S7474 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — SENATE July 24, 2000
Hospital, beginning as a convalescent Randy Luskey started City Kids Wil- the surrounding community. He also
home for children with polio, has now derness Project and continues to fund supports the scholarship program at
developed into a leading physical reha- the program himself. A few years ago, Phillips Exeter Academy, designed to
bilitation center for Lexington and its Randy donated his Wyoming ranch to help support gifted students pursue
region. This anniversary not only the kids. But, Randy is not just a blind their dreams in the arts. His early and
reaches a significant milestone, but donor. Randy leaves his own family in consistent support of the Music Hall in
marks a time for recognition and cele- Colorado every year to actively par- Portsmouth is yet another testament
bration. ticipate with the kids in Jackson Hole. of his vision and long-term commit-
Dedicated to treating children and Cathy Robillard takes time away ment to the community.
adults, some of Cardinal Hill’s patients from her home and family in Vermont Without the support of generous fi-
have been treated for catastrophic ac- every summer to work with the kids in nancial donations, arts programs would
cidents or disabling diseases like mul- Wyoming. She is the person that runs suffer tremendously. Paul has long pa-
tiple sclerosis, spina bifida, or cerebral the nuts and bolts of the program and tronized arts organizations and has
palsy. Two of the more publicized pa- does so with a measure of care and dis- convinced major corporations to do the
tients would include Missy Jenkins, cipline. same through ‘‘challenge’’ grants.
survivor of the Paducah Heath High City Kids Wilderness Project is one of These grants are made at significant
School Shooting and Palmer Harston, the best possible examples of time and points of the fund drive, thereby moti-
of Lexington, 2000 National Easter money well spent. And it is an example vating other potential donors to do-
Seals Child Representative, that have that should be followed. nate. His keen business skills are evi-
been given care and treatment by Car- A lot of the participants get into dent in the large amounts of financial
dinal Hill Hospital. Cardinal Hill has City Kids Wilderness Project through support he earns for particular pro-
provided for patients who have dealt Boys and Girls Clubs, the kind of part- grams.
with all kinds of tragedies, whether nership that gets the best out of both It is citizens like Paul who exemplify
small or large. programs, the kind of partnership that the importance of civic responsibility.
Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital has proven successful time and time His work in making the arts more ac-
continues to display an unswerving again. cessible to the community is com-
commitment to the people of Kentucky In debating funding for crime-preven- mendable. Without the support of such
and possesses the respect and gratitude tion programs and public-private part- dedicated people like Paul, the arts
of many in the community. The signifi- nerships, we hear testimony from the would not be able to thrive in New
cant work accomplished at this hos- experts and professionals, as we should, Hampshire. It is an honor to serve him
pital promises a successful future for but we will never have a witness more in the United States Senate.∑
the citizens of this state as they can be important than 13-year-old Terrance f
ensured that disabilities will be contin- Collier. Terrance found his time in Wy-
oming to be rewarding, it made a dif- TRIBUTE TO THE TOWN OF
ued to be treated at Cardinal Hill.
I am certain that the legacy of dedi- ference to him, he thought it was im- BEDFORD
cation that Cardinal Hill Rehabilita- portant and it kept him off the street. ∑ Mr. SMITH of New Hampshire. Mr.
tion Hospital has left will carry on. Let’s listen to that testimony, and President, I rise today to pay tribute
Congratulations to the directors and let’s thank the people like Randy to the town of Bedford on its 250th an-
staff of Cardinal Hill on 50 years of Luskey and Cathy Robillard who are niversary, an important and historic
service to Kentucky. Best wishes for offering ‘‘an ounce of prevention’’ to milestone in New Hampshire’s history.
many more years of commitment, and kids like Terrance, brightening the The town was incorporated on May
know that your efforts to better the promise of the future for all of us.∑ 21, 1750. Once an unsettled wilderness
lives of those in the region will be felt f located in the heart of New Hampshire,
for years to come. On behalf of myself Bedford has grown into a booming resi-
TRIBUTE TO PAUL M. MONTRONE— dential and commercial community.
and my colleagues in the United States
NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS IN Its close proximity to the center of
Senate, thank you for giving so much
THE ARTS LEADERSHIP AWARD Southern New Hampshire makes it
of yourself for so many others.∑
WINNER very convenient for residents to com-
∑ Mr. SMITH of New Hampshire. Mr. mute to bigger cities like Manchester
CITY KIDS WILDERNESS PROJECT President, I rise today to pay tribute and Nashua. Bedford is a thriving small
∑ Mr. BIDEN. Mr. President, ‘‘An to Paul Montrone upon his recognition town with a strong commitment to
ounce of prevention is worth a pound of as the 2000 New Hampshire ‘‘Business family and community values, evi-
cure.’’ When our parents and grand- in the Arts-Leadership’’ award winner. denced by a first-rate school system
parents told us that, they probably In order for arts programs to run and active participation by many resi-
weren’t talking about the problem of smoothly and efficiently, there must be dents in civic groups such as the Ro-
crime in America. But they might have a strong leader behind the operation. tary Club and the Lions Club.
been. Paul has been instrumental in the de- The town has come together to cele-
So many times in our debates, in the velopment of the arts in New Hamp- brate its anniversary with year-long
testimony given by experts from law- shire for many years. He has been a events, such as town picnics, exhibits
enforcement professionals to psycholo- leading figure in enhancing corporate and a parade marking the town’s offi-
gists and social workers, the value of and individual financial support both cial birthday. A 250th anniversary ball
prevention—of keeping kids away from regionally and nationally, and has a is planned as the cumulation of the
crime before they ever get into it—is demonstrated interest in improving the year’s events. These celebrations
clear and indisputable. And it is just as operation and effectiveness of arts or- strengthen town organizations’ stay-
clear that one of the best ways to keep ganizations. ing-power and provide an opportunity
kids out of trouble is, simply, to give Paul’s strong leadership has proven for residents to congregate and enjoy
them something else to do. to be an effective model for others to all the town has to offer. The over-
Terrance Collier, a 13-year-old from follow. He gives generously of his time whelming number of Bedford residents
Washington, DC, had something else to by serving on the boards of many non- who attended these events is a testa-
do this summer. In fact, he had a lot to profit organizations such as the Wang ment to their commitment to town and
do. Through a program called City Kids Center in Boston and the New England civic affairs.
Wilderness Project, Terrance went to Conservatory, and also serves as the Slowly but surely, this quiet former
Wyoming, where he camped, cooked, president and CEO of the Metropolitan farming town has seen tremendous
helped with cleaning up, paddled a Opera. He personally assists the Mayer commercial growth within the last 50
canoe, went rafting, made new friends Arts Center at Phillips Exeter Acad- years. Bedford is now home to many
and, in the process, learned about na- emy which attracts visiting artists to small businesses and office parks, but
ture, himself, teamwork and responsi- display their work on campus and es- has certainly not lost that small-town
bility. tablish residencies and workshops in charm. With 16,500 citizens, it is easy