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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

friday, may 2, 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 Campbell, Ayer, Carris, Collins, Condos, Coppenrath, Cummings, Doyle, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, Kitchel, Kittell, Lyons, MacDonald, Maynard, Mazza, McCormack, Miller, Mullin, Nitka, Racine, Scott, Shumlin, Snelling, Starr and White,

     By Representatives Condon of Colchester, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Atkins of Winooski, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Canfield of Fair Haven, Clark of Vergennes, Errecart of Shelburne, Kilmartin of Newport City, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larrabee of Danville, McAllister of Highgate, Moran of Wardsboro, Myers of Essex, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Valliere of Barre City, Wheeler of Derby, Zenie of Colchester,

S.C.R. 53.

Senate concurrent resolution commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States Army's 10th Cavalry Regiment of Buffalo Soldiers' arrival in Vermont.

Whereas, prior to President Truman’s executive order that integrated the United States military forces in the late 1940s, African American soldiers were forced to serve in segregated units, and

Whereas, in the roughly half-century spanning the years between the Civil War and World War I, African Americans enlisting in the United States Army were organized into units of Buffalo Soldiers, and

Whereas, beginning in July 1909, the 10th Cavalry Regiment, one of four cavalry regiments of Buffalo Soldiers, marched into Fort Ethan Allen for its new Vermont posting after having been previously stationed in Kansas and the tropical outposts of Cuba and the Philippines, and

Whereas, not only were the Buffalo Soldiers now faced with, and largely ill-prepared for, the extremely cold Vermont winter, but also they had entered a state that, though once a strong bastion of abolitionist support, had a miniscule African American population, and

Whereas, the blizzards of the 1909–1910 winter proved discouraging for the new arrivals, who lacked appropriate clothing for the season, and

Whereas, during their four years in Vermont, the initial hostility that Buffalo Soldiers experienced eventually lessened, based on the positive impression the soldiers made on the Vermont population, and

Whereas, a number of Buffalo Soldiers who mustered out of the United States Army while stationed in Vermont settled in Winooski, and

Whereas, in 1913, the 10th Cavalry Regiment departed Vermont for a new posting at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, ending its presence in the state, and

Whereas, in anticipation and commemoration of the centennial anniversary of the 10th Cavalry Regiment’s arrival in Vermont, United States Department of Defense retired historian Frank Schubert recently presented a lecture at the University of Vermont entitled “Buffalo Soldier Contributions: 10th Cavalry Regiment, U.S. Army,” and

Whereas, local descendants of 10th Cavalry members, in conjunction with the University’s special collections department, sponsored an exhibit at the Bailey Howe Library detailing the history of the Cavalry’s Vermont posting, and

Whereas, on July 28–29, 2009, a special centennial commemoration of the 10th Cavalry Regiment’s Vermont arrival will be held, and the Vermont organizers are hoping that the Ninth & Tenth Cavalry Association’s 2009 national gathering will be held in conjunction with the Vermont event, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States Army’s 10th Cavalry Regiment of Buffalo Soldiers’ arrival in Vermont and wishes their descendants every success with their special activities planned for the coming year, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Retired Colonel Franklin Henderson, past national president of the Ninth & Tenth (Horse) Cavalry Association in Los Angeles, and to Rose Mary Graveline at the University of Vermont.


By Senators Nitka, Campbell and McCormack,

     By Representative Devereux of Mount Holly,

S.C.R. 54. 

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the Rohrig twins, Courtney and Bobby, on scoring their 1,000 points for the girls' and boys' Black River High School basketball teams.

Whereas, for twin siblings to excel in the same sport is a notable accomplishment, but for a twin brother and sister to reach the 1,000-point milestone as interscholastic basketball players in the same week is a highly unlikely occurrence, and

Whereas, the Rohrig twins, Courtney and Bobby, juniors at Black River High School in Ludlow, each scored their 1,000th high school career basketball point during the final week of January 2008, and

Whereas, on Monday, January 28, 2008, the Black River High School Lady Presidents traveled east to Chester to play Green Mountain Union High School, and, with just seven points separating Courtney from her 1,000-point objective, she was optimistic this night would be the special one to achieve her personal goal, and

Whereas, despite the powerful Green Mountain defense that limited the Lady Presidents to only 29 points all evening, Courtney nonetheless persevered, and at 4:41 in the fourth quarter she succeeded with an underneath-the-basket shot, scoring her magical 1,000th point, and

Whereas, play was halted as her family and team gathered on the court, and the Black River High School athletic director, Patrick Pullinen, handed Courtney Rohrig the game ball as a memento of the occasion, and

Whereas, on Thursday, January 31, the Black River High School boys’ basketball team played at home against Poultney High School, and the local fans not only saw the Presidents win 56–52, but they also witnessed a special moment for Bobby Rohrig, and

Whereas, with 2:03 remaining in the first half, Bobby Rohrig recovered the ball from an offensive rebound, and, despite the crowd of players immediately adjacent to the basket, he aimed the ball accurately, sending it through the hoop for his 1,000th point, and

Whereas, Bruce Stryhas, who in 1962 became the first Black River High School basketball player to score 1,000 career points, presented Bobby Rohrig the game ball in a memorable on-court ceremony similar to the one that had honored his sister, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Courtney and Bobby Rohrig on each scoring their 1,000th career basketball point for Black River High School, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Courtney and Bobby Rohrig, to their respective coaches, Lou Seir and Don Phelps, and to Black River High School Athletic Director Patrick Pullinen.

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

S.C.R. 55. 

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the state of Israel on its 60th anniversary.

Whereas, following the Holocaust that destroyed six million Jews during World War II, the remnants of the Jewish European community were in desperate need of a secure and permanent home to build their shattered lives anew, and

Whereas, they attempted to journey, under sometimes extremely treacherous conditions, to the ancient Jewish homeland in order to join their fellow Jews who had been preparing to become citizens of a new nation, and

Whereas, on May 14, 1948, the fifth day of the Jewish month of Iyar, representatives from communities throughout the soon-to-emerge new nation met in the Tel Aviv Museum where David Ben-Gurion, who would serve as the nation’s first Prime Minister, declared Israel’s independence, and

Whereas, in the following months, thousands of newcomers, many of whom had been unable to reach Israel’s shores prior to the declaration, arrived and found new homes, and

Whereas, since its declaration of independence, Israel has stood as a beacon of democracy and freedom in the region, and

Whereas, 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the state of Israel, and in accordance with the Jewish calendar, the official day of celebration will take place on Friday, May 2, and

Whereas, under the auspices of the Israel Center of Vermont, a special Israel @ 60 celebration will take place on the campus of the University of Vermont and at other locations in Burlington from Friday, May 2, through Sunday, May 4, and

Whereas, on Sunday, May 16, Beth Jacob Synagogue will sponsor a 60th Israel birthday party at Ariel’s Riverside Café and Bar in Montpelier, and

Whereas, the economic ties between the state of Vermont and the state of Israel include the operations of Plasan U.S.A. in Bennington, a division of the Israel manufacturer Plasan Sasa that will be adding 100 new jobs in Bennington and expanding into a second building, and

Whereas, despite the many challenges it faces, the state of Israel looks with optimism toward the future, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the state of Israel on its 60th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Israel Center of Vermont and the Consul General of Israel in Boston.

By Senators Nitka, Campbell and McCormack,

By Representative Devereux,

S.C.R. 56. 

Senate concurrent resolution in memory of Mary Davis Tope of Ludlow.

Whereas, Mary Davis, as she was better known, was a leader in the real estate industry and in the community life of Ludlow at a time when women were just starting to assume more substantive leadership roles in business and civic affairs, and

Whereas, she was born in Windsor and lived for many decades in Ludlow, and

Whereas, her entrée into the business world began in 1958 when she established Mary W. Davis Realtor Associates, Inc. in Ludlow, which represented a bold venture for a woman in the 1950s, and

Whereas, she recognized that Ludlow was starting to change from a mill town into a vacation center, and she specialized in the sale of second homes including property aside Okemo Mountain, and

Whereas, Mary Davis’s reputation as a bright and successful real estate entrepreneur spread, and she was appointed to sit on the Vermont Real Estate Commission and served as its chair for part of her decade-long tenure, and

Whereas, she recognized that the expansion in the number of new homes in the Ludlow area needed to proceed in an orderly fashion and was a member of Ludlow’s original zoning board, and

Whereas, for many years, Mary Davis devoted much of her limited spare time serving as a trustee of Ludlow’s Fletcher Memorial Library, and

Whereas, as a library trustee, she played an instrumental role in the construction of a children’s room, and a plaque, on which her name is inscribed, is on display in the library in her honor, and

Whereas, she served on the board of directors and as vice president of the Okemo Mountain resort during its early days of operation, and

Whereas, together with Diane Mueller, an owner the Okemo Ski Resort, she started the annual Ski Ball that has raised over the past quarter century a sum in excess of $1.3 million for technology improvements at local public schools and to improve their arts curriculum, and

Whereas, Mary Davis was a dedicated communicant of the Annunciation Church, served on its parish council and chaired its last capital campaign, and

Whereas, she had served as president of Black River Academy and led the fund-raising effort for the Black River School’s Tools for Technology project, and

Whereas, she had been honored as Ludlow’s Citizen of the Year and as the Windsor County Realtor of the Year, and

Whereas, after a full life of business success, civic leadership, and raising a family of five children, Mary Davis died on February 16, 2008, and her survivors include her husband Dr. John Tope, her children Justin, Rebecca, Kathleen, Joy and Kevin, seven grandchildren, as well as step-children and step-grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its condolences to the family of Mary Davis Tope, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dr. John Tope.

By Senators Doyle, Cummings and Scott,

By Representatives Atkins of Winooski, Evans of Essex, Jerman of Essex, Koch of Barre Town, Manwaring of Wilmington, Martin of Wolcott, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Valliere of Barre City.

S.C.R. 57. 

Senate concurrent resolution honoring W. John Mitchell as an extraordinary public servant and municipal retirement system trustee.

Whereas, Jack Mitchell’s professional and civic associations with Barre Town extend over nearly four decades, and

Whereas, for over 38 years he has been an employee of the Barre Town school district, and

Whereas, Jack Mitchell’s interests in municipal management issues, and in representing his fellow citizens in a civic capacity, resulted in serving on the Barre Town selectboard, and

Whereas, matters pertaining to public safety are a personal priority for Jack Mitchell, and at various times in his career, he has been employed as a part-time police officer in Barre City and Barre Town, and he is currently an employee of the Washington County sheriff’s department, and

Whereas, he has also served on Websterville fire district’s prudential committee, and

Whereas, all of his public safety experience has served as invaluable preparation for his current role as the emergency management chair in Barre Town, and

Whereas, apart from his outstanding local and county public service in central Vermont, for 27 years Jack Mitchell has observed municipal government from his perspective as the employee representative on the Vermont municipal employees’ retirement system board of trustees, and

Whereas, as a municipal retirement fund trustee, he has devoted numerous hours toward efforts to improve employee benefits, and

Whereas, during Jack Mitchell’s board service, the trustees approved three new defined benefit plans, plus an alternative defined contribution plan and a retiree health saving account option, and

Whereas, his fellow trustees respect his thoughtful and deliberate consideration of board business, and his word is always his bond, and

Whereas, Jack Mitchell is now concluding his long and successful tenure on the municipal retirement board, and his experience and congenial personality will be missed, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors W. John Mitchell for his decades of dedicated public service and especially for his outstanding tenure as a municipal retirement system trustee, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to W. John Mitchell at the offices of the Vermont municipal retirement system.

By Senator Bartlett,

S.C.R. 58. 

Senate concurrent Senate concurrent resolution honoring the Lamoille County Planning Commission’s federal Project Impact program and the Vermont River Management Fluvial Geomorphic Assessment Program on their 10th anniversaries.

Whereas, in 1998 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated the Lamoille County Planning Commission (LCPC) as a Project Impact Community, and

Whereas, the LCPC was honored to be the first FEMA Project Impact designee in Vermont and thrilled to receive the accompanying federal grant of $500,000.00, which it matched with $310,000.00 in cash and in-kind contributions, and the funds were applied to 26 strategic disaster prevention programs in coordination with 75 local, regional, state and federal partners, and

Whereas, the launching of the Vermont River Management Fluvial Geomorphic Assessment Program (VRMP) was, and a decade later remains, one of the most important and enduring of the funded programs of Project Impact, whether measured anecdotally, economically or scientifically, and

Whereas, the VRMP, formed a decade ago, was based on Project Impact’s primary principle “that public and private buildings and facilities, and the utility and transportation systems that serve them, are vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards,” and that, with respect to natural hazards, every effort must be taken to avoid new risks and to lessen existing risks, and

Whereas, flowing bodies of water, especially the Lamoille River and its tributaries, are the primary natural hazards in Lamoille County, and

Whereas, the VRMP adopted a new, and now nationally recognized and emulated, paradigm for the management of river corridors that focused on both protecting communities and individuals from flood-related losses and on reducing “water quality degradation due to nutrient and sediment contributions that began in the upper reaches of watersheds,” and

Whereas, the VRMP’s early two-person staff, which consisted of river management engineer and program manager Barry Cahoon and fluvial geomorphologist Mike Kline, now comprises a team of 13 scientists, engineers and technicians, and

Whereas, this highly competent and well-trained VRMP staff assists local communities in conducting geomorphic assessments that are based on the premise that flowing bodies of water are changing due to natural and, more often, man-made causes, and the understanding of current conditions and anticipation of future changes serve as invaluable tools in developing a river management plan, and

Whereas, the continuing and beneficial legacy of the LCPC’s designation as a FEMA-designated Project Impact Community deserves recognition, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the Lamoille County Planning Commission’s federal Project Impact program and the Vermont River Management Fluvial Geomorphic Assessment Program on their 10th anniversaries, and be it further

ResolvedThat the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Michele Boomhower, executive director of the Lamoille County Planning Commission, and to the Vermont River Management Fluvial Geomorphic Assessment Program at the Agency of Natural Resources.

   By All Members of the Senate,

     By All Members of the House,

S.C.R. 59. 

     Senate concurrent resolution recognizing the outstanding work of firefighters, police officers, and EMS personnel.

Whereas, all volunteer firefighters, “paid–on call” firefighters, full-time firefighters, part-time and full-time police officers, and EMS personnel perform their duties in a professional manner, and

Whereas, firefighters, police officers, and EMS personnel are outstanding public servants who are committed to protecting life, property and the environment in their communities throughout the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, recruiting, retaining and protecting all firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel are essential to the long-term well-being of the communities they serve, and

Whereas, Vermonters respect and deeply appreciate the efforts and sacrifices of firefighters, police officers, EMS personnel, and their families, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the outstanding work of firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel who work to protect life, property and the environment throughout the state of Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont State Firefighters Association, to the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, to the Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont, to the Vermont Police Chiefs Association and to the Vermont Ambulance Association.

House Concurrent Resolutions

H.C.R. 294

House concurrent resolution honoring the amazing Virginia Catone for her dedicated service on behalf of the House Committee on Appropriations

Offered by:  Representatives Heath of Westford, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Westman of Cambridge, Acinapura of Brandon, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Helm of Castleton, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Johnson of South Hero, Keenan of St. Albans City, Larocque of Barnet, Larson of Burlington, Miller of Shaftsbury, Monti of Barre City, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, O'Donnell of Vernon and Perry of Richford

Whereas, Virginia Catone is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and she and her husband Jim resided in Berlin for many years until their recent move to Montpelier, and

Whereas, since January 1973, the year before the general assembly created the joint fiscal office in Act 128, Ginny Catone has served as the extraordinary staff assistant for the house committee on appropriations, and

Whereas, her presence in the committee room or in her office at the end of the third-floor corridor was an indication that serious committee work was in progress, and

Whereas, her wealth of experience and knowledge of the legislative process, especially with respect to the big bill and the budget adjustment act, proved invaluable to the committee’s deliberations, and

Whereas, whenever a moment of procedural panic or frustration arose, Ginny Catone was always at the ready to ease frail nerves with sound suggestions on ways to alleviate the pending crisis, and

Whereas, committee members, regardless of their political affiliation or philosophy, knew they could always rely on Ginny Catone for reliable and timely nonpartisan staff support, and

Whereas, Ginny Catone has seen changes in budgetary formats and the introduction of increasingly sophisticated computer technology and spreadsheets intended to provide greater public accountability and information accessibility, and

Whereas, her professionalism in combination with her congeniality and good nature always made working with her a pleasant experience, and

Whereas, after 35 years of service to the house committee on appropriations, 34 of them as a member of the joint fiscal office, she will conclude her public service career in the state house following final adjournment of the 2007-2008 biennium, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the amazing Virginia Catone for her dedicated service on behalf of the house committee on appropriations and extends best wishes to her and her husband Jim for the years ahead, and be it further

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

H.C.R. 295

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Catamount Rotary Club on its 20th anniversary

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

Offered by:  Senator Sears of Bennington District

Whereas, in November 1987, the Bennington Rotary Club decided to divide its territory in two, and on February 10, 1988, the Catamount Rotary Club was chartered, and

Whereas, the Catamount Rotary Club’s organizers took great pride in being one of the first Rotary clubs to include women as charter members, and

Whereas, membership in the Catamount Rotary Club has expanded from 35 to 65 individuals since its founding, and

Whereas, it has supported community improvement construction projects, starting with landscaping at the Bennington Free Library and most recently through assisting the Mount Anthony Middle School to develop a network of interpretive nature trails on its campus, and

Whereas, a number of worthy community events have benefited from Catamount Rotary Club members’ volunteer labor, including The Spirit of Sharing, the Bennington Hole-In-One Contest, the Bennington Battle Reenactment, and the Bennington Area Antique Car Show, and

Whereas, Rotary International’s special focus on education is reflected in the Catamount Rotary Club’s nearly $100,000.00 in scholarship grants awarded to persons pursuing postsecondary educational opportunities, and

Whereas, other recognition of young scholars has consisted of the $4,500.00 in prize money that the Catamount Rotary Club has awarded to Rotary speech contest winners, and

Whereas, the Catamount Rotary Club has organized foreign exchange programs, involving local and international students traveling in both directions, and

Whereas, the Rotary Interact Club, that both Rotary Clubs established at Mount Anthony Union High School, has fostered a relationship with Bennington’s sister city of Somotillo, Nicaragua, and the students’ support has been both financial and hands-on through field trips to work directly with the residents of that community, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates the Catamount Rotary Club on its 20th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Catamount Rotary Club.

H.C.R. 296

House concurrent resolution honoring the civic and community service of John Kennedy Jr. of North Bennington

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

Offered by:  Senator Sears of Bennington District

Whereas, the village of North Bennington, and the greater Bennington area, have derived much benefit from the many civic and community roles that John Kennedy Jr. has played over the last half century, and

Whereas, after completing a four-year tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force, he established a paint store in Bennington, and

Whereas, upon settling in North Bennington village, John Kennedy Jr. assumed major civic responsibilities, including presiding at the annual and special meetings as village moderator and reviewing development proposals as the village’s zoning administrator, and

Whereas, his other North Bennington civic roles have included over three decades of responding to calls as a member of the village’s volunteer fire department, and presiding at weddings, election proceedings, and tax appeals as a member of the board of civil authority and justice of the peace, and

Whereas, currently John Kennedy Jr. sits on the North Bennington water board, and the North Bennington Cemetery Association board, and

Whereas, his interest in law enforcement led him to serve as a Bennington County deputy sheriff, and

Whereas, John Kennedy has been a leader in the Bennington Jaycees as its president and as chair of its Battle of Bennington Day parade, and

Whereas, Rotary International has played a central role in John Kennedy Jr.’s life, and he has participated in the organization’s activities with great enthusiasm, and

Whereas, he has held leadership roles in both local Rotary clubs, serving as president of the original Bennington Rotary Club and as the first president of the Bennington Catamount Rotary that was chartered in 1988 after the Bennington Rotary Club was divided in 1987, and

Whereas, John Kennedy Jr. earned an annual Rotary perfect-attendance record in 42 separate years, and on May 16, 2008, he will proudly celebrate 50 years in Rotary International, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly honors the civic and community service of John Kennedy Jr. of North Bennington, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to John Kennedy Jr. in North Bennington.

H.C.R. 297

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Trust for Wildlife on its 25th anniversary

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

Offered by:  Senator Sears of Bennington District

Whereas, since 1983, the Trust for Wildlife has contributed to the ecological enhancement of the southwestern Vermont landscape, to related educational efforts, and to international environmental projects in the former Soviet Union and Latin America, and

Whereas, the organization owns wildlife sanctuaries in Arlington and Halifax, and

Whereas, the Trust for Wildlife is assisting in the development of an integrated environmental education curriculum at Mount Anthony Union Middle School that is directly tied to the school’s campus, and

Whereas, other Vermont-centered educational projects include the “Nature Notes” radio show that students participate in developing, summer nature programs for youngsters, and an individual mentoring program for students interested in careers in wildlife biology and ecosystem protection, and

Whereas, in the former Soviet Union, the Trust for Wildlife has created an environmental studies curriculum and produced films that highlight Russians and Americans working collaboratively to improve the environment, and

Whereas, in a new international program, Vermont middle school students are working with their compatriots in Ecuador to learn more about a shared resource—neotropical migrant birds, and

Whereas, the Trust for Wildlife has donated a pure water system to an inner city camp outside Cuenca, Ecuador, as an environmental initiative designed to connect the protection of wildlife and ecosystems to human welfare, and

Whereas, the Trust for Wildlife has now been protecting wildlife and ecosystems through land protection and varied educational activities for a quarter of a century, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Trust for Wildlife on its 25th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Trust for Wildlife in Bennington.

H.C.R. 298

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Bennington County Industrial Corporation on its 50th anniversary

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

Offered by:  Senator Sears of Bennington District

Whereas, the Bennington County Industrial Corporation (BCIC) was established in 1957, and it is one of 12 similarly organized, private nonprofit industrial development organizations in Vermont, and

Whereas, the mission of BCIC is “to provide innovation and leadership to economic development programming and to enhance and increase industry in Bennington County,” and

Whereas, this mission is encapsulated in the organization’s goal “to create jobs through expansion, relocation, and start-up of manufacturers,” and

Whereas, the first major BCIC project occurred in 1958 when it played a major role in the development of a 47-acre state-of-the-art industrial park in Bennington, and

Whereas, the first step was to construct an industrial shell building, and then both the building and larger industrial park were marketed to potentially interested businesses outside Bennington County, and

Whereas, in late 1958, the Vermont Container Corporation became the building’s first tenant, and today the park has become the center of industrial activity in Bennington County, and

Whereas, in 1978, BCIC purchased, and then renovated, a 213,000-square-foot vacant mill in North Bennington and used it to establish one of the first industrial incubators in the northeast, and

Whereas, in 1983, the progress of the incubator concept was demonstrated when the largest tenant, Chemical Fabrics Corporation, purchased 58,000 square feet of the mill’s space, executing one of the state’s earliest industrial condominium purchases, and

Whereas, in the late 1980s, in order to work more effectively in the community, BCIC helped form an informal group known as the Advance Team, and more commonly referred to as the A Team, for the purpose of launching new industrial and economic development projects in Bennington County in coordination with local organizations similarly focused on industrial development and job creation, and

Whereas, BCIC, through its innovative work, in partnership with other A Team member organizations, has help promote continued economic growth and job creation even during these challenging economic times, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates the Bennington County Industrial Corporation on its 50th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Bennington County Industrial Corporation.

H.C.R. 299

House concurrent resolution congratulating NSK STEERING SYSTEMS AMERICA, Inc. of Bennington on its 20th anniversary

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

Offered by Senator Sears of Bennington District

Whereas, NASTECH, an innovative developer of automotive steering systems, was established in 1988 in Bennington as an NSK/Torrington joint venture, and

Whereas, in 1989, the company manufactured its first automotive steering system, and NSK/Torrington was quickly recognized for the excellence of its work, and

Whereas, starting in 1990, it received the first of many awards from the automobile companies for which it supplies parts, and

Whereas, by 1992, NASTECH had produced one million steering columns, and

Whereas, based on its early success and proven ability, NASTECH’s manufacturing capacity was expanded on several occasions in the 1990s, and

Whereas, in 1996, international sales were begun, and just two years later, in 1998, steering column number ten million had rolled off the firm’s assembly line, and

Whereas, NSK acquired 100-percent control of the operation in 2000, and in 2003, the name of the company was changed to NSK STEERING SYSTEMS AMERICA, Inc., and

Whereas, most recently, in 2007, NSK STEERING SYSTEMS AMERICA, Inc. was the recipient of the Honda Quality and Delivery Award, and

Whereas, this still-young company has made immense progress as a manufacturer in a relatively short period of time, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates NSK STEERING SYSTEMS AMERICA, Inc. on its 20th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to NSK STEERING SYSTEMS AMERICA, Inc. in Bennington.

H.C.R. 300

House concurrent resolution congratulating the American Chestnut Foundation on its 25th anniversary

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

Offered by:  Senator Sears of Bennington District

Whereas, the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized the American chestnut tree in his poem “The Village Blacksmith,” and

Whereas, the American chestnut tree was once a common species on 200 million acres of eastern U.S. woodland, and at the height of its prominence was four billion strong, and

Whereas, here in Vermont, the American chestnut was a familiar presence in the forest of the Taconic Mountain Range in the west and the Connecticut River Valley to the east, and

Whereas, the American chestnut was a primary food source for a broad array of wildlife including bears and multiple species of birds, and

Whereas, rural communities relied on this tree’s harvested nuts as a cash crop to feed livestock, and

Whereas, the timber derived from the American chestnut is highly rot‑resistant and is ideal for many purposes including fence posts, rail ties, barn beams, and fine furniture, and

Whereas, the reign of the American chestnut in the U.S. eastern woodlands as a vital ecological and economic resource was ended during the first half of the 20th century when these trees succumbed to a lethal fungus known as chestnut blight, and

Whereas, in 1983, the American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) was established in Bennington with a single mission—to restore this once mighty tree’s presence in the forested landscape, and

Whereas, the TACF’s classic backcross breeding program builds blight‑resistance in the tree while also maintaining the quality of its timber, and

Whereas, the organization’s network of volunteers and 15 state chapters, the most recently organized being the Vermont-New Hampshire Chapter chartered at the TACF’s national meeting held in Burlington this past October, serve as the army that for a quarter of a century has been working with demonstrated success to restore the American chestnut back to its former glory, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates the American Chestnut Foundation on its 25th anniversary and wishes it continued success in its important environmental mission, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the American Chestnut Foundation in Bennington.

H.C.R. 301

House concurrent commemorating the unveiling and dedication of the state house portrait of former U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General Wallace Martin Greene Jr.

Offered by:  Representatives Perry of Richford, Adams of Hartland and Sweaney of Windsor

Offered by:  Senators Campbell, McCormack and Nitka

Whereas, General Wallace Greene Jr. USMC, a native of Waterbury, was like his ancestor, Revolutionary War hero General Nathaniel Greene, a distinguished American military leader, and

Whereas, the 20th-century General Greene graduated from the United States Naval Academy as a member of the class of 1930, and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, and

Whereas, one of his early Marine Corps postings was Shanghai, China, and during World War II, he was stationed first in London and later in the Pacific, and

Whereas, in 1960, General Greene was appointed the Marine Corps chief of staff, the service’s number two position, and in 1963, his outstanding military record prompted President Kennedy to name him commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and

Whereas, after the general’s death in 2003, the color photograph that has served as the general’s state house portrait was displayed in the well of the house in connection with a legislative memorial ceremony, and

Whereas, while the photo was on display in the House chamber, the picture’s deteriorated condition was readily apparent to even a casual observer, and

Whereas, General Greene’s family was desirous of honoring him in his native state with a more dignified pictorial likeness and commissioned Robert Liberace, a prominent Washington, D.C. portrait artist, to create a new oil portrait, and

Whereas, on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 29, 2008, this new portrait is being unveiled at a state house ceremony in the Cedar Creek Room with members of General Greene’s family and the artist in attendance, and

Whereas, the new portrait will be placed on permanent display for all Vermonters who visit the state house to see and admire, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commemorates the unveiling and dedication of the new state house portrait of former U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General Wallace Green Jr., and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to members of the family of General Wallace Green Jr. and to Robert Liberace.

H.C.R. 302

House concurrent resolution honoring Rev. Barbara deBonCoeur Allen Purinton for her career of dedicated service to her faith and community

Offered by:  Representative Barnard of Richmond

Whereas, Rev. Barbara deBonCoeur Allen Purinton has devoted her life to service as a minister in the United Church of Christ and in a broad range of religious and civic activities, and

Whereas, after graduating from high school in Pennsylvania, she earned an undergraduate degree at Kirkland (Hamilton College), a master’s degree at the Andover Newton Theological Seminary, and a doctoral degree at Eastern Baptist  Theological Seminary (now Palmer Seminary), and

Whereas, Rev. Barbara deBonCoeur Allen Purinton has completed many certification and training programs to further enhance her pastoral skills, including classes in alcohol and drug abuse counseling, ministering in situations related to death, and a certificate in management of volunteer programs from Norwich University, and

Whereas, she was first called to the pulpit in 1978 as a co-pastor at the Second Congregational Church in Jeffersonville and then in 1983 moved on to dual assignments at the Danville Congregational United Church of Christ and the North Danville Baptist Church (ABC), and

Whereas, beginning on November 1, 1989, Rev. Barbara deBonCoeur Allen Purinton assumed the ministerial leadership at the Richmond Congregational Church (RCC) and for the past 19 years has served as the congregation’s much‑admired pastor, engaging in many spiritual and administrative responsibilities, and

Whereas, during Rev. Barbara deBonCoeur Allen Purinton’s inspiring leadership, the RCC paid off its mortgage debt, completed a capital campaign that funded a major renovation project, established a summer food camp for children in need of nourishment, expanded outreach for Christmas assistance, directed the church’s bicentennial celebration including the publication of a church history, organized numerous worship sessions, bazaars, blood drives, and workshops, and, after much examination, she guided the RCC to its vote to become an O&A (open and affirming) congregation, and

Whereas, her denominational roles beyond the RCC have entailed matters of ministerial standards and licensure, planning and directing conferences, and chairing many committees, and

Whereas, when her husband, Rev. Charles M. Purinton, who is a fulltime chaplain for the Vermont National Guard, was deployed overseas in 2005, Rev. Barbara deBonCoeur Allen Purinton joined the Vermont State Guard as a chaplain, and she has participated in many activities, both religious and civic, to assist and comfort military families and veterans, and

Whereas, she may be one of the few ordained ministers in Vermont who has trained and served as an emergency medical technician, and

Whereas, after 19 years ministering to the spiritual needs of the RCC, Rev. Barbara deBonCoeur Allen Purinton will step down from this pulpit on April 30, 2008, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Rev. Barbara deBonCoeur Allen Purinton for her career of dedicated service to her faith and community, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Rev. Barbara deBonCoeur Allen Purinton at the Richmond Congregational Church.

H.C.R. 303

House concurrent resolution congratulating Wesley Carpenter and Shelby Miller of Richmond in the 2008 Vermont Skills USA competition

Offered by:  Representative Barnard of Richmond

Whereas, Wesley Carpenter grew up in Richmond and graduated from Mount Mansfield Union High School, and

Whereas, he studied engineering at Clarkson University and is currently enrolled in the aviation course at the Burlington Technical Center, and

Whereas, Shelby Miller is a senior at Mount Mansfield Union High and is currently enrolled in the auto body repair course at the Burlington Technical Center, and

Whereas, Skills USA is “a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force,” and annually it conducts competitions of students’ technical skills as part of conferences held in each state, and

Whereas, the 2008 Vermont Skills USA aviation and auto body repair competitions were recently held in Burlington, and

Whereas, at the aviation competition, Wesley Carpenter was awarded a gold medal attesting to the excellence of his performance and the depth of his knowledge of the required technical skills, and

Whereas, in the auto body repair competition, Shelby Miller demonstrated that she is adept in this field, and the judges were pleased to award her the gold medal, and

Whereas, each of these outstanding students will now represent Vermont at the national Skills USA Competition to be held in June in Kansas City, Missouri, and

Whereas, their respective outstanding performances in this statewide competition reflect on the high-quality instruction that is offered at the Burlington Technical Center, and

Whereas, both Wesley Carpenter and Shelby Miller serve as model students for their classmates at the Burlington Technical Center to emulate, and they each hope to pursue careers in their chosen occupational specialties, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates Wesley Carpenter and Shelby Miller on being awarded gold medals at the 2008 Vermont Skills USA Competition and extends to them best wishes for success at the national event, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Wesley Carpenter and to Shelby Miller in Richmond and to the Burlington Technical Center.

H.C.R. 304

House concurrent resolution in memory of U.S. Army Private First Class Adam Muller of Richmond

Offered by:  Representatives Barnard of Richmond, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Anderson of Montpelier, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Browning of Arlington, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Clerkin of Hartford, Condon of Colchester, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Courcelle of Rutland City, Crawford of Burke, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Grad of Moretown, 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, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Keenan of St. Albans City, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lewis of Derby, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, 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, Mitchell of Barnard, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Weston of Burlington, Wheeler of Derby, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

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

Whereas, Adam Muller grew up in Richmond, and this engaging young man was popular among his schoolmates and,

Whereas, during his senior year, Adam Muller exhibited his instinctive impulse to try the unexpected when he joined the Mount Mansfield Union High School chorale solely to sing the popular rock tune Bohemian Rhapsody, and

Whereas, as a first grader, Adam Muller met his future wife, Michelle, his soccer teammate and fellow school bus rider, and

Whereas, while it may not have been love at first sight, Adam Muller and Michelle eventually dated for the first time at a Mount Mansfield Union High School cabaret, and

Whereas, from that moment forward, their bonds grew stronger, and they married in November 2006, and

Whereas, after high school graduation, Adam Muller attended Vermont Technical College and studied to become a mechanic, but his special career goal was to work in law enforcement, and

Whereas, seeking to serve his country, he enlisted in the United States Army, hoping to be eventually assigned to military police duty, and

Whereas, in September 2007, Private First Class Adam Muller was deployed to Iraq as a gunner in the 10th Mountain Division, and

Whereas, on November 5, 2007, while riding in a Humvee near the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, three fellow soldiers and he perished when an improvised explosive device destroyed their vehicle, and

Whereas, Private First Class Adam Muller hoped that the Iraqi children he encountered would remember him and his colleagues kindly, and

Whereas, aside from his wife, Michelle, his survivors include his mother, Katherine Muller, his father James Muller, and his stepmother, Michael Muller, who will cherish their special memories of him, and

Whereas, Adam Muller’s death marks a sad occasion for both the town of Richmond and the state of Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its profound sympathy to the family of Private First Class Adam Muller, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his wife and his parents.

H.C.R. 305

House concurrent resolution honoring Peaslee’s VT Potatoes as among Vermont’s finest potatoes

Offered by:  Representatives Minter of Waterbury, Audette of S. Burlington, Brennan of Colchester, Corcoran of Bennington, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Masland of Thetford, Monti of Barre City, Potter of Clarendon, Scheuermann of Stowe and Westman of Cambridge

Whereas, Vermont’s soil and climate provide a botanically conducive location for the raising of potato plants, and one of the premier potato growers in the state of Vermont is the Peaslee family, including Representative Janice Peaslee, which since 1930 has been the proprietor of Peaslee’s VT Potatoes, and

Whereas, this Vermont-owned family business is situated in Guildhall on a diversified 500‑acre farm, 120 acres of which are dedicated to potatoes, and

Whereas, the Peaslee family plants potatoes each May, harvests them in September, and then sells them from the fall until planting time the following spring, and

Whereas, Peaslee’s VT Potatoes are sold in stores throughout New England and New York State as well on a direct retail basis to consumers, and

Whereas, among the many types of Peaslee’s VT Potatoes are round whites, featuring white/buff skin and white flesh in a number of different varieties, including Green Mountain, known as the old timer’s favorite, Irish Cobbler, Katahdin, Kennebec, Shepody, Superior—the Peaslees’ favorite early variety—Norwis with its more pale-yellow flesh, and Yukon Gold, with its yellowish skin and flesh, and

Whereas, Peaslee’s red potatoes include the Chieftain, with its bright red skin and white flesh, the dark red Norland, with smooth red skin and white flesh, the Red Pontiac, featuring dark red skin and white flesh, and the Russet Norkotah, sporting dark russet skin and white flesh, and

Whereas, the Russett Burbank blue potatoes are known as the fun potato and are a great source for creating potato salad, and

Whereas, each potato has been harvested under the watchful eye of either a Peaslee family member or one of the farm’s carefully trained staff, and the potatoes are carefully packaged in a sturdy three-ply bag featuring the distinctive Peaslee’s VT Potato trademark, and

Whereas, the Peaslees represent the best in Vermont family agriculture and merit legislative recognition for their nurturing of this much beloved vegetable that many chefs transform into a delectable delicacy, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to honor Peaslee’s VT Potatoes as among Vermont’s finest potatoes, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Representative Janice Peaslee and to Peaslee’s VT Potatoes in Guildhall.

H.C.R. 306

House concurrent resolution in memory of Larry Solsaa of South Strafford

Offered by:  Representatives Masland of Thetford, Cheney of Norwich and Flory of Pittsford

Whereas, Larry Solsaa grew up in South Dakota and served in the U.S. Navy, and

Whereas, in 1981, he relocated from Connecticut where he was then residing with his family to South Strafford and became a popular carpenter in the Upper Valley, and

Whereas, Larry Solsaa befriended many individuals when he repaired their homes and barns, and he employed innovative methods to meet the unusual construction challenges that different renovation projects presented in the course of his work, and

Whereas, through his work, Larry Solsaa developed a deep respect for and fascination with historic homes, art, and museums, and

Whereas, Larry Solsaa loved to sail on local lakes and ponds, and he even attempted to fulfill his fantasy of walking on water, which he attempted, in a fashion, with various Styrofoam shoes that he created personally, and

Whereas, the relationship of divorced fathers to their children was a personal priority for him, and he was strongly committed to securing these fathers equal parental custodial rights, and

Whereas, he devoted considerable time and energy to this, and until the end of his life, Larry Solsaa campaigned vigorously to achieve this public policy objective, and

Whereas, the news of his death at the early age of 59 was received with great sadness in South Strafford, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly expresses its condolences to Larry Solsaa’s wife June, his sons Jeffrey and Eric, his six grandchildren, his parents, and his many friends in the Upper Valley, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to June Solsaa in South Strafford and to his sons Jeffrey and Eric Solsaa.

H.C.R. 307

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Essex High School  We the People . . . The Citizen and the Constitution state championship class

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

Whereas, the National Center for Civic Education, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, has established the We the People . . . The Citizen and the Constitution, an instructional course designed to provide students a greater insight into the U.S. Constitution, and

Whereas, in Vermont, the Vermont Bar Association serves as the local sponsoring organization, and

Whereas, the course begins with summer readings focusing on the following constitutional inquiries:  (1) What are the philosophical and historical foundations of the American political system?  (2) How did the framers create the constitution?  (3) How did the values and principles embodied in the constitution shape American institutions and practices?  (4) How have the protections of the Bill of Rights been developed and expanded?  (5) What rights does the Bill of Rights protect? and  (6) What are the roles of the citizens in American democracy?, and

Whereas, during the fall, the course incorporates the constitutional curriculum and critical thinking, problem solving, and cooperative learning skills, and

Whereas, on January 28, 2008, the Vermont-based participating classes gathered at the state house to engage in a day-long series of mock congressional hearings at which the students presented testimony before panels of constitutional experts who queried the youngsters thoroughly, and

Whereas, the panels of judges awarded the Vermont state championship to the class from Essex High School whose members are Graham Ahokas, Nicola Anderson, Susanna Battig, William Begley, Bryan Dickinson, Joseph Finch, Loren Fulton, Alan He, Chelsea Henderson, Christian Konczal, Allison LaCroix, Sylvana Lane, Michael Lawrence, Leah Marvin-Riley, Joseph McClintock, Christopher McNally-Anderson, Gwen Pastel, Heidi Rickes, Libby Rose, Mathew Saladin, Hayley Schumacher, and Abigail Wood, and their teacher, Tim Root, who has been an invaluable academic mentor, and

Whereas, these Essex High School students will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to compete in the 2008 national finals, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates the 2008 Essex High School We the People . . . The Citizen and the Constitution state championship class, and be it further

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

H.C.R. 308

House concurrent resolution honoring the Vermont state health insurance assistance program for its outstanding service as a Medicare informational and counseling resource

Offered by:  Representatives O’Donnell of Vernon, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Baker of West Rutland, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clark of Vergennes, Clerkin of Hartford, Condon of Colchester, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Crawford of Burke, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Grenier of St. Johnsbury, Haas of Rochester, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hunt of Essex, Jerman of Essex, Johnson of Canaan, Keogh of Burlington, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Lewis of Derby, Livingston of Manchester, Maier of Middlebury, Marcotte of Coventry, Martin of Wolcott, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, McNeil of Rutland Town, Mitchell of Barnard, Moran of Wardsboro, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Myers of Essex, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Pugh of S. Burlington, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Turner of Milton, Westman of Cambridge, Wheeler of Derby, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington and Zenie of Colchester

Whereas, individuals eligible for Medicare, the federal health insurance program for those 65 and older and those with disabilities, can rely on the state health insurance assistance program (SHIP) for timely informational assistance and personal counseling advice, and

Whereas, SHIP was established nationally in 1990 as a state-based program “to provide accurate and timely information to Medicare beneficiaries while promoting informed consumer choice and independent living,” and in 1993 SHIP was introduced in Vermont, and

Whereas, SHIP not only serves Medicare beneficiaries but also health care providers, and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) view SHIP as the ideal consumer information resource for questions related to Medicare, and

Whereas, in Vermont, SHIP has sought to maximize the geographic accessibility of its services, and in 1996 it entered a partnership with the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), and each of the AAAs employs a regional SHIP coordinator, and

Whereas, in 2005, prior to the implementation of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program, the SHIP regional coordinators conducted over 200 information sessions across the state to educate Medicare beneficiaries concerning their prescription drug insurance options, and

Whereas, a highlight of the Part D information project was SHIP’s Medicare Road Show that was presented at each of Vermont’s 15 hospitals, and, during the first open enrollment period for Part D, SHIP and its partners enrolled 85 percent of the state’s Medicare beneficiaries, and

Whereas, during 2007, the five regional SHIP coordinators and the state director in combination supplied 7,200 hours of counseling services to over 17,000 Medicare beneficiaries and their families, and

Whereas, in recognition of the effective and valuable work that the regional coordinators perform, CMS has awarded the Vermont SHIP for a second consecutive year a Performance Plus Award in recognition of the Vermont SHIP’s high level of achievement in providing services to the state’s Medicare beneficiaries, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the Vermont state health insurance assistance program for its outstanding service as a Medicare educational and counseling resource, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the director of the Vermont state health insurance program and to each of the five regional coordinators.

H.C.R. 309

House concurrent resolution in memory of Steve Hall of Hyde Park

Offered by:  Representatives Martin of Wolcott, Nease of Johnson, Peltz of Woodbury, Scheuermann of Stowe, Smith of Morristown and Westman of Cambridge

Offered by:  Senator Bartlett

Whereas, Marie Agnes Rolland was born in Toledo, Ohio on January 15, 1903, and

Whereas, in pursuit of a college education, she traveled east to attend Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and a roommate called her Steve, a name she retained for the balance of her amazingly long and productive life, and

Whereas, after graduating from Smith, working in New York City as a copy editor, and marrying, she and her husband moved north to Lamoille County, and Hyde Park, and

Whereas, for many years Steve Hall was an English teacher at Lamoille Central Academy where she introduced a generation of students to the literary masters of the English language and served as the school’s drama coach, and

Whereas, in 1952, when the Reverend John Knight of Hyde Park established the Lamoille County Players, Steve Hall became the company’s first director, and

Whereas, Steve Hall’s distinctively dramatic flair, to say nothing of her insightful appreciation of the theatrical world and ability to massage aspiring thespians’ egos, proved the ideal combination to bring rousing applause when the curtain would fall on the company’s productions at the Hyde Park Opera House, and

Whereas, she continued in the director’s role for approximately the next 30 years, long beyond the age when most persons have retired even from leisurely avocational pursuits, and

Whereas, she was the mother of a son, Eli Hall, and

Whereas, her recent death at the age of 105 marked the passing of a noted and cherished personality in Lamoille County, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly marks with sadness the death of Steve Hall, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Lamoille County Players.

H.C.R. 310

House concurrent resolution congratulating Caleb Smith-Hastings on winning the 2008 Vermont Poetry Out Loud Competition

Offered by: Representatives Jewett of Ripton, Bray of New Haven, Maier of Middlebury and Nuovo of Middlebury

Whereas, in an effort to enlighten high school students to the potential of the poetic phrase regardless of its meter, the National Endowment for the Arts sponsors the Poetry Out Loud Competition with both state and national recitation contests, and

Whereas, in a state competition, all presenters are instructed to prepare three poems for recitation in order that they are set for participation in each of the three competitive rounds, and

Whereas, the 2008 Vermont competition was held in the Pavilion Auditorium in Montpelier, and 20 schools, an increase over the number entered in 2007, were represented, and

Whereas, Caleb Smith-Hastings, a Middlebury Union High School (MUHS) junior and the 2007 second-place winner, returned well prepared to claim the state championship title, and

Whereas, Caleb chose Beat! Beat! Drums!, a Walt Whitman war poem in which each stanza begins with a call to war in the form of a musical alliteration, as his opening selection, and

Whereas, having survived the first of the competition’s three rounds, he proceeded to his second poem, a quieter and far less intense choice, How I Discovered Poetry, crafted from the pen of Marilyn Nelson, and

Whereas, Caleb again earned the judges’, respect and was sent forward to recite his third and final poem, Dulce Et Decourum Est (translated as “it is sweet and right”), Wilfred Owen’s famous poetic reflection on the First World War, and

Whereas, his decision to turn and yell a dramatic line from this war poem directly at the judges clinched first place for this accomplished young orator, and

Whereas, as the first place winner, Caleb was awarded a $200 prize and MUHS was granted a $500 allowance to purchase poetry books, and

Whereas, with three different poems at the ready, perhaps including one by Robert Frost, Caleb will represent Vermont at the national finals of the Poetry Out Loud Competition to be held in Washington, D.C., on April 29, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates Caleb Smith-Hastings on winning the 2008 Vermont Poetry Out Loud Competition and wishes him the best of luck at the national finals in Washington, D.C., and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Caleb Smith-Hastings at Middlebury Union High School and to the school’s English department.

H.C.R. 311

House concurrent resolution congratulating Eileen Hyde on being named a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow

Offered by:  Representatives Dostis of Waterbury, Ancel of Calais, Andrews of Rutland City, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Canfield of Fair Haven, Condon of Colchester, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Donovan of Burlington, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fisher of Lincoln, Gilbert of Fairfax, Grad of Moretown, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Johnson of South Hero, Keenan of St. Albans City, Keogh of Burlington, Klein of East Montpelier, Krawczyk of Bennington, LaVoie of Swanton, Leriche of Hardwick, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Masland of Thetford, McCormack of Rutland City, McDonald of Berlin, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Morley of Barton, Nease of Johnson, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Ojibway of Hartford, Partridge of Windham, Pellett of Chester, Pugh of S. Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle and Westman of Cambridge

Whereas, in 1993, under the leadership of former Rep. Tony Hall of Ohio, Congress established the Congressional Hunger Center, and

Whereas, the center’s mission is to fight hunger which it fulfills through advocacy, education, leadership development, and research programs, and

Whereas, one of the most effective projects the center conducts is the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship, and

Whereas, as of 2007, the Congressional Hunger Center, through the fellowship program, has graduated more than 550 anti-hunger leaders who continue to address hunger and its root causes at the community, national, and international levels, and

Whereas, this fellowship consists of a unique 12-month national leadership development and training experience in which participants are sent to local communities nationwide to address compelling hunger-related needs, and they gain valuable experience as future anti-hunger leaders, and

Whereas, in August 2007, Eileen Hyde, a graduate of Burlington High School, started as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, and

Whereas, in this role, she has educated Vermonters about the impact of hunger on 19,000 Vermont children, and how communities can implement

effective solutions, and

Whereas, in April 2008, Eileen Hyde was chosen from a competitive national pool of applicants as one of 20 participants in the 15th class of the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship at the Congressional Hunger Center, and

Whereas, in the 15-year history of this outstanding hunger education program, she is only the second Vermonter to be selected for this distinctive honor, and

Whereas, the formal training and first-hand experiences Eileen Hyde will have during the next year will provide her with the technical knowledge and leadership tools to make a direct personal impact in the struggle to eliminate hunger from our country, and

Whereas, alumni of the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship are currently employed in Vermont in organizations that promote access to adequate nutrition, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates Eileen Hyde on being named a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Eileen Hyde, to the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger in South Burlington, and to the Congressional Hunger Center in Washington, D.C.

H.C.R. 312

House concurrent resolution recognizing the Vermont Institutes’ contributions to primary and secondary education in mathematics, science, and technology

Offered by:  Representative Heath of Westford

Whereas, in recognition of the need to broaden the offering of elementary and secondary educational programs in mathematics, science, and technology, the Vermont Institute for Science, Math and Technology (VISMT)—now known as the Vermont Institutes (VI)—was established in 1992 through the creation of a nonprofit organization formed as a collaborative of government, business, and education leaders with funding from a National Science Foundation grant, and

Whereas, since its establishment, the Vermont Institutes has provided leadership, professional development, technical support, and research services, among other support programs, to Vermont schools in each of the state’s counties, and

Whereas, during the organization’s Phase 1 period, it focused on the implementation of the Vermont Statewide Systemic Initiative, one of 28 such programs nationwide, that was charged with raising student performance in science, math, and technology, and

Whereas, this collaborative enterprise concentrated its efforts on teacher training, curriculum development, and creating school-community partnerships, and

Whereas, early on, VISMT affirmed that its programs would be available on a nondiscriminatory basis regardless of a student’s income, gender, or geographic location, and

Whereas, the first phase of the institutes’ programming was extremely successful, and Vermont was one of only eight of the original 28 states awarded a Phase 2 grant enabling VISMT to expand its program statewide, and

Whereas, beginning in 1998, the organization, now officially renamed Vermont Institutes, entered into a series of partnerships with the Vermont department of education which included the Vermont Teacher Quality Enhancement Project, support of superintendents, principals, and teacher leaders, and other technology-based partnerships, and

Whereas, the third phase of VI’s programmatic history was a collaboration with the Vermont department of education, several Vermont higher education institutions, and the Vermont Mathematics Initiative to establish the Vermont Mathematics Partnership, and

Whereas, the partnership has implemented in-depth mathematics instruction and assessment programs in seven supervisory unions, and

Whereas, the Vermont Institutes will soon conclude its highly successful collaborative educational activities to expand the quality and availability of math, science, and technology curricula in Vermont’s schools, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly recognizes Vermont Institutes’ contributions to primary and secondary education in mathematics, science, and technology, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to John Kessler, president of the board of directors of the Vermont Institutes, and to Douglas Harris at the VISMT administrative office.

H.C.R. 313

House concurrent resolution congratulating June Hier on her 60th anniversary waitressing at Seward’s Family Restaurant in Rutland City

Offered by:  Representatives Courcelle of Rutland City, McCormack of Rutland City, Andrews of Rutland City, and Howard of Rutland City

Whereas, in 1947, Seward’s Dairy Bar (now Family Restaurant) opened in a stylish modern building in Rutland with a neon sign perched on its roof beckoning customers to sample the frozen delights this new eatery had to offer, and

Whereas, the restaurant’s opening prompted many Rutland High School students, including then 15-year-old June Hier, to seek part-time waiting positions, and

Whereas, despite being turned down for employment due to her being too young, June Hier returned in 1948 to try again now that she was 16 years old and desirous of cash to purchase a new coat, and

Whereas, June Hier’s second attempt at landing a job at Seward’s was successful, and her legendary employment history began, and

Whereas, shortly after she was hired, June Hier’s father predicted his daughter’s waitressing career would be short-lived, after she refused to look him in the eye while serving him, but his forecast proved incorrect, and

Whereas, June Hier quickly realized that a pleasant personality and courteous attention to customers were necessities, and her waitressing demeanor rapidly improved, and

Whereas, after June Hier contracted polio in 1949, her doctor doubted that she would ever walk again, let alone work at Seward’s, and

Whereas, her determination and perseverance to regain both her personal mobility and her employment were pivotal factors in her ultimately returning to her post at Seward’s counter, and

Whereas, in 1951, she married her grade school sweetheart Bob, and although a few years later she considered ending her waitressing job in order to tend to her growing family, June Hier eventually decided to continue working at Seward’s Family Restaurant, and

Whereas, as time passed, Seward’s broadened its menu from just frozen treats to include full meals, and June Hier kept up with the changes, proud that she could calculate bills in her head when others were relying on new electronic adding devices, and

Whereas, 2008 marks June Hier’s 60th year on the job, and while she now works fewer hours per week, June Hier continues to serve dinners efficiently and with a smile, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates June Hier on her 60th anniversary waitressing at Seward’s Family Restaurant in Rutland City, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to June Hier and Seward’s Family Restaurant in Rutland City.

H.C.R. 314

House concurrent resolution congratulating the first Junior Iron Chef Competition organizers and team winners

Offered by:  Representatives Stevens of Shoreham, Ainsworth of Royalton, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Bissonnette of Winooski, Botzow of Pownal, Condon of Colchester, Consejo of Sheldon, Davis of Washington, Donovan of Burlington, Evans of Essex, Godin of Milton, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Hosford of Waitsfield, Hunt of Essex, Jerman of Essex, Johnson of South Hero, Keogh of Burlington, Larson of Burlington, Lorber of Burlington, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Martin of Springfield, McAllister of Highgate, McDonald of Berlin, McNeil of Rutland Town, Moran of Wardsboro, Myers of Essex, Pearson of Burlington, Turner of Milton, Weston of Burlington, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, the impetus for this interscholastic food project originated with the Burlington School Food Project Committee as “a great way to raise awareness of local foods, farm to school programs, nutrition, and get kids excited about cooking,” and

Whereas, the committee partnered with VT FEED (the Vermont Food Education Every Day Farm To School Program), Burlington’s City Market, and the Burlington Food Council, and all proceeds will be used to help schools develop local farm school programs, and

Whereas, the Junior Iron Chef Competition was conducted on Saturday, April 12 at the Champlain Valley Exposition and featured 23 middle school division teams and 12 in the high school division, and

Whereas, the students were limited to using specified seasonally available Vermont ingredients, including dairy products and eggs, maple syrup and honey, apples, root vegetables, winter squash, sprouts, and some grains, and

Whereas, teams were racing against competitors in their division to compete their edible entries and rush them to a panel of waiting judges, and

Whereas, the winning teams in the Middle School Division were:  Best in Show, Whitingham’s Twin Valley Middle School’s Wildcats #1 (very veggie chili) with Elizabeth Aekus, Erica Betit, Whitney Murdock, and Lexi Reinertson; most/best use of local ingredients, Burlington’s Hunt Middle School’s Hunt Jr. Chefs (cheese and vegetable chowder) with Dairyann Guilfeld, Dzenan Elkaz, Kristi Proper, Katelyn Roussell, and Courtney Savard; and most creative, Essex Middle School’s EMS Iron Chef Eagles (Green Mountain quesadillas) with Mike Fraser, Brandi Giroux, Devan Gonyea, and Lily Schulz, and

Whereas, the high school victors included:  Best in Show, Burlington High School’s Healthy City (medley of local vegetable tater tots with herb dip) with Chelsea Davis, Ivah Kenyon, Matt LaTulippe, and Josh Sheffer; most creative, Burlington High School’s Over the Hill & Feelin’ Young Again Kookin’ Club (Lemongrass-cilantro latke with fusion dip) with Miles Dugan, Chloe Egan, Kaela Meals, David Porter, and Graham Raubvogel; and most/best use of local ingredients, Essex’s Center for Technology’s Team CTE (banana stuffed French toast with apple caramel sauce and butternut squash and apple soup) with Natasha Daigle, Austin Kuch, Brian Macomber, Colby Smith, and Megan Watson, and

Whereas, the event’s organizers plan to issue a cookbook of all the recipes, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the organizers and winners of the first Junior Iron Chef Competition, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each winning team and to each of the competition’s four sponsors.

H.C.R. 315

House concurrent resolution congratulating Lindsay Johnson on her victories in state and national 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, Condon of Colchester, 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, 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, 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, 19-year-old Lindsay Johnson of Concord graduated from Concord High School, and she is now a freshman at Lyndon State College, and

Whereas, she is an up-and-coming young country music vocalist, both locally and on the national scene, and

Whereas, in the fall of 2007, she entered the 2007 New Hampshire Country Music Association’s 20th Annual Talent Search in the 17-to-20-year-old female vocalist category, and

Whereas, Lindsay Johnson’s singing wowed 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 Lindsay Johnson to compete at the National North America Country Music Associations International competition in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and

Whereas, at the Tennessee event, Lindsay Johnson was competing against outstanding female country music vocalists from around the nation, and

Whereas, this truly gifted young musician exhibited great command of the country music genre, and the judges recognized she was the obvious first place winner in the 17-to-20-year-old Female Vocalist Future Star category, and

Whereas, her award winning performance earned Lindsay Johnson 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, Lindsay Johnson’s academic course work at Lyndon State College includes a new course that links music to business which she hopes will prove useful in the years ahead, and

Whereas, she has also performed in the Colgate Showdown in Lyndonville and the Country Showdown in White River Junction, both prominent local musical competitions, and

Whereas, on Tuesday, April 29, 2008, Lindsay Johnson 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 Lindsay Johnson on her victories in state and national country music vocal competitions, and be it further

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

H.C.R. 316

House concurrent resolution congratulating David Lewis on his receipt of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns’ Lifetime Achievement Award

Offered by:  Representatives Chen of Mendon and McNeil of Rutland Town

Offered by:  Senators Carris, Maynard and Mullin

Whereas, David Lewis has served in municipal management roles for 35 years, first in Cavendish and Hartland, and for much of his career in the town of Killington, formerly known as Sherburne, and

Whereas, in the early 1980s, he was a leader in establishing Vermont’s first multi-town solid waste district, and

Whereas, Dave Lewis secured the financing for and directed his town’s construction of the first municipally owned golf course in the state, and

Whereas, as the senior administrative official in Killington, David Lewis directed the Killington succession campaign as a way to focus the public’s attention on financial issues pertaining to Act 60, and

Whereas, he has helped organize and direct the Coalition of Municipalities, an organization formed to promote the concerns of towns that have been fiscally challenged as a result of Act 60, and

Whereas, separate from his work with the coalition, David Lewis has been a statewide leader on matters pertaining to municipal governance, and

Whereas, Dave Lewis currently serves as the municipal employer representative on the Vermont Municipal Employees Retirement System board, and

Whereas, the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) has greatly benefited from his advice and counsel, and

Whereas, his original service on the VLCT board of directors extended over 20 years, and he helped oversee the organization while it was experiencing serious institutional challenges, and

Whereas, 25 years ago, when  Steven Jeffrey was appointed as executive director of the VLCT, David Lewis was serving as its president and played a role in this wise hiring decision, and

Whereas, despite having previously served for over two decades on the VLCT board, often a far from simple task requiring balancing the not infrequent conflicting concerns of towns in different parts of the state,

David Lewis agreed to return to the board in 2005, and he continues to serve as an active member of this important panel of municipal government leaders, and

Whereas, the VLCT has long recognized David Lewis as an extraordinary municipal official, both for his own town and as a statewide advocate for municipalities, and

Whereas, on Local Government Day 2008, which took place in Montpelier in February, the VLCT presented David Lewis with its 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates David Lewis on his receipt of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns’ Lifetime Achievement Award, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to David Lewis at the Killington town offices.

H.C.R. 317

House concurrent resolution honoring J.J. Cioffi as an outstanding Vermont sports broadcaster

Offered by: Representatives McNeil of Rutland Town, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, Andrews of Rutland City, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Canfield of Fair Haven, Clark of Vergennes, Clerkin of Hartford, Courcelle of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Fallar of Tinmouth, Flory of Pittsford, French of Randolph, Helm of Castleton, Howard of Rutland City, Hube of Londonderry, Jerman of Essex, Johnson of Canaan, Keogh of Burlington, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, Lawrence of Lyndon, Lewis of Derby, Livingston of Manchester, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, Morrissey of Bennington, O’Donnell of Vernon, Oxholm of Vergennes, Peterson of Williston, Scheuermann of Stowe, Stevens of Shoreham, Trombley of Grand Isle and Wright of Burlington

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

Whereas, Vermont sports fans have long appreciated the insightful and accurate observations that characterize Rutland native J.J. Cioffi’s sports reports on WCAX television, and

Whereas, for 17 years, J.J. Cioffi has covered the sports beat as a 6:00 p.m. anchor and the station’s sports director, winning much praise from viewers and his fellow sports journalists, and

Whereas, the quality of his sports coverage is reflected in his repeatedly being honored as the recipient of the Vermont Associated Press Best Sportscast Award and as the four-time winner of the Burlington Free Press Reader’s Choice Best TV Sportscaster Award, and

Whereas, the breadth of his reporting in the amateur sports arena has encompassed local high school competition, UVM, Middlebury College, Norwich University, and other colleges’ athletic activities, the NCAA basketball tournament, and perceptive coverage of the Winter Olympics, and

Whereas, his professional sports focus has been directed on Boston’s Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics and the New England Patriots, and

Whereas, after an illustrious career as one of Vermont’s premier sports broadcasters, J.J. Cioffi will be laying his WCAX microphone aside for the final time later this year, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly honors J.J. Cioffi as an outstanding Vermont sports broadcaster and extends to him best wishes as he looks forward to new life endeavors, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to J.J. Cioffi at WCAX-TV in Burlington.

H.C.R. 318

House concurrent resolution congratulating former Windham County Sheriff William A. Graham and his wife, former Representative Phyllis A. Graham, on their 50th wedding anniversary

Offered by:  Representatives Mrowicki of Putney, Deen of Westminster, Edwards of Brattleboro, Marek of Newfane, Moran of Wardsboro, Obuchowski of Rockingham and O'Donnell of Vernon

Offered by:  Senators Shumlin and White

Whereas, William and Phyllis Graham dedicated much of their lives to serving the citizens of Windham County and the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, William Graham joined the Vermont state police as an entry level trooper in 1954, remaining on the force for nine years before moving to the post-arrest side of the criminal justice system and becoming a probation officer, and

Whereas, following nearly seven years of William Graham’s excellent work in this position, in 1969 Governor Deane Davis appointed William Graham to the office of Windham County sheriff, and

Whereas, the voters of Windham County concurred with Governor Davis in his choice for their sheriff, as William Graham was always reelected when his name appeared on the ballot and he remained on the job for 33 years, and

Whereas, when William Graham was appointed, he was the department’s only full-time employee, and at the time of his retirement in 2002, there were 20 full-time deputies and 16 part-time deputies in Windham County, and

Whereas, William Graham’s leadership was the driving force in the establishment of the Windham County sheriff’s department as a modern and highly respected law enforcement agency, and

Whereas, his wife, Phyllis Graham, also has a strong interest in public service, and

Whereas, during the 1970s, she served as a public representative on the employment security advisory council, and

Whereas, Phyllis Graham’s service on the council increased her interest in state government, and in 1983, Governor Richard Snelling appointed her to the open Windham-1 seat in the House of Representatives, where she served her constituency diligently and was a member of the committee on energy, and

Whereas, in 2008, William and Phyllis Graham celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, and this is a special occasion in their lives and those of their family, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates former Windham County Sheriff William Graham and his wife, former Representative Phyllis Graham, on their 50th wedding anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to William and Phyllis Graham in Putney.

H.C.R. 319

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Vermont winners of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Offered by:  Representatives Masland of Thetford, Cheney of Norwich, Clarkson of Woodstock, Fisher of Lincoln, Larocque of Barnet, Otterman of Topsham and Sharpe of Bristol

Offered by:  Senators Campbell, Ayer, Coppenrath, Giard, Kitchel, MacDonald, McCormack and Nitka

Whereas, individual youth volunteer initiatives designed to help individuals in need or nonprofit institutions serve as commendable examples of community service, and

Whereas, in order to encourage young persons to engage in these types of creative and worthwhile endeavors, Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals presents the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which for 13 years has showcased inspiring examples of youth volunteers, and

Whereas, the top Vermont honorees in the 2008 Prudential competition are Claire Trombley, a 7th grader at Mount Abraham Middle School of Bristol, and Zoe Isaacs of Sharon, a junior at Woodstock Union High School, and

Whereas, Zoe Isaacs organized a program for orphans and other impoverished children in Rwanda, primarily centered on soccer-playing opportunities and supplemented with all-important educational services and HIV-AIDS testing, a concept that she developed after visiting her brother, an aid worker stationed in this African nation, and

Whereas, she has worked with a Vermont youth-run nonprofit organization and with an international nonprofit organization in Rwanda, raised thousands of dollars, hired a program coordinator, performed essential administrative, outreach, and publicity services, purchased soccer equipment, and traveled back to Rwanda on more than one trip, and

Whereas, Claire Trombley has performed several service roles starting when she was a second-grader by volunteering at her church as an altar server, a Christmas bazaar assistant, and a Christmas card seller and designer, banding songbirds’ legs for research through a nature center, and assisting the American Red Cross with community blood drives, and

Whereas, both of these young women will be presented a $1,000.00 cash prize, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., where they will compete with the 100 Prudential finalists from the other 49 states and the District of Columbia for the distinction of being named one of America’s ten top youth volunteers for 2008, and

Whereas, two Vermonters, Jamie Eastman of Wells River, a sophomore at Blue Mountain Union High School, and Melanie Meisel of Waterford, a senior at Union Baptist Christian School, were named distinguished finalists and will be awarded engraved bronze medals, and

Whereas, Jamie Eastman, a volunteer firefighter, organized a Fire Safety Week program at the local elementary school and worked with his local fire department to educate the children on many aspects of fire safety, including identifying and correcting fire hazards, developing an escape plan, and calling 911 in an emergency, and

Whereas, Melanie Meisel’s multiple volunteer activities have involved playing piano and guitar for her church’s youth group band, working as a counselor at a Bible camp in Alaska, assisting with her school’s kindergarten class and school lunch program, and raising money that financed her trip to Honduras, where she helped a missionary family build a medical clinic, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 Vermont winners of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each student honored in this resolution.


H.C.R. 320

House concurrent resolution congratulating Monique Simpson on being named the 2008 Boys & Girls Club Vermont Youth of the Year

Offered by:  Representatives Clark of Vergennes and Oxholm of Vergennes

Whereas, the Boys & Girls Clubs take great pride in encouraging teenagers to participate in community programs that foster leadership and responsibility and teach them how to establish and achieve worthy life goals, and

Whereas, as a form of encouragement and recognition, local Boys & Girls Clubs designate a Youth of the Year from among teenagers who have been club members for at least two years, and these local winners serve as the outstanding pool of candidates from which a statewide honoree is chosen to represent Vermont nationally, and

Whereas, the winners of this award are chosen locally and statewide based on a rigorous review process that examines their club involvement, civic commitments, community service hours, and academic success as detailed in an essay they submit, and in a second essay the students explain how they have overcome personal obstacles and describe their local club’s role in helping them surmount these challenges, and

Whereas, in 2008, the nominee of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes, Monique Simpson, now a freshman at Vergennes Union High School (VUHS), was selected as the Vermont Youth of the Year, and

Whereas, she participated in many school and community organizations, serving 100 community hours through her role in the Keystone Club and the local prevention program for youth, and Monique is also the founder of a student committee at VUHS formed to address students’ rights with respect to lunch issues, and

Whereas, the Greater Boys & Girls Club of Vergennes selected Monique as the local Youth of the Year because she has overcome many challenges in her young life and simultaneously has demonstrated true leadership skills, and

Whereas, her record of community service and supporting essays impressed the panel of judges who reviewed candidates for the 2008 state award, and

Whereas, Monique’s interview with the panel reinforced its members’ high opinion of this young women and sealed the decision to designate her as the 2008 Vermont Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year, and

Whereas, the state judges could not have made a better selection for this special form of recognition, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Monique Simpson on being named the 2008 Boys & Girls Club Vermont Youth of the Year, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Monique Simpson and to Mike Reiderer, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes.                                                        

H.C.R. 321

House concurrent resolution congratulating Belinda Hall on being named the 2007 Boys & Girls Club Vermont Youth of the Year

Offered by:  Representatives Clark of Vergennes and Oxholm of Vergennes

Whereas, the Boys & Girls Clubs take great pride in encouraging teenagers to participate in community programs that foster leadership and responsibility and teach them how to establish and achieve worthy life goals, and

Whereas, as a form of encouragement and recognition, local Boys & Girls Clubs designate a Youth of the Year from among teenagers who have been club members for at least two years and these local winners serve as the outstanding pool of candidates from which a statewide honoree is chosen to represent Vermont nationally, and

Whereas, the winners of this award are chosen locally and statewide based on a rigorous review process that examines their club involvement, civic commitments, community service hours, and academic success as detailed in an essay they submit, and in a second essay the students explain how they have overcome personal obstacles and describe their local club’s role in helping them surmount these challenges, and

Whereas, in 2007, the nominee of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes, Belinda Hall, now a senior at Vergennes Union High School, was selected as the Vermont Youth of the Year, and

Whereas, she participated in many school and community organizations including Keystone Club, youth cheerleading, the leadership program at Vergennes Union High School, local Green Up Day activities, Kite Day and SmartMoves, and

Whereas, Belinda’s desire to serve others resulted in her working 250 community service hours during the year, and

Whereas, her record of community service and supporting essays impressed the panel of judges who reviewed candidates for the 2007 state award, and

Whereas, Belinda’s interview with the panel reinforced its members’ high opinion of this young women and sealed the decision to designate her as the 2007 Vermont Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year, and

Whereas, the state judges could not have made a better selection for this special form of recognition, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Belinda Hall on being named the 2007 Boys and Girls Club Vermont Youth of the Year, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Belinda Hall and to Mike Reiderer, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes.

H.C.R. 322

House concurrent resolution congratulating former St. Johnsbury Academy track and field coach Raymond G. Frey on his 2008 induction into the Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame

Offered by:  Representatives Crawford of Burke, Grenier of St. Johnsbury, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Johnson of Canaan, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Lawrence of Lyndon, Morley of Barton and Peaslee of Guildhall

Offered by:  Senators Coppenrath, Illuzzi, Kitchel and Starr

Whereas, annually, a few extraordinary high school athletic coaches whose contributions to their individual schools and sports competition in Vermont deserve special recognition are inducted into the Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) Hall of Fame, and

Whereas, one of the 2008 inductees is Raymond Frey, whose transformation of the St. Johnsbury Academy track and field program into one of the most respected in Vermont remains lore among Hilltoppers, and

Whereas, Raymond Frey’s 30-year administrative, coaching, and teaching career at St. Johnsbury Academy included a diversity of assignments, and

Whereas, art and drafting were Raymond Frey’s classroom specialties, and

Whereas, he proved to be a skillful administrator, serving as the academy’s assistant headmaster and athletic director for seven and 11 years respectively, and

Whereas, Raymond Frey’s place in the history of St. Johnsbury Academy will be most remembered for his skill and vision as a coach, and

Whereas, he served as the academy’s cross-country coach for six years, from 1957 to 1963, and his remarkable tenure as track and field coach extended for three decades, from 1957 to 1987, and

Whereas, he did not need long to invigorate the previously unnoticed boys’ cross-country team, which won the 1958 state championship, and

Whereas, in girls’ track and field, his squad captured the 1981 state title, and

Whereas, Raymond Frey’s true talent was coaching the boys’ track and field athletes as he guided the team to 15 state championships starting in 1961 and then again in 1962, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977, 1978, and concluding with five successive crowns from 1980 through 1984, and

Whereas, in 1968, when he was barely one-third through his illustrious career at St. Johnsbury Academy, he was honored as the Vermont Coach of the Year, an honor covering all interscholastic sports, and

Whereas, Raymond Frey continued to coach with enormous success and concluded his years at the academy as the Vermont high school coach with the most titles in any sport, a distinction that remains true over 20 years later, and

Whereas, before his retirement, Raymond Frey experienced the great joy of opening and coaching the 1986-1987 season in the magnificent new St. Johnsbury Academy field house, and

Whereas, the VPA has bestowed a most fitting tribute on Raymond Frey in recognition of his truly amazing coaching success, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates former St. Johnsbury Academy track and field coach Raymond G. Frey on his 2008 induction into the Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame, and be it further

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

H.C.R. 323

House concurrent resolution congratulating former St. Johnsbury Academy basketball coach Layne Higgs on his 2008 induction into the Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame

Offered by:  Representatives Crawford of Burke, Grenier of St. Johnsbury, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Johnson of Canaan, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Lawrence of Lyndon, Morley of Barton and Peaslee of Guildhall

Offered by:  Senators Coppenrath, Illuzzi, Kitchel and Starr

Whereas, annually, a few extraordinary high school athletic coaches, whose contributions to their individual schools and sports competition in Vermont deserve special recognition, are inducted into the Vermont Principal Association (VPA) Hall of Fame, and

Whereas, one of the 2008 inductees is Layne Higgs, whose 35‑year tenure as the St. Johnsbury Academy basketball coach has few parallels among his peers, and

Whereas, as a Spaulding High School student, he played on the 1961 and 1962 state championship teams, and

Whereas, at the University of Vermont, his basketball star shone even brighter as he captained the undefeated freshman team, cocaptained the varsity team as a senior, was the school’s fifth leading all-time scorer at the time of his graduation, and still had time to apply himself academically and make the dean’s list, and

Whereas, after coaching basketball at Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire for several years, Layne Higgs earned a master’s degree from the University of Virginia and arrived at St. Johnsbury Academy in 1971 to work in the guidance department which he directed, and, of course, to coach basketball, and

Whereas, his teams’ success on the academy’s basketball court was phenomenal, earning three Division I state championships in 1981, 1982, and 1997, with trips to the final four on 11 occasions, and to the state championship game six times, and

Whereas, Layne Higgs’ players’ individual accomplishments were also noteworthy with seven of his Hilltoppers reaching the 1,000‑point mark including the all-time Vermont high school high scorer Henry (Bruce) Dalrymple who sent the ball through the basket for 2,477 points, and

Whereas, in 2006, his final season on the coaching bench, Layne Higgs ended his career on a spectacularly high note, winning his 450th game, the third highest number of victories for any Vermont high school basketball coach, and

Whereas, this outstanding coach most deservedly has earned his place in the VPA Hall of Fame, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Layne Higgs on being inducted into the Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Layne Higgs and to St. Johnsbury Academy Athletic Director Tom Conte.

H.C.R. 324

House concurrent resolution congratulating John Cunavelis on his induction into the Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame

Offered by:  Representatives Crawford of Burke, Grenier of St. Johnsbury, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Johnson of Canaan, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Lawrence of Lyndon, Morley of Barton and Peaslee of Guildhall

Offered by:  Senators Coppenrath, Illuzzi, Kitchel and Starr

Whereas, during the middle years of the last century, there was no greater Vermont sports journalist working in the press box, at courtside, and on the playing field than John Cunavelis, and

Whereas, his journalism career started at St. Johnsbury Academy, where he served as the school newspaper’s sports editor and worked part-time as a correspondent for the Caledonian Record, and

Whereas, John Cunavelis left the academy early to enter the U.S. Coast Guard during the closing months of World War II, and

Whereas, he pursued academic studies in journalism at the University of Missouri and Syracuse University before transferring to the University of Vermont (UVM), where he earned his bachelor’s degree, and

Whereas, after graduating from UVM, he was hired to work in the newsroom at the Vermont Sunday News/Burlington Daily News, and

Whereas, John Cunavelis’s journalism skills and educational background were an ideal combination for the newsroom’s demanding tasks, and combined with his experience covering sports, qualified him to be selected as the two papers’ sports editor, and

Whereas, after a brief sampling of life in Washington, D.C., where he was employed as a writer for the Voice of America and part-time on the Washington Post’s sports desk, John Cunavelis and his family longed for home and returned to Vermont, and

Whereas, he resumed his former post as the Vermont Sunday News sports editor, winning praise from his colleagues and sports fans alike, and

Whereas, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association twice named John Cunavelis Vermont Sportswriter of the Year, and

Whereas, for many years he taught driver education at Champlain Valley Union High School (CVUHS) while continuing as sports editor at the Vermont Sunday News until it folded in 1977, and

Whereas, he is a charter member of the Vermont Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association in which he remains active, and

Whereas, in recognition of his extensive and informative reporting on interscholastic sports in this state, he was recently inducted into the Vermont Principals’ Association’s Hall of Fame, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates John Cunavelis on his induction into the Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to John Cunavelis in South Burlington.

H.C.R. 325

House concurrent resolution honoring Dale Guertin for his continuing educational and civic leadership in the town of Richford

Offered by:  Representative Perry of Richford

Whereas, in the town of Richford, Dale Guertin has been a leading educator for over three decades and a public servant of the highest order for a quarter of a century, and

Whereas, his career in the Richford public schools began in 1976 when he started teaching at the Richford Elementary School, and

Whereas, Dale Guertin’s talent as a classroom teacher did not go unnoticed, and in due course he was appointed to the vice principal’s position at the elementary school, and he performed this role with great skill and dedication for many years, and

Whereas, in 2006, he was promoted to his new position as principal at Richford Junior-Senior High School, and

Whereas, in the civic arena, Dale Guertin was first elected to the Richford selectboard in 1983 and remained an active and well informed municipal legislator until his service on the town’s premier municipal panel concluded in 2007, and

Whereas, the wide respect Dale Guertin engendered among his municipal legislative colleagues made him an ideal candidate to preside as Richford’s selectboard chair, and he fulfilled the duties of this office for an extended period of time effectively, knowledgeably, and with the utmost integrity, and

Whereas, Dale Guertin has served on the board of the Richford Health Center, an innovative community facility, and

Whereas, he has assisted the town of Richford in many other capacities and always exhibits a great willingness to improve the community, and

Whereas, Dale Guertin is especially committed to furthering the outstanding programs of the Richford Lions Club, to which he has belonged for over 20 years, and

Whereas, when neither working as the local high school’s principal or serving in one of his many civic or fraternal capacities, Dale Guertin may well be found outdoors, especially during hunting season, and

Whereas, the town of Richford is extremely fortunate that Dale Guertin is a resident of the community, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly is pleased to honor Dale Guertin for his continuing and valuable educational and civic leadership in the town of Richford, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dale Guertin, to the Richford town clerk, and to the Richford school district.

H.C.R. 326

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Pownal Rescue Squad on the construction of its first headquarters building

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

Offered by:  Senators Hartwell and Sears

Whereas, in 1959, the Pownal Center Fire Department established the Pownal Center First Aid and Rescue Squadron, the first rescue‑only service in Vermont, and in 1960, the squadron opened for business with a used Buick wagon serving as the sole ambulance, and

Whereas, from its inception, Pownal’s rescue squad was praised for the services it offered, and they were constantly being upgraded, and

Whereas, starting in the late 1970s, volunteers could serve exclusively on the rescue squad without joining the fire department, and

Whereas, in 1981, the Pownal Rescue Squad was incorporated separately from the fire department, but continued to offer its lifesaving services to individuals at no charge, relying instead on the community’s financial generosity, and

Whereas, despite its broadening scope of community service, the Pownal Rescue Squad remained without its own headquarters into the 21st century and shared space with Pownal’s fire departments, and

Whereas, the need for  its own building became imperative if the rescue squad was to continue to fulfill its vital community-based mission, and in 2007, Chief Scott Feathers and squad members launched a year of intensive planning and fundraising to support the construction of a new building, and

Whereas, on Thursday, April 11, 2008, ground was broken at the corner of Route 7 and Ladd Road in Pownal for the first permanent home for the Pownal Rescue Squad that will feature 30' x 38' bays for ambulances and a 38' x 50' main section, and

Whereas, other features to be included in this impressive new 3,000 square foot T-shape building that Bennington architect Jon Traver designed are offices, a training room, storage space, a decontamination room, and restroom facilities, and space for future expansion of the structure is incorporated into the design, and

Whereas, Helen and George Renner donated the approximately one-acre site, M.J. Lewis Excavating is starting construction at cost, Blaze Design of Shaftsbury is providing its engineering work for free, Greater Heights Tree and Land Management is removing trees at no cost, and Harrington Masonry is working at a discounted rate, and the donated time and work totals at least $75,000.00, and

Whereas, although additional fundraising is needed to complete the building, the town is eagerly anticipating the moving of the Pownal Rescue Squad into its new home, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates the Pownal Rescue Squad, now in its 50th year, on the construction of its first headquarters building, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Chief Scott Feathers at the Pownal Rescue Squad.

H.C.R. 327

House concurrent resolution honoring Christopher L Dutton on his career accomplishments at Green Mountain Power Corporation

Offered by:  Representatives Hube of Londonderry, Adams of Hartland, Aswad of Burlington, Branagan of Georgia, Canfield of Fair Haven, Condon of Colchester, Dostis of Waterbury, Errecart of Shelburne, Howard of Rutland City, Keenan of St. Albans City, Klein of East Montpelier, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Morrissey of Bennington, Nease of Johnson, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Otterman of Topsham, Partridge of Windham, Peterson of Williston, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Symington of Jericho and Winters of Williamstown

Offered by:  Senators Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Kitchel, Mazza, Miller and Snelling

Whereas, during the past quarter century, the administrative, distribution, and generation issues related to electric power in Vermont have evolved in new and previously unanticipated directions, and

Whereas, Christopher Dutton, through his 23-year association with the Green Mountain Power (GMP) in Colchester, has been a leader in the electric power industry as it has retooled to meet new economic, environmental, and regulatory challenges, and

Whereas, he grew up in Ohio and earned a law degree at Vanderbilt University Law School, and

Whereas, following law school graduation, Chris Dutton served in the United States Air Force’s Judge Advocate Corps and moved to Vermont in the middle 1980s, settling in Shelburne, and

Whereas, Chris Dutton joined the staff of Green Mountain Power in 1985 as vice president and general counsel, serving in both these positions with distinction for the next decade, and

Whereas, a decade later, in 1995, he was promoted to the position of chief financial officer and treasurer and focused his attention on the company’s fiscal affairs, and

Whereas, in 1997, GMP’s board of directors recognized Chris Dutton’s singular administrative talents and in‑depth knowledge of the electric generation industry, especially in Vermont, and named him the company’s president and chief executive officer, and

Whereas, the challenge Chris Dutton soon confronted was enormous as the company teetered on bankruptcy, but he applied his experience as chief financial officer and insightful leadership to the task at hand, and GMP came through its financial crisis with its fiscal ledgers restored to good order, and

Whereas, Chris Dutton was then able to turn his attention to the company’s 21st-century mission, overseeing the groundwork for making both the company and the power it generates for Vermonters more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable, and

Whereas, GMP established the choose2bgreen program, enabling its customers to become carbon‑neutral in their energy consumption, and the company has active efforts under way to reduce the carbon footprint of its transportation and office operations, and

Whereas, in 2006, acknowledging Chris Dutton’s leadership of GMP, the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility named GMP the Large Company Leader of the Year, and

Whereas, outside GMP, Chris Dutton has served on the Chittenden County United Way board of directors and on local school boards, and

Whereas, in August 2008, after an illustrious career at GMP, Chris Dutton will conclude his decade of service as the company’s president and chief executive officer, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly honors Christopher Dutton for his career accomplishments at Green Mountain Power Corporation, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Christopher Dutton at Green Mountain Power in Colchester.

H.C.R. 328

House concurrent resolution honoring George E. Hooker for his outstanding contributions to public education at Rutland High School

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

Offered by:  Senators Carris, Maynard and Mullin

Whereas, for three and a half decades, Rutland High School faculty and students have appreciated the dedication and enthusiasm of award-winning science teacher George Hooker, and

Whereas, after graduating from Castleton State College, George Hooker married Cheryl Mazzariello, a future Rutland County legislator, and began his pedagogic career at Rutland High School, and

Whereas, according to one of his long-time colleagues, for George Hooker “there is no such thing as contract hours” because “his time is the kids’ time,” and

Whereas, he is known as a uniquely innovative and creative teacher who is continually looking for new ways to engage his students, and on five occasions his students nominated him to be listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers, and

Whereas, George Hooker’s desire to encourage students’ participation in worthwhile extracurricular activities and to spark their scientific curiosity motivated him to revive and then direct the school’s science fair, a responsibility he retained for many years, and

Whereas, realizing that not every youngster aspires to be Einstein, he also served as the advisor and coach for the forensic club, and

Whereas, in 1989, he won the University of Vermont’s Outstanding Teacher Award, and

Whereas, George Hooker was selected to teach in England as a Fulbright teacher, and he traded jobs and homes with a teacher in the United Kingdom during the 1990–1991 academic year in what was a special experience for both him and his family, and

Whereas, other professional honors bestowed on George Hooker have included the Rutland Natural Resource Conservation District’s Outstanding Conservation Teacher of the Year in 2003, the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering Teacher of the Year in 2004, and in 2005, the National Association of Biology Teachers’ Outstanding Biology Teacher for Vermont, and

Whereas, at the conclusion of the 2007-2008 academic year, George Hooker will put down the chalk for the final time and conclude his 35-year tenure at Rutland High School, and

Whereas, he is looking forward to spending time with his wife, his four children—Sam, Molly, Emily, and T.J.—and his grandson Gabriel and to continuing his house-painting business, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors George E. Hooker for his outstanding contributions to public education at Rutland High School, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to George Hooker and to Rutland High School.

H.C.R. 329

House concurrent resolution in memory of Castleton State College Professor Emerita Pei-heng Chiang

Offered by:  Representative Orr of Charlotte, Canfield of Fair Haven and Helm of Castleton

Whereas, in 1968, Castleton State College appointed Pei-heng Chiang as the school’s first full-time political science faculty member, and

Whereas, during the following 32 years, she became an esteemed and popular member of the faculty who won the admiration of her colleagues and students, and

Whereas, Professor Pei-heng Chiang’s annual excursions on which she took students to New York City for briefings at the United Nations and tours of the Metropolitan Museum of Art were greatly anticipated, enlightening, and memorable events, and

Whereas, in her role as the political discussion group’s faculty advisor, Professor Pei-heng Chiang was instrumental in bringing many authors, scholars, and public figures to Castleton State College to present lectures which greatly enhanced the intellectual life on campus and in the surrounding community, and

Whereas, Professor Pei-heng Chiang’s was born in 1929 and her parents, General Chiang Ting-wen and Chiang Tsai Ven-yuen, selected for her a name which means “a life devoted to fairness and justice,” and

Whereas, after growing up in China during that nation’s turbulent civil war and the Japanese invasion of China, Pei-heng Chiang arrived in the United States in 1947, completed her secondary education at Great Neck High School in New York state, and in 1952 graduated with a degree in history and government from the University of Rochester, and

Whereas, after college graduation, Pei-heng Chiang joined her family, which had relocated to Taiwan, and worked at the Ministry of Education as the liaison to UNESCO and at Soochow University, where she taught English and western civilization, and

Whereas, in 1955, she returned to the United States, earning a master’s degree in political science from the Graduate Faculty of Political Science and Social Science at the New School for Social Research in New York, and

Whereas, while working on her doctoral degree in the 1960s, also at the New School for Social Research, Pei-heng Chiang served as an instructor in world politics and American government at Queensborough Community College, and

Whereas, in 1979, Professor Pei-heng Chiang was awarded her doctoral degree, and her dissertation entitled Non-governmental Organizations at the United Nations: Identity, Role and Function received special recognition at the New School and was published in 1981, and

Whereas, Professor Pei-heng Chiang received outstanding teaching awards and was named a Vermont Faculty Fellow for the 1999-2000 academic year, delivering a lecture entitled “Reflections on the Teaching of Politics,” that the college subsequently published, and

Whereas, she retired in 2000, and in 2001, Castleton State College honored her with the rank of professor emerita, and

Whereas, she died on January 3, 2008, at the age of 78 in New York City, ending a distinguished academic life, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly expresses its condolences to the many friends of retired Castleton State College Professor Pei-heng Chiang, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to President David Wolk and to Professor Elizabeth Sumner at Castleton State College.

H.C.R. 330

House concurrent resolution commending the community outreach activities of Uncommon Alliance

Offered by:  Representatives Lorber of Burlington, Aswad of Burlington, Donovan of Burlington, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Larson of Burlington, Lippert of Hinesburg, Pearson of Burlington, Sharpe of Bristol and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, tolerance and concern for all people, regardless of race or ethnicity, is a fundamental part of Vermont’s historic legacy as the state was the first to outlaw slavery, and it was an early leader in antidiscrimination efforts in public accommodations, banking, insurance, and housing, and

Whereas, many Vermonters are concerned about racial profiling in which law enforcement officers treat persons of color with less than full respect and dignity, and identify them for arrest based on their racial makeup and not their actions, and

Whereas, local citizens, in association with the Burlington, South Burlington, University of Vermont, and Winooski police departments, the Chittenden County state’s attorney, and the Vermont state police, and others, have together established an organization called Uncommon Alliance with the stated purpose of improving the interactions between police officers and members of racial and ethnic and religious communities, and

Whereas, Uncommon Alliance seeks to create tangible outcomes and opportunities for building relationships of trust, and

Whereas, Uncommon Alliance has added a youth outreach group to work with younger members of different ethnic, racial, and religious communities, and

Whereas, the organization has formed a persons of color steering committee to review programmatic activities, including the development of written materials relating to citizens’ rights and obligations when they are interacting with law enforcement authorities, and

Whereas, Uncommon Alliance represents a creative initiative intended to improve relations between the police and different ethnic, racial, and religious communities, and

Whereas, this summer, Uncommon Alliance is launching a new project designed to help discourage racial profiling incidents, and

Whereas, Uncommon Alliance represents a creative measure to help improve relations between the police and different ethnic, racial, and religious communities, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly commends the community outreach activities of Uncommon Alliance, and be it further

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

H.C.R. 331

House concurrent resolution honoring the participation of University of Vermont and Middlebury College graduates in the Peace Corps

Offered by:  Representatives Orr of Charlotte, Howrigan of Fairfield and Scheuermann of Stowe

Whereas, the Peace Corps was established in 1961 after President John F. Kennedy urged Americans to serve the cause of peace by working in developing countries, and

Whereas, since its establishment, more than 190,000 Americans age 18 and over have made the 27‑month Peace Corps commitment and served in 137 countries, and currently over 8,000 individuals, a 37-year high, are offering supportive assistance around the world, and

Whereas, the primary goals of the Peace Corps are to help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, promote a better understanding of Americans in the host country, and promote a better understanding of other people and countries on the part of Americans, and

Whereas, in recent years, Peace Corps volunteers have assisted schools in developing computer skills and have educated communities on the threat of HIV‑AIDS, and

Whereas, the UVM Peace Corps Recruiting Office provides information to interested individuals and organizations, both on and off campus, and works in cooperation with the Boston regional Peace Corps office and the Green Mountain Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Association, and

Whereas, in 2007, the UVM Peace Corps office reported that 25 of the school’s alumni were serving in the Peace Corps, and

Whereas, this number placed the university in the 15th position among the nation’s medium‑sized colleges (defined as 5,001 to 15,000 students) in the number of alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, and

Whereas, this ranking is 23 places higher on the medium college list than in 2007, and

Whereas, since the Peace Corps was created, 714 UVM graduates have served, and the school ranks 52nd in the total number of alumni who have entered the Peace Corps, and

Whereas, Middlebury College ranked 16th in 2007 among small colleges in the number of its alumni now serving in the Peace Corps with 17 of the school’s graduates currently volunteering, and

Whereas, Vermonters’ active participation in the Peace Corps reflects a strong commitment in this state to public service, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly honors the outstanding public service contribution of the University of Vermont and Middlebury College students and other Vermonters who have joined the Peace Corps to serve our nation and help promote good will around the world, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Amanda Richardson at the University of Vermont Peace Corps office in Burlington and to the Middlebury College Career Services office.

H.C.R. 332

House concurrent resolution honoring William Paul Russell’s extraordinary legislative staff service and declaring May 1, 2008 as “Bill Russell Day” in the general assembly

Offered by:  All members of the House

Offered by:  All members of the Senate

Whereas, in 1913, the legislature enacted Act 14 providing for the governor to appoint, and the senate to confirm “two men of legal training and practice, who have had legislative experience” to serve as the revisers of bills presented to either branch of the legislature, and

Whereas, this institutional organizational arrangement has since evolved into the legislative council as it exists today and as provided for in Title 2 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated, and

Whereas, in 1972, the general assembly exercised wise judgment when it hired William Russell, a graduate of Cornell University and Georgetown University Law School, to serve as director and chief counsel of the legislative council, and

Whereas, Bill Russell’s special gift was his appreciation and understanding of the legislature’s role in our system of government and his strong command of its intricate rules and procedures, and

Whereas, over the years, Bill Russell has been a steady guide navigating over numerous rocky legislative shoals, calling on his knowledge of legislative prerogatives and processes and using this knowledge calmly and impartially, and

Whereas, in his role as chief counsel, Bill Russell has experienced his moments in the spotlight, perhaps most memorably when he served as the senate’s prosecuting attorney during the impeachment of the Washington County sheriff and later as chief investigator of the department of agriculture’s meat inspection practices in Vermont, and

Whereas, Bill Russell’s state legislative staff colleagues nationwide have long recognized his diplomatically inclined leadership skills and vast technical knowledge, and they elected him as staff chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures, and

Whereas, in his role as office supervisor, Bill Russell has always kept his office door open to his employees when they needed to discuss work-related issues and problems, and

Whereas, when this legislature adjourns sine die, Bill Russell will conclude 36 years of service to the general assembly during which his abiding love and deep respect for the legislature and all its processes have been paramount, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly honors William Russell on the conclusion of his extraordinary 36-year legislative staff service and declares May 1, 2008, as “Bill Russell Day” in the general assembly, and be it further

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



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