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thursday, april 26, 2007

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.

H.C.R.  123

House concurrent resolution in memory of Elizabeth Daley Jeffords

Offered by:  Representatives Scheuermann of Stowe, 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, Barnard of Richmond, 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 St. Johnsbury, 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, 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, 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, Hudson of Lyndon, 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, 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, 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, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sunderland of Rutland Town, 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 Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Carris, Collins, Condos, Coppenrath, Cummings, Doyle, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, Kitchel, Kittell, Lyons, MacDonald, Maynard, Mazza, McCormack, Miller, Mullin, Nitka, Racine, Scott, Sears, Shumlin, Snelling, Starr and White

Whereas, Elizabeth (Liz) Daley Jeffords was a woman endowed with an independent spirit, a zest for life, and an irrepressible sense of humor, and

Whereas, Elizabeth Cecile Daley was born into a large Burlington family in 1939 and was the eighth of ten children, and

Whereas, she developed a rebellious streak early in life, often not conforming to the etiquette expected of young women of the 1950s, and

Whereas, at age 18, Liz Daley was employed in Burlington as a travel agent when she was paired on a blind date with a young navy man named James Merrill Jeffords, and

Whereas, despite their differences, the most obvious of which was their political party allegiances (Liz Daley was a Democrat and Jim Jeffords a Republican), they shared a mutual attraction and married in 1961, and

Whereas, their relationship was always fraught with challenges as demonstrated when they separated and divorced in the late 1970s, and

Whereas, the strength of the Jeffords’ mutual love and commitment endured, and they remarried in 1986 on the date of their 25th anniversary, and

Whereas, notwithstanding their sometimes conflicting perspectives on the political scene, Liz Jeffords was her husband’s most enthusiastic, effective, and active supporter, and she worked intensively on his successful political campaigns for the Vermont Senate from the Rutland district, for Vermont attorney general, for the U.S. House of Representatives, and for the U.S. Senate, and

Whereas, she was happiest when at home in Shrewsbury where she could garden and enjoy the peaceful life of rural Vermont, and

Whereas, when the ovarian cancer that Liz Jeffords had battled several times reemerged with a vengeance this winter, she exercised her independence one last time, departing this world on terms of her own choosing, and 

Whereas, Senator Jeffords, their children, Leonard and Laura, their grandchildren, and the entire state of Vermont mourn with great sadness the death on Friday, April 13, 2007 of Elizabeth Daley Jeffords, and

Whereas, there will be a celebration of her life on Saturday, April 21, 2007, at Grace Congregational Church in Rutland, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its deepest and most profound sympathy to Senator James Jeffords and his entire family on the loss of this dedicated and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and quintessential Vermonter, Elizabeth Daley Jeffords, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send copies of this resolution to Senator James Jeffords and his children, Leonard and Laura.

H.C.R.  124

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 American Basketball League champion Vermont Frost Heaves

Offered by:  Representatives Valliere of Barre City, Koch of Barre Town, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town and Monti of Barre City

Offered by:  Senators Doyle, Cummings and Scott

Whereas, the idea of establishing a professional basketball franchise, named the Vermont Frost Heaves, in rural Vermont seemed unusual to many of the sport’s seasoned observers, but Sports Illustrated writer Alex Wolff paid no attention to the skeptics, and

Whereas, Alex Wolff’s perseverance and determination resulted in the establishment of the Vermont Frost Heaves as the newest entrant in the American Basketball League, and

Whereas, the Vermont Frost Heaves started playing the 2006–2007 season with a dual home court arrangement divided between the Barre City Auditorium and the Burlington Memorial Auditorium, and

Whereas, the home games played in Barre City have drawn large and enthusiastic crowds, boasting civic pride and placing Barre City on the nation’s basketball map, and

Whereas, the Frost Heaves’ displays of basketball skill enthralled their loyal fans as they cheered the team on to the league championship game against the Texas Tycoons that was played in the friendly confines of the Barre City Auditorium, and

Whereas, although the Texans opened the championship game with a 6–2 lead, this scoring advantage proved to be a fleeting moment of success that would never reemerge as the Frost Heaves soon pulled ahead 8–7 and never lost the lead, and

Whereas, at the first quarter’s conclusion, the Frost Heaves were on top 42‑18, and at halftime held a 79–46 lead, and

Whereas, the Frost Heaves, with fantastic support from their leading scorer Tyrone Levett who slammed 33 points into the hoop, left Texas lost in the Vermont cold as they beat the Tycoons 148–95 to win the 2007 American Basketball League title and finish the season with a 30–6 record, and

Whereas, all the Frost Heaves, including Melvin Creddle, Aaron Cook, Dana Martin, Tyrone Barley, Kerry Lyons, Travarus Bennett, B.J. Robertson, Markus Austin, Kevin Mickens, John Bryant, Kevin Harrington, Antonio Burks, Lester Strong, Tyrone Levett, Johann Collins, and Issa Konare, played magnificently all season long, and

Whereas, head coach Will Voigt and coaches Wayne Laffley, Marvin Safford, and Scott Caulfield pooled their basketball knowledge to the Frost Heaves’ great advantage, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2007 American Basketball League champions, the Vermont Frost Heaves, and be it further

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

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont