Sun 22-FEB-2015 6 P.M. News Script


What a day it was to be outside -- the sunny skies -- temperatures that seemed almost spring-like -- and a fresh coating of snow. Perfect conditions for the 70th edition of the Stowe Derby. Rose Spillman was there.


Over 900 competitive skiers are expected each year at Stowe's historic derby. Skiers must brave a 12 mile course starting at the top of Mount Mansfield. (00:11:38 8390) ((Andrew Ruschp/Stowe "There was a lot of fresh loose snow, so the corners were pretty tricky on the way down." 00:11:44)) The race brings skiers of all backgrounds, from future olympians and ski teams, to local ski enthusiasts. Not all could handle the difficult course in the freestyle race. (00:12:34 8390) ((Andrew Ruschp/Stowe "There were a lot of crashes for sure. So some of the corners... there's definitely some accidents you had to slow down for and just get around people." 00:12:42)) The first four miles of the race are all downhill, which athletes say is tough in cross country skis that are needed to cross about eight miles of relatively flat ground to the finish line. (00:14:39 8396) ((Adam Patching/Stowe High school Nordic Team "Didn't go to well for me. I was up at the top, looking for a good time. Went a little too fast, and took one of the corners and snapped my ski and my poles simultaneously. So I had to hike up and take a sled down." 00:14:52)) Many skiers were successful in reaching the finish line behind a community church in Stowe. While the race is difficult and highly competitive, some just came out to enjoy the sport. (00:16:33 8397) ((Matthew Schwab/Stowe High School Nordic Team "It's right before our state races this week, and I just wanted to do a relaxing race with my friends." 00:16:35)) Top competitors will complete the course in under 45 minutes, while average skiers will take around an hour or more to finish. In all, the derby hosted 6 different races on Sunday. Rose Spillman, Channel 3 News, Stowe.


Vermont police continue to investigate the death of a college student in the Northeast Kingdom. The body of 22 year old Alex Duranleau of St. Johnsbury was pulled from the Passumpsic River yesterday. Police believe he fell thru the ice Friday night and drowned. Investigators are still awaiting autopsy results -- and have not yet determined whether his death was accidental or intentional.


Police have now identified the woman rescued from a burning home in Thetford early Saturday morning. 82-year-old Roberta Howard was pulled to safety by Trooper Lyle Decker. She remains hospitalized. No word on her condition. Her husband Richard was able to escape on his own and was not injured.


A Vermont man was cited into court yesterday for driving with a suspended license -- for the 11th time. State Police stopped 39-year-old Jeremy Goodridge of Corinth on Route 14 in Royalton for an obstructed windshield. The trooper soon discovered that Goodridge shouldn't have been driving at all. His license was criminally suspended for a previous DUI -- and 10 previouls DLS convictions. Goodridge was also cited for possession of more than an ounce of marijuana and unprescribed oxycodone.


The city of Plattsburgh recently passed a resolution welcoming medical marijuana to the area. Now, the town of Plattsburgh may follow. With companies competing for one of the 5 medical marijuana licenses to be issued by the state of New York, local governments are hoping business will come their way. Town supervisor Bernie Bassett says the board is looking at a resolution to support the legislation.


(01:22:24 8106) ((Bernie Bassett/Town Supervisor "We've determined that the option for medicinal marijuana, as prescribed by doctors for their patients, is a legitimate one." 01:22:36)) If passed, the resolution would show support to the governor and his actions in giving out licenses. The state is expected to issue licenses by 2016, eventually creating 20 dispensaries across the state.


New York Senator Chuck Schumer is blasting President Obama's plan to cut funding for drug trafficking enforcement. Schumer says Congress should reject the 50-million dollars cut in the high-intensity drug trafficking program The New York Democrat says the president's proposal would set back efforts to fight heroin abuse.


Essex Police are looking for a driver who ran a state plow truck off the road. The truck was putting down salt on Colchester Road in Essex town Sunday morning when he noticed a car coming at him --- in his lane. He was able to swerve out of the way -- but that caused him to go off the road and hit a power pole. Police say the other driver continued without stopping.


Not only can winter driving be hazardous to your health, but so too can shoveling. It's long been known that shoveling snow is a common trigger for a heart attack. But why? Bridget Barry Caswell got some answers from a Vermont cardiologist.


Most people hate it, but somebody's got to do it. And hopefully, it's a person who is physically fit. (39:07) ((Dr. Steve Leffler/UVM Medical Center: In the United States, about a thousand people die per year shoveling snow.)) In fact, in Vermont, at the state's largest hospital, doctors see at least a handful of people every winter who've had a heart attack or suffered chest pain while shoveling snow. Leffler says it's very common -- and here's why. (38:00) ((Dr. Steve Leffler/UVM Medical Center: The most important one is shoveling is actually very strenuous work. There have actually been studies that show that shoveling snow is about the equivalent of running full speed on a treadmill. So it's a very strenuous activity and most people, I would say, who are running full speed on a treadmill are conditioned, are in good shape. But lots of people who are in poor condition or don't get any exercise, suddenly shovel and do maximal exertion.)) Another reason, the cold. Leffler says cold air constricts your blood vessels, making your heart work harder. So when the shoveling itself makes your heart rate and blood pressure increase from the exercise, the cold makes it even worse. And then, of course, there's the time of day. (38:38) ((Dr. Steve Leffler/UVM Medical Center: And the third reason is that a lot of people shovel snow first thing in the morning. You wake up, you have to get out to work, and your normal circadian rhythm is set up so that your stress hormones are a little higher in the morning -- and shoveling adds on to that.)) The weight of the snow makes a difference, too. (41:56) ((Dr. Steve Leffler/UVM Medical Center: We've actually seen probably less heart attacks than we do in some years because most of the snow has been very cold, light, fine snow. You know when you get one of those mid-March storms where it's 16 inches of that really wet heavy stuff, we might see three people come in with chest pain.)) Many cardiologists agree that no one with a history of heart disease -- be it a heart attack, stents or bypass surgery -- should ever shovel snow. But if you do, Leffler says pace yourself and do it in the evening. His best advice, though, pay your kids to do it. Bridget Barry Caswell, Channel 3 News, Burlington

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A nice break from the bitter cold today, but more Arctic air will be moving in tonight. A cold front will bring snow showers tonight, with a trace to 2 inches accumulation.

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Still ahead - some good news for fairpoint workers - and next in our 30 schools segment, students -- learning the about the Renaissance... by re-living it


Fairpoint workers today ratified a new union contract -- that will put them back on the job.. More than 17-hundred unionized workers in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine have been on strike for four months. Terms of the negotiated settlement -- include reduced pension and health benefits -- especially for future employees. The union says its biggest victory are provisions protecting jobs from outsourcing. Now the challenge is getting back to work.


((SOT Mike Spillane, IBEW "You know, it's going to be a whole process. The trucks have been sitting idle. Lord knows what everybody has now left for getting back in -- the inside people -- computer passwords, getting all that set up, get it all up and running. We want to get them in, get them working, and get taken care of our neighbors and customers that have been having problems since we've been out.")) Fairpoint says it needed cost concessions for the company to remain competitive in the telecommunications industry. The company calls the settlement a win-win.


The Vermont Education Agency will be holding meetings around the state to look at why poor, rural communities cannot attract and keep top teachers. Education officials say there appear to be pronounced inequities in access to high quality teachers in areas with greater poverty -- and those inequities are greatest in rural and remote communities. The federal government is pushing states to look at why that's happenening and strategies to address it.


Our 30 schools in 30 days segment -- takes us back in time to study the Renaissance. We visited the Richmond School in Hanover, New Hampshire -- a school of about 400 students-- from both New Hampshire and Vermont. The 6th through 8th grade school has 90 faculty and staff with an annual budget of 6-and-a-half-million dollars. Adam Sullivan reports.


((nts: singing viva espana)) There's a festival underway in Hanover - at the Richmond Middle School. A 2-day Renaissance Festival. The culmination of two weeks of classes. ((Romaney Granizo-Mackenzie/8th grader: "it was a period of time in Europe from the 1500's to the 1600's that sparked a lot of new ideas. And one of the idea was humanism.")) A shift in thinking, centuries ago, focused on the arts and science. And, what better way to learn about something than by experiencing it? ((granizo-mackenzie: "during the Renaissance, people went outside their comfort zone and discovered new things.")) In this 21st century learning style, the kids are doing the same. Whether it making food of the time period-- working with the weapons of the day, or learning about the plague that crippled communities. ((lestyn williams/8th grader: "we found out that the earth was not the center of our solar system. We know that the sun is now. If the Renaissance didn't happen, we wouldn't know about that.")) It's an inter-disciplinary approach to education that's sparking the kids' imaginations while immersing them in the subject. ((Williams: "how art and science became really really popular people start writing and reading and technology started blossoming.")) Educators say, like the period, the students themselves are blossoming by becoming the material they are studying. ((Luke Eastman/Art Teacher: "the more we can engage their imagination, the more we can set an example of having fun as we learn and making academics not only just as something you have to do but something you want to do and something is really rewarding and fun is a good thing.")) Making connections across the curriculum is something RMS strives for in every grade. ((Michael Lepene/Principal: "one of the best ways to do that is to give them an experience. Whether it's our 8th grade Renaissance Festival, our 7th grade Civil War soldier project, 6th grade exploration of the brain about how I think and how I learn, we really try to make those lasting memories and connections to the content for the kids.")) And that content is passed on to future students-- like the stained glass that will eventually hang on the windows in the school's main lobby. ((Williams: "its showing you what happened. When you are reading you have your own visual image of what's going on. When you are actually looking at everything, you see what is really going on instead of having your own picture.")) ((granizo-mackenzie: "I think if we are just learning things and reading things and writing about things and taking notes, I think we don't really observe it and take it into our minds. I think if we actually do it and work with it and having fun with it w are going to remember it more and say oh that was teh Renaissance Fest. I can tell you all about that.")) (nats: shooting a bow) A hands on approached students and educators say is right on target. Adam Sullivan channel three news in Hanover New Hampshire.


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We had a nice respite from the bitter cold today, with some spots finally getting above freezing (including Burlington, which hasn't happened since January 25). The warmer temperatures will end soon, however, as more Arctic air moves in tonight. A cold front will bring snow showers tonight, with a trace to 2 inches accumulation possible. Lows tonight will range from zero to 10 below. Monday will be blustery and frigid, with highs only a few degrees either side of zero. The wind will create wind chills as low as 30 below. Please remember to bring the pets inside. Monday night will be bitterly cold, with lows in the teens and 20s below zero, and wind chills to 50 below in New Hampshire, where the wind will be west at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday will have morning sun, followed by increasing clouds. A clipper system will bring snow showers on Wednesday. Once that moves by, yet another Arctic blast will move in for Thursday and Friday. Next weekend isn't looking too bad. March will actually come in like a lamb on Sunday, with partly sunny skies and highs from 25 to 35 degrees.

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We've all heard that too much sun can damage our skin -- but this might surprise you. A new study by researchers at Yale says much of the ultraviolet radiation damage happens hours after sun exposure. Researchers say, that's because the energy absorbed from the sun, by our skin cells, is transferred to our D-N-A in the dark, causing it to deform. Scientists think a new type of "evening after" sunscreen with Vitamin E could be developed to block that energy transfer.


Vermonters finally got the kind of day they've been looking for today... .... and in Burlington they turned out in droves at the Intervale to enjoy it. The intervale center held its annual Wintervale events. Organizers groom a three mile cross country ski trail at the site, and offer free skiing and snowshoeing - including rentals - to the public. They had 500 people last year, and considering today's 30-degree temps, were expecting the same this year.


(1:38-ish) ((Chelsea Frisbee/Wintervale Organizer: I think that even though we've had snow this winter, which is great, it's been possible to ski, but the wind and the cold has just really kept people inside. So we're hoping for good exercise today.)) (5:02) ((Kate Whitman/Burlington: I'm so excited. This is such a gift to be able to be out and play in the snow and not be worried about frostbite. So we're very excited.)) Whitman and her two year old son, Ezrah, have been practicing in their backyard, but this was his first time out on a trail. The Intervale Center will offer the free ski program again in two weeks, if the weather allows.



Exactly 35 years ago today, one of the greatest upsets in sports history occurred in Lake Placid, as the United State defeated powerhouse Russia 4-3, advancing to the gold medal game against Finland....Last night every living member of the 1980 miracle on ice team reunited at Lake Placid for the first time since those Olympic games... It was a packed house at the Herb Brooks Arena to cheer on the miracle on ice 1980 US olympic hockey team, with about 4500 fans in attendance... The players took to a stage were they reminiced about the build-up to the game against Russia and then of course, the miracle moment...But it was a bittersweet night for the players, as they also paid tribute to two members of that team no longer with us, defenseman Bob Suter, who passed away in September and coach Brooks, who was killed in a car crash in 2003.. After it was all said and done, it was time to meet and great the fans on their way to the locker room..It took 35 years to get them all back together, but it was a special night to re-live a historic moment in American history


((TRT: 26 .... OC: WHAT'S HAPPENED.)) (It's hard to believe it's been 35 years since it happened. A lot of us are older, greyer, balder. It's hard to beleive . It's amazing that this thing has gone on for 35 years. It's amazing, special and unique. We've got a great bunch of guys. The purest team I've ever played on. We love it when we are together. Obviously 19 of the 20, Bobby couldn't be with us but it's always special to get back with everybody, catch up with everybody, reflect and talk about what's happened. )


It was a historic moment at Lake Placid 35 years ago, but last night history was made at Gutterson Field House...Though it may not be a moment fans will be talking about 35 years down the road ... UVM hosted Merrimack on senior night with 5 Vermont players honored before the game. --- Cats goalie Mike Santaguida didn't see to much action, but when he did, he was a stone wall...Stopping all 17 shots he faced ... --- But on the other end of the ice, Merrimack goalie Rasmus Tirronen (teer-in-in) was even better...Vermont put 49 shots on goal and Tirronen didn't let any through... --- And with both goalies on point that lead this game to a 0-0 overtime draw...and that is the first time in Catamount history that a game has ended in a scoreless tie...


(sneddon:"the kids left it all out there. I mean, Tirronen was fantastic tonight. Michael was as well, just didn't see as much traffic but that was probably the difference in the game. We had a couple really good opportunities to score on the power play and unfortunately just weren't able to do that. Was just hard to find space out there, that's for sure." Paliotta:"We peppered him. We threw everything we had at him, so got to give him credit but at the same time you take the tie. Santa stood tall for us, so it is what it is.")


And staying on the ice, a couple hockey games today...The UVM women playing in their final regular season game of the year, down in providence today and they defeat the Friars 3-2 ...that means that Vermont has secured the 7th seed in Hockey East so they will now travel to No. 6 Boston University for a best-of-three hockey east quarterfinals matchup next weekend ... In the pros, the Bruins all over Chicago this afternoon, as they lead the Blackhawks 6-1 in the third period...


Last June, former Norwich Cadet lacrosse player Connor Roberts suddenly passed away of a heart attack, after just finishing his sophomore year of college...This weekend, Norwich University and Castleton State College teamed up for a 'Climb for Connor' event to raise money and remember the former Cadet... The climb started at the Castleton rock wall last night at 6 p.m and went for 24 hours straight ending at 6 p.m. tonight..... Now you may wonder why Castleton teamed up with Norwich for the event....That is because Connor's brother, Ben and sister, Danielle, both played on Spartan teams...Ben managed the rock wall while he was at Castleton and Connor loved rock climbing, so it was only fitting to hold a climbing event there in his brother's honor ...All of the proceeds will go to a memorial fund and a scholarship that was established in Connor's name...It was a great cause that brought two great rivals together...


(Devoid:"whenever we play Norwich it's a really fun game because there's such a long rivalry between these two schools in any sport. But it's kind of a cool way to honor a great player from their team and for our two teams to come together and realize we're here for the same cause.")

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