Mon 20-OCT-2014 6 P.M. News Script


Dan Feliciano is the Libertarian candidate for Vermont Governor. He joins us now. ((why are you running for governor?)) ((do you really think you have a shot?)) ((you don't agree with single payer - what would you do to lower the cost of health care?)) ((how would you reduce the cost of education?)) ((you argue for a smaller government. Give me one example that you haven't mentioned so far of how you will shrink government.)) ((you're going after the same conservative base as Scott Milne -- why should people vote for you and not him?))


It's Wildlife Watch Tomorrow on the Thirty. We talk with Jim Roy -- an expert black bear hunter from Vermont. He is passionate about teaching others how to hunt bear. He shows us some bear habitat, shares his trophies -- we even get to see Go Pro video of him during this year's hunt. That's tomorrow at 5-30 at on The Thirty.


((George Tyler/Village of Essex Junction Board President 00:29:30 "it is a seismic shift for the community. We have been an IBM community for a half a century." 00:29:36)) Good Evening I'm Kristin Kelly. and I'm Darren Perron. A historic day for Vermont. Big Blue -- makes a big move -- to leave the state after nearly 60 years. Chip-maker GlobalFoundries is taking over IBM's semiconductor business - including the Essex plant -- where they make cutting-edge chips found in most smart phones. The deal ends months of uncertainty about the plant's future.


We are looking at several angles of the deal and its impact on employees and the rest of the state. We begin with Ali Freeman - who has the details of the deal that has IBM paying Globalfoundries to take its chip division -- off its hands.


In both 2013 -- and again in 2014, IBM's Microelectronics division had yearly losses of 700-million dollars. GFX To turn things around, IBM is paying GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion dollars to take the costly microchip manufacturing business off its hands. IBM will also pay a 4.7 billion dollar pre-tax charge -- to sell the business asset. In the transaction -- GlobalFoundries will have access to thousands of semiconductor patents -- giving GlobalFoundries one of the largest semiconductor patent profiles in the world. Globalfoundries will be IBM's exclusive provider of specific power processors for the next 10 years -- in exchange for access to IBM's intellectual property. IBM recently announced a 3-billion dollar investment for semi-conductor research. This deal means GlobalFoundries will have primary access to that research. GFX Globalfoundries will acquire and operate both facilities in Essex Junction -- and Fishkill, New York. GFX Globalfoundries said in a release it QUOTE "plans to provide employment opportunities for substantially all IBM employees at the two facilities who are part of the transferred business." ((Ali Freeman reporting: The companies are aiming to complete the transaction in 2015. Ali Freeman, Channel 3 News, Burlington.))


Shares of IBM fell more than seven percent today -- as investors sold off. Analysts say it's a reaction to today's big price tag, and continuing weak revenue growth over the last quarter.


4-thousand people work at the Essex plant. Governor Peter Shumlin declared the deal "good news for Vermont." The Governor met with Global Foundries CEO today.


((nats: governor walking into room)) The governor gathered business leaders, lawmakers and administration officials for an historic announcement. After 57 years in Essex Junction, IBM says its leaving Vermont. ((Gov. Shumlin: 00:16:23 We all know in the past few years there has been a lot of uncertainty at IBM in the chip making business.)) But now -- the governor says the deal -- for GLOBALFOUNDRIES to take over IBM's Essex Junction plant -- provides economic stability in the region. And job security -- for the 4000 current IBM employees. ((Gov. Shumlin: 3:00 So it was hugely reassuring.)) He says the CEO reassured him -- the jobs would stay in Vermont. ((Gov. Shumlin: 9:05 We want to stay right here and work with them and not ask them to go somewhere else. That's the good news.)) Monday afternoon Governor Shumlin met with GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO -- who's visiting the Essex Junction facility -- and meeting workers. And he says, THAT'S why GLOBAL agreed to the deal. The workforce. GLOBALFOUNDRIES can't keep up with demand for its chips. But the company is NOT making any longterm commitments to the state. Company spokesperson Travis Bullard tells me.... "The bottom line is that we need the IBM workforce - the real value of the business to us is the people ..." " ... While it's almost impossible for any business to make open-ended commitments, we can say that we have no plans to reduce the workforce at this time ..." "We have not made any long-term decisions about the future of these facilities, but GLOBALFOUNDRIES will operate the plants for the foreseeable future." ((5:30 Gov Shumlin: I think GLOBALFOUNDRIES is being very cautious and they should be. No company can say in this market, hey you know, we can guarantee you we will be here the rest of our lives. What they can say and what they said, is we have a product here that no one else is making like you are in Vermont, the demand right now outstrips the supply, you've got a workforce we believe in and is superior to any we imagine having and we are really excited to be in this business. 5:59 So, what it means is we are moving from a company that wasn't really a chip manufacturer anymore. It was a teeny slice of their business. To one that really does this.)) The governor did NOT discuss with the CEO whether Global will offer the same benefits and pay to employees. ((12:17 DARREN Any infrastructure promises as part of these talks today? They are still trying to sort out the infrastructure questions. 12:40 Obviously we want to help them with any infrastructure needs going forward. ))


Governor Shumlin put together a team of business and political power brokers to work with GLOBALFOUNDRIES to help identify the company's needs, help with permitting, and try to reduce costs -- including power. And he says the state is dedicated to training workers for Global jobs.


The deal needs federal approvals and that could take months. Once complete -- GlobalFoundries says it will be the largest semiconductor technology manufacturer in the Northeast. Part of the federal review will involve the Essex plant's Trusted Foundry status. It is a high level government clearance -- to make key components for the US Government and defense. Senator Patrick Leahy helped IBM Essex land the contract -- which was valued at 30-40 million dollars a year. A wrinkle in the deal -- could be that GLOBALFOUNDRIES is owned by the government of Abu Dhabi. Senator Leahy says he looks forward helping GLOBAL retain that Trusted Foundry status.


IBM pays the community more than a million dollars a year in taxes. Today it's the end of an era. Both workers and residents are hoping for the best -- with what one town official called their "new neighbor." Melissa Howell is at the plant tonight. What are people saying, Melissa? The sign out here infront of the IBM building will soon say GlobalFoundries -- and it's a change that will keep jobs in Vermont, but the decision has lowered moral among employees.


((Earl Mongeon/Alliance at IBM VP 00:39:54 "The anxiety of not knowing what's going on, atleast that's gone now." 00:39:58)) IBM employees like Earl Mongeon are trying to see the bright side in the announcement that IBM will sell its semiconductor production business to GlobalFoundries. He's been with the company 36 years and is an employee organizer at the Essex plant. Globalfoundries will receive 1.5 billion from IBM to takeover the chip-making operations. ((Earl Mongeon/Alliance at IBM Union VP 00:48:56 "I'm hoping to see that money that they're giving them used as investment." 00:49:00)) ((George Tyler/Essex Junction Village Board President 00:29:20 "it's excellent news that that they intend to keep the plant open. it certainly was a concern of ours and it's been a concern for the last year." 00:29:28)) IBM has been a staple in Essex Junction Village for more than 5 decades. ((Carl Houghton/Essex Junction 01:04:08 Chittenden County really prospered because of IBM. The whole state prospered because of IBM. Now we don't have that anymore.)) The anxiety over not knowing what will happen may be gone - but with Globalfoundries' long term plans unclear - some residents still worry about the community. ((Scott Picucci/Essex Junction 01:09:53 I don't think it's good that these companies are selling out to people overseas.)) ((Troy Cirillo/Essex Junction 01:19:48 Those jobs are hard to come by now. Whether it's at Fairpoint, IBM, Green Mountain Power, wherever. You know it's a skilled work force.)) And for IBM employees -- the wait for answers could take months - or longer. ((Earl Mongeon/Alliance at IBM Union VP 00:40:40 "What's going to happen to our wages, what's going to happen to our benefits. I know the governor said no one's going to have reapply for their job, which would be kind of crazy anyway." 00:40:50)) They got basic information about the deal in an email Monday morning. ((Earl Mongeon/Alliance at IBM Union VP 00:42:56 "I would like to have a seat at the table so when we sit down and we talk about what you wanna us to do, ok we'll do it but what aer going to get rewarded with." 00:43:04))


There will be a meeting tonight where IBM employees with receive more details about the deal and how they'll be affected.


Vermont State Economist Jeff Carr is here. You've studied the impact of IBM on the state's financial health for decades. How important has IBM been to the state economy? The company has gotten smaller in Vermont over the last several years -- half the workers now as it had in 2000 -- has the plant's role in the state changed? What will you be watching as Globalfoundries takes over - what do Vermonters need to keep an eye on? The deal calls for IBM to PAY GLOBALFOUNDRIES - what does that say about the value of the Essex and East Fishkill plants?


We have more on the IBM-GlobalFoundries deal coming up. A historical look at nearly 60 years of IBM in Vermont. Plus -a closer look at GlobalFoundries. We visit its ever-growing plant in Malta, New York -- a bit later in the broadcast.

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Sharon is here, and we have wet weather on the way... Today has been a fairly quiet day, but we have some wet weather on the way that will be lasting through most of this week. A clipper system, slipping across the Northeast today will hit the coast, stall out and strengthen. That storm will stick around flinging moisture from the ocean back around across the North Country. That means we can expect periods of rain with 1-3" of rain, with locally more possible through the end of the week.


The first degree murder trial of Allen Prue is coming to an end. Both sides are done presenting evidence to the jury. Jennifer Costa was in the courtroom. She joins us now with our update. Jennifer? Kristin -- The state rested its case this morning. And the defense wrapped up its evidence late this afternoon -- but not before Prue's lawyers made one final push to get the charges -- against the accused killer -- dropped.


Allen Prue's lawyer says the evidence may point to some sort of planned sexual assault -- but he says -- it doesn't prove his client intended to kill Melissa Jenkins in 2012. ((Bob Katims/Prue's lawyer 01:18:37 "and the plan just went haywire. That's not conspiracy to commit first degree murder and that's not 1st degree murder.")) Bob Katims argued the charges should be dismissed -- after the state rested its case Monday morning. He says prosecutors failed to prove 1st degree murder, attempted kidnapping or conspiracy between Prue and his wife -- Patricia. ((Lisa Warren/Caledonia County State's Attorney 01:14:30 "they purposely got her out of her home, to get her into that car, kidnap her strangle her, beat her and strangle her.")) Katims says none of the state's eyewitness could identify Allen Prue. And the judge acknowledged little direct evidence of premeditation -- but ruled the trial would continue. ((Judge Robert Bent/Vt. Superior Court 01:25:03 "Ultimately it will be a jury call. Mr. Katims' points about the deficits are well taken.")) ((Amy Beede/former inmate 00:33:49 "I don't know why this case has affected me so bad. I didn't even know Melissa)) The first defense witness ... a former inmate ... testified Patricia Prue claimed responsibility for the killing. Sharing her alleged secrets from their cellblock. ((Amy Beede/former inmate 01:45:32 "she clenched her fists and she said my husband did not kill Melissa Jenkins." 01:47:12 "she told me when she opened that door she grabbed Melissa by the hair and pulled her in the car and was strangling her.")) Amy Beede -- waited about a year -- to tell authorities about Patricia's story. The prosecution argued she's unreliable -- but couldn't convince the judge to bar her testimony. The defense is trying to pin the murder on Patricia -- and says police coerced Allen's alleged confession. They hired a psychologist to testify about how investigators' techniques could have yielded a false confession. ((Eric Mart/psychologist 06:26:42 "I think that he didn't even understand yet what was happening. In other words, they were using these techniques and I don't think he picked up on it.")) The defense continued to paint of picture that Prue was controlled by this wife -- calling witnesses who claimed she followed him everywhere -- and was the more dominant partner. But the jury won't get to hear Prue's version of events. Late Monday afternoon -- he declined to take the stand. ((Allen Prue/accused of murder 07:09:23 "I have, your honor, spoken with my lawyer and I choose not to testify. Judge RB: that's fine. That's an absolute right you have"))


Jurors will return to court at 1030 tomorrow morning to hear closing arguments. Then deliberations will begin. The judge told them -- depending how long it takes -- they can choose to deliberate into the night or break until the next day. Kristin.


Burlington College selling land--to pay its debt. Shelby Cashman is here with more. Shelby? Darren--Burlington College is over 11 million dollars in debt--and that sale would reduce it--to just over four million. For a school that's been in turmoil for months--those in charge say its a step in the right direction.


(01:23:04) ((Mike Smith "the debt is something that is just crushing the institution.")) (01:23:09) But Interim President of Burlington College Mike Smith hopes--the sale of 25 of the schools sprawling 32 acre campus--will change that. The college purchased the land from the Burlington diocese in 20-10--hoping to increase enrollment. Instead--they got 11.4 million dollars--in debt. (01:36:08) ((Mike smith "this will give us some stability in the short term.")) The buyer? Developer Eric Farrell--who was part of a similar deal with former college President Christine Plunkett--before she resigned in August. Smith says Farrell still plans to build a variety of housing options--but this time--Smith says the the college will not act as a co-developer--and the school will see the money right away. The price? Seven million dollars. He'll assume college's 3.5 million dollar debt to the diocese. The other 3.5 million will go towards paying off more debt to other entities. (01:25:12) ((Mike smith "it allows us to move forward in a way that allows us to think of strategies where we can look at long term growth here in terms of enrollment, in terms of maybe consortiums with other small colleges.")) (01:25:28) .


Smith says the deal is set to be inked with Farrell November 1st--but with a provision. The college says it could still sell that lakefront property to any land conservationists--who offer more than Farrell's seven million--within sixty days.


A new contract between teachers and the South Burlington school board is expected to receive final approval this evening. Kyle Midura takes a look.


(nats) More than 23-hundred elementary, middle school, and high school students in South Burlington returned to class Monday. (nats strike - file) The students missed four days of classes last week as Vermont's highest-paid public school teachers traded white boards for picket signs. The school board and Representatives for the district's 245 teachers tentatively agreed to terms over the weekend. Mediator Joe McNeil speaks for both sides until they seal the deal. (00:13:32:00 ) (( Joe McNeil I think it would be a huge mistake on the part of either side if they did not end up ratifying and we got back into dispute mode)) The union officially accepted the new contract Monday afternoon -- but the details of the agreement will remain secret until the board does the same Monday evening. Negotiations initially began late in 2013, reaching impasse in June -- with the two parties primarily split over pay and health care. But McNeil says the sides resolved disagreement over insurance coverage before he reached the bargaining table last weekend. (00:16:36:00 ) ((Joe McNeil so compensation was -- ended up the big issue )) School spending and resulting property taxes are expected to be significant subjects of debate when the state legislature convenes in January. But now, parents say they're thrilled school is back in session. (VERY QUICK SUPER :04) (00:32:45:00) ((Kelly Lord - South Burlington Parent they're going to vote and hopefully that's the end of it - back to business as ususal )) Whatever the two sides agreed to in principle, South Burlington tax-payers will receive the bill next year. KM, Ch.3 South Burlington


We'll be at that meeting and will have more tonight on channel 3 news at 11.


A monumental deal that's now part of Vermont's history. IBM is leaving Vermont after nearly 60 years of growth and innovation in Essex.


((nats music ibm vid file 1745)) Back in 1957 - IBM launched its Vermont operations with a single building in Essex Junction. (( file 1745 000033, vintage video Announcer: More than 300 people applied for work the very first day 000036, )) IBM hired 400 people to start -- helping to design and make wire contact relays. ((file 1745 shot of wire contact relay 000051)) ((nats )) The devices were cutting edge at the time. High tech industry and 1950's Green Mountains may not have been an obvious combination -- but IBM's founder loved skiing in Vermont. And Big Blue made a big impact on the state right away. ((000320 old film w music track - manufacturing )) Former Governor Phil Hoff spoke with us about IBM's legacy -- 15 years ago. ((from pkg 12-29-99 000732 Phil Hoff: The arrival of IBM did as much to progress Vermont financially as anything I can think of 000743, )) In the late 50s - Vermont was losing jobs as mills closed -- and young people -- as they left the state looking for opportunities. ((nats something old and Vermont-y)) IBM not only offered good wages and benefits to its own employees -- but its success rubbed off --creating jobs in other parts of the state. Economists estimate its has fueled tens of thousands of them. ((000330, ibm promo film from 1978 - anncr: Here in Burlington Vermont, IBM designs and manufactures advanced computer circuitry for major ibm systems 000338, )) Vermont IBMers made the products that helped to build Big Blue's reputation for innovation - and reliability. ((nats vintage 1960s IBM vid 000235, these half inch squares are called substraits 000237 )) From Solid Logic Technology -- a building block for IBM's System 360 in the 1960s... ((nats vintage IBM vid 000338 Announcer people working in these rooms wear white gowns over their regular clothing so no dirt or lint will be brought in 000342,)) To advancements in wafer production in the 70s. ((woman working with wafer: 000346, we'll be checking them underneath the light for foreign material 000349, )) Computer memory has evolved since then. (( 000447, right here is the memory - pulling out drawer of stuff )) And as chips got smaller -- through the 80's and 90's -- the employee base in Essex continued to grow. Along with the plant. It is now a 600 acre campus with 3-point-6 million square feet of facilities in Essex Junction -- Essex -- and Williston. The plant uses more electricity than the city of Burlington. ((nats)) The new milennium brought stronger calls from Big Blue to complete the Circ Highway -- connecting Essex to Interstate 89 in Williston. ((track from 2001 pkg track: IBM says if Vermont does not build the proposed Circ Hiway extension -- those 500 new jobs may go out of state. Jeff Couture/IBM *pick up bite here* If we're unable to do this facility now, bring those employees in, they'll go elsewhere, perhaps to East fishkill, or somewhere else where ibm has operations.)) And a year later -- as IBM Essex grew to 85-hundred employees -- Black Tuesday at the plant. (( file 1606 at 000026 kk liveshot 6/4/02: We've taken calls in our newsroom from people who say they have been laid off. 000030 Folks I've talked to here as they've exited the plant say layoffs have started 000035,)) Big Blue cut nearly 1-thousand jobs that day. And the number of employees has dropped steadily since -- with smaller rounds of job cuts. The plant has less than half of its peak numbers today -- just 4-thousand employees. ((file 1739 nats IBM employee anniversary event - clapping...)) IBM celebrated its 50th anniversary in Vermont in 2007. (( file 1739 Who knows what we're going to be making? Its been a long road - and it's a long road left to go.)) Vermont workers looking to the future then -- and now -- to a new future - with a new company.


That was IBM's past -- a little bit later -- a look at the future. Darren you traveled to GlobalFoundries. Yah we'll take a look at that in just a bit. Sharon is back, ...And that forecast is sounding pretty wet. Today has been a fairly quiet day, but we have some wet weather on the way that will be lasting through most of this week. A clipper system, slipping across the Northeast today will hit the coast, stall out and strengthen. That storm will stick around flinging moisture from the ocean back around across the North Country. That means we can expect periods of rain with 1-3" of rain, with locally more possible through the end of the week. As this storm moves away this weekend, a little clipper system will follow in behind it and may bring a few more showers.



Starting Line Sports of the busiest times of the year in the local sports calendar...the high school fall sports playoffs, is set to begin. The brackets for the field hockey and boys and girls tournaments were released today, with games beginning tomorrow throughout the state. In boys soccer... South Burlington will play...and they are the top seed in Division One...Rice gets the top spot in D-2...Lake Region in Division Three...and Twin Valley in D-4... in fact, Division Four hosts the only two undefeated teams left in the state in boys soccer...both Twin Valley and second seed Sharon are 14-0... Girls soccer...14-0 Burr & Burton is the D-1 top seed... although second seed CVU is also 14-0... Lake Region tops Division Two...Sharon D-3...and Arlington Division Four... and in field hockey ...12-0-1 Essex sits top Division One... Rice heads the D-2 bracket...and 14-0 Bellows Falls leads Division Three...


Playdown games are set for tomorrow and Wednesday throughout the state... quarterfinals this weekend, state semifinals next week and a week from this Saturday, eleven state championship games in soccer and field hockey. One of my favorite days of the year.


Malta New York is used to be a sleepy bedroom community -- that's before GlobalFoundries came to town. The company just announced it's taking over IBM 's plants in Essex and Fishkill New York.


((Fist bump --It's this right here.)) Jason Miller brushes up on his mechanical skills during class. ((Jason Miller, New Globalfoundaries Employee "they are all closer to my kids age than they are to my age.)) He's learning what to do when something goes wrong. ((Basically I fix the machines that write the pattern on the microchip.)) The father of three moved to Malta, New York from Virginia for a new job here at Globalfoundries. ((Microchips aren't going anywhere, it's a thriving industry and it is only going to grow.)) Globalfoundries makes microchips used in just about any digital technology. Cell phones, computers, watches as examples. The Malta plant known as Fab 8 employs more than 2000 people now. And is expected to employ 4500 by the end of next year, that's comparable to the workforce at IBM in Essex Junction. Globalfoundries is growing. And fast. ((There are numerous parralells, says Jack Kelley.)) Jack Kelley helped negotiate the deal to bring Globafoundries to Malta, but first he and his economic development team visited IBM Essex Junction to see what the state and community dod there to accommodate big blue and how IBM impacted the community. Malta made big changes, new infrastructure roads, roundabouts, water, sewer all lined up to attract the microchip giant. ((It takes money, money needs to be invested)) And New York did. Big time and provided Globalfoundries nearly 2-billion dollars in grants and tax credits. ((I think the major benefit here so far is people being employed with good paying jobs.)) But Globalfoundries needs more workers. A lot more. And so, the other promise the state and Malta made -- a highly trained workforce. ((Tommy Reamon/ New Globalfoundries employee "when I saw the place and it was incredible, I was glad I landed there.)) Tommy Reamon just graduated with an engineering degree. And just got hired by globalfoundries. He's also getting trained here. At Hudson Community College's Tec-Smart school. A school specifically started to meet the needs of Globalfoundries. ((They have expanded so much in such a short amount of time.)) ((I could see myself for a while here, yeah.))((Penny Hill, Hudson Vallet Community College Tec Smart "what we like to think here is that we are lining up some of that workforce to meet their needs./ It was positioned here with that intention/ They have an unfullfilled need for skilled workers.)) Even high schools in the area offer tech ed and training specifically tailored to meet the workforce needs of Globalfoundries. ((Josh Fryer/ Attended Globalfoundries job fair They have a lot of opportunities for young people and those looking to better their career.)) Globalfoundries is doing its own recruiting too. Hosting job fairs like this one. ((Thomas Giminiani/ Attended Global foundries job fair "I have a lot of experience in facilities engineering and I like doing hands on work.)) Thomas Giminiani hopes to get a job there and his chances look good . He got an immediate interview with a company rep. ((I feel good I have a lot of of homework to do now, they will send me the test I need to take and so forth.)) Globalfoundries is also recruiting builders, looking for electricians, for example for its ever growing campus. The company is even reaching out to workers in Vermont. It set up a recruiting office in IBM's backyard before the deal was done. All of those new employees mean a lot of new construction in Malta . ((Malta has been transforming itself for the last 8 years.)) Malta Town Supervisor Paul Sausville says Globalfoundries has led to significant improvements in town. And the company makes major donations. Like a million dollar ball field. ((We are trying to become a 21st century town/Other towns will say that's a good job. A pretty good model.)) But he admits the significant and speedy changes don't sit well with everyone in town. ((That somehow we were going to grow into a larger city// and so there are two dueling views// and then there's the view here that we want to retain our small town charm//So that's one of them pushes pulls that we have in our town//sort of growing pains if you will//They're growing pains. Traffic is a big problem for us.)) But more than a dozen roundabouts keep cars moving, In a town on the move because of Globalfoundries.


Global is expanding in Malta -- and Governor Shumlin says that's the plan here too. He says Global Foundries CEO told him -- they'd like to increase chip making operations in Essex -- so they don't have to ship work overseas.



She's inspired by animals and nature. and she uses it to create Made in Vermont art. Here's Gina Bullard.


You can usually find Sachie Kohlman outside exploring -- ((nat outside)) with her wooden pencil by her side documenting nature. But her newest adventure brings her inside -- to her Essex Junction drawing table. Where she puts on her artist hat and name -- Suwachi. ((nat)) Suwachi hand draws state birds and fish -- then fills them in with vintage maps from each state for her business Wooden Pencil. (00:04:24:21) ((Sachie Kohlman/Wooden Pencil "g-there' s a lot of detail - s a lot of detail but once you get teh detail it becomes a really amazing piece")) ((nat)) (00:15:07:09) ((Sachie Kohlman/Wooden Pencil "its a perfect piece to tell your story of who you are")) Suwachi is from Kyoto, Japan -- a city where most of the people are from the country -- so no one ever asks where you're from. (00:16:10:00) ((Sachie Kohlman/Wooden Pencil "that's one of the things that was so amazing when i got to the US. people love their country and where they're from. it's the first thing people say when they meet - like oh i'm from texas - i'm not even asking ha")) That's why her state bird and fish prints are flying like the Hermit Thrush. She's sold more than 300 since she started earlier this year. Suwachi came to the US 17 years ago chasing the dream of becoming a professional ballerina. Dancing since she was 3 - she went to the Washington School of Ballet and practiced tirelessly for two years. (00:18:10:28) ((Sachie Kohlman/Wooden Pencil "unfortunately i hurt my foot and i had to redirect my career to something else")) Art had always been a part of her life -- but she thought it came too easily and wanted more of a challenge with ballet. (00:19:45:18) ((Sachie Kohlman/Wooden Pencil "i know its crazy when i think about it like why did i do that?")) She landed at a design firm in Vermont - creating artwork for Burton snowboards and other clients. ((nats)) But now she's on her own -- drawing-- and spending time with her two babies. ((nat with goma)) Meet Goma and Kuma. Suwachi even started a blog that's now known internationally all about her cat goma. (00:06:11:04) ((Sachie Kohlman/Wooden Pencil "i'm just a paranoid mom and wondered what my cat was doing")) She set up a webcam watching the cat and now it's an internet favorite. (00:07:16:09) ((Sachie Kohlman/Wooden Pencil "g-are you a crazy cat lady? S-shakes her head yes")) She doesn't sell any cat prints just meow -- but says they could be coming soon. Art that celebrates nature by someone who's proud to live in and create something that's Made in Vermont. Gina Bullard Channel 3 News Essex Junction.


Suwachi's prints range from 22-dollars to 30. She also offers cards. For more details go to the infocenter at our website -- wcax- dot - com.


Boston Bruins defenseman and former UVM captain Kevan Miller is out indefinitely after suffering a dislocated right shoulder in a fight during Boston's 4-0 win at Buffalo Saturday. At the end of a fight with the Sabres' Nicolas Deslauriers, Miller fell awkwardly to the ice and suffered the dislocation. Although he had yet to register a point, Miller had played in six of Boston's first seven games this season, averaging fourteen and a half minutes of ice time a game. The team does not have a timetable for his return.


Coming off a sweep of a home and home series with Clarkson this weekend, the UVM men's hockey team has made it's season debut in the U-S College Hockey Online top 20 poll. The Cats, now 3-0 on the season, debut at 17th in this week's poll, out today. Vermont is the fifth of five Hockey East schools in the Top 20. Providence, Boston College and UMass-Lowell hold down spots five thru seven ...and Boston University checks in at 12th. The Cats are back home this Saturday night for their Hockey East home opener against conference newcomer Connecticut.


UVM senior goaltender Conor Leland has been named the America East men's soccer co-player of the week. The former MMU standout from Richmond posted back-to-back road shutouts last weekend ...making two saves in a scoreless draw at UMass-Lowell and five stops in a 1-0 win at Binghamton. Leland and the Cats are tied with UMBC for first in the conference. Vermont next hosts Hartford this Saturday at Virtue Field.


We are coming off the final full weekend of the high school football regular season. Which meant it was senior night for many teams around the state. Senior night always an emotional moment... throw in playoff races and you have all the ingredients for a memorable Week 8 of the Frenzy Flashback. ((TRT: 2:10 ... OC: fade out on two Colchester players hugging))


Best play of the weekend there.... Colchester senior and team student Patrick Bushey suiting up and scoring a touchdown on a play ran before the start of the Lakers game with Mount Mansfield Friday night. Great job by both of those teams to work together to give a young man a special moment.


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