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Good evening. I'm Shelby Cashman - Darren is on assignment tonight. And I'm Kristin Kelly. He took an oath to serve and protect. But now one of the Queen City's own is facing criminal charges. Cpl. Ethan Thibault is the third Burlington cop arrested this year. Jennifer Costa joins us with the latest. Jennifer? Shelby and Kristin -- the 37 year old police officer -- and member of the Vermont National Guard -- is denying allegations -- he abused his girlfriend. But prosecutors say they've uncovered a trail of domestic abuse -- AND they're questioning Thibault's mental health.

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Cpl. Ethan Thibault walked into a Queen City courtroom charged with beating his girlfriend. The 14 year veteran of the Burlington police force was flanked by his parents -- and brother -- a sheriffs deputy at the court. ((T.J. Donovan/Chittenden County Proseuctor 01:09:02 "There's always a greater concern when it's a police officer because it's a matter of public trust.")) Thibault is accused of pushing and slapping his girlfriend -- over the weekend -- after she allegedly returned home late from a concert. But he says she started the fight -- claiming their three year relationship was over -- and he didn't want her in his Hinesburg home. Prosecutors say this is not the only allegation -- and point to other violent encounters with the victim. ((T.J. Donovan/Chittenden County Proseuctor 01:05:41 "The allegation is that he hit her, struck her in the face and caused a bloody nose. The affidavit outlines a history of alleged abuse. Obviously this is a very serious case.")) Thibault pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor counts of domestic abuse. The court ordered him to turn over all his firearms -- and undergo a mental health evaluation. Prosecutors say that requirement stems from an incident last summer after Thibault allegedly held a loaded gun to his head and threatened to kill himself. ((T.J. Donovan/Chittenden County Proseuctor 01:07:50 "Obviously this raises major concerns for the well being of the victim, of the community and Mr. Thibault.")) The victim says she did not report the abuse in the past -- fearing her boyfriend would lose his job. Thibault was taken into custody Wednesday after voluntarily speaking with state police. He's currently on paid administrative leave -- pending internal and criminal investigations. ((Chief Brandon Del Pozo/Burlington Police Dept. 00:55:55 "It's a domestic violence issue. It's one of the things we fight against and when an officer is alleged to have committed it that makes it all the worse.")) Burlington's new police chief reminds the public -- Thibault is innocent until proven guilty -- and vows an impartial review. ((Chief Brandon Del Pozo/Burlington Police Dept. 00:56:12 "I need citizens to know that when an allegation is made, like this, we don't close ranks.")) Thibault is the same officer who gunned down a mentally ill suspect in 2013 -- shooting Wayne Brunette -- four times -- after Brunette allegedly charged the officers with a shovel. Thibault and his partner were cleared of ANY wrongdoing.

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Prosecutors say it's unclear -- at this point if Thibault's arrest -- will affect any of his pending cases. Shelby?

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Coming up in a few minutes - our Alex Apple sits down with Burlington's new Chief - to talk about how to rebuild public trust after a rough year for police.

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A car crash in Swanton leaves two people dead - and a third critically injured. It happened on Route 7. Troopers say a pickup was headed north -- went off the road -- hit two utility poles -- then came back on the highway and crashed into a car heading south. Police say one person in the car died at the scene -- the other was pronounced dead at the hospital. The driver of the truck was critically injured. Police have not released the names of people involved.

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Helping in the fight against the opiate crisis in Vermont could be as easy as cleaning out your medicine cabinet. At least that's what Governor Shumlin and other officials say. Drug take-back day is September 26th. It's a day when Vermonters can collect their unused or old prescription medications and give them to the DEA for disposal. Officials say taking prescribed pain killers is one of the biggest risks of forming a drug habit.

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(TC 00:13:26:23 Tile 2344) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin/D-Vermont "We are not making progress fast enough in prevention. Stopping the flow into this disease. That's why this Take Back Day is so important. It will help, we hope, to keep some opiates out of the hands of folks who are going to sign up for just a terrible, terrible future." 00:13:42:26)) To find a collection site -- you can visit our website WCAX dot com.

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A federal court ruling today helped Tom Brady continue his winning streak. A judge tossed the quarterback's 4 game suspension in the deflate gate scandal. And Patriots Nation is saying I told you so. They sure are. I spoke with fans today and I have to say the reaction--was pretty unanimous.

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(00:01:32) (("Tom Brady is finally vindicated, it's about time, jeeze Louise 00:01:36 Free Tom Brady 00:01:39 He's free, we've done it, we've done it.")) (00:01:42) (00:02:58) ((Sage Tanner "I am very excited. Let's go Pats.")) (00:03:00) (00:08:50) ((Shelby "You're a Tom Brady fan, what do you like about Tom Brady? Fans 00:08:54 "He's a pretty good quarterback, you know plays for the Patriots, Go Tom Brady!!! He's great looking, just beautiful to look at, beautiful face...")) (00:09:06) (00:21:22) ((Shelby "what's your opinion on what happened with the Tom Brady decision today? 00:25:27 Will Devitt "I think they made the right decision by repealing the suspension, they didn't really have much evidence to go on to actually suspend him in the first place and it seemed like an abuse of power by the commissioner.")) (00:34:03) (00:04:27) ((Daniel Cmejla "I've lived in Boston my whole life and I gotta say everyone wants to hate the winners, Tom Brady is on top but I also think at the same time the media is giving way more attention to this. You know people are starving throughout the whole world, our climate is in trouble, and people should just get over themselves just because they didn't win the Superbowl and we did so take that and let's do something about the climate that's the more important issue.")) (00:04:54) (00:07:51) (( Shelby "are you a big Patriot fan tell me about the history of Ron and the Patriots" Ron "Ron and the Patriots go for many many years and I am a big fan, I didnt know there was any other team!")) (00:08:01) (00:03:03) ((Shelby "A lot of it had to do with lack of evidence, but do you think that Tom Brady actually did anything wrong in your heart of hearts? Sage: Well I can't really say, like if anything he probably knew something but I don't think that's worth suspending anybody for anything.")) (00:03:16) (00:34:24) ((Shelby "do you think Tom Brady is guilty at all of any wrongdoing? Will Devitt " Honestly, probably but there's not enough evidence and you can't do anything without evidence.")) (00:44:18) (00:01:55) ((Fan "Roger Goodell you handled this situation horribly....can't stand that guy.")) (00:02:01)

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While we did not find any Brady haters on Church Street today---there were plenty sounding off on our Facebook page. Ed Evans says "Brady bought the judge, money talks, what a slap in the face for the NFL" Ronald Bluto says "Fame and fortune get you what you want, loss all respect for him for not taking his punishment like a man." Jeremy Burnor says "So basically if your Tom Brady and you cry your allowed to break the rules and get away with it"

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It is not over yet - the NFL is looking to appeal - Mike McCune will have more on the how the judge's decision played out - coming up a bit later in the broadcast - in Starting Line Sports.

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Vermont scientists believe they may have the next wave of cowpower. That is taking -- byproducts of manure and turning them into fuel. Alex Apple has the story.

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If Anju Dahiya's product grows, Vermont could lead the country toward a new fuel source -- all while cutting down on pollution spilling into lakes. ((NAT 07:08 We have tremendous momentum going.)) Nordic Farm in Charlotte is participating in Anju's pilot program. Her company GSR Solutions aims to change the way farmers use their digesters. There's detailed science behind a simple process: ((GFX)) Nutrients like phosphorous and nitrogen are taken from manure. That liquid product is then fed to a special type of algae. From that algae comes -- biofuel -- a potential replacement for diesel. ((Mary Powell/Green Mountain Power 36:46 It is taking this notion of community digesters and making significant improvements so that we can really kick the butt out of phosphorous in terms of runoff.")) The improvements create biofuel that becomes jet fuels, heating oil or an alternative to traditional diesel. Plus the leftover manure -- lacks the germs and phosphorous that destroy water quality. ((Clark Hinsdale/Nordic Farms04:03 The best way to capture the excess nutrients that are created on farms is to never let them get beyond the boundaries of the farmstead.)) Clark Hinsdale owns Nordic Farms and 300 cows. Anju says a 300 cow farm could make 20 to 30 thousand gallons of fuel per year -- with GSR's new technology -- that takes the byproduct of a digester and makes more, cleaner fuel. ((Anju NAT)) But farmers can't buy the tech just yet. More deveolopment is needed before the process can go from lab to farm. ((25:36 Anju Dahiya - GSR Solutions Eventually it's not going to be only the manure waste, but the food waste as well in the digester system.)) With the goal of turning thousands of pounds of poop into thousands of gallons of algaepower. AA. Ch3N. Charlotte.

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Anju is looking for more federal and private funding to expand the program. Currently the fuel costs more than 20 dollars a gallon -- scientists believe once the project grows -- the price will come down.

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Sun was hard to come by earlier today. Dan is at the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction ..... Dan? (wx script)

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One of the biggest construction projects - ever - in Caledonia County is on pace to be done -- early this winter. But, other big development plans may be in jeopardy. - Kyle Midura is here with that story, Kyle - Kristin - foreign investment dollars are changing the physical and working landscape in the Northeast Kingdom. The biggest project to date should be completed soon, but further large-scale development in rural Vermont may rely on action in Washington D.C.

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(nats - construction) Foreign investors are pouring 50-million dollars into this new hotel half-way up Q. Burke Mountain Resort. Scheduled to be ready in mid-December, the 118-thousand square foot facility should sleep more than 400 guests Developer Bill Stenger says the slope-side project represents the first-step in giving the resort a summer season. (00:41:49:00) ((Bill Stenger - Q. Burke Mountain Resort Development Partner If you can't create a year-round facility with good accommodations, you can't be successful in the winter season and you certainly aren't going to survive to the next winter if you dont' have full, year-round operations)) Stenger says funding for this project is secure... but stage two of creating a summer getaway perfect for weddings, conferences, and other events includes financing a world-class tennis and aquatics center. That won't happen if the federal EB5 program that grants visas to foreigners in exchange for investment dollars expires at the end of this year. (00:44:23:00) ((Bill Stenger Rural America needs capital and it needs patient capital)) A recent audit of the program concluded the federal government requires so little information on the program, that there's no way of knowing if it's rife with fraud. Sen. Patrick Leahy has proposed extending the program with requirements for more transparency. Separately, Vermont Agency of Commerce Secretary Pat Moulton told us federal financial regulators are poking around big projects spear-headed by Stenger. (00:04:27:00) ((Pat Moulton This is not out of the ordinary thus far that we've seen)) (00:46:34:00) ((Bill Stenger The SEC is doing their job)) Stenger denies any wrong-doing, and says he and his partners can prove they've met all requirements... while saying projects like this one have provided a desperately-needed boost to the Northeast Kingdom's economy... a statement backed up by state data. Contractors say they've expanded to meet demand. (00:53:54:00) ((Robert Conrad - Conrad Construction Inc. This has given me an opportunity to employ up to 30 people every summer, whereas 30 people would be out of work)) Vermont EB-5 efforts have not been without controversy: investors loudly complained about altered repayment plans for Jay Peak's Tram-Haus Lodge project. There's been talk of unpaid contractors. (00:54:48:00) ((Robert Conrad - Conrad Construction Inc. They've never missed a payment on me, sometimes they're a little late because they get hung up with paperwork, couple of weeks here or there, but nothing serious)) (00:48:08:00) ((Stenger all of them are current, we work very closely with them, and you're welcome to ask any of the subcontractos at any time if they're current with their pay))

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We did ask several workers if they've had issues with pay - all we spoke with said 'no.' The Burke town offices do not have any liens for the mountain, but there's also no deed on file. We also did not find any civil filings for back pay at the county courthouse, but there are enough companies involved in the mountain's operations and construction efforts that an exhaustive search is nearly-impossible. - Kristin

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Burlington's new police chief faced fiery opposition when the city council was considering his appointment to the job earlier this summer. Now -- less than 48 hours on the job -- one of Brandon del Pozo's officers is arrested. Thats in addition to two others earlier this year -- Nathan Harvey was charged with domestic assault in March - and has since resigned. And in July, Officer Leanne Werner was charged with drunk driving with death resulting for a fatal car crash in St. Albans. Alex Apple sat down with the new top cop today. You asked him about these topics ... I did, and del Pozo laid out his vision for how policing should work -- saying in times of crisis or calm -- citizens must be able to trust and rely on the men and women in uniform.

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((51:02 Apple; 51:02 How was the transition and how have you gotten up to speed about what's going on in the city? It's been a really busy last few days. One of my first priorities was reaching out to the public letting them know they're going to be seeing a lot more of me. They're going to be seeing a lot of the rank and file officers, but at the same time, we've had a few notable incidents here in the city already. On top of that I've wanted to get up to speed on things like the Green Street homicide, the North Street shooting so it's been a busy 48 hours, but what I've always loved about police work is the tempo. )) ((53:45 APPLE: QUESTION Brandon del Pozo It's about really bolstering people's safety and quality of life, but doing so really understanding what their priorities are.....it has to be a police force that citizens know. 54:17)) ((54:20 Brandon del Pozo When it comes to times of crisis, you have to know your cops. And that's what we're going to strive to do. We're going to strive to put cops in contact with citizens, community leaders, the whole gammut. That's the heart of community policing. That type of cooperation.)) ((55:25 55:25 Cops are human beings. We are held rightfully so to a higher standard than the average person becuase we have rights, powers, and prerogatives, the average person doesn't have. They need to completely trust us. )) ((56:29 Apple: People want to know how seriously you take those issues........ how do you strike the right balance between you're leading a police force but you're also a represenatative for the people of Burlington? A: What the people of Burlington need to know is that when cops make good faith mistakes that aren't negligent and aren't criminal, we're going to stand by those cops. Cops are out there making split second decisions all the time. They're also human beings that make minor mistakes and when they do we're going to support them and stand by them. Also, part of leading cops is letting them know how that bar is set.))

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I also talked with del Pozo about opiate issues. He acknowledged that many low-level addicts are dealing with an addiction issue instead of a criminal issue. But he promised he would aggressively go after the high-level dealers who are quote -- ruining people's lives -- to make a profit.

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Tonight: Mostly clear. Turning less humid, late. Lows: Lows 50/57 Winds: N 5-10 mph Friday: Sunny skies. Less humid. Highs: 75/82 Winds: Light Friday Night: Clear skies. Lows: 48/55 Winds: Light Saturday: Sunny and warm. Highs: 78/85 Winds: Light Extended: Sunday through Thursday. Saturday Night: Lows 55/62 Sunday: Sunny and warm. Highs 80/87 Lows 58/65 Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 83/90 Lows 58/65 Tuesday: Chance of shower/tstorms. Highs 80s Lows 55/65 Wednesday: Partly sunny. Highs 75/85 Lows 55/65 Thursday: Better chance of showers, Tstorms, stronger front. Highs 75/85

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An East Corinth woman is guilty of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a vulnerable adult. Carmen Gross was convicted of taking more than 40-thousand dollars from the woman while serving as her power of attorney. Gross was placed on two years probation and must pay back the money.

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Will South Burlington High School keep its rebel nickname? While the school got rid of it's Confederate soldier mascot about 20 years ago--some still say the NICKNAME--which dates back to the Civil War-- is racist. At last night's school board meeting--many argued it has no place in today's society. Others say many people do not even know of--or associate--the name with it's history.

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(00:42:19) ((Dave Kauffman "To us Rebels means and has always meant strong school spirit, enthusiasm, excitement, the ability to succeed in sports and in school.")) (00:42:30) (00:39:56) (( "I want all students to feel that inclusiveness and belonging my daughter felt. Any symbol or program that divides us hurts our community.")) (00:40:08) The school board did not make any decisions on when or if it might make a name change. Members say they are open to a community wide discussion.

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A Windsor solar project is on hold. Green Mountain Power says the delay comes following concerns from folks about potential environmental effects. GMP spokeswoman Dororthy Schnure says the utility will work with the town and state in moving forward after issues are resolved. GMP says the project would support panels to power 12-hundred homes.

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The Burlington YMCA has purchased a new multi-million dollar space. The non-profit bought the Ethan Allen Club on College Street for two and a half million dollars from Champlain College. Right now the Y is not revealing its specific plans for the property. But officials say there are challenges with its existing property just down the street -- and they are exploring ways to do more for the community.

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((Doug Bishop, Burlington YMCA 12:38 "at this point though people should just know we are looking at the future , the Y is the largest childcare provider in the state of Vermont, over 1000 adults and kids participated in swim lesson and teams last year, those are important components of what the Y does and we want to plan for the future.)) The YMCA has put its current location on College Street up for sale -- and hopes to announce formal plans for the new space this fall.

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Starting Line Sports ...the New England Patriots open the NFL season a week from tonight at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers...and Tom Brady will be the team's starting quarterback. Earlier today, a judge overturned Brady's four game Deflategate suspension. Kenneth Craig reports from NFL headquarters in New York. ((TRT: 1:22 ... OC: CBS NEWS, NEW YORK)) ((NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS QUARTERBACK TOM BRADY SCORED BIG IN FEDERAL COURT. A JUDGE ERASED the four game suspension the NFL gave BRADY IN MAY. AN INDEPENDENT REPORT FOUND BRADY LIKELY KNEW THAT FOOTBALLS WERE DEFLATED BELOW THE MINIMUM DURING THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN JANUARY. BRADY HAS SAID FROM THE BEGINNING HE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SCHEME. (Kenneth Craig/New York) "The question was not whether Brady was involved in deflating footballs... It was whether the NFL followed the proper disciplinary procedures when ordering the suspension." (screen grab of decision) U-S DISTRICT JUDGE RICHARD BERMAN SAID IN HIS DECISION THAT THE PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE NULLIFIED BECAUSE IT WAS HANDED DOWN DESPITE SEVERAL LEGAL ISSUES. (graphic) THEY INCLUDE - INADEQUARE NOTICE TO BRADY ABOUT THE DISCIPLINE HE WOULD FACE AND THAT IT WAS EQUIVALENT TO A PLAYER WHO USED PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS, THAT BRADY WAS NOT ALLOWED TO QUESTION ONE OF TWO LEAD INVESTIGATORS AND ALSO THAT BRADY WAS NOT ALLOWED TO ACCESS INVESTIGATIVE FILES. THE PLAYERS ASSOCIATION HAD APPEALED THE LEAGUE'S DECISION, SAYING THE NFL HAS A HISTORY OF INCONSISTENCY AND ARBITRARY DECISIONS IN DISCIPLINARY MATTERS. THE NFL SAYS IT WILL LAUNCH AN APPEAL OF ITS OWN….COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL RELEASED A STATEMENT THAT SAYS THE LEAGUE DISAGREES WITH THE DECISION, AND THAT IT'S HIS RESPONSIBILITY TO SECURE THE QUOTE: COMPETITIVE FAIRNESS OF OUR GAME. KENNETH CRAIG, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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Judge Berman specifically criticized Goodell, saying the NFL Commissioner went too far in dispensing 'his own brand of industrial justice.' The league says it will appeal, but will not seek an emergency stay, which frees Brady to play while the appeals court considers the case. Tonight, the Patriots will close out the preseason at home against the New York Giants. That game starts at 7:30pm and you can see it right here on Channel Three. Also, and this should come as no surprise, the league has announced that Goodell will not attend next Thursday's season opener at Foxborough.

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Right now -- some Franklin County residents are getting ready to meet to figure out how to combat crime. Logan Crawford will be at the meeting tonight at 7 in Fairfax as the community -- and law enforcement -- responds to the recent uptick in crimes. We'll have reaction -- and possible solutions -- coming up on the news at 11.

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Its estimated that 35 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies in the Fall. Doctors say prescription meds can help - but some experts believe there are alternative ways to ease your symptoms - right in your kitchen. Gerardo Martinez reports.

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PKG: DAVID DAVIS / PHARMACIST DR. PAUL SHARKLEY /UT HEALTH NORTHEAST ALLERGIST "You hear a lot of this *sniff sniff*. SPRING ISN'T THE ONLY SEASON FOR ALLERGIES. FOR SOME PEOPLE, "Fall is always is always a fun time of year for those of us that suffer from allergies so I think this year probably won't be much different."> PHARMACIST DR. DAVID DAVIS SAYS THE TWO MAJOR CULPRITS FOR THIS YEARS ALLERGY SEASON -- MOLD AND RAGWEEDS. "Even though it's not an illness, it can make you feel pretty bad."> ALLERGY SPECIALIST, DR. PAUL SHARKEY, SAYS YOUR BEST BET FOR BATTLING ALLERGIES ARE YOUR OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS LIKE ANTIHISTAMINES OR NASAL SPRAYS. BUT HE SAYS THERE ARE SOME THINGS IN YOUR PANTRY THAT COULD HELP YOU FIGHT FOR RELIEF -- LIKE PINEAPPLES THAT ARE HIGH IN IN BROMELAIN "And that has an antihistemine effect."> FOODS LIKE CINNAMON, GINGER, STRAWBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES, AND TOMATOES CAN HAVE ANTI-FLAMATORY EFFECTS. AND FOR SUPPLEMENT USERS, VITAMIN C, VITAMIN E, AND OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS ARE YOUR BEST CHOICES. "We don't have really good well designed studies to say that eating this food really does this benefit. But we know that those products are in the food and that they can be helpful."> PARKEY SAYS EVEN THOUGH LOCAL HONEY IS A POPULAR HOME REMEDY, HE THINKS IT'S QUESTIONABLE. "The problem is when you get into a branded medicine... You know exactly what you're getting. When you get bee pollen produced locally each batch will have different pollen in it. You could get different amounts in it. Depending what someone's allergic that could be good or bad. "> BUT ONE THING DOCTORS SAY IS CERTAIN -- EVERYONE SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR A ROLLER COASTER OF AN ALLERGY SEASON. GERARDO MARTINEZ -CBS 19

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Doctors say mornings can be the worst time for pollen. They suggest that folks who go for a run in the morning - try the afternoon or evening. That's Healthwatch.

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There are lots of good things ripening in the garden these days! There are, and the race is on to try and get everything ripened before the first frost hits. Here's how to give those more reluctant crops a nudge.

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Charlie, that watermelon looks great, is it ripe yet? Uh, no. And that's the problem, because we had such a cool spring, a lot of the warm season vines, the cantelopes, the pumpkins, the squashes the watermelons are slow in maturing.If you are in a cold spot in our viewing area, you're going to be getting a little nervous going into September about maybe a frost coming before they ripen. So there is something you can do to actually accelerate the process. And that is snipping the vines. So you have to be really hard hearted about this. But these are desperate times because you want to get something before the frost. Exactly. So you can see you have a lot of fruit set here, but there is fruit that is continuing to want to be set. So if there are flowers or young fruit you need to snip those off and snip the growth point off, so more energy goes into the existing fruit. Now you do that for warm season crops but you can also do that for cool season crops like brussel sprouts and kalettes too. Just top the plant, so that more energy goes into those stalks where the brussel sprouts will form or those little heads of kale in the kalettes. So how do you know when it's ripe? For watermelons, you are looking for the tendril, that;s closest to the watermelon, when this tendril turns brown, then you know the watermelon is probably ripe.

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Before the TV show Survivor there was Put Blodgett - teaching boys how to survive the elements. Joe Carroll found a Super Senior who has roots - and many trees - in Bradford.

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Putnam Blodgett loves to walk in the woods. (01:05:08:00) ((Put Blodgett/Super Senior, If you wander through the woods long enough you see a lot of interesting pieces of wood. )) The 84-year-old has been doing it on this 670 acres of land since he was a little boy. (01:00:57:00) ((nat sot of the stream.)) But like everything in life - things change. (00:02:15:00) (( Joe: So this looks a lot different than when you were a kid? Put: Laughs, Oh yes.)) Putnam or Put as he prefers to be called, grew up 3 miles outside of the village of Bradford. (01:14:19:00) (( Every place brings back memories of the past. )) His father ran a dairy farm on the property. Now much of the land is forested with White Pines and Hemlocks. (00:04:03:00) (( Joe: You're a caretaker for the land right? Put: Steward - I call it, we're only here a short period of time, try to leave it a little better than we found it. )) The transformation of this land has been dramatic. (00:00:37:00) ((Put Blodgett/Super Senior, As a boy I always had a dream of a pond here because it used to be our young cattle pasture. )) The farm boy went to college down the road at Dartmouth. (00:27:09:00) ((Put Blodgett/Super Senior, I often thought that they were looking for a country hick to balance out the suburban sophisticates. )) His first semester was rocky, but he soon flourished. Participating in the Dartmouth Outing Club, skiing and any other activity that involved being out in the elements. He graduated in 1953 with a degree in economics. (00:29:25:00) ((Put Blodgett/Super Senior, Gives you an idea how much I learned because I started the farm the day after graduation. Joe: What's that all about? Put: Well, I didn't study economics hard enough I guess. )) That's right - while his classmates went out to take on the world, he went back to the farm. Soon Put had more plans for the land. (00:06:20:00) ((Put Blodgett/Super Senior, I called it Challenge Wilderness Camp. )) Put said it was a camp to toughen up boys to be men with physical fitness training - getting them out of their comfort zone. In a way he was reliving his youth. For three years he ran the dairy farm and the camp, rarely taking a day off. He says the stress ended his first marriage, but he later married Marian, they will be together 35 years this month. (00:18:34:00 ) ((nat sot going into the cabin.)) (00:20:58:00) ((Put Blodgett/Super Senior, A lot of memories, a lot of memories sitting at a desk back there planning trip menus and planning trips. )) The campers were mostly suburban kids from the East Coast. (00:17:40:00) ((Put Blodgett/Super Senior, They're scared of the woods, I'm scared to go to the city so, depends to what your used to I guess. )) Put ran the operation for 21 years. He now leases the land to another organization that runs the camp. He calls this land - a place to get away. (00:52:48:00) ((Put Blodgett/Super Senior, you know every place I go there's a memory. )) When Put was a little boy many of these tree were only 10 feet high. In a way, Put has grown up with the trees. (00:58:33:00) ((Put Blodgett/Super Senior, Well ... it's certainly outgrown me. )) Both tree and man have become tall in stature. Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Bradford.

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Put was just inducted in the Vermont Agriculture Hall of Fame. He's also been the Northeast Region Tree Farmer of the Year.

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As mentioned in Starting Line Sports ...the New England Patriots close out the preseason tonight at home against the New York Giants. You can see that game right here starting at 7:30 on Channel Three. The Bellows high school football team is at tonight's game as special guests of the Patriots. The Pats sent out letters to all New England high schools asking them to submit a documentary on football in their community. Bellows Falls was the winner and will get the opportunity to be on the sidelines in Foxboro during pregame festivities.

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With hot weather in the forecast for Saturday, Rice has announced that it is moving the start of time of it's football matchup with rival Burlington that day from 1pm to 11am. Both teams earned wins last week in their first games in new divisions. The Knights edging BFA-St. Albans on the road 25-24 in Division One. Burlington rolling past Mount Abe in its D-2 debut 41-8.

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don't forget week 2 of the Friday Football Frenzy is coming your way tomorrow night at 11. We'll have highlights from games across the state and you will be able to vote for our play of the week.

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Keegan Bradley will be one of the first players on the course for tomorrow's opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston course in Norton, Massachusetts. Bradley will be in the first group teeing off on the tenth hole of the TPC course tomorrow morning at 8:30am, paired with fellow American Morgan Hoffman and German Alex Cejka. Keegan needs a solid performance to remain in the running in the Fed Ex Cup playoff. The Woodstock native currently sits in 71st in the Cup standings, and only the top 70 players will advance to the third event in the Fed Ex Cup, next week's BMW Championship.

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The Vermont Lake Monsters play their next-to-last home game of the season tonight when they face the Hudson Valley Renegades at Centennial Field. The Monsters opening that series with a doubleheader last night...game one highlights... --- The Renegades get 4 in the first and another in the fourth, with 2 on, Angel Moreno sends one to left. A run scores. It's 5-1 Hudson Valley. --- Some weird plays in this one, fifth inning, runner at second, the wild pitch goes right back to Vermont pitcher Jared Lyons. He fires to third to get the runner. That's one you don't see everyday ... --- But that didn't help the Monsters get going. Roel Ramirez for the Renegades going 5 innings striking out 3. Hudson Valley wins game 1, 6-2 in 7 innings. Vermont rallies to win the nightcap 3-2, a three run first, powered by a two run homer from Seth Brown, was the difference.

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When the high school football season kicked off on Friday, some players got the chance to take the field for the very first time. It was also a first for three officials that have spent a lifetime together. Scott Fleishman has more in tonight's Spotlight on sports. (((These high school football players taking the field on Friday nights aren't just teammates, they're brothers. But on this night, these brothers will try to follow the rules enforced by these brothers.))) ((("Once that kickoff happenes. It's probably going to be business as usual I think."))) (((Meet Justin and Bryan Fortier. Former high school state champs at Montpelier and now division 2 college referees.))) (((Bryan Fortier/"If you want to be a great official, the work is 11-12 months out of the year. It doesn't end."))) (((Since the college season hasn't started yet, they're able to work this high school game in Milton on week one.))) (((Justin Fortier/"There's nothing that beats being out on the football field on a Friday night. Playing is fantastic, but this is the next best thing that you can do."))) (((The Fortier boys learned their craft from their father Marc, a high school football official for nearly 35 years.))) ((("Wherever I went, they went with me and it's been like that ever since."))) (((Oh yeah, he's also working this game in Milton.))) ((("It's special, it really is. It's special for me."))) (((The first time in Vermont, a father and his two sons wearing the stripes in the same game.))) (((Marc Fortier/"I never thought this would really happen to be honest with you. I've always told the boys, give back to your sport. They've done that and then some, which is great."))) (((Football is a family sport after all. from the fans in the stands, to the players on the field and in between the officials who call it down the middle. In Milton, Scott Fleishman, channel 3 spotlight on sports.)))

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And during our broadcast, we learned the names of the people involved in that fatal crash in Swanton this afternoon. Police say 35-year-old Maria Carlson of Swanton was speeding at about 100 miles an hour when she drove off the road -- and then swerved back and hit another car. In that car were 68-year-old Diane Bohannon and 67-year-old Robert Benjamin of Alburgh. Both were killed. Carlson was taken to the hospital but was not seriously hurt. She's facing charges of gross negligent operation with death resulting.


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