Mon 15-SEP-2014 6 P.M. News Script
An amazing accomplishment for a swimmer from Wallingford. Two weeks ago today -- Bethany Bosch conquered the English Channel. She started on the shores of England -- and swam 17-hours and 39-minutes before reaching the coast of France. At its narrowest point, the channel is 21 miles across. Bethany joins us tonight along with one of her trainers -- Natalie Boyle. ((Bethany, why was this something you felt you had to attempt?)) ((Natalie, what goes into training someone for such a feat of endurance?)) ((you first came on "the :30" a year and a half ago to talk about this goal and your training. What did you learn from this swim that you wish you had known back then?)) ((what is the "Cap Gris Nez" and how did it affect your swim?)) ((tell us about your last minute prep. What did you do in the last 24 hours leading up to the start of your swim?)) ((at what point did you say, 'i'm going to do this. I'm going to make it.'?)) ((raising money for aquatic center in Rutland. How much? More donations since swim?))
Tomorrow on the Thirty -- navigating the new rules for driving with a cell phone. Starting October first - drivers in Vermont are not allowed to use their phone while holding it. What does that mean? Can you make a call without touching the phone? Use GPS? Cue up your music? We'll ask those questions of Vermont's DMV -- and we might ask yours too. Just post a question on our Facebook page or tweet at-WCAX OR send us an email to the-underscore-30-at-w cax dot com. What about when the car isn't moving? Can you use your phone then? stop signs. Glenn Button
Good evening. I'm Darren Perron. And I'm Melissa Howell. Kristin Kelly is on assignment. A proposal to save Lake Champlain's water quality was dead on arrival last February in the state legislature, but folks in Franklin County are renewing their push for legislation to improve the water. So, what can be done? Alex Apple is along Lake Champlain in St. Albans Town. Alex, what's the latest? Darren -- residents of Franklin County gave their pitch today about why they need more money and more resources to cleanup Lake Champlain. The big question where would that extra money come from? One legislator told us taxes would need to go up.
(15:49 Rep. Steve Beyor)(("I hate to be the one that says it. I don't want to raise taxes, but the money has to come from somewhere.")) State Representative Steve Beyor joined fellow legislators in St. Albans -- they came to discuss with residents how to fix what some are calling a crisis -- pollution running into Vermont's lakes. (Larry Myott/Lives on Lake Carmi 9:30)(("The buck stops here today because if we don't do something now, it's going to be too late.")) The pollution is causing blue green algae -- a toxic substance that can make both humans and animals sick. It's driving tourists away and homeowners can't use the lake they love. (12:38 Rep. Steve Beyor)(("I think now people are going to start realizing just how much this lake is worth to the state of Vermont.")) Much of the pollution comes from sewage runoff or farms that fertilize with manure. The legislature considered imposing new environmental protections on even small farms last year -- but when farmers, adamantly objected, the bill died. (david Mills/Pittsford Beef Farmer 32:22-28)(("You've regulated the large farms. You've regulated the medium farms, yet the lake is getting worse.")) But now seven months later, the people of Franklin County want Montpelier to act again. 13:54 Rep. Steve Beyor)(("Q: is it time to ask farmers of both large and small farms to put more skin in the game and start to change some practices. I'm not so sure it's gonna take a whole lot more skin in the game. I think a lot of this is going to go with an outreach program we've got to talk to more of the farmers.")) Beyor wouldn't give details on what new regulations would ask of farmers -- but he believes his colleagues are ready to act. (12:20 Steve Beyor)((" I think you're going to find a difference in the legislature this year")) (4:23 Denise Smith - Friends of Northern Lake Champlain)(("The majority of the money isn't going to the surface runoff from fields so we would argue, yes you've spent money, but have you spent it in the right places.")) One place they want more money spent is on enforcement of farming regulations. Peyor said he doesn't believe stronger enforcement is automatically needed. (14:21 Rep. Steve Beyor)((" It's just that a lot of them don't even know what those standards are.")) But whatever the legislature passes will need funding -- where that money will come from, that's a question yet to be answered. (15:26 Rep. Steve Beyor)(("That's gonna be a good question. I mean let's face it, none of us want to raise taxes."))
Darren, Beyor emphasized that the political will to pass legislation will come when Vermonters start to realize this pollution is hurting their wallets. Communities driven by tourism rely on people using the lake to stir their local economies -- without that tourist base, Beyor says homeowners will be forced to pay the difference in taxes.
It was a chilly start to the day today! It was a chilly start to the day, but with some nice late summer sunshine, we warmed the temperatures back into the mid 60s here in the Champlain Valley. A cold front will approach late tonight bringing a few showers to the region after midnight tonight and into Tuesday. Wednesday will be a pretty good day, but a weak little disturbance may trigger a few light showers and sprinkles late in the day and during the overnight hours, mostly just in the mountains and up near the Canadian border. Skies will clear for Thursday and Friday, and it will be cold again. A widespread frost is likely across the region, except for those near Lake Champlain Thursday night and early Friday. Temperatures will recover into the 60s this weekend, but that is still cooler than normal for mid September. A frontal system will bring some showers late Saturday into Sunday.
A fall hearing could provide the first clue to the fate of the state's recently-passed GMO labelling law. State House reporter Kyle Midura is here to explain, Kyle - Darren, a group of food producers is suing Vermont over the mandated labelling of some products made with genetically engineered crops by 2016. The legal process is expected to take years, but experts say the first ruling could mirror the final ruling.
Late last week - lawyers for the Grocery Manufacturers Association asked a federal judge to shelve the state's GMO labelling law. It's the latest turn in the challenge to Vermont's first-in-the-nation law, and responds to the Attorney General's call for the case to be thrown out. (00:16:45:00) ((Attorney General Bill Sorrell - D-Vermont our hope is that the court will schedule a hearing for oral arguments sometime in October or November.)) (00:02:10:00) ((Daniel Richardson - Vt. Bar Assn. President-elect what they've done is try to pass through this in such a way that it gets resolved sooner rather than later )) Vermont Bar Association President-elect Dan Richardson says both sides benefit from a speedy resolution. The state could be saved costly legal fees, while the Grocery Manufacturers' Association could be spared from the court of public opinion. Richardson says if the court does not rule against requests from both sides, the legal battle will likely be won before it even begins. (00:02:33:00) (( Daniel Richardson - Vt. Bar Assn. President-elect I can't see the state really having a good position if they lose on this preliminary injunction, same way for the grocer's association if the motion to dismiss is granted.)) (00:03:21:00) ((Daniel Richardson - Vt. Bar Assn. President-elect they're more likely to grant a preliminary injunction because the relief sought is not final )) (nats purchase) Richardson says the state's best chance is if the judge buys its argument that the label provides consumer information, and does not serve as a warning label. He says the Manufacturers' Association has the better chance if it comes down to science, with substantial evidence that GMOs don't carry any ill health effects. (16:58) ((Attorney General Bill Sorrell - D-Vermont we feel good about the arguments that we've made both on the facts and the law))
Vermont-based attorneys for the Grocery Manufacturers' Association did not respond to our interview request. Richardson says whenever the hearing on the motions does occur, the longer it takes the judge to rule, the greater the chances are that it effectively determines the outcome. - Darren
There's a push to bring more competition to the pump in Vermont. Attorney General Bill Sorrell and Lt. Governor hopeful Dean Corren are taking on the issue with hopes of creating more transparency.
((Steve Hagstrand/Shelburne Resident 00:25:24 "When I was growing up it was 30 cents a gallon." 00:25:27)) But times have changed. And so have prices at the pump -- especially in and around Vermont's Queen City. In 2012, Burlington gas prices were higher than the national average 86 percent of the time. Burlington prices were higher than the statewide average 72 percent of the time. ((Ben Dwinell/Burlington resident 00:19:18 "the prices are kind of fixed. Around here in Burlington, down in Rutland it's 30 cents a gallon less. I don't know why." 00:19:29)) Attorney General Bill Sorrell and Lt. Governor hopeful Dean Corren say this may be due to a small number of gasoline distributors who own a large percentage of fuel dealers in northern Vermont. So -- they are throwing their support behind a Vermont House bill -- that calls for reporting wholesale prices for comparative purposes to the attorney general's office. It would also require gas station owners to notify the AG within 30 days of a potential sale to a competitor. ((Dean Corren 00:09:50 "As we know, just by providing the data, it will have a positive effect on competition. Vermonters deserve that competition" 00:09:57)) The biggest offenders, Corren says, include SB Collins, R-L Vallee, Champlain Oil and Wesco. Sorrell says they've done nothing illegal -- but what they are doing -- is forcing Vermont drivers to pay more. ((Bill Sorrell/D-Vt. Attorney General 00:08:44 "What is against the antitrust laws is if they call each other and say let's charge x per a gallon, so there's some collusion there." 00:08:55)) John Choquette with the Vermont Petroleum Association disagrees with the bill all together. ((Joseph Choquette/Vermont Petroleum Association 00:33:58 "Everybody would like to have lower gas prices but in my opinion, there's nothing in the bill that's going to result in that. This is just going to add more complexity to the industry, lead to higher costs and probably be reflected in the polls."00:34:10)) The bill was struck down by the Vermont house, but Sorrell -- and the bills' supporters aren't giving up. ((00:05:33 "My hope is that come January, the newly elected legislature, that we will reintroduce the bill and hopefully it will get an airing in both chambers." 00:05:46))
That bill is sponsored by Progressive Representative Chris Pearson of Burlington. Republican Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott -- who is being challenged by Dean Corren -- says if Sorrell was serious about gas prices he would have brought the issue up during the last session. He says the Democrats could have done something if they wanted because they control the House, Senate and Governor's office. Scott says the Attorney general is being used as a "campaign prop" by Corren.
Did Vermont's largest electric utility make misleading claims about the renewable energy it produces? Green Mountain Power has invested heavily in renewable energy production in recent years -- including a wind farm in Lowell and numerous solar installations. A petition filed by four environmentalists claims GMP -- is deceiving customers by selling energy credits for that power -- to out-of-state utilities. The plaintiffs say Vermont consumers are bearing the costs of producing renewable energy without actually getting the benefits. The Federal Trade Commission is being asked to look into it. GMP maintains it is in compliance with the law -- using the renewable energy here and selling the credits out of state.
More power -- to more businesses in Plattsburgh. New York State Electric and Gas is putting in a new substation on Tom Miller Road -- to serve new businesses needing power. Town officials say the area has a lot of land which is attractive to new businesses The town Supervisor says he wants to provide infrastructure for future businesses in that area.
(TC 00:04:36:18 Tile 3442) ((Bernie Bassett/Supervisor Town of Plattsburgh "FW Web is in a stage of construction, the earth is moving, forms are going in. Just down from them there's the old Ashley building, there's a lumber yard there. That's going to go through some renovation. There's a new business going in there as well.")) The project is expected to be finished by this winter.
Bogus bills go out to thousands of Fletcher Allen patients. The medical center confirms that 38-hundred people with last names that start with the letters L through Q errantly received old bills. Officials are now trying to figure out what led to the 20-11 bills being sent out.
((Mike Noble, Fletcher Allen Health Care 00:00:31:00 "it has never happened before so we will be studying exactly what happened and ensure that it doesn't happen again.)) Fletcher Allen says it sends out about 50-thousand bills a month. If you have questions about a bill you've received you're asked to call it's billing center.
A mess in Berkshire today -- when a dumptruck rolled over. State Police say the St Onge truck was carrying sand from a local sand pit to a jobsite in Farifield. The driver went off Water Tower Road causing the loaded truck to rollover into a pit. There were no obvious injuries but police say all involved were sent to the hospital just in case. Crews worked for about an hour cleaning up the mess, and getting the truck back on its way.
Vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for children in the United States. That's why making sure they are buckled up correctly is so important. Unfortunately -- most kids are not. But the state of Vermont has a small army of folks who offer free safety seat checks all year long. And today they were recognized as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week. Judy Simpson reports.
The 126 certified technicians working to show parents the correct way to install a car seat were recognized Monday in Montpelier. Their work is important, because car accidents are the number one cause of death for children in the United States. (( JS SU tile 726_9915_01 00:44:43:20" Each safety seat tech has gone through weeks of training and for a good reason, there is a lot more to installing a seat correctly than you might think." 00:44:51:1 )) Colchester was awarded for being the fitting station of the year. We asked Corporal Jeff Fontaine to tell us about, and show us the process. Ti le 726_9834_01 (( Cpl. Jeff Fontaine/Colchester Police 00:00:49:12" By our estimation in the state between 80 and 90 percent of the seats that come in just to be checked are generally installed incorrectly or don't have the necessary equipment with the seat or the seats have expired there is a number of different issues surrounding the seats they are producing now." 00:01:07:12)) National Car seat recall lists are updated each month, so the first thing that is checked is if the seat is on that list. If it is not the process continues. ((Cpl. Jeff Fontaine Ti le 726_9834_01 00:02:00:00" The seats change yearly the requirements now for the latch system have evolved over the last couple of years to the point of where we now have to have the weights of the children the weights of the seat and the weight limitations on the actual latches in the vehicles because there have been problems with those." 00:02:21:24 )) Some safety seats are installed using regular seatbelts, but Corporal Fontaine says NEVER USE LATCH AND SEATBELT together. The safety seat has to give a bit to be effective. Here is how the latch system works. ((Tile 726_9849_01 00:14:33:21Cpl. Jeff Fontaine "Once again making sure that it is smooth and hasn't twisted it latches on both sides and then you would pull the strap back." 00:14:43:03)) After the straps are tightened, snap the seat onto the base 00:15:44:27 But there is a problem the safety arrow on the base is not parallel with the pavement, so an adjustment needs to be made. Police use flotation noodles, available at check stations that are fitted under the base, and then reattached. Now the base is parallel,,, Time to put the baby into the seat. ((Tile 726_9873_01 put baby in seat 00:26:16:07 nat sot snap 00:26:37:26)) Then tighten the straps The top snap should be at babys nipple line, shoulder straps should be snug as well. Time to now snap the seat into base,, Tile 726_9875_01 (( Corp Jeff Fontaine/Colchester Police00:29:16:27" then this handle according to the owners manual its very graphic this handle needs to be out of the way and down and once again because that is being restricted by the front seat , move the front seat up." 00:29:33:19)) Every county in Vermont has at least one of the 34 active fitting stations where families can have child car seats checked any time of the year. JS Channel three news, Colchester.
The child passenger safety seat program is funded by the Governor's Highway Safety Program with federal funds from N-H-T-S-A and managed by the Health Department. We have more information in our infocenter at wcax.com.
It was a chilly start to the day, but with some nice late summer sunshine, we warmed the temperatures back into the mid 60s here in the Champlain Valley. A cold front will approach late tonight bringing a few showers to the region after midnight tonight and into Tuesday. Wednesday will be a pretty good day, but a weak little disturbance may trigger a few light showers and sprinkles late in the day and during the overnight hours, mostly just in the mountains and up near the Canadian border. Skies will clear for Thursday and Friday, and it will be cold again. A widespread frost is likely across the region, except for those near Lake Champlain Thursday night and early Friday. Temperatures will recover into the 60s this weekend, but that is still cooler than normal for mid September. A frontal system will bring some showers late Saturday into Sunday.
Tonight: Increasing clouds. Showers developing. Lows: 43/50 Winds: Light Tuesday: Cloudy skies. Showers likely, mainly morning. Highs: 55/65 Winds: SW 5-10 mph Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Areas of fog. Lows: 35/45 Winds: Light Wednesday: Partly sunny. Chance of a late day shower, mainly mountains. Highs: 55/62 Winds: Light Extended: Thursday through Monday. Wednesday night: Lows 35/45 Thursday: Partly sunny. Widespread frost at night. Highs 50/57 Lows 25/35 Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs 53/60 Lows 35/45 Saturday: Partly sunny, chance of late day showers. Highs 60s Lows 45/55 Sunday: scattered showers. Highs 60s lows 50s Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 55/65
The Feds rejected a ten-million dollar grant application from Vermont to upgrade 11 miles of railroad tracks. The state is trying to improve the line between Burlington and Rutland so it meets Amtrak standards. But the lack of federal funding means another delay for the restoration of passenger rail service to western Vermont.
Jurors in Chittenden County set to hear the case of Melissa Jenkins' kidnapping and murder will NOT get a chance to visit the crime scene. Allen and Patricia Prue face kidnapping and first-degree murder charges in the 2012 death of Jenkins -- a St. Johnsbury teacher. Allen Prue's trial is set to begin on October 6th. Prosecutors want to bus the jury to St. Johnsbury -- to see where Jenkins was abducted from her on Goss Hollow Road -- and where her body was found along the Connecticut River But the judge denied the request, saying prosecutors failed to show the trip is necessary.
A hunting dog was left for dead this weekend after being shot in Starksboro, but he survived -- and is recovering. We want to warn you -- some of the images may be hard to see. Oran Lamphere and his hound dog, bear, were chasing bears out of cornfields. Lamphere noticed Bear's GPS collar had been removed.The dog stumbled to a nearby road, where a driver found him. He had been shot twice in the spine and once in the head with bolts from a cross bow.
((Oran Lamphere/Bear's Owner 02:28:51 "I just dont want this to happen to anybody else's pet. I love my dogs unconditionally and I can't believe he's walking, I can't believe He's listening, i can't believe he's like nothing ever happened." 02:29:07)) The incident is still under investigation. Vermont Fish and Wildlife says the shooter could face charges for interfering with lawful hunting.
A man from West Chazy who was behind bars for killing a jogger while driving drunk is back in jail. Steven Baker pleaded guilty last month to 3rd degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to seven years in jail and three years of supervision once he's out. Baker was convicted in 2008 in the death of Albert Montanaro III in 2006.
The Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing In Brattleboro has closed it's doors, but supporters haven't lost hope. A group called Save Austine School is planning to hold a march and rally in Montpelier next year on March 27th. An Austine School alum and superintendent of the Maryland School for the Deaf, said the group is going to ask Governor Peter Shumlin and legislators to have the state take over the school. They hope to see it turned into an independent state agency.
Sterling College in Craftsbury has received a pledge of 1-million dollars from an anonymous donor. The money has sparked a fundraising challenge for the school to match the pledge with help from trustees, alumni and friends. The donation is the largest single donation in the history of the college. Sterling College is one of the smallest four year schools in the country with about 120 students. The school also prides itself on being one of the first to focus on sustainability. That's news around the region.
Starting Line Sports ...UVM sophomore forward Brian Wright has been named the America East player of the week after scoring twice and adding an assist as Vermont went 1-1 in their tournament this weekend at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Wright leads America East with five goals, which is tied for sixth best in the nation. Vermont is 5-1 overall. They host Hofstra this Sunday at noon as part of a soccer doubleheader at Virtue Field. The UVM women will host Dartmouth later that afternoon at 3:30pm.
A hero's homecoming at the Burlington Airport last night. (((cheering...:06))) Jericho mountain biker Lea Davison returned Sunday night after a capturing a bronze medal at the world championships last weekend in Norway. She was greeted by friends, family and some of her Little Bellas. The Bellas are young local mountain bikers Davison mentors in her off time. We featured the program last month in our Spotlight on Sports. Despite an exhausting overseas flight home, Davison was fired up by the surprise greeting.
(((Lea Davison/2014 world championship Bronze medalist/"It definitely gives me a big boost of energy. Even after a long travel day. This is amazing to have this welcome home. Since I got the medal in Norway, it's pretty far away from my family and home and the little Bellas so to get this kind of welcome home is, yeah, incredible."))) Davison showed off the bronze medal she received last Saturday in her third place finish at the World Championships. It's the first world championship medal for the 2012 Olympian. It was about 8 months ago when Davison had hip surgery, now she caps off the 2014 season with the best race of her career.
((("It's truly a dream come true and to be standing on a world championship podium after the year I've had, it's unbelievable. I'm still pinching myself to make sure that it's real. I keep looking at the medal like, 'Is this a dream or is this real?'")))
Coming up later, the season finale at Devil's Bowl and your Week Three Frenzy Flashback...
Tonight at 11 - Businesses booming in Vermont - which ones are growing fastest -- find out tonight on the channel 3 new at 11.
It's a common health issue that many women don't want to talk about. Millions of women have trouble controlling their bladder. Now a group of doctors is releasing new guidelines to treat the condition without surgery. Alison Harmelin reports
63 year old Shelley Goldberg suffers from urinary incontinence. (SOT Shelley Goldberg/Patient) it seems that most of us hit middle age and all of the sudden///it's just terrible (TRACK GRAPHIC) The problem is very common .. more than half of women between the ages of 40 to 60 and three quarters of women 75 and older have trouble controlling their bladder. Now the American College of Physicians has new recommendations to treat the problem without surgery. (SOT Dr. Mamta Mamik/Mount Sinai Hospital) kegel exercises which strengthen the pelvic floor muscles , loss of weight and bladder training. It's retraining the bladder to hold more urine so you don't have to go very frequently. (track) Doctors say medication may be recommended for some women. (Alison Harmelin BRIDGE) Research shows at least half of women struggling with the problem don't tell their doctor. Experts say women need to speak up, to get the right treatment. (TRACK ) Age, child birth and obesity can play a role.. affecting pelvic muscles. (SOT Dr. Mamta Mamik/Mount Sinai Hospital) ultimately with time, age, and the other risk factors they weaken .. so keeping them strong is the best way to prevent pelvic problems Shelley does her exercises three times a day and says it's helping . (SOT Shelley Goldberg/Patient) it's a fact of life it seems but it doesn't have to be (TRACK ) She says women should not be embarrassed and get help if they need it. Alison Harmelin, For CBS News, New York.
The new recommendations are based on research published over the past 20 years. That's health watch.
A local business is up for a national award. As Gina Bullard tells us it's their Made in Vermont chocolates that caught the attention of Martha Stewart.
Business is sweet at Daily Chocolate in Vergennes. ((nat w customer)) The gourmet chocolate shop is constantly busy. Jen Roberts bought the business five years ago as a new venture. The new mom had a 2.5 year old and 6 month old at home but made the decision to jump in with her husband. (01:17:34:21) ((Jen Roberts/Daily Chocolate "we bought the shop i came to work and my husband has been a stay at home dad for the last 5 years")) She makes small batch -- hand cut and dipped chocolates from scratch. (01:20:08:14) ((Jen Roberts/Daily Chocolate "people always comment about how much better our chocolate is and i think thats the biggest reason its fresh")) Roberts has a degree in studio arts -- which she says comes in handy making chocolate. (01:18:22:09) ((Jen Roberts/Daily Chocolate "it was a fun way to fall into something artistic and culinary and everything because i have no culinary training but always baked and cooked so it was something that came naturally.")) Her creations have even caught the eye of lifestyle mogul Martha Stewart. (01:22:08:28) ((Jen Roberts/Daily Chocolate "its my brothers doing")) Martha Stewart is holding an American Made contest -- spotlighting the best products in the US. There are a panel of judges and a people's choice award. Roberts' brother signed her up and now Daily Chocolate is a food finalist -- she hasn't had to send Martha any candy yet. (01:23:21:13) ((Jen Roberts/Daily Chocolate "if you only had one choice one piece to send to martha - j-id probably send her the black rum caramels with sea salt because that's the most popular")) Well that's what we have to try then... (01:24:02:21) ((Jen Roberts/Daily Chocolate "g-martha here she comes - mmm0")) (01:24:16:02) ((Jen Roberts/Daily Chocolate "MMMMM")) Made in Vermont chocolates that could soon be on the national stage. Gina Bullard Channel 3 News Vergennes.
She's got some good company in that contest too. And they were also featured in our Made in Vermont segment. Zooble Toys -- Switchel -- Honeylights candles -- Queen City Pops and Vermont Farmstead cheese are up for American Made Awards. Congratulations to all the nominees -- we'll have a link on the info center to vote. The voting officially starts today and ends on October 13th. Winners will be announced on October 17th and will be honored in New York City in November.
A special birthday today for a very special lady. Her friends call her "Midge" and in Manchester Vermont, she is a living legend. Adam Sullivan reports.
(photo) On this day, 105-years-old ago, a baby was born in a farm house in Manchester. Directly across the road, birthday balloon dance in the breeze. A picturesque spot in Southern Vermont-- where Mildred Forrest has called home for just about her entire life. ((Mildred Forrest/105-years-old: "We didn't have electricity. We didn't have running water. It was more like camping.")) Midge-- as she is known around town- still has the shoes in the photo. Hand stitched pieces of history that she holds on to like the memories riding her horse to school and working the dairy farm with her late husband. ((Forrest: "if he needed a tractor driver, I was there.")) ((Forrest: "if he needed a truck driver to go to Albany to pick up a load of metal from a ship, I was there.")) On her 105th birthday, she is surrounded by family-- even though only one of her 15 brothers and sisters is still alive to help her celebrate. ((Forrest: "I am very lucky to have my family around.")) Her granddaughter, Hiedi Shaffer, drove over from Seneca Falls New York. ((Heidi Shaffer/Granddaughter: "she is totally on it. To me it is amazing to know someone who is 105-years-old. She can be kind of sassy and sharp-witted.")) She's known for her flowers outside her house with her roots running deep in this community. So much so, this day in Manchester, has been declared "Midge Forrest Day." ((Shaffer: "September 15th is the actual day so my husband and I drove out to spend the afternoon here. We don't want to tire her out though because she has to be ready for her girls later.")) That's right, she still hits the town. ((Forrest: "we have been every place in town so now we are starting over again.")) And as for secrets to her longevity, Midge says it's all about the mind. And going with the flow ((Forrest: "just your attitude towards life and towards people and not be afraid to make changes.")) Changes like getting the first lightbulbs installed in her home, or whatever the latest invention might be. ((Forrest: "everything is pretty easy now. You just push a button and you got whatever you pushed.")) ((nats: snapping photo) Technology I took advantage of as we all celebrate the life of a Vermonter, who is still going strong. Adam Sullivan channel three news in Manchester.
A town wide celebration for Midge is planned this Saturday from 2-4pm at Manchester's Recreation Center. Everyone is welcome.
It was a busy Sunday in West Haven...the season finale at Devil's Bowl Speedway ...multiple championships on the line... Including two in the Late Model Vermont 200 ...Jamie Fisher 13 points ahead of Josh Masterson for the track championship... Nick Sweet leading Jason Corliss by 29 points in the hunt for the Vermont State Late Model Championship. --- As for the 100-lap feature itelf, South Burlington's Trampas Demers driving for fun .. The 85-machine takes the lead on lap 23 and hits cruise control... --- Fisher didn't have to win the race, he just needed to finish 7 spots ahead of Masterson... Driving clean his focus on the day.. --- As for Nick Sweet... His goal was to stay in front of Corliss, not only does he do that but he laps him on the 95th lap... --- Tight finish... It's Demers taking the win, with Bobby Therrien second and Sweet third ... The Barre native repeating as State Champion.. Jamie Fisher takes 12th to lockup the track championship.
(((Jamie Fisher/"It was really good down here, it was fun this summer. It was a really hard choice to switch tracks. We were committed and it paid off. Everybody was fast enough. We were fast enough and it was just a good points battle right down to the end."))) (((Nick Sweet/"This is definitely one to put back in the trophy case. We're very very proud of it. This doesn't just resemble me, it resembles my whole team. My team is the big reason why we're winning championships here.")))
Nascar legend Bobby Allison waving the green flag to get the modifieds underway... All eyes on defending track champion, Middlebury's Todd Stone aiming for a repeat and Olmstedville, New York's Jesse Mueller who led the Northern Modified Challenge Series coming in... --- Two 50-lap segments on the day... First race, it's Ron Proctor picks up his second win of the year... But solid top 5 finishes for Mueller who takes third and Stone, who finishes fourth... --- In segment two... Mueller takes the victory to build on his Northern Series championship lead, while Stone comes in fourth to lock up a repeat track modified championship...
((TRT: 20 ... OC: IT FEELS REALLY GOOD)) ((Todd Stone/ Last year, we won ten features and this year we won four features. Everybody stepped their game up this year. I knew they were going to be gunning for us. The first year when you win a championship is they ask, 'can you do it again.' We really put our best foot forward. We have a great team, they work very hard and we ended up winning the championship again and it feels really good.))
Also yesterday, Robert Gordon of Milton locked up the Devil's Bowl Renegade division track championship...and Addison's Chuck Bradford claimed his first Mini Stock division championship.
Week three in Vermont high school football saw the biggest win of the season so far as U-32 went down to Woodstock and snapped the Wasps 33 game win streak, downing the Wasps 24-7. It was all part of another wild week of action, and in case you missed any of it, here's your Frenzy Flashback. ((TRT: 2:04 ... OC: ...On players celebrating))
Tonight at 11 -- Vermont's top businesses honored. Plus -- is it a warm up for another Presidential run? Hillary Clinton in Iowa -- next on the CBS Evening News. Good night. Good night.
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