Thu 21-AUG-2014 6 P.M. News Script

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The Caledonia County Fair is in full swing. Keith McGilvery is there tonight trying to redeem himself in the fair kitchen. He's here to explain. Gina - as you are well aware - I failed miserably to make cotton candy at the Addison County Fair so today we decided to see if I have better luck with apple crisp. The Robillard family has been baking it up for decades and agreed to show me how it is done.

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Tomorrow on the Thirty -- the School of International Training. Daniel Cantor Yalowitz runs graduate programs at the Brattleboro school which is celebrating its 50th year. I talk to him about the milestone and how the Vermont school works to make a global impact. That's tomorrow at 5-30 on The Thirty.

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Good evening. I'm Darren Perron. And I'm Elizabeth Keatinge. Kristin Kelly is off tonight. Two fires at a Rutland company. 170 people out of work. Today was supposed to be payday -- at the Rutland Plywood Corporation. But there's nothing left. Alex Apple is on the scene. Alex, what's the latest? Investigators spent the day combing thru what's left of company. TWO separate fires -- complicated matters. But we've just learned from officials that neither blaze appears suspicious. We still don't know -- what caused the buildings to go up in flames.

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((10:59:41 Edward Cormea/Rutland Plywood Employee))(("Whew that's a big loss.")) For Edward Cormea and more than 170 employees at the Rutland Plywood Corporation, seeing the place where they used to work -- go up in flames -- is shocking. ((11:00:12 Edward Cormea))(("This is the only income I had. This is what we were getting by on, so I have no idea what we're going to do now")) Rutland plywood makes equipment for many companies including Burton Snowboards, Martin Guitar, and gun companies like Altamont. Around 1 am Thursday morning, firefighters responded to a fire at the plywood factory -- when they arrived most of the building was already engulfed. ((Capt. Michael Carlson/Rutland Fire Dept. 10:51:05))(("We found about 90 percent of the building involved.")) ((Capt. Michael Carlson/Rutland Fire Dept. 10:51:11))(("All occupants were verified to be out and we just went into defensive attack to fight the fire.")) No one was injured in the blaze, but the Fire Department says the 30,000 square foot building is now a total loss. That leaves the company's employees unable to work. At 5 p.m Wednesday afternoon, the fire department responded to a separate fire at an adjacent building also belonging to the plywood company. State police fire investigators say they have ruled out arson; they don't believe the two fires were connected, and for now, they're saying nothing appears suspicious. ((David Sutton/Vt. State Police Fire Investigator: A lot of things we are uncovering appears to be accidental as far as 1st fire. It wouldn't be unusual things like this can happen.)) When Rutland plywood employees came to work Thursday -- they expected to pick up their paychecks -- instead they found chaos. ((Edward Cormea Employee 10:59:25))(("They haven't said anything. Cause today is payday. Everybody gets their check from down there too. they're running around trying to do everything right now trying to figure out how people are going to get their checks."))

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The Department of Public Works in Rutland has issued a water warning -- asking folks that live west of Otter Creek to boil water before drinking it. The Red Cross has come in to help. They have passed out cases of water to both first responders and the town's residents whose water may not be safe to drink.

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Investigators now say a double shooting in Townshend last night - was a murder-suicide. State Police say they were minutes away from the home on Grafton Road -- when 26 year old Shane Brodeur (BRODOOR) shot his girlfriend - 20 year old Katelyn McFadden - in the head and neck. He then shot himself in the head. She was airlifted to the hospital - but passed away. Troopers found Brodeur dead outside the home. Police say Brodeur had called 911 asking for help with a disagreement with McFadden - But the shots were fired before troopers arrived.

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Another stuck truck -- on Smuggler's Notch Road. It tied up traffic for hours. And police say -- it's common. So, why are big rigs -- taking that route? Logan Crawford has the story tonight. Logan? Darren, state police say route 108 through Smugglers' Notch is open 6 months out of the year -- and half a dozen trucks usually get stuck there during that time. Officials are looking at what can be done to prevent this in the future.

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((nats car driving by)) Nathaniel Cahoon was taking his usual short-cut through Smugglers' Notch -- when traffic came to a stop. (tile 1049 00:29:40:07) ((Nathaniel Cahoon/Stowe "I was just giving a coworker a ride to pick up his car. And we were going to come over the notch which is the most convenient route. But there was a tractor trailer in the way." 00:29:50:28)) A truck driver attempted to navigate the tight turns on route 108 -- a route prohibited to tractor trailers. He couldn't make a corner -- and his trailer got wedged on a rock. It jammed up the truck. And traffic. (tile 1049 00:31:11:04) ((Nathaniel Cahoon/Stowe "A lot of people were stopped, talking to each other trying to figure out what was going on. I went out and told a lot of people that there's a tractor trailer up here and it's stuck." 00:31:19:22)) With giant boulders on both sides of the road, even small cars have trouble on the winding road -- say nothing about big rigs. But Vermont State Police say trucks get stuck up on Smugglers' Notch often. And most of these truck drivers come from out of the area. (tile 1046 00:01:47:05) ((Capt. Paul White/Vermont State Police "A very common thing we see is that truck drivers are simply following their GPS. And GPS devices don't recognize the fact that this route is not open to truck traffic and they'd guide them up and over that route and they very quickly find that they're stuck." 00:02:01:26)) (tile 1097 00:32:07:07) ((Logan Crawford/Cambridge "This rock at the top of the hill on 108 is where most of the stuck trucks get caught up. Agency of Transportation officials say as trucks climb the hill thinking it'll get better -- it in fact gets worse." 00:32:19:01)) (tile 1064 00:12:31:06) ((Ernie Patnoe/VTrans: "He acknowledged that he saw the signs but didn't think it was that bad and he got himself hung up on some rocks near the top." 00:12:39:10)) Right now "trucks prohibited" signs only appear after you're already ON Route 108 -- heading to the Notch. VTrans is looking into adding "no trucks" signs on Route 15 in Jeffersonville -- before trucks turn onto Route 108. And so far -- the state has had no luck working on a GPS fix. (tile 1046 00:04:13:19) ((Capt. Paul White/Vermont State Police "Communicate with the various GPS manufacturers to try to get them to remove this route from their systems but either they haven't found a way to successfully do that or they're just not willing to participate with us." 00:04:27:04)) Both State Police and transportation officials believe no matter how many signs there are -- a truck will likely get stuck again. (tile 1049) ((Nathaniel Cahoon/Stowe "huge inconvenience."

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V-Trans says in stuck truck situations the state picks up the tab for the traffic barriers. The truck removal costs - are all on the truck driver or the trucking company. Darren?

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It was a workplace shooting that shocked the state. Elizabeth Teague charged with killing her boss and wounding three others 22 years ago in Bennington. Teague was found mentally incompetent for trial -- and she's at the Brattleboro Retreat. But now the Department of Mental Health wants to move her to a less secure facility to cut costs. Prosecutors and Teague's victims are fighting the move.

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October 25th 1991. A day many in Bennington will never forget. ((file State's Attorney William Wright, October 1991: 1:11:03 She entered the plant, was armed 1:14:00)) Officials say disgruntled Eveready Battery company employee Elizabeth Teague shot and killed her supervisor Jonathan Perryman - injured three others - and attempted to burn down the plant with homemade Molotov cocktails. ((Patricia Masi/shooting victim 09:01:37:12 It was just hard to believe that something like that ... you're not aware of you know, a lot of the times, if there's problems in the plant.)) Patricia Masi was injured that day. She says, prior to the incident, then 30-year-old coworker Elizabeth Teague was just "one of the girls." ((Patricia Masi/shot by Teague 9:01:10:04 We all took break together, especially in the morning.)) Officials say Teague set a small fire at what is now the Energizer plant - then took a gun and went on a shooting spree, killing Perryman - who she had just met with about a "personnel matter" -- and shooting Masi as she called the police. ((Patricia Masi/shot during Teague shooting 09:06:22:14 So uh, I just hit the floor, but then I found out that the door didn't lock and I figured, she probably would finish me off, I really thought I was dead. 09:06:30:19)) Teague fled the scene and was later arrested in Pittsburg, New Hampshire after being stopped for a speeding violation. She was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and arson - but Teague was never tried after the state declared her mentally incompetent to stand trial. ((expert in court 09:19:16 But there is treatment for her condition. Q: And what would that include? Expert: Help her with the idea of medication treatment and trying to help her understand the nature of her own condition would be valuable. 09:31:26)) She admitted to the shootings. ((file Elizabeth Teague 00:51:20 Why did you shoot your coworkers? ET: I wasn't in my right mind.00:56:18)) And told our news crew then - that she was motivated by conspiracy theories. ((file Elizabeth Teague They bugged and tapped my apartment. I went to the feds and I told them that and after that they sort of threatened my life so 00:50:27)) Now -- nearly 23 years later -- Teague's mental state is being called into question again. She has been living at the Brattleboro retreat. But the Department of Mental Health has filed to relocate Teague to a less secure "residential care facility." State prosecutor Erica Marthage opposes the move. ((Erica Marthage/Bennington County Prosecutor 11:28:14 The Dept. of Mental health has indicated is not that her condition has improved or changed in any way, but that it was not a good use of scarce resources.11:38:16)) Marthage says she has the community in mind regarding her position. ((Erica Marthage 10:51:14 The community and the folks that were at Energizer on that day to be made aware of exactly what has been going on and what efforts the department of mental health is making to relocate her. 11:03:22)) Teague has fought efforts to be institutionalized and wants to be in a less restrictive situation. But back in 1999 Bennington County State's Attorney William Wright reserved the right to re-file charges if she is ever found mentally competent. ((Teague voicemail Hello, hi, my name is Elizabeth Teague, calling for Elizabeth Keatinge Elizabeth Keatinge of WCAX.)) Teague called us this week - and mailed us a letter. In both, she says she has been mistreated. ((Teague voicemail Their practice, their practice of trying to provoke a patient to violence is just one aspect of the dishonesty, the dishonesty, that was rampant among the Vermont State Hospital employees. and is rampant among the Brattleboro retreat employees.)) Whether she should be released to a less secure facility is the focus of a hearing scheduled for Friday at Windham County court. Court papers indicate she has refused to take medication and has continued to express belief in conspiracy theories. ((nats)) Patricia Masi says she has been following the story since the incident - and says if Teague is moved -- it would not be a safe situation for her or others in the community. ((Patricia Masi 09:04:25:28 It was just very shocking. ... you know,)) She didn't want to show us scars on her left hip, where a bullet is still lodged - but reminders of the tragic day are still very visible at the plant. ((VIDEO OF PERRYMAN MEMORIAL ON BUILDING))

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We will be attending the hearing Friday in Windham County court and will continue to update you on this story. We attempted to contact the Dept. Of Mental Health but they did not return our request for comment.

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Sharon is here, it's been a bit grey today... It has, and we've seen some showers scattered around the north country as well.

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It's the oldest county fair in Vermont -- featuring rides, animals, shows, and more. One thing that never gets old at the Caledonia County Fair .... The food! Especially the sweet-treat -- our Keith McGilvery is sampling tonight. Keith -- what's on the menu? Hi guys! I'm making apple crisp with a family that's been feeding hungry fair goers here for 25 years.

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At the caledonia county fair the Robillard family's apple crisp has folks talking. ((Richard Wade/Loves Apple Crisp: It's warm. It just melts in your mouth)) ((Kelley Powers/Loves Apple Crisp: It's honestly the best apple crisp I've ever had.)) For many like customer Richard Wade, this simple stand is a must stop every summer. ((Richard: I've been cumming here for years and every time I do I have to get the apple crisp.)) The Robillard family has been cooking up this sweet creation at the fairgrounds in Lyndonville for 25 years. ((Cindy Robillard/Robillard's Apple Crisp: This is an opportunity for us as a family to spend a lot of time together. It's really busy days for two or three weeks a year.)) Cindy Robillard's father in law came up with the seasonal money maker. ((Cindy: He was a really important part of all of our lives. And it was something that was really important to him. So we are carrying on the tradition.)) Cindy helps run the counter and peel thousands of apples needed for nearly 80 trays of crisp every week the crew is cooking. It is something she has mastered and her five year old assistant, Zoe, was able to do much more easily than me. ((nats: keith messes up)) Meanwhile inside the kitchen, Tracie Robillard handles the recipe that she has perfected over the years. ((Tracie Robillard: It's not too sweet because the apples are fresh and they are not usually too too sweet. And it's a nice combination in the dry mix. We have oatmeal, and brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg and that is all.)) Tracie says her secret is all about serving up something she would be proud to put on her own kitchen table. ((Tracie: It's pretty basic but we prepare it and we wouldn't serve it any other way than we would serve it at home. And how we would eat it.)) That's just fine for Wade, who turned pretty quiet when I asked him how the Robillard's apple crisp compared to the one his wife makes at home. ((Wade: I'm going to plead the fifth on that one. She is standing right over there. Hahahaha.))

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Tuesday's primary will settle which challenger to Governor Peter Shumlin's re-election campaign will have the backing of the state's GOP. State House reporter Kyle Midura sat down with all the candidates seeking the Republican nomination - Kyle. Darren and Elizabeth - Our report tonight is the first in a series of election pieces leading up to Tuesday's primary. Tonight our focus is on those seeking the Governor's office. For a couple of candidates, a loss won't mean the end of the race.

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Four candidates seeking to unseat Gov. Peter Shumlin hope the backing of the state's Republican party will improve their long-shot November odds in one of the country's bluest states. ((00:26 - :33 Milne I have a very good shot of changing the radical-preogressive agenda of the Shumlin administration by winning :33 )) Pomfret businessman Scott Milne is the best known of the bunch -- but still lacks strong name recognition, especially compared with the Governor. ((nats TV ad)) Republican Political Analyst Mike Smith says Milne's T.V. ad campaign will boost his profile before the general election. Milne skipped a couple of GOP debates. But Smith says limiting his exposure to the primary debate spotlight is a shrewd move. ((1:01:07 - :18 Mike Smith. he is the top tier name and what you don't want to do is to give publicity to other who are not top-tier names )) ((1:13:58 - :00 - Steve Berry nobody dislikes Mark Twain )) Mark Twain look-alike Steve Berry of Wolcott entered the race after 2012 Republican nominee Randy Brock decided not to run again. He wants to open up the state's health care exchange to more carriers and allow residents to buy coverage out-of-state. He proposes asking all of the accounting businesses in state to look for waste in the system -- allowing them to keep 10 cents on every dollar saved. ((1:07:49 - :58 - Steve Berry - Republican for Governor I believe the state of Vt. is actually critically wounded :54 and that's financially and morally )) ((42:46 - :48 - Emily Peyton you have to play the game so to speak )) Following two unsuccessful runs as an independent, Emily Peyton of Putney filed as a Republican this year. She wants to see the state cash in on agricultural hemp, take a more flexible approach to education, and contain healthcare costs with a greater focus on alternative medicine. Her positions defy any party label. ((42:50 - :56 essentially I think both parties haven't served us and I'm an independent )) Dan Feliciano's name won't appear on the Republican ballot Tuesday. He filed as a Liberterian candidate but says he wants voters to write him in as the GOP nominee because others have not been critical enough of Vermont's planned transition to single-payer healthcare. ((1:02:05 - :13 Smith I don't think this write-in campaign speaks highly of his ability to attract Republicans )) Feliciano - a business efficiency consultant from Essex - says Vermont's budget can be slashed by 10 percent - and thinks school choice could put a pin in Vermont's inflating K-12 costs. In concert, he says the two moves could lead to lower property taxes. ((1:03:40 - :50 Dan Feliciano - Liberterian for Governor so we cut spending, we have school choice, and we don't target the businesses as a money grab, we'll do much better :48 and create a stable environment )) ((1:32 - :36 Scott Milne i'm running as a Republican, if I lose in the primary I'll be supporting the Republican candidate afterwards )) Milne says his race is over if he doesn't win the Republican nod Tuesday, unlike Peyton and Feliciano who would likely continue under different banners. He sells himself as a moderate while painting the Governor as a radical-progressive. ((1:50 - :52 I think a big tent and ideas are healthy for democracy :52 )) He says the health exchange rollout is a mess. Though skeptical of single-payer - he doesn't blanketly condemn the idea. He says repairing the business climate starts with the tone at the top. But Milne won't unveil specific proposals on health care, the exchange, property taxes, and dealing with Vermont's rising educational costs until September. Whoever remains in the race after Tuesday will square off against Gov. Shumlin in November. He says he'll launch his campaign after Labor Day, but he's already been busy fundraising for months.

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The primary is set for Tuesday. We have two more political previews before then. Tomorrow we'll look at the Republicans vying for their parties nomination for a U.S. Congressional seat, and Monday we'll look at the efforts by a Republican and Progressive to gain Democrats support in the race for Lieutenant Governor. - Elizabeth

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Sharon is here, are we still thinking it's going to be nice over the weekend? Yes we are. It's been a grey, gloomy kind of a day, with showers persisting mainly in northern New York and northern Vermont. It's a slow-moving front, which is weakening and getting pushed to the south. Friday, there will be the slight chance for a few lingering showers, but high pressure will be building down from Canada, bringing us clearing in time for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday both look like nice days, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures reaching the upper 70s to near 80. The stretch of beautiful weather will last into the middle of next week.

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Tonight: Cloudy skies. Chance of showers. Lows: 53/60 Winds: Light Friday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of a shower. Highs: 68/75 Winds: S 5-10 mph Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows: 50/57 Winds: SE 5-10 mph Saturday: Partly sunny. Highs: 73/80 Winds: S 5-10 mph Extended: Sunday through Thursday. Saturday Night: Lows 53/60 Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs 75/82 Lows 53/60 Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 75/82 Lows 55/62 Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 78/85 Lows 55/65 Wednesday: Partly sunny. Chance of a shower along Canadian border. Highs 75/85 Lows 55/65 Thursday: Chance of showers. Highs 70s

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A Crown Point man admits he sexually abused a little girl. And now he'll spend 25 years in jail. 35 year-old Kenneth Hurlburt pleaded guilty to abusing the girl -- for two years. He was sentenced today.

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Two Burlington men are accused of break-ins in South Burlington. Police say just after midnight -- they caught Tam Mai and William Slingerland burglarizing cars near Logwood and Forest Streets. Investigators say they recovered several thousand dollars worth of property. This isn't their first run-in with the law -- Since 2010 Mai has been accused of a stabbing and stealing and using credit cards. Slingerland is accused of smash and grabs at the Radio Deli and Kerry's Kwik Stop last winter in Burlington.

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Troopers investigating a domestic assault complaint in Halifax ended up making a huge pot bust. Police say a person claimed to be repeatedly assaulted by 43-year-old Scott Leone of Halifax. When investigators went to his Hatch School Road home with a search warrant -- they found 193 marijuana plants. They say the potential street value is hundreds of thousands of dollars. Leone was cited into court for marijuana cultivation and domestic assault.

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It is a no-go for Santa's Land in Putney. The holiday-themed park wanted to add a campsite to its property. But the Putney development review board rejected the plan - saying the park's owner did not show up with information requested at a meeting. The plan rejection comes at the same time Santas Land owner Lillian Billewicz has requested bankruptcy protection -- AND she and caretaker Brian Deistler face charges including animal cruelty. They pleaded not guilty. That's news around the region.

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Starting Line Sports ...final round of the Vermont Women's State Amateur Golf Championship. Last year, Madison Corley of Essex Junction made history, becoming the youngest player ever to win the title at the age of 17. Today, Corley took a two shot lead into the final round in her attempt to make it back-to-back State Am titles. Over the first two rounds at the Orleans Country Club, the course was the winner, with no one shooting better than a four over par 76...Corley did it in the first round...Tiffany Maurycy in yesterday's second round...today, Maurycy did one better ...a three over 75 that was good enough for a third place finish... --- but that 75 was only the third best round of the day...Rutland's Chloe Levins was a model of consistency today...birdies on the first and tenth holes ...just one bogey and 15 pars...an outstanding round of one under 71...good enough to win on many days...but not quite on this day... --- because Corley matched her fellow teen titan with a 71 ...although she did it in much more dramatic fashion...carding five birdies...with one bogey and one big triple bogey on 17 to mar an otherwise epic round...one under on the day...Corley finishes with a three day total of nine over par...three shots better than Levins... to earn a second straight Vermont State Am title...

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((TRT: 17 ... OC: MY HEAD))

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Coming up later... Thunder Road is washed out...and we chronicle an amazing golf journey in tonight's Spotlight on Sports.

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Plattsburgh is getting ready to celebrate its military history --- in a big way. We've got the details tonight -- on the Channel 3 News at 11.

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The government put out new recommendations in June telling Americans to eat more fish because of the health benefits. But a new analysis from Consumer Reports says pregnant women should avoid one of the most popular types of fish. Jericka Duncan reports.

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(vo - New York) SUSAN SCHNEIDER CHANGED HER DIET AND STARTED EATING HEALTHIER WHEN SHE GOT PREGNANT. (SOT-Susan Schneider/Pregnant) "its really hard and I gave up caffeine and I used to drink five cups a day." SHE ALSO TRIES TO EAT FISH WHEN SHE CAN. (SOT- Susan Schneider/Pregnant) "fish is good for the baby." THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS PREGNANT WOMEN EAT UP TO 12 OUNCES OF FISH PER WEEK WHICH CAN INCLUDE SOME SMALL AMOUNTS OF CANNED TUNA. BUT CONSUMER REPORTS DID ITS OWN ANALYSIS AND THEY'RE TELLING PREGNANT WOMEN TO AVOID TUNA COMPLETELY. (SOT-Jean Halloran/Dir. of Food & Product Safety for Consumer Reports) "tuna can have some very high mercury levels including canned tuna" (BRIDGE: Jericka Duncan/CBS NEWS/New York) CONSUMER REPORTS SAYS THE PROBLEM IS THAT MERCURY LEVELS IN CANNED TUNA CAN VARY - SO YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GETTING. MOST CANNED TUNA IS SAFE - BUT THE FDA'S OWN RESEARCH FOUND 20 PERCENT OF CANS TESTED ACTUALLY HAD HIGH LEVELS OF MERCURY. (vo) THE FDA IS HOLDING BY ITS RECOMMENDATIONS AND TELLS CBS NEWS: (fs) THE CONSUMER REPORTS ANALYSIS IS LIMITED IN THAT IT FOCUSES EXCLUSIVELY ON THE MERCURY LEVELS IN FISH WITHOUT CONSIDERING THE KNOWN POSITIVE NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS ATTRIBUTED TO FISH. (vo) CONSUMER REPORTS SAYS THERE ARE PLENTY OF FISH BESIDES TUNA THAT ARE BETTER OPTIONS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN.... (SOT- SOT-Jean Halloran/Dir. of Food & Product Safety for Consumer Reports) "choose low mercury fish" LOW MERCURY FISH INCLUDE WILD SALMON, SHRIMP, SARDINES, TILAPIA AND SCALLOPS. THE GROUP BELIEVES THESE FISH CAN GIVE PREGNANT WOMEN THE HEALTH BENEFITS WITHOUT THE RISK. JERICKA DUNCAN, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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Health experts say chunk light canned tuna has less mercury than albacore canned tuna. That's health watch.

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We've all been enjoying all the summer berries, like strawberries, raspberries and blueberries this summer, but that's not what you are talking about with Charlie this evening? No, we're talking about something your grandma used to enjoy! This evening Garden expert Charlie Nardozzi is talking about elderberries.

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((Charlie, it's berry season! It is berry season! We've had great strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries! And blackberries! And blackberries! All of those! But now we have the elderberries coming into their own. I'm not familiar with these. Well elderberries are actually a native shrub, so you'll see these growing in meadows and abandoned fields, but you can grow certain varieties of them that have bigger berries and better fruit production.So you are going to look for varieties like sun dahl, and Johns and Nova, those are the good varieties to grow. They can get big, you can see they can grow 8-10 feet tall, but look at the berries on these babies! Are they good to eat? Yes, you can fresh eat them. they don't have a whole lot of flavor just eaten fresh, but they are best used to make jams and juice, and jellies. Wine of course! They are pretty good. Yes, yes they are nice. So as they start fruiting like this, you're not the only one who is interested in elderberries. You can see already a bunch of them have been picked off by the birds, so if you have an elderberry bush, this is what you want to do to protect them from the birds. Just take a plastic bag and just cover it, right over the top here,and once those berries turn really dark purple, then you can just snip it off and then you can take this freezer bag with the berries in it and put it in the freezer. Because one of the problems with elderberries is these really small berries are really hard to pick off one by one, but if you freeze them first, and then you bring them out the next day, you just shake the bag and they all just drop right off. You can put them in smoothies! You can put them in smoothies! Now there are actually ornamental versions of elderberries too, this one is called black lace, you can get a beautiful one to fit in your landscape. A little smaller, not as big berry production, but a more attractive plant than this huge monster. Yes, nice! )) Runs 1:34 CG :08-:12 Charlie CG :24-27 Shelly credit

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This week's super senior still works tirelessly -- for his community. But as Joe Carroll found out - he doesn't mind having a little fun too.

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(:04) ((Nat Sot. You're going to ride a bicycle? Yeah, I going to try! )) It's said in the news business, you lead with your best video. (:20) ((Joe: What are you doing???? Charlie: I'm going to show you how you should ride a bicycle!)) It's a self taught trick that wowed the other kids when he was growing up in Shaftsbury. (:56) ((Charlie Becker/Super Senior, I've been doing that since I was ten years old. )) Now 90, Charlie's life is pretty straight forward. (15:17) ((Nat Sot singing, These nights in Charlie's shoes are killing me .)) He grew up on a farm at a time when you had to make your own entertainment. After serving in World War 2, Charlie came home and married Marion, ran his own business and was a fire prevention instructor for 35 years. What really sparked his interest? The town's volunteer fire department. He's been there for a grand total of 66 years. (7:50) ((Charlie Becker/Super Senior, They had a waiting list then, now it's difficult to keep a full roster of firefighters.)) (17:32) ((nat sot, going in the firehouse.)) But Charlie isn't just a honorary firefighter who sits in the station. (21:20) ((nat sot: This is the brush truck.)) He's on the move. (8:07) (( Joe: You go out on calls? Charlie: Yes, I answer all calls when I'm in town. )) They answer about a hundred a year. (18:10) ((Charlie Becker/Super Senior, The boys are pretty proud of this truck.)) And so is Charlie, so much so... (28:15) ((nat sot, Opening the door of garage)) (28:23) ((Nat sot, Starting up the truck.)) he took me for a ride in truck 65. (39:04) ((nat sot of truck leaving station)) (go pro two shot) ((We used to crawl up these hills, joe a little bit more power huh? Oh yeah)) The modern International pumper tanker is light years ahead of the first truck he drove. (20:34) ((Charlie Becker/Super Senior, When I joined the fire department we had a 1931 Chevrolet open truck and the pump didn't work.)) Nowadays, Charlie doesn't go into burning buildings, but he drives and pumps the truck. (go pro) ((Joe: but this is a big truck, you feel confident... you feel confident, Charlie: Sure. I've been in trucks off and on all my life.)) He's held just about all the positions there are on the squad. (25:14) ((Charlie Becker/Super Senior, I was chief for 16 years I guess and then I worked my way down to where I am now.)) He jokes but Charlie takes his job seriously, in fact he was the Vermont Fire Chief of the Year in 1989. So dedicated to the squad, they renamed building, The Charles and Marion Becker Fire Station a year before she died. She also was a big part of the fire department. (26:33) (( Joe: You also think you might be the oldest one in the world. Charlie: Could be, it started off as a joke, but it might be true. )) The burning question? When will he hang up his hat? That depends on his health and by the look it, he'll be blazing down the road for a while. Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Shaftsbury.

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Joe had to hurry a little bit on this shoot -- because Charlie had to get to work at his OTHER job - he's a driver at a local funeral home.

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As we head into the final few weeks of the thunder road season, the excitement continues to build... However, for at least one night, you're going to have to put that on hold. Thunder Road officials postponing tonight's feature races due to rain, it will be made up tomorrow night with the same 6:00 p.m. post time. Friday night's action will include a triple 50-lap tiger main event along with regular late model and street stock races... With only a handful of points separating the leaders in each division, there's certainly a lot on the line. Especially in the chase for the King of the Road, where Derrick O'Donnell leads Nick Sweet by 12 points with just 3 late model events remaining...

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The Vermont women's soccer team opens their season Friday in the annual TD Bank Classic at Virtue Field... The Catamounts open tournament play against Central Connecticut State at 4 p.m. In the first game of the tournament.. UVM is coming off their best season since 2005 as well as a third straight appearance in the America East playoffs for the first time in program history... Coach Kristi Lefebvre says likes what the team has shown her in preseason workouts and expects it to translate in to a fast start in 2014.

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(((TRT: 25 OC: "it's really important to have a good start, in the past we've struggled with non-conference schedule... We've proven we can make the playoffs and do well in the conference, our next step is the overall record... And putting ourself in the top three in the conference to get a home playoff game... We've definitely set some lofty goals with a young group but we think it can be done and we're excited to prove it.)))

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The Vermont Lake Monsters close out a two game series in Tri-City tonight. Last night, the Monsters beat the Valley Cats 3-1 to snap a three game losing streak.

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Afternoon action in the Majors...the Yankees hosting Houston...bottom of the second...with two on, Chase Headley ropes a double to right...Mark Teixeira and Martin Prado score ...Headley would later come home on a sac fly for a 3-0 New York lead... --- that's all the runs they'd get...and all they'd need because Brendan McCarthy, going the distance on a four hit shutout... his ERA since joining the Yanks in early July...1.90... New York wins 3-0. Tonight at Fenway, the Red Sox will try to avoid a four game sweep at the hands of the Angels...

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The Barclays, the first event on the PGA Tour's four week playoffs, getting underway today in New Jersey. Keegan Bradley, still hoping to earn his way onto the U-S Ryder Cup team and not hope for a captain's pick selection, shot a three under 68 today, tied for 13th, three shots behind leader Bo Van Pelt.

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His 30 year association with golf's largest organization has provided one Ludlow man with countless moments. From head honcho to rules observer, he continues to have the best view of the course, Scott Fleishman has more in tonight's spotlight on sports. ((("Ladies and Gentleman..."))) (((If you watched the final round coverage of the PGA Championship on CBS, you may have heard a subtle shout out.))) ((("The walking rules observer is Jim Remy, Okemo valley golf club, Ludlow, Vermont."))) ((But Jim Remy's impact on the Pro golfers Association has been anything but subtle.))) (((Jim Remy/"I claim that I am from the Vermont chapter of the New England section of the PGA of America. I'm really proud of that Vermont connection."))) (((Remy started working at Okemo in the early 70's. He worked at Killington in the late 80's before returning to Okemo in the late 90's to head up the construction and development of the Okemo Valley Golf Club.))) ((("So I've been in the skiing and golf business my whole life. This is all I've ever done."))) (((The more time spent in the Green Mountains, the more his interest peaked in the PGA, from becoming president of the New England chapter, to eventually serving 2 years as national president from 2008 to 2010.))) ((("It was fun to represent Vermont. For two years, everytime I was introduced all over the world, really. There are 27,000 men and women, professionals, that go to to work everyday and work hard to grow the game of golf. You work hard to represent so many people, who not only make their living from the game, but love the game."))) (((Being president of the PGA means playing with other, more widely known, presidents and rolling with Royalty.))) ((("I can remember one time meeting Prince Charles and I told him I was from Vermont and he looked at me and said, '"Now that's in Virginia isn't it?' I said no your highness, it's in New England. He said, 'Oh yes, of course.'"))) (((He's presented the Wanamaker trophy twice to the PGA Champ.))) ((("It's something you'll never forget to present a major champion a trophy."))) (((And was inducted into the New England section of the PGA Hall of Fame in 2008. He gave a speech before the 2008 Ryder Cup and has even placed a flag at the tomb of the unknown soldier at Arlington National cemetary.))) ((("To spend that time on a national stage, on an international stage, and be that representative from Ludlow, Vermont, and the Vermont PGA, there's just so many great memories."))) (((These days, Jim Remy's role with the PGA may be understated, but his passion for the sport and his love for this state is obvious.))) ((("It's been an incredible journey and I've been in Vermont the entire time."))) (((In Ludlow, Scott Fleishman, channel 3, spotlight on sports.)))

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Derek Sprague of the Malone Country Club in Malone, New York is currently the Vice President of the PGA of America and next year is set to follow in Remy's footsteps, becoming that organization's next president.

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Tonight at 11. The latest on the big fire in Rutland -- that left 170 people out of work. And what does it take to make a whale laugh? You'll see next -- on the CBS Evening News. Good night. Good night.


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