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                             Anne Potter, Ph.D.

 03/01/12 - Check out The Morning Word channel on youtube.

My Sister Sandy Potter Spencer Sworn in as Mayor of Southport, NC
December 13, 2007

The family at swearing in. Anne, Punk, Punk's daughter, Sandy's youngest
son in orange, oldest son in white and Sandy with hand on Bible.


Mayor Sandy on the left with me and Punk.

Yep, that's me, beaming, after
the swearing in.


Group picture: kneeling, my youngest sister, Punk. First row, Interpreter Tamara Burroughs,
 Randy, me, my aunt, and Mayor Sandy Spencer. Back row: Grace Canady,
Nena Horne, and Mary Beth and Lee Ethridge.

Punk Potter Spencer works at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Southport. Stop by and visit
the museum. Punk will be happy to give you a tour.

And I would like to say that my nephews Jon and Michael Spencer have a restaurant,
Soiree on the Main in Mooresville, NC. Stop there and have a meal, food is excellent!


Anne Potter, Ph.D.
Director of Austine School for the
Deaf/Vermont ASL Program
60 Austine Drive
Brattleboro, VT 05301

802 258 9576 (tty only)

From the newsroom of the The Post-Standard,
Syracuse, New York, Wednesday,
April 25, 2001 .....

House Approves Sign Language Bill
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont House
on Wednesday approved a bill that allows
American Sign Language to be taught for credit
in Vermont high schools.

For Anne Potter, who is deaf, the vote marked
another step toward acknowledging deaf
culture and language by the hearing world.

"The deaf community will feel like they are
citizens just like everyone else because their
community and language have been recognized," Potter explained with the help of a
sign language interpreter.

Potter is director of the statewide American
Sign Language program for the Vermont Center
for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Inc. The sign language bill has been a priority this year for
her organization and for the Vermont Coalition
for Disability Rights.

Rep. Donny Osman, D-Plainfield, made the case
for passage of the bill to the House on

"American Sign Language is the fourth most
commonly used language in the United States
and Canada," he said.

It has all the attributes of any language --
distinct grammar and syntax and rich statement.

Under the bill, high schools would be able to
offer sign language for credit, just like French
or Spanish. The state commissioner of
education would work with Potter's organization
to establish licensing procedures for teachers
of sign language by January 2004. The
commissioner would also work to encourage
colleges and universities to accept high school credits in sign language and to offer sign
language teacher-training programs.

A few lawmakers criticized the measure as
another state mandate that schools would have
to follow.

Osman said the bill wouldn't require any school
to add sign language to its course offerings.

Potter predicted that many schools would want to offer it.

"This language is quite rich," she said. "That is
going to have an impact on people who want to
learn the language. It will enrich their lives."

Thanks to: Louise Luther for e-mailing this news clipping on Sun, 29 Apr 2001.
(Sent to Louise by Lee McDaniel)

This article was also published in the Old Bears of '70 July 2001 newsletter.


        Yes, this is me and my beloved Mother.

                  Dee Clanton, me and John.

    Me and friends showing off our new toe rings.

    Lester says someone sent him this picture on
     March 27, 2001, boy, I forgot about this one.


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