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It's Friday so we're celebrating And as we near the end of October -- around here -- we like to get in the Halloween spirit -- with our annual Boo Bag compeition (TRT 1:23 outcue: grandpa just gives me a remote i have to watch the powerball) (anchors ad-lib)

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather. weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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New this morning -- America's largest city -- dealing with it's first diagnosed case of Ebola. A doctor who returned to the U-S after treating Ebola patients in West Africa tested positive for the virus. But -- he's been back stateside -- for nearly two weeks. Wendy Gillette has the latest from New York.

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(PKG) PKG Script: (-nats-) This New York Yost video shows Dr. Craig Spencer being rushed to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan escorted by a convoy of emergency vehicles. The city took no chances after Spencer showed symptoms of Ebola - the EMT's wore full protective gear as they transferred him to an isolation unit. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio urged residents to stay calm after the 33-year-old tested positive for the virus - the city's first case. (SOT Mayor Bill De Blasio) "new yorkers who have not been exposed to an infected person's bodily fluids are not at all at risk." Spencer had been monitoring his temperature twice a day since returning from Guinea - where he treated Ebola patients. Health officials say he was not contagious, when he went for a jog, rode the subway, visited a restaurant, and took a car service this week.....even going bowling in Brooklyn the night before he was diagnosed. Still - they're monitoring his fiance and two friends who bowled with Spencer. (SOT NYC Health commissioner Mary Travis Bassett) All three are healthy and are being quarantined." (Standup: Wendy Gillette / CBS News / New York, NY) The CDC has sent its own Ebola response team here - to Bellevue hospital - to help doctors treating spencer. The agency confirmed Spencer, who arrived at New York's JFK airport on the 17th, went through multiple layers of screening... But was allowed to enter the country, since he did not have a fever or any other symptoms of illness at the time. Wendy Gillette for cbs news new york.

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As New York is dealing with it's first case of Ebola -- the conversation over containing the deadly disease -- remains a hot topic. The two candidates running for US Senate in New Hampshire faced off in a debate last night. Two weeks out from election day -- Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen and her republican opponent Scott Brown took on the idea of a travel ban to fight the virus.

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Two deadly attacks -- in Canada this week raising concerns on this side of the border . Homeland security officials -- in Vermont -- say they're keeping a close eye on the unfolding situation. Canada's Parliament is closed to the public -- after a gunman shot and killed a solider at the nearby National War Memorial. This was the second deadly attack -- this week -- in Canada. The prime minister is calling both -- acts of terrorism. Because of Vermont's 90 mile-border with Canada -- officials here -- say they're reviewing procedures.

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((Capt. Rick Hopkins/Homeland Security Advisor for Vermont 00:06:59 "This is the world we live in, terrorism, homegrown violent extremism is something that we have to be aware of daily. We certainly find what happened so close by to be very concerning.")) Authorities say they don't know of any specific threats in our region.

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A new push in Burlington--to allow non-us citizens the right to vote in local elections. The city council voted 11 to 2 this week -- to pose the question of whether non U-S citizens should be allowed to vote in municipal and school board election--on the town meeting day ballot. Councilors in favor say non citizens still pay taxes--and send their kids to school in the city-- so they should be allowed to vote. Others--say voting is a right meant only for full citizens.

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(00:13:17) ((Kurt Wright "Voting is a sacred right. And I think that comes with citizenship.")) (00:13:21) (00:05:33) ((Rachel Siegel "I think that people who are contributing to our tax base should be able to vote for the city council and the mayor. They live under the policies that we set.")) (00:05:42) Burlington residents will get to weigh in--in March.

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Natural gas will soon reach more homes in the Plattsburgh area. The Town of Plattsburgh and New York State Electric and Gas are teaming up to increase the availability of natural gas. They say it cut heating costs for homeowners and businesses in the area. The town Supervisor says 17 miles of natural gas pipeline will be laid out across the town -- providing natural gas to more than 1-thousand customers.

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(TC 00:02:21:24 Tile 4511) ((Bernie Bassett/Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor "They could save between $1,500-$2,000 a year, certainly over propane and fuel oil. It's a lot of money, I think it can have a very positive impact on the general economy with that many people have that kind of savings." 00:02:38:21)) He says the three year project has already started. He says anyone in the town interested in switching to natural gas can contact the town.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: lots of 40s NE temps/radar: more 40s: still rain on radar U.S. Clouds/radar: coastal storm still there Forecast clouds/precip: storm finally moves out late today. Break for much of Saturday. Next clipper coming in late Sat./Sunday with more showers.

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Today: Showers, tapering off late Highs: 47 to 54 Wind: N 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Patchy fog Lows: 32 to 42 Wind: Light Saturday: Partly sunny Increasing clouds, chance for showers late Highs: 52 to 58 Wind: SW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Blustery Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 43 to 53 Monday: Partly sunny Lows: 30s Highs: 50s Tuesday: Party sunny Breezy Lows: 38 to 48 Highs: 55 to 65 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Early AM showers Then partly sunny Lows: 40s Highs: 50s Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 30s Highs: 45 to 55

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America's largest city -- dealing with it's first diagnosed case of Ebola. A doctor who returned to the U-S after treating Ebola patients in West Africa tested positive for the virus. Here's Anne Marie Green with worldwatch.

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New York City is tackling its first Ebola case -- the fourth diagnosed in the U.S. Doctor Craig Spencer tested positive for the virus yesterday and is being treated in isolation at Bellevue Hospital. Health officials have quarantined his fiance and two friends as a precaution. Spencer recently returned from West Africa where he was treating Ebola patients with the group Doctors Without Borders. The motive for the killing of a soldier standing guard at Canada's war memorial in Ottawa remains unclear. But investigators in the country confirmed yesterday the suspect - Michael Zehaf-Bibeau - acted alone when he killed the guard and stormed Parliament on Wednesday. They say Zehaf-Bibeau - who was shot to death following the incident - was in Ottawa to get a passport, possibly to Syria. There's concern the incident could spur similar lone wolf attacks in the U.S. And, the White House is considering options to expand security after yet another person climbed over the fence. 23-year-old Dominic Adesanya (ah-deh-SAHN'-yah) is facing federal charges and is being held without bond. His father says his son had the paranoid belief he was being watched by cameras and had previously been arrested at the executive mansion. Adesanya's preliminary and detention hearings have been scheduled for Monday. Those are some of the day's top stories. I'm Anne-Marie Green CBS News New York.

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Shares, views, likes, and comments -- we get down to the numbers -- to see what you are talking about online. The three top stories on our wcax facebook page -- are today's talkers.

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Coming in at number three At Number three -- the south burlington teacher's strike. After 5 days -- a deal... The school board and teachers union finally agreed on a three-year contract with an 8 percent total compensation increase. Teachers will also have to pay slightly more for their health insurance. So, what do taxpayers think? Many commentors support the teachers. Like Jonathan Klinkowski who wrote, in part ...Just wondering why many think 8% over three years is absurd? Cost of living index is roughly 3% a year so why doesn't this fall in line with other jobs that offer this adjustment?" While many others felt differenlty. Lori Lyman writes "Who cares about the overpaid teachers. It's the kids that are being punished for teachers who are greedy."

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At number two -- GUILTY. A jury finds Allen Prue kidnapped and murdered Melissa Jenkins. Prue faces 35 years to life in prison when he is sentenced. His wife will stand trial too. This story has reached nearly 300-thousand people. Susie Wagner Villeneuve added "This is such a sad event, sad it has gone on so long, lets hope the next trial goes fast, and the Jenkins family can work on living. peace be with the family."

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And the most talked about story this week -- was a big change for big blue. IBM will pay Global one-point-five billion dollars to take the chip-making business off its books. Global will take over the IBM chip plants in Essex Junction and East Fishkill, New York. 4-thousand people work at the Essex plant. Global says it willl operate the plants for the forseeable future -- with no plans to reduce the workforce at this time. The continuing coverage of these developments have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. Mike Shaughnessy wrote "I think it's funny how so many people think this has anything to do with Vermont. This has nothing to do with Vermont, and everything to do with IBM." Stephen Duclos wrote that he worked for a company that was bought out several times .. he wrote they QUOTE always heard the words "No changes planned at this time". Over time big changes occurred. So we shall see."

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Almanac: cool and wet yesterday Back in the Day: In 1963, it was 80 degrees - latest occurrence of a temp. in the 80s in Burlington. NE temps/radar: more 40s: still rain on radar

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You know the saying - you get so much more by giving than receiving. Russ Smith has been donating his time all of his adult life. That's the reason he's this week's Super Senior. Joe Carroll has more.

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(00:23:37:23) ((Nat Sot, Walking inside the building)) When Russ Smith comes into the Fairlee Town Hall it's like coming home. (00:24:40:02) ((Russ Smith/Super Senior, Whatever she says, I have to do! )) Just about everyday he gets the mail and a cup of coffee for Georgette Wolf-Ludwig, the town clerk. (00:24:49:22) ((Russ Smith/Super Senior, She's my angel, she is. )) Russ had done just about everything in the town, from Cub Scout leader to volunteer firefighter, even longtime Postmaster, but his latest project might be his most satisfying. (00:26:06:03) ((Russ Smith/Super Senior, Hopefully we will have an elevator that will go up from the basement to the second floor.)) Making the 100 year old town hall totally handicap accessible. The building just made it onto the National Register of Historical Places The project will cost hundreds of thousand of dollars, money he hopes to get from donations. (00:31:05:12) ((Nat Sot, Slowly walking up the stairs.)) Arthritis has slowed the 82 year old down, but his mind is racing about what the upstair could be again. (00:31:20:19) ((Russ Smith/Super Senior, Well this is what it's all about. )) A place where they could hold dances and plays, just like it was when he was a kid. Other memories, bringing his wife here. It's bittersweet for Russ, Barbara suffers from Alzheimers. (00:37:54:09) ((Russ Smith/Super Senior, she is beyond comprehending anything. )) She is in a nearby assisted care home, the restoration project keeps Russ's mind focused. (00:34:45:13) ((Russ Smith/Super Senior, It's a beautiful building and it's a beautiful hall and it's a shame we can't use it.)) (00:44:26:09) ((Joe Carroll/WCAX, The Fairlee Town Hall is a connection to Russ's past, but just around the corner, he's investing in the future.)) Russ has been volunteering in the Samuel Morey Elementary School library for 22 years. (00:00:18:14) (( Joe Carroll: You enjoy coming here? Russ: Oh! Tremendously, I've always said it gives me purpose in life, I don't know what I would of done if I hadn't come here. )) His job is checking out and returning books to the shelves. (00:03:18:02) ((nat sot, If it beeps there in. )) But he has a lasting imprint. (00:02:35:00) (( Good morning, good morning guys. )) Being a friend and a grandfatherly figure to the students. (00:14:55:18) ((Joyce Russell/Librarian, That's what kids want, they want someone to listen, they want someone who cares, he shows that he cares.)) Librarian Joyce Russell has been by Russ's side for a long time. She keeps the kids entranced by reading to the 3rd graders. (00:08:43:28) ((Nat Sot, Sir, I am not a duck! )) When the reading is over, it's time for Russ to check out the books. He knows the kids by name. (00:11:29:11) ((Russ Smith/Super Senior, All set Carter.)) (00:11:34:00) ((Nat Sot, Trinity! )) (00:12:04:23) ((Russ Smith/Super Senior, You may get two. )) He and Barbara never had kids together, but for Russ, the whole town is his family. A sign at the school shows the respect they have for the long time volunteer. (00:22:26:27) ((Russ Smith/Super Senior, I get kind of emotional when I think of those things, it expresses so much love. )) The feelings are mutual. (00:21:22:10) ((Russ Smith, I love it, I love it.)) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Fairlee.

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a family files a lawsuit against a special needs school ... Keeping kids safe-- lawmakers want to change the rules -- to improve DCF. And new smart meters may change your parking experience in Burlington..

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning.

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A Vermont family is suing a special needs school -- alleging staffers abused a child. The suit claims a 9-year-old New Hampshire boy and an 11-year-old Vermont girl were pinched, slapped and taunted at the Crotched (KRAH'-chihd) Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Greenfield. Officials at the school have not commented.

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Even though elections are still two weeks away -- some lawmakers aren't waiting for votes to be counted before proposing a new bill. The child protection oversight committee formed following the deaths of two toddlers earlier this year. The committee is drafting a bill to fix flaws in the way the state handles child abuse investigations. It's rare for legislation to be proposed between sessions - but State Senator Dick Sears says when there's a compelling need, doing so can lead to faster action once lawmakers return to Montpelier in January.

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(02:04:26:00) ((Sen. Dick Sears - D-Bennington County the fact that it's an election year is an accident of history - this should take place and needs to take place)) Sears says he does expect tweaks to the proposal that ultimately comes out of the committee. He hopes the bill can reach the Governor's desk for his signature by Town Meeting Day.

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Parking spots -- go hi-tech -- in downtown Burlington. The biggest change involves the installation of 285 smart meters. They allow you to pay for parking with a credit or debit card. And starting November 1st -- a new rate structure takes effect. It will cost you more to park at these spots -- in the center of downtown. It goes from a dollar an hour -- to a dollar-50.

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((Kelly Devine/Burlington Business Association: " TC 6:46:28 "We want people who are coming downtown to shop, to go to restaurants, to go out for the evening to have a good experience. Parking is often times you first and last experince you have. And if you don't have change and you're at risk of getting a ticket it's frustrating. This way you can pay and as of November first these meters will have no time limits. You can stay as long as you like. ")) Another big change -- the parking fees will be charged into the evening hours. If your space has a smart meter, you'll have to pay up until 10 at night -- Monday thru Saturday. All parking remains free on Sundays -- and you still get the first two hours free in city-owned garages.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: lots of 40s NE temps/radar: more 40s: still rain on radar U.S. Clouds/radar: coastal storm still there Forecast clouds/precip: storm finally moves out late today. Break for much of Saturday. Next clipper coming in late Sat./Sunday with more showers.

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Today: Showers, tapering off late Highs: 47 to 54 Wind: N 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Patchy fog Lows: 32 to 42 Wind: Light Saturday: Partly sunny Increasing clouds, chance for showers late Highs: 52 to 58 Wind: SW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Blustery Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 43 to 53 Monday: Partly sunny Lows: 30s Highs: 50s Tuesday: Party sunny Breezy Lows: 38 to 48 Highs: 55 to 65 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Early AM showers Then partly sunny Lows: 40s Highs: 50s Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 30s Highs: 45 to 55

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((TRT: 1:52 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) (( The loss of a deep and talented senior class has evidently left the UVM men's basketball team with something to prove to it's conference rivals. ---------------------- -- The America East men's basketball preseason poll is out today, and the Catamounts are picked to finish fourth. Vermont won the America East regular season title last season, but was upset by Albany in the conference semifinals and then fell in the first round of the NIT. Still, the program is coming off it's sixth straight season of at least 20 wins and a postseason tournament appearance. However, junior forward Ethan O-Day is the only returning starter for Vermont, which lost seniors Luke Apfeld, Sandro Carissimo, Josh Elbaum, Clancy Rugg, Candon Rusin and Brian Voelkel to graduation. Stony Brook was picked to win the conference, followed by Hartford and Albany. The Cats play their preseason opener a week from this Saturday against Concordia at Patrick Gym and open the season for real at Canisus on Saturday, November 15th. ---------------------- ----- There is one quarterfinal game scheduled yesterday in the high school fall sports playoffs... second seed North Country topped number seven Montpelier 3-1 in a Division Three field hockey in Newport. The postseason continues with a full slate of quarterfinal games this afternoon and tomorrow throughout the state. ---------------------- ------ the playoffs arrive in high school football tonight with a trio of Wild Card games in Division One ...top seed Middlebury taking on CVU...Essex hosts BFA and Colchester visits Rutland...the other Wild Card game takes place Saturday as St. Johnsbury welcomes Hartford to the Kingdom... ------- the Division Three Wild Card games all take place Saturday... Otter Valley-Poultney ...Windsor-U-32... Fairfax-Woodstock and Mill River-Mt. Abraham ... ------- and it's the final weekend of the regular season in Division Two, as well as for the D-1 and D-3 teams that did not make the playoffs. That Burr & Burton/Fair Haven game could be a preview of a D-2 semifinal that would take place next weekend. ---------------------- ------- We've got you covered with all the highlights, reaction and more tomorrow night at 11pm on the Friday Football Frenzy. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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This morning 3 Minute Wrap. Getting you up to speed every morning -- in just 3 minutes.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio is reassuring New Yorkers that they are not at risk because of the city's first case of Ebola. The patient is an emergency room doctor who had traveled to West Africa. Dr. Craig Spencer was helping to treat Ebola patients in Guinea as part of Doctors Without Borders. City officials say "clear and strong" protocols have been followed. Spencer is being treated at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.

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Also in New York -- investigators are trying to figure out why a man with a hatchet attacked a group of police officers on a busy street in Queens. One officer is being treated for a serious head wound and is in critical but stable condition The suspect was fatally shot by officers. The N-Y-P-D has put out a bulletin warning uniformed officers to be extra vigilent in case this is a targeted event.

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Part of that concern -- is being driven by the two attacks in three days North of the border. BUT -- so far -- Canadian police say they have found no connection between the two attacks on soldiers this week... one at the nation's seat of power in Ottawa -- the other a roadside attack in Quebec.

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Still -- Homeland security officials -- in Vermont -- say they're keeping a close eye on the unfolding situation. That's because Vermont shares a 90 mile border with the Canada. There are more than a dozen border crossings. but authorities tell Channel Three -- they are not overly concerned of Canadian extremists crossing into the U-S.

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((Capt. Rick Hopkins/Homeland Security Advisor for Vermont 00:06:59 "This is the world we live in, terrorism, homegrown violent extremism is something that we have to be aware of daily. We certainly find what happened so close by to be very concerning.")) Authorities say they don't know of any specific threats in our region.

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Two U.S senators are demanding that the government issue a nationwide recall... .... of cars with faulty air bags suspected in four deaths and multiple injuries. The air bags have inflators made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata that can cause metal fragments to fly out. At this point -- recalls have been recommended only in areas with high humidity. But car companies are telling people -- not to let anyone sit in the passengers seats until the problem is fixed.

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Vermont will no longer allow highway contractors -- to install a certain guardrail -- that has raised safety concerns for drivers. Lawsuits across the country claim the Trinity ET-Plus guard rail end-treatment -- is responsible for at least 5 deaths. The part is supposed to absorb impact during a crash. But critics say it actually can cut through a car like a spear. Vtrans officials are working to figure out how many of the parts are along state roads - and where they are.

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Changes for students who ride the C-C-T-A to class. The Burlington School district will no longer be providing free bus rides for all students. Starting November 17th--all elementary school students who live further than about three-quarters of a mile from their school--will have to pay 60-cents per ride--or purchase discounted monthly passes--from any C-C-T-A stand. Middle and high school students who live at least one mile away and qualify for free and reduced lunch--will continue to get free rides.

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And -- that's a wrap. Gary, over to you.

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NE temps/radar: more 40s: still rain on radar

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Butternut Mac and Cheese Bluebird BBQ Ingredients 1 butternut squash (peeled, seeded, cubed, one cup diced) 1 white cauliflower (cleaned, cubed) 1 white onion 3 cloves garlic 4 sprigs each of thyme, sage rosemary 2 quarts vegetable stock 1 cup heavy cream 2 Tablespoons brown butter 1 cup plus 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 pound elbow macaroni 12 leaves of fried sage pan roasted squash cubes (reserved 1 cup from above) Method For the cheese sauce: Cook the first six ingredients in a pot until the vegetables are very soft. Remove the herbs. Puree the mixture in a blender in batches with the cream and brown butter. Stir in one cup of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. For the pasta: Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Do not over cook. Strain the pasta and reserve. To assemble: Mix the cooked pasta with an appropriate amount of the sauce. Fold in the squash cubes. Transfer to an oven safe dish. Sprinkle the last cup of cheese on top. Bake in a 350F oven until the cheese is melted. Alternatively, place the mac in a smoker to melt the cheese and add smokey flavor. Garnish with fried sage.

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As New York is dealing with it's first case of Ebola -- the conversation over containing the deadly disease -- remains a hot topic. The two candidates running for US Senate in New Hampshire faced off in a debate last night. Two weeks out from election day -- Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen and her republican opponent Scott Brown took on the idea of a travel ban to fight the virus.

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((Scott Brown "We need to do a travel ban. I mean, it makes sense to do a travel ban to make sure that anybody who has been in an affected country would come back and, obviously, get screened.")) ((Sen. Jeanne Shaheen/(D) New Hampshire) "A travel ban, if the experts tell us that's what we need to do and that's workable, I think that's what we should support. But, I'm not willing to tell the experts that this is what we have to do.")) A new CNN/ORC poll shows Shaheen and Brown are neck-in neck in the race right now. The poll found 49 percent of voters surveyed said they would vote for Shaheen ... while 47 percent said they would cast their ballots for brown.

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Two deadly attacks -- in Canada this week raising concerns on this side of the border . Homeland security officials -- in Vermont -- say they're keeping a close eye on the unfolding situation. Canada's Parliament is closed to the public -- after a gunman shot and killed a solider at the nearby National War Memorial. This was the second deadly attack -- this week -- in Canada. The prime minister is calling both -- acts of terrorism. Because of Vermont's 90 mile-border with Canada -- officials here -- say they're reviewing procedures.

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Even though elections are still two weeks away -- some lawmakers aren't waiting for votes to be counted before proposing a new bill. The child protection oversight committee formed following the deaths of two toddlers earlier this year. The committee is drafting a bill to fix flaws in the way the state handles child abuse investigations. It's rare for legislation to be proposed between sessions - but State Senator Dick Sears says when there's a compelling need, doing so can lead to faster action once lawmakers return to Montpelier in January.

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(02:04:26:00) ((Sen. Dick Sears - D-Bennington County the fact that it's an election year is an accident of history - this should take place and needs to take place)) Sears says he does expect tweaks to the proposal that ultimately comes out of the committee. He hopes the bill can reach the Governor's desk for his signature by Town Meeting Day.

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Changes for students who ride the C-C-T-A to class could cost parents. The Burlington School district will no longer be providing free bus rides for all students. Starting November 17th--all elementary school students who live further than about three-quarters of a mile from their school--will have to pay 60-cents per ride--or purchase discounted monthly passes--from any C-C-T-A stand. Middle and high school students who live at least one mile away and qualify for free and reduced lunch--will continue to get free rides.

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7-day forecast: showers will finally end late today. Some sun to start Saturday, but then more showers arriving late. Scattered showers on Sunday - cool & blustery, possibly a few mountain flurries. Some sun and warmer next week - just a few showers Tuesday night.

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1} CELEBRATION


It's Friday so we're celebrating And as we near the end of October -- around here -- we like to get in the Halloween spirit -- with our annual Boo Bag compeition (TRT 1:23 outcue: grandpa just gives me a remote i have to watch the powerball) (anchors ad-lib)

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather. weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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New this morning -- America's largest city -- dealing with it's first diagnosed case of Ebola. A doctor who returned to the U-S after treating Ebola patients in West Africa tested positive for the virus. But -- he's been back stateside -- for nearly two weeks. Wendy Gillette has the latest from New York.

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(PKG) PKG Script: (-nats-) This New York Yost video shows Dr. Craig Spencer being rushed to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan escorted by a convoy of emergency vehicles. The city took no chances after Spencer showed symptoms of Ebola - the EMT's wore full protective gear as they transferred him to an isolation unit. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio urged residents to stay calm after the 33-year-old tested positive for the virus - the city's first case. (SOT Mayor Bill De Blasio) "new yorkers who have not been exposed to an infected person's bodily fluids are not at all at risk." Spencer had been monitoring his temperature twice a day since returning from Guinea - where he treated Ebola patients. Health officials say he was not contagious, when he went for a jog, rode the subway, visited a restaurant, and took a car service this week.....even going bowling in Brooklyn the night before he was diagnosed. Still - they're monitoring his fiance and two friends who bowled with Spencer. (SOT NYC Health commissioner Mary Travis Bassett) All three are healthy and are being quarantined." (Standup: Wendy Gillette / CBS News / New York, NY) The CDC has sent its own Ebola response team here - to Bellevue hospital - to help doctors treating spencer. The agency confirmed Spencer, who arrived at New York's JFK airport on the 17th, went through multiple layers of screening... But was allowed to enter the country, since he did not have a fever or any other symptoms of illness at the time. Wendy Gillette for cbs news new york.

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Canadian investigators say -- at this point -- they can't find any connection between this week's two deadly terror attacks on soldiers in their country...one ending in a shootout at the seat of power -- the other on a roadside in Quebec. The timing of these attacks -- and the proximity to the border -- have Vermont security officials reviewing procedures. Jennifer Costa reports.

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Two deadly attacks -- north of the border -- in just one week. Canada's prime minister is calling both acts of terrorism. ((STEPHEN HARPER, CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER "CANADA WILL NEVER BE INTIMIDATED.")) Canada's Parliament is under close surveillance and is closed to the public -- one day after a gunman shot and killed a solider at the nearby National War Memorial -- before be gunned down by security personnel. Authorities say the shooter was Canadian -- and a recent convert to Islam. ((Capt. Rick Hopkins/Homeland Security Advisor for Vermont 00:06:59 "this is the world we live in, terrorism, homegrown violent extremism is something that we have to be aware of daily. We certainly find what happened so close by to be very concerning.")) Captain Rick Hopkins is the Homeland Security Advisor for Vermont. His team is working with state, local and federal partners -- to keep a close eye on the situation -- and says stopping these lone extremists is tough. ((Capt. Rick Hopkins/Homeland Security Advisor for Vermont 00:01:54 "they are people who are in our community. they look just like everybody else. they're not wearing a uniform, they're not wearing an insignia that says I'm a bad person.")) ((Rep. Peter Welch 00:12:14 "it's a tragedy and it's becoming all too common.")) Congressman Peter Welch -- says its the unpredictability of this brand of terrorism -- that creates the most anxiety. ((Rep. Peter Welch 00:13:04 "we're all in some peril because who knows when and where somebody may do that but this is a security situation that's not new. what happened in Canada of course is something that could happen here.")) Authorities say they're not aware of any specific threats to our region -- but are asking people to remain vigilant. ((Capt. Rick Hopkins/Homeland Security Advisor for Vermont 00:05:53 "we're not looking for people to jump to conclusions. we're certainly not looking for people to be reactionary jut be aware of their surroundings and to report things that might be suspicious.")) Like anyone who is: GRX acting outwardly aggressive, advocating for violence, buying large quantities of dangerous materials or scrutinizing and recording security personnel. Hopkins says Vermonters will not see sweeping security changes -- and is unaware of any special precautions at border crossings. In a statement -- the Vermont National Guard says... "The Vermont National Guard has not been requested to support Canada. We are, however, telling our Soldiers and Airmen to remain vigilant and be aware of their surroundings." ((Capt. Rick Hopkins/Homeland Security Advisor for Vermont 00:02:39 "the good news is we're not finding things are glaring gaps in our preparedness.")) ((Jennifer Costa "Captain Hopkins says there's no indication that Canadian extremists will head south to Vermont or New York. JC Ch 3 News Burlington."))

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As New York is dealing with it's first case of Ebola -- the conversation over containing the deadly disease -- remains a hot topic. The two candidates running for US Senate in New Hampshire faced off in a debate last night. Two weeks out from election day -- Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen and her republican opponent Scott Brown took on the idea of a travel ban to fight the virus.

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((Scott Brown "We need to do a travel ban. I mean, it makes sense to do a travel ban to make sure that anybody who has been in an affected country would come back and, obviously, get screened.")) ((Sen. Jeanne Shaheen/(D) New Hampshire) "A travel ban, if the experts tell us that's what we need to do and that's workable, I think that's what we should support. But, I'm not willing to tell the experts that this is what we have to do.")) A new CNN/ORC poll shows Shaheen and Brown are neck-in neck in the race right now. The poll found 49 percent of voters surveyed said they would vote for Shaheen ... while 47 percent said they would cast their ballots for brown.

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A new push in Burlington--to allow non-us citizens the right to vote in local elections. The city council voted 11 to 2 this week -- to pose the question of whether non U-S citizens should be allowed to vote in municipal and school board election--on the town meeting day ballot. Councilors in favor say non citizens still pay taxes--and send their kids to school in the city-- so they should be allowed to vote. Others--say voting is a right meant only for full citizens.

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(00:13:17) ((Kurt Wright "Voting is a sacred right. And I think that comes with citizenship.")) (00:13:21) (00:05:33) ((Rachel Siegel "I think that people who are contributing to our tax base should be able to vote for the city council and the mayor. They live under the policies that we set.")) (00:05:42) Burlington residents will get to weigh in--in March.

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Natural gas will soon reach more homes in the Plattsburgh area. The Town of Plattsburgh and New York State Electric and Gas are teaming up to increase the availability of natural gas. They say it cut heating costs for homeowners and businesses in the area. The town Supervisor says 17 miles of natural gas pipeline will be laid out across the town -- providing natural gas to more than 1-thousand customers.

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(TC 00:02:21:24 Tile 4511) ((Bernie Bassett/Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor "They could save between $1,500-$2,000 a year, certainly over propane and fuel oil. It's a lot of money, I think it can have a very positive impact on the general economy with that many people have that kind of savings." 00:02:38:21)) He says the three year project has already started. He says anyone in the town interested in switching to natural gas can contact the town.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: lots of 40s NE temps/radar: more 40s: still rain on radar U.S. Clouds/radar: coastal storm still there Forecast clouds/precip: storm finally moves out late today. Break for much of Saturday. Next clipper coming in late Sat./Sunday with more showers.

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Today: Showers, tapering off late Highs: 47 to 54 Wind: N 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Patchy fog Lows: 32 to 42 Wind: Light Saturday: Partly sunny Increasing clouds, chance for showers late Highs: 52 to 58 Wind: SW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Blustery Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 43 to 53 Monday: Partly sunny Lows: 30s Highs: 50s Tuesday: Party sunny Breezy Lows: 38 to 48 Highs: 55 to 65 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Early AM showers Then partly sunny Lows: 40s Highs: 50s Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 30s Highs: 45 to 55

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A New York City police officer is in critical condition this morning -- after being hit in the back of the head with a hatchet. Investigators say the 25-year-old officer was ambushed -- by a man with an 18-inch metal hatchet. Survelliance video shows the 32-year-old man running with the weapon -- moments before attacking four rookie cops. He hit one officer in the back of the head -- and another in the arm. The two other officers hot and killed the suspect. One of their bullets missed the target and hit a women walking down the street. The police commisioner says they have concerns that the attack could potentially be related to terroism -- after a fatal shooting of a Canadian soldier this week.

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In Maryland -- 3 people are dead and 2 injured -- after a plane and a helicopter collided in midair. This all happened Thursday afternoon near the Frederick Municpal Airport. The F-A-A says -- the plane was heading towards the airport -- and the helicpoter was invovled in a training excercise -- when the two crashed in the air. Officials say it's not clear yet how the collision occured. Three people were killed -- and the other two were taken to a truama center. The extent of their injuries are not immediately known. The F-A-A and N-T-S-B are investigating.

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Shares, views, likes, and comments -- we get down to the numbers -- to see what you are talking about online. The three top stories on our wcax facebook page -- are today's talkers.

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Coming in at number three At Number three -- the south burlington teacher's strike. After 5 days -- a deal... The school board and teachers union finally agreed on a three-year contract with an 8 percent total compensation increase. Teachers will also have to pay slightly more for their health insurance. So, what do taxpayers think? Many commentors support the teachers. Like Jonathan Klinkowski who wrote, in part ...Just wondering why many think 8% over three years is absurd? Cost of living index is roughly 3% a year so why doesn't this fall in line with other jobs that offer this adjustment?" While many others felt differenlty. Lori Lyman writes "Who cares about the overpaid teachers. It's the kids that are being punished for teachers who are greedy."

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At number two -- GUILTY. A jury finds Allen Prue kidnapped and murdered Melissa Jenkins. Prue faces 35 years to life in prison when he is sentenced. His wife will stand trial too. This story has reached nearly 300-thousand people. Susie Wagner Villeneuve added "This is such a sad event, sad it has gone on so long, lets hope the next trial goes fast, and the Jenkins family can work on living. peace be with the family."

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And the most talked about story this week -- was a big change for big blue. IBM will pay Global one-point-five billion dollars to take the chip-making business off its books. Global will take over the IBM chip plants in Essex Junction and East Fishkill, New York. 4-thousand people work at the Essex plant. Global says it willl operate the plants for the forseeable future -- with no plans to reduce the workforce at this time. The continuing coverage of these developments have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. Mike Shaughnessy wrote "I think it's funny how so many people think this has anything to do with Vermont. This has nothing to do with Vermont, and everything to do with IBM." Stephen Duclos wrote that he worked for a company that was bought out several times .. he wrote they QUOTE always heard the words "No changes planned at this time". Over time big changes occurred. So we shall see."

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Almanac: cool and wet yesterday Back in the Day: In 1963, it was 80 degrees - latest occurrence of a temp. in the 80s in Burlington. NE temps/radar: more 40s: still rain on radar

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Researchers say they've detected an early sign of one of the most feared cancers: cancer of the pancreas. Will it lead to the first-ever screening tool? Bridget Barry Caswell asked a Vermont expert.

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There are screening tools for several different types of cancer -- including mammograms to detect breast cancer and colonoscopies for colon cancer. But there is nothing for one of the deadliest and most feared cancers. (00:25:00) ((Dr. Rick Zubarik/Fletcher Allen Health Care: The five year survival of pancreatic cancer after it's been detected is about five percent.)) That's because there are usually no signs or symptoms of pancreatic cancer until it's too late to cure. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. So doctors like Zubarik are trying to find potential screening tools. A recent large study out of Boston found elevated levels of branch chain amino acids -- up to 10 years before patients were diagnosed with pancretic cancer. (00:03:54) ((Dr. Rick Zubarik/Fletcher Allen Health Care: Basically, the bottom line of this study proves that metabolic derangements of not only insulin and glucose, but also of protein -- occur early on in the process of pancreatic cancer.)) With more than 46-thousand new cases diagnosed every year in this country -- could the finding finally lead to a screening tool? Zubarik says that's the hope, but much work still needs to be done. (00:08:19) ((Dr. Rick Zubarik/Fletcher Allen Health Care: I don't think these findings at this day and age are going to provide screening opportunities within the next five to 10 years.)) Nevertheless, Zubarik says it's a positive step in researchers' efforts to better understand the early biology of pancreatic cancer -- and one day have a test to detect it early. Bridget Barry Caswell, Channel 3 News, Burlington

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Keeping kids safe-- lawmakers want to change the rules -- to improve DCF. new smart meters may change your parking experience in Burlington And Protecting the states wildlife-- Vermont celebrates the endangered species act.

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning.

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A Vermont family is suing a special needs school -- alleging staffers abused a child. The suit claims a 9-year-old New Hampshire boy and an 11-year-old Vermont girl were pinched, slapped and taunted at the Crotched (KRAH'-chihd) Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Greenfield. Officials at the school have not commented.

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Even though elections are still two weeks away -- some lawmakers aren't waiting for votes to be counted before proposing a new bill. The child protection oversight committee formed following the deaths of two toddlers earlier this year. The committee is drafting a bill to fix flaws in the way the state handles child abuse investigations. It's rare for legislation to be proposed between sessions - but State Senator Dick Sears says when there's a compelling need, doing so can lead to faster action once lawmakers return to Montpelier in January.

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(02:04:26:00) ((Sen. Dick Sears - D-Bennington County the fact that it's an election year is an accident of history - this should take place and needs to take place)) Sears says he does expect tweaks to the proposal that ultimately comes out of the committee. He hopes the bill can reach the Governor's desk for his signature by Town Meeting Day.

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Parking spots -- go hi-tech -- in downtown Burlington. The biggest change involves the installation of 285 smart meters. They allow you to pay for parking with a credit or debit card. And starting November 1st -- a new rate structure takes effect. It will cost you more to park at these spots -- in the center of downtown. It goes from a dollar an hour -- to a dollar-50.

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((Kelly Devine/Burlington Business Association: " TC 6:46:28 "We want people who are coming downtown to shop, to go to restaurants, to go out for the evening to have a good experience. Parking is often times you first and last experince you have. And if you don't have change and you're at risk of getting a ticket it's frustrating. This way you can pay and as of November first these meters will have no time limits. You can stay as long as you like. ")) Another big change -- the parking fees will be charged into the evening hours. If your space has a smart meter, you'll have to pay up until 10 at night -- Monday thru Saturday. All parking remains free on Sundays -- and you still get the first two hours free in city-owned garages.

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Changes for students who ride the C-C-T-A to class could cost parents. The Burlington School district will no longer be providing free bus rides for all students. Starting November 17th--all elementary school students who live further than about three-quarters of a mile from their school--will have to pay 60-cents per ride--or purchase discounted monthly passes--from any C-C-T-A stand. Middle and high school students who live at least one mile away and qualify for free and reduced lunch--will continue to get free rides.

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A changing climate -- hurting endangered species. That was one of the topics Thursday at ECHO in Burlington. Biologists and conservationists discussed the Endangered Species Act -- which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The conference looked at what the act has accomplished -- and future challenges -- like climate change. Experts say Vermont has done a good job protecting wildlife by protecting the state's open space.

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((522 Collin O'Mara, National Wildlife Federation President "There's been really good policy around land use and good work around habitat restoration, a lot of waterways that have been cleaned up. And so the things that are really providing that critical habitat have been protected in Vermont as well as the rest of the country." 35)) Many of Vermont's endangered species -- including the bald eagle, peregrine falcon and the loon -- have been making a comeback thanks to conservation efforts. But others -- like the spotted turtle and Canada lynx, are still struggling.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: lots of 40s NE temps/radar: more 40s: still rain on radar U.S. Clouds/radar: coastal storm still there Forecast clouds/precip: storm finally moves out late today. Break for much of Saturday. Next clipper coming in late Sat./Sunday with more showers.

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Today: Showers, tapering off late Highs: 47 to 54 Wind: N 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Patchy fog Lows: 32 to 42 Wind: Light Saturday: Partly sunny Increasing clouds, chance for showers late Highs: 52 to 58 Wind: SW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Blustery Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 43 to 53 Monday: Partly sunny Lows: 30s Highs: 50s Tuesday: Party sunny Breezy Lows: 38 to 48 Highs: 55 to 65 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Early AM showers Then partly sunny Lows: 40s Highs: 50s Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 30s Highs: 45 to 55

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Get your costumes ready... Rutland's Halloween parade is nearly a week before the actual holiday. The 55th annual event is this Saturday. Over the past few years -- the city has held the parade on the last Saturday of October -- to allow for a longer -- non school night celebration.

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It's the 20th anniversary of the Firefighters Haunted House--in Plattsburgh. But this year--it almost didn't happen. Volunteer firefighters from departments throughout Clinton County put together the creepy event to raise awareness about fire safety --but the usual location of the Haunted House was sold earlier this year. Then a business came forward and donated an empty warehouse for the firefighters to use.

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(TC 00:08:20:27 Tile 4531) ((Keith Berg/Beekmantown Fire Dept. "Layout is all new. With that you don't know if you're going to take a right or a left, if you're going to go up or going to go down. It's going to be dark." 00:08:31:17)) Berg says more than 3-thousand people came to get scared last year. With ticket sales at 5 dollars -- firefighters say it's enough to keep their fire prevention program going.

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((TRT: 1:52 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) (( The loss of a deep and talented senior class has evidently left the UVM men's basketball team with something to prove to it's conference rivals. ---------------------- -- The America East men's basketball preseason poll is out today, and the Catamounts are picked to finish fourth. Vermont won the America East regular season title last season, but was upset by Albany in the conference semifinals and then fell in the first round of the NIT. Still, the program is coming off it's sixth straight season of at least 20 wins and a postseason tournament appearance. However, junior forward Ethan O-Day is the only returning starter for Vermont, which lost seniors Luke Apfeld, Sandro Carissimo, Josh Elbaum, Clancy Rugg, Candon Rusin and Brian Voelkel to graduation. Stony Brook was picked to win the conference, followed by Hartford and Albany. The Cats play their preseason opener a week from this Saturday against Concordia at Patrick Gym and open the season for real at Canisus on Saturday, November 15th. ---------------------- ----- There is one quarterfinal game scheduled yesterday in the high school fall sports playoffs... second seed North Country topped number seven Montpelier 3-1 in a Division Three field hockey in Newport. The postseason continues with a full slate of quarterfinal games this afternoon and tomorrow throughout the state. ---------------------- ------ the playoffs arrive in high school football tonight with a trio of Wild Card games in Division One ...top seed Middlebury taking on CVU...Essex hosts BFA and Colchester visits Rutland...the other Wild Card game takes place Saturday as St. Johnsbury welcomes Hartford to the Kingdom... ------- the Division Three Wild Card games all take place Saturday... Otter Valley-Poultney ...Windsor-U-32... Fairfax-Woodstock and Mill River-Mt. Abraham ... ------- and it's the final weekend of the regular season in Division Two, as well as for the D-1 and D-3 teams that did not make the playoffs. That Burr & Burton/Fair Haven game could be a preview of a D-2 semifinal that would take place next weekend. ---------------------- ------- We've got you covered with all the highlights, reaction and more tomorrow night at 11pm on the Friday Football Frenzy. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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NE temps/radar: more 40s: still rain on radar

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The high school cross country championships are this weekend. By any measure -- one runner -- is already a winner. Scott Fleishman explains.

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(((In any cross country course you're bound to see obstacles that could trip up the fleetest of foot. At Colchester High School, there's a senior that runs through those obstacles while overcoming her own physical one.))) ((("I've just gotten used to the fact that I'm visually impaired and that I can't see as well as other people do."))) (((Julia Bessy was born legally blind. An object the average person sees 20 feet away looks like it's 200 feet away through Julia's eyes. (((Julia Bessy/"My parents raised me on the fact that you can't use your disability as an excuse to get out of anything. They always pushed me to go out and do anything and everything I could."))) (((Julia skis, swims and grew up playing soccer, but it wasn't until freshman year of high school that mom, a runner, convinced her to run cross country.))) (((Erin Bessy/"I actually don't think about the danger for her, which I think is why she is the way she is."))) (((Steve Fiske/"We run in some pretty rocky, rooty, tough elements out there. I think she's actually memorized in our runs where the roots are."))) (((But when she's at different courses, Julia gets help from guides who run alongside. On this day in Jericho, it's the Colchester boys cross country coach.))) (((George Deane/"It's a pretty amazing experience. She's really adamant that I don't coach her, because that's something that no one else gets."))) (((No special treatment, but Julia does need a guide that can keep up.))) ((("It's kind of a point of pride that she hasn't outrun me, but I have to stay in shape for it."))) (((I'm just so thankful and gracious for what they've given me, which is basically, my eyes. They've been able to let me do what I do and run on the cross country team."))) (((Scott Fleishman/"While a navigator leads her through the course, Julia leads her team, being named captain of the girls cross country team her senior season."))) ((("She's just an awesome person. I'll take her energy and use it for when I become a captain potentially."))) ((("She's going to prove all the statistics wrong. That's her job in life I think."))) ((("Do whatever you feel in your heart, because no one has a right to tell you that you can't do this, because you can."))) (((Julia Bessy, Colchester's legally blind cross country runner that CAN see the forest for the trees.))) Scott Fleishman -- channel 3 sports.


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