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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 184

House concurrent resolution honoring the participants in the construction of the new “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” home for the Vitale family in Athens

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Partridge of Windham and Hube of Londonderry

Whereas, “Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition” is a weekly one-hour, two-time Emmy Award-winning reality television program that airs on the ABC Television Network and features the complete exterior and interior rebuilding and landscaping of a home for a deserving family, and

Whereas, typically, this extensive a home renovation project would require many months of work, however the “Extreme Makeover” criteria require that the entire effort be completed in a mere 106 hours, and 

Whereas, the Vitale family of Athens, including Sara and Louis, and their sons, Kane and Louis Angelo, were the recent recipients of a new home courtesy of the “Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition” program, and

Whereas, the McKernon Group, a design and construction firm based in Brandon, volunteered to coordinate and direct this daunting construction project, both as a community service and as an exciting professional challenge, and

Whereas, the firm brought in approximately 100 subcontractors, who volunteered their time and specialized expertise, to perform various aspects of the work, and

Whereas, in the course of the construction week, over 1,800 volunteers traveled to Athens to lend a much-appreciated helping hand in many different ways, including students from a number of area colleges, and staff and students from the Stafford Technical Center in Rutland, and

Whereas, this enormous number of volunteers who were interested in assisting the Vitales far exceeds the few hundred persons who are Athens residents, and

Whereas, much of the construction was green, meaning it was accomplished with environmentally friendly materials and procedures, and the finished house earned a five star Energy Star rating from Efficiency Vermont, and

Whereas, the worthiness of the Vitale family to receive this extraordinary gift was immediately apparent as Louis and Sara Vitale spent the construction week volunteering at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center’s David’s House instead of accepting an expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World, and

Whereas, the completed 2,700 square-foot home includes many custom designed features, including many accessibility features for the Vitales’ younger son whose medical condition prevents him from walking, and

Whereas, all the individuals and organizations that volunteered on the “Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition” construction project in Athens deserve a special thank you on behalf of the Vitale family, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the participants in the construction of the new “Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition” home for the Vitale family in Athens, and be it further

Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Sara and Louis Vitale in Athens, to Kevin Birchmore at the McKernon Group in Brandon, and to the director of the Stafford Technical Center in Rutland.

              Attested to:




Brian E. Dubie                                                    Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                                             Clerk, House of Representatives      


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont