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Garden Expert Charlie Nardozzi is here -- and he's in a holiday spirit -- and has brought his top gift ideas for Gardeners. 1) Tilandsia Globes 2) Prechilled Hyacinth Bulbs 3) Half-Moon Rooting Vase 4) Ladybug Buster Trap 5) Garden Shovel Herb Markers 6) Slate Garden Markers 7) Velcro Plant Tie Dispenser 8) Bird Guardian Birdhouse Protector 9) Spork Garden Tool 10) Reusable Produce Bags
Tomorrow on the Thirty -- one of Vermont's premier food critics shares her new favorite place to eat. It's called Bento in Burlington. It's a new quick lunch option -- where Japanese meals are packaged and ready to go. Alice Levitt of Alice Eats from Seven Days takes Kristin out for lunch - tomorrow at 5:30 on the thirty.
Good evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. The Governor and top health officials say vital signs for the state's health exchange are improving. Tens of thousands are now signed up - but not as many as initially anticipated. Statehouse reporter Kyle Midura is here now to break-down what the new figures mean. - Kyle D+K, the deadline is looming for those who want exchange coverage in time for January first. As of now, about 60 percent of those originally expected to enroll are signed up.
((18:50 - 58: Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont we've signed up in the last four or five days as many people as signed up in the fist five to six weeks of Vermont Health Connect. )) Backed by exchange customers, navigators and administrators as well as legislators - Governor Peter Shumlin touted Vermont's Health insurance marketplace as the best-functioning in the nation. The bar is not set high... with less than 400-thousand signed up across the country. ((20:41 - :50 - Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont my job as Governor is to ensure that we deliver on the opportunity that is afforded Vermonters through the Affordable Care Act)) 45-thousand will be insured through exchange plans - 15 signed up via the website, a navigator, or paper application. The remaining 30-thousand will be covered through a work plan where the employer either automatically-enrolled or did so directly through one of the insurance companies. ((20:22 - :26 we're making great progress and we have more progress to make)) Shumlin says staff will continue working on the exchange 24-7 through the holidays. Legislators, navigators, and customers at the press conference say the site may not be 100 percent yet, but it's working efficiently. ((23:15 - :16 - Galen Cheney - exchange customer Go healthcare! )) Administrators say they believe 65-thousand Vermonters had the potential to be eligible for the exchange January first, down from earlier estimates. They say most of those not entering will be covered by plan extensions or expanded Medicaid eligibility.
Outspoken reform opponent Darcie Johnston says she's pleased more Vermonters are now able to access coverage through the website. But she remains concerned about security and the potential for a crisis after the 3-month extension of current coverage expires at the end of March. Kristin.
A second arrest today -- in a Brattleboro sex assault. Police arrested 29 year-old Jeffrey Anderson of Brattleboro last month. And today -- they picked up 29 year-old William Brown of Hinsdale, New Hampshire. Police say both men were involved in the attack -- that took place -- the day before Thanksgiving.
A third arrest in connection with a brawl outside a Plattsburgh State fraternity house. City police have now charged 20-year-old Jake Feldman with second degree assault. Police say he's one of a group of P-S-U students who battled outside the Alpha-Chi-Rho house last month. Friends of a female student who believes she may have been a victim of date rape at the frat went there to confront members. Police announced the arrest of two frat members Wednesday in connection with the fight. The sexual assault allegation remains under investigation.
At UVM -- a fraternity and a sorority are now on interim suspension -- while university police investigate allegations of underage drinking. One alleged incident happened in November at the Alpha Epsilon Pi house. UVM says the other incident was earlier this month at Delta, Delta, Delta sorority. In both cases, students wound up at the hospital because of excessive alcohol consumption.
After a Burlington Police officer shot and killed a man, one of the first questions that came up -- was there video? We found out that the police department is in the middle of testing body cameras for officers. The Police Chief says, the two officers involved did not have cameras on them. Julie Kelley is live with us this evening. Julie ... What did you find out about these body cameras? Burlington's Police Chief says, it won't be long before all one-hundred of his officers wear body cameras. What you're looking at in this monitor is one reason why. Google "Vermont police caught on camera" and you get video after video ... Some are taken by police, but many are taken by regular citizens on cell phones.
Nats- 1:00:02 It's just a magnetic mount so it snaps and unsnaps ... That's the sound of the future in law enforcement. Senior Officer Christopher Sweeney is one of seven officers on the Burlington Force who volunteered to wear body cameras. Sot-55:15-55:29 With cell phones now and everything else, if you're out in the public chances are someone is looking or watching or recording anyway. This is the same thing but I'm the one turning it on and off, so it doesn't really bother me. Nats-48:40 What's the right design? Is it a device that's clipped here or is it something on a head mount? Police Chief Michael Schirling says, the design is one of the challenges. They've been testing body cameras for a couple of years and the technology has gotten better . 5:46-6:02 (16) We're hoping that the low light capabilities are going to increase over the next couple of months as they release new devices. So nighttime is good but not great and since 2/3 of our work is at night, thats not quite perfect yet gfx-The cost is also coming down. Two years ago one body camera was more than a thousand dollars. Today it's between 3 and 4-hundred. He says, right now, it would cost about 150-thousand dollars for the initial investment. That includes maintaining the equipment and the video and storing it. 6:23-6:35 (12) We're waiting for that correct intersection point of the right technology, the right price and the right capability to roll together and we're hoping that's coming soon. When Corporal Ethan Thibault shot and killed Wayne Brunnette after responding to a call last month, people wondered if there was video from a camera in the cruiser. It turns out, Burlington had cameras in patrol cars back in the VHS days. Today, the chief says, it would cost 200-thousand-dollars just to put cameras in 24 marked cars. 3:49-4:10 (20) In our operating environment where traffic stops are just a small cross section of what we do, about 5400 stops a year set against 40,000 calls for service, it's such a relatively small cross section of what we do, the body wore cameras seem to make much more sense as an investment. Nats-1:02:04 (taking camera out of dock) The cameras are docked here and the video can't be edited or erased. As he heads out on patrol, Officer Sweeney says, being armed with a camera has helped him on the job.
So how has it helped? He says, when he first gets to a scene ... Witnesses are more apt to be honest and helpful in those initial moments and he can get that on camera. Also, he can be rolling when he gets someone's consent to search and then there's no question of coercion. Julie ... What about the legal ramifications? That's a tricky point. The chief tells me that here in Vermont, you are not allowed to record audio or video inside someone's home without their permission. So, for now, the officer turns the camera on and off using his best judgement.
Police say they broke into cars in Winooski -- to steal debit and credit cards. And police say these are the three suspects. Two men. One woman. These surveillance photos were taken at a store where the suspects used the stolen cards. Police arrested Tam Mai of Essex -- and Shawn Burnett of Milton. They're still looking for the woman. Call police if you have any information.
Dan Dowling is here. A cold start this morning. (wx script)
Big economic news for the north country. Tens of millions of dollars are being pumped into numerous projects. Logan Crawford is in Plattsburgh tonight with the details. Logan? Darren, It's the holiday season and a big present is coming to the North Country - more than 80-million dollars in state funds. The money is going to dozens of projects around the region, including the expansion of Plattsburgh International Airport.
(tile 5748 00:01:56:13) ((Michael Ewald/Peru "It's a great airport I really like it. I'm glad there's gonna be an expansion, I'm really glad.)) Passengers like Michael Ewald are glad to hear that Plattsburgh International Airport is getting 4-point-5 million dollars from the state... To add more flights and also a customs area - so folks will find it even easier to travel overseas. ((Garry Douglas/Plattsburgh Chamber of Commerce "exciting projects certainly in the Mountain Lake area. Plattsburgh International Airport, the funding is now going to be there to include international arrivals with a customs presence in the airport terminal expansion. That's transformational.")) (tile 5761 00:10:49:08) ((Logan Crawford/Plattsburgh "With more than 80-million dollars coming to the North Country, not only will it be easier to fly in and out of Plattsburgh International Airport, it will also be easier booking a flight. 6 million dollars is earmarked to improve broadband service, to make the internet more accessible and affordable for those in the North Country." 00:11:05:08)) (tile 5757 00:05:24:10) ((Lauren Eastwood/Plattsburgh "It's an information age and I think it's important for people to have access to information." 00:05:28:29)) And of course, you can book more than airline flights with this expanded internet service... You can also reserve a hotel room. Like in Saranac Lake, where Hotel Saranac is banking on a 5-million dollar upgrade and 2-million is going towards construction of a new hotel. A total of 79 projects around the region won state Economic Development Council Grants. Some of the most notable... Bombardier Mass Transit Corporation is receiving more than 40-thousand dollars for employee training. The movie theater in Ausable Forks is getting 70-thousand to go digital. More than 54-thousand dollars going towards rebuilding a park in Jay that was destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene. Nearly 1-point-4 million will be going towards the Wood Pellet Boiler Heating Initiative. And the Adirondack Museum will get 1-million 4-hundred thousand for renovations. And all of these big ticket improvements have people like, Ewald, hopeful they'll boost local tourism. ((Michael Ewald/Peru: I think maybe then more people will come visit this area, it's so beautiful." 00:02:07:25))
In all -- 81-million dollars is going to 79 different projects.... designed to help the North Country. Darren.
Crews broke ground today on a Wal-Mart expansion in the Berlin Mall. WalMart is adding a grocery store as part of an 18-thousand square-foot addition. The project is expected to be completed by September. Mall owner Ken Simon says the move should benefit Walmart and its customers. Other retailers should be busier as well.
((2:05:56 - :06 Ken Simon I think they'll be able to draw off the traffic. That's what anchor tenants are supposed to doa and I think they the tenants in the mall will experience a lot more potential customers )) The super-center is also expected to hire 72 additional employees, bringing the total workforce to just less than 150.
Middlebury College is in the market for a new President. President Ronald Liebowitz announced he will step down at the end of the next academic year -- in 2015. He's the school's 16th President -- and has been in the job since 2004. The Board of Trustees says it will announce details about its search for a new President -- in February.
Governor Shumlin proclaimed December -- "Operation Tribute Month". The charity organization gives gifts to children of serving military families. Dunkin Donuts asked customers to donate. And presented Gov. Shumlin with a 21-thousand dollar check for the cause this afternoon.
Don't forget -- you can hit te slopes - and help Vermonters stay warm this winter. Ski for Heat is a decades old tradition at nordic ski areas. People donate money to the effort and in exchange they get a free day pass. All of the money goes straight to community action groups to help families pay for heating fuel. All 19 downhill resorts are joining the efforts -- and offering prizes for donations of certain amounts.
((01:25 Sarah Wojcik/ Ski Vermont: we hope to raise $100-thousand dollars. In the last 20 years they have raised $250-thousand dollars -- so this would be a major difference.)) All of the money needs to be donated by January 26th.
Some folks had their hot lunch -- out in the cold this afternoon in Burlington Several people ate outside on the Church Street Marketplace today -- despite the rather chilly temps throughout our region. It's appropriately called "the coolest lunch" -- and it's part of a benefit for the Committee on Temporary Shelter. Six restaurants donated the food. Their wait staff -- their time. And while the fundraising is important, organizers say the most important goal on this day is education.
((Becky Holt/Committee on Temporary Shelter: This event was started to raise awareness about people who would be outside in the cold if there weren't organizations like COTS and other service providers in our community. So while it raises money for us, the Coolest Lunch is really designed to help raise awareness that without organizations like COTS there would be people with no other place to go.)) This was the sixth year of the event. The group hopes to raise about $5-thousand dollars.
Dan is back. Some snow on the way?
Tonight: Cloudy skies. Chance of snow showers and squalls. 1-4" Accumulation. Low 5/12. Wind SW 10-15 mph. Friday: Morning snow showers. Becoming partly sunny. High 13/20. Wind NW 10-15 mph. Friday Night: Partly cloudy and cold. Low 5/-10. Wind N 5-10 mph. Saturday: Cloudy skies. Light snow developing, late. High 10/17. Wind light. Sunday: Snow likely, tapering to snow showers. 3-6" accumulation. High 15/22. Low -5/10. Monday: Partly sunny. High 13/20. Low 0/10. Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers. High 20s. Low 10/20. Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. High 25/35. Low 10/20. Thursday: Partly sunny. High 25/35.
A national pharmaceutical research company released a report -- emphasizing the importance of clinical studies in Vermont. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America -- or PhRMA (ferma) officials joined with the University of Vermont at a panel discussion in Burlington this afternoon. Policy makers and patient advocates filled the audience. The report released by PhRMA says that these trials add millions of dollars into Vermont's economy -- and are the only way to find a cure to major chronic diseases.
((8:10 Dr. William Chin / Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America "From cancer to diabetes to heart disease -- we still don't have a lot of treatments for those conditions. And so we need to work together to try to solve some of these key problems.")) The studysays that since 1999, Vermont has held 566 clinical trials -- more than half were trials for chronic disease treatments.
He's facing charges for a standoff with police -- but a Newport man is now free on reduced bail. Police say Derek Niles stood on the roof of his home armed with a rifle in September -- in a standoff that lasted five hours. Police say Niles had called them -- claiming his house was under siege. A mental evaluation showed Niles is competent for trial - but he plans to argue he was insane at the time. Yesterday, a judge lowered bail and Niles was released. Prosecutors argued against the move -- fearing another incident.
Littleton police say they've caught a man wanted for an attempted armed robbery -- and a burglary. Police arrested 27-year-old Christopher Manzella in connection with a break-in at home on Sampson Road on December 5th. Police say Manzella cut-out copper piping and sold it at a local salvage yard. While inverstigating that case, police also linked Manzella to the attempted armed robbery at the Circle K convenience store two days earlier. He faces two counts of armed robbery.
The city of Rutland is moving forward with plans to drain a neighborhood pond -- over the objections of neighbors. The water in Moon Brook below the dam at Combination Pond has not met state water quality standards since 1986. City officials say the solution is to remove the pond. But homeowners in the neighborhood oppose the plan. The city says it is now working with the state to find possible alternatives -- but officials still believe draining the pond is the best choice. .
Santa took a trip to Fletcher Allen Health Care -- but he left his sleigh and reindeer at the North Pole. Instead, Santa got a lift in a Customs and Border Protection helicopter. He came to visit sick kids at the Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen. And of course he brought along a few presents. This is the seventh year that Customs and Border Protection has provided Santa's transportation.
((Patrick Jacquet, Organizer "Since we have connections with Santa and we can fly him in here quickly before his holiday obligations begin, he comes in here and says hi to the kids before he gets down to the hard work.)) The team from Customs and Border Protection says it is in constant communication with Santa to make sure he gets across the border smoothly. That's News Around the Region.
Starting Line Sports ...in a season that is already shaping up to be one of the best ever, the UVM women's hockey team reaching another milestone last night...beating Twin State rival Dartmouth for the first time as a varsity program. The Cats came into this one unbeaten in their last four...and with only one loss in their last eight games ...the goalies would dominate the night... Vermont's Roxanne Douville and Lindsay Holdcroft of Dartmouth combining to stop 39 shots in regulation... 42 shots overall... this would go into overtime scoreless... when, with just over a minute left in the extra session, Gina Repaci with a great feed to Amanda Pelkey and she's lights the lamp on the backhand for the game winner... Her 27th goal ties a program record, and gives the Catamounts the 1-0 win as they improve to 8-7-4. It's the latest in the season Vermont has been above .500 since moving to Division One.
boys high school hockey today...Rice and South Burlington in the opening game of the Beech Memorial Tournament at Leddy Park... --- First period, Green Knights jump ahead... Allen Vincent with the full extension to keep the puck in the zone ... He then fires it home, 1-0 Rice after 1. --- The Rebels turn up the head in the second with four unanswered ... On the power play, Gabe Simpatico feeds Theo McDowell for the one-timer... --- Less than a minute later, Peter Camardo with the perfect feed to Kyle McDonald, who deflects it in for the goal... It's 4-1 South Burlington leading Rice in the third... CVU and Colchester play in the nightcap ...we'll have those highlights at eleven.
Coming up...no sporting event at Norwich can begin until Paula Gills sings...we'll tell you why later in our Spotlight on Sports...
We told you how health officials are calling antibiotic resistance one of the biggest public health threats of the 21st Century. Now, the FDA wants increased limits on how antibiotics are used on farms -- to help protect the public. Bridget Barry Caswell has more.
Federal health officials say thousands of people are dying each year in the United States -- because the bacteria causing their illness is resistant to all available antibiotics. They don't work. And one major contributor to that problem is the overuse of antibiotics. Now, the Food and Drug Administration wants to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in food-producing animals -- to help curb the spread to humans -- through the meat they eat. The FDA wants drug companies to label their drugs be used for medicinal purposes only. (:34) ((Erica Berl/Vt. Health Dept.: The FDA is asking for drug companies to voluntarily label some of their antibiotics for animals under the supervision of a veterinarian -- with the goal that it won't be used just for growth promotion and feed efficiency -- That it will only be used in animals that have a documented infection and need the antibiotics.)) An FDA report released in April showed antibiotic resistant bacteria in raw ground turkey and beef, pork chops and chicken. The national Animal Health Institute supports the FDA's efforts -- and so too do public health officials. (1:14) ((Berl: We support this as a step forward in reducing the level of antibacterial resistance out there. I think it compliments nicely what we're doing at the Health Department in trying to encourage proper use of antibiotics.)) The FDA is asking animal pharmaceutical companies to notify the agency within the next three months of their intent to voluntarily make the changes recommended. They would then have three years to fully implement the changes. BBC, Ch. 3 News, Btv
Critics worry that drug companies won't fully comply with the proposal because it's voluntary. But the FDA says a mandated ban on certain antibiotics would have resulted in excessive costs and litigation. That's health watch.
Winter is here, so any gardening will be inside. It may be bitterly cold out there -- and with Winter Break coming up -- you may be looking for a fun project to do with your kids indoors. Sharon Meyer and Charlie Nardozzi show us you can use your imagination, and create and indoor habitat for fairies and gnomes.
Charlie, it looks very magical and enchanting in here. Yes, it's like when you were a little girl and you had a doll house. You must have had one! I was more of a Breyer horse kind of a gal, but I could get into this, this is cool. This is a natural way to have little settings for your kids, indoors or outdoors. What's great about this is you can use all natural materials. You can use birch bark for example. You can use bark mulch, stepping stones. All things that you can just find around the house or in the woods. Just collect these things. Just collect things, pine cones, all different kinds of materials. Put them together, and you can get very creative with creating little houses too, made out of sticks and wood. Or maybe if someone is handy in your house, you can do a little carpentry work and put that together. Or, you can get a little more sophisticated and get these little figurines, and little benches. You can buy a lot of these little supplies, so if you're not quite as creative as all that, you can still do it. This is a great way to play with the dirt in the winter, isn't it! Yes, it's a great way to feel the soil in the winter, and put some little house plants in too, you can get some little house plants to put in there. It's a great way to interact with your child, keeping nature really close to you. Having greenery, having soil around, and then getting a little more sophisticated, you could even great a tree house if you wanted to. I saw that, that's pretty elegant. Yes, so nice things to do, to keep kids engaged through the winter, just by using natural materials and some little additions here and there. And if they want to throw a GI joe and Barbie in, it's probably ok.
He's quite a fella. A pilot who's afraid of heights -- loves the opera -- and loves to get his hands dirty. Jim Beams is hard to define, but the super senior sure has a story to tell. As Joe Carroll found out.
On a hill high above Richmond there's an ordinary garage with an unusual business.. (4:03) ((Jim Beams/Super Senior, We have customers from all over the United States. )) JB Aero & Son's business is soaring. They rebuild and refurbish classic and antique aircraft. (4:45) ((Steve Beams/Son, The engine is getting what is called a top overhaul. )) (5:09) ((Steve Beams/Son, So it's going to be very nice when it's done. )) It's a father and son combo - both with strong opinions on how to run the place. (5:49) ((Steve Beams/Son, He thinks he has all the answers and so do I. )) (5:56) ((Jim Beams/Super Senior, I have to teach him something new everyday! )) It's mostly good natured ribbing, they do agree on something. (38:09) ((Jim Beams/Super Senior, That's some photographs of it, here. )) They're most proud of refurbishing a plane that is now in the Tuskegee National Airman Museum in Alabama. The men were an all black squadron in World War 2. (29:17) ((Nat Sot, It takes a little elbow grease. )) There most recent project is a Piper Tri-Pacer. It will cost about 15 grand and three months to complete. (24:00) ((nat sot, good sound of wire brush cleaning pistons)) Jim lived all over the county and Germany, the son of an Army officer who ended up coming to Vermont in his teens. After high school he went to New England Conservatory in Boston to study music, but couldn't afford the tuition. He did a stint in the Navy and then graduated from UVM with a degree in music education. Jim taught music at various schools in the area for years. (31:22) ((Jim Beams/Super Senior, How's the acoustics in here? terrible! )) It's all classical music all the time in the garage. And not just from the radio. (33:13) ((Jim Beams/Super Senior, Alright Italian. Sings )) Not only does Jim fix airplanes but has hit the high notes as a professional opera singer. ((nat sot of singing) He's been singing for decades. (13:27) ((Jim Beams/Super Senior, Your 77 years old? You had to say that didn't you! Yes. )) While he was at the New England Conservatory, Jim sang at the Met and now the tenor performs at various productions in Vermont. (music from a production) (35:17) ((Joe Carroll/Jim Beam, has your voiced changed through the years? Oh sure, surely, it's more mature as you get older, you loose your high register.)) From a high note to a low one. His wife Katherine was only 45 when she died of a heart attack. For days Jim was stunned, she was 20 years younger than him. Both of his children were in college at the time. (16:17) ((Jim Beams/Super Senior, So it was very difficult for all of us, I miss her greatly.)) With all he's done, Jim's greatest accomplishment is his kids. (21:58) ((Jim Beams/Super Senior, How long do you want to do this? Forever I hope, until I pass away, or until my son kicks me out of the shop.)) (6:57) ((Jim Beams/Super Senior,, All right you be good. All right I'll see you later.)) A father who took his son under his wings, teaching him the business with an occasional serenade. (46:46) ((nat sot of Danny Boy,)) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Richmond. (47:10) ((Jim Beams/Super Senior, Don't applaud, throw nickels, dimes, quarters!))
Of all Jim has done, he's most proud of his two children. His daughter Robynn is a long time news photographer here at Channel 3.
The movie highlighting a Vermont sea captain's run-in with pirates -- could pick up -- some heavy hardware. "Captain Phillips" was nominated today for four golden globes -- including best picture. The film is the true story of Captain Richard Phillips of Underhill -- and the capture of his ship off the Somali Coast. Tom Hanks picked up a best actor nomination for his portrayal of Phillips. Other nominations were for best supporting actor and best director.
The Boton Bruins look for their fourth straight win as they continue a four game Canadian road trip tonight in Edmonton. Montreal, three points back of Boston in the Atlantic Division, is in Philly tonight.
An emotional evening last night in Boston as Doc Rivers led the L-A Clippers into the TD Garden for the first time. Rivers, who coached the Celtics for nine years, and won a title in 2008, received a lengthy standing ovation and later admitted how much the reception meant to him ...calling the decision to come to Boston ten years ago the best he ever made ... --- the Celtics looking to spoil that return ...Jeff Green...a game high 29...Boston led by six at the break... --- but Chris Paul leads a second half comeback ...22 points, nine assists, seven rebounds... as L-A wins 96-88. Boston hosts the Knicks tomorrow night.
The World Cup opens six months from today in Brazil. Jurgen Klinsmann will be leading the U-S team into soccer's biggest event for the first time...and it won't be the only time. USA Soccer announcing today that they have extended Klinsmann's contract through the 2018 World Cup.
As we mentioned in the return of our World Cup Watch segment earlier this week, Klinsmann and the U-S team were drawn into a stacked Group G with perennial power Germany... Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal and a Ghana team that has eliminated them from each of the last two World Cups. On top of that, the U-S has one of the worst travel schedules of any team in this World Cup. They'll play three games in ten days while traveling over 9,000 miles, but our analyst, Capital Soccer coach Craig Stone, says this team could be uniquely prepared to handle that adversity.
((TRT: 23 ... OC: "IN THE LOCKER ROOM."))
It goes without saying that the oldest private military university in the country needs a great national anthem singer. At Norwich, they turn to one woman who takes pride in her job as fans appreciate her voice. Scott Fleishman has more in tonight's spotlight on sports. (((For 20 years, before every Norwich home game, they've heard the voice of Paula Gills.))) ((("There's no body better than her."))) (((A Detroit native with a folk singing background, Gills came to work at Norwich in the late 70's, but it wasn't until the early 90's when she got a chance to perform the national anthem before a women's basketball game.))) (((Paula Gills/"I practiced and practiced for days and just let it rip, after it was over she called me to the bench and said guess what you're doing this for every home game."))) (((She's been singing anthems around campus ever since, becoming an honorary member of the hockey team along the way.))) (((Mike McShane/"Even our opponents really enjoy watching her sing, because she's so talented, so skilled and she adds a little emotion so that gets the guys going, and me too."))) (((Chris Duszynski/"She does a great rendition of the French and English version of the Canadian anthem and we really appreciate it. She does an awesome job."))) (((Gills has performed before some big moments, including Fenway Park in 2012. That game, because of bad weather, had Paula scrambling for a spot to sing.))) ((("I didn't have time to be scared so I just opened my mouth and let the words start coming out. By the time I got to the end, I guess I didn't mess it up."))) (((Scott Fleishman/"Paula won't be singing at Fenway this year when the Cadets make the trip to Boston on January 9th, but she's totally fine with that because now she can sing the anthem before the men's basketball game on campus that day."))) (((Tony Mariano/"And that's the kind of person she is. She's been a big part of Norwich Athletics since she's arrived and we appreciate everything she does for us."))) ((("I'm a grandma and I'm singing the national anthem for these kids, it's just awesome that they want me."))) ((("The lungs of Miss gills. For two decades, A tone setter for the Cadets. In Northfield, Scott Fleishman, Channel 3 spotlight on sports.)))
The weekend Scott talked to her, Paula sang the national anthem 17 times, between basketball, hockey and a wrestling meet.
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