Sun 19-OCT-2014 6 P.M. News Script


Good evening, thanks for joining us, I'm Adam Sullivan And I'm Melissa Howell. After four days of canceled classes, the South Burlington teachers strike is over. Teachers have agreed to return to the classroom tomorrow after reaching a tentative agreement which the school board. After a FULL day of negotiations Saturday, a tentative deal was reached LATE last night. The deal comes on the 5th day of the strike-- which canceled classes and other activities for most of last week. Details of the deal are not being disclosed at this time- however, a mediator called in to bring both sides to agreement says BOTH parties had to make sacrifices.


(( Joe McNeil : "This was no longer about what you really wanted, this was about what you could accept. Even though you might have to, from your perspective, hold your nose and accept it. Both parties compromised from where I'm sure they would have preferred to be, but in the end I think they found an agreement that works to the advantage of the public here in South Burlington and the community at large and especially the kids that are attending school here.")) All school functions are scheduled to resume tomorrow. Both sides still need to OFFICIALLY vote on the agreement. That is also scheduled to take place Monday.


While the teachers strike in South Burlington may be over -- the battle over education funding extends far beyond the city. Alex Apple reports.


Fire -- caused by lightning -- destroyed the home of Erika and Courtney Facey just over two years ago. (Erika Facey 50:05)(("It took us about a year to rebuild it. It was not fun.")) The Facey's found a different sort of surprise once they rebuilt. (50:33 Erika Facey/Barre City)(("They raised the taxes a thousand dollars on something that was an act of nature.")) They're talking about their property taxes -- which have risen sharply for many property owners across the state. (51:40 Erika Facey)(("Every day we have to struggle and wonder if we're gonna stay here.")) Much of the money gathered from property taxes is used to fund public education. Spending -- there -- has risen even as the number of students has declined. A law -- now 17 years old -- created the current statewide property tax. Last year the state legislature did not address property tax and education funding reform. And now -- voters are asking candidates what they'll do about it. In the race for the state's top public office -- both candidates have given few details on their plans to reduce the property tax rate. In our Channel 3 debate -- Republican Scott Milne pushed his plan to cap property taxes. (Scott Milne 1:46)(("I've got a good idea which is this cap idea which is meant to be a catalyst to force the legislature and the governor to work together.")) Capping property taxes would either force school districts to drastically cut costs -- or force the legislature to find other revenue sources to make up the difference. The Shumlin administration says that would be a 42-million dollar hole in just the first year of the cap. ((01:52:39:08 Scott Milne/Republican for Governor "Iv'e got a cap as a tactic to force the legislature to do something which they've been unable to do.")) ((01:34:03:24 Scott Milne/Republican for Governor "not a two year gimmick. It isn't gonna happen in two years.")) Governor Peter Shumlin offered few details on his plan to curb property taxes -- stating only that Milne's plan was flawed. (gov. Peter Shumlin 1:54)(("What works for ...not a one size fits all.")) Shumlin called the Milne plan "a gimmick," -- saying it fails to offer the relief taxpayers need. And relief is what Erika Facey says she will need to keep her family in Vermont. (50:52 Erika Facey)(("It's very expensive here.")) Alex Apple. Channel 3 News. Barre.


Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott says the state has a spending problem and must audit all its mandates -- and on the other end of the spectrum Progressive candidate Dean Corren says the state needs to focus on income taxes -- a system oriented toward ability to pay.


Multiple arrests and dozens of injuries as a popular pumpkin festival in southern New Hampshire turned violent. Police in riot gear clashed with hundreds of people near the campus of Keen State College this weekend. Crowds students and visitors were gathering for the area's annual Pumpkin Festival. Police were called in to disperse the crowds. Students then retaliated by throwing beer cans and trying to knock over street signs. New Hampshire State Police responded with rubber bullets and tear gas. According to the Union leader newspaper, the arrests ranged on charges including disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and alcohol violations. The Boston Globe reports the college's president says students involved in the rioting could face expulsion.


Upwards of 35-thousand New Yorkers are now listed as too mentally unstable to own guns under the state's 2-year-old gun reform law. Fewer than 300 on the list had handgun permits -- which would then have been revoked -- according to a New York Times report. State officials say they were unsure how many of those guns were actually seized. The law -- which also limited ammunition magazine sizes -- came in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut,


The first degree murder trial continues tomorrow for Allen Prue. The Waterford snow plow driver -- along with his wife -- are charged with strangling 33-year-old Melissa Jenkins in 20-12. The state says, the Prues lured Jenkins out of her home -- then assaulted and murdered, the St. Johnsbury Academy teacher. Prosecutors say, he confessed to the crime. His defense says his wife Patricia Prue-- is responsible. The presentation of evidence should wrap up by mid-week.


This year 560 Vermonters will be diagnosed with breast cancer according to the American Cancer Society. That's why more than 2,000 people teamed up Sunday for a breast cancer 5k. The event raises over 300,000 dollars for research -- the three mile course started at Veterans Memorial Park -- formerly Dorset Park -- and wrapped around South Burlington. Many of the organizers are survivors of breast cancer.


(00:58:29 Michele Almeida/5K Organizer)(("I was treated for breast cancer seven years ago. Volunteering was a way to fight back and then I joined the American Cancer Society. 56:46 If we raise 316 thousand dollars this year, we will have hit two million dollars raised over the past seven years.")) Of the 560 Vermonters diagnosed approximately 80 will lose that battle each year.

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Whether you love it or hate it, there's no denying that winter is right around the corner. And.. Here's proof It has already started to snow. An employee at the Stowe Mountain Resort sent these photos today. A fresh coat of the white stuff on the trails of the ski area. While it's just a dusting it is a sign of things to come. Skiers and riders are already beginning to wax up their equipment for the upcoming ski season.

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still ahead on tonight's news... the volunteers behind the wheels for warmth program.... After calls for a name change --- Ben and Jerry's makes a decision about the ice cream flavor "Hazed and Confused" First.. Here's Dave with the weather... No snow this week, but rain is definitely in the forecast.

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Next weekend, families looking for a set of winter tires -- at a discount -- will be heading to Montpelier for the annual Wheels for Warmth sale. It's the 10th year for the event -- which was started by Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott. But it wouldn't be possible without a group of dedicated volunteers in Central Vermont. Here's Cat Viglienzoni.


Each year, hundreds of people show up to DuBois Construction in late October -- looking for a set of winter tires. It's an effort that's spearheaded -- by volunteers. Including the state's D-M-V Commissioner... Robert Ide. ((SOT Robert Ide, DMV Commissioner 2324 It's a group that has worked together for a number of years, we have a very, very good time, and if you're not there, boy, you go through a whole year of verbal abuse from your friends. You've just got to be there 34)) He says the tires are inspected by the DMV to make sure they have at least another season left before they're sold at a very reduced cost. ((SOT Robert Ide, Vt. DMV commissioner 2144 when you talk to some of the people who are there you realize that for some people this is absolutely vital program because money is tight and they have real needs 54)) Ide says it's a way for people to recycle tires and keep them out of the garbage until they're unsafe. But sometimes -- donors go above and beyond. ((SOT 2212 Every year you get surprised a bit and sometime in the afternoon someone will show up with what look like new tires. And it always intrigues me because this is someone who knows about the program and went and bought tires and brought them down 26)) ((Cat Standup, Montpelier 3233 For the past two weeks people have been dropping off the tires that they don't need anymore to designated locations around the state. All that with the hope that if they don't need them, somebody else will 42)) NATS shed opening Vianor Tires manager Patti Eastman knows how important a good set of winter tires is. ((SOT Patti Eastman, Vianor Tires Manager 2824 What we see come into our store is pretty scary sometimes because they come in with stuff that shouldn't be driven on 32)) It's her shop's first year as a collection site for Wheels for Warmth. She says while a lot of the tires you see here aren't going to be on the roads again -- some are a good deal for a family in need. ((SOT Patti Eastman, Vianor Tires Manager 2801 These here would be useable, that's definitely got plenty of tread -- anything that's got good tread -- these are questionable, I wouldn't run them myself only because it's the winter season 14)) She says what she'd like to see in the future is more time for people to donate... that way they could collect more good tires. Cat Viglienzoni, Channel 3 News, Montpelier.


If you'd still like to donate tires, you can drop them off Thursday and Friday from 3 to 7 at the locations you see on your screen. Or you can bring them to the sale on Saturday. That's at DuBois (DUE-BOYS) Construction. The gates open at 7 a.m., though people will be lining up much earlier than that. It goes until 1 p.m. We'll have a link to details on our website.((http://wheel


Ben & Jerry's will NOT be changing the name of a controversial ice cream flavor. Complaints were filed with the Vermont-based ice cream company about its flavor "Hazed & Confused" -- saying it was insensitive to victims of hazing. The company told Bloomberg it QUOTE "didn't make sense" for it to change the name because it's a pop culture reference to the movie "Dazed & Confused" -- and it's a play on its hazelnut ingredients.


Renowned Vermont naturalist and author Bob Spear has died. Spear -- the author of "Birds of Vermont" and a founding director of the Birds of Vermont Museum -- shared his passion for birding with young and old for decades. In recent years he was best known for his hundreds of wood carvings of birds -- many of which ended up at the museum. Spear died today surrounded by family and friends. He was 94 years-old.


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Fall has definitely made a comeback. In fact, it looked a little like winter in the mountains, with reports of a coating of snow in spots. There may be a sprinkle or flurry this evening, otherwise skies will clear out and it will be cold. Lows will drop into the 20s. Monday will have some morning sunshine, only to be followed by increasing clouds for the rest of the day. A slow-moving low pressure system is expected to hug the coast and stick around for the middle of the week. Tuesday will be cloudy, with showers likely. A the low strengthens, a more significant rain is expected for Wednesday and Thursday. The low will start to drift east on Friday, so we'll have mostly cloudy skies, with lingering showers. Total rainfall during the time period may be 1 to 3 inches. Next weekend is looking pretty good. A few showers are still possible on Saturday, but Sunday will be partly sunny, with highs in the 50s.

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Raising a child who has been diagnosed with a terminal disease can leave many families feeling helpless But for one little boy, the fight is far from over -- and there's a hiker lifting his spirits every step of the way.


((NATS:COMING OUT OF WOODS)) 35 days and 260 miles... ((NATS:YAY CHRIS!)) Chris Balch has hiked the long trail 3 times now -- but this time is different. ((Chris Balch/Hiker 00:51:42 "I hiked them for Gus and other kids like Gus." 00:51:46)) Gus Dreher is 10-years-old... ((Chris Balch/Hiker 00:46:16 "Gus how you doing?! Hi!" 00:46:27)) He was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy 5 years ago. It's a disease, with no cure, that causes muscle weakness -- and effects about 1 in every 35-hundred boys. ((Steve Dreher/Gus' dad 01:00:00 "He will be in a wheelchair within 2 or 3 years, he's already, his legs are quite weak. Life expectancy is early 20's usually because it's a disease that all the muscles in the body degenerate over the lifetime." 01:00:15)) Gus's dad, worked with Balch at Souhegan High School in New Hampshire for 17 years before Balch retired. Now- focused on the Dreher family's mission to raise money for the Hope for Gus Foundation. The hike is helping. ((Steve Dreher/Gus' dad 00:59:36 "This will end up - probably 22-thousand dollars going to a research project at the University of Washington." 00:59:44)) It's just one contribution to help Gus -- and many others like him. ((Chris Balch/Hiker 00:52:49 "Every single life is worth fighting for so I just think we all have to do this kind of stuff." 00:52:56)) ((NATS)) ((Steve Dreher/Gus' dad 01:02:48 "Someone like Chris, he's my hero and I think he could be Gus' hero as well." 01:02:52)) For Gus, to know he has someone like Balch in his corner.. ((Gus 00:55:24 "I was excited." 00:55:26)) ((Chris Balch/Hiker 00:51:58 "We can't sit by and do nothing. We gotta do stuff like this and I hope other people will step up too." 00:52:07)) And no matter how big or small that contribution may be, it's sure to make a difference for kids like Gus.



The UVM women's hockey team was looking for a clean sweep of RIT at the Gut this afternoon. The Cats with 2 third period goals yesterday to come back and beat the Tigers. --- First period, UVM with a great chance, Cassidy Campeau feeds Sarah Kelly in front but she hits the post. --- RIT on the other hand, making its opportunities count. Jess Paton with a terrific pass to Celeste Brown who beats Madison Litchfield. 1-0 Tigers after 1. --- Second period, RIT looking to add to the lead. Litchfield gives the puck away, but makes up for it with the left pad save. --- The tigers get insurance in the third, Kolbee McCrea deflects in the Taylor Thurston shot. Vermont's offense with 27 shots, but Ali Binnington makes 27 saves. RIT shutsout Vermont, 2-0 as The teams split the weekend..


(((TRT: 25 OC: RINGS A LITTLE HOLLOW... We started with a great effort in the first game and haven't been able to finish it off ... I don't think it leaves a good taste in your mouth but I think at this point in the year the quality of hockey we're playing far surpasses the past few years... I don't think we can beat ourselves up to bad when we're getting chances but after a while it does ring a little hollow.")))


The UVM men made another big statement over the weekend sweeping Clarkson in a home and home series. The Cats with a 2-1 win Friday night at the Gut followed by a 3-0 Shutout on the Road last night. Mike Santaguida making 28 saves while Mario Puskaisch, Kevin Irwin and Mike Paliotta had the goals. 3-0 Vermont hosts Uconn Saturday in their first ever hockey east match-up.


Tomorrow, the VPA will release the fall sports playdown brackets for soccer and Field hockey. The cross country state championships are Saturday at Thetford Academy.


The High school football pairings are out. Here's how it looks in division one. top seed Middlebury hosts, CVU. The 5th seed Colchester visits 4th seed Rutland. More than likely, those game will be played Friday. St. Johnsbury, the second seed, hosts Hartford in a game that will likely be played Saturday. The third seed Essex, will host BFA-St. Albans, likely on Friday. --- In Division 3, Top seed Otter Valley hosts the eighth seed Poultney. The 5th seed, U-32 hosts fourth seed windsor. BFA-Fairfax, the second seed welcomes the defending champs, 7th seed Woodstock and the third seed, Mill River hosts 6th seed Mt. Abe. Again, nothing set in stone yet, but likely these games will be played on Saturday. Division 2 has one more weekend left in the regular season.


What a great ending to the Bills-Vikings game in Buffalo today. --- Bills with the ball, down 6 late in the fourth. On 4th and 20 Kyle Orton to Scott Chandler for the first down. --- Later in the drive, 25 seconds left in the game, Orton hits Chris Hogan at the minnesota 2 yard line. --- Then with 5 seconds left, Orton finds Sammy Watkins in the endzone and that's your ballgame. Buffalo wins 17-16. Bills running back CJ Spiller left the game with a shoulder injury.


Several seasons ago, former UVM men's basketball coach Mike Lonergan invited UVM grad and ESPN radio host Ryen Russillo to give the pre game speech to the team before taking the court against Uconn. Last night, Russillo gave another talk in front of the men's basketball team, but this time the players were joined by die hard Cats fans and donors. Russillo was the keynote speaker at the first ever UVM's men's basketball tip off dinner at Patrick Gym. Coach John Becker saw other division one colleges across the country holding these types of events, so he wanted to bring the concept to Catamount Country. The dinner itself is a fundraiser for the team, but it also served as an opportunity to solicit more donations to the program. Russillo said he was honored to be there but he had been waiting for an opportunity like this for quite some time.


(((Ryen Russillo/"I wanted to have this connection. I work with all these guys that go to all these big schools and they talk to the coaches, they talk to the A.D.'s and talk to different booster clubs. There are connections and I never really felt that connection to UVM and tonight I did."))) During last nights dinner, a video presentation talked about the brand new multi purpose facility and for the first time, we saw pictures of what the new 57 hundred seat arena would look like. UVM president Tom Sullivan said on the video that the they are making substantial progress with funds, but there is still a gap to finance the 75 million dollar arena.

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