Mon 14-APR-2014 6 P.M. News Script

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With the toasty temperatures today, many folks may be tempted to get out to the garden and start digging. A new report shows that food gardening in the U.S is at the highest levels in more than a decade -- up some 17 percent. That particularly holds true for millennials (ages 18-34) We're joined by Michael Metallo, president of the National Gardening Association -- to talk about their study and other gardening trends. Welcome. ((What explains the growth in interest -- the economy?)) ((The Statistic that yonger people are getting more involved is interesting -- what might expalin that? ((You were in Washington D.C. visting the white House)) ((For NGA -- Education and community gardening seems to be a key goal)) ((Are you a big gardener and what first got you interested?)) ((History of organization and why it is located in Vermont))

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Tomorrow on the Thirty -- The Samurai Sword Workout... How this ancient martial art has become a new fitness trend . Stephanie Shohet teaches at the North End Studio -- and will put us through our paces. That's tomorrow at 5:30 -- right here on the :30 ... (**sharon**) Now it's time for the 6-oclock news with Darren and Jennifer. Good evening.

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Good evening. I'm Darren Perron. And I'm Jennifer Reading -- in for Kristin Kelly. This recent surge of warmer temperatures has been a long time coming after a cold and snowy winter. But high temps -- and high water -- with rain and snow on the way -- is a recipe for flooding. Shelby Cashman is live -- along the Winooski River tonight. Shelby, how are things looking? Hi Darren and Jennifer--Well today was a day we've been hoping for--beautiful weather and temperature--but as you can see and hear behind me, the Winooski River is telling a different story. The water is raging and roaring-as all the snow we've been waiting for to melt--is causing water levels to raise to dangerous levels-which could mean some serious flooding.

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The weather was a welcome surprise--after one of the longest and coldest winters the region has seen in recent history. And Many people took to the great outdoors. ((Lashon McGee/Local 10:35:44 "Spring is here, I'm excited, kids get to come out of the house and walk the dog. it's beautiful." 10:35:52)) ((Jason Antkowiak/Vermonter 10:44 "its been an icy, cold winter so we've been inside doing a lot of indoor stuff so its great to just get out." 10:38:49)) But--in true Vermont fashion--the nicer weather may not be here to stay. From snow--to mud--now to floods. 00:34:53 00:35:06 ((Robert Gowans/Montpelier Fire Chief "The National Weather Service is projecting that the Winooski river to crest in Montpelier at around 14 and a half feet. 15 feet on lower state street by the cemetery is flood stage.")) The city of Montpelier--which has struggled with flood damage in the past-has already issued a warning to residents and business owners-to take the proper precautions for basement flooding. 00:35:19 00:35:36 ((Robert Gowans"The concern is that when the winooski river rises to those levels, the north branch river as you see behind me isnt able to dump out into the winooski, it back up and that causes a lot of flooding on elm street, langdon street and storefront on main street.")) Experts say the peak time for flooding will be late Tuesday into Wednesday-as another round of snow and rain is expected to make landfall starting late Monday. This extra water combined with the already melting snow--could put rivers and Lake Champlain over the edge.

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Since waters have not yet risen to flood level--its best to use this time to get prepared--especially if your home or business is prone to basement flooding. Make sure to turn off all basement electrical power, and be cautious when driving because you may not be able to see the hidden dangers underneath large puddles. We'll continue to monitor the situation -- and bring you the latest information as we get it. Darren Jennifer?

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A stick up at a bank in Franklin County this morning. A man -- walked into the TD Bank -- and told a teller -- "this is a robbery -- give me your money." He then jumped the counter -- and got two tellers to open their drawers. The suspect wore a hooded sweatshirt backward -- with eye holes cut out. He took off on foot. Police used a K-9 and a witness -- to track him to this home. But he wasn't inside.

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((16:52-17:07 Chief Leonard Stell/Swanton Police Dept.: "There was a witness that put him running by the house. That was determined not to be the case. Other witnesses put him running continuously by the house. So therefore, he still managed to elude on foot into a parking lot.")) Police say the suspect is between five-foot-two and five-foot-six -- with a slight build. He has short brown hair -- and may be balding. He's still on the lam tonight.

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Police say a man was killed over the weekend -- trying to do a good deed. It happened on Bakersfield Road in Fletcher. Investigators say Saturday morning 72-year-old Carl Eells of Essex Center was cutting down trees along a driveway -- when two trees became entangled. One hit him in the neck. Eells was wearing protective gear -- but died at the scene. Police say Eells had volunteered to chop the trees -- into firewood for a farm family who had recently suffered hardship.

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We now know what caused a deadly house fire in Fairfax Friday. Police say 80-year-old -- Joseph Benoit -- was killed using a flammable liquid to light his woodstove. Investigators say when Benoit sprayed the liquid into the stove, his clothes caught fire -- and the flames quickly spread. His wife -- Phyllis -- tried to help but was driven back by the heat and smoke. Passersby rescued her from the home -- but could not save her husband. Joseph Benoit was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Road rage -- led to gun fire. A Vermont man is charged after an incident in Buffalo. A driver from Ontario told police a truck cut him off -- so he threw a can of soda at the truck. He then heard two gunshots fired his way. Police pulled over the pickup and found the passenger with a loaded gun. 36-year-old James Henderson of Hancock, Vermont -- was arrested on multiple charges.

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Trial is about to begin for a former prison guard accused of lewd and lascivious conduct with a female inmate. 44-year-old Richard Gallow is accused of exposing and touching himself in front of the woman's cell -- at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington. The unidentified victim told investigators it happened multiple times in the fall of 2010.

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What does it take to pull off an authentic primetime crime drama? Two Vermont police officers give us the inside scoop.

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The FBI is scouring the woods for a serial killer -- known as the Huntsman. ((NATS -- 00:03:21 "get the K-9 unit moving" BARKING)) Luckily the search isn't real -- but a scene from the psychological thriller The Following. And theses guys ... ((NATS 00:05:40 Kevin Bacon: "what is it?" Chief George Merkel: This way. He has a scent now.")) ...Are only DRESSED like New Jersey State Troopers. But they're real police officers -- in Vermont -- invited to be extras on the show. ((Chief George Merkel/Vergennes Police Chief 00:08:34 "these dogs are like our second skin. They probably spend more time with us than our families do.")) This fall -- Chief George Merkel of the Vergennes Police Department and his canine -- Aikido -- joined Sgt. Eugene Duplissis of Vermont State Police -- and partner -- Argus -- on the set. ((Chief George Merkel/Vergennes Police Chief 00:10:30 "We felt a little bit like rockstars because we were so popular and our dogs were so approachable and well mannered. They did a great job and it made you feel kind of good. It made you proud.")) There are currently 39 working police dogs in Vermont. The canines undergo a rigorous 6 month training program at the police academy in Pittsford. The episode showcased that training. ((Sgt. Eugene Duplissis/Vermont State Police 00:09:48 "The dogs in Vermont are trained to a very high standard. We have an outstanding program and it's good that we can go down to New York City and film a show that's broadcasted throughout the world and show how good Vermont's dogs are.")) Aikido and Argus are Belgian Malynois. Their handlers say the breed make solid police dogs because they're boxier than German Shepherds -- giving them better weight distribution. But did they know they were acting? ((Sgt. Eugene Duplissis/Vermont State Police 00:05:43 "that's a good question." 5:59 "it was more of a training aspect for them. They have a lot of energy.")) On the job -- the teams only have one chance to get it right -- so how did they perform on the set? ((Sgt. Eugene Duplissis/Vermont State Police 00:11:25 "those are Hollywood trade secrets. We can't tell you any of that information. Sorry. You'd have to talk to the film actors guild.")) Joking aside -- the officers say each scene is shot four times, from four different angles -- and the hours can be grueling. But -- they say the attention to detail -- in crime shows -- is improving. ((Sgt. Eugene Duplissis/Vermont State Police 00:15:27 "they take a lot of pride in trying to be authentic.")) ((Chief George Merkel/Vergennes Police Chief 00:15:07 "I enjoy them. You know they're Hollywood and there's a Hollywood spin on things.")) And when the crime fighting duos aren't on the small screen -- they have an important job to do at home. ((Sgt. Eugene Duplissis/Vermont State Police 00:08:00 "We do narcotics and what we call patrol work which is tracking, evidence recovery, buildings searches. We assist with high risk traffic stops or search warrants.")) A job -- that can be dangerous. Sgt. Duplissis is still recovering -- after being hit in the head -- with gunshot pellets -- when responding to a scene -- last week -- in Leicester. The suspect is now charged with multiple counts of attempted murder.

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A spokesperson for the Vermont State Police says Sgt. Duplissis is still healing. No word yet -- on when he will return to work.

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It's against the law to commit adultery in New Hampshire. But that's likely to change soon. Lawmakers may repeal a centuries-old law that makes it a crime in the state. The Judicial Branch says the the law hasn't been enforced in more than a decade. The measure overwhelmingly passed the House, and now awaits a vote in the Senate later this week.

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Fears that a bridge would fall -- forced its closure -- on Interstate 91. The highway was closed between exits one and three -- with traffic diverted onto Route 5 -- right thru downtown Brattleboro this weekend. Contractors are in the process of demolishing the northbound bridge over Route 30 -- with both directions of traffic sharing the southbound bridge. During the demolition, the northbound bridge shifted -- and with concerns it could fall into the other bridge, authorities decided to close the highway. State transportation officials say the bridge has been stabilized -- and traffic was routed back onto I-91 as of last night.

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Vermont's auditor -- plans to review the state's troubled online health insurance marketplace. Vermont Health Connect -- has been criticized for being slow and hard to fix user mistakes. Now auditor -- Doug Hoffer -- says he will examine security protocols of the computer systems -- used to sign people up for coverage. The website has cost more than 180 million dollars -- mostly funded through federal grants. A separate, independent review identified a host of technical problems -- including an aggressive timetable by the feds, a decision to switch contractors -- and mistakes made by the selected contractor. Hoffer hopes to work with the federal government on his review.

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High tech and research jobs -- are getting a boost -- thanks to a pair of proposals unveiled by Governor Shumlin. The 5 million dollar plan would come from a 20-14 fiscal year surplus. The majority of the money would go toward an incentive fund -- to keep and grow jobs -- by allowing the governor to offer incentives to businesses to attract or retain companies in Vermont. The rest of the money would be used to help Vermont entrepreneurs with loans -- to jump start their business.

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00:01:56 00:02:13 ((Gov. Shumlin "A new initiative, a new set of incentives that we believe will help us grow existing jobs in Vermont, help us retain and expand existing companies and help new companies get the capital they need to thrive.")) The Governor says he hopes these new tools will help bring young people to Vermont -- and are aimed at high skilled and high paying jobs.

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It's grown from a very small contest. Joe's Pond -- Ice Out Contest -- began in 1988, when just a few hundred tickets were sold. Nick Borelli has more.

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At first glance, it looks like your typical pond...But closer inspection reveals something unique sitting on its ice-- ((Jane Brown 20:00-20:05 That is a wooden palette with a cement block, all wound together, and a flag...that's it.)) It's an important device for the Joe's pond ice out contest. ((Jane Brown Ice Out committee 23:33-37 It was started as a way to get rid of the winter blahs I guess and just something to do.)) Participants buy a ticket for a buck and try to guess when the ice will give way-- A time determined by the palette's movement. ((Jane Brown 20:32-46 When the rope tightens up, if the palette moves down the lake or up the lake, or sinks, it'll tighten the rope, disconnect that little gadget, I don't know what they call it, and it stops the clock)) The contest has grown significantly through the years. Back in 1988 only a few hundred tickets were sold. But now... ((Nick Borelli 3:54-4:07 Every year thousands of people walk through these doors at Hastings store for the Joe's Pond Ice Out contest. They're buying tickets. This year there were about 12,000 sold and now we're just waiting for a date and time.)) The winner of this year's contest is projected to take home more than 5000 dollars and the community is set to benefit as well. ((Jane Brown 24:19-27 After expenses we split 50/50. Most of that goes to the big, free fireworks display on the forth July.)) While a lot of participants buy their tickets at area vendors, others go a more modern route. ((Jane Brown 22:35-41 This year we made it possible to buy 10 tickets minimum online and that went very well)) Some folks choose their times and dates at random. Others have a more precise approach. ((Jane Larrabee 11:56-59 I always pick May 2nd at 12:51 cause that's when my son was born)) Jane Larrabee, whose family has owned Hastings store for 100 years, has lots of memories related to ice out contest-- Including a long distance phone call from across the Atlantic. ((Jane Larrabee Hastings Store 10:49-58 So I told him and he was interested, and I said by the way where are you from? He said South Africa. And he had called just to check up on the Joe's Pond Ice Out.)) Larrabee says it's proof of the pond's wide-reaching appeal. ((Jane Brown 23:38-42 The ice out has turned into something that's really a lot of fun)) Fun that will continue for years to come. Nick Borelli. Channel 3 News. Cabot.

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Ticket sales are over for this year's ice out. But this summer -- you'll be able to purchase tickets for next year's contest.

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Tonight: Cloudy skies. Showers developing after midnight. Lows: 50/58 Winds; S 15-20 mph Tuesday: Periods of rain, sometimes heavy. Chance of thunderstorms. Highs: 58/65 and falling quickly afternoon Winds: S 10-20 bec NW Tuesday Night: Rain changing to snow. Tr-3" of accumulation, 3-6" mountains. Lows: 18/25 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Wednesday: Morning clouds, becoming mostly sunny. Colder! Highs: 33/40 Winds: NW 10-20 mph Extended: Thursday through Monday. Wednesday Night: Lows 18/25 Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs 45/52 Lows 25/32 Friday: Partly sunny. Highs 53/60 Lows 30/37 Saturday: Chance of showers. Highs 50s Lows 30s Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Highs 50s lows 30s Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 50s

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Fewer hay fields -- are hurting bees in Vermont. Since the 1980s, Vermont has lost more than 100-thousand acres of hay fields -- that used to be full of alfalfa and clover. Scientists say that means Vermont bees aren't finding as many flowering plants. And the hay that's left -- is often cut before it can bloom, making it more nutritious for cows -- but bad for bees.

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Attention anglers -- Walleye season is almost here. Vermont Fish and Wildlife says the season starts -- the first Saturday in May -- on most of Vermont's rivers and lakes. But the Chittenden Reservoir opens June 1st and the Connecticut River is regulated by New Hampshire. For specific catch requirements visit the info center on our website -- wcax-dot-com.

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And with turkey hunting season just around the corner -- fish and wildlife officials are reminding folks how to stay safe in the woods. Wear bright colors. It makes it easier for other hunters to see you. Avoid stalking a gobbling turkey because you're unlikely to get close, and might accidentally sneak up on another hunter. When out in the woods, hunters should also use hen calls instead of a gobbler -- and once you bag a turkey, be sure to properly transport it in an orange bag so other hunters don't get confused.

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A daycare worker in Hartford -- has been arrested on child cruelty charges. Police say 31-year-old Stormey Wilson -- became frustrated with a 4-month-old baby -- at the Potter's House daycare -- and allegedly swung the infant upside down by the ankles. Investigators believe it was an isolated incident. Wilson was fired -- after a DCF investigation. The New Hampshire woman worked for the daycare for the last year-and-a-half. She's due in court next month.

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Fire destroyed a home in Hanover. A brother and sister -- living there -- were about to be evicted. But the fire chief says this was NOT suspicious. And was caused by an electrical problem. The brother and sister got out okay.

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A long legal-battle over the Lowell wind project is over. Don and Shirley Nelson own nearly 600 acres in the shadow of Lowell Mountain. They opposed Green Mountain Power's project -- and their property became a hot-spot for protesters. The Nelsons also complained about noise -- once the turbines started working. Four years ago, GMP offered to buy the Nelson farm. The couple said NO then -- but now they have agree to sell their land for 1-point-3 million dollars -- about the same price GMP originally offered. It also settles a lawsuit over a boundary dispute. And under the deal, GMP says the Nelsons get to keep 35 acres of land. And can live on the property for up to two years. That's News Around the Region.

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In Starting line Sports, the Yankees and Red Sox both have tonight off. The Bombers taking 3 of 4 from Boston over the weekend ina couple of controversial games. Controversial if you're a Sox fan that is. Pick it up in the bottom of the 4th inning last night, runners at the corners, 1 out, Francisco Cervelli grounds one to third. Kelly Johnson is out at second, and the umps say that Cervelli is out at first, a double play and the inning is over. --- However, the Yankees challenged the call at first, the umpires go to the relpay and overturn the call. Cervelli's safe and a run scores. Farrell argues the reveresed decision which means an automatic ejection. --- Now farrell was probably still upset after what happened on Saturday. When Yankees second baseman Dean Anna's foot was clearly off the base sliding into second, but the umps ruled him safe. They went to the video replay and the call was upheld. ---- The run that scored in that overturned call last night, proved to be the game winner in a 3-2 final. Farrell said after last night's game that it's hard to have faith in the replay system.

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Good news for Sox fans. Second baseman dustin Pedroia has inflammation in his left wrist, nothing broken. Pedroia missed last night's game. Closer Koji Uehara had some shoulder stiffness this weekend, but should be back for the team's next series in Chicago. In a few minutes, We talk about the NHL playoffs and catch up with an NBA coach that learned the game in the Northeast Kingdom.

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Getting screened for a flight -- far from the airport. The service is called TSA Pre-Check -- and certain flyers who use Burlington International Airport can register. More on how it works and who qualifies -- tonight at 11.

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Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in Vermont. Now the state Health Department has a new tool to help you calculate your risk for the deadly disease. It's a web site that allows residents to explore connections between radon, smoking and lung cancer in their communities. Smoking and radon exposure are the two biggest risk factors for lung cancer. Officials say one in 8 Vermont homes has elevated levels of radon -- a naturally occuring radioactive gas that seeps into houses from soil and bedrock. Vermonters who smoke and live in homes with radon -- are at an extra high risk for developing lung cancer. About 380 Vermonters die each year from lung cancer. We also have a link to the website -- on our InfoCenter -- at wcax.com.

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An unintended consequence of medical marijuana. In Arizona -- animal clinics are seeing a spike in pets poisoned by pot. Shawn Kline reports from Scottsdale.

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says, "usually they'll become sedate, they'll act stuperous ...." ((VO)) ACCORDING TO THIS VET--- MAN'S BEST FRIEND IS GETTING INTO HIS OWNER'S STASH OF WEED... AND POOCH ENDS UP HERE IN THE ANIMAL HOSPITAL. says, "they do like the baked goods better than just a baggie or other medical preparations- we have seen them with the lollipops." EMERGENCY ANIMAL CLINICS LIKE THIS ONE REPORT VETS ARE SEEING UPWARDS OF 24 CASES OF ANIMALS EATING MARIJUANA... EVERY MONTH. DOCTOR BILLY GRISWOLD SAYS IT'S USUALLY NOT TOXIC BUT SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA GETS HIM WORRIED FOR YOUR PET'S HEALTH. says, "we have seen a couple fatalities with those and certainly more serious side effects and longer treatments." VETS SAY THE NUMBER OF CASES BEGAN TO RISE A COUPLE YEARS AGO WHEN ARIZONA'S MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES OPENED IN 2012. says, "at least a two-fold increase from what we've seen in past years." GRISWOLD SAYS IT'S ANOTHER HOUSEHOLD ITEM YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF BEFORE SPARKY GETS A HOLD OF THE WRONG STUFF...

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Medical marijuana became legal in Vermont in 2004. The first dispensaries here opened last year. That's HealthWatch.

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Warmer weather may have you ready to ditch your dryer and dry your clothes the old fashioned way. And tonight -- Gina checks out some Made in Vermont drying racks.

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((nat)) Simbo Camara stays connected with his African roots through traditional music and dance. ((nat)) He shares his heritage by making music with his mother in law -- Debbie Ramsdell. ((nat)) He has his part -- and she has hers. ((nat)) Just like in their business -- Vermont Drying Racks. The duo builds solid wooden clothes drying racks. (28:59:00) ((Debbie Ramsdell/VT Drying Racks "its a good way for us to connect")) Debbie runs the business side and Simbo builds the racks in his Bristol basement. (6:36:26) ((Simbo Camara/VT Drying Racks "i like talk myself when i'm working by myself")) The idea popped up when Simbo and his wife Lynn -- who met in Africa -- moved to Vermont and didn't want to install a clothes dryer. Mom Debbie was on a mission to find an eco-friendly drying rack like she had used for decades. (26:19:24) ((Debbie Ramsdell/VT Drying Racks "i just believe in drying your clothes this way i've been doing it for 30 years")) But finding a big enough rack proved to be a challenge. (25:00:26) ((Debbie Ramsdell/VT Drying Racks "they had this wood out in the backyard so i said simbo -why don't you try to make one?")) A perfect fit for Simbo because of his background. (4:20:00) ((Simbo Camara/VT Drying Racks "i was a carpenter before in africa")) (26:54:05) ((Debbie Ramsdell/VT Drying Racks "i just thought other people were in the same situation")) The pine end pieces and birch dowels get milled in East Middlebury. The large racks cost 150-dollars and the medium-sized ones are 125. (25:25:12) ((Debbie Ramsdell/VT Drying Racks "its fun you take them out hang them up, when you use the dryer you have to take them out and fold them right away with this you leave them on the rack until you want to wear them again ha")) (7:37:18) ((Simbo Camara/VT Drying Racks "gb what do you like better playing your drums and dancing or building drying racks? S-i like them both its my life")) A perfect pairing for a family business that's Made in Vermont ... Gina Bullard Channel 3 News Bristol. ((wait for music to end))

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You can find Vermont Drying Racks at fairs around the state and online. We'll have a link on our info center.

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In West Rutland - they're carving out history. Elizabeth Keatinge tells us about modern works of art made -- from materials that have been in town -- for hundreds of years.

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In West Rutland - in a modern gallery - in a historical part of town - a Vermont artist is carving out a contemporary twist in a traditional Green Mountain State art form. ((Kevin Donegan/Artist 18:51:23 Life and energy and time is kind of captured in the stone and I think the job of the sculptor is to give voice to it.19:00:26)) Kevin Donegan's show "Lock is Key" is exhibited at the Carving Studio Gallery on Marble Street in the historical Marble District of West Rutland. The gallery is part of the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center - opened in 1987, and set among marble quarries to the back and celebrating the art of stone carving everywhere you look. ((Elizabeth Keatinge/West Rutland 33:58 The center has a sculpture garden, opened in 1991 and containing over 50 stone carvings.34:03)) The tradition of working with stone here goes back hundreds of years. In the early 19th century, marble deposits were discovered in West Rutland - and after the arrival of the railroad, became one of the top producers of marble in the world. The Vermont Marble Company operated at this very site. ((B. Amore/founder 23:45:30:17 There's something about working with a material that's as ancient as stone. I mean, it's like the bones of the earth, and there's nothing more profound than that. You are really touching the essence of the world that we live in.23:45:41:03)) Nats In present day, West Rutland High school students are taking those old stones and making new masterpieces. ((Alex Burke/carving student 23:32:54:21 When I get to come here, on Fridays, you know, it's really relaxing from the classroom, it's a better transition. 23:33:01:15)) Students get more out of their class, than just learning how to make a beautiful piece of artwork. ((Jonathan Lafarge/studio manager 04:26:21 They are learning manual control, physical techniques, they get comfortable with tools, so it's not just like a digital age, it's a very manual process.04:36:15)) For an art form that some say is fading, stone carving enthusiasts disagree and think this tradition - is set in stone. ((B. Amore/FOUNDER 23:48:50:28 All of the public art that is made of stone is not going anywhere, it's not rusting away, the paint is not peeling - the stone is there.23:49:00:13)) ((Kevin Donegan/Artist 21:14:16 The marble industry in Vermont is a couple hundred years old, but stone carving has been around since you know, caveman times, and I think it has been a part of our history and it will continue to be. 21:24:21)) Keeping West Rutland's history alive - by making contemporary masterpieces out of age-old materials. EK CH3 West Rutland.

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Donegan's exhibit runs through May 4th.

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The NHL playoffs are here. The Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning play game one of their first round series wednesday night. Bruins fans will have to wait a little longer. The B's and Red Wings meet Friday in game one of their first round series. For a team that finished with the most points in all of the NHL, this couldn't be a tougher first round match-up for the B's. The Red Wings are one of two teams that beat Boston in the season series, Montreal being the other one. Not only did the wings taking 3 of 4 from the Bruins, but Boston hasn't won a game at Joe Louis Arena since 2007. Suffice to say, the Bruins organization has nothing but respect for a detroit organization making the playoffs for a 23rd straight season.

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(((SOME YOUTH... :15)))

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The Canadiens don't have it any better. They take on a lightning team that beat them 3 times in the regular season. the lightning have several offensive weapons that will test goalie Carey Price. The Habs success in this series could fall squarely on his shoulders. Over course tampa pulled off the biggest trade of the season dealing former catamount marty st. Louis to the Rangers for Ryan Callahan. Callahan has 11 points in 20 games this season for the Lightning, but he ended the regular season with only two points in his final eight games.

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While The Canadiens and Bruins are both on a quest for a championship, the Plattsburgh women's hockey team completed that mission last month. The Celebration didn't just stop after the trophy presentation on the ice that night. Sunday, Stafford Ice Arena hosted a big party for the champs with members of the Plattsburgh State Campus and Community. There were speeches, auctions, giveaways, autographs and a video look back at what was a tremendous run to the title. The Cardinals finished the season 28-1-1, capturing third national championship and first since 2008.

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(((TRT:29 OC: ALL SEASON LONG)))

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The ACT season officially kicked off yesterday with the New Hampshire Governor's Cup race at Lee Speedway. Eddie MacDonald takes the first checkered flag of the season, Joey Pole is second with Wayne Helliwell Jr. Finishing third.

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Let's head to south burlington high, the rebels boys lacrosse team hosting Spaulding. --- South Burlington gets the first 2 scores in the first period, but the tide come back Josh Gosslin to Chandler Day for the quick shot. It's 2-1 Rebles. --- South Burlington answers with 2 goals 11 seconds apart. Zach Piper with the running shot. Just like that South Burlington has a 4-1 lead. --- A little later in the first, Jackson Hall sends this one in on a bounce. South Burlington in complete control, 21-4 the final.

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It's been a long road to the NBA for Charlotte Bobcats first year head coach Steve Clifford. It's a road that occasionally sends the North Country Union alum back to his new england roots. That was the case over the weekend. Dylan Scott has more in tonight's spotlight on sports. (((trt: 2:39 oc: spotlight on sports))) (((island falls, maine born, derbyline, vermont raised, charlotte bobcats steve clifford is as new england as new england gets. A badge he wears proudly for all those who helped him along the way to the n-b-a))) (((steve clifford/"basketball is basketball everywhere. the more people and experiences i had, the more confident i became in the fact that i had the right background."))) (((luckily for clifford, he didn't have to venture too far to learn the basics. For the first 18 years of his basketball career, his father, gerald, was right by his side, teaching him the nuances in the game, before coaching he and his brother in what were 1,000-point career at north country union high school.))) ((("basketball is what we did and talked about. my dad was a tremendously hard worker with the summer camps and clinics."))) (((dan clifford/"i remember the old 8mm film that my brother and i would watch with my dad. he would point things out to steve and that is where his love really began. ((("we didn't win any tournament games, and then i had to drive home with him. that's what i really remember."))) (((those who know steve best, know its been a long road for the now 52-year old. One that led him to schools like st anselm, adelphi, boston university and siena, before pro stints with the knicks, rockets, magic and lakers.))) ((("he's a people person, he's passionate and he's worked hard to get here. he deserves it."))) (((Dylan Scott/"the stats don't lie. Clifford is a proven winner at every level between college and the pros, so it wasn't difficult for the struggling bobcats to embrace his basketball foundation."))) (((anthony tolliver/"he's seen and done it all. we respect him and in this league that's half the battle. we've been behind him from the beginning and we've won some games too."))) (((later this month, the bobcats will return to the postseason for only the second time in the franchise's 10 year history. In a coach of the year-type first season, clifford deserves a huge part of that turnaround. And while recognition is nice, in reality, he's just doing what he meant to do all along. I'll bet on a slighter bigger stage.))) ((("i'm blessed. i'm happy, it keeps me young, i feel very fortunate to be here."))) (((in boston, dylan scott channel 3, spotlight on sports)))

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A quick correction to our stock report. It showed a loss for the Dow - but in fact the Dow Jones Industrials rose 146-points to 16-thousand-one-hundre d-seventy-three.

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We say farewell tonight to a member of the Channel 3 family ... Buddy Singh - who is also an avid UVM basketball fan. This image is from the "One Shining Moment" clip in 2005 - the year UVM beat Syracuse in the first round. Buddy has worked part-time in our Production Department for 18-years -- helping to run cameras, audio and teleprompter during our live broadcasts. But now he's going to focus exclusively on his day job as a mortgage broker -- and spend more time with his lovely wife, Lauren. We'll miss you, Buddy! ((everyone - so long, farewell, good luck, etc.))

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Tonight at 11 - polar plunge dangers. Officials urge kids to stay clear of the cold water... And next on the CBS Evening News -- what it means to be Boston strong nearly one year after the bombing...


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