Fri 12-FEB-2016 6 P.M. News Script


Good evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. A Vermont toddler is fighting for his life - after nearly drowning at his daycare. It happened in bitter cold temperatures in Waterbury late yesterday. Jennifer Costa is in the newsroom tonight. Just a heartbreaking story Jennifer. Kristin and Darren -- the little boy's parents are asking for privacy but a spokesperson for the family tells me Parker is fighter -- and all of his loved ones are praying for a miracle right now.


It's every parents worst nightmare. Thursday afternoon Waterbury Rescue responded to a call at THIS home daycare -- on Guptil Road -- for a child found unresponsive in a brook. Battalion Chief Sally Dillion tells us -- an employee from Elephant in the Field Daycare -- found 3-year-old Parker Berry -- in the icy water and started CPR. He was then rushed to the hospital. Police say the little boy had been in a group with other children at the daycare when he disappeared. Detectives say staffers only realized he was missing when his family came to pick him up. But how long he was gone -- and how no one noticed -- remains unclear. The brook is within eyeshot of the house. The daycare is run by Marlena Tucker-Fishman. She's been a licensed home daycare provider since 20-12 -- and has never had a major violation. DCF tells us Fishman voluntarily closed her doors Friday. There's now an ongoing joint investigation -- into the incident -- by state police, child protection & childcare licensing. Elephant in the Field is allowed to have up to 10 children -- 2 infants, 2 toddlers, 2 preschoolers and 4 school aged children. It's situated on a small farm -- described as holistic childcare with a focus on outdoor play. Parker's family tells Channel 3 News that the incident was completely preventable -- and that no child should have been allowed to get near a brook. The little boy's father posted on Facebook: "the odds are stacked against him. We're all looking for a miracle to save my beautiful baby boy"


Parker Berry is currently listed in critical condition at UVM Medical Center. We asked DCF about fencing regulations at home daycare centers and we were told it's not automatically required. Officials could not say whether Fishman should have had a fence citing the ongoing investigation. We reached out to the owner of the daycare for comment. She has not gotten back to us. Kristin.


A high school student -- died from carbon monoxide poisoning. That's according to the medical examiner tonight. Police say 17-year-old Tony Moran was found unresponsive behind the wheel of his locked and running car. Police believe the high school senior had slept overnight in his car -- and exhaust from the vehicle leaked into the passenger compartment -- and killed him. It's been ruled an accident.


A heroin-dealing conviction -- overturned by the Vermont Supreme Court. The high court ruled -- police conducted an unreasonable search of Shamel Alexander. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison after police caught him in a taxi cab with hundreds of bags of heroin in July of 2013. The case raised concerns of racial bias in police stops and sentencing in Vermont. Alexander's lawyers said the search moved beyond what was lawful. The Supreme Court agreed. Advocates for criminal justice reform -- who helped argue the case -- say the court sent a strong message.


((00:09:07:10 - 00:09:21:06, I think that the courts message was very strong. We are not going to tolerate generalized suspicion and it has to be a set of circumstances regarding the individual that they are looking at to give rise to a suspicion of criminal activity.)) Now the case will be bumped back down to the trial court. The Bennington prosecutor's office says they will review the case to determine if they will move forward.


A criminal investigation involving two members of the Essex High School hockey team. Both Essex police and the Chittenden Unit for Special investigations are looking into the case. CUSI says there has also been a referral to DCF - but would not give any details about the allegations. High School Principal Rob Reardon tells us that the investigation centers on "inappropriate conduct" between one hockey player and another member of the team.


In Milton -- the school board is negotiating with the Superintendent - to terminate his contract following a hazing scandal and criminal charges involving several members of the football team. John Barone has been on paid leave since last summer. The Board voted earlier this week to negotiate a separation agreement that will go into effect on Wednesday.


This frigid weather -- is what homeless advocates worry about most. Judy Simpson found a pilot program helping to give emergency shelter in a new way.


The Committee on Temporary Shelter in Burlington is trying something new this winter. An overnight shelter for homeless Vermonters who may not be sober. ((Julia Paradiso/COTS 00:31:32:00" The shelter is something we have never done before it is a winter warming shelter or a low barrier shelter and so that means that folks can come here under the influence. They can't drink or drug when they are here but they can come here. All of our other shelters are sober and there is programming attached to it ."00:31:51:00)) This 43 bed, three bathroom shelter opened November 5th, and will close in April. The cost is 325 thousand dollars. The state is picking up the tab, hoping this type of shelter will cut back on the amount the state has been spending on putting up homeless folks in hotels. Last year that program cost 4.2 million dollars. That was one million over budget. There has also been some grant money and beds were donated. So far, 179 homeless men and women have stayed here - below COTS day center on South Winooski Avenue. The average length of stay is about 4 days. One third of those folks are under the age of 29. And while this winter has been relatively mild, some people have been turned away because the shelter is almost always at capacity. ((JS SU 00:45:29:19 "There are challenges with this space, its not wide open and there is a winding hallway so security cameras are in place and staff members are located throughout to keep an eye on things." 00:45:40:16)) Paradiso says there have been some fights, and police have been called. But according to Lacy Smith a community liaison for the Burlington Police department GFX " Those challenges did not last much past the first month.They have a wonderful team of skilled individuals that have been extremely responsive and know their clientele well." ((Julia again 00:34:37:10" It's been working pretty well, it's been a little challenging we have had to hire a whole staff we have three people on at all times. So we are open from 6PM to 7AM and we also have two security on staff and a nurse from 6-9.)) Paradiso says the community collaboration with police and the Howard Center and volunteers has been extremely helpful. But COTS is not sure this shelter will open again next winter. ((Julia again 00:40:09:06 "Well, I hesitate on that because I think there is a need for housing and I don't think shelter is the answer treatment is the answer , there is a need for treatment and a need for housing and I think it is pretty clear in our community the need and the desire for housing and the awareness of it. "00:40:31:21)) But COTS officials say they will continue to evaluate this pilot program with the state to see if this shelter is something COTS can continue in the winters to come. JS Channel three news, Burlington.


It IS a cold night to be outside. But hundreds of people are out at Essex High School tonight. And our Sharon Meyer is there too. Wow Sharon. Hope you're bundled up. It is cold, but pretty around here! Interview with Judith DeNova/Superintendent Chittenden Central Supervisory Union... What is this event all about? What's happening after the parade? Good thing you are having this event and not tomorrow night! It is plenty cold right now, ... Right now, we are looking at temperatures that are in the upper teens and low 20s across the region ,.. (**click**) but that is half the story, with the wind chills a few degrees colder than that. Winds are going to be picking up overnight though, and through the weekend wind chills will be dangerously low. (**click**) There is a wind chill warning in effect from 3AM tomorrow morning through the entire weekend. Be very careful, make sure you have all of your skin covered if you venture outdoors, and make sure the pets are inside and farm animals sheltered. (**click**) through this evening, temperatures will slip just a little bit, but it is later tonight when the cold front will be coming through, (**click**) and that is when we will see some snow showers and squalls, and behind that, the brutally cold air. Highs Tomorrow will struggle to get even close to zero, and tomorrow night, actual air temperatures will fall to between -10 to -25 with wind chills of -25 to -45. Sunday, still very cold, and another brutally cold night sunday night. Monday, temperatures will begin to recover with a messy storm on the horizon for early next week. Dan Dowling will be along to bring you up to date on that mixy storm.


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The brutal cold has state officials asking Vermonters to take precautions this weekend. Lynzi DeLuccia is in our Rutland Bureau tonight. Lynzi.


((April Cioffi//Program Director, Rutland Parks 12:49-13:02 "We are full steam ahead always with Winterfest, you hope for the best and then the temperatures show up and tell you it's going to be negative 30, and you figure out what you're going to do.")) Despite the falling temperatures this weekend will see, the city of Rutland will go on with sledding, sculpting and skating this Winterfest - but not without some precautions for those who will be hard at work. ((April 13:28-13:41 'We are going to make sure if they need to get warm hands, the sculptors especially, they can go over to the fire department, we've communicated with them, they're more than willing to let them come in, warm up, get their hands fresh again to go back out and sculpt.")) It's been a while since we've seen subzero conditions. People are reminded to do all they can to stay safe - that includes keeping your vehicle checks up-to-date. ((Elizabeth Coombs//Service Manager, Midas Rutland 02:54: "If you keep up the basic maintenance of your vehicle, everything else should be looked at, so the coolant of the vehicle should be rated for negative 30 degrees, the washer fluid should be rater for negative 20, the brakes, make sure they're where they should be.")) Just as important as your own safety - your pets. Pet owners are urged to keep pets indoors. ((Dr. Bruce Legallais 8:37-8:50 "When the weather gets 20 degrees or below, they can get thermal necrosis or frostbite very easily, anything longer than five or ten minutes, is an exposure on their footpad.")) The best way to stay safe from the harsh conditions is to simply stay inside. If you are outside, try to limit your time in the cold and watch for signs of frostbite, such as a stinging sensation or tingling like pins and needles. ((April 15:09-15:22: "If you do decide to bear the cold, make sure you've got nice warm mittens, hat, facemask, stay layered up, as many layers as you can get on, and keep moving. Keep moving when you're outside."))


The Winterfest is kicking off with sledding down Center Street as we speak, so if you head out, bundle up. Festivities will continue at Main Street Park all day on Saturday and *will* be inside the Giorgetti Arena on Sunday.


If lawmakers pass a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in 20-18 -- it will be among the highest taxed products in the state. Statehouse reporter Kyle Midura has the story, Kyle - Darren and Kristin - the proposed rate is rivaled only by those of cigarettes and liquor. While lawmakers will certainly spend a fair amount of time debating that measure -- two other high-profile revenue-raisers are trending in opposite directions.


(nats - vote 01:30:27:00) ((Sen. Westman, Yes - Sen. Ashe, yes -- 6-1-0)) The Vermont Senate's finance committee voted strongly in favor of a marijuana legalization bill early Friday afternoon - after taking a week longer than hoped by leaders worried delay hurts its chances of becoming law. Along with setting a 25 percent tax on sales -- the group of seven Senators voted to further slow down the opening of retail operations, while lowering the proposed purchase limit for Vermonters to half an ounce. (00:35:53:00) ((Sen. Tim Ashe - D/P - Chittenden County there is no perfect strategy in my opinion)) Chairman Tim Ashe -- who also sits on the first committee that tackled the proposal, argues moving in baby steps will prevent mistakes made in other states like Colorado. The bill is ultimately expected to make it through the Senate -- while the House is perceived to be a tougher sell. Gov. Peter Shumlin is applying pressure on the issue ... (nats - hcare) But his influence may not be as strong as in the past. He's been unable to persuade lawmakers to tax independent health care providers in order to boost medicaid payments to doctors, dentists, and others. (00:08:45:00) ((Sen. Anthony Pollina - P-Washington County It seems like the tax proposals the Governor puts on the table are ones that don't work for people)) The Governor's budget plan leans heavily on the provider tax -- especially federal funds it would tap -- to fill the state's 60-million dollar budget hole. Most who voice opposition to the tax plan don't have an alternative -- and still don't like Shumlin's payroll tax proposal from last year. A few suggest taxing sugary beverages -- though that's unlikely to generate as much cash. (00:00:34:00) ((Rep. Adam Greshin - I-Warren there's never any great choices, so we tend to pick the least bad)) Representatives in the House ARE largely taking a positive view of the Governor's plan to increase fees on mutual funds. With out-of-state mutual fund providers likely to spread the cost of additional fees over investors in all 50 states... lawmakers appear poised to go even further than the Governor's proposal to double the current charge. But doing so still won't be enough to fill the budget hole without the provider tax. (00:03:57:00) ((Rep. Adam Greshin - I-Warren I think we need to look both at raising revenue in an appropriate way and, importantly, looking a th how we're spending that revenue))


The marijuana proposal would not legalize sales until 2018 -- so the next task for proponents is to figure out how to pay for up-front costs of increasing treatment and prevention efforts... as well adding law enforcement positions.


This weekend, we have something for anyone brave enough to venture outdoors... and plenty of indoor suggestions if you're staying inside and away from the cold! Here's Cat Viglienzoni with a preview of what's coming up on "The Weekend".


((002446 I'm Cat Viglienzoni at the corner of Champ Lane and Water Way inside ECHO's brand-new playspace. It's a fun spot for kids in the winter so, where can they play with water safely, take a sail, or even get food from a café? We'll tell you about that coming up on "The Weekend" 002502)) Saturday morning from 6 to 8, we'll take you behind the scenes of that exhibit that's been five years in the making -- and opens to the public tomorrow! And also Saturday in Destination Recreation... if the frigid temps don't scare you away, there's snow to be found in Orleans County! (00:10:59:00-00:11:10: 00) ((NB: I'm NB at Craftsbury Outdoor Center where cross country skiing is still happening despite the lack of snowfall this season. And that's all thanks to snowmaking. We'll have that story coming up on the weekend. )) And then on Sunday, we're staying indoors to talk about baking... and Valentine's Day! Julie catches up with St. Johnsbury's young baking phenomenon Peggy Fischer! ((Peggy Fischer/Kids Baking championship I don't get scared, I get nervous, kind of like shake really hard ... )) It's down to the Final Four contestants on the kids Baking championship and Vermont's Peggy is still in the running. She answers our viewers questions Sunday morning on The Weekend. And then, if you're inspired by Peggy but you need a simpler dessert project for Valentine's Day, "The Weekend" has you covered! We'll show you how to make an easy self-saucing chocolate cake with espresso. Join us to satisfy your sweet tooth this Sunday morning at 8!


A third arrest -- in a string of armed robberies spanning three Vermont counties. The Cabot Village Store on Main Street was held up at gunpoint on February 1st. Robberies followed in Hardwick, Greensboro Bend and Barnet. Now police have arrested 37-year-old Ricky Thompson -- and 27-year-old Trisha Bisson. Police are also charging 24 year-old Joshua Chase-Renault of Lyndonville.


In the Pursuit of the Presidency -- a new national poll shows Bernie Sanders within single digits of Hillary Clinton. The democratic candidates made their cases for the democratic nomination -- during a fiery debate. Weijia Jiang has more.


(PKG) Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders squared off in a debate Thursday night - with each claiming to be the right choice to succeed President Obama. (SOT: Hillary Clinton/(D) Presidential Candidate) "SENATOR SANDERS SAID THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA FAILED THE PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP TEST AND THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME HE HAS CRITICIZED PRESIDENT OBAMA." "I DON'T THINK HE GETS THE CREDIT HE DESERVES." (SOT: Sen. Bernie Sanders/(I-VT) Presidential Candidate) "MADAM SECRETARY, THAT IS A LOW BLOW." "ONE OF US RAN AGAINST BARACK OBAMA. I WAS NOT THAT CANDIDATE." They candidates are sending that message to African-American voters who make up a large percentage of the South Carolina electorate. (SOT: Sen. Bernie Sanders/(I-VT) Presidential Candidate) "RICH GET RICHER AND POOR GET POORER... IN AMERICA TODAY WHOLE LOT OF THIS POOR PEOPLE ARE AFRICAN AMERICA." (SOT: Hillary Clinton/(D) Presidential Candidate) "I THINK UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA, WE HAVE SEEN A LOT OF ADVANCES. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS HELPED MORE AFRICAN-AMERICANS THAN ANY OTHER GROUP." On the Republican side ...the attacks were aimed at one man... Donald Trump. (SOT: Sen. Marco Rubio/(R-FL) Presidential Candidate) "NEGOTIATING A HOTEL DEAL IN ANOTHER COUNTRY IS NOT FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE." (SOT: Gov. Jeb Bush/(R-FL) Presidential Candidate) "YOU CAN PUSH DOWN DONALD TRUMP A LITTLE BIT BY ELECTING SOMEONE WHO'S A SOLID CONSERVATIVE WITH A CONSERVATIVE RECORD." (SOT: Donald Trump/(R) Presidential Candidate) "ALL THESE GUYS, YOU KNOW, THE CONSERVATIVES. I'M A CONSERVATIVE PERSON. BUSH SAYS, BUSH SAYS, 'I DO NOT BELIEVE HE'S A TRUE CONSERVATIVE.' THESE PEOPLE ARE STUPID!" The Republican candidates are prepping for more face-to-face attacks as they meet again for the CBS News GOP debate Saturday night. Weijia Jiang, CBS News, Greenville, South Carolina.


And - join me for analysis of the presidential race - this Sunday morning - on You Can Quote Me. Middlebury College presidential politics expert Matt Dinkinson will be my guest.


Vermont's chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement rallied at Vermont's state house today. Organizers say they wanted to spread their message... not necessarily lobby for specific legislation. (01:39:42:00) ((Alyssa Chen - Black Lives Mattter Vermont Organizer we're trying to kind of bring awareness to the racism that is occuring in Vermont and in doing that we're trying to call on both people of color and white peole to organize to make change)) Organizers say they hoped today would help connect Vermont's people of color -- who can feel isolated in one of the country's least diverse states. The group has about 600 members on its Facebook page and is organizing a march February 27th in St. Albans.


Dan is back. We'll need to take care this weekend.



Guess who's busy right now? Chocolate makers. That's of course -- because Valentine's Day is this Sunday. Lake Champlain Chocolates says if the holiday falls on a weekday, people usually do their shopping on the way home from work that day. But this year, they expect the day BEFORE the holiday -- tomorrow -- to be the bigger sales day. By the time Valentine's Day is over, Emily McCracken expects to have dipped about two thousand strawberries.


((SOT Emily McCracken 000352 I won't lie, my shoulder might need an icepack after all of this dipping, but it's totally worth it for strawberries. I know I will be purchasing some for myself to enjoy on Valentine's Day while I put an icepack on my shoulder 404)) In addition to dipping more strawberries, McCracken says her weekend is going to be busy personalizing chocolate hearts. She says they'll probably sell about 500 of those.That's happening Saturday and Sunday at the Pine Street store in Burlington.

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A fixture in Burlington - and the leader of a restaurant family -- has died. Dick Bove passed away from cancer this morning. He was just four years old when his parents opened Bove's Café on Pearl Street -- in the city's "little Italy" neighborhood. He later ran the popular restaurant -- before turning it over to his sons -- after 65 years in the business. It closed for good just two months ago. Dick Bove was 79.

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A fire destroyed a farm building in Enosburgh. Fire crews managed to keep the flames from spreading to the main barn -- and no animals were hurt. Fire officials say they are not sure what started the blaze in the equipment storage shed. The building was destroyed, along with several large pieces of farm equipment.


Police say they caught a teen going triple digits in Swanton. State police say a trooper clocked a northbound vehicle on Interstate 89 -- going over 120-miles per hour. Police say the driver was 17-year-old Vibhor Dhadda of Fort Lee, New Jersey. And he had four passengers in his car. Dhadda was cited to appear in court next month.


A celebration in Waterbury - for the town's new municipal center. Tropical Storm Irene put the town office building out of commission. After the cleanup, the town decided to co-locate the offices with the town library and historical society -- outside of the flood plain. The 5-million dollar project was funded by state and federal dollars, private fundraising, and a municipal bond.


((Gov Peter Shumlin/D-Vermont00:36 :38:24": Listen this is a story about the little village that could it is the obstacles seemed insurmountable, the pain was unmeasurable, the grief, the sadness, the loss, and look where we have come where you have come."00:37:01:12)) ((Sen. Patrick Leahy/D-Vermont 00:42;23:00" Walking around through here, ahh the memories wonderful memories but you are creating memories for your children and your grandchildren and isn't that what a community is about." 00:43:04:26)) Since Irene, more than four years ago, the town offices have housed documents in three locations around Waterbury. Now they're back under one roof.


Starting Line Sports ...first, the Dartmouth ski team snapped Vermont's streak of 22 straight carnival victories at Colby three weeks ago. Then, the Big Green started it's own win streak, claiming top honors at the UVM Carnival that wrapped up this past weekend. Today, Dartmouth looking for a third straight victory in it's home carnival... competition starting with the giant slalom at the Dartmouth Skiway...the women up first...and the Big Green had some solid depth...placing five skiers in the top eleven...but their best finish was just fifth...Kelly Moore edging teammate Foreste Peterson by a tenth of a second for that top five spot... --- at the top of the standings...UVM sophomore Laurence St. Germain...she posted the fastest time in both the first and second runs to earn the victory in her first race back with the Cats. St. Germain had spent the start of the Carnival season training with Team Canada and had made seven World Cup starts ...The Cats placed two more in the top nine for a strong start to the weekend.


(TRT: 25...big weekend) (germain/"Really happy because I've been skiing a lot of slalom and I guess my GS is there too now. So it's really great to be back with the UVM team. When I was gone it was only three girls so it put a lot of pressure on them. Too bad that we lost our streak but we're going to get it back for sure." Moore/"it's awesome to have such a great result here on home hill. We've got such awesome supporters, everybody's parents here. I think the snowball is just getting started, we're really rolling now so we're looking for a big weekend." )


In the men's giant slalom, Vermont puts on a dominant performance, finishing first, third and fourth...led by junior Morgan Megarry, who claims his first win as Catamount. He missed last year with a knee injury and spent the first part of this season in Europe. Megarry edging Middlebury's Robert Cone by half a second...Cone bounced back with a strong effort after a pair of DNF's in the GS and slalom two weeks ago at Stowe. SkiCat senior Dom Garand was third today, and freshman Max Roeisland finished tied with Brian McLaughlin of Dartmouth for fourth. McLaughlin was the only Big Green skier in the top ten. Opening the door for a big points day for Vermont...


(TRT: as they can) (megarry/"It felt good and it was a long time. I think it's almost three years to the day since I last wore this suit. So to grab a W first day back couldn't be better." Garand/"Got back some of our key players, they're actually skiing World Cup or on the national team, so they came back strong, they both won. So just a boost for the team and helps us and so other people can kind of relax, they don't need to finish, and they can just concentrate on skiing as fast as they can." )


off those strong performances, Vermont owns the day one lead by forty points over New Hampshire with Dartmouth sitting in third 46 points off the pace. Middlebury is fourth...St. Mike's sits in eighth.


The Carnival wraps up tomorrow with slalom at the Skiway...and one day of nordic competition with men's and women's mass start classic races at Craftsbury.


There are new warnings today about the rapidly-spreading Zika virus. Health experts say there is growing evidence of a link between the virus and neurological disorders. Mark Albert reports.


Supers: :14-:20 Christopher Dye/World Health Organization :44-;53 Dr. Anthony Fauci/National Institutes of Health TRT 1:24 (PKG) (TRACK 1) (News conference, then Baby video) Health experts from around the world gathered in Washington DC Friday to answer concerns about the Zika virus. They say the link between Zika and a serious birth defect called microcephaly is more and more probable. (SOT ) (Chris Dye/World Health Organization) "WE'VE GOTTEN TO THE POINT NOW THAT WE HAVE TO SAY ZIKA IS GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT." (TRACK 2) In the US, there are now nearly 80 cases in 21 states. Nearly every case involves people who travelled to affected countries. (mosquitos) At least one case was sexually transmitted. Health authorities addressed reports that the Zika virus was found in the semen of a British man *two months* after he was infected. (SOT/MARK & FAUCI ) (Dr. Anthony Fauci/National Institutes of Health) "Q (Mark Albert): DO WE KNOW PRECISELY HOW LONG SOMEONE REMAINS INFECTED? A (Anthony Fauci): THE ANSWER IS NO. AND SOME OF THE RESEARCH WE'RE FUNDING WILL BE TO DETERMINE THAT. TWO WEEKS ///WE DON'T KNOW HOW LONG." (TRACK 3) No vaccine currently exists for Zika, although Doctor Anthony Fauci says testing for a potential vaccine could begin as early as this summer. (SOT/ Dr. Anthony Fauci/National Institutes of Health) "WHEN THAT VACCINE WILL BE PROVEN SAFE AND EFFECTIVE IS SOMETHING WE CAN'T PREDICT." (TRACK 4) The mosquito borne virus originated in Brazil and is spreading rapidly through Latin America and the Caribbean.Its expected to eventually infect up to 3 million people. Mark Albert, for CBS News, Washington.


Eighty percent of people who contract the Zika virus show no symptoms. So far, more than 100-thousand Zika cases have been confirmed in 33 countries. That's health watch.


It's cold out there! But that can't keep some from thinking about spring. Sharon and Charlie are in the garden with some tips for your vegetable garden.


CG :05-:10 Charlie Nardozzi/Garden Expert CG :22-:27 Shelly photo credit


It's been a while since it's been this cold.



Rutland Regional Medical Center is the newest site in Vermont taking part in a work-training program called Project Search. It aims to teach graduating high school students skills they'll need to jump over to the workforce. Lynzi DeLuccia has more.


Nathan Phalen is a student intern working in Rutland Regional Medical Center's print shop. ((Nathan Phalen 1:21:22-2:21:30: "Right now it's just stacking yellow pamphlets and putting them in rubber bands.")) Nathan is part of Project Search, a bridge program for students with disabilities in their last year of high school. The goal: total immersion in the workplace. Students complete three ten-week internships at departments at Rutland Regional. ((Jessica Henderson//Project SEARCH Instructor 1:32:00-1:32:14 "This is a strength-based program, we try to highlight their abilities, these young adults have hopes and goals and dreams, and we try to match those goals with the internship job skills that they're learning.")) Students also talk about so-called soft skills that will help them, like communication and personal space. ((Eric Killary//Intern 51:55-52:03: "I've actually found this program to be quite useful, it's actually thanks to this program that I've finally decided what I want out of a career (and what's that?) I want to be a coder.")) ((Sarah Donaldson//Coding Manager 1:08:34-1:08:44: "That feels wonderful that he can think of this as a career because either you love coding or you hate coding, and you can tell he really has a passion for it.")) The program has motivated Charles Laplante to explore different options when he graduates. ((Charles Laplante//Intern 57:55-58:02: "I want to get an apartment and find a job and maybe go through college.")) Mackie Badgley wants to go on to work in a nursing home. Mackie's mother sees incredible growth in her. ((Karen Badgley 1:16:40-1:16:46: "I'm very proud, I'm very proud of all of the kids here. She's come a long way.")) Job coaches accompany interns to different job sites in finance, orthopedics, human resources and more. ((Heather Brouillard: "they start out with these jobs and they think they can't do it, they think this is too hard for me, and once we break it down, it's so cool to see how proud they are of themselves.")) (( Ross Alno 1:04:03-1:04:16: "Sometimes it takes them a few weeks within an internship to grasp what's going on, what's actually happening, but once they do, that's the day you just love it.")) Students currently enrolled in the program are from the Rutland area. Some attended Rutland High School, where Associate Principal Pam Reed knew them. ((Pam Reed//Associate Principal, Rutland HS 1:28:30-1:28:41: "What's amazing to me is the increase in self-confidence I've seen, The program really opens their minds to thinking about other alternatives for their future.")) The student interns will officially graduate in June after completing the program, and applications are now being accepted for Project Search's second year at Rutland Regional Medical Center. Lynzi DeLuccia, Channel 3 News, Rutland.


Barton's Susan Dunklee followed her historic second place finish in yesterday's sprint race with a fifth place finish today in the women's pursuit at the World Cup biathlon stop in Presque Isle, Maine. Morrisville's Hannah Dreissigacker came in 24th. In the men's pursuit, Paul Smith, New York's Tim Burke had a strong seventh place finish, with Lake Placid's Lowell Bailey crossing the line in 14th. Competition continues with the men's relay tomorrow and the women's relay on Sunday.


Just three weeks left in the regular season for the UVM men's hockey team, and that stretch run starts with the opening of a two game set against New Hampshire tonight in Durham. The Cats lost whatever slight chance they had of finishing in the top four in Hockey East and earning a first round playoff by with their two losses to Notre Dame this past weekend at Gutterson. Now, their focus shifts fully to finishing somewhere between 5th and 8th, which would guaranteed Vermont home ice in a best of three first round series. Right now, the Cats are in a four way tie for sixth, with UVM, UNH, UConn and Northeastern all sitting on twelve points, while Maine and Merrimack are just two points behind that quartet, so Vermont knows they need to get points out of this weekend. They also know they can beat this team, edging the Wildcats in overtime on January 2nd at Gutterson, and also earning wins in their last two trips to the Whittemore Center.


((TRT: 38 ... OC: FRIDAY NIGHT))


in other local men's hockey tonight, Middlebury hosts number six Williams... while Castleton welcomes Southern Maine to Spartan Arena ... ---- and in Division One, Dartmouth takes on Union at Thompson Arena...


women's hockey this afternoon...tenth ranked Castleton hosting University of New England...courtesy of the Northeast Sports Network... --- less than four minutes into the game ...Spartans on the power play...Hannah Rose shoots from the point and Lisa Kilroy bangs the puck home in the scrum for a 1-0 lead... --- late in the first... Castleton turns the puck over in it's own zone...Carly Perreault then finds Shannon Smith near the far post to tie the game at one... UNE gets another early in the third to win 2-1. The Spartans have lost four of their last six.


a couple more Division Three women's games this evening... seventh ranked Middlebury visits Colby...while eighth ranked Norwich faces Southern Maine in Northfield... St. Mike's is on the road at St. Anselm... and in D-1...the Dartmouth women visit Union. UVM is off tonight. The Cats return to action Sunday at home against top ranked Boston College...


The high school boys basketball regular season comes to a close tomorrow, but the top seed in the Division One playoffs will be determined tonight when Burlington hosts Rice. Rice handed Burlington it's lone loss of the season early last month. The winner tonight gets the number one seed in D-1...and congratulations to Mount Abraham girls coach Connie Larose. Larose earned her 400th career victory as the Eagles edged Colchester 60-52 in overtime last night in Bristol.


The UVM men's basketball team hosts Hartford Sunday afternoon at Patrick. Once again the Cats had to take a long look in the mirror after a disappointing two game stretch that saw the team lose at Albany last Saturday and UMass-Lowell Monday. Vermont shot the ball well against the Riverhawks, but the Cats defense was non-existent allowing 100 points. On the bus ride back from Lowell Monday night, the Cats had an impromptu team meeting. It was another opportunity for the players to get back on the same page. There isn't much time left in the season to figure things out.


(((John Becker/"I think some guys have their own agenda on the team and I think when adversity hits, you see us fracture and that's something that we've never been about. Our cohesiveness, our toughness and our smarts has always been one of our better attributes and that's not what we're about right now.")))


The UVM women's basketball team visits Hartford Sunday.


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