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									CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ADDENDUM TO THE SENATE CALENDAR OF THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2003

CONSENT CALENDAR Concurrent Resolutions for Notice under Joint Rule 16 The following joint concurrent resolutions have been introduced for approval by the Senate and will be adopted automatically unless a Senator requests floor consideration before the end of the session of the next legislative day. Requests for floor consideration should be communicated to the Secretary’s office or to a member of the staff of the Secretary’s office. S.C.R. 8. By: Senators Doyle, Cummings, and Scott Senate concurrent resolution honoring the Northfield Savings Bank on the occasion of the financial institution's 135th anniversary. Whereas, the Northfield Savings Bank, one of Vermont’s premier community financial institutions, was chartered in November 1867 under the auspices of the Rev. Edward Bourns, the head of the military college which later became Norwich University, and Whereas, originally located in the headquarters of J.C.B. Thayer’s Tailoring and Clothing in Northfield, the bank has since expanded to include eight regional branches in Barre, Bethel, Montpelier, Randolph, South Royalton, South Barre, Waitsfield, and Waterbury, and Whereas, Northfield Savings Bank was a pioneer in the provision of financial services in Vermont, being the first bank in central Vermont to act as a mortgage lender, the first, in 1967, in the state to utilize computerized data processing, and the first savings bank, in 1974, to offer checking services, and Whereas, as one of Vermont’s few remaining mutual banks in Vermont, Northfield Savings Bank is depositor-owned, and nearly 60 local corporators elect the board of directors, and Whereas, as a locally-owned bank that has withstood the growing trend of out-of-state ownership, Northfield Savings Bank is focused on the local community, and in 2001, the bank donated $300,000.00 to area charities, part of more than $3 million in contributions during the last decade, and Whereas, the Northfield Savings Bank is an essential community institution for the approximately 20,000 area families and businesses that the bank serves and Whereas, as it observes its 135th anniversary, the Northfield Savings Bank remains committed to serving the residents and businesses of central Vermont as a hometown bank, now therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives: - 41 -

That the General Assembly congratulates the Northfield Savings Bank on the occasion of the financial institution’s 135th anniversary, and be it further Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Northfield Savings Bank. H.C.R. 23 House concurrent resolution congratulating the town of Worcester on the occasion of its bicentennial observance Offered by: Representatives Smith of Morrisville and Miller of Elmore Offered by: Senators Cummings, Doyle and Scott Whereas, Worcester was one of the first towns whose municipal boundaries were set forth in the future Washington County when New Hampshire Governor Benning Wentworth granted a charter for the town on June 8, 1763, and Whereas, while the town’s outer parameters were established before Vermont was formed, the first persons to settle in Worcester, John Ridlon and George Martin, arrived from Kennebec, Maine in 1797 and laid out the central settlement on Hampshire Hill, and Whereas, on March 3, 1803, the Vermont General Assembly formally incorporated the town of Worcester, and Whereas, Worcester’s current population of 935 residents encompasses both individuals whose ancestry dates back in the community for many generations and recent arrivals, and Whereas, this picturesque town’s borders embrace a varied topography, including productive farms, rugged mountains, clear streams, and green shady forests which are home to a great diversity of animals and which are ideal for hunting, fishing, biking, horseback riding, skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, 4-wheeling, swimming, photographing, or for simply sitting and admiring from one’s own dooryard, and Whereas, Worcester is a community of resourceful and creative persons which will be celebrating its bicentennial this year, now therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives: That the General Assembly congratulates the town of Worcester on the occasion of its bicentennial observance, and be it further Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Del Waterhouse’s and Sonya Whitesell’s third and fourth grade classes at the Doty Memorial School in Worcester for presentation to the town at its 200th birthday party. - 42 -

H.C.R. 24 House concurrent resolution congratulating the Vermont Ice Storm football team on winning the 2002 New England Football League’s North Atlantic AA Conference championship Offered by: Representatives Myers of Essex, Brennan of Colchester, Dakin of Colchester, Endres of Milton, Hunt of Essex, Kirker of Essex, Metzger of Milton, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Rogers of Castleton, Sweeney of Colchester and Sweetser of Essex Whereas, Vermont for many years was the only state in the nation without a semiprofessional football team, forcing Vermonters interested in playing competitive football at this level to travel across Lake Champlain to suit up with the Plattsburgh Northstars, and Whereas, in the fall of 2000, in response to the New England Football League’s advertisement for an individual to establish a local semiprofessional football team, Vermonter Northstars Dave Baldwin and Matt Timney persuaded several other Northstar alumni, including their former coach, Doug Perez, a professor of sociology and criminology at Plattsburgh State University, to serve as the nucleus of a new team, and Whereas, in the summer of 2001, the Vermont Ice Storm premiered as the newest entry in the New England Football League’s North Atlantic Conference, which plays at the AA level, and Whereas, on July 27, 2002, the Ice Storm commenced its second season against the New England Stars with great enthusiasm, and Whereas, despite their recent vintage as a semiprofessional football team, the experience the Northstar veterans brought to the squad, combined with a level of determination not exceeded on any rival team, enabled the Ice Storm to compile an impressive 7-1 regular season record, and Whereas, in playoff competition, the Ice Storm proved its football prowess as the team overwhelmed the first-round opponent, Nashua Predators, 20-0, and then demonstrated invincible field superiority as the Vermonters convincingly defeated the New England Stars, 18-0, in Boston, for the 2002 North Atlantic Conference title, and Whereas, Ice Storm fans have appreciated the superb football talent for which they have cheered at home games in Milton, and Whereas, the entire Ice Storm player roster, Head Coach Doug “Doc” Perez, Offensive Coordinator Mike LaBarre, Defensive Coordinator Paige Levack, trainers Steve Foley and Brian Miller, and Doc Perez’s helpful wife, Dr. Betsy Perez, who serves as the team’s physician, deserve a round of applause for - 43 -

their contribution to the Ice Storm’s rapid ascendancy in the New England Football League, now therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives: That the General Assembly congratulates the Vermont Ice Storm on winning the 2002 New England Football League’s North Atlantic AA Conference championship, and be it further Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Douglas Perez in South Hero. H.C.R. 25 House concurrent resolution congratulating Paul Whitney on his public service as a member and Chief of the South Royalton Fire Department Offered by: Representative McLaughlin of Royalton Offered by: Senators Campbell, Dunne and Welch Whereas, for the past 57 years, Paul Whitney has been a South Royalton volunteer firefighter, and for 30 years, until his retirement at the end of 2002, he served as his department’s illustrious chief, and Whereas, Chief Whitney joined the department while still in his teens, and except for two years of military service from 1952 to 1954, he has remained on call ever since, and Whereas, over the decades, he has played a significant role in the department’s institutional development and has heroically combated several major blazes, and Whereas, he was one of eight individuals who, in 1962, established the South Royalton Rescue Squad which parked its first truck at the home of a local physician until the department had adequate storage facilities for the vehicle, and Whereas, in 1965, he was placed in charge of supervising the construction and completion of South Royalton’s new firehouse, which became a reality with the support and assistance of many firefighters and local citizens, and Whereas, in 1972, he was selected to serve as the department’s chief, a role he performed with great distinction and professionalism, and Whereas, during his firefighting tenure, Paul helped extinguish several major blazes, most notably at the Windsor County Feed Store – which entailed tricky maneuvering without the aid of a ladder truck; the 1973 Green Mountain Stock Farm fire in nearby Randolph – during which he rescued two colleagues Cookie Burbine and Tim Churchill, but sadly two civilians perished; the South Royalton Block fire; and the fire at the Eaton’s Dryer Factory, and - 44 -

Whereas, when the Camp family’s barn burned to the ground, he led the successful effort to save the family’s home, and he has even saved an injured baby deer which fell into the White River, and Whereas, the Whitney family’s remarkable record of firefighting service is not ending, as his son David assumed the chief’s hat on January 1 of this year, and Paul will continue as a member of the department, now therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives: That the General Assembly congratulates Paul Whitney on his outstanding service as a member and chief of the South Royalton Fire Department, and be it further Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Paul Whitney in South Royalton. H.C.R. 26 House concurrent resolution in memory of Clifford B. Harrington Offered by: Representatives Miller of Shaftsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Corcoran of Bennington, Freed of Dorset, Krawczyk (Albert) of Bennington, Krawczyk (Joseph) of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Molloy of Arlington and Morrissey of Bennington Whereas, Clifford B. Harrington was a lifelong resident of Shaftsbury, and Whereas, after graduating from the former North Bennington High School and honorably serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he graduated from the Hudson Valley Community College and subsequently earned a machinist’s certificate, and Whereas, for 39 years, Clifford enthusiastically plied his trade at the former Stanley Tool Company, having reached the position of maintenance foreman when he retired in 1985, and Whereas, his hobbies included carpentry, maintaining his extensive rock collection, and hunting from his camp in Hebron, New York, and Whereas, beyond his career and personal activities, Clifford Harrington was a leader in Shaftsbury civic life, taking a particular interest in the local education system, and Whereas, in addition to frequently attending meetings of the Shaftsbury Elementary, Mt. Anthony and Southwest Supervisory Union school boards, he served on the facilities committee of the new Bennington middle school, and Whereas, Clifford was a founder of the Shaftsbury Tax Control Committee and a member of the town’s cemetery committee, and - 45 -

Whereas, his fraternal memberships included VFW Post 1332 and American Legion Post 13, and Whereas, he was the husband of Marilyn Harrington and they had three sons, Clifford, Randolph “Gomer,” and Rickey, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, now therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives: That the General Assembly extends its sympathies to the family of Clifford Harrington, and be it further Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Marilyn Harrington in Shaftsbury. H.C.R. 27 House concurrent resolution honoring Norton Town Clerk Miriam Nelson on her retirement after her historic 53-year tenure and recognizing her family’s 118 years of continuous municipal public service on behalf of the citizens of Norton Offered by: Representative Johnson of Canaan Whereas, the town of Norton, which sits directly astride the Canadian border in the Northeast Kingdom, is perhaps more directly associated with a single family, the Nelsons, than any other organized municipality in the state’s history, and Whereas, for over 53 years, since November 1949, Miriam Nelson has served as the competent and conscientious town clerk, one of the longest tenures in the state’s history, and her sister, Ruth Nelson, has long served ably as assistant town clerk, a post her brother Bill has also held, and Whereas, when Norton held its inaugural town meeting in 1885, the first town clerk was Albert McLean, Miriam Nelson’s great uncle, while her grandfather Wilmont G. Nelson was elected to the selectboard and also served as a judge, and Whereas, in 1911, her father assumed the town clerk’s position, performing the associated duties with such competence and proficiency that the town’s citizens entrusted him with this exalted office until his death 38 years later in 1949, and Whereas, the Norton Selectboard immediately appointed Miriam Nelson, who graduated from the Norton village school, attended high school at the local convent, and ultimately completed her formal education at Elmira College, to succeed her father, and she was easily elected to the position at Town Meeting in 1950, and has held this important municipal responsibility ever since, and - 46 -

Whereas, the Nelson family’s association with the town of Norton extends beyond serving in public office as the family’s historic store, which straddles the U.S.-Canadian border, and until a few years ago operated as the W.G. Nelson & Company, still serves as the town clerk’s office, and Whereas, Miriam Nelson, who, since 1950, has never missed a town meeting and remains the same caring, considerate, dedicated, and faithful individual who assumed the office of town clerk over a half-century ago, has decided to conclude her career in Norton town government and will not stand for reelection at Town Meeting on March 5, 2003, now therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives: That the General Assembly congratulates Miriam Nelson on her retirement after her historic and honorable 53-year tenure as Norton Town Clerk, and recognizes her family’s impressive 118 years of continuous municipal public service on behalf of the citizens of Norton, and be it further Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Miriam Nelson in Norton. H.C.R. 28 House concurrent resolution commemorating the observance of Black History Month Offered by: Representatives Brooks of Montpelier, Connell of Warren, Hingtgen of Burlington, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Hube of Londonderry, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Larson of Burlington, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Partridge of Windham, Rusten of Halifax, Starr of Troy and Symington of Jericho Whereas, since the earliest days of European colonization of North America, African-Americans have played a pivotal role in our nation’s history, and one of the first persons to sacrifice his life in a military confrontation, on behalf of American independence, was the African-American Crispus Attucks on March 5, 1770 at the Boston Massacre, and Whereas, the moving abolitionist essays of Frederick Douglass, which appeared as autobiographies in his own newspaper, first called the North Star, and in other publications, were an important rallying point for preCivil War efforts to abolish slavery in this country, including Vermont, which had abolished slavery before any other state and served as the location for stops along the Underground Railroad to Canada, and Whereas, despite these events, it was not until 1926 that Dr. Carter Woodson, a Ph.D. graduate of Harvard University, established Negro History Week (later expanded and renamed Black History Month) as an annual recognition of the severe travails, proud accomplishments, and major - 47 -

contributions that constitute African-Americans’ role in our nation’s history, and Whereas, Dr. Woodson selected the second week in February because the entire month is filled with many significant dates in the history of African-Americans, including: February 3, 1870, when Amendment XV to the United States Constitution granting African-Americans the right to vote was adopted, and February 12, 1909, when W.E.B. DuBois, one of the premier black American intellectuals of the early twentieth century, cofounded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) which remains America’s leading civil rights organization on behalf of AfricanAmericans, and Whereas, the Vermont General Assembly was the scene of a significant moment in African-American political history when in 1836, Alexander Twilight, an 1823 graduate of Middlebury College, became the first African-American to serve in a state legislature when he was sworn in as the representative from Brownington in the House of Representatives, and Whereas, Black History Month affords Vermonters a special opportunity, both to remember the struggles and to celebrate the triumphs which have marked African-Americans’ journey through our nation’s history, now therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives: That the General Assembly recognizes the importance of studying black history, not only in the month of February, but throughout the year, and be it further Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the national headquarters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Baltimore, Maryland.

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