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

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Good evening, I'm Melissa Howell. And I'm Cat Viglienzoni. Adam Sullivan has the night off. Governors Peter Shumlin and Andrew Cuomo went head to head today in a white water rafting race. It was part of the Adirondack Challenge -- an event highlighting recreational opportunities in the area. Governors Shumlin and Cuomo paddled down New York's Indian River on rafts for the 2nd Annual Adirondack Challenge. While the governors were in the water in North Creek -- the Adirondack Challenge Festival took place just down the road in Indian Lake. Logan Crawford was there.

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(tile 2095 00:14:00:19) ((nats ball dunk 00:14:04:06)) (tile 2112 00:22:56:15) ((Daniel Proctor/Indian Lake "We love Indian Lake, we love the Adirondacks, we love being able to contribute something to the well being of the community and this is one of the ways to do it." 00:23:09:08)) All day long events are held in the hamlet of Indian Lake. (tile 2108 00:20:11) ((nats singing 00:20:14:26)) Drawing in New Yorkers from all over. (tile 2071 00:01:22:05) ((William Farber/Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Chairman "One of the real paradoxes of the Adirondack Park has been that it's been a really, really well kept secret. We have such magnificent scenery, we have a wonderful venue, we have so many fantastic outdoor amenities for people to participate in." 00:01:37:09)) The festival at Byron Park features everything from live music -- to fun on the water. (tile 2099 00:15:14:27) ((Donald Peck/Governeur "you ever kayak before? Not too much. Kind of looking forward to it. And he doesn't swim so he's kind of nervous. But we'll be fine." 00:15:23:12)) (tile 2111 00:21:05:07) ((Logan Crawford/Indian lake "Organizers of the Adirondack Challenge wanted to include the feel of the Adirondacks throughout the day's activities, ranging from what you can do in the Adirondacks to what you can eat in the Adirondacks." 00:21:16:04)) (tile 2087 00:09:44:27) ((Thomas Frey/Elf's Farm Winery "A taste of New York, we're an Adirondack Coast Winery in Plattsburgh, New York. So we figured we'd bring some great New York wine and our signature hard cider which is a strawberry hard cider." 00:09:56:00)) New York State pays nearly 200-thousand dollars for the Adirondack Challenge -- hoping to boost tourism in this corner of the Empire State. (tile 2112 00:22:26:15) ((Daniel Proctor/Indiian Lake "oh it's great. Are you kidding?" 00:22:28:07)) The Adirondack challenge... A sneak peak of what the Adirondacks are all about. (tile 2088 00:11:05:07 ((nats horseshoe 00:11:05:24)) Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Indian Lake. -3-

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Hamilton County officials say thanks to the Adirondack Challenge -- the county now works with a regional tourism office in Lake Placid -- to bring tourists to the Adirondack Park year round.

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Still no word on what caused a deadly plane crash near Lake Placid. Investigators from the F-A-A and the N-T-S-B are on the scene in the town of North Elba. Yesterday a small plane went down at a farm there -- killing all three people on board.. The crash was only a mile from the airport. It's unclear if the plane was landing or taking off. The names of the victims have not been released.

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A sex offender is accused of stalking a young girl at the University Mall. South Burlington police say yesterday 42-year old Ryan Aldrich of Burlington followed the pre-teen from the food court into a store. There police say he asked the girl several age-inappropriate questions that made her fear for her safety. Aldrich stopped -- when the girl's father entered the store. Aldrich is charged with aggravated stalking. Police say he is a registered sex offender with a sex assault conviction.

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Senator Bernie Sanders might still be four years away from running for reelection -- but he's already breaking fundraising records. The Senator raked in more than 716-thousand dollars just in the past three months, according to campaign finance reports. That's about nine times the amount he raised last quarter. Hints of a possible presidential run are fueling an elevated national position. Senator Sanders says his campaign's fund-raising efforts are about other races besides his own.

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((00:06:55 one of the things we're doing is refunneling some of that money into other candidates. i worry very very much about a republican control over the united states senate. they control the house. i dont think -- i know i dont want to see that 00:07:08)) Senator Sanders points out that most of the money that came in is from donors giving small amounts -- the average contribution, roughly 41 dollars. His campaign war chest now totals more than four-and-a-half million dollars.

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A top U-S health official says Vermont is doing a good job -- helping residents learn about the risks and benefits of vaccinations. Dr. Anne ((shook-it)) Schuchat is an assistant surgeon general -- and director of the CDC's National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases. She says the state's new online -- "It's Ok to Ask" campaign -- provides a safe, judgement-free place for parents to get information.

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((Dr. Anne Schuchat: 37:07 Vermont is such a beautiful state and a healthy state in general it's so important people get the best information to keep them healthy and safe. I've been learning about the It's OK to Ask campaign and it's a real model for making sure families get the information they need about vaccines and other health issues.)) The web-centered campaign offers resources to help parents make informed decisions about vaccinations. We have a link -- in the info-center -- at wcax.com

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still ahead on tonight's news... Construction near the border -- how to beat the traffic backups and plan ahead And the history behind the world's oldest reef -- which is right here in Vermont! But first.. Here's Dave with the weather...

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New Hampshire's appeal for a major disaster declaration to deal with the costs of April flooding has been denied. Governor Maggie Hassan had asked for money to repair damaged areas in Coos (coh-ahs) and Carroll counties. Hassan's appeal said damages exceeded 1-point 9 million - qualifying the state for federal assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied that request - saying the impact wasn't severe enough to warrant a major disaster declaration.

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If you travel to Canada between now and August 2nd, you may want to plan ahead for travel time. The U-S Customs and Border Protection officials say a 2-week construction holiday will cause traffic delays. With tourists and commuters crossing the Vermont-Canadian border throughout the summer, having the proper travel documents ready at the border could help speed up the process. Travelers are encouraged to plan trips during lighter traffic periods -- or to use other ports of entry.

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Many of you may not know that the world's oldest known reef is right here in Vermont. It's nearly half a billion years old! And at the "Walk Through Time" exhibit on the Goodsell Ridge Preserve in Isle La Motte -- visitors can learn its history -- step by step.

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The Chazy Reef we're walking on pre-dates coral reefs. If you know where to look -- you can find fossils of ancient ancestors to today's snails -- or, a little off the beaten path, even squid and octopus. ((SOT Linda Fitch 001137 This kind of wonderful thing here was a very large cephalopod -- and here's a smaller one. Cat: Oh wow. Linda: And part of another one 48)) But before those creatures would have a chance -- they had to have oxygen to breathe. This panel -- explains how that happened. ((SOT Fitch 001948 Oxygen was poisonous to life as it had developed up to that point 54 So it was a mass extinction 57)) A mass extinction that led to the growth of new life. And as we walk through the trees, we come to an ancient underwater scene with sponges, trilobites and jellies -- about 540 million years ago. This is what our reef would have looked like. ((SOT Fitch, 001654 This reef here was the first biologically-diverse ecosystem. 58)) ((CAT STANDUP 002654 Where I'm standing represents about 250 million years ago. We're almost at the end of the walk, and we haven't even gotten to the dinosaurs yet! 002703)) They're not far off though. In fact, the history most of us are familiar with -- the extinction of the dinosaurs and the rise of mammals -- only takes place in the last few feet of the path. * ((SOT 003113 // 23 Very, very recent, when you consider the entire history of Earth 28)) A history of Earth -- preserved in the Islands.

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That exhibit will be up through mid-October, and then they'll take it down for the winter.

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A weakening trough touched off a few widely scattered showers today, but overall it's been a pleasant day. Tonight will be mainly clear. Monday will be more humid, and there may be an isolated afternoon thunderstorm. Warmer weather will move in for Tuesday, along with humid conditions. It will be mostly sunny with highs well into the 80s. Wednesday will be hazy, hot and humid, with some spots reaching the low 90s. A cold front will start to move in by afternoon, with thunderstorms likely. Some of those may be strong. Morning showers will give way to partly sunny skies on Thursday as the front moves out. It will turn cooler and less humid. It's looking good heading into next weekend, with partly sunny skies expected for Friday through Sunday, and average temperatures.

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If you love shopping at Pier One Imports--you're in luck. Tuesday is the grand opening of the stores newest location--in South Burlington. It will be right next to Trader Joes--off of Dorset Street. They city says Pier One is another step towards developing a downtown city center for South Burlington. And residents--are excited about the new home décor store.

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00:03:22 00:03:34 ((Mark Bradley/South Burlington "We're excited about it opening this coming Tuesday and we think its a great business to be in South Burlington. We're here shopping at Trader Joes and to have Pier one next door, we'll be going in there.")) The store will open its doors--Tuesday morning.

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Dairy is one of Vermont's most important industries -- and today, producers large and small came together to showcase their best. The Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms was packed for the 6th Annual Vermont Cheesemakers festival. Vermont has the highest number of cheese makers per capita -- more than 40 of them. There were more than 200 samples of cheese and everything that goes with it. Organizers say about 18-hundred people came.

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If you're looking for an excuse to cool off with a sweet treat tonight -- you're in luck. It's National Ice Cream Day -- as proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan. In 1984 -- Congress passed a resolution making July National Ice Cream month -- and the third Sunday -- National Ice Cream Day. At the time it was created -- ten percent of all the milk produced in the U-S was used for ice cream.

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It's been a busy few days for local auto racing fans. Thunder Road and Devils Bowl having their mid season championships. Today, the attention turns to Plattsburgh. It's the second running of the ACT International at Airborne Speedway. This year, the late model race is 3 segments, the first of those segments running 50 laps. --- Last year's runner up, Williston's Brian Hoar, starting on the pole and looking good early. He leads the pack until lap 26 when a flat tire forces him to the back. --- Barre's Nick Sweet takes over on the restart and makes a statement after wrecking early last year. The 88 takes the checkered in the first segment. Sweet finishes fourth in segment two. --- That sets up a three way tie between sweet, Patrick Laperle and Joey Pole going into the final 75 lap segment. Laperle wins that segment and takes the ACT interniitonal 300 and a cool 25-grand.

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Former Dartmouth hockey standout, Lee Stempniak is on his way to New York. The veteran forward signing a one year deal with the Rangers yesterday which means he will be reunited with former Big Green teammate Tanner Glass. Both are now teammates with former catamount, Marty St. Louis.

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The Catamounts released their 2014-2015 schedule a few days ago. The regular season beginning at Northeastern on Saturday October 11th with the home opener 6 days later against Clarkson. This will be one of the more anticipated seasons in program history. After a trip to the NCAA tournament, Kevin Sneddon's group is on the upswing and the players are anxious to get back out there for a chance to build on last season's success.

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(((Kevin Sneddon/"It was important for our guys to get a taste of success again after a lot of hard work that went in over the last couple of years, and some lean years. Certainly it gains some confidence that what we're doing is working. But at the same time we're not thinking about last year much at all. I know our student athletes are here for summer school and they're very focused on preparing for the upcoming season. The confidence of last year is certainly a factor but we certainly won't rest on that, we'll move forward and continue to get better.")))

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The Lake Monsters and Hudson Valley are playing game 2 of their 3 game series as we speak at Centennial Field. At last check the game is tied at 1 in the 5th.

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The Vermont Mountaineers are off tonight for the NECBL all star break. Four members of the Mountaineers will be playing in tonight's all star game in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Vermont has rattled off 6 straight wins including a thrilling 5-4 win over North Adams last night at Montpelier rec field. At 21-10, the Mountaineers have a two and a half game lead on Sanford for first place in the Northern Division. Everything seems to be clicking at just the right time with just 11 games left in the regular season.

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(((Cameron Sorgie/" We're rolling. We're rolling pretty good. This is my second summer back here, last summer ended on a sour note, we got knocked out in the semifinals but we're on a mission, we're here to play and we're going to win that championship."))) (((Casey Rodrique/"We definitely know there is something special brewing with this team and we're not looking to end the season and we'll do our part this season and look for the postseason.")))

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Jon Lester on the mound at Fenway Park as the Red Sox looking to sweep the Royals this afternoon. --- Lester going 8 scoreless innings. He gets some help from the defense in the second, Brock Holt comes up with a beautiful barehanded play to get Brett Hayes out at first. --- Boston breaks the game open in the fourth, David Ross taking this one deep to left. It's a 2 run shot. His sixth of the season. --- The Red Sox complete the sweep, 6-0 the final over K.C.

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Yankees looking to start the second half of the season with a sweep of the Reds. --- Tied at two, bottom of the 9th, runner on third, Brian McCan hits a pop up to shallow right field. Check this out, the fielders close in, but no one makes the catch. Jacoby Ellsbury scores easily thank you very much. The Yankees walk off with the 3-2 win.


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