Sun 20-APR-2014 6 P.M. News Script

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Good evening, thanks for joining us, I'm Ali Freeman. And I'm Adam Sullivan. A Burlington church congregation is back home -- after a devastating fire. After months of repairs and restorations -- the Church was able to re-open its doors today -- on Easter. Members say the road to recovery has been one with many silver linings.

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((Nats singing)) It has been 6 months -- since the College Street Congregational Church has been filled with singing... ((nats)) With laughter... ((Nats laughing)) And with members of the church. ((2:17:11 Dr. Nick Hardin / Restoration Committee Member "We joined around 1980 -- this building place means a lot to me. And I've been on the buildings and grounds committee most of those 30 years. I love this building -- it's been emotional for me this morning. It's been great.")) Back in October the steeple was torched by arsonist Aliaksandr Bychkou. The Belarus native says voices told him to ignite the church. Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire, but not before it claimed the historic steeple and caused more than a million dollars in damages. ((2:19:11 Elaine Hubert / Church Member "The fire itself was traumatic. But the process ever since the fire has actually been very uplifting.")) Sunday -- marks the first service held in the church since the fire. For months, the congregation was welcomed to worship in a South Burlington Temple. Pastor Ken White says for this day to come on Easter -- was a very special gift. ((2:04:04 Ken White / Pastor "This building is a metaphor for Easter -- it's a metaphor for new possibilities, new hope...")) But getting to this joyous day -- was no easy task. Hundreds of hours and half a million dollars later-- which included 100- thousand dollars in donations---- the church was fixed up from top to bottom. ((2:20:22 Elaine Hubert / Church Member "To come and see the whole finished product -- I mean the paint, everything just glows. All the wood has been polished, the floors refinished -- all the damage has just disappeared to this beautiful beautiful sanctuary.")) ((2:17:28 Dr. Nick Hardin / Restoration Committee Member "I care about the building so much -- and to see it come back, and find that everybody's happy with the results too -- is a really good feeling for me.")) A day of celebrating a special holiday with an important move back to College Street. But Pastor White says -- whether they finished renovations by Easter Sunday -- the congregation would still be together. ((2:04:52 Ken White / Pastor "The truth is, easter is easter. And whether we were in here or not, we are going to proclaim Christ has risen, and we are going to sing Hallelujah. And so it is really the icing on the cake -- but Easter is Easter."))

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Bychkou was deported for the crime. The next step for the church -- is to replace the steeple and clock. Church officials estimate that at the earliest -- a Steeple may be up by next spring.

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Fire destroyed a former convent in Claremont New Hampshire. The blaze at the Central Street structure broke out around 2:25 this morning. The building was heavily involved when fire fighters arrived and is considered a total loss. At this time, we do not know what caused the fire. The New Hampshire Fire Marshal's office has been called in to investigate. . The building is owned Roman Catholic Bishop of Manchester The adjoining building-- the New England Classical Academy-- sustained some heat damage but is otherwise ok.

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In Johnson -- a garage used by Hutchins Brothers on Route 100-C caught fire just before 3 this morning. Multiple departments responded to put it out, which took a couple of hours. No one was hurt, but the building is a total loss. Officials say they don't know what caused it yet, but it's not suspicious.

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A man is in police custody after an attempted homicide in Burlington. Late Saturday night--Police say 34-year-old Daniel Godin choked his ex-girlfriend to the point where she feared her life. This was the 2nd time police were called to Johnson Street that night- after they say Godin first kicked in the victim's door before fleeing the scene. They say he then returned-- and tried to kill her.

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03:23:59 03:24:17 ((Jeff Roberts/Neighbor "We were coming back to the house after being out and we came home probably around 12:20-12:30 something like that and when we came around the corner there were a couple cops around the corner house. We didn't see the cops but the cop cars were parked there we didn't really know what was going on but something definitely seemed to be up.")) Police say the victim received medical attention--but was not hospitalized. Godin was arrested Sunday afternoon-and is currently being held for lack of 25-thousand dollars bail. He will be arraigned Monday morning-- charged with burglary and attempted homicide.

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A death on the campus of Keene State College in New Hampshire Emergency crews responded to the athletic complex Saturday after they received reports of downed lines and a possible electrocution. Fire officials say it took some time before they could turn the power off to reach the man who was found near the power line. He has NOT been identified yet -- and it is not yet know if he was a student. Fire fighters say the downed line also sparked a brush fire, that covered about a quarter-acre, before firefighters were able to bring it under control.

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Federal authorities are investigating a burglary in Hardwick. It happened at Riteway Sports. Police say several handguns were stolen from the store during the burglary. Electricity was cut-- behind the building prior to the forced entry. Police are asking the public for assistance with any information they may have. The investigation is ongoing.

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UVM Students were celebrating more than just Easter today. At an annual tradition on UVM's campus- hundreds of students gathered to smoke marijuana this April 20th-- or 4-20-- which many across the country have dubbed pot's unofficial holiday. Campus Police patrolled the area--and would not let anyone onto the school's Redstone Campus green without a UVM student ID. Police say they issued around 10 citations to students under 21 for possesion of marijuana. The drug has been decriminalized in Vermont. Pentalties results in a ticket-- similar to a traffic violation. Students we spoke with say pot should be legalized.

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03:33:43 03:33:49 ((Jeremy Romanul/UVM Freshman "I think this is a pretty good thing for the campus. I dont think it should be like enforced to be stopped or anything. Its not dangerous.")) 03:42:34 03:42:42 ((Tim Bilodeau/Deputy Chief UVM Police"From our viewpoint safety is always paramount so as far as that goes we didnt have any issues regarding personal safety.")) There is currently legislation pending to legalize marijuana in Vermont-but the four twenty celebrations at UVM have been going on for years. Similar events are being held on college campuses across the country.

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still ahead on tonight's news... a heads up for drivers, paving season has started.... the Springtime also means mud season... Well take a closer look.... First.. Here's Dave with the weather...

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Multiple paving projects are getting underway on roads across the state. This week ... Crews will start work resurfacing Interstate 89 in Richmond, Williston, South Burlington and Colchester. The work will begin just north of Exit 11 and go about 13 miles to Exit 16 in the northbound and southbound lanes. Crews are avoiding peak travel times-- doing most of the work between 7PM and 6AM.

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You can also expect some delays on Route 2 between Bolton and Waterbury. The project started last Fall. It's a seven mile stretch being worked on. Road Crews are redoing the road with three layers of new pavement. The work is being done during the daytime which is expected to cause delays.

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The road work is going on during the region's infamous mud season. But-- if you think mud is simply dirt and water, think again. Cat Viglienzoni takes a closer look in this week's Sunday Science.

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It's Mudfest at ECHO -- and that means you can find worms in the spotlight -- and mud... everywhere. ((SOT Linda Bowden, ECHO Science Education Specialist 013344 There's the mud tables where kids can have fun just playing in the mud with little trucks and cars and making mud pies 50)) But first -- they have to learn where that mud comes from. NATS 013931-3 "Each person take a bag" In each of these bags are the ingredients -- starting with rocks .... NATS pouring the rocks out ...which make up 45 percent of soil. ((014040 Linda: What's this folks? Crowd: "The sun!" Linda: "The sun! So the sun helps break down all of these rocks that I've put in here 49)) Then add water -- wind -- grass and leaves -- creatures like bugs and bacteria to break it all down ... ((SOT Linda 014308 That smell that we have when we go out and we smell all the wonderful earth -- that's bacteria doing its work 14)) And mix that all together over the span of 500 to a thousand years -- NATS mixing the bowl 014325 -- and... voila! NATS Linda: 014403 Together we have made soil! ((Cat Standup 013719 And for the kids and parents who don't mind getting their hands dirty, in the afternoon they have their mud fling. Kids will take mud from the deck up there and try to hit this bullseye on the target right here 28)) NATS 014408 Linda: You can take a look over the edge! For children barely tall enough to see where their mud is going -- getting it off the ledge -- and keeping it off of clothes -- is a victory. 014428 Linda: Keep hold of the spoon for me! Nicely done!" Kids tried a variety of techiniques -- from tipping the spoon ((show kid at 014520)) to ditching it altogether ((show kid at 014653)). Others needed a bit of encouragment from their siblings ((show little girl at 014625))... but everyone found that staying on target -- was tough. NATS Jacob throws ... misses... Jacob: 014858 It's harder than it looks Jacob and his sister Susannah are visiting ECHO and say at home, flinging mud is too messy. ((015005 Cat: But here you get to throw mud. 07 Susannah: And I like that I get to throw mud 10)) ((BUTTED)) ((014928 Jacob Winfield -- visiting ECHO Cat: What is your guys' favorite part about mud? Jacob: Well, it's squishy and it's really soft. And you can get lots of dirty with it. And the best part is when you come in, your mom usually freaks out 41)) That festival wraps up next Sunday -- the 27th.Cat V... Channel 3 news, Burlington.

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TONIGHT: High clouds. Low: 32/40 Wind: S 10-15 mph MONDAY: Partly sunny. Isolated shower north. High: 62/70 Wind: S 10-15 mph MONDAY NIGHT: North: Few showers. South: Partly cloudy. Low: 37/45 Wind: S 10-15 mph TUESDAY: Showers likely, especially PM. High: 60/68 Low: 35/43 Wind: SW 5-10 mph WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy. Few showers. High: 40s Low: 20s THURSDAY: Partly sunny. High: 45/55 Low: 25/35 FRIDAY: Increasing clouds. PM showers. High: 50s Low: 35/45 SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy. Chance for showers. High: 50s Low: 30s SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. Few showers. High: 45/55

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What's Easter without a good old fashion Easter egg hunt.? And Easter Eggs invaded Oakledge Park in Burlington today. On this beautiful sunny day- dozens of Burlington families gathered to celebrate Easter -- through the time-honored tradition of hunting for eggs. The event was free--and organized by a group of neighbors who have been doing the Easter Egg hunt at Oakledge for several years. The children hunted for eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny-- all over the park.

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03:21:14 03:21:21 ((SC: How many eggs did you guys find today? KID: We found 1 2 3 4 5" SC: and whats inside all of these eggs? KID: Paper)) Neighbors say they have been collecting the eggs for weeks--and filled them with paper confetti-giving the sidewalks a colorful and festive flair.

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Happy Easter everyone ... Big game two in Boston this afternoon as the Bruins looked to even their series with the Detroit Red Wings... After missing Game 1, former UVM captain Kevan Miller lacing up for his playoff debut... The B's shutout 1-0 to open the series, not on this day, Scoreless in the first, a gift for rookie Justin Florek. Jimmy Howard fires it off a teammate's skate ... Right to Florek... 1-0 Bruins. --- Still in the first... Boston on the power play. Reilly Smith, the blue collar effort in front as he makes it 2-0 Bruins after 1. --- The Red Wings cut it to 2-1 in the second before Boston puts the octo-pie away. On the break , Jarome Iginla feeds Milan Lucic who gets just enough to put it home... Zdeno Chara adds another as the Bruins drop the Red Wings 4-1 to even the series at 1.Game 3 Tuesday night 7:30 in Detroit.

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The Montreal Canadiens are feeling confident but are also quite cautious heading into Game 3 tonight against Tampa Bay at the Bell Centre... The Habs took a 2-0 series lead Friday night after topping the Lightning 4-1 in convincing fashion with three players accounting for four goals... Despite being in the driver's seat, Montreal has been here before and it hasn't ended well.. The last two times they held big leads, the opponent has come back to take the series... The last being the Bruins back in 2011.. So while the Habs are excited, they know they have to take care of business...

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(((TRT: 12 OC: ALL ENJOYING IT)))

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Puck drop at 7, highlights at 11... Speaking of great atmospheres... On Friday we caught up with Vermont coaching legends Dan Gandin and Frank Pecora as they were honored for nearly 80 years of excellence... The U-32 and Northfield high school staples received a resolution from state lawmakers commending their efforts in what were two fine careers ... While both coaches will have moved on from high school, they still have plenty to say on the state of their sports in Vermont. While Gandin feels encouraged about the growth of basketball, Pecora hopes baseball will take a similar route to help rebuild its declining numbers.

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(((TRT: 32 OC: ENJOYABLE TO THEM)))

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What a return to the ring Saturday night for Windsor native Chris "gumby" Gilbert ... In front of his hometown crowd at the Windsor rec center, Gilbert staring as the main card in the Pro-Am Boxing event and he didn't disappoint.. The 29-year squared up against Rhode Island's Eddie Soto and promptly knocked him down with a fourth round TKO. It was the former Golden Glove champions ... first fight in the last 7 months and the victory improves his record to a perfect 11-0 in the welterweight division ...Scott Fleishman will have more this week in our Spotlight on Sports.

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Yankees and Rays in the final game of their series... --- Pick it up in the 12th tied at 1... Bases loaded for Dean Anna with two outs and after a great at bat he walks to give New York at 2-1 lead.. --- Next batter, Carlos Beltran. He's not waiting around.... Drives a two-run single right back through the box... Yankees split their series with the Rays, winning 5-1 today in 12... Ivan Nova going on the DL with a partially torn URL before the game.. Meanwhile Mark Teixeria returning from a torn hamstring ... Red Sox and Orioles tonight at 7.


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