Mon 25-APR-2016 6 P.M. News Script
Cash strapped - and asking for help. Can Jay Peak weather the "Kingdom Con" fraud scandal? Good evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. New court filings paint a dire picture -- pointing to mounting debt -- and a broken tram. Investigative reporter Jennifer Costa is here with the latest. Jennifer? Kristin and Darren -- it's the perfect storm. The resorts are embroiled in a fraud investigation -- behind on their bills -- assets are frozen -- and we're headed into the off season -- when even profitable ski resorts -- typically need help to get by.
The Kingdom Con continues to unravel -- new challenges -- unfolding day by day. Now the interim management team is scrambling to pay the bills. ((PHONER: Steve Olsen/CEO Leisure Hotels and Resorts 00:04:19 "we're paying on an as needed basis so basically the the most critical functions are being funded currently.")) Friday - the man appointed by the court to make financial decisions for Jay Peak and Qburke - filed an emergency motion asking for money. According to court filings -- Michael Goldberg says he has very little cash to work with and a mountain of expenses -- made worse by the warm winter. He says Jay Peak needs 7 to 11.5 million dollars to survive the off season -- fix its aging tram -- and pay soft drink, internet, gasoline and food vendors -- who are threatening to cut off service or require cash payments. We spoke with the CEO of the management team -- hired by Goldberg to run the day-to-day operations. Steve Olsen tells us -- despite fiscal shortfalls -- he's optimistic about the future of Jay Peak. ((PHONER: Steve Olsen/CEO Leisure Hotels and Resorts 00:03:52 "there are some large cash needs that need to be addressed and we've asked the court to provide funds or release funds to allow us to accomplish that." 00:05:55 "if those funds are not available I will not ask employees to work for free and or would I ask vendors to provide servicing when I have an unclear path as to how to pay them.")) Goldberg requested an additional 750-thousand dollar loan -- for Q Burke -- to carry the project through the off season -- so it can later open or be sold. Court filings show the hotel is finished -- but there's no money to operate it once the doors open. He says the loan would cover insurance, payroll for a sketelon staff, utilities, pest control and taxes. Olsen says if all goes as planned he intends to open the hotel at Q Burke by Thanksgiving weekend. He says the campground, hiking and biking trails at Q Burke will remain open throughout the summer.
These court filings also give more insight about the ponzi-like scheme. Investigators say Jay Peak owners raised 67-million from investors for a new hotel and 84 cabins at Jay Peak. Goldberg says the money is gone -- but cottage construction is "nowhere near finished." The SEC alleges another 83-million -- raised for AnC Bio -- was diverted to other projects. Goldberg says "there is tens of millions of dollars of construction to be done, and no money to pay for it."
For the investors - who pumped millions into the Northeast Kingdom redevelopment project -- it is an anxious time. Gina Bullard just spoke with one - and Gina he is worried about his legal status in the US now.. Felipe Vieira moved from Brazil to Stowe with his wife and 16 year old daughter three years ago to live the American Dream. But now that dream could be slipping out from under them. Vieira is one of hundreds of foreign nationals who put their money and their futures into the hands of Bill Stenger and Ariel Quiros and the NEK revitalization project. He first learned about the state and federal investigations through watching channel 3. That's when he started calling other foreign investors. He's now the spokesperson for 69 of them. 90% of which do NOT have their green cards yet. Vieiras 500k$ investment was for a later phase of the grandiose project - which is barely off the ground. The investors are worried that if the work stops their temporary visas will be just that. Temporary.
(( we don't depend on EB5 to live but if we lose our visa that's a huge setback .")) Vieira isn't your typical investor. He had to give up a lot to get to the US. He sold his farm and an apartment in Brazil and he works a full time IT job here in Vermont Green cards only are awarded if an EB-5 investment creates 10 jobs -- there's no work being done at Jay Peak now and no certainty the project will move forward. Vieira has reached out to state and local officials about his immigration status -- but hasn't heard back. Coming up at 11 we'll have more with the man who says he has a hard time believing Bill Stenger didn't know something was off.
It could be seen for miles -- a fire in Ascutney -- that destroyed a local motel. Dry conditions fueled the fire - but that's not all. Adam Sullivan is in Ascutney tonight. Adam. Darren- massive destruction here in Ascutney. A business ruined in a matter if minutes. Fire fighters are still of scene of the fire that officials say was started by a young boy.
Flames shot through the roof of the Yankee Village Motel in Ascutney. Crowds gather on Route 5 as the inferno quickly consumed the 19 room building. ((Christopher St. Sauveur/Springfield: "it is crazy seeing how fast something can disappear.")) ((St. Sauveur: "i'm amazed at how fast it burnt up and how quickly the fire went through the building.")) James Mericle lives in a trailer right next to the motel. ((James Mericle/neighbor: "I was just hoping with wasn't going to hit the house. Cause I am living right out back.")) Firefighters say they know who sparked the blaze. They say a young boy found a lighter in back of the building and set some leaves on fire. It quickly spread -- turning into a large brush fire -- that then caught the motel on fire. ((Cheif Darrin Spaulding/Ascutney Fire Dept.: "because of the dry condition of where this juvenile started the fire, it travelled the whole back side of the motel in a very short period of time. Got up into the roofline, burned all the siding off. Went into a least 3 to 4 rooms when we arrived and it was already in the attic three quarters of the way down.")) Only a couple of the rooms were occupied at the time of the initial call-- about 11:30 Monday morning. The owners of the business also live on site. Everyone was able to make it out safely-- but the building is a total loss. ((Spauldiing: "it is too dangerous to be burning and teach your kids not to play with matches or lighters.")) Witness were shocked to hear that all this destruction was caused by a young boy -- playing with a lighter. ((Mericle: "it just surprises me. Kids just don't understand the power of fire and the damage it can cause."))
We do not know if the child was staying at the motel. His name has not been released. We do know that his mother was here and that they have been speaking with arson investigators. Darren?
A firefighter accused of starting a massive brush fire in Stoddard New Hampshire was in court today. David Plante pleaded NOT guilty to two felony charges of arson. The fire scorched roughly 200 acres last week. 17 homes were evacuated as crews worked to get the fire under control. No one was hurt. Investigators say more charges could be filed.
An out-of-control grass fire -- sets a storage barn ablaze. It happened at the Mcallister Farm -- on Hanna Road in Highgate. It's owned by Senator Norm Mcallister -- who's suspended from the Vermont senate amid sex assault allegations. The fire chief says Mcallister was burning grass -- when some hay caught fire -- and spread quickly -- to the barn.
((8:44 Chief Joe Depatie/Highgate Fire Dept.: Some embers flew over and caught the barn on fire. //// 11:17 we can't really burn grass right now cause it's so dry out and its going to be difficult to contain at this time)) Mcallister tells Channel 3 News -- he got minor burns on his face trying to put out the fire. He credits the fire department's quick knock-down -- for saving the structure.
In South Burlington, firefighters knocked back a brush fire in a neighborhood late this morning. Firefighters from South Burlington and the Vermont Air National Guard were called to this yard off Cranwell Avenue after a neighbor spotted the smoke.
((SOT Kevin Cruser, Spotted the Fire 002717 I was sitting on my computer and I saw a pillar of smoke out back. And it looked really dark so I started kinda looking and ran out on my deck and the smoke was going around the neighborhood and I saw it was a fire and ran and called 911 30)) Firefighters say they believe it was accidental.
Very dry out there. There have been some high clouds stretching across the area this afternoon dimming the sunshine a bit. There is a low pressure system which will be bringing a batch of rain and snow across the area towards morning. Tuesday morning, northern and central parts of the region will find some wet snow and could add up to a trace to a couple of inches across the higher elevations. But it should all end by early afternoon with high pressure building in, it should all melt fairly quickly. Once the high pressure settles in, we'll see a streak of dry weather lasting through the end of the week. In spite of the sunshine, temperatures will remain a bit chilly through most of the week. Watch out for some possibly slick roads Tuesday morning in some of those colder areas!
Say it ain't so -- a federal appeals court -- ruling against Patriots' Quarterback Tom Brady. The ruling today says Tom Terrific will have to sit out the start of the year - as punishment for deflategate. Jack Fitzsimmons is here with more. Jack. By now most people know the story behind the "delfategate" scandal: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was accused of altering footballs used in the AFC Championship Game back in January of 2015. In the investigation that followed, the league found no conclusive evidence against Brady, but contended he failed to cooperate, including destroying his cell phone. Brady was handed a 4-game suspension, later thrown out in district court. Today's decision overturned that ruling, saying Commissioner Roger Goodell *does* have the power to enforce that suspension. We'll have more on what that means coming up in Starting Line Sports.
A ruling in Orleans County - could impact DUI cases across the state. Judge Howard VanBenthuysen ruled today that the state relies on an unreliable calculation - to determine whether some drivers were over the legal limit. Its called relation-back calculations. Defense attorney David Sleigh had challenged the science in 24 pending DUI cases in Orleans County. And now - Sleigh says this ruling could put other DUI prosecutions statewide at risk - including the case of Trooper Eric Rademacher. Prosecutors are relying on relation back data to prove he was driving drunk.
((David Sleigh/Attorney: 000109, people have been getting convicted based on that faulty testimony 000113 )) ((000241 David Sleigh/Attorney: if in the rademacher case if the breath test result - or at least the relation back was excluded - the state would be deprived of any test evidence. 000251 )) Relation back data is often used when police catch up with a driver more than 2 hours after an alleged offense. The method estimates how much someone's blood-alcohol content likely was earlier - when the offense supposedly happened.
A guilty plea from a woman accused of stealing from an anti-hunger charity. Sally Hartford Kirby was the finance director for Hunger Free Vermont. She came under investigation last Fall when the organization's bank noticed irregularities with the checking account. The investigation determined that Kirby stole 165-thousand dollars from the organization's reserve fund.
(TC 02:21:58:27 Title 4347)((Marissa Parisi/Hunger Free Vermont: "it was a major betrayal of someone we loved and cared about and respected within the organization and they were doing such a secretive and sneaky thing of taking money that was meant for our mission and putting it in their own pocket." 02;22:11:12)) The organization says it's got a new financial system in place -- to make sure this doesn't happen again. A special fundraiser is helping to make up for the financial loss. There's still about 25 grand to go.
A longtime deli in Burlington's south end -- will become an apartment complex. That's if the Pine Street Deli's plans are approved. The owners want to tear down the current building -- to make way for a 30-unit apartment house -- with a mix of studios and one-bedroom apartments, possibly keeping the deli on the first floor.
(00:41:40:28) ((michael Alvanos-Owner of Pine Street Deli There are good and bad things to every development but with where we are , we are so close to a bus line, we are so close to parks, to schools, to jobs, what we see is a net benefit for the community.)) The owners say they're not worried about traffic congestion at Flynn and Pine street. The project is just in the beginning phases. The next step is bringing it the development review board.
Some help for new and pregnant moms - in New York. The state will soon start requiring health insurance companies to cover depression screening for them. Governor Andrew Cuomo says that will help more pregnant and postpartum women get the treatment they need. Insurers in New York have 6 months to comply with the new regulation. Vermont officials were not sure if that kind of screening is required to be covered here.
State Senators are sifting through tax and spending plans. Kyle Midura is live at the statehouse with the details, Kyle - Darren or Kristin, the budget alone is 120 pages, packed with numbers. But many of the most interesting elements deal with policy.
Vermont would spend 5.76 billion dollars in the fiscal year starting this July under the Senate plan - a two-point-three percent increase over last year's budget. (post budget adjustment) The state tab is nearly 2.5 B, almost a three percent rise. (00:06:47:00) ((Kitchel when people say well there's a lot of money here, I guess I would say there is a lot of money)) The two biggest expenses: preK through 12, and healthcare. Unlike previous budgets, one-time cash would only be used on one-time costs. (01:02:16:00) ((Sen. Tim Ashe I think what you'll find is that this year's tax bill in many ways is more about, for the most part, changing the manner of collecting some taxes the fee bill is where the new revenue is primarily generated)) Additional taxes and fees would raise about ?35? million dollars - mostly through increased broker and mutual fund listing fees. Taxes would also go up for fuel dealers, AirBnB renters, and ambulance providers - who are projected to end up ahead based on increased Medicaid rates (nats) The bill immunizes retailers from the GMO labelling law - preventing a citizen from pursuing action against a retailer whose wares are not properly labelled by the July first deadline. (00:24:15:00 ) ((Sen. Kitchel - when you think about it, a lot of stores have inventory on the shelves )) (00:24:55:00) ((Sen. Kitchel - this does not in any way change the law or the legal requirement on the manufacturers)) The bill allows for the Public Safety and Health department to monitor Vermont Yankee's decommissioning (nats) It prohibits the Department of Public Safety from dropping responsibility for answering the initial call when someone dials 9-1-1… while allowing UVM to temporarily scrap its requirements to keep in-state cost at 40 percent of out-of-state. The University aims to entice more non-Vermont students with lower cost; there's no guarantee in-state charges won't go up. There's cash to keep the Caledonia work camp open as well - if the town and D.O.C. can work out an agreement for how to best use it. (nats) The measure fully-funds a new state employee contract - costing about 25 million dollars in the first year, and 29 million in the second. Lawmakers' pay is tied to state employee wages - so those that return next year will get a pay bump as well. (nats) The Secretary of State would get an extra employee and cash to handle the election year - while the administration is tasked with cutting upper-level staff. With controversy surrounding emails set to be deleted - the budget bill also requires the administration to adopt a standard for archiving messages. Budgets are always political - with what gets funded and what does not - but this year, the issues themselves are front and center
- Tag with whether it's done or they're still talking about it
Congressman Peter Welch wants to highlight how outdoor recreation leads to big business in the state. Welch visited the Budnitz Bike shop in Burlington this morning.-- before riding to the waterfront. Welch recently introduced legislation that would have the federal government start documenting the connection between outdoor activity and economic growth.
(00:07:50:24) ((Rep. Peter Welch/D-Vermont: There is enormous health benefits, there is enormous community benefits, there is enormous personal benefits to having integrated into your life riding to and from work or taking your kids camping or spending a weekend snow mobiling. All of those things make for a quality of life that then becomes attractive for employers who are deciding if they want to move to Vermont or a different location)) Welch says the U.S. Commerce Department has agreed to move forward with the economic study.
Some mausoleums in the North Country are in disrepair. Rose Spillman takes a look at what can be done to save them.
Ken Kipp's daughter Heidi was in her early 20s when she passed away. For the past two decades, he and his wife have visited her grave at a mausoleum in Plattsburgh. ((Ken Kipp/Plattsburgh 2795 03:51:36 "Supposed to be a nice place to be able to go in and visit, be able to sit. They have places to sit and gather your thoughts. They have a little sign in book and you can put your thoughts in there too." 03:51:48)) But he says it's not always a peaceful visit. Over the years, his wife has seen countless problems with the building's maintenance. ((Ken Kipp/Plattsburgh 2795 03:52:01 "Water in the floors and leaky roofs and busted windows and birds in there and stuff like that. It's not nice to see when you wanna go spend time with a loved one." 03:52:14)) Officials say the mausoleum is one of two facilities operated formerly by the Whispering Maples Memorial Gardens--the other is in Ellengburg. When the state division of cemeteries saw the buildings in disrepair, they declared them unstable. Now it may be up to the towns to fix them. ((Michael Cashman/Plattsburgh Town Supervisor 2744 03:37:45 "We're very hopeful that when it does transition into the town's hands, that the state of New York division of cemeteries will provide ample funding to get this facility up to the level that it should have been a long time ago." 03:37:57)) ((Rose Spillman/Plattsburgh 03:50:00 "The towns will be holding a joint informational session on Wednesday at 6pm to update the public on where the properties stand. Town of Plattsburgh supervisor Michael Cashman says they want to do what's best for those who have loved ones in the facility." 03:50:14)) ((Michael Cashman/Plattsburgh Town Supervisor 2744 03:34:33 "There are mothers and fathers and grandmothers and grandfathers and veterans in this facility. The town wants to do everything within our powers to be respectful to those who have passed while also being protective of our taxpayers." 03:34:46)) Officials say the exact estimate of the repairs in Plattsburgh is still being worked out as a structural engineer is doing a complete review of the building. ((Ken Kipp/Plattsburgh 2795 03:52:31 "In the past years it's been a never ending battle to get a hold of people that do take care of the place and try to get something done over there." 03:52:41)) Though hundreds are already laid to rest in the mausoleum, some like Kipp and his wife have already purchased their own space in advance. He hopes they won't have to move. Rose Spillman, Channel 3 News, Plattsburgh.
There have been some high clouds stretching across the area this afternoon dimming the sunshine a bit. There is a low pressure system which will be bringing a batch of rain and snow across the area towards morning. Tuesday morning, northern and central parts of the region will find some wet snow and could add up to a trace to a couple of inches across the higher elevations. But it should all end by early afternoon with high pressure building in, it should all melt fairly quickly. Once the high pressure settles in, we'll see a streak of dry weather lasting through the end of the week. In spite of the sunshine, temperatures will remain a bit chilly through most of the week. Watch out for some possibly slick roads Tuesday morning in some of those colder areas!
Tonight: Increasing clouds. Rain and snow showers developing. Lows: 25/32 Winds: Light Tuesday: Morning rain and snow showers. Highs: 38/45 Winds: N 5-10 mph Tuesday Night: Becoming mostly clear. Lows: 20/28 Winds: Light Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Still cool. Highs: 43/50 Winds: NW 5-10 mph Extended: Thursday through Monday. Wednesday Night: Lows 23/30 Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs 45/52 Lows 25/32 Friday: Partly sunny. Highs 50/57 Lows 25/35 Saturday: Partly sunny. Highs 50s Lows 30s Sunday: Chance of showers, south? Highs 50s Lows 30s Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 50s
The investigation into a car crash that killed a Vermont teen continues. It happened just off the campus of Endicott College in Beverly Mass early Saturday morning. 19-year-old Craig Sampson -- an Endicott student from Williston was killed in the crash. The driver -- 20-year-old Joseph Castano -- also from Williston was injured. He is now reported in fair condition at a hospital in Burlington, Mass. Police believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash. The prosecutor's office says the investigation is on-going and there is no timetable for possible charges in the case.
A fatal accident in Tinmouth -- and now police are looking for a second family member who may have been involved. 57-year-old Leo Branchaud (bran-CHOE) was near his home on Gulf road when he was hit by a truck shortly before 8:30. Police identified 57-year-old Lisa Velde (Vell dee) as the driver. Now they are looking for her son -- 40-year-old Thomas Velde -- for questioning in connection with the crash.
A former Alburgh selectman admitted to dealing cocaine -- oxycodone -- and marijuana. 57-year-old Bernard Savage plead guilty to the drugs charges in federal court today. Prosecutors say all the sales happened at Savage's house in Alburgh -- and his wife, Patricia, assisted in several of the deals. Savage now has to pay 75-thousand dollars before his sentencing in August. He could also face up to 20 years in prison ... and more fines.
Hikers had to be rescued in Franconia over the weekend. A search and rescue team responded to the Falling Waters Trail Sunday for a report of a hypothermic hiker. A young couple from Massachusetts had spent a chilly night on the mountain. Authorities say they did NOT have the appropriate gear with them. Also Sunday, a New Hampshire man was rescued after being struck by a falling rock in Franconia -- and a New York man was helped to safety after being injured sliding down an icy trail in Bethlehem.
Support is growing for the redevelopment of the mall in Burlington. This afternoon -- more than 10 local business owners and organization leaders announced they're backing the new downtown center. Representatives from Burlington's Business Association says the list of supporters is growing. Some say they're supporting the project because the old mall never reached its full potential.
(TC 15:09:09 Title 4338)((Tom Torti/Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce: "our biggest competition is not Plattsburgh, New York. It's those other tech cities that are growing and thriving. 15:15:14 And for us to successfully compete we need this project that has been so long in coming to finally come to fruition." 15:23:04)) Tonight -- developers and planners will present an updated version of the plans to the city council -- who plan to vote on it on next week. Eliza Larson will have more from the meeting on the channel 3 news at 11.
The deflategate saga has taken another wild turn, with a US circuit court saying NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell *WAS* within his power to suspend New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady. Brian Webb reports from NFL headquarters in Manhattan. ((NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS QUARTERBACK TOM BRADY MUST SERVE A FOUR-GAME SUSPENSION ACCORDING TO AN APPEALS COURT DECISION, REVERSING A LOWER COURT RULING ON THE DEFLATEGATE CONTROVERSY. IN A 2-1 RULING THE 3-JUDGE PANEL FOUND (GRAPHIC) NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODALL PROPERLY EXERCISED HIS BROAD DISCRETION UNDER THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT… (SWITCH GRAPHICS) AND HIS RULINGS DID NOT DEPRIVE BRADY OF FUNDAMENTAL FAIRNESS. (FILE) IN MAY, THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE SUSPENDED THE STAR QUARTERBACK AFTER AN INVESTIGATION CONCLUDED HE PROBABLY KNEW PATRIOTS EMPLOYEES DELIBERATELY UNDER-INFLATED FOOTBALLS DURING THE 2015 AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. BUT IN SEPTEMBER A DISTRICT COURT THREW OUT THE PENALTY. BRADY SPOKE TO REPORTERS AFTER THAT DECISION. (SOT Tom Brady/New England Patriots Quarterback/Sept 2015) obviously I have a lot of personal feelings and I really don't care to share any of those. I really care to think about what I need to do to move forward. (bridge Brian Webb/CBS News, New York) THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE BASED HERE IN NEW YORK RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING IT IS PLEASED WITH THE APPEALS COURT RULING. BRADY AND THE NFL PLAYER'S ASSOCIATION CAN NOW APPEAL THE MATTER ALL THE WAY TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT. THE PLAYERS ASSOCIATIONS SAYS IT IS CONSIDERING ALL OF ITS OPTIONS. BRIAN WEBB, FOR CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
The four games Brady would miss would be at Arizona, and Houston, Miami, and Buffalo at home. Coming up later in sports, happier news for Boston sports fans with the Celtics and Red Sox both victorious Sunday.
It was a very big day at a small Vermont school. An essay written by a student in West Burke has won a top prize. Judy SImpson has the story.
Students at the Burke Town School gathered for an assembly Monday, to honor one of their own, 8th grader Sadie Chamberlain. The latest winner of a national essay contest called Breaking Barriers in honor of baseball great Jackie Robinson, who broke the racial barrier in Major League Baseball. Sadies essay beat out over 17 thousand others. ((Sadie Chamberlain/Essay Contest winner 00:18:40:00" My barrier is mild cerebral palsy. And we had to choose some of Jackie's values to write about how we overcame our barriers so I chose courage and determination")) And although she is an avid reader and writer she was still shocked when she got the call a couple of weeks ago telling her she won the national competition. ((Sadie again 00:20:43:00" ANd then I got a phone call and your world just shakes and I am so greatful, and humbled that I got this opportunity.")) Sadie and her teacher were awarded new lap top computers and sadie will get tickets to the world series. She will join Jackie Robinson's daughter Sharon who was on hand to congratulate the young writer and talk with her classmates about breaking barriers. She asked Sadie to read her essay. ((Sadie again 00:36:57:13" What most people don't realize is the average day of school is a tremendous drain on my body and my mind. In school I feel like a weed among the roses. With the sickening sound of my feet dragging against the pavement.")) To say her family is proud of her, is an understatement. ((Janis Chamberlain/Sadie's Mom 00:29:07:11 "I am really proud of her but really not because she won this award, but because of what she does on a daily basis. She works exteremly hard every day to do things that others dont have to think about.")) Sharon Robinson, an author , works for Major League Baseball as an educational consultant. She was moved by Sadie's essay. ((Sharon Robinson/Jackie Robinson's daughter 01:06:30:19 "Sadie's essay was about not allowing cerebral palsy control her. She is in control of it. 01:06:58:00 She realized at a young age she has got to be in control of this because this is going to be her life and she would not let it stop her. She is a shining example of a young person who has broken a barrier.")) She is also a person who can steal the show. ((Sadie says "I get to take my Dad to the World Series!")) Sadie says she wants to act and also be a motivational speaker. SHe is off to a very good start. JS Channel three news West Burke.
Bag Balm has been around for more than a century. But now the made in Vermont product has a new look. Here's Gina Bullard. l
It's an old product with a proven reputation. Bag Balm isn't anything new to most Vermonters.. ((nat)) But Vermont's Original -- doesn't have the original owners anymore. (00:16:19:11) ((Jim Kelly/Vermont's Original "it was in family hands for almost 115 years")) Investor and CEO Jim Kelly took over last year. (00:16:02:11) ((Jim Kelly/Vermont's Original "a group of investors bought the company. we saw a lot of potential in the business")) Since Kelly came on board sales went up 20-percent. That potential came in identifying new products. (00:20:47:24) ((Jim Kelly/Vermont's Original "jim i've never used bag balm, i'm probably the only person in vt who hasn't. what do you use it on? j-any severe dry skin is a perfect opportunity to use it")) The Lyndonville business's distinctive red-and-green tins are sticking around...but they're getting some company from tubes and a new medium size 4-ounce tin. (00:21:31:29) ((Jim Kelly/Vermont's Original "j-it's a great moisturizer. g-but you can't fit that big tin in your pocket. that's what people said right? thats right. this is way too big so the tubes were a natural extension and the product is the same as this")) The tubes are filled in Rhode Island because Vermont's Original didn't have the infrastructure to fill tubes. But Kelly says he and his team consolidated manufacturing of the tins into this one location. (00:16:54:23) ((Jim Kelly/Vermont's Original "we're investing in the plant we put a ot of capital here, so we have every intention to stay here and build the business here")) Just last year more than 800-thousand tins of Made in Vermont Bag Balm were filled. Gina Bullard Channel 3 News Lyndonville.
Sunday night's Game 4 was incredibly important for the Boston Celtics. Facing the possibility of a 3-1 series deficit with their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal headed back to Atlanta for Game 5, it was a game the C's had to have. But they got that win thanks to a clutch performance from Isaiah Thomas. Thomas led the way for the C's in this one, scoring 28 points, but Atlanta's Paul Millsap did his best to spoil the party. Millsap finished with 45 points in the contest, but it wasn't until Jeff Teague hit a late three that the Hawks took the lead with just over 20 seconds to go. Enter Thomas: a drive to the rack would tie it at 92, and then a great defensive play on Teague would send it to OT. In the overtime period, the Celtics seized control, and a fallaway three from the corner by Thomas would seal the deal. The series is now tied at 2 games a piece. Game 5 slated for 8:30 Tuesday night at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
If you're a fan of Major League Baseball, yesterday was an absolutely insane day. Three games went at least 12 innings, and that's not even counting the Rockies and Dodgers swapping 5-run innings in the eighth and ninth. One of those wacky 12 inning games involved the Boston Red Sox. Scott Feldman on the mound for Houston and he'd get himself into trouble early, one already in in the first, and he'll walk Travis Shaw, in comes Dustin Pedroia, it's 2-0 Sox. ------- It's 3-1 top 3 and the Sox will add to it, Ryan Hannigan ripping an RBI double to right, in comes Brock Holt and it's 4-1 Boston ------- Two outs now and Jackie Bradley Junior also hits one sharply to right, in comes Hannigan and it's 5-1! ------ But Houston wasn't going away, two on for Evan Gattis and he drops one into shallow left center, that will score Carlos Correa and Houston is back to within two ------- Bottom nine, Craig Kimbrel with a chance to close it out, but Colby Rasmus touches him up, a two-run bomb for Houston ties it at 5. The struggles continue for Kimbrel and we'd go to extras. -------- to the 12th, bases loaded one out for Bradley, and he'll come up with the clutch base hit to plate a run ------- Boston would add another off the wild pitch to make it 7-5 And that'd be the final margin. The Sox win a wacky one, 7-5 in 12 innings. They head to Atlanta for two games starting tonight before welcoming the Braves to Fenway Wednesday and Thursday.
The Yankees on the other hand did not have a happy ending Sunday. The Tampa Bay Rays brought the lumber to the Stadium, hitting 5 home runs in their 8-1 bludgeoning of New York. Yankee starter Michael Pineda gave up 4 of those homers, and 7 earned runs to see his ERA balloon to 6.95 on the year. Up next for New York: a trip to Texas starting tonight where Nathan Eovaldi (and his 6.11 ERA) try to stifle a Rangers lineup that ranks fourth in the American League in runs. First pitch in that one set for 8 o'clock tonight.
On Sunday, the Washington Capitals, Dallas Stars, and New York Islanders all punched their tickets to round two of the Stanley Cup playoffs. At least one team will join them tonight as the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues go at it in game 7 of their western conference Quarterfinal from the Gateway City, that's at 8:30. Also tonight in Nashville, the Predators hoping to force a Game 7 against the visiting Anaheim Ducks, that faces off at 8.
The UVM Men's lacrosse team has been somewhat hit or miss this year. After entering the season with Inside Lacrosse declaring them to be a sleeper in the America East, the Cats sputtered to a 2-4 start. But Vermont has rebounded: hard fought road losses at Albany and Stony Brook the only two in their last 6 games. Saturday, the Cats finally put together the "complete game" head coach Ryan Curtis had been looking for. The Cats dominated Hartford on the road by the score of 13-4 to reach the .500 mark overall and get to 3-2 in conference play. With the win, UVM has moved into a 3rd place tie in the conference and the Cats hold the tiebreaker over the Hawks. A win Saturday against Binghamton would guarantee a spot in the conference tournament and very likely give the Cats the three seed and allow them to avoid an Albany team that will be in the National Top 5 in monday's poll.
Another local college lacrosse team chasing the postseason is the Middlebury Women's team. The Panthers are on a bit firmer ground than the UVM men: they rank among the national Top 10 and would claim the number one seed in the upcoming NESCAC tournament if they beat Williams AND Trinity falls to Amherst on Wednesday. The Panthers only loss on the season came at home to the Bantams nine days ago, but with three dominant wins since, players and coaches feel they're peaking at the right time.
((Livesay//"I think we're exactly where we would hope to be and I think the best is yet to come with this team. They are so talented and I'm so excited to see when it's playoffs and when the stakes are a little bit higher I think we could be even better.")) ((Ritter//"Yeah I think the loss to Trinity definitely put a little fire in us. I don't think we've reached our complete potential yet which I think is a good thing so we can kick it up in the postseason and keep reaching for our goal. I think we feel pretty good."))
High school action from this afternoon, the Burlington Seahorses on the road at Rice -------- The Knights would go ahead early in this one, Dave Boerman on the bouncer to beat the keeper and put Rice up 2-1 -------- But BHS would answer back, Paul Palasits tallies for Burlington, the first of three straight Seahorse goals -------- Henry Weldon adding the second unassisted here -------- Then it's Alex Cate coming in, the long pole with the goal! Always fun to see the defenseman score unless you're on the other team. It's 4-2 BHS. --------- Garrett Harriman doing his best to keep them in front with this nice save down low. ---------- But Rice answers with three straight of their own, Paddy Mangan scoring two of those including this underhand rip, 5-4 Knights. But in the end Burlington too strong, Sevin Gulfield scoring here, BHS wins it 10-9.
Steph Curry out 2 weeks with MCL sprain
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