Mon 13-APR-2015 6 P.M. News Script

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Good evening. I'm Gina Bullard. Darren is off tonight. And I'm Kristin Kelly. He's been a free man -- less than one week. But today convicted rapist -- Richard Laws -- found himself back in front of a judge. Laws was arrested -- over the weekend -- for driving with a suspended license. And as our Jennifer Costa found out -- he claims it was a matter of safety.

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49-year-old Richard Laws is still adjusting to life on the outside. The convicted sex offender has spent the last 23-years -- locked up for the brutal rape of a Waitsfield woman. But his first few days of freedom have not gone smoothly. ((JC 00:14:34 "do feel that public safety officials are trying to find a reason to get you back in prison? RL: Oh absolutely.")) Saturday he was arrested for driving with a suspended license. Monday -- he went before the judge. ((COURT nats)) Laws admits he was behind the wheel -- on Route 105 -- but claims it was an emergency. He tells Channel 3 -- he started driving -- only after his girlfriend became woozy from migraine medication -- and drove off the road. Laws says he informed Corrections of the situation -- but was stopped by state police -- in Sheldon -- minutes after hopping in the driver's seat. ((Richard Laws/convicted sex offender 00:22:52 "I felt that it was the lesser of two evils. Our safety was in jeopardy with her driving. It was wrong. And I went in there and tried to admit to was wrong.")) Laws knew his license was suspended for a 1991 DUI -- but thought it was a civil -- not criminal suspension. He says he wanted to plead guilty -- in exchange for a suspended sentence or a fine. But when prosecutors mentioned the possibility of jail time -- he entered an official plea of not guilty. ((Richard Laws/convicted sex offender 00:17:32 "If I can't live free out here, I'd rather be dead. I don't want to go back to prison.")) ((JC 30:43 "Would a DLS be a big deal for anyone else other than him? JH: no.")) Franklin County Prosecutor -- Jim Hughes -- says DLS cases are typically punishable by a fine -- but a judge can consider an offender's criminal record. Hughes is concerned about how quickly Laws reoffended. ((Jim Hughes/Franklin County State's Attorney 00:30:29 "He's had a very long time to make sure that he conforms his conduct to the laws of the state of Vermont and very shortly after he's released, he's violating the laws.")) Hughes did not want to make a deal -- without corrections weighing in on whether Laws needs to be reincarcerated, supervised or fined. ((Richard Laws/convicted sex offender 00:18:03 "is this the danger everyone anticipated out of me? I mean come on man.")) ((Richard Laws/convicted sex offender 00:14:44 "If I'm Jack the Ripper and I'm supposedly the most dangerous man around is me driving with a suspended license what's scaring you?")) Laws -- opted to represent himself -- saying he didn't want taxpayers shelling out cash for his public defender. But says he doesn't trust Corrections. And claims the DOC mislead the public about his unwillingness to participate in sex offender treatment. ((JC 00:26:20 Are you going to stay out of trouble? RL: Yeah I'm not going to harm anyone. I just want to live my life. I'm overwhelmed by this entire situation.")) For now -- Laws is free -- on the condition he doesn't drive. He's due back in court next month. JC Ch 3 News St. Albans.

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DLS can carry a prison sentence of 2 years. We checked with DOC. No one is currently serving jail time for driving with a suspended license. As for Laws' victim, Sue Russell, she continues to be an advocate for victims of sexual violence. She has a ten year restraining order -- prohibiting Laws from entering the Mad River Valley.

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A Vermont State Trooper was in court today - denying a charge that he drove drunk on the job. Alex Apple was at the hearing -- he joins us with more. Prosecutors say Vermont State Trooper Eric Rademacher was confronted by another trooper in March when that officer smelled alcohol on Rademacher's breath. That resulted in the Vermont attorney general's office charging the Rutland-area trooper with DUI. Today was his first chance in court to fight those accusations.

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Vermont state trooper Eric Rademacher claimed innocence Monday in a Rutland court -- answering a charge of driving under the influence on the job back in March. ((51:57 David Sleigh/Rademacher's attorney: "Waive formal reading, wave 24 hour rules and rule 5 rights, enter plea of not guilty to the charge.")) The officer claims he's not guilty of DUI -- but admitted to officers he drank the same night he was on duty. A key piece of evidence: the state's use of a forensic chemist's projection of Rademacher's blood alcohol content. The method uses the results of a breath test taken at a later point to estimate someone's BAC at the time of an incident. ((Court NAT)) ((STANDUP 01:13:29 Rademacher's attorney David Sleigh argues that test is flawed and cannot be used to prove his client's guilt.)) ((David Sleigh 57:43 Just expressing this kind of relation back, calculation based on population averages, guess-work and speculation, just doesn't meet the threshhold of reliability.)) Sleigh compared the accuracy of the state's evidence to a hunter using poorly sighted gun. ((David Sleigh 59:52 How confident would you be with a rifle that shot somewhere between 100 and 200 yards and you're trying to focus at something in the middle. It's just inherently unreliable.)) The state's Attorney General's office charged Rademacher after the chemist's calculation put his blood alcohol level at .135 -- above the legal limit of .08. However the trooper blew less than half the legal limit at the time of his breath test. ((David Sleigh/ER's attorney 56:57 We're pretty steadfast in the idea that if this had happened to you or me, there wouldn't have even been a charge."))

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No one from the attorney general's office was available for comment today. Rademacher remains on paid administrative leave with the Vermont State Police pending their separate, internal investigation.

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Being a trooper can be a stressful job. Coming up later in the broadcast - Shelby Cashman looks into the emotional toll on police officers - and how they're getting help managing stress.

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The calendar has called for spring for a few weeks now -- but it sure has not felt like it. Today though, mother nature was finally singing a different tune with temps topping 70. Keith McGilvery is live in Oakledge Park in Burlington tonight with more on the warm up ((Keith talks about what's happening right now in the park))

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((Violin nats)) Violinist Matt Heckler -- is wasting no time -- setting up shop and sharing his tunes on Burlington's waterfront. (12:11 "It's gorgeous, you can hear the ice breaking up by the docks, you can see the mountains are still snow-capped, it's a pretty perfect day.) ((Violin nats)) The musician admits he prefers the cold -- but that when it comes to performing outside -- sunny bluebird days are best. ((12:04 "I think if I was doing this at 7 below I would be fighting off icicles.)) After an abnormally cold winter across our region -- temps soared above 70 Monday. ((Hannah Mullins, Burlington 02:19 "No, not at all, I can't even believe it, first summer back here, I definitely thought it would be summer by now.)) While some feared the day might never come -- the Channel 3 weather team says the 70 degree mark is pretty much in synch with recent history. The earliest we touched 70 in Burlington in the last 5 years was March 18th 2012 -- when the thermostat read 76 degrees -- the latest -- April 19th -- 2013 when we hit 74. ((April 2, 2010 79* April 11, 2011 73* March 18, 2012 76* April 19, 2013 74* April 14, 2014 81*)) ((Hannah Mullins, Burlington 02:06 "Finally made it through the winter, it's just nice to finally be able to get out and do stuff around this town.)) Including listening to music -- something even this winter lover hopes will have a simple impact on those ready to roll up their sleeves -- grab a creemee and enjoy Vermont's great outdoors. ((Violin nats)) ((12:48 "A smile to pass on to someone else at the very least.)) ((Violin nats))

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Concert details Warm weather fun

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Dan is here. Our first 70 degree day! (wx script)

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A milestone for Waterbury in the wake of tropical storm Irene - Work is now underway for the municipal building and public library. The five million dollar project relies on a variety of grants, bonds, and donations. Rep. Tom Stevens says the new facility would not be happening without the swell of goodwill for community rebuilding -- following Tropical Storm Irene.

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(00:26:21:00) ((Rep. Tom Stevens - D-Waterbury: I'm humbled by the fact that we're here today to see really a rebirth in a part of our community that has been very very difficult to get to)) Waterbury has floated plans for a new municipal building and library since at least the mid-1980's. The building is due to open next January.

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Will he or won't he run for president? Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is still quiet on that - even though a number of candidates announced they'll be seeking the country's top office. Statehouse reporter Kyle Midura is here with more on this story. Gina - Sanders has been publicly mulling a run for more than a year, but still has not reached a decision, even as his political counterparts dive into election 2016.

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As Vermont's snow melts -- the national race for president in 2016 is heating up. (nats?) Florida Republican Marco Rubio is expected to kick-off his campaign during the dinner hour Monday, joining Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz of Kentucky and Texas respectively running from the right ... and following Former New York Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Sunday start from the left. (nats Hillary announce) In Vermont Monday, Gov. Peter Shumlin -- and its lone U.S. congressman, Rep. Peter Welch -- praised Clinton's credentials. (00:35:01:00) ((Rep. Peter Welch - D-Vermont she's an extraordinarily qualified candidate )) (00:37:02:00) (( I'm happy she's in the race, and she's talking about the issues that Vermonters care about )) But neither say they're willing to endorse her quite yet. And the nation's political wonks will be watching the Green Mountains, where the state's Junior Senator -- Bernie Sanders --remains undecided about lacing up for a year-and-a-half long run. Welch and Shumlin say they won't try to influence his decision. (00:35:15:00) ((Rep. Peter Welch - D-Vermont well Bernie definitely has something to add to the debate :18 but that's a huge decision on a personal and political level )) (00:38:26:00) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont the Bernie I know is perfectly capable of making his own decisions without advice from anybody including me :33 I know he'll do what's right for Vermont and what's right for America )) Last winter, Sanders himself promised a decision by the end of March. But, in a statement he now says he'll have an answer by the end of THIS month, as he continues to determine if he has seeded enough grass roots support to take on more traditionally-financed campaigns. Sanders' senate seat is not up for election in 2016 -- so if the prohibitive underdog emerged victorious in the presidential race, the Governor would be responsible for picking Sander's senate successor. (00:38:07:00) (( Gov. Peter Definitely not myself, my biggest nightmare would be going to Washington :12 but having said that, we'll not worry about that one until we see whether Sen. Sanders decides to run for president and if he does, whether or not he wins :22 ))

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Vermont's Republican Party chairman did not return a call seeking comment. Our state will have a tie to the race for president even if Sanders decides not to enter. Hillary Clinton's campaign manager -- Robby Mook -- grew up in Norwich.

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They're job - to protect and serve. But sometimes - police officers help, themselves. Shelby Cashman is here with more. Gina and Kristin-- There's no question being a police officer is a stressful job. Experts say the trauma seen on the job can be scarring. Here in Vermont--there are programs that less than 2 percent of the country is doing--to help officers--cope.

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The police beat. There's conflict ...there's danger... and there's stress (00:39:37) ((Sonny Provetto "I wasn't eight years into the job and got into a situation where I thought I was going to have to take somebody's life.")) (00:39:43) Sonny Provetto wore a badge with the Burlington and State police for ten years -- and he says it's not an unusual situation for someone on the front lines of public safety. (00:39:43) ((Sonny Provetto/Social Worker "fortunately I didn't and was left with the after effects of such a stressful event. I felt ill. I didn't know what to do with it.")) (00:39:55) Provetto retired after a decade--a move he's seen often in law enforcement. Today -- he is a licensed social worker--and works police departments in Chittenden County--and State Police. He says 90 percent of police officers nationwide--will experience some kind of traumatic incident--such as an officer involved shooting-- during the course of their career. 6 to fourteen percent--suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. (00:42:52) ((Sonny Provetto "How do we deal with the trauma of what we see is something that you're still trying to figure out.")) (00:42:56) Provetto says police officers are twice as likely to die by suicide--than at the hands of someone else. And that's why he--is working to change the stigma--of asking for help with both on the job trauma--AND stressors at home. (00:49:53) ((Sonny Provetto "we recognized that having a 6 pack after work, after that shift is not the best thing to do.")) (00:49:59) Provetto focuses on officer wellness. From counseling and fitness programs--to more holistic approaches-- (00:48:37) ((Sonny "we've bought in yoga instructors, we've worked on mindfulness.")) (00:48:43) He also works with a team of licensed clinicians--like Lori Gurney. (00:07:05) ((Lori Gurney "I have members that come in with their spouses with their children we do all of that. It has to be a whole system for it to be effective.")) (00:07:13) Of the 327 sworn members of the Vermont State Police--Gurney sees about 50 regularly. Some come on their own--some are referred by command staff. But she says a Members Assistance Team--made up of 11 sworn members-- AS WELL AS dispatchers--clinician s and a clergyman--- GFX: made 1260 contacts with officers, troopers and other public safety professionals ACROSS VERMONT--through face to face meetings or follow up phone conversation--facilita ted 7 debriefs after TRAUMATIC EVENTS involving VSP--and made 22 visits to other police agencies after similar INCIDENTS --in 20-14. (00:12:06) ((Lori Gurney "these are the people that are really out there working with their peers and making sure that they're okay i'll go to the family's house they'll bring them places i'll do what they need.")) (00:12:14) GURNEY SAYS AT TIMES IT CAN BE CHALLENGING TO CONVINCE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SPENT DECADES IN UNIFROM THAT GETTING HELP IS OKAY -- but she says--the tide--is changing. The younger generation of police officers--have a new mentality about counseling. Instead of letting stress build up throughout a career-- (00:04:08) ((Lori Gurney " they are processing things as they come up and it's no big deal no big deal at all for them to be here")) (00:04:13)

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The clinicians who work with police here in Vermont told me that if an officer is struggling--say with addiction or a a divorce--all they need to do is speak up. Time off--or help is given--no questions asked--before they hit the breaking point. Gina?

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Should failing to protect a child from abuse - be a felony? Lawmakers are divided. The Senate approved a bill making failure to protect a child from abuse -- a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. But the House version of the bill - removes that new crime. Senate Judiciary Chair Dick Sears supports the new felony - and says the provision was narrowly crafted. He expects it would be rarely used -- but he believes it's important to protect children.

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((Sen. Dick Sears/D-Bennington County: "Like the case where a mother in Vermont walked in, opened the door -- the bedroom door -- found her child to be sexually molested by another person, is under no threat of physical violence -- walked out closed the door. Those are the types of cases. ")) The House Human Services Committee pulled that provision, fearing it could have unintended consequences. The committee favors strengthening existing laws, including mandatory reporting.

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We're celebrating the first 70 degree day today - but Vermont ski resorts are cheering some different numbers. Ski Vermont says resorts here easily beat all others in the country - when it comes to snowfall this season. Jay Peak led the way with a reported 357 inches of snow. That is nearly 30 feet of snow. Most of the big resorts are still open -- and even smaller ski areas still had all of their terrain open when they closed for the season.

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Dan is back. More warm weather ahead?

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A cold front will catch up to us tonight. Some showers will develop towards midnight-- there could even be an isolated rumble of thunder. Strong southerly winds at 15-25 mph will become westerly overnight. After an early shower to the southeast, skies will turn partly cloudy on Tuesday. It will be a bit cooler, but still pleasant with highs of 58/65. High pressure will work back on top of us for Wednesday and Thursday. We'll see a couple of really nice days with plenty of sunshine and highs in the 50s and 60s. The pattern will turn a little more unsettled on Friday and Saturday. A couple of frontal systems could trigger some shower activity. It looks like we'll dry out again on Sunday.

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A Rutland man already behind bars for drug charges -- picked up a new charge. Terrance Chipp was first busted last mont -- police say he had more than 10-thousand dollars worth of drugs. Now investigators say that while in jail -- he was caught with a contraband buprenorphine strip -- a prescription drug used to fight opiate addiction. He's due in court in June.

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A water main break cut off service to parts of Williston today. Town officials say homes and businesses in the Mountain View Road and Redmond Road area were without water for most of the day. Just after the start of this broadcast -- we learned that repairs are fixed -- and the water is flowing again.

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Dartmouth college has cracked down the fraternity accused of hazing. The Alpha Delta fraternity is accused of "branding" students last fall. This isn't the first time the frat has been in hot water. The organization has a history of hazing, underage drinking and hosting unregistered events. The frat inspired the 1978 movie "Animal House." A Dartmouth committee has voted to derecognize Alpha Delta -- the group has a week to file an appeal.

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A Burlington arts and crafts store - is closing. Creative Habitat on Shelburne Road will be out of business by July first. The owner tells Channel 3 sales have slowed -- and the family owned business was offered the chance to get out of a long term lease. Property owners are close to inking a deal with a national retailer for that space - and the former Hallmark space -- next door. Creative Habitat is temporarily closed today and tomorrow - to get ready for big sales starting Wednesday. That's News Around the Region.

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Coming up later, we'll head live to Fenway Park, our Scott Fleishman and Kane O'Neill are in Boston to take in all the sights and sounds from opening day...

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It's the season of sneezing again for about one in five americans. But this spring, new guidelines may offer hay sufferers more effective and convenient remedies. Susan McGinnis reports.

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(SOT KATHRYN BAKER/Allergy Patient). :14-:21 ? ?I would never go back to shots.? TRACK: ALLERGY SEASON FOR KATHRYN BAKER HAS ALWAYS MEANT WEEKLY VISITS TO THE DOCTOR TO GET SHOTS. BUT NOW BAKAR?S ARM IS GETTING A BREAK, THANKS TO FDA APPROVED TREATMENTS NOW AVAILABLE AT HOME. (SOT KATHRYN BAKER/Allergy Patient) ?it?s the first thing I do in the morning I come down pop those little drops in my mouth and wait two minutes and then I?m good to go.? TRACK: THE DROPS ARE KNOWN AS IMMUNOTHERAPY. (SOT Dr. Sandra Lin/Johns Hopkins) :25_30 ?by introducing these small amounts of what you?re allergic to the person?s own immune system becomes more tolerant.? TRACK: THE DROPS ARE PART OF NEW GUIDELINES FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY AIMED AT DIAGNOSING AND TREATING HAY FEVER. THEY ALSO INCLUDE RECOMMENDING LESS SEDATING ANTIHISTAMINES ,STEROIDS FOR SERIOUS CASES AND ACUPUNTURE FOR A MORE NATURAL APPROACH. (SOT Dr. Sandra Lin/Johns Hopkins) to help direct what is the most effective care based on the best scientific evidence we have. TRACK.. Kathryn says immunotherapy changed her life. (SOT KATHRYN BAKAR/Allergy Patient) if it?s a really really pollen laden day I?m going to have a little bit of an itchy nose or something, but not anything like I had before TRACK: DOCTORS SAY IT CAN TAKE UP TO FIVE YEARS FOR PATIENTS USING IMMUNOTHERAPY TO BECOME SYMPTOM FREE. Kathryn hits that mark this summer. MARLIE HALL CBS NEWS NEW YORK.

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The new guidelines recommend doctors check hay fever patients for other conditions including asthma, eczema and sleep disorders. That's health watch.

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Dan is back. And allergy season is kicking into high gear.

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Vermont is known for its cheese. It has the highest number of cheese makers per capita in the U-S -- with more than 40. I found one small operation that is making a name for itself with it's Made in Vermont goats milk cheeses.

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The sun is out -- and so are the kids at Willow Moon Farm in Plainfield. ((nat)) With more than 120 new little goats this year -- things are busy around the farm. (00:21:29:20) ((Kim Ingraham/Willow Moon Farm "we all have kids in the spring and breed in the fall")) And although these babies are cute -- they're also going to be very useful. Willow Moon uses goats milk to make artisan and farmstead cheese. (00:19:24:19) ((Kim Ingraham/Willow Moon Farm "we're a small micro-dairy we have nigerian dwarf dairy goats")) From feta and chevre to aged raw milk cheeses -- all of them use milk from these Nigerian goats which are something few Vermont farmers use. (00:20:16:01) ((Kim Ingraham/Willow Moon Farm "our milk is higher in butterfat and protein it makes a higher volume cheese for the percentage of milk. while others may get the same quantity from a larger amount of milk we use less milk to get that same yield on our cheeses")) Kim Ingraham works with her mom Sharron on the farm. After retiring from the international business world -- her mom got a herd of goats. Kim decided to take a chance -- she quit her job -- went to cheesemaking school and started producing cheese on the farm. (00:23:02:05) ((Kim Ingraham/Willow Moon Farm "g-how is it being in a cheese room and barn all day instead of an office chair? K- much better much better")) The two have been selling cheese for five years now and business keeps growing. You can find the award winning products at City Market in Burlington, New Hampshire co-ops and the Montpelier and Saint Johnsbury farmers markets. Willow Moon's best seller is its chevre that comes in a variety of flavors. (00:30:54:24) ((Kim Ingraham/Willow Moon Farm "we have a ginger lemon chevre and rosemary peppercorn chevre")) (00:31:19:12) ((Gina "g-mmm that's so good. oh the ginger is so fun!")) The chevre is even creamier than most because of the Nigerian milk. (00:31:57:00) ((Kim Ingraham/Willow Moon Farm "very creamy texture with the extra butterfat. g-i could eat that all day it's so good"))

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Willow Moon Farm is having an open farm day with cheese tasting, music and playtime with the goat kids on Sunday May 17th. We'll have more information with this story on our website.

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Just a beautiful day in our region which means spring is FINALLY here. And with that comes a lot of mud. Adam Sullivan takes us to South Pomfret where mud season is captured on the canvas.

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With temperatures in the 70's the signs of spring are all around us. Blue skies, melting snow, rising rivers, and of course, a lot of mud. At the ArtisTree-- a community arts center in South Pomfret-- creative minds are using the muddy mess as inspiration. ((Kathleen Dolan/Artistree: "to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of spring and the work has something very loosely to do with mud.")) The gallery exhibit-- called "MUD"-- features 42 artists. Most of them live in the community-- painting familiar scenes of the world around them. Kathleen Fiske-- of Woodstock- has two works on display. ((Kathleen Fiske/Artist: "it sort of shows the meltdown that happens. You can see the dirty snow in the foreground and the shadows in the background and it is a unique tree.")) Fiske takes classes here, and also teaches them. The non-profit has been in the Upper valley for 10 years but moved into this sprawling barn last Fall. Yoga, theatre and music courses are also offered. ((Dolan: "all communities benefit from collaborations based in the arts. I think it brings people together.")) And, Dolan says, it brings the artists' creative sides out of themselves. Especially when it comes to mud-- accentuating both the good and the bad. ((Fiske: "mud season really is a little of both. We are happy to see it come, but while it is here it is really messy. So I guess we are trying to make the best of a bad situation ")) ((Sullivan: "the gallery is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays. This exhibit is open until May 2nd. Signs of the season turned into art for the senses. Adam Sullivan channel three news in South Pomfret."))

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We are looking for YOUR pictures of the mud as well. You can email them, share them on Facebook, or use the hastag #muddies on Twitter.

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And of course...the game is just part of what makes opening day special... and with more on that we head live to Fenway Park and our Scott Fleishman... ((TRT: 2:08 ... OC: out on music ))

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The Yankees capped a tough opening week with that 14-4 romp over the Red Sox last night in the Bronx. Tonight, New York hits the road for the first time. The 2-4 Yanks opening a three game series at Baltimore. Michael Pineda on the hill for New York against the O's Wei-Yin Chen.

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No one would have predicted, back in October and November, that, come mid-April, the Boston Celtics would be on the verge of the playoffs, while the Boston Bruins would be breaking out the golf clubs. But that is where we stand after Boston picked up a second win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in three nights on Sunday, rolling past the Cavs 117-78 at TD Garden. Having already clinched the second seed, Cleveland rested starters LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and J-R Smith, and the C's took advantage, winning their fourth straight and sixth in the last seven games. With two games left, Boston sits in seventh place in the East, a game up on Brooklyn and Indiana. One loss from either of those teams or one more Boston win and the Celtics make the playoffs. The first chance comes tonight, when the Nets host Chicago. Boston returns to action tomorrow night at home against Toronto, while the Pacers host Washington.

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The Bruins season came to an end Saturday as Ottawa and Pittsburgh both won, which sealed Boston missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The B's also lost, falling in a shootout at Tampa Bay. There could be some big changes after a disappointing season. GM Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien could be done. Five players are free agents, Carl Soderberg, Adam McQuaid, Danile Paille, Gregory Campbell and Matt Bartkowski, all could be elsewhere next season...and key players like forward Milan Lucic could be on the trade block.

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While the Bruins are picking up the pieces, the Montreal Canadiens are preparing for the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Habs won the Atlantic Division, and will face Ottawa in the first round, with Game One Wednesday night at 7pm at the Bell Center. The Senators actually won the season series, taking three of four from the Canadiens.

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In case you missed it on Saturday night, former UVM captain and All-American Mike Paliotta made his NHL debut with Chicago in the Blackhawks regular season finale at Colorado...wearing number 47, in the second, Paliotta gets the puck out of the corner...Chicago rushes forward and another former Cat, Patrick Sharp scores ...Paliotta initiated the play and was credited with an assist on Sharp's goal ...So his NHL debut, Mike gets his first NHL point...on a goal from another former IceCat...Paliotta met with the media prior to his debut and talked about what he's learned from his new teammates in his brief time in the NHL.

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(TRT: 16....Up on) (michael Paliotta/"just their work ethic everyday. The way they treat their bodies on off days, just making sure they're always ready to go, ready to play. Their practice habits, passing the puck hard all the time, a lot of communication on the ice, little things like that that i've definitely picked up on." )

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