Mon 15-DEC-2014 6 P.M. News Script

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Bringing a gift is an easy way to show your appreciation for your holiday hostess. But why not trying making something instead of buying something? Gina Bullard got some great ideas from the ladies at Chef Contos Kitchen and Store.

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Amaretto Cherries 5 cups tart cherries (unsweetened) 3 cups red wine 2 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup water 1 cup amaretto plus 1/4 cup 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper pinch of salt thyme (optional) Cook all ingredients together except the 1/4 cup amaretto. Cook until syrupy, 10-20 minutes. Add the rest of the amaretto. Place in jar and keep in the fridge for weeks! Use in holiday drinks and desserts Santa Salt Sea salt Pink peppercorns Rosemary, chopped Mortar will and use on meats, roasted nuts and vegetables. Tahini makes 3/4 cup 1 cup sesame seeds 2 tablespoons or more mild olive oil, a neutral oil such as grapeseed oil, and/or a small amount of sesame oil Salt (optional) Toast raw sesame seeds (optional): Toasting raw sesame seeds gives the tahini a nuttier flavor. On the stovetop, place the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring them frequently with a wooden spoon. Toast the seeds until they are lightly colored (not brown) and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Transfer the toasted sesame seeds to a large plate or tray and let them cool completely. Alternatively, toast the seeds in the oven: Preheat the oven to 350F. Spread the sesame seeds on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast the seeds, stirring once or twice, until they are lightly colored (not brown) and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Transfer the toasted sesame seeds to a large plate or tray and let them cool completely. Place the sesame seeds in a food processor: Place the sesame seeds in a food processor fitted with the S-blade. (Alternatively, you can use a mortar and pestle or a blender, although success may depend on the particular blender.) Grind the sesame seeds: Process for 2 to 3 minutes until the sesame seeds form a crumbly paste. Add oil: Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the food processor. Process for 1 to 2 minutes, scraping down the sides as necessary, until the mixture forms a thick and fairly smooth paste. Add more oil (optional): For thinner tahini, add more oil, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, and process until the desired consistency is reached. Add salt (optional): Add salt to taste and process until combined. Store the tahini: Transfer the tahini to a jar or other airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for a month or longer. If the mixture separates, stir the tahini to redistribute the oil.

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We'll have all of the hostess gift recipes with this story on our website.

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Tomorrow on the Thirty -- relationship matters. Bjarne (be-yarn-a) Holmes is a psychology professor at Champlain College. Holmes hosts a podcast called Relationship Matters -- and will discuss new research about how being in a relationship changes who we are as individuals. That's tomorrow at 5-30 on The Thirty.

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Good Evening I'm Darren Perron. and I'm Kristin Kelly. It was an arson fire that killed three young boys and their grandmother. The arsonist was convicted and sent to jail. But now Eric Williams is being sentenced - again. Alex Apple is outside the courthouse in Burlington to tell us why. Alex. Darren, Kristin -- Eric Williams admitted in 1999 to setting fire to an apartment complex in Milton. The fire killed Williams' next door neighbor and her three grandchildren. Williams asked for a new trial after alleging his first lawyer coerced him into a plea deal. The state refused to give him a new trial -- but did grant him a new sentencing hearing. Judge Samuel Hoar -- who will decide William's new sentence -- heard testimony from state and defense witnesses.

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((1999 Eric Williams: "the fire extinguisher is out dated. The detectors didn't go off and things like that. It really hurts.")) That was Eric Williams in 1999. Just hours after he set fire to the Sarah Marie Apartments in Milton. Days later he would confess to police. But now -- Williams is getting a new sentence. And the victim's family is -- once again -- reliving the death of a grandmother and her three grandsons. (22:57 Lt. Steve Burke/Milton Fire Dept.)(("Q: Do you have an understanding of where fire investigators concluded the first started? A:I was told it occurred in a wicker basket in one of the downstairs apartments)) The first person to take the stand was Lieutenant Steve Burke of the Milton Fire Department. Burke was one of the first to enter the burning apartments -- and the one that first found the bodies. (40:45 Lt Steve Burke/Milton Fire Dept)(("I went into an area like a living room. I think it had a bed in it. And there was two more victims there.")) Burke's recounting of that day left the victims' family in tears. (52:00 Lt. Steve Burke)(("52:00 Something I'll always remember. He was so kind and gentle particularly to the one in diapers.)) The judge also heard testimony from a Department of Corrections employee who reviews offender's sentences. (1:34:35 Sarah Systo/Department of Corrections)(("Whateve r the sentence imposed, will be reduced by a 1/3 determining what date he can be released from the facility, correct. )) The defense first called Williams' aunt. (1:53:10 Beverly Richards/Williams' aunt)(("1:53:10 Always very helpful. Always wanted to work and do something.")) Richards says Eric Williams never knew his father -- spent much of his childhood in a foster home -- and had to take care of his brothers and sisters at a young age. Then the man Williams calls dad -- Ken Rusin with whom Williams lived as a young teen -- took the stand and pledged to help him upon release. (02:25:20 Ken Rusin/Person Williams calls dad)(("He wants to come back home. He could come stay with us. That would be something I'm comfortable with.))

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Williams was originally given a 40 year sentence -- the hearing will continue tomorrow and Judge Samuel Hoar will weigh evidence and testimony from the victim's family before deciding how much more time Williams must serve.

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A gas pipeline protester -- is convicted of assaulting a Vermont Gas employee. Police cited 37-year-old Willy Levitt of Hardwick in May -- following this protest at the Vermont Gas headquarters in South Burlington. Members of the activist group Rising Tide were demonstrating against the pipeline being built between Chittenden and Addison counties. During the protest a Rising Tide member was chained to the building's front door. In the process, an employee was allegedly pushed and hit with the chain.

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Vermont Yankee is set to shut down at the end of the year - and now - more than 800-thousand dollars will fund five projects near Vernon -- to help offset the economic impact. The nuclear plant is set to shut down in two weeks. Layoffs are scheduled a few weeks later -- and eventually most of the plant's 600 high-paying jobs will be lost. The plant's owner -- Entergy Nuclear -- agreed to contribute $10-million dollars over five years for economic development in the county. Governor Shumlin has the final say on the distribution of the money, but he says most of the 24 proposals he's reviewed so far have failed to offer the "transformational new jobs and economic opportunity" he hoped for. The governor has asked the Commerce agency to revamp the application process to encourage creative partnerships and attract new capital and ideas -- for use of the remainder of the grant funds.

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Changes at the UVM Medical Center mean some Vermont fertility patients are travelling to New Hampshire for care. In Vitro Fertilization -- or I-V-F -- is the process of harvesting eggs from a woman. They are then fertilized with sperm in a lab -- and then several days later -- the fertilized egg is implanted in the woman. Until recently -- the UVM Medical Center offered that procedure -- but it's been without a doctor who can do it since mid-November. So for the time being -- I-V-F patients need to travel to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for part of the process.

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((Dr. Misty Blanchette Porter at 25:49:10 there is a process of when they enter into care, cycle monitoring, blood work -- all of that can be done at the university medical center. and then if they need to come here for egg harvest or embryo transfer, they will be here for those specific procedures. but then any future care like ultrasounds, monitoring for nice pregnancy outcomes or perhaps frozen embryo transfers, they can have their embryos transported to the lab that's there and have care on site. 26:21:18)) The UVM Medical Center stresses this arrangement is temporary. It hopes to be fully staffed and offering all I-V-F services again by next summer. I-V-F costs thousands of dollars and is not typically covered by insurance. Nationwide about 22-percent of I-V-F cycles result in a live birth. The two hospitals are also developing a long term alliance to limit duplication of highly specialized and rare fertility procedures - not including IVF - meaning that those rare procedures would only be offered at one of the hospitals. And that could mean people traveling back and forth between Lebanon and Burlington.

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Dan is here. Still plenty of snow on the trees. (wx script)

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Lawmakers wont be back in Montpelier for a few weeks. But they're already facing some big decisions about property taxes. They've been rising steadily. Many taxpayers sent a message on Town Meeting Day -- and in November that they've had enough. Tonight - special correspondent Nancy Remsen takes a look at what's been driving property taxes higher in Vermont -- and it's not just school spending.

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School boards are still developing budgets -- but already Vermonters know property tax rates are on the rise. 00:26.11:06) ((Cathy Vadnais/Milton School Board member "Well it is hard. Everyone in the community is pretty much taxed out.")) Cathy Vadnais -- a new school board member in Milton -- speaks for many school officials when she says the challenge they face is intimidating. Boards are trying to write acceptable spending plans knowing taxes are going up. (00:26.38:02) ((Cathy Vadnais/Milton School Board member "We could do a level funded budget and they would still have an increase in their taxes.")) Two factors drive tax rates higher. Gov. Peter Shumlin has focused on the school spending side of the equation - per pupil costs have more than doubled over the last 15 years. ((source = Agency of Ed)) ((nats Shumlin from press conf?)) (GRAPHIC OF EQUALIZED EDUCATION PROPERTY VALUE GOES WITH THE GRAF BELOW) But shrunken property values caused by the recession also are forcing tax rates to rise. The total value from all kinds of property in Vermont declined more than $4 billion dollars between 2009 and 2013. (05:13.40:15) ((Mary Peterson/tax Commissioner "The recession had an impact because properties actually lost value" )) (05:13.51:15) ((" And we also saw less sticks and bricks we call it, less new construction. ")) Federal economic stimulus money spared taxpayers pain for a few years. Then the money ran out. (GRAPHIC OF RESIDENTIAL TAX RATES FROM FY 2010 through FY15.) Over the last five years, officials raised statewide school tax rates to make up for the smaller tax base. From 86 cents per 100 dollars of value in 2010 to 98 cents per 100 dollars this year. But now -- the housing picture is beginning to improve. Economist Tom Kavet offered this assessment during a November briefing for legislators. (00:53.10:20) ((Tom Kavet/Legislature's economic consultant "For the first time in more than eight years we have seen house-price appreciation in every single state.")) Still Kavet cautions that restoring lost value takes time. (00:55.02:13) ((Tom Kavet/Legislature's economic consultant "We are looking at a tax base that grew rapidly for a while, but now is flattened, has flattened off. We are not going to get back to 2009 levels until 2017.")) Tax commissioner Peterson says the latest information suggests statewide property values may actually be increasing. So she is recommending a two-cent property tax hike for next year -- less than this year's four-cent jump. Republican legislators are less sure that 2 cent increase is realistic. (00:15.23:02) ((Brian Savage/Assistant House Republican Leader "It is certainly different than what we were informed on Nov. 19th.")) Assistant House Republican Leader Brian Savage said he expected the Shumlin administration to say the statewide rate should jump four or five cents, not two. House Republicans had a special briefing on money matters. That's when a member of the Legislature's Joint Fiscal staff predicted a bigger rate change. (00:15.53:10) ((Brian Savage/Assistant House Republican Leader "He had pretty much said we would be looking at a four or five cent rate increase just due to the fact that the grand list has not recovered from the economic decline.")) ..... (00:16.19:14) ((" I am really concerned where the administration is coming out with a two-cent, versus where JFO is saying to be maybe four or five cents.")) But, Republicans and the Democratic Shumlin administration agree on one thing - waiting for the tax base to regain value is not the best remedy for Vermonters' property tax pain. So the spotlight is on reducing school spending. (04:26.31:19) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin/D-Vermont: "There is no silver bullet to solve our property tax challenge. What it will take is lots of loads of buckshot, lots of good ideas.")) Milton School board member Cathy Vadnais knows all too well about property tax woes. She says her family's bill has risen steadily since they bought their home 15 years ago. (00:27.22:16) ((Cathy Vadnais/Milton School Board member "We pay over $4,000 in taxes. We also do taxes for clients and so I have seen people's increase in their tax property bills all across the state.")) (00:27.38:10) ((Cathy Vadnais/Milton School Board member "It takes more money out of our pocket just to fund our property taxes. So, you know, it gets hard, it's hard.")) But Vadnais has two children in the Milton school system, so she's unlikely to support radical budget cuts just to reduce taxes. 00:28.18:14) ((Cathy Vadnais/Milton School Board member "We will do the best we can, but it is really daunting.")) Nancy Remsen, Channel 3 News, Milton.

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House Speaker Shap Smith released a report Friday that outlines several ideas for taking on rising property taxes. They range from smaller tweaks to the current system -- to instituting a flat statewide property tax and a variable income tax to pay for schools.

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Governor Peter Shumlin is asking for federal assistance - after the storm. He's asking FEMA to make a damage assessment - to help cover the costs of cleanup and recovery. The initial request is for Chittenden, Franklin, Lamoille and Orleans counties. If costs top a million dollars -- counties and utilities could get federal money. V-Trans says just dealing with the roads alone -- cost the state -- 2-point-2 million dollars during the storm.

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And then of course -- there are the outages. Downed trees and powerlines -- caused tens of thousands of homes to lose electricity -- over the last week. GMP says at least 130-thousand of its customers were impacted by the storm. Right now -- nearly 7-hundred homes in Vermont -- are still in the dark.

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In Starksboro -- relief today. As crews finally reached some homes -- cut off during the storm. Vermont Electric Coop says it may be the second worst outage it's ever seen. Eliza Larson followed a crew today as they worked to restore power to many residents who have been without it for a week.

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((nats)) Louis Bennett has farmed here for 60 years. His farm lost power last Wednesday. (TC 00:21:51:29 Title 4686) ((Louis Bennett/Starksboro Resident "As I can remember, we've never lost it for this long." 00:21:54:12)) And then... Suddenly Monday morning... There was light. (TC 00:21:26:17 Title 4686) ((Louis Bennett/Starksboro Resident "Well it was kind of a shock. I was up, getting ready to come down here you know and all of a sudden, everything lit up." 00:21:31:13)) Bennett's electricity returned early Monday morning ... Thanks to Vermont Electric Co-op crews working in Starksboro -- the hardest hit town in the co-op's service territory. (TC 00:10:13:04 Title 4674) (Craig Vance/Charles Curtis "We're going around trying to get poles set for the linemen who are following behind to put the wires back up to get the power restored." 00:10:19:21)) Many residents here... like Bennett ... Have not had power for almost a week. (TC 00:13:31:01 Title 4860) ((David Hallquist/CEO, Vermont Electric Co-op "We really left this area to the end because there was so much damage and we knew we had to focus a lot of work, but we prioritized our outages. And this was really - unfortunately these folks are at the end of the storm." 00:13:49:02)) C-E-O of Vermont Electric Co-op, David Hallquist said Starksboro had some of the most extensive damage they've seen. ((nats)) Crews Monday attempted to free downed power lines from the wet heavy snow...broken poles... and trees that had fallen on lines. Workers are not sure how long they'll be out there. (TC 00:11:52:11 Title 4674) ((Craig Vance/Charles Curtis "You never know, you never know. Like I said if the snow unloads it could be a short one but if it does we could be here a while." 00:11:58:06) (TC 00:28:21:25 Title 4701) ((Eliza Larson/Channel 3 "A week after the nor'easter storm hit Vermont and crews are still out here in Starksboro working on power lines. Vermont Electric Co-op says it could cost millions of dollars, but who's paying for it?" 00:28:33:24)) (TC 00:16:21:29 Title 4680) ((David Hallquist/CEO of Vermont Electric Coop "We're estimating that we're going to have a three and a half to four million dollar storm here as well. And that's pretty significant considering prior to last year our our prior storms were about one and a half million dollars. So these new storms are really causing a lot of damage." 00:16:51:18)) VEC says that... so far... this storm has cost them 2 million dollars. They predict it to be the co-op's second most expensive storm... after last year's ice storm that hit just before Christmas. That one cost 6.3 million dollars. (TC 00:14:23:00 Title 4680) ((David Hallquist/CEO of Vermont Electric Coop "We've had 50,000 member outages last year, so far we've had 35,000." 00:14:46:21)) Green Mountain Power estimates that it will cost the state's largest utility 15 million dollars. But even if companies get some relief from FEMA... as VEC expects to... (TC 00:21:58:26 Title 4686) ((Louis Bennett/Starksboro Resident "But they don't worry about charging us." 00:22:17:06)) Storm costs could get passed along -- so customers like Louis Bennett could be paying some too. Eliza Larson... Channel 3 News... Starksboro.

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Another storm on the way?

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Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Becoming partly cloudy after midnight. Low 15/25. Wind light. Tuesday: Some morning sun. Increasing afternoon clouds. High 33/40. Wind S 5-10 mph. Tuesday Night: Cloudy skies. Rain showers, mixing with some snow and sleet. Low 28/35. Wind SE 5-10 mph. Wednesday: Cloudy skies. Rain showers likely, mixing with some snow and sleet. High 35/42. Wind light. Thursday: Cloudy skies. A few snow showers. High 28/35. Low 20/27. Friday: Mostly cloudy. A few snow showers. High 25/32. Low 12/22. Saturday: Partly sunny. High 25/35. Low 12/22. Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers. High 25/35. Low 15/25. Monday: Mostly cloudy. High 25/35.

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Attention smokers: Don't light up on the Church Street Marketplace.

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((Joan Shannon/Burlington City Council President: 23:49 This gives people who are irritated by smoke the right to ask somebody to not smoke.)) Signs say it all. Smoking on Burlington's Church Street Marketplace -- no longer allowed starting Wednesday. ((2:34 Shannon: It turns out no one really enjoys inhaling someone else's second hand smoke.)) The city calls it a public health concern. And says passage of the ban will benefit people. And possibly -- business too. A survey showed support for the measure among shop owners. ((Ron Redmond/Church Street Marketplace: 1:20 The response from the public has been amazing. Absolutely amazing.)) ((Steve Myers/Burlington: 25:50 I think it's kind of stupid really.)) But clearly, no one asked longtime Burlington resident, Steve Myers. ((26:30 Steve: I can see at the bars and stuff like that. But if you're outside ** you should be able to smoke. )) He doesn't smoke. He chews tobacco. But he has friends who do. And they like to meet and hang out on the Marketplace. ((26:55 Steve: They want to have a cigarette and they cant. What's going to be next? 28:11 I should have the right to do it. We pay taxes in town.)) The ordinance includes the use of lighted tobacco -- and tobacco substitutes -- like electronic cigarettes. At all times. Aunnah Guzman's not a fan of the ban either. ((Aunnah Guzman/Burlington: 30:30 Got to remember that smoke rises and we are outside. 32:10 It's a big wide open space I don't understand why it's a problem)) But city officials -- and state health officials say it is a problem. And that Burlington is following other cities with pedestrian mall smoking bans, like Boulder, Colorado, Santa Monica, California and New York's Times Square. ((Ron Redmond: 19:25 Burlington has a reputation as one of the healthiest cities and aspires to be more. 19:32 We are actually late to the game getting a smoking prohibition.)) Burlington plans to politely enforce the ban to begin with. Simply asking smokers to snuff them out. But violators could face $50 fines. $100 bucks -- if you light a butt a second time or more. ((Chief Mike Schirling/Burlington Police Dept.: 21:03 It's a municipal ticket. Civil violation. Not an arrestable offense. 21:57 The hope is we won't need to use tickets often. 22:15 you are welcome to come down but please take the cigarettes someplace else.))

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Right now -- the ban only covers Church Street. But the city council may consider side streets -- down the road. The city council passed an entire downtown smoking ban in 2012. But it was vetoed by then Mayor Bob Kiss. The current mayor of Burlington -- Miro Weinberger -- supports the Church Street ban. He opposed a broader ban -- in the past. But if a new proposal -- to include other areas -- comes to his desk -- his office says -- he'd take another look.

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Vermont has picked the new chief enforcement officer in the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Lt. Jason Batchelder takes over the job this week -- replacing Col. David LeCours who retired in October. Batchelder has been with the department for ten years -- first as a field warden and most recently as the lieutenant for the northeast district.

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Vermont PBS has a new president. Holly Groschner will take over as president and CEO in February. The Corinth resident most recently worked with the Vermont Telecommunications Authority -- where she advised state leaders how to access to broadband and cell service across the state. She takes over for John King -- who was let go in April -- after ongoing disagreements with the station's board of directors.

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A tractor trailer crash tied up traffic in Grantham. Police say the driver of the truck got distracted and went off the road in the southbound lane of Interstate 89 last night. The truck was carrying produce. The left lane was closed -- while the fruits and veggies were moved to another truck. No one was hurt.

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State police in Middlesex are looking for the owner of some rare stolen property. Investigators say they recently recovered a collection of coins and tokens. This is a photo of some of the loot. Now police are looking for the owner. Call police -- if you have any information.

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Folks at UVM in Burlington -- helped load food today. It was all part of the 4th annual "Fill A Bus" food drive. Volunteers were at the Davis Center -- taking donations of non-perishable food. The goal was to fill the entire bus with food items. After that -- the bus will be driven to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, where the volunteers will unpack it to feed the hungry.

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(55:13 Wendy Koenig/Faculty Volunteer)(("Anything that's a non-perishable food item is welcome and we're taking donations until about 5:30 this afternoon.......55:26 The last couple of years I've volunteered, we've filled the entire bus.")) The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf says they feed around 3500 Vermonters per month -- with that number rising during the holiday season.

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Who stole a ski area sign in Marlboro. It happened at the old Hogback Ski Area -- over the past couple days. The sign was posted at the base of the ski grounds along Route 9. If you have any information -- call Vermont State Police. That's news around the region.

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Starting Line Sports ...it was a super sunday at Patrick Gym as both the UVM men's and women's basketball teams picked up victories in a doubleheader against Wagner. The men got the afternoon started with a 61-47 victory to improve to 5-4 on the season as the Cats continue to alternate wins and losses. Vermont has now gone seven straight games without winning putting together back-to-back wins or suffering back-to-back losses. The Cats turned up the defensive pressure, holding Wagner to just 27% shooting from the field. Freshman guard Trae Bell-Haynes contiuned his outstanding play, with a team high 16 points to go with four assists, six rebounds and two steals. With senior co-captain Hector Harold sitting out with a foot injury, freshman Brandon Hatton stepped up with a career best 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting. Dre Willis added 11 as the Cats bounced back from last weekend's double overtime loss to Harvard and survived without one of their senior leaders in Harold.

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((TRT: 18 ... OC: GET ON A ROLL))

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It was high drama in the late afternoon as the Vermont women outlasted Wagner 82-75 for their second straight victory. Down three points with six seconds to go, standout freshman Sidney Smith drained a deep three to send the game to overtime. Smith finished with a team high 25 points, the sixth straight game where she set a new career scoring mark, and was named America East rookie of the week for the second week in a row. Then in OT, it was the veteran, senior Niki Taylor, who took over, scoring ten of her 16 points in the extra session to pace the Cats to the win. After starting the year with seven straight losses, the team has now won two straight and the confidence is building.

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((TRT: 21 ... OC: WITH A WIN.))

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The Vermont women open a two game road trip Wednesday night at St. Francis Brooklyn. The UVM men close out a four game homestand Thursday night against Yale.

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A new study from England shows that feeling younger may help you live longer. Alphonso Van Marsh reports.

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Marian Armitage is not letting her age slow her down. She rides her bike everywhere.. to the store, to Pilates class. (CAP0: @09 to 0:14 MARIAN ARMITAGE, SENIOR) I JUST BECAME 60 THIS YEAR - AND I CERTAINLY DON'T FEEL 60. Researchers at the University College London found the key to living longer may be feeling young. (CAP @0:20-0:29 ANDREW STEPTOE, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON) PEOPLE WHO FELT YOUNGER THAN THEIR REAL AGE WERE MORE LIKELY TO SURVIVE OVER THE NEXT EIGHT YEARS OR SO COMPARED TO THOSE WHO FELT OLDER. CAP @0:29-0:36 ALPHONSO VAN MARSH, CBS NEWS, LONDON RESEARCHERS TRACKED NEARLY SIX-AND-A-HALF THOUSAND SENIOR CITIZENS HERE IN ENGLAND FOR MORE THAN A DECADE. They found adults who felt younger had a 14 percent death rate compared to a nearly 25-percent death rate for people who felt older. (CAP @0:45-0:54 ANDREW STEPTOE, LEAD RESEARCHER) SOMEONE WHO FEELS YOUNGER IS POSSIBLY HEALTHIER THAN SOMEONE WHO FEELS OLDER, THEY HAVE FEWER DISEASES, THEY MAY BE MORE MOBILE. Marian says the study doesn't surprise her at all.. and that she plans to keep her young attitude as she grows old . Alphonso Van Marsh, CBS News, London

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Most adults in the study said they felt three or more years younger than their actual age. That's health watch.

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Everything has a smell -- from fresh mountain air to the dirt. Tonight Gina Bullard tells us about one company that's bottling those scents so you can enjoy them anywhere with its Made in Vermont candles.

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Nestled in the quiet town of Lunenberg is a barn -- ((nat - COVER WITH OUTSIDE PICS)) packed with fragrance. ((nat)) Welcome to Aunt Sadie's. ((nat)) Where they hand-make scented candles. (00;35:19:27) ((Gary Briggs/Aunt Sadie's "true to life fragrances, we're known for having fragrances that mimic what the actual scent would be")) Gary Briggs and Brian Schnetzer started the business 16 years ago. Now they have six full time employees and make 35 different scents of candles. They work with fragrance houses to create smells from lavender and vanilla to beyond the norm -- with fabric fragrances -- like tweed and leather. And Aunt Sadie's doesn't forget about the more earthy essences like tomato and dirt -- even more unusual -- aromas like bacon and pipe tobacco. (00:41:40:23) ((Gary Briggs/Aunt Sadie's "g-you have a scent for everyone. g- we try to there's been some fragrances we've been asked to do some that we won't do. gina-like what? g- i can't say it on the air haha")) In the beginning Aunt Sadie's candles were made in Boston. They had a store front for ten years. But in 2010, they moved to Lunenberg Vermont -- where Gary grew up. But it was Brian who started the business. A big time ad agency guy -- burnt out -- looking for a creative outlet. He decided to make candles as Christmas gifts. Gary had an antique shop in Boston where he sold them and they flew off the shelves. (00:29:44:23) ((Brian Schnetzer/Aunt Sadie's "pretty much at that point aunt sadies was born")) Aunt Sadie is Brian's grandmother. (00:27:33:29) ((Brian Schnetzer/Aunt Sadie's "on long island where she was born she was aunt sadie")) (00:28:17:27) ((Brian Schnetzer/Aunt Sadie's "when she was about 89 she told me she felt like no one would remember her because she never made a mark ")) Sadie died when she was 91 -- she never had a career -- but Brian was going to make sure everyone knew who she was. The company sells more than 100-thousand candles a year. Pine is the best seller. Aunt Sadie's is sold in small boutiques across the country and in larger stores like Vermont Country Store, Nordstorms, Anthropology and LLBean. It's known for it's tin can candles -- but is branching out to also offer frosty glass this year. ((nat gina smelling)) We decided to put some of the candles to a blind smell test -- some of them were spot on to my nose -- (00;43:05:14) ((Gary Briggs & Gina "grass? yes!")) And others were a bit harder to guess -- ((nat smell bacon)) (00:43:50:15) ((Gary Briggs & Gina "gb-i thought bacon would smell disgusting but it doesn't it smells smokey")) ((nat smell)) (00:42:33:12) ((Gary Briggs & Gina "i don't know... g-that's the dirt. gb-that's good smelling dirt!")) Unique Made in Vermont candles burning bright in memory of a woman -- who'd be proud to know she's left her mark. Gina Bullard Channel 3 News Lunenberg.

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Each candle burns for 70 hours and costs around 17-dollars. We have more info on our website -- wcax - dot - com. ((http://www.auntsadie sonline.com))

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A weekend off and a week of exams certainly didn't do anything to derail the UVM men's hockey team as the Cats continued their strong play with a home and home sweep of St. Lawrence. Vermont picked up a 2-1 win Friday night at Gutterson against their former ECAC rivals, and then followed that up with a 2-0 victory Saturday in Canton. The Cats have now won six in a row, and sit at 13-3-1, their best start to a season thru 17 games since 1987. Vermont remained at tenth in this week's U-S College Hockey Online poll, out today, but moved up to ninth in the USA Today/USA Hockey poll. In Saturday night's 2-0 win, goalie Mike Santaguida made 35 saves for the shutout and earned Hockey East defensive player of the week honors for the second time this season. The Cats now go on their holiday break, returning to action at the end of the month when they host the Catamount Cup. Vermont will face Air Force on December 28th and Providence on the 29th, both games starting at 7pm.

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last night at Gutterson, the Vermont women hosting Dartmouth...both teams desperate for a win... the Cats had lost five straight coming in... the Big Green were 0-6-1 in their last seven... --- All Vermont in the first period, 2 power play goals, great passing leads to Brittany Zuback's score. 2-0 Cats after one. --- but then the Big Green take over... scoring 2 goals 37 seconds apart in the second period. Karlee Odland with one of them. 3-2 Dartmouth after 2. --- Third period, on the power play, Lindsey Allen puts in the rebound...a hat trick for Allen.... Dartmouth scores 6 unanswered goals to beat Vermont, 6-2 the final...a sigh of relief for the visitors...as frustrations continue to mount for the hosts ...

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Meanwhile, yesterday in Hanover, the Dartmouth men's hockey team cruised to an 8-3 win over Sacred Heart at Thompson Arena. Jack Barre scored twice as the Big Green notched four goals unanswered goals in the second to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 lead. Dartmouth added four more in the third, including two by Eric Neiley to give head coach Bob Gaudet the 250th win of his head coaching career. Dartmouth improves to 6-4-1 with the victory. Off now for the holidays, the Green return to action the first weekend of January when they host the 26th annual Ledyard Classic. Dartmouth will host Denver on Friday the 2nd and Boston College on Saturday the 3rd.

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The Yankees made their first big splash in the free agent market today, resigning third baseman Chase Headley to a four-year deal worth a reported $52 million. Headley came to New York prior to the trade deadline last season from San Diego. He hit .262 in 58 games for the Yankees with six home runs and 17 RBI. Although he can play first base, Headley is primarily a third baseman, and one of the best defensive third baseman in baseball. His signing leaves the Yankees with questions about what to do with Alex Rodriguez who is returning from his one year suspension for violating baseball's drug agreement.

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The Chicago Cubs introduced their new $155 million dollar man today. Jon Lester signed that monster free agent contract with the Cubs last week. Lester joining the team run by Theo Epstein, who was Boston's GM when Lester made his Sox debut as a rookie in 2006. Now, the 31-year-old hopes to help turn around the fortunes of a club that last reached the postseason in 2008, and, of course, has not won a World Series since 1908.

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Tonight at 11 - some veterans helping veterans - get back on their feet. Shelby Cashman will have that story. Plus -- Oil prices are dropping -- but why are airfares -- still sky high? That's next on the CBS Evening News. Good night.


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