Mon 03-MAR-2014 6 P.M. News Script
Our Sochi blogger is back in the Green Mountains. Peggy McKay Shinn is from Rutland. She writes for TeamUSA-dot-org and wrote blog posts for wcax dot com from the Sochi Olympics. ((you were in Sochi for Team USA. what did you write for them?)) ((you did several posts for us. how did you choose what to write about?)) ((this was not your first olympics. which other olympics did you cover and how was Sochi different?)) ((TORCH - you brought some photos you took behind the scenes including this one of hte olympic torch)) ((HOUSES - this is picture of American bobsleder Steven Holcomb. but what's interesting here is what's behind him...)) ((EROSION - when you sent this one to us, you wrote - "you'd never see this in Vermont!". explain this photo)) ((PUTINSKIS - where did you find these skis and why is Vladmir Putin on them?)) ((SECURITY - here we see security forces. what was security like?)) ((CHICKEN - what is this?)) ((SKIAREA - empty slopes. why?)) ((XCSKI - the cross country ski venue)) ((SKIING VENUE - back of skiing venue)) ((MANCUSO - bronze medal and dress)) ((GOLD - medals of ice dancing pair Meryl Davis and Charlie White)) ((DOLL - russian doll near hotel)) ((BOBSLEDFAN - what's up with this guy?)) ((GHOSTTOWN - no one at reporter section of Sochi)) ((VIEW - view outside of hotel))
Tomorrow on the Thirty -- the impact of Vermont businesses selling to larger companies. Robert Bloch of Champlain College will be here to talk about what pressures businesses face when they are bought by out of state companies. From trimming staff to cutting funding -- he'll tell us about symptoms of an economy that is not very dynamic right now. That's tomorrow on the thirty at five thirty.
Good Evening I'm Darren Perron. and I'm Kristin Kelly. President Obama's drug czar is in Vermont... examining the state's opiate problem. Our Statehouse reporter Kyle Midura joins us now with the story. Kyle - Darren- the little state of Vermont is drawing big national attention as it wages a war against opiate dependence. While a permanent fix may never be developed - those working closest with the issue say a proven life-saving technique is ready for wide-scale deployment.
There's no space left on their utility-belts - but Col. Tom L'Esperance says in about six weeks - every trooper will find a way to carry one of the latest tools in the fight against crime. It's a drug called naloxone -- also known by its brand name Narcan. ((6:02 - :06 - Col. Tom L'Esperance - Vermont State Police this was by far the easiest decision I've ever had to make as the director of the state police )) ((9:44 - Dr. Harry Chen - using as nat hit it's three pieces... )) The drug is given to opiate addicts in the midst of an overdose. Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen says the delivery mechanism takes about 15 seconds to assemble. Once administered nasally, it can revive an unresponsive and blue patient in less than a minute. ((9:24 - :30 Dr. Harry Chen - Vt. Health Commissioner so literally, this is a life-saving drug :27 it does save lives, it has saved lives :28 and will save more )) Healthcare organizations began distributing doses of the drug to addicts' family members in January. Of the 500 available - about 140 have been given out. Gov. Peter Shumlin credits those doses with saving seven lives already. ((27:45 - :51 Gil Kerlikowske - Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the White House in a state the size of Vermont you can serve as a model and a blueprint, and I think you already have )) Gil Kerlikowske is President Obama's Drug Czar. Monday he congratulated Vermont's officials for acknowledging and addressing opiates as a major health and safety issue. He says prescription drugs and heroin don't discriminate - and ruin the lives of people from all backgrounds. ((22:48 - :58 - Gil Kerlikowske - Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the White House in the rural and and the more suburban areas :50 I think you probably feel it more painfully :53 because everybody knows somebody :56 whose family has been impacted )) Kerlikowske prefers to treat rather than incarcerate drug users. He's also made it clear in his time as Drug Czar he's skeptical of a growing national acceptance of marijuana. Gov. Shumlin has stated he's open to a legalization debate in the coming years. We asked the Czar if that could affect efforts to fight opiate abuse. ((30:29 - :31 KM Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the White House I think I'm going to dodge that question ))
State police aren't the only emergency responders set to carry naloxone -- which many of you know as Narcan. Commissioner Chen says every EMT should be carrying a dose by April - which means every ambulance will carry the precious cargo. - Darren Kyle - what if someone who isn't experiencing an overdose is given the drug? Darren - I'm told it will not have a negative affect on someone who has not been using opiates. It also will not produce a high on its own according to doctors, so officials say there isn't a concern about recreational use of the nasal spray.
A big announcement from Vermont Health Connect today - and it is not about another problem. Officials had good news to share about the website today. Shelby Cashman is here with more on what this means for users. Shelby? Kristin--its been months in the making--but Vermont Health Connect users can finally make payments online. Officials say it will provide a convenience for Vermont Health Connect users. But there are still challenges with the site.
The wait is over-Vermont Health Connect users can finally make online payments. Since the site launched last Fall -- the payment function has been one of Health Connect's biggest problems. Officials took the website down for a portion of the weekend, to get the payment function up and running. IN:00:32:24 OUT: 00:55:15 ((Lawrence Miller "People can enroll, and as they enroll they can enter their credit card, debit card or ACH check information and have that information be automatically applied to thier account. There's no question about whether you're filling out the right amount from the invoice and it's handled immediately")) Timing is important-as the open enrollment period for Vermont Health Connect ends on March 31st. However, officials say Vermonters who got to keep their old insurance through March because of all the website problems - should sign up for new coverage by March 15th. House Minority Leader Don Turner says this is progress-but also says today's success shouldn't overshadow continuing issues and overall functionality. IN: 01:42:52 OUT: 01:43:10 ((Don Turner/R-Milton"To me, it's just one step where we should have already been before we had it up and live. So I'm happy that were at this point, but there's still a long ways to go from my perspective to where we can say to Vermonters this is the way to go, this is the way to buy insurance and lets get on Vermont health connect to buy our insurance" )) Even Secretary Miller says the the site still has problems. You cannot update your profile online - what Health Connect calls "changing your circumstance". And the new payment upgrade did nothing to fix it. IN: 00:02:10 OUT: 00:02:18 ((Lawrence Miller "it doesn't solve it. It's going to be a while longer before we have automated change in circumstance. That's going to continue to be frustrating for a while")) But, officials say the ability to pay online is a step in the right direction. IN: 00:06:28 OUT: 00:06:46 ((Our priority has been on individual enrollment, making sure every Vermonter as an individual who wants coverage is able to get it, it's been on system stability and making sure we've got the implementation. Basis for going forward is on change of circumstance and finally on small business"))
Officials want to remind users that there are two important dates to remember--open enrollment ends on March 31st--but if your old insurance coverage was extended through March 2014, you will need to sign up for a plan by March 15th. This includes those on Catamount or VHAP and sole-proprietors who have yet to sign up for a new plan through VHC. Kristin?
Two Claremont firefighters are being treated for serious burns following a house fire Sunday night. The fire on Cherry Hill Road started in a chicken coop and spread to the back of the house. All firefighters made it out -- but Lt. Andrew Stevens was flown to Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston, with burns to his hands, arms and torso. The hospital will not release his condition. And firefighter Scott Kenniston suffered second degree burns. He is in good condition at Fletcher Allen in Burlington. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Dan is here. Sunny, but still pretty cold today. (wx script)
Governor Shumlin will meet with President Obama Wednesday. The two will discuss raising the increasing the minimum wage -- with the governors of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Governor Shumlin is chair of the Democratic Governors Association. He says boosting the hourly rate -- will raise working people out of poverty. And that discussing the issue with region's governors -- will mute critics who argue businesses -- trying to avoid a higher minimum wage -- will flee to neighboring states.
The Shumlin administration says it is willing to consider offering permanent jobs to some long-time temporary workers but doesn't back a Vermont State Employees Association bill. The proposal would require that temps who work more than 1-thousand-40 hours per year be offered fulltime government employment. Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding says the administration is working on a compromise with the union and lawmakers.
Does a decades-old bottle bill -- still make sense for Vermont? As Alexei Rubenstein reports, lawmakers are looking at some new options.
((FILE)) Vermont's bottle bill has been around since 1972 -- initially geared towards solving the litter problem. ((NAT HIT OLD FILE from 70's -- Green up?)) Today it allows consumers to redeem a 5-cent deposit on carbonated drinks and a 15-cent deposit on liquor containers. But lawmakers the last several years have debated it's relevance today -- Should it be expanded -- or trash all together. Passage of The state's new Universal Recycling law - Act 148 -- two years ago pushed it to the forefront. Among other things it calls for mandatory recyling of all recyclables by next year. Senator Robert Hartwell is pushing a bill in his natural resources committee that would among other things eliminate the redemption for liquor containers. He says its an inefficient system that doesn't make sense in the single stream -- recycling landscape of the future. ((01:19 Shot with Robynn 2/25 Sen. Robert Hartwell/D-Bennington County "We have a lot of ideas about how to finance a solid waste system -- take some money to do it to meet the requirements of Act 148, and quite frankly the deposit system is interfering with that.)) Hartwell says the trend is moving all solid waste through the materials recovery facilities. ((00:40 Sen. Robert Hartwell/D-Bennington County "There's an enormous handling fee involved and a totally separate system of transportation -- a lot of fuel being used to transfer bottle and cans to the same place as everything else goes)) Beverage distributors -- which are responsible for collecting the empties -- have pushed for years to get rid of the current system -- saying it has some of the highest handling fees in the country and is an unneccesary expense. But environmental groups like VPIRG disagree -- saying if anything -- the bottle bill should be expanded... ((15:39 Paul Burns/VPRIG "Vermonters love the bottle bill. It works incredibly well right now. Eight out of ten bottles and cans that are sold that are covered by the bottle bill get returned for recycling today. That is twice as good as any other recycling program that currently exists in this state)) A legislative report last year found the bottle bill costs the beverage industry and Vermonters some $12 million a year -- It found elimination of the handling fees would cut much off that cost, but would essentially spell the death knell for most redemption centers, would primarily benefit the distributors, and would have a significant negative impact on retailers. Alexei Rubenstein -- Channel 3 News -- Montpelier
Olympic sports announcer Peter Graves has returned to his home in Theftford-- after spending nearly a month at the Sochi Winter Games in Russia. Adam Sullivan caught up with him this afternoon to talk about his experience.
It's where Peter Graves feels most at home-- in front of a microphone. He helped kick off the Junior National Cross Country Skiing Championship in Stowe over the weekend. Thousand of miles away from were he spent most of the month of February-- Sochi Russia. ((Peter graves/Olympic Announcer: "I have come back with a strong sense that these were extraordinary games.")) Sochi was the Thetford resident's 8th Olympic Games-- and he says-- it will go down in the history books as one of the best. ((Graves: "I think the Russian people were incredible open and friendly, security was very very tight there. And I have to say I never felt unsafe there.")) Graves usually announces cross country skiing and ski jump events-- but in Russia-- he was assigned to the alpine ski hill. Calling the racers runs as they happened for the thousands gathered to watched. ((Graves: "they were incredible to call for me. Maybe some of the most exciting PA announcing I have ever had the chance to do.")) ((photos)) He announced Andrew Weibrecht's silver medal winning race-- as well as Bode Miller's bronze. And on the women's side-- Mikaela's Shiffrin's historic Gold medal in the slalom. An experience-- for a man who has made a career with words-- that left him speechless. ((Graves: "I was probably holding my breath at that point. So I probably just took a pause.")) Graves says the hardest part a was NOT coming across too biased for his home town favorites. Giving ALL the athletes their due credit. And now that is his back on familiar soil, this Vermonter-- who grew up skiing in Bennington-- has a moment to reflect. ((Graves: "to witness it, just to be there, let alone call it was very exciting and I know that I had tears in my eyes with those U.S. Finishes. They were really powerful.")) Like the Winter Olympics as a whole. A international contest that comes around every four years that this announcer says he is blessed to be apart of. ((Graves: "I think the Games bring the best out in all of us. We think about it bringing the best out in the athletes. We know what it is like to strive for international excellence and go for gold silver and bronze but I think it also brings the best out in people too.")) Graves says he is already thinking ahead to the next Winter Olympics in South Korea. But, he says Sochi-- will always hold a special place in his heart. Adam Sullivan channel three news, from our Upper Valley Bureau.
Some changes are on the way for heart patients in the North Country. After expanding cardiac services in Plattsburgh -- CVPH is scrapping heart surgeries -- and sending those patients to Fletcher Allen in Burlington. Logan Crawford shows us why.
Heart surgery is now a thing of the past at the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital. Officials say all major cardiac procedures will be performed across the lake at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. It's part of a cooperative agreement between the two facilities: Doctors at Fletcher Allen will operate on New Yorkers, while CVPH focuses and grows its work with less invasive procedures -- such as angioplasty. (tile 7543 ) ((Stephens Mundy/President of CVPH Medical Center "National trends were that the rate of cardiac surgery was going down and down and down, and it made sense to consolidate that." 00:12:22:29)) CVPH began investing in the area of heart surgery about tens year ago. But analysts say the new competition drove costs up, not down. Now, they say, it makes more sense to cooperate, rather than compete. (tile 0451 00:02:25:21) ((Hamilton Davis "moving to rationalize how that care is delivered on a cooperative basis rather than a competitive basis makes a ton of sense to do now." 00:02:33:27)) (tile 7524 00:01:01:16) ((Logan Crawford/Plattsburgh "The consolidation of cardiovascular services will mean both hospitals will see more patients in their new specialties. And medical experts here say the increased patient flow will mean better outcomes." 00:01:13:06)) (tile 0451 00:05:17:09) ((Hamilton Davis "The more that you do that in centers where there's more of it going on, where there's lots of resources, is actually better in the quality sense." 00:05:27:23)) While a trip to Burlington may not be as convenient for New Yorkers, Davis says the quality of care far outweighs the drive time. (tile 7532 00:04:03:22) ((Ranee Magoon-Pombrio/Ellenbu rg Center "I think it'd be nicer to still have it here so that people didn't have to go such a distance to Burlington but as long as they have great doctors and everybody gets the best care they can that's all that matters." 00:04:13:02)) CVPH president Stephens Mundy says the change caused several job cuts at the hospital, but most staff members have already found new positions. And since Fletcher Allen is considered in-network for most New York insurance companies -- Mundy says the transition should be nearly seamless. (tile 7543 00:18:49:20) ((Stephens Mundy/President of CVPH Medical Center "We'll be training family practice physicians through an affiliation with University of Vermont, and turning out 4 to 6 new physicians every 3 years starting in 2016." 00:19:09:10)) Doctors on both sides of the lake -- providing cooperative cardiac care -- in the Champlain Valley. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Plattsburgh. -3-
Quite a sight in Waterbury today -- as demolition crews took down the entrance sign of the old Vermont State Hospital. Since fall crews have been tearing down a total of 22 buildings in the old state office complex -- many damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene. All but the historical central core of the complex is being removed. Crews are expected to start work this Spring -- on a new 124-million dollar two-story Agency of Human Services building on the Waterbury site -- along with restoration of the older building.
The Vermont Police Canine Association is picking its "top dogs" It's a chance to highlight the hard work -- the K9 teams do every day -- chasing down fugitives, searching for lost people and sniffing out drugs. Congratulations to Burlington Police Officer Trent Martin and his Canine Capone for being named k9 team of the year.
Dan is back. More cold on the way?
Tonight: Clear and cold. Low -5/-20. Wind light. Tuesday: Increasing clouds. Chance of snow showers, late. High 13/20. Wind light. Tuesday Night: Cloudy skies. Snow showers, trace-2". Low -5/10. Wind light. Wednesday: Partly sunny. Skies. Chance of morning snow showers. High 15/22. Wind N 5-10 mph. Thursday: Partly sunny. High 23/30. Low 5/15. Friday: Partly sunny. Chance of snow showers, late. High 30/37. Low 15/22. Saturday: Partly sunny. High 30/37. Low 10/20. Sunday: Partly sunny. High 25/35. Low 10/20. Monday: Partly sunny. Chance of snow showers. High 25/35.
Nearly two dozen horses -- seized from a Northeast Kingdom farm. Authorities say the animals were in horrible conditions. And dead horses were also found on the property. Judy Simpson has been looking into it. Judy, what do you know? We know that this farm has been on authorities'' radar for some time. But the case was put on the fast track after a call came in Friday night.
((Nat sot backing horse out of stall)) Hayden Tanner of Sutton is one of the volunteers who helped remove 21 horses from the Bona Ranch in Lyndonville Saturday night. The rescue was organized by Pat Mitchell of the Elizabeth Brown Humane Society. (( Pat Mitchell/ Elizabeth Brown Humane Sociey 00:12:29:14 Can you feel his ribs? OH yes put your hand on him put your hand right here he is dehidrated 00:12:41:20 he body scores at a 1 you go one to nine,, he is a one. 00:12:45:28)) The ranch had been on the radar of the Caledonia County Sheriff's Department. There were several complaints about a lack of food and water for the horses. The department was working with the owners about those concerns But when a complaint came in Friday night about a dead horse on the grounds , the Sherriffs office got a search warrant for the Bona Ranch. ((Deputy Adam Bergeron/Caledonia County Sherriff's Department 00:00:45:13 On site at about 4:15pm and the owner at that time relinquinshed the 21 horses and we had a vet on site as well as well as 30 0r more volunters and by ten that night we completed that process." 00:01:11:21)) Bergeron says he has personal knowledge of at least three dead horses at the farm and there could be twice that number. The Bona ranch in Lyndonville was owned by Fred Bona and his wife. They were well known for raising quarter horses. BUt Fred passed away about a year ago and his son Bruce Bona took over. And for reasons unknown care for the horses declined. (( Bergeron again 00:02:17:23 the investigation is on going the horses are now in safe places we are going to wait a few more days to relinquish the rights from our custody to the placement of where the horses are now pending different questions still out there to be answered,, )) Bergeron says this is one of several active abuse cases they are working on in the county. He says Bona has not been charged yet, but Criminal charges will most likey be lodged. ((JS SU 00:10:10:01 You might think the numbe rof alleged animal abuse cases would be diescourageing to those who investigate not to deup burgeron. 00:10:17:06)) (( Bergeron again 00:03:51:29 wehn people see this on tv it starts bringin people;s awareness to the forefront adn tis a good thing because people sometinmes wouldnt normally make that call are making those calls and its bringintg things to our attention that may otehrwiose gone overlooked. 00:04:05:14 sos its not discuraging its incourgating that we can look at things we may otherwise not have been able to look at. 00:04:11:23)) Spring Hill Horse Rescue in Clareden was also involved in this rescue. Deb Loring says this is a busy time of year for rescues. ((Deb Loring 00:07:55:05" Our team responds to 50 to 60 compalints per year adn certainly this time of year is the busiesst its the end of the winter obviously peopel have to get in a lot of hay over the course of the winter hay is very expensive so we see people have alot of difficulties managing particulary cases where they have multipul horses." 00:08:23:16 )) In fact these horses were so hungry, they were eating the wooden fencing. (( Pat again 00:14:46:15 They have nothing left to give they have given it all just to stay alive 00:14:52:09))
Horse owners who need help feeding their animals can get temporary help through the Vermont Hay Bank. We have a link to details on how to apply - in the infocenter on our website, wcax-dot-com.
A man cited in an animal cruelty case at Santa's Land is defending himself on Facebook. On Saturday - The Windham County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at Santa's Land in Putney. They found 16 dead deer -- but its unclear how or why they died. Another 17 deer were found alive and well on the property -- where they remain. Santaland owner -- 55-year-old Lillian Billewicz -- and caretaker -- 24-year-old Brian Deistler were cited for cruelty to animals. Deistler posted on Facebook that the animals are well cared for and the deer did not die from neglect. Both he and Billewicz said in a statement to Channel 3 that they are confident the truth will prevail.
His gun powder plant exploded in Colebrook. Now he wants out of prison -- while he appeals his manslaughter conviction. Craig Sanborn of Maidstone was sentenced in November to 10- to 20-years -- for the 2010 explosion that killed two workers at the Black Mag plant. Sanborn's lawyer recently filed a request to allow Sanborn's release while the state Supreme Court considers his appeal.
Fire destroyed a one-hundred thousand dollar truck at a construction company in Colchester. Firefighters were called in after the Whitcomb's truck burst into flames. They blame a space heater -- trying to warm the cab. It caught the insulation on fire.
(IN: 00:04:05 OUT: 00:04:13) ((Chief Mike Chmielewski/Colchester Fire Dept. "We've had the same kind of problem with people trying to unthaw their pipes using something thats not proper to use to do that")) No one was hurt.
New life -- for an old prison in Camp Gabriels. Plans are in the works to turn it into a private group camp and retreat center. The property located in the Franklin County hamlet -- was home to a prison that the state closed in 2009. That's news around the region.
Starting Line Sports ....many of the nation's best young skiers are in Stowe this weekend. It's the U-S cross-country junior nationals...Trapp Family Lodge is the host site for the event and that's where we find our Dylan Scott. ((TRT: 1:54 ... OC: REALLY WELL PREPARED.")) ((Not even the cold breath of Mother Nature could stop the nation's top Nordic skiers at this years USSA Junior Championship at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. For the first time, the event touched down in Vermont, giving several local athletes a chance to race in front of the hometown fans. With the Olympics just wrapping up former junior national standouts Sophie Caldwell & Hannah Dressigacker were the talk of the events with several young fans hoping to one day ski in their tracks. Of course bragging rights were on the line too. 10 regions taking part in this event including New England & Alaska. NE has won 4 of 5 but last year it was won by the last frontier. With just one day in the books, the race is certainly on in Stowe.))
Coming up later...we switch from the trails to the mountain...and the first day of the high school alpine championships...
Millions of parents use sleep machines to get their babies to bed. Many sleep experts even recommend the devices. But -- new research finds the machines could be hurting your baby's ears. Alexis Christoforous reports.
(PKG) WHEN 7 MONTH OLD MADELINE PECK NEEDS TO TAKE A NAP, HER MOTHER, ELIZABETH, TURNS ON AN INFANT SLEEP MACHINE ((NAT OF MACHINE)) ( SOT Elizabeth Peck /Mom) that rhythmic ocean sound definitely helps to lull her to sleep. THE POPULAR MACHINES ARE USED TO BLOCK OUT ENVIRONMENTAL NOISES AND PROVIDE SOUNDS TO SOOTHE CHILDREN TO SLEEP. BUT A NEW STUDY FINDS THESE MACHINES MAY BE HARMFUL TO A BABY'S EARS. ((SOT Dr. Blake Papsin/Hospital for Sick Children) these infant sleep machines are capable of producing sound at a level that could be hazardous ((nat)) RESEARCHERS AT CANADA'S HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN TESTED 14 INFANT SLEEP MACHINES. THEY FOUND THE MACHINES COULD EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED NOISE LIMIT FOR INFANTS IN HOSPITAL NURSERIES, RAISING CONCERNS ABOUT A BABY'S HEARING, SPEECH AND LANGUAGE. ( ( SOT Dr. Blake Papsin/Hospital for Sick Children ) The ear itself might be more susceptible to sound damage than an adult's ear. THE SPECIFIC DEVICES TESTED WERE NOT NAMED IN THE STUDY. RESEARCHERS RECOMMEND IF PARENTS USE THE MACHINES, KEEP THE VOLUME LOW, PLACE THEM AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE AND USE FOR THE SHORTEST AMOUNT OF TIME POSSIBLE. ELIZABETH IS RETHINKING HER DAUGHTER'S SLEEP MACHINE. ( SOT Elizabeth Peck /Mom) its definitely worrisome and I think I'm just gonna have her fall asleep without it now. THE AUTHOR'S OF THE STUDY ARE RECOMMENDING MANUFACTURERS BE REQUIRED TO PUT WARNINGS ON SLEEP MACHINES, LIMIT THE VOLUME AND INCLUDE A MANDATORY TIMER. AC, CBS NEWS NEW YORK.
Experts also suggest turning down the TV and putting in a carpet to reduce ambient noise in your child's room. The full study is in the journal pediatrics. That's Health Watch.
After giving birth most women never see their placenta. It's usually discarded. But as Gina Bullard reports -- one woman is turning placenta -- into pills that are made in Vermont -- but we should warn you that the video is graffic.
At first glance it's hard to tell if Tara Carpenter is a chef -- or a medical examiner. ((nat)) But she's a certified placenta encapsulation specialist. Carpenter turns a woman's placenta into pills -- post birth. (26:53:22) ((Tara Carpenter/Happy Bellies "i have more of a nutritional background which brought me to this work")) The placenta provides nutrients to an unborn baby and eliminates waste in the womb. Carpenter believes that new moms can recover from births faster by eating their own placenta pills. (20:51:06) ((Tara Carpenter/Happy Bellies "the woman's body is the most receptive in the first weeks of birth. the hormones take 2-3 weeks to start producing hormones again after birth")) Carpenter says ingesting your own placenta pills replenishes vitamins, like B6 and B12, and hormones after giving birth -- and increases milk production. Physicians say they're not aware of any evidence it's effective -- but add that postpartum women can be anemic and the placenta is rich in iron. Doctors also note it can contain bacteria and viruses. ((nats: )) Carpenter starts the encapsulation process right after women give birth -- and right in the new mom's kitchen. (27:08:03) ((Tara Carpenter/Happy Bellies "there's a lot of science behind it all")) After massaging the blood out -- Carpenter steams the placenta with traditional chinese herbs to take away the smell. Then cuts it up, dehydrates and grinds it -- before putting it into capsules. (29:17:20) ((Tara Carpenter/Happy Bellies "gb-why dont more people do this if there are so many benefits? T- ohh i think many women don't even know yah")) With the 250-dollar encapsulation fee you receive as many pills as your placenta makes -- which Carpenter says averages around a few hundred. They can be frozen. And used years later -- during stressful times or menopause. She also offers placenta art prints for 25-dollars. (43:51:18) ((Tara Carpenter/Happy Bellies "i know the hardship of being a new mother and i see how much help this gives to women, i can't say no, my life is shaped by this work")) She was trained by the company Placenta Benefits. She has to follow OSHA food guidelines and is trained to handle blood-borne pathogens and medical waste. Encapsulation may not be for the squeamish. But Carpenter says once the pills are made, you'd never know the process. (28:07;11) ((Tara Carpenter/Happy Bellies "many mothers don't know what they're taking they just feel great")) Carpenter is busy -- making placenta pills for around 12 new moms a month. She says her clients are diverse -- and not just new age hippies like some people might think. (35:44:25) ((I feel like I was made to do this work, I feel ungrounded if I don't have a placenta in my hands at least once a week)) Not your usual job. But one she believes in. Hoping her made in Vermont pills -- help new moms. Gina Bullard Channel 3 News Stowe.
Carptenter also travels to New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts to encapsulate. You can find more information at our info center.
We have reached the final week of the high school winter sports season. Tonight, the boys basketball semifinals get underway at the Barre Aud...with semifinal action in Division Two and Four, and the last of the hockey state semifinals is just wrapping up at UVM... the CVU boys facing Colchester. We'll have highlights from all three games at eleven.
opening day of the high school alpine championships at the Middlebury snow bowl ...new format this year, both the boys and girls competing in the GS today...with the slalom races Wednesday at Burke... --- South Burlington's Annika Nielson with the fastest girls run of the day, 51 point 47 seconds. That was on her first run. Run number two was off that pace so Nielson ends up in third overall. --- Jessie McNeill from Rutland was in second place after the first run. And after run number 2, she stays in second place. A total time of 1 minute, 45 point 34 seconds. --- Mt. Mansfield's Ali Chivers entered the second run in third place, but she comes through with the fastest second run time of the day, 52 point 71 seconds to claim a second straight G.S. state championship.
(((GO FOR IT... :14)))
On the boys side, Woodstock's Ian Clarke was second after the first run, be faltered on his second run allowing Mt. Mansfield's Kyle Polson to slide into the top three. Polson ends up third. --- Burr and Burton's Ben Alexopolous was under 50 seconds on his first run and comes through with the second-fastest second-run time to take second overall. --- But the event belonged to Rutland's Andy Kenosh. His first run time of 48 point 16 seconds was the fastest overall time of the day. Combine that with the fastest second run time of the day and that means a second straight Giant Slalom state title.
(((was pretty good... :16)))
Here are the top 5 girls teams heading into Wednesdays Slalom. Mt. Mansfield in the lead, followed by Burr and Burton, Woodstock, Rutland and South Burlington is 5th. --- Here are your boys Standings after today. Burr and Burton leading the way, a 15 point lead over second place Woodstock. Mount Mansfield, South Burlington and Lyndon round out the top 5.
Three of our local teams have earned bids to the NCAA Division Three basketball tournaments. The Plattsburgh men's and women's teams and the Castleton women's teams are all heading to the NCAA tournament. The Spartan and Cardinal women won their conference touranments over the weekend. Both teams have been placed in the same regional bracket and will open the NCAA tournament on the road in Maine on Friday. Castleton facing Bowdoin, while the Cards visit Roger Williams. If both teams win, they would face each other in the second round on Saturday. ---- The Plattsburgh men's team earned an at-large bid...and will host a regional bracket. Plattsburgh will take on MIT in the first round Friday night. The Cards advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.
With the regular season title locked up and the top seed in the America East tournament secured, the UVM men's basketball team suffered a bit of a letdown yesterday. Closing out the regular season on the road, the Cats managed to hold off an upset bid from Binghamton, beating the Bearcats 92-86 in overtime to finish the regular season 21-9 overall... 15-1 in conference play. Vermont will open the conference tournament on Saturday at noon in Albany when they face eighth seeded New Hampshire in the quarterfinals.
The UVM women's basketball team finished sixth in conference and will face third seed New Hampshire in the America East quarterfinals Friday at 2pm at SEFCU Arena. That game can also be seen on ESPN3. The Cats lost both games to UNH during the regular season.
The UVM women's hockey team made history just by taking the ice Saturday...as the Cats hosted their first playoff game ever as a Division One program...but what happened after made it truly epic. The Cats beating Maine 3-2 in triple overtime. Brittany Zuback netting the game winner with just under three minutes left in that third OT. It was the longest game in Vermont hockey history. With the victory, Vermont advances to the Hockey East semifinals for the first time. Their reward, a matchup against top seed and fourth ranked Boston College Saturday at 1:30pm in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
The Vermont men closed out the regular season with a 3-2 win over UMass-Lowell on Senior Night Saturday. They will host Massachusetts Friday night at 7pm in a Hockey East first round matchup. The victory also helped the Cats chances of reaching the NCAA tournament. With that win, Vermont sits tied for 13th in the PairWise standings that are primarily used to determine who gets at large bids to the 16 team tournament after the conference champions earn the automatic bids.
The Norwich men's and women's hockey teams will host the ECAC East championships Saturday at Kreitzberg. The women will take on Castleton at 3pm. The Spartans are in the title game for the first time. The men lock horns with Babson once again Saturday night at 7pm. The Beavers beat Norwich in the championship game last season in Northfield.
The Plattsburgh women will host the SUNYAC Semifinals on Saturday. The Cards face Utica at 3:30pm and with a win would play for the conference title Sunday at Stafford. And the Castleton men's hoop team is seeded third in the ECAC Tournament... they'll host Endicott in the quarterfinals Wednesday night at 7:30pm.
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