rikert Ski Touring Center in Middlebury, and

Whereas, in Division II girls’ competition, three Stowe High School students,  Ruth Ann McGovern, Lillian Katherine Van Dyke, and Maeve McGovern, and one People’s Academy student, Kaitlyn Miller, who skis on the Stowe High School team, earned the top four spots in the classical races, and their first-day victories established an insurmountable point advantage that remained intact during the second day of freestyle skiing at the Mountain Top cross‑country ski area in Chittenden, and

Whereas, the proficiency of the Stowe skiers resulted in these fine young athletes earning a perfect score in the freestyle competition and missing this enviable mark by just a point in the classical competition, and

Whereas, when the final tallies from both days were calculated, the Stowe High School Raiders scored the lowest (and winning) score of 41 points, far ahead of their nearest competitor, BFA-Fairfax, which was in second place with 137 points, and

Whereas, Stowe High School can be proud of the entire skilled girl Nordic skiing Raiders, including Samantha Drew Purnell, whose contribution and much welcomed team spirit proved essential for the Stowe High School Raiders’ convincing 2008 Division II championship, and

Whereas, coach Carol Hillman Van Dyke deserves credit for her careful work all season preparing the team for the decisive two-day championship meet, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 Stowe High School Raiders 2008 championship girls’ Division II Nordic ski team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Carol Hillman Van Dyke.

H.C.R. 286

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Marion Gray Women’s History Month Scholarship Contest winners

Offered by:  Representatives Malcolm of Pawlet, Leriche of Hardwick, Symington of Jericho and Frank of Underhill

Offered by:  Senators Mullin, Carris, Maynard, Condos, Coppenrath, Flanagan, Kitchel, Lyons, Miller, Racine and Snelling

Whereas, since the founding of our nation, the role of women in American history has often been overlooked or at best marginalized, and

Whereas, by 1981, a sufficient interest in the subject had developed for Congress, under the bipartisan and bicameral leadership of Republican U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and Democratic U.S. Representative Barbara Mikulski, to establish a national Women’s History Week, and, in 1987, Congress designated March as Women’s History Month, and

Whereas, Women’s History Month has served as a catalyst for celebrations and explorations of women’s historic role in American life, and

Whereas, in 2006, LEAD International, a Vermont-based organization with a strong interest in promoting the study of women’s history, established the Marion Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund Women’s History Month Contest, and

Whereas, the contest is named for Marion Gray, an original board member of LEAD International and a women’s history advocate, and

Whereas, this is an essay contest open to all Vermonters intending to enroll as first-year students in a postsecondary education program this coming fall, and

Whereas, the theme for the 2008 essays was Women’s Art: Women’s Vision, with the term “artist” broadly defined to include all genres of the creative arts, and

Whereas, the judges, consisting of both professional historians and community members, reviewed many excellent submissions before awarding the first-place prize and its accompanying $1,000.00 scholarship to Nora Fiore of Pawlet, a senior at the Long Trail School, who plans to attend Middlebury College, and her essay focused on operatic soprano Dolores “Dee” Tigue, who devotes her time to teaching and mentoring Nora and other students, and

Whereas, second place was awarded to Jordan Shepard of Hardwick, a senior at Hazen Union High School who plans to attend Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire, and his essay examined Vermont artist Gloria Rowell’s career with both text and accompanying photographs, and

Whereas, third place was presented to Celine Graas of Jericho, a senior at Mount Mansfield Union High School, who plans to attend the Colorado School of Mines, and her essay was a study on art teacher and photography instructor Mary Jane Neale, and

Whereas, each of these students can be proud of their scholastic achievement, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 Marion Gray Women’s History Month Scholarship Contest winners, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each of the three contest winners.

H.C.R. 287

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Stowe High School Raiders 2007 Division III championship soccer team

Offered by:  Representative Scheuermann of Stowe

Whereas, Stowe High School’s boys’ soccer teams, despite the best efforts of their talented players and coaches, had waited over 30 years, since 1974, to clinch a state championship, and

Whereas, the 2007 roster featured a group of young men who exhibited great talent on the soccer field and a spirited determination to win, and

Whereas, the Raiders’ mastery of soccer’s essential skills enabled them to execute game-winning plays all season, earning them the respect of their competitors and a berth in the 2007 Division III boys’ soccer championship against their Lamoille County rivals, the People’s Academy Wolves, and

Whereas, the championship game played in Middlebury proved a test of endurance, patience, and perseverance for the Raiders, and

Whereas, People’s Academy scored the first two goals, and the prospects for a Stowe win were not hopeful until well into the second half, when a misconduct penalty was assessed against the Wolves, and

Whereas, Raider Greg Lachtrupp used the ensuing penalty kick opportunity to great advantage, scoring Stowe’s opening goal, and

Whereas, with only 1:04 remaining in regulation playing time, Stowe’s Josh Boguslofski sent the ball into the goalie’s box, and although the Wolves’ goalie bounced it out onto the field before a Raider goal was scored, Greg Lachtrupp kicked the ball right back into the goal zone and tied the game, and

Whereas, after a scoreless first overtime period, Coleman Gay wasted little time in the second when he scored Stowe’s exciting winning goal, giving the Raiders’ a 2–1 victory, the 2007 Division III boys’ soccer championship, and a final season’s record of 14–3–1, and

Whereas, every Raider, including Jake Schwartz, Alex Grosvenor, Maks Gorham, Ben Rauch, Jonathon Smith, Bryan Davis, Coleman Gay, Keith Bennet, Connor Buzzell, Nathaniel Horton, Clinton Carrick, Patrick Saylor, Brent Ely, Jeremy Lachtrupp, Thomas Lipski, Josh Boguslofski, Greg Lachtrupp, Chris Saylor, Hanson Johnson, and John Black, contributed to the team’s successful and historic 2007 season, and

Whereas, coach Jamie Birmingham and assistant coach Paul Lawson provided the players with valuable technical expertise and wise guidance, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Stowe High School Raiders 2007 Division III championship soccer team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jamie Birmingham at Stowe High School.

H.C.R. 288

House concurrent resolution congratulating Chandler Kennedy on her victories in state and international country music vocal competitions

Offered by:  Representatives Peaslee of Guildhall, Johnson of Canaan, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, Anderson of Montpelier, Andrews of Rutland City, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Canfield of Fair Haven, Cheney of Norwich, Clark of Vergennes, Clerkin of Hartford, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Crawford of Burke, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Grenier of St. Johnsbury, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Keogh of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Lewis of Derby, Livingston of Manchester, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marcotte of Coventry, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, McNeil of Rutland Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Monti of Barre City, Moran of Wardsboro, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Nease of Johnson, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Perry of Richford, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shand of Weathersfield, Smith of Morristown, Turner of Milton, Westman of Cambridge, Wheeler of Derby, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, one of the most promising young country music performers who has recently impressed judges at both state and international competitions, is Chandler Kennedy of Guildhall, a ninth grade honors student at Groveton High School in Groveton, New Hampshire, and

Whereas, Chandler Kennedy first performed as a singer at age two, and more recently, while residing in Virginia, sang in both school and all-state choruses, and

Whereas, her recent interest in pursuing country music singing prompted her to enter the 2007 New Hampshire Country Music Association’s 20th Annual Talent Search in the 13- to 16-year-old female vocalist category, and

Whereas, Chandler Kennedy’s singing of two country music tunes, Rascal Flatts’s “What Hurts the Most” and Taylor Swift’s “Teardrops On My Guitar,” delighted the judges who named her the competition’s 2007 Female Vocalist of the Year for her age group, and

Whereas, the New Hampshire win entitled Chandler Kennedy to compete at the North American Country Music Association International’s competition in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and

Whereas, at the Tennessee event, Chandler Kennedy was competing against some of the premier 13- to 16- year-old female country music vocalists, and she had no serious expectations of winning against such prestigious competitors, and

Whereas, Chandler Kennedy’s own performance expectations proved far too modest, as this truly gifted young musician sang on key, with clarity, and with enthusiasm, convincing the judges that first place in the 13- to 16-year-old female vocalist category belonged to this new talent from the far north, and

Whereas, her award-winning performance earned Chandler Kennedy the opportunity to return to Tennessee to record a singing performance on a CD that the North American Country Music Association International is producing, featuring all the competition’s winners, and

Whereas, Chandler Kennedy, who also sings Broadway and operatic selections, has a promising musical odyssey in her future, and

Whereas, on Wednesday, April 23, 2008, Chandler Kennedy made her performing debut in the state house, singing, with great enthusiasm, our national anthem in the well of the house, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Chandler Kennedy on her victories in state and international country music vocal competitions, and be it further

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

H.C.R. 289

House concurrent resolution congratulating the United Counseling Service of Bennington on its 50th anniversary

Offered by:  Representatives Mook of Bennington, Miller of Shaftsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Browning of Arlington, Corcoran of Bennington, Hube of Londonderry, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Manwaring of Wilmington, Moran of Wardsboro and Morrissey of Bennington

Offered by:  Senator Hartwell of Bennington District and Senator Sears of Bennington District

Whereas, the nonprofit United Counseling Service (UCS) was formed on September 1, 1958, when two organizations in Bennington, the Mental Health Association and the Family Service Center, merged to form a single agency, and

Whereas, UCS’s outstanding reputation is based on the agency’s unconditional commitment to provide comprehensive, innovative, and universally accessible mental health and developmental services in close collaboration with the Bennington area community, and

Whereas, the agency has demonstrated a cost-effective home and community system of delivering its services, and

Whereas, UCS’s high-quality mental health and substance abuse programs, specialized children’s services, and developmental services all focus on client involvement, health and safety, and treatment outcomes, and its accreditation is internationally recognized, and

Whereas, the agency has played a pivotal role in the establishment of numerous social service organizations in Bennington County, such as the Child Advocacy Center, Turning Point, and the Southshire Substance Abuse Coalition, and

Whereas, UCS has met community needs through its sponsorship of successful programs that improve the intended beneficiary’s personal circumstances, including Head Start, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Family Emergency Services, and Jump on Board for Success, and

Whereas, the agency has grown in response to the national trend for deinstitutionalization and the establishment of community services instead of congregate living facilities, and

Whereas, UCS has helped reintegrate hundreds of individuals into the community on their return from the Vermont state hospital and the former Brandon Training School, and the large majority of these persons are now living independently and supporting themselves, achievements based on the agency’s close collaboration with the community, and

Whereas, during the past 50 years, UCS has advocated to eliminate the stigma long associated with mental illness and developmental disabilities, and

Whereas, since its inception, UCS has served thousands of children, adults, and families and has helped persons from all economic strata to build a better foundation for their future filled with personal strength and dignity, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates United Counseling Service of Bennington on its 50th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to United Counseling Service in Bennington.


H.C.R. 290

House concurrent resolution congratulating the National Life Group on the 160th anniversary of its charter and for the company’s forward-thinking energy efficiency and environmental conservation initiatives 

Offered by:  Representatives Anderson of Montpelier and Kitzmiller of Montpelier

Offered by:  Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District and Senator Scott of Washington District

Whereas, the General Assembly chartered the National Life Insurance Company on November 13, 1848, and among its distinguished incorporators were Henry Clay of Kentucky who had served as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of State, and was a candidate for President of the United States; Vermont Speaker of the House William Kittredge; and Vermonters Robert Pierpoint, Julius Converse, and Albert Whittemore, and

Whereas, in 2008, the National Life Insurance Company is celebrating the 160th anniversary of its chartering and is now officially known as the National Life Group, a financial services company with $20 billion in assets under its management, and

Whereas, the company has been deeply rooted in Vermont and the capital city of Montpelier for all 16 decades of its existence, and

Whereas, National Life Group takes great pride in its environmental stewardship following in the footsteps of former Governor Deane Davis, the company’s former president, who as governor led Vermont on a greener, more environmentally sensitive course, and

Whereas, National Life is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and the state of Vermont has named it an environmental partner, and

Whereas, it is on target to win LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the company’s Montpelier campus this year from the U.S. Green Building Council whose standards are extremely demanding, and

Whereas, National Life recycles 64 percent of its solid waste, delivers its shredded paper to a farm in East Montpelier for use as cow bedding, and through the installation of a highly insulated, white roof membrane has achieved a 27-percent reduction in its winter fuel use, and

Whereas, all of these accomplishments have made National Life a corporate leader on matters relating to energy and the environment, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates National Life on its 160th anniversary and for its forward-thinking energy efficiency and environmental conservation initiatives, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Tom MacLeay at the National Life Insurance Company in Montpelier.

H.C.R. 291

House concurrent resolution congratulating the winners in the Vermont MATHCOUNTS competition

Offered by:  Representative Jewett of Ripton, Andrews of Rutland City, Baker of West Rutland, Courcelle of Rutland City, Frank of Underhill, Head of S. Burlington, Howard of Rutland City, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, Peterson of Williston, Potter of Clarendon and Pugh of S. Burlington

Whereas, the National Society of Professional Engineers and its Vermont counterpart, the Vermont Society of Professional Engineers, encourage middle school students to explore the intricacies of the mathematical universe through participation in the MATHCOUNTS competition, and

Whereas, for a quarter century, students in grades 6–8 have tested their numeric knowledge in algebra, factorials, geometry, probability, and statistics in both written examinations and fast-paced oral matches, and

Whereas, in Vermont, 89 students competed in the 2008 MATHCOUNTS competition for both team and individual honors, and

Whereas, the individual winners who will represent Vermont at the national MATHCOUNTS competition in Denver are Kevin Wang (1st place-Frederick H. Tuttle Middle in South Burlington), Stuart Guertin (2nd place-Middlebury Union Middle School), Neil Guertin (3rd place-Middlebury Union Middle School), and Kate Candon (4th place-Rutland Middle School), and Kevin Wang and Neil Guertin finished first and second in the separately scored countdown rankings, and

Whereas, in the team competition the top scorer was the Middlebury Union Middle School team of Will Conlon, Sam Lessing, Neil Guertin, and Stuart Guertin, and coach Diane Guertin, who will coach the Vermont team at the national competition; the second-place winner was the Williston Central School team of Sam Brown, Liam Kelley, Conor McQuiston, and Gregory Meyer and coach Laura Meyer; the third-place finisher was the Fredrick H. Tuttle Middle School team of Austin Goddard, Neharika Khandavalli, Kevin Wang, and Cody Yu and coach John Radimer; and the fourth-place finalist was the Rutland Middle School team of Kate Candon, David Cohen, Renée Cruise, and Josh Wright and coach Josh Bunker, and

Whereas, all of these students and coaches merit praise for their commitment to academic excellence, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates the winners in the 2008 Vermont MATHCOUNTS competition and wishes the members of the Vermont national MATHCOUNTS team the best of success, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the four MATHCOUNTS winning teams and to each of the four individual winners.

H.C.R. 292

House concurrent resolution congratulating Dr. Marshall Land of Shelburne on being named the first R. James McKay Jr. M.D. Green & Gold Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine

Offered by:  Representatives Hunt of Essex, Errecart of Shelburne and Lenes of Shelburne

Offered by:  Senators Condos, Miller, Racine and Snelling

Whereas, one of Vermont’s truly outstanding pediatricians is Dr. Marshall Land, who is affectionately known as Buzz to his colleagues at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine and in private practice, and

Whereas, Marshall Land graduated from Dartmouth College with the goal of pursuing a medical career, and in furtherance of this objective, he traveled to Ohio and enrolled at the University of Cincinnati College of  Medicine earning an M.D. degree in 1972, and

Whereas, the newly minted physician decided to enter the field of pediatrics with its opportunities to help children begin their lives in the healthiest possible way and to diagnose medical problems as early as possible, and

Whereas, his initial step in his career specialization was to complete an internship in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and

Whereas, longing to return to New England, Dr. Marshall Land broadened his knowledge of pediatric medical care through a residency in pediatrics at the Vermont College of Medicine’s Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, and

Whereas, his supervisors at the Vermont College of Medicine were impressed with this young physician’s proven abilities, naming him the resident of the year, and they invited him to join the college’s department of pediatrics’ clinical faculty as an instructor, and

Whereas, Dr. Marshall Land’s talents as a clinical faculty member at the Vermont College of Medicine did not go unnoticed, and he has risen through the ranks from a clinical instructor to a clinical professor, a status he was granted in 1995, and

Whereas, in addition to his role at the medical college, Dr. Marshall Land has practiced with the Pediatric Medicine group in South Burlington, and

Whereas, he has been active in many professional associations and the recipient of numerous accolades, including the Vermont College of Medicine’s Dean’s Primary Care Teaching Award, and

Whereas, this extraordinary pediatrician has now the special career honor of being named the Vermont College of Medicine’s first R. James McKay Jr. M.D. Green & Gold Professor in Pediatrics, a position honoring the college’s first full-time faculty member in pediatrics and funded from a dedicated endowment whose objectives are “to maintain and enhance the excellence in pediatric medical education, clinical care and research that McKay pioneered,” now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates Dr. Marshall Land on being named the first R. James McKay M.D. Green & Gold Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dr. Marshall Land.

H.C.R. 293

House concurrent resolution congratulating Vermont’s 2008 All-Vermont Academic Team members, New Century Scholar, and Senator Stafford and Senator Aiken award winners

Offered by:  Representatives Mook of Bennington, Ancel of Calais, Barnard of Richmond, Clark of Vergennes, Crawford of Burke, Donovan of Burlington, Gilbert of Fairfax, Hosford of Waitsfield, Oxholm of Vergennes and Peltz of Woodbury

Whereas, outstanding students attend two-year colleges, and many then matriculate into four-year degree programs at other institutions of higher education, and

Whereas, annually, Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two‑year colleges, with financial support from the Coca-Cola Company and the USA Today newspaper, organizes the All-USA Academic Team, a showcase of outstanding two-year college students throughout the country, and

Whereas, as a first step in developing the All-USA Academic Team, the presidents of a state’s two-year colleges nominate two students from their respective schools, and

Whereas, these student nominees comprise the membership of an individual state’s All-Academic Team, and

Whereas, the state’s two-year college presidents select students as winners of the Senator Robert T. Stafford award for Outstanding Student Leader and the Senator George D. Aiken award for Outstanding Community Servant Leadership for the All-Vermont Academic Team, and

Whereas, from among the members of the state All-Academic teams, national judges then select the All-USA Academic Team, and

Whereas, although individual Vermont colleges had participated in the All‑USA Academic Team competition in prior years, an official All-Vermont Academic team was not established until 2005, and

Whereas, as an opportunity to honor the academic excellence of Vermont’s top two-year college students, and to increase the scholarship possibilities for these students at four-year colleges in Vermont, Dr. Lynda J. Katz, President of Landmark College, and David W. Mulholland, All-Vermont Academic Team Executive Director, who, with Dr. Katz, serves as the faculty co-advisor for Landmark College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, and the Landmark College Student Government Association established the first official All-Vermont Academic Team, and

Whereas, the members of All-Vermont Academic Team and their home colleges are Findlay Walsh, and Billi Dunham of the Community College of Vermont, Christine Anderson and David Guzman of Landmark College, and Toni Poquette and Inge Smith-Luce of Vermont Technical College, and

Whereas, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has named Inge Smith-Luce of Vermont Technical College as the top two-year college student in Vermont and the winner of its New Century Scholarship, and

Whereas, the 2007 Senator Robert T. Stafford award for Outstanding Student Leaders for Vermont’s two-year colleges are Richard Maxwell of the Community College of Vermont, James Love of Landmark College, and Garrett Crawford of Vermont Technical College, and

Whereas, the 2007 Senator George D. Aiken award for Outstanding Community Servant Leaders for Vermont’s two-year colleges are Sergio Torres of the Community College of Vermont, Meaghan McNamara of Landmark College, and Mary Wilson of Vermont Technical college, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the members of the 2008 All‑Vermont Academic Team, Vermont’s New Century Scholar, and its Senator Stafford and Senator Aiken award winners, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each individual honored in this resolution, to Rod Risley, Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa; to David Mulholland, Executive Director of the All‑Vermont Academic Team, and to the Community College of Vermont; Vermont Technical College, and three copies to Landmark College.



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