Sun 22-MAY-2016 6 P.M. News Script

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Good evening and thanks for joining us. I'm Adam Sullivan. Two people are dead after an early morning fire in Plattsburgh. The fire broke out at a multi-unit apartment building on Margaret Street. Officials say the fire was toned out as a porch fire but the building was fully engulfed when they arrived-- just after 4 a.m. The building has nine registered tenants. Fire fighters say the two victims were found in separate apartments.

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(( ON THE PHONE: Chief Scott Lawliss / Plattsburgh Fire Dept. : "We don't have any idea what the cause is at this time, it is under investigation. I've got the office of fire prevention and control from NY state and the investigators are working to try and find the cause and origin.")) The names of the victims have not been released. According to the Plattsburgh Press Republican-- two other people remain remain hospitalized. The Red Cross is assisting.

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An Essex teenager is dead after motorcycle crash in Essex Junction. Police say, 19-year-old Alan Hogue was leaving the parking lot of the McDonalds on Pearl Street yesterday morning when the accident happened. Police say, he hit the curb and then a light pole. He was taken to UVM Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

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A big send off today for 2016 class at the University of Vermont. And for one UVM student -- graduation weekend is a time to celebrate her future and her family. Eliza Larson reports.

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As the graduates march to their chairs -- Hannah Woodruff takes her spot in line. She says she has mixed feelings on her graduation day. (TC 01:02:46:03 Title 5873)((Hannah Woodruff/UVM Graduate: "I feel great. It's kinda sad." 01:02:48:05)) The neuroscience major says she had no trouble finding her place at the University of Vermont -- but it's her family tree she's interested in on this day. Woodruff is the great-great-grand daughter of Ellen Hamilton -- the first woman to attend UVM back in 1871. (TC 01:04:10:19 Title 5873)((Hannah Woodruff/UVM Graduate: "I think it was really brave what she did pursuing a higher education at a time when not a lot of women were doing that. And it means a lot to me as a woman. Education is very important to me and I hope I have her strength and courage in other aspects of my life." 01:04:23:28)) Hamilton paved the path for other women to attend the university -- including Woodruff, her mother, and her younger sister, Alice. (TC 01:09:13:11 Title 5874)((Kate Finley Woodruff/Assistant Dean College of Agriculture: A lot of smart women. I'm very proud." 01:09:16:07)) Woodruff is not the only graduate with a UVM legacy. Many of her classmates were surrounded by family and friends Sunday who also left their mark on the school. Journalist Gail Sheehy was their commencement speaker. (TC 50:06:12 Title 5842)((Gail Sheehy/Commencement Speaker: "raise a little hell, and, above all, dare to care." 50:22:29)) Sheehy's message resonated with Woodruff -- who says -- thanks to her education -- she's ready to take risks -- like her great-great-grandmothe r. (TC 01:06:11:26 Title 5873)((Hannah Woodruff/UVM Graduate: "when you're motivated by fear you're more willing to take risks and I think that taking risks and stepping out of your comfort zone is so important here." 01:06:19:03)) Woodruff says she plans on going to medical school -- to become the first woman physician on the Woodruff side of her family. She now joins Ellen Hamilton -- and a line of other proud UVM alumni... (("Hannah Woodruff" nats)) ... As she crosses the stage -- making her mark in history. Eliza Larson. Channel 3 News. Burlington.

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Students at Vermont Technical College also graduated this weekend. Rose Spillman reports.

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When Courtney Banach was 11, she told her mom she wanted to be a farmer. So her mom sent her to a camp at Shelburne Farms. ((Courtney Banach/Vermont Tech Graduate 4321 10:22:11 Thinking that was going to deter me, her plan really backfired on her, because I went back. I started working there, and I never left." 10:22:18)) Banach told the story Sunday morning to an audience at one of Vermont Technical College's three commencement ceremonies, where she graduated with an associates degree in Dairy Farm Management technology. ((Courtney Banach/Vermont Tech Graduate 4321 10:22:35 "I worked full time on our school farm here, so I worked 40 hours, well 15 hours a week for housing, and then anything above that was pay, but I'd average about 30 to 40 hours a week down on the farm on top of my traditional school work." 10:22:49)) Over 400 students graduated at ceremonies held throughout the weekend at the Randolph Center campus. Ken Squier, NASCAR Broadcasting legend, owner of the Radio Vermont group, and founder of Barre's Thunder Road International Speedbowl, gave the commencement address Sunday. ((Ken Squier/Commencement Speaker 4283 10:04:30 "You are our hope for the future, 'cause we sure messed it up. I submit that you are better equipped than so many of your college or university bretheren, because your learning is not simply for the mind. Your learning is that of the working man and woman." 10:04:51)) Graduates earned a number of degrees--from associates and certificates to bachelor's degrees. Thomas Cove studied Construction Management. ((Thomas Cove/Vermont Tech Graduate 4322 10:25:14 "From here I'm going to work on a project at the University of Vermont Medical Center. I'm working with the company Whiting Turner on a project up there. Very excited for that." 10:25:25)) Banach says she'll be back in class this fall. This time in Burlington. ((Courtney Banach/Vermont Tech Graduate 4321 10:23:09 "In the fall, I'm actually a two plus two student, so I go to UVM in the fall for two more years. It's a full tuition paid scholarship through the state, and then after that I'm hoping to find a herdsmen job within the state." 10:23:23)) A celebration for graduates--as they close one chapter of their lives and head on to the next. Rose Spillman, Channel 3 News, Randolph.

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Police say a Florida man-- on the run from authorities - was apprehended in Vermont State Police say, they stopped 30-year-old Tramaine Beard because he didn't have a license plate on his truck. They tell us that Beard was wanted on an armed robbery charge in Florida. And police say, during the stop, they discovered he was using his identical twin brother's commerical drivers license.

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A officials in New Hampshire are warning drivers about moose on the move. Police say they responded to three separate collisions Friday night involving moose -- including one on Route 2 in Randolph, one on I-93 in Sugar Hill, and a third collision in Stark. Police say all the vehicles involved were heavily damaged but the occupants suffered only minor injuries.

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A nice day in the Champlain Valley and areas northwest. Showers south and east. RADAR/SATELLITE: A low pressure to our southeast is clipping us with scattered showers and a few thunderstorms, mainly south and east of the Champlain Valley. Any precipitation will end this evening as the low moves out, leaving us with a decent Monday (an isolated shower is still possible south). WAKEUP WEATHER: Mainly clear with patchy fog. Lows: 42/50. A warm week is on the way.

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Still ahead on tonight's news... Walking to cure Parkinsons in Stowe... and... ATV trails set to open for business in New Hampshire...

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More than 100 people came out to Stowe this weekend for the 7th annual Optimism Walk. Saturday's event raised over $20,000 for the American Parkinson Disease Association as part of its national fundraising efforts to find a cure. Walkers and runners traveled along a 5k course through the Stowe Recreation path.

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((Julia Frost/9 Years Old "It's just a really good cause to support people, and we enjoy doing it to help people, and it's a really fun walk." 09:14:24)) ((Marlie Bushey/8 Years Old 09:14:24 "It's fun walking with friends and family." 09:14:27)) Prizes were awarded to teams, individuals, and runners who raised the most money.

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Pets and pet care are on the agenda for New York lawmakers. One bill seeks to ban a once common method for de-clawing cats. Some vets say it's cruel because it involves amputating the first segments of a cat's toes. Others argue it's a useful last resort for problem scratchers. Lawmakers are also considering eliminating sales taxes on pet food. They've already voted to allow dogs to join their owners on restaurant patios.

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Off-road enthusiasts can hit the trails in New Hampshire this week. Most of the state's off-highway recreational vehicle trails open for the season Monday. The state has 12-hundred miles total -- with most located in the Great North Woods region. The one exception -- trails in and around Pittsburg will remain closed until Friday,

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CURRENT: Cloudy. Low 60s. RADAR/SATELLITE: A low pressure to our southeast is clipping us with scattered showers and a few thunderstorms, mainly south and east of the Champlain Valley. This activity will end tonight, but another low will bring more showers on Tuesday. LOCAL TEMPERATURES: Mainly in the 70s for the Champlain Valley, but cooler 50s and 60s south and east, due to the showers. USA LOOP: The low moves away tonight, with a nice day for Monday. Another low approaches from the south on Tuesday, with more showers and possible thunderstorms.

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FORECAST: TONIGHT: Few showers early, then clearing. Patchy fog. Low: 42/50. Wind: Light MONDAY: Mostly sunny north. More clouds south, with an isolated shower possible. High: 70/78. Wind: Light MONDAY NIGHT: Increasing clouds. Few showers south. Low: 45/53. Wind: Light TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers. Chance for PM thunderstorms. High: 67/75. Low: 45/53. Wind: Light WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny. Isolated PM thunderstorm. High: 70s. Low: 45/55 THURSDAY: Partly sunny. High: 70s. Low: 50s FRIDAY: Partly sunny. Few showers or thunderstorms. High: 70s. Low: 45/55 SATURDAY: Partly sunny. High: 70s. Low: 55/65 SUNDAY: Partly sunny & humid. Isolated PM thunderstorm. High: 75/85

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Spring is in the air-- which also means kids across the region are heading out onto the baseball and softball diamonds. But some programs are struggling to fill teams. Alex Hirsch reports.

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Baseball was once considered america's sportů NATS Spending a day at the ball park or an evening at the little league fields was commonplace. NATS GFX - According to Little League International, the number of particapants worldwide has been on a steady decline since the late 90's going from 2.9 million to 2.4 million over the last three years. In Vermont, St. Johnsbury has taken particular notice of that decline. (00:24:21:17) ((Carrie Priest Our babe ruth softball program has declined significantly this season. We dropped from three teams to one.)) Carrie Priest is the the President of St. Johnsbury Baseball and softball, and has noticed kids trading in their bats (NATS-Hitting Ball) for lacrosse sticks, spring hockey gear and all together more physical sports. As a mom with a son who plays lacrosse ... that's something that worries her. (00:28:35:25) ((Carrie Priest As a mother who has a child who has had four concussions in one year, yes its a big concern.)) In addition to worries about more physical sports, she's also just sad to see little league struggling. She says this decline could be attributed parents no longer playing catch in the yard, the distraction of social media or the desire to do something more active. (00:34:02:22) ((Carrie Priest Kids unfortunately with the rise of ADHD, kids are needing more of the fast paced high stimulus environment and its not. baseball is not)) (01:11:02:24) ((Alex Hirsch There is one town that seems to be the exception to the rule when it comes to people participating in little league. Lyndon, St. johnsbury's next door neighbor, has seen its numbers stay the same if not grow a little.)) This is Holly Mckeon's second year on the board for Lyndon Youth baseball and Softbal --- her first year as president. She also has ___ kids that play ball here. (00:49:31:19) ((Holly Mckeon we have had about 460 players sign up over the last year)) She says, in this part of the northeast kingdom, they've figured out a way to counter declining numbers. NATS They targeted five through seven year olds and developed a coach pitch league to help transition kids from tee ball to the minor leagues. (00:51:34:27) ((Holly McKeon I think starting them at the lower levels really makes the difference, they start to love it and then they want to continue to play.)) She tells me that her program also has the benefit of kids from multiple towns participating. (00:49:32:19) ((Holly Mckeon We have over 160 volunteers and they come back year after year.)) She says, those volunteers help keep the community connected and keep little league a hit around here. (00:55:32:15) ((Holly Mckeon we have anonymous donors for our scoreboards, batting cages, so the community really steps up here)) That is something that St. Johnsbury struggles with. (00:38:34:16) ((Justin Lemieux-Vice President for the Head of Softball for little league Its hard in our league, we are lacking volunteers from every level, up through as far as maintaining our fields in everything,)) Justin Lemieux is the vice president for the head of softball in stj. He says, without volunteers maintaining the fields, the quality isn't there. (00:39:04:16) ((its a trickle down effect if kids arent having fun then your numbers go down...)) As for Priest, she just wants the game to be great again. (00:36:06:17) ((Carrie Priest Im hoping we can bring it back to being americas sport)) Alex Hirsch Channel 3 News St. Johnsbury

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The Middlebury Women's Lacrosse team entered Sunday just one win away from their second consecutive Final Four appearance. The Panther were trying to dodge a Bullet!...or a team of them as the Gettysburg Bullets stood in their way. Last home game of the year for the Panthers and it took them a little while to get going --- Over 12 minutes in, Middlebury trails 2-1, but not for long. Bridget Instrum sneaks in and tallies on the bouncer, we are level at 2 goals a piece. --- But here come the Bullets, Emily Tropsa on the free position to score the second straight for Gettysburg, her team up 4-2. --- But Instrum doing it all to get her team back in the game, she finds Chrissy Ritter for the easy one to get Midd back within one --- Then Hollis Perticone showing off the length, over the keeper and slams the stick for emphasis, we're tied. --- And that was just the beginning of a big run for the Panthers, in large part due to the heroics of keeper Katie Mandigo. She made several huge stops as Middlebury made their run. --- They would take their first lead in 20 minutes when Emma McDonagh finds Alli Sciarretta, the ball and stick both leaping on the bounce --- Mary O'Connell to Megan Griffin, that's 5-straight for the Panthers to make it 7-4 --- Then Griffin dishing out a couple of assists to Laurel Pascal! With the dive she beats the keeper to make it 8-4 --- Then a bit of deja vu, Griffin to Pascal again with the acrobatics and that would pretty much do it Griffin would put the finishing touches on this one herself. The Middlebury Panthers heading back to the Final Four with a 13-9 win.

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((Pascal: "it was super fun but really it was a team effort today. I think what's so amazing about our attack is that they're super dynamic and everyone can score so I think that was the best thing and a highlight today for all of us." Livesay: "I think we put together a pretty complete game. I mean, you're never going to have sixty minutes of perfect play, but we were as sharp and sort of dialed in as we have been this year so I was just really pleased with the effort and it feels amazing to be going back to the final four with this group: 9 seniors, they're incredible. To finish their season on this turf going to the final four is just amazing and I'm just so happy for them and for this team."

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There was supposed to be racing at Thunder Road in Barre this afternoon, but with rain in the forecast, the Harvest Equipment event has been pushed back to June 12, with a 2 pm post time. The Devil's Bowl Speedway Dirt Track Opening Night is however on for tonight, that is going on right now actually, so we'll have an update for you coming up at 11.

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The High school tennis individual state championships took place Saturday with the Boys at Leddy Park in Burlington and the girls at the Bridges Resort in Warren. A Great day for the defending champions in both boys and girls singles. South Burlington's Hunter Newman won a three-set thriller against teammate Gabe Katz, and then outlasted Preston Gordon of Essex in 3 sets as well to claim the boys title for the second straight year. --- Over on the girls side, it was Kathy Joseph of CVU taking the crown. Joseph so incredibly dominant that she only lost one game the entire tournament! She beat Jordan Walsh, also of Essex, 6-1, 6-0 in the final. --- In doubles a great comeback by the Stowe boys team of Carl La Barbera and Ben Salvas. After dropping the first set, they rallied to take down St. J's Eric Weiss and Andrew Burroughs 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 --- And in girls doubles, more glory for South Burlington. Kailey Yang and Sajani Sivakumar outlasted CVU's Erika Barth and Meara Heininger 6-2, 6-4 to claim the title.

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The Boston Red Sox were at home again Sunday, hoping to close out their series with the Cleveland Indians with a victory. Pick it up top 2, bases loaded for the Tribe trailing 2-0, but Jason Kipnis catches up to this one, slicing it into right. That'll drop in for a base hit, 2 runs come around to score, we are tied at 2 a piece. --- David Ortiz entered today tied with Barry Bonds for 14th on the all-time doubles list, but he passes him in the second with this of the RBI ground rule variety, 3-2 Sox. --- Now we showed you a web gem from Ryan Hannigan yesterday, but the Sox other catcher, Christian Vasquez had his own today, check this out, snags the chopper off the plate barehanded and guns down Francisco Lindor at first for the out, amazing play by Vasquez --- Then in the fifth, Papi ripping the dinger to right He'd add another ground rule double in the 8th. Sox win 5-2, they're now tied with Baltimore for first and they'll welcome in the Rockies for a 3-game set starting Tuesday.

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Yankees lead 5-4 in 9th


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