Thu 24-JUL-2014 6 P.M. News Script
Many of us have fond memories of summer camp. One girls sleep away camp in South Hero is looking back on almost a century of memories this year. Camp Hochelaga is run by the YWCA and is in its 95th year. It's holding a reunion this weekend for all campers. YWCA executive director Deb Sawyer Jorschick (jore-shick) joins us now. ((history of the camp)) ((gearing up for 100 years)) ((what's your history with the camp? Counselor - been there for 30 years)) ((2 years ago there was a battle for control at the sleep away camp between Hochelaga and it's parent organization the YWCA -- what happened?)) ((how is that relationship now? Wound healed?)) ((is the money generated by Hochelaga being spent on Hochelaga?)) ((what other programs does YWCA offer in addition to Hochelaga?))
Tomorrow on the Thirty -- a Rutland County road show! Gina and I are going to be live from the Downtown Rutland Summer Series. I'll talk to headliner and 80's sensation - Flock of Seagulls. Gina will interview Rutland Police Chief James Baker about efforts to crackdown on crime in the city... and she learns how to make perfect Mexican popsicles in Benson. So join us tomorrow at 5-30 on The Thirty.
A convicted murderer on death row has been granted a new trial based on juror misconduct. Jennifer Reading joins us now with more on this breaking news. Jennifer? Kristin -- Judge William Sessions -- a long time opponent of the death penalty -- overturned Donald Fell's conviction -- ruling the the death row inmate is entitled to a new trial -- due to juror misconduct back in 2005. Fell and his accomplice -- Robert Lee -- were arrested for killing Fell's mother and her friend 14 years ago. Authorities say they fled to the Price Chopper in Rutland where they carjacked and abducted supermarket employee -- 53-year-old Terry King. Police say Fell and Lee drove the North Clarendon to New York and brutally murderered her. Lee killed himself in prison -- but Fell's been fighting his 2005 death sentence. Fell's attorneys argued that the jury that found Fell guilty and later sentenced him to death was tainted because one of the jurors conducted his own investigation into what happened outside of court. Fell's lawyer says that juror allegedly traveled to Rutland to view the crime scene -- told other jurors about his observations -- lied about his actions and allegedly coerced another juror into changing her vote. Judge Sessions said that conduct violates the fundamental integrity of Fell's trial. We reached out to Vermont's federal prosecutor for comment. Tris Coffin says his office is still reviewing the case -- and would not comment on the news of a new trial. Kristin.
A slew of drug arrests in Rutland--are part of a larger effort to clean up the city. Shelby Cashman joins us now with more. Shelby? Elizabeth--Rutland police chief James Baker told me today--that he knows the city has struggled with drugs. But--he says things are getting better. And this latest roundup--is targeted at those who bring the drugs--in.
Twenty seven suspects rounded up--most for sale of heroin--cocaine or other related charges. It was a combined effort--between the Vermont Drug Task Force and the Rutland Police Department. And because the investigation is ongoing--police could not disclose specifics--about where police found the suspects beyond saying they were found in Rutland City - and the surrounding area. But Rutland Chief James Baker says--these arrests--were part of the city's ongoing Drug Market Intervention program -- to crack down on Rutland's overall drug problem. He says--part of the DMI--is getting those who are addicted to the drugs--treatment. ((03:24 Chief Baker "our message that we're delivering to all the people that were picking up is if you're and user and your addicted, we want you to get better, we want you to get treatment, we want you to change your criminal ways" 03:34)) But he says--the types of arrests made in this roundup -- target the people -- who allegedly deal the drugs -- and perpetuate the problems. ((01:09 Chief Baker "We have sustained an effort to identify individuals who are involved in directly distributing drugs, particularly opiates, and who we consider connectors or hosts from out of state who are the sources of supply. 01:28)) And he says he does not consider these twenty seven arrests--success. He measures success for the city--in a different way. ((05:40 Chief Baker "the only way we're gonna know if we have an impact is if we cut down on the demand for the drugs because thats whats driving that ability for people to be able to distribute the drugs in the city" 05:49))
The suspects have not been arraigned yet--and no confirmation yet on when that will be. But--police do say they expect more arrests to be made. Elizabeth? Thank you Shelby.
A fatal crash has closed Route 86 in Ray Brook. It happened near the New York State Police barracks this afternoon. Police say the crash involved a truck and a car -- and left one person dead -- and three injured. Police say the incident started with a chase -- and that one person involved is in custody. Troopers say Route 86 will likely be closed for several hoursand they ask drivers to seek alternate routes.
New details about the mysterious disappearance of a New Hampshire teen. Investigators have released this sketch of a person connected to the Abigail Hernandez case. The North Conway teen vanished for 9 months before being found this week. Police say it's still not clear whether Hernandez was taken away against her will or lured away or what role the man may have played in concealing her whereabouts for nearly a year..
Yesterday - Vermont's Health Care Chief Lawrence Miller gave a blunt and depressing assessment of Vermont Health Connect's performance. This morning at a press conference we asked the governor about Vermont Health Connect's poor performance. He refused to talk to us until this afternoon. And when he did - Governor Peter Shumlin called the implementation of the exchange's web site his greatest frustration in his time as Governor. The state now plans to spend all 171 million dollars given to it by the federal government for the exchange. The Governor says so far the exchange has not been worth the money.
((15:06:42 Gov. Peter Shumlin "Definitely not worth the money. My hope is we can make it worth the money by getting it right. As Governor, that's my job...15:05:47 This is a tale of two worlds. There are foliks who have signed up who don't have circumstances that need changing who are getting good affordable insurance and can tell you they're having a great experience. Then there's the folks who have change of circumstance where it's extraordinarily frustrating to them and to me.)) Technical issues causing confusion for customers must be sorted out by November 13th, when the next enrollment period begins. Governor Shumlin asked his team to come up with a contingency plan if the tech problems are not fixed by then.
The Vermont Air National Guard says its fleet of F-16s -- damaged by a recent storm -- is almost fully operational. Three of the fighter jets have been completely fixed. Two more are expected to be mission ready by the end of the day. But a 6th plane will remain grounded while the guard waits for vertical tail parts. The F-16s were damaged when winds from a July 8th storm collapsed faulty hangar doors. The guard says the majority of the repairs were completed weeks ahead of schedule.
((00:02:39 Lt. Col. David Shevchik/158th Maintenance Squadron Commander "the fact that 5 of the 6 are already repaired and fully mission capable in this time period is incredible and it's a testament to the men and women of the Vermont Air National Guard.")) The guard says those faulty hangar doors have been removed -- and civil engineers are still assessing the structural integrity of two of the hangars. Officials do not know when the sixth F-16 will be able to fly again. The cost of the storm damage is still being compiled.
What a relief to wake up this morning and have it be so cool and not humid! This summer we've had some brief warmups for those who love the hot and steamy weather, but then it cools it back down again fairly quickly so that those who struggle in the heat and humidity have a chance to catch their breath again! It's definitely a cooler, less humid day, with some spots not even getting out of the 60s for highs. Tonight will clear and cool, with the colder valleys dipping into the mid 40s for lows. We'll have another great day on Friday, with mostly sunny skies. The first half of this weekend will be nice, with quiet weather on Saturday. Sunday will be more humid, and a storm system will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms. This system will stick around for Monday, with more showers and thunderstorms, and even a few showers lingering into Tuesday.
School is out but that doesn't mean kids have to stop learning. One program is turning local libraries into hubs for creativity throughout Vermont. Melissa Howell has the story.
TRT 1:57 Walking into the Charlotte library - you'll find more than just books.. ((Dayle Payne/Instructor 00:01:14 "you will learn very soon what a twinkle is and what kind of magical things a twinkle can do."00:01:18)) 15 Libraries throughout the state have been transformed into, so-called maker spaces for students this summer. ((Dayle Payne/Instructor 00:11:52 "They are going to be just turning out blinky projects that will blink in different patterns." 00:11:57)) The program offers classes in science, technology, engineering, arts and math, better known as the STEAM program. It's all a part of the Vermont Makers and Libraries project -- funded by grants from UVM and the Vermont Community Foundation Innovations and Collaborations. ((Dayle Payne/Instructor 00:12:20 "We have a serious deficit of scientists at this point in our country, particularly female scientists and one of the beautiful things about this program is that it brings out a lot of girls, it brings out a lot of children who might not experience this kind of work in any other way." 00:12:35)) The libraries offer 5 modules -- creative creatures, squishy circuits, toy hacking, e-origami and e-texiles. Tuesday, Catherine Young, is glad to learn about electronic textiles with friends ((Catherine Young/CCS 00:18:48 "She told me about sewing and I thought it was kind of cool so her mom signed both of us up." 00:18:55)) ((NATS)) ((Melissa Howell/Charlotte 00:17:05 "The program is all about giving kids an outlet for creativity over the summer. This is the first year of the program and it's my first time attempting to make an e-textile." 00:17:14)) My attempts weren't as successful as I hoped -- but the program welcomes anyone to give it a shot. ((Dayle Payne/Instructor 00:12:41 "Although this is a kids program, I have yet to do a workshop that didn't have atleast 2 or 3 adults in it learning along with the kids." 00:12:48)) Payne will teach 9 3-hour classes this summer..she'll travel to libraries all over the state, along with other educators participating in the program. ((Dayle Payne/Instructor 00:14:15 "I think that a lot of what we do in schools is just sort of hidden from the community and I think it's good that the community sees what kind of science we're having the kids do these days." 00:14:26)) And when it comes to feeding the curiosity of these young minds.. ((Catherine Young/CCS 00:19:00 "It's really fun." 00:19:02)) They're leaving full -- of ideas. Melissa Howell, Channel 3 News, Charlotte
Now lets head back to Kyle Midura for his report on the state's sluggish revenues. K or E, just more than a month ago the Governor signed the legislature's spending plan into law. Less than a full month into the new fiscal year, that budget is shrinking.
(nats) New projections indicate the state's income should increase by three percent this fiscal year... but in January, economists told the Governor and lawmakers to bank on a five percent revenue hike. The difference between the two estimates creates a 31-million dollar gap in the 1.4 billion dollar general fund budget passed this June. ((4:36 - :52 - Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont This really is no different than when a family that's known they have a raise coming, they get a raise, but the raise is a little smaller than they had projected. The good news is it's July not January, it gives us almost the entire fiscal year to make the adjusment.)) Thursday the Governor said he'll institute a hiring freeze, and ask all agencies heads to cut their budgets by four percent. He says that will be enough to avoid tapping reserves, layoffs, or instituting tax hikes. State Economist Tom Kavet says the state can't rely on continuing good returns from volatile sources like estate and corporate taxes - which allowed the state to reach its budget last fiscal year. ((40:05 - :14 Tom Kavet - State Economist we would have preferred to have that strength in something like personal income and sales and use, which are our two biggest tax sources and those we're behind the balls)) Economists say gas -- and the recent move tying taxes to price -- isn't pumping as much cash into state coffers as expected. Jobs are growing, but aren't paying, limiting the state's cut. Home prices dipped recently, and the construction industry is crumbling. Economists say they believe the future is brighter than many national forecasters do though. That's because they say the recent national dip in total output is likely a flawed figure. (nats) Republican Scott Milne - who's challenging Shumlin's re-election - sat in on the forecast discussions and had a gloomier take on Vermont's economic outlook. ((1:06:34 - :46 - Scott Milne - Republican for Governor There's clearly a lot of work to do to get the economy going in the right direction, I think Vermonters are seeing that more and more and this is just really a validation that there's a lot of work to be done and what we've been doing for the last four years is not working))
Gov. Shumlin said he expects plans to cut budgets from all of his agency heads in one week. A small committee of legislators will still need to sign-off on budget changes before they take effect. Kyle - the Governor has pledged to come out with a single-payer financing proposal for the legislature's consideration next year. Will the new projections affect which taxes are on the table? Kristin - the Governor told us that question had absolutely no relevance to today's news dealing with the state budget. He emphasized that Vermont's revenues are experiencing robust growth but did not directly answer the question of whether a given tax's expected performance would weigh on his proposal.
More than two-and-a-half-million Americans have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in the country's most recent wars. Doctors estimate 20-percent of those who saw combat -- are struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. That makes Helping Veterans Heal - complicated. Doctors say their understanding of PTSD is improving -- and they're banking on a new research tool. We should warn you - some of the images in this story are graphic. Here's Steve Bottari. .
((NATS of FILE BROLL OF AFGHANISTAN/IRAQ WARS -- looking for explosions, gunfire -- nat heavy.)) 'War is hell.' William Tecumseh Sherman. ((NATS)) Coming home -- can be a kind of hell all its own....especially if you bring the war back with you. ((081_5039 // FRIEDMAN // 00:21:34 the bad news is that the dosage of combat was so much greater in these wars 00;21:39)) Dr. Matthew Freidman heads up The National Center for P-T-S-D -- based at Vermont's V-A in White River Junction. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a topic getting a lot more attention -- as hundreds of thousands of Americans return home from the country's longest wars. ((081_5039 // FRIEDMAN // 00:19:07 P-T-S-D is the psychological equivalent of getting hit by an 18-wheeler truck. We're not built for that kind of impact 00:19:13)) The proverbial big rig -- barreling towards veterans -- ...multiple deployments... ((NATS afghanistan file)) ...fierce firefights ... ((NATS -- gun fire)) ...and -- the recent images on the news -- of that hard-won land, retaken by terror groups. ((NATS from recent Iraq ISIS CBS coverage)) ((GFX)) Dr. Friedman says about 1-in-5 veterans returning from combat -- is struggling with P-T-S-D. Women -- are twice as likely to suffer from it. ((NATS afghanistan file)) To be clear -- men and women returning home from various wars -- have always struggled with P-T-S-D ...it's just that -- the science is starting to catch up. ((081_5038_01 // FRIEDMAN // 00:00:26 there have been tremendous advances in neuroscience now 00:00:28)) ((FILE scans, mri video)) Things like CAT SCANS and MRIs -- allow doctors to see brain activity. And that's helped... ((081_5039 // FRIEDMAN // 00:15:26 if you go into the E-R and have intense abdominal pain -- surgeons may not know exactly whether it's your spleen or a ruptured appendix -- but they can go in and they can look -- then figure it out. We're just on the verge of being able to do that -- in P-T-S-D. 00:15:47)) but the key tool to get to that point -- has been missing... ((FRIEDMAN // 00:02:15 there's about 50 brain banks in the country now -- focusing on psychiatric problems -- not a single one focusing on P-T-S-D. 00:02:23)) Until now... Dr. Friedman is building the nation's first brain bank for P-T-S-D. ((081_5491_01 // DR ANN MCKEE // 00:04:37 "I think P-T-S-D is still a big unknown at this point" 00:04:40)) Dr. Ann McKee runs the brain bank at the V-A hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts. She and others on Friedman's team -- will look at donated brain samples -- from veterans after they die...trying to discover what's never been figured out before: what -- physically -- P-T-S-D does to the body. ((MCKEE // 00:04:48 you know really understanding the underpinnings, the biological underpinnings of P-T-S-D, i think we're really struggling with that. i think it's still a mystery disease 00:04:58)) Mystery diseases are Dr. McKee's forte. She's leading the way on research on Alzheimers....and traumatic brain injuries. ((NATS -- NFL hit from MOND 410)) ((file video of NFL and players from MOND410)) Including bringing to light the damaged suffered by professional football players in the N-F-L. ((NATS -- Dr. working on brain or examining slide)) On the day we visit -- Dr. McKee examines a brain suspected to have T-B-I. ((MCKEE // byte of brain: 00:27:49 see how it's two sides -- and there's like little bridges between them -- it should only be one 00:27:53)) We won't reveal any of the specifics of this case out of respect for the family. But doctors did discover -- what they call -- abnormalities ... ((MCKEE // 00:27:54 we see this a lot of times after trauma. 00:27:56)) ...And the hope is discoveries like that -- may lead to better treatments P-T-S-D. ((MCKEE // 00:05:37 once we find some of those abnormalities, we can try to turn them off or decrease them and maybe that will improve the lives of people who are suffering from P-T-S-D 00:05:44)) ((081_5537_01 // SB // 00:37:32 eventually donated brains will be going to two centers in San Antonio, Texas -- and Boston --- but for now, places like here at the V-A hospital in Bedford handling the majority of the P-T-S-D cases. 00;37:45)) The research doesn't come cheap. The V-A tells us studying each brain costs about 10-thousand dollars. ((081_5585_01 // SEN PATRICK LEAHY // 00:01:16 you couldn't talk about your concern, but not do anything 00:01:20)) ((leahy in senate video)) It's why Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy got both major political parties behind a special 3-million-dollar appropriation to pay for the new P-T-S-D brain bank. ((LEAHY: 00:01:24 now we're starting to learn a lot more -- i suspect we're going to have to do a lot more than we've done already 00:01:29)) Researchers like Dr. Freidman are ready. ((FRIEDMAN // 00:17:38 this is a huge advance -- this is something that the field has needed for a long time 00:17:45)) ((video of soldiers)) ...Hoping to find the answers that help veterans with invisible wounds heal. SB, C3N, BTV.
Doctor Friedman says overall more veterans are seeking care, especially for mental health. For pre-gulf war vets -- the numbers are only around 20-percent. But for the men and women coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan -- that number is closer to 50-percent.
Sharon is here, and we're hoping this weather lasts awhile. It was nice to feel a little cool this morning after the 90 we had earlier this week. It's definitely a cooler, less humid day, with some spots not even getting out of the 60s for highs. Tonight will clear and cool, with the colder valleys dipping into the mid 40s for lows. We'll have another great day on Friday, with mostly sunny skies. The first half of this weekend will be nice, with quiet weather on Saturday. Sunday will be more humid, and a storm system will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms. This system will stick around for Monday, with more showers and thunderstorms, and even a few showers lingering into Tuesday. Midweek is looking good, with dry and warm weather on tap for Wednesday and Thursday.
Tonight: Clear and cool. Lows: 45/53 Winds: Light Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 75/83 Winds: SW 5-10 mph Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows: 50/58 Winds: SW 5-10 mph Saturday: Partly sunny. Highs: 77/85 Winds: SW 5-10 mph Extended: Sunday through Thursday. Saturday Night: Lows 57/65 Sunday: Mostly cloudy, more humid. Scattered showers/Tstorms. Highs 70s Lows 55/65 Monday: Mostly cloudy, scattered showers/Tstorms. Highs 70s Lows 50s Tuesday: Partly sunny. A few showers, mainly AM. Highs 70s Lows 45/55 Wednesday: Partly sunny. Highs 70s Lows 50s Thursday: Partly sunny. Highs 75/85
A former Quechee woman has admitted to embezzling more than 125-thousand dollars from a research firm in White River Junction. 51-year-old Jayne Concialdi was an administrative assistant to the treasurer of New England Research. According to court records she stole money to pay her credit card bills -- and also use the company's credit card to make purchases for herself. She'll be sentenced in December.
Another person has been arrested in connection to the arson fire at Champlain College in Burlington. Police arrested 27-year-old Eric Martin today. The fire happened at a dormitory earlier in the month. The building was vacant and was undergoing renovations. Damage was estimated at $25-thousand dollars. Theodore Bowen is also charged in connection with the blaze -- he pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of burglary -- he says he was in the dorm at the time -- but says he was only looking for the bathroom.
Barre received a 1-point-6 million dollar check from the state today to "revitalize and clean up" the city. Governor Peter Shumlin presented the check to Barre mayor Thomas Lauzon who said the city will use the money to clean up an area called Enterprise Aly -- which runs adjacent to Main Street -- and is the city's most popular pedestrian area. While 6-hundred thousand dollars will go to cleaning up brownfields in the alley, Mayor Lauzon explained what the rest of the money wil go towards.
15:23:31 Mayor Thomas Lauzon (("Obviously a rear sidewalk, make it pedestrian friendly, make it bicycle friendly, and right now, it's neither. If you're walking from one end to the other, you're walking in the road, so you're walking with traffic, so we'd love to see a sidewalk going from one end to the other. The lighting isn't very good. I mean, it's ugly.")) The changes will decrease the likelihood of flooding in downtown Barre by improving the storm drainage systems as well.
It was 30-years in the making -- but a bridge project in Middlebury is finally done. Vtrans completed repair work on the Sand Hill Bridge connecting Middlebury to East Middlebury on Route 125. The structure was damaged from decades of storms including Tropical Storm Irene. The construction maintained the bridge's historic arched design.
Green Mountain College in Poultney is saying so long to bottled water. The school in Poultney says it will stop selling water as part of a student-led sustainability initiative. The University of Vermont enacted a similar ban two years ago. Student organizers at Green Mountain say tap water is clean, plentiful and cheaper than bottled water. They also say creating plastic bottles is bad for the environment -- and only a small percentage of them end up being recycled. That's news around the region.
Starting Line Sports, it the Mid-Season Championships in the rear view mirror, Thunder Road kicks off the second half of it's season tonight. Will this be the night the streak finally ends? What streak are we talking about? Dylan Scott has more on that from Barre. ((TRT: 1:35 ... OC: CHANNEL THREE SPORTS)) ((Thanks, Mike. We're going streaking but not that kind of streaking in barre. Nine late model races, nine different winners to open the 2014 season. It's the kind of parity that puts three drivers atop the standings separated by two points and makes everyone ask what's going on? Nick Sweet/ Third in points standings Derrick O'Donnell/ 2013 King of the Road Dave Pembroke/ Current points leader Still plenty away from the record 13 different winners set back in 2006. Fitting enough points leader and Middlesex native Dave Pembroke a favorite to make it 10/10 and keep the streak alive with his first win of 2014. Full highlights at 11, but for now at Thunder Road in Barre, Dylan Scott, Channel 3 Sports.))
The Red Sox and Yankees both in afternoon action...as is former Richford standout Elinor Purrier at the world junior track and field championships...
NEW NUMBERS FROM THE CDC SHOW NOT ENOUGH KIDS ARE GETTING VACCINATED AGAINST A CANCER CAUSING VIRUS. DAVID BEGNAUD HAS THE DETAILS OF A NEW REPORT.
16 YEAR OLD HONOR STUDENT DERREN HORN IS AT HIS DOCTORS OFFICE FOR AN HPV SHOT. Derren Horn/Patient It doesn't hurt that much just a little tingling in the arm THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION WANTS MORE KIDS TO GET VACCINATED AGAINST HPV, OR HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS. (GRAPHIC) A NEW GOVERNMENT REPORT FINDS ONLY 57 PERCENT OF GIRLS AGES 13-17 ARE GETTING THE SHOTS. THE NUMEBR IS EVEN LOWER FOR BOYS - ONLY 35 PERCENT. (SOT Dr. Anne Schuchat/CDC) If we could raise HPV vaccine coverage to the same level as the pertussis vaccinations or the meningitis vaccination, we could prevent thousands of HPV associated cancers every year. HPV IS A COMMON SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTION THAT CAN CAUSE CERVICAL CANCER IN WOMEN AND THROAT AND MOUTH CANCER IN MEN. IT'S BEST TO GET VACCINATED BEFORE BECOMING SEXUALLY ACTIVE. (BRIDGE David Begnaud) ACCORDING TO THE CDC, ONE MAIN REASON PARENTS SAY THEY DID NOT HAVE THEIR CHILD VACCINATED IS BECAUSE THEIR DOCTOR NEVER RECOMMENDED IT. PEDIATRICIAN JESSICA SESSIONS SAYS SHE ALWAYS RECOMMENDS THE VACCINATIONS TO PATIENTS BUT SOME PARENTS AREN'T READY TO LISTEN. (SOT Dr. Jessica Sessions) HPV is related to genital warts which can sometimes be a tricky thing to talk to a parent about DERREN'S MOM DIDN'T HESITATE. (sot Colleen Dowell/Mother) it's absolutely a no brainer. Who wouldn't want to protect their family against something that's so easily preventable DAVID BEGNAUD, FOR CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
The HPV vaccine requires three doses. Some parents say they have safety concerns, but the CDC says no serious health risks have been linked to the vaccine. That's health watch.
Sharon is back, and it's Garden night, but sometimes you are talking about what you don't want to be growing in your yard. That's right. There are good things to have in your garden or your yard, and then sometimes there are bad things. This evening, Charlie Nardozzi is talking about invasive species, and what to do about them.
Charlie, this is actually kind of a pretty shrub, but you are saying "not so fast"! Ah, not so fast. In many places, in abandoned fields, along forrest edges, you'll see some nice shrubs and small trees and you'll think "Oh those make a nice hedge row, I think I;ll grow some of those@" Pretty red berries.. Nice red berries, beautiful flowers, but unfortunately, a lot of them are invasives. And this is one of them. This is the honeysuckle, and there are four kinds of honey suckles that are invasive to Vermont as well as some native ones and the way you can tell if you have a native one or an invasive one, is by clipping the stem. If you clip the stem and you can see that it's hollow inside, that's an invasive. Oh really! So these red berries or orange berried ones are really pretty, but they can spread all over the place as the birds eat the berries and then poop them all over the place. So if you see one, try to get it out? Try to dig it out or mow it down repeatedly to kill it. Now there are a few other ones that people are very familiar with. One is of course the buckthorn. We;ve seen a lot of buckthorn with the blackberries in the fall, the thorny branches, the u-shaped leaves and those look like they would be great for wildlife, but unfortunately it's a diuretic. So it's not good for them either. It actually hurts the birds and the chipmunks so it's not good for them either and that's another one that you need to keep cutting down to get rid of. And then finally, one that's kind of new to our area, but spreading this way, a multi flora rose. This one has white to pinkish colored flowers in the spring, but it has clusters of, right now their green, but eventually they;ll be red hips, and this one will again be spread by seed, or just by dropping it;s cane to the ground and rooting. And if you go further south like in CT, you'll see just whole acres of this stuff just choking out all of the native plants. So if you see it on your land, dig it out. Dig it out, and there's a good web site, VTinvasive.org that has all of the information about invasives in Vermont.
Lucille Randall wants to improve her golf game - even at 99 years old. This super senior is serious about her game, but is loved for her wit and charm. Joe Carroll found that out on the fairway.
Lucille Randall is queen of the golf course. (24:00) ((nat sot, putts and put it in.)) And today at Craig Wood Country Club in Lake Placid -- (25:10) ((nat sot, puts it in again. I like that! )) --she's getting the royal treatment. (4:35) ((Nat sot, Lucille getting kissed)) (4:51) ((Nat sot, Hi my dear congratulations!)) A golf tournament in her honor. (27:42) ((Jeff Estes/Golf Pro, This night is to honor Lucille.)) (28:30) ((Jeff Estes/Golf Pro, tonight is a fun night, there is no rules. )) Lucille is just a few months shy of a hundred. Seventy people are playing a nine hole match. (31:22) ((nat sot, Lucille chipping.)) Lucille's been playing golf for over 6 decades. She started hitting the clubs not for the love of the game, but for the love of her husband Ray. (7:56) ((Lucille Randall/Super Senior, Why did you take it up though? To keep the woman off his back! A woman off his back?.)) A woman in an unhappy marriage that was chasing Ray, he asked Lucille to join him on links, she's been playing ever since. A game she takes seriously. (1:40) ((Jeff Estes/Golf Pro, She still taking lessons? She still taking lessons, she still gives lessons too, she helped me out on my putting a few weeks ago. )) Golf Pro Jeff Estes organized the event, he thinks of her as family. (43:52) ((Jeff Estes/Golf Pro, you seem to have a real sweet spot for her? Oh who can't, it nice we have Lucille here all these years. )) The 99 year old was born in Lake Placid, long before it became an Olympic town. ((nat sot singing, SOME ENCHANTED EVENING, YOU'LL WILL FIND A STRANGER)) (18:24) ((Lucille Randall/Super Senior, He said to me, it was very nice having met you, I hope perhaps we will be able to touch base sometime, in the not too distant future. )) He left, but 10 minutes later he was back. They were love-struck -- married two months later. Their only child died as an infant -- a dark time in an otherwise charmed life.. He was in publishing and they traveled the country. Ray a club champion at the course died almost 2 decades ago. (51:43) ((Nat sot, good angle, missing a shot. Damn dog! )) Lucille loves the game, but still has a competitive streak. (59:31) ((nat sot, of her missing the ball. )) (56:00) ((nat sot, Makes a short put and celebrates by kissing the club and ball. )) She's a kisser, and a flirt. (40:14) ((nat sot, kissing a young man.)) (40:35) ((nat sot, you look terrific! why thank you , so do you. )) (45:45) ((Joe Carroll/Lucille Randall, It seems like you enjoy the men company here? I thoroughly enjoy men.)) Especially her golf partner Jeff. (42:39) ((Nat sot, Jeff hitting a chip that goes in for an eagle.)) (43:00) ((nat sot, Kissing Lucille, very excited!)) The saying goes, golf is a game of brains, not brawn. Today, a woman close to a century old is truly a winner. (1:12:44) ((Nat sot, everyone congratulating , glad you here with us Lucille, Oh I had a wonderful time.)) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Lake Placid NY.
Lucille likes to have a nightcap, just a capful of whiskey a night to keep her going. Seems to be working.
The 3000 meter steeplechase is a fairly new event for Montgomery's Elinor Purrier, but the Richford High Grad looks like an old pro. She captured the US junior championship a couple of weeks ago, today she was up against some of the best in the world. Purrier running in the second of 2 heats of the steeplechase today at the World junior track and field championships in eugene, oregon. The top 5 in each heat plus the next 5 fastest times advance to the finals. Purrier, wearing red, stayed with the middle group for most of the race, but she turns on the jets down the stretch, breaking away nearly catching the 5th place runner. Purrier finishes 6th in her heat with a time of 10 minutes, 8 point 33 seconds. That's a Personal best time by about 30 seconds. She'll be the only american in Saturday's final to be run at 7:55 eastern time.
(((Elinor Purrier/"I just did my best and I wasn't really paying attention to my splits and I kind of let the people pull me. That's how I got there. I'm a cross country racer. I think I'm pretty tough and this is as close as you can get to cross country on the track.")))
From a junior track champion to a senior track champion. South Burlington's Flo Meiler has been named USA track and field athlete of the week. The 80 year old competed in 14 events over the weekend at the masters outdoor championships in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In those 14 events, she won 8 gold and 6 silver medals, set a world record in the pentathlon and 4 American records in the hammer throw, weight throw, discus and high jump.
today was the opening day of the American Legion baseball tournament...in games played at St. Peter's Field in Rutland... Brattleboro blanks Franklin Country 4-0 ...while defending Legion champs Colchester edge Rutland 5-4... in games at Castleton State College... Addison County beats Lakes Region 5-3...and Bellows Falls falls to Essex 10-3.
remember that momentum the Red Sox seemed to have built up after sweeping Kansas City then pounding Toronto 14-1 in the opener of their four game series with the Blue Jays...it's all gone now...today, Ruby De La Rosa was lit up for seven runs in four innings, while Marcus Storman and two relievers held Boston to just one hit...a Shane Victorino single to lead off the seventh... the Blue Jays win 8-0, taking the final three games of the series.
meanwhile, the Yankees win the final three games of their four game series with Texas at the Stadium ...this afternoon, Brandon McCarthy allows one run in six innings...and New York takes the lead for good in a two run fifth...Francisco Cervelli gets it started with an RBI double and he'd later score on a Brett Gardner sac fly... as the Yanks win 4-2.
The home of the reigning World Series champs was taken over last night by one of the most famous soccer clubs in the world. Liverpool, owned by Red Sox owner John Henry, playing an exhibition with top Italian club AS Roma. ((TRT: 1:27 ... OC: TO BE OUT THERE.)) (( In England, Liverpool Football Club plays its home games at a stadium called Anfield. Yesterday, Fenway Park was transformed into Anfield West...as Liverpool faced AS Roma and fans rejoiced in the opportunity to see world class soccer in their back yard... --- (((Jeff Lepikko/'Its huge because European soccer, especially English and Italian, is amazing to see here in the States. We don't get an opportunity to go over there and see it. For it to come over here, and allow us to experience it, is huge. Really great.'))) --- Prior to all home games at Anfield...the entire stadium breaks into a mass chorus of the song, 'you'll never walk along' from the 1945 musical Carousel. It's a tradition that started at Liverpool in the 1960's, and continued last night at Fenway. Fans say it's more than just pregame ritual... --- ((Christopher Spaulding/ 'You'll never walk alone, that's the saying of the club, and you don't. Anywhere on this planet, you're going to run into Liverpool fans. And you're united by sixty, one hundred years of great soccer tradition.')) --- ((Huw Curtis/ 'Anywhere you go, you are a family. You go through the thick and thin. You're not a fair weather fan. You stick with them. And it is a true family, anywhere you go in the world.')) --- and for the many young fans in attendance last night ...getting a chance to see world class players in person could have a lasting impact... --- ((Conrad Krysztoforski/ 'Seeing how confident they are to be out here. Playing in front of all these people and all these people cheering for them. I'd like to be out there.'))
As for the game itself. Scoreless at the half...Liverpool with one of its best chances in the 56th minute, Ricki Lambert gets the lead pass, but Lukasz Skorupski makes the save on the near post. --- still no score into the 90th minute, Roma with a corner kick, check it out, the ball goes off Liverpool's Daniel Agger and into the back of the net. Roma's Marco Borrilleo gets credited with the winning goal. AS Roma beats Liverpool, 1-nil.
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