Thu 30-OCT-2014 6 P.M. News Script
This weekend The Hatch will bring together nationally renowned storytellers to entertain and raise money for Vermont Parks Forever -- the foundation for the Vermont State Parks. Tom Bodett is the "We'll leave the light on for ya" spokesman for Motel 6 and a frequent guest on NPR's game show "Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me. He's one of the founders of The Hatch and will be the host of "Storyteller's on a Mission" Saturday. ((what is The Hatch? )) ((who are some of the storytellers this weekend and why where they picked to perform?)) ((storytelling is an ancient art -- but is it dying?)) ((what makes a good story?)) ((how did you get into storytelling? How did you make a career out of it?)) ((what's the goal of this event? raise 90K)) ((theme of the evening? or can people talk about whatever they want?))
The Hatch will present "Storytellers on a Mission" at 7:30 this Saturday November 1st at the Flynn Theatre in Burlington. Tickets are still available. We'll have a link to more information with this story on our website.
Tomorrow is Halloween and we're going to celebrate on The Thirty with a Vermont Ghost Story. I went with Thea Lewis of Queen City Ghostwalk to the Green Mountain Inn in Stowe ...where I heard the tale of the very dramatic life, death and afterlife of a spirt that some say still roams the Inn's rooms and hallways... that's coming up tomorrow right here at 5:30 on The :30...
Good Evening I'm Kristin Kelly. and I'm Darren Perron. We're learning more tonight about what it's like to live in quarantine -- from the Vermonter who has been isolated since Monday over concerns about Ebola. Jennifer Costa spoke with Peter Italia who is symptom free -- and staying in an undisclosed location in Rutland County. She's in the newsroom with our update. Jennifer. Kristin and Darren -- Peter Italia says he spent a month in West Africa - to investigate how the Ebola crisis in Guinea and Sierra Leone is being handled. He says he wanted to help. Today -- he tells me quarantine is a lonely place to be. He says he has no physical contact with anyone -- including the public health nurses who check on him. But he does plan to stick out the full 21 days.
It's Day 4 in quarantine for Peter Italia -- the Rutland man -- who's being segregated from the public over possible Ebola concerns. He's not showing any symptoms but he and the state aren't taking any chances. He spoke to us over the phone. ((PI 02:11 "ill do my 21 days. I'm not going to exit early like that nurse in Maine because that will just lend ammunition to say see we told you he was a crackpot and this goes to prove it.")) Italia is also defending his mental health -- and despite talking and writing about space and time travel -- he maintains he is of sound mind. ((PI 12:40 "I actually time travel. That's how I see and do what I do. 13:01 "you can criticize all you want but those people who I help I'm sure they would say something different.")) Italia is being monitored daily. So far he says he's encountered four different public health nurses. Prior to their visit -- they have him take his temperature. When they arrive -- they witness him take his temperature again -- they ask him a series of questions related to the onset of Ebola symptoms. ((PI 8:14 "everybody maintains at least a 3 foot distance. We all do from each other. JC: Are they suited up? PI: No. As long as I'm not exhibiting any symptoms))
Italia says the days are long -- and he is completely alone -- save the single guard who keeps his distance outside -- and the public health nurses who visit twice daily. Italia says he doesn't want to waste his 21 days -- and passes the time by posting about his experiences on social media. He says he has not had any contact with Governor Shumlin. But believes his situation has become a campaign issue. Kristin.
So what if Peter Italia--changed his mind--and walked out of quarantine? And should he be quaratined--in the first place. Shelby Cashman joins us now--with more on this. Shelby? Kristin and Darren--we spoke to some of our state leaders today--to explore the issue of quarantining. Some say it's a precautionary measure--others say it could cause uncessesary chaos--and panic.
(00:57:20) ((Gov Peter Shumlin "absolutely no symptoms, I actually think there's a pretty low risk of him getting symptoms.")) (00:57:23) Peter Italia is still under voluntary quarantine. Governor Shumlin says--its a precaution--to monitor Italia--in case he does develop symptoms. And--he says--Italia is cooperating. (00:58:42) ((Gov Peter Shumlin "I think we're doing this the Vermont way. We didn't go in and say, you know, this isn't something were going to do without your consultation, we tried to get him to cooperate and he has.")) (00:58:54) But Thursday afternoon--a nurse in Maine who returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa last Friday--left her voluntary quarantine. Kaci Hickox went out for a bike ride with her boyfriend--and says she wants to resume her normal life. Hickox is symptom free - like Italia is here. Now--Maine's Governor says--he's ready to step in--by using the full extent of his authority to protect the public. What that authority means--remains to be seen. Here in Vermont - acting Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan said Wednesday she has the authority to force Italia into quarantine if needed. Governor Shumlin says he's not ready to cross that bridge. (00:59:01) ((Gov Peter Shumlin "I've learned not to do hypotheticals in this job. I'm focused on the good news. The good news is he's in a very comfortable location, he's comfortable, I'm comfortable that Vermonters are safe and thats my job.")) (00:59:14) But Senator Patrick Leahy--is questioning the entire quarantine process. (00 1217 00) ((Sen Leahy "as governor he has a responsibility to the whole state to do what he thinks is best and we do have laws in Vermont that allow quarantine under certain circumstances but what I am concerned about is that people say if you've been to Africa we are going to automatically quarantine you we make sure they're actually symptomatic.")) President Obama has expressed similar feelings about quarantines. Leahy is also concerned they can fuel unnecessary panic. (00 11 56 60) ((Sen. Patrick Leahy "I worry that some of the quarantining reflects more panic and lack of knowledge if you're going to quarantine somebody quarantine somebody who gets the flu because they neglected to get the flu shot."))
Experts we've consulted say--if Italia left on his own--the state would have to prove that he is a threat to himself--or others--in order to hold him against his will. Darren?
Police say they know who held up the Union Bank in Stowe yesterday -- and she is now in custody -- tied to other crimes. Police say these surveillance photos show 26-year-old Koren Brand of Barre -- robbing the bank. And they have also linked her to an attempted robbery Sunday night at the Shaw's Supermarket in Montpelier -- and a robbery at the Champlain Farms on South Main Street in Barre. Today she pleaded not guilty to the Barre and Montpelier incidents -- and was held for lack of 25-thousand dollars bail.
Another car and bike collide on Pine Street in Burlington -- the second in as many months. The bicyclist was not seriously hurt -- but that accident is raising new concerns about the safety of that busy road. Cat Viglienzoni is there tonight. Cat? Darren -- last year the city installed five rapid-flashing beacons here on Pine Street -- and improved sidewalk sections and crosswalks -- at a cost of about 139-thousand dollars. But even with that -- they say more needs to be done.
Thursday morning, this busy stretch of Pine Street became a crash site. Police say -- a driver was turning onto Lakeside Avenue -- in front of a bicyclist, who then hit the side of the car. It's the second car versus bike accident on Pine Street -- in as many months. Police say that the straight and flat road -- coupled with heavier traffic -- could be factors. ((SOT Ute Monsen, Bicyclist 304 I've found Pine Street in particular a wee bit dangerous. 06)) Pine Street has been growing... with more businesses popping up... and more traffic on the roads and the sidewalks. The city has been trying to keep up with flashing crosswalk lights -- or share the road signs -- but it may not be enough to keep everyone safe. Bicyclist Ute Monsen says she'd like to see more bike lane space. ((SOT Ute Monsen, Bicyclist 313 In the rush hour in the morning and the evening in particular I find it even dangerous 17 so I always look for an alternative 19)) One alternative that bike advocate Local Motion says it hears about -- is cyclists heading to the sidewalks to get away from cars. ((SOT Jason Van Driesche, Director of Advocacy and Education, Local Motion 1237 And you know the people are biking on the sidewalks either because they've had a close call or because they don't want to go there 43)) But that puts cyclists on the same path as pedestrians... who are also trying to stay safe in traffic. ((FILE FROM PEDESTRIAN6)) About a month ago, a man was hit in the crosswalk at Pine and Howard Streets -- and the driver was cited for negligent operation. On the main road -- pedestrians told us that with the sidewalks -- they're far enough away from the street. ((SOT Terra Heilenbach, Pedestrian 814 I've seen a few people, especially crossing Pine Street, where they're in a rush and so they don't do that great of a job 23 And I've been a little like "whoa" before, but most of the time people are pretty good 28))
The city told me there are improvements planned next year for that intersection where the accident happened this morning -- to add in crosswalks and full pedestrian signals. Darren?
Vermont is asking state workers -- to chip in even more -- to help Vermont Health Connect. The website remains down for maintenance. But officials say it will be back up for open enrollment and re-enrollment which begin November 15th. Those running it say they're looking for 75 extra state workers to help process a flood of policy renewals. Officials are already dealing with a policy backlog - and are expecting 25-thousand renewals to come in between Mid-november and mid-December. The workers who volunteer for the assignment would receive over-time pay on top of their regular wages.
Elections are almost here -- and there are new allegations of ethics and campaign finance violations in the race for Assembly in New York. Conservative candidate Karen Bisso is accusing incumbent Republican Janet Duprey of attaching campaign materials to an official document sent from her assembly office. Bisso says the campaign material contained comments that could have been seen as intimidating. Bisso says she filed a complaint with the state Commission on Public Ethics -- and a campaign finance complaint with the New York Board of Elections. Duprey issued a statement in response calling Bisso's allegations "a last-ditch effort by a desperate campaign to distract voters ..."
A new president at V-T-C. Dan Smith was named the interim president at Vermont Technical College -- in April. But today -- the school's trustees named him the permanent president. V-T-C is based in Randolph -- but has a campus in Williston too. The Middlesex native served as the director of community relations and public policy -- at the Vermont State Colleges for four years. Smith is a lawyer and former General Counsel to the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation. The 39 year-old's appointment comes at a time when V-T-C is facing enrollment and financial issues -- like many small colleges around the country.
Sharon is here, and we saw a few glimpses of sunshine today. We did, and it's always such a treat when we do see some sun! Our weather will fairly ordinary over the next day or two. Nothing terribly bad and nothing terribly good either. Friday, we'll see quite a few clouds, but it should remain dry, right through trick or treat time. Then, we have been watching the development of a strong coastal storm for the weekend. As the weekend draws closer, it does look like this storm will remain far enough off the coast, that we will only catch the western fringes of this storm. We could see some rain and snow showers, with a little light accumulation in the higher elevations, but that's about it. Behind the storm, it will be chilly and blustery on Sunday, with a few rain or snow showers.
Vtrans is trying to figure out how big cracks showed up in a new bridge -- built just this summer. It is on Vermont Route 100 just south of Stowe village. And cracks appeared in concrete beams. Vtrans say there's no risk of danger -- but officials worry the bridge won't make it to its anticipated 100 year lifespan. Crews patched the cracks today -- and will inspect the bridge again -- in the spring.
Prison officials are trying to stop the spread of an illness -- at the jail in South Burlington. Officials at the Chittenden Regional Correctional facility tell us about a dozen inmates became suddenly ill last night with a stomach bug. As a precaution - movement of inmates is being restricted in some cases - to prevent the possible spread of disease. No inmates are seriously ill. The Health Department has been notified.
You can now weigh in on whether Vermont should legalize marijuana. The legislature voted to study the issue. Now public hearings are scheduled on Wednesday, November 12th -- via Vermont Interactive Technologies. There are sites across the state. The public comments will be used in a report presented to lawmakers in January. We have a link to more details in our info center -- at wcax.com
Pumpkin patches are well populated this year. Adams Apple Orchard and Farm Market in Williston says they still have plenty of pumpkins -- though there will be a rush of last-minute carvers who come looking for one right before the big day. But -- they've sold fewer pumpkins than last year. And that's because this year, the pumpkins are in good supply.
((Scott Adams, Adams Apple Orchard & Farm Market 01413800: We were inundated by people scrambling for pumpkins at the last minute because they were having a hard time finding them, whereas this year I've seen a lot more pumpkins at different locations 48 So it seems like the sales are similar to a couple years ago -- 52 Where there wasn't the shortage that we experienced last year. 56)) Adams says it will quiet down a bit after Halloween, but not for long. There's usually a pumpkin-pie rush for Thanksgiving.
It was a state-wide effort to meet the needs of seniors. Vermont's AARP chapter brought together leaders from about 50 different senior centers -- and meal programs -- at a day long-conference in Montpelier. The goal was to help participants pool ideas and resources to better serve seniors -- and offer support to those on the front lines of doing the work.
(( Greg Marchildon, AARP Vermont 00:14:10:00 these are the on the ground force of people working with older people in Vermont today in and day out they don't always get a chance to network in fact rarely do they get the chance to network with each other.)) Senator Patrick Leahy was among today's speakers. He stressed the need to support senior meal programs. He says they are at risk of suffering if democrats lose control of the senate.
Tonight is our final installment of campaign countdown, ahead of Tuesday's election. State House reporter Kyle Midura -- spoke with the candidates for Vermont Attorney General.
Bill Sorrell is the state's longest tenured Attorney General. He first took office in 1997 and survived a tough primary against Chittenden County State's attorney T.J. Donovan in 2012. (00:01:08:00) ((Sorrell There's a lot of work to do for this next term for sure, and I hope the voters want me to stay in office)) His priorities include defending the state's new GMO labelling law, working on the state's opiate epidemic, pursuing charges against those spreading child porn, and consumer protection issues. (00:23:50:00) ((Shane McCormack i'm running for attorney general because I think a better job can be done in the office)) In the general election this year, Sorrell faces Shane McCormack -- a political newcomer who secured a write-in nomination during the Republican primary. McCormack -- whose legal work centers on complex legal transactions -- accuses Sorrell of working on too many issues. (00:25:33:00) ((McCormack i think it's all about the tone from the top )) (00:25:49:00) ((McCormack obviously there's no silver bullet, if there was a silver bullet it would have been fired )) He says the attorney general is distracted by consumer protection when he should be focused on opiates. (00:04:44:00) ((Bill Sorrell - Not Guilty )) Bill Sorrell says focusing on consumer protection means millions back in the pockets of Vermonters -- and 40 million for state coffers. (00:06:17:00) ((Bill Sorrell - I make no apologies for trying to standup and protect Vt. consumers )) Sorrell says his office has three attorneys working on opiates, handling the state's largest trafficking cases that are not prosecuted by the federal government. He touts a community-focused project in Rutland, and says treatment will provide better results than prosecution. Sorrell also denies McCormack's allegations that campaign donations from a Texas law firm led to that firm's selection as a consultant on a pending lawsuit. (00:07:34:00) ((Bill Sorrell - Not guilty )) Sorrell says that firm -- happened to be the most qualified for the job. He contends cigarettes are the number one preventable health risk facing Vermont with 12-hundred deaths a year. But McCormack says while opiates may not be killing as many people, the affects of addiction tear at the fabric of the green mountains. The two do both agree that if the legislature pursues marijuana legalization -- that will not pose significant challenges for the state's top attorney. KM Ch 3 News BTV
Sharon is here, and we do still have a few snowflakes in the forecast. Our weather will fairly ordinary over the next day or two. Nothing terribly bad and nothing terribly good either. Friday, we'll see quite a few clouds, but it should remain dry, right through trick or treat time. Then, we have been watching the development of a strong coastal storm for the weekend. As the weekend draws closer, it does look like this storm will remain far enough off the coast, that we will only catch the western fringes of this storm. We could see some rain and snow showers, with a little light accumulation in the higher elevations, but that's about it. Behind the storm, it will be chilly and blustery on Sunday, with a few rain or snow showers. Monday should be pleasant and dry. Then a weak frontal system may bring a few rain showers late Tuesday into Wednesday.
Tonight: Increasing clouds. Lows: 32/42 Winds: Light Friday: Mostly cloudy. Highs: 45/52 Winds: Light Friday Night: Cloudy skies. Lows: 30/37 Winds: Light Saturday: Cloudy skies. Chance of rain/snow showers, late. Highs: 38/45 Winds: N 10-15 mph Extended: Sunday through Thursday. Saturday Night: Chance of rain/snow showers. Lows 22/32 Sunday: Chance of rain/snow showers mainly morning. Highs 35/42 Lows 18/28 Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 38/45 Lows 28/35 Tuesday: Chance of rain showers. Highs 48/55 Lows 35/42 Wednesday: Chance of rain shower Highs 45/52 Lows 30s Thursday: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain/snow showers. Highs 40s
There's a new addition--to downtown St. Albans. City officials and Governor Peter Shumlin cut the ribbon today on a new parking garage. Mayor of St. Albans city Liz Gamache--says the garage is part of a downtown revitalization -- giving employees at the new state office buildings -- as well as visitors - a place to park.
(00:48:45) ((Liz Gamache "no sooner had we cut the ribbon on the streetscape project last Fall, and we were off to this new project to build a critical piece of infrastructure that we knew could enable even greater economic expansion.")) (00:48:57) The garage--located on Lake street--also includes electric car charging stations.
Bail has been set for the Hardwick man accused in the murder of his girlfriend's disabled son. 38-year-old Walter Richters is now being held for a lack of $100-thousand dollars bail -- accused of the 2nd degree murder of 13-year-old Isaac Robitille in August. Authorities say Richters added vodka to the boy's I-V line to quiet him down. Earlier this week, Richters' 39-year-old girlfriend, Melissa Robitille, was freed from jail after a judge set a $25,000 unsecured bond and questioned prosecutors' decision to file a murder charge in the case -- rather than manslaughter. Robitille and Richters have both pleaded not guilty.
Brattleboro police say they made a major drug bust. Investigators say they searched a home on Williams street -- and discovered Tyquan Campos -- of New Jersey -- and Jessica Rose of Brattleboro with nearly 3-thousand bags of heroin --- more than 3-thousand dollars in cash -- and stolen property. They face a slew of charges.
A Shoreham man is accused of leading police on a high speed chase. Police say 29-year-old Gemmar O'Connor was first spotted driving 74 miles-per-hour on Route 74. That's when they say he refused to pull over -- and sped away, travelling up to over 90-miles per hour. He eventually came to a stop on Route 22-A. O'Connor is charged with attempting to elude and careless and negligent operation.
The Vermont Telephone Company pulling the plug on plans for a telecommunications tower in Plainfield. The company says it was - quote - "kicked out" by the town. Plainfield opposed the tower's construction because it was not in compliance with the town plan. The Springfield-based company was planning to build the tower about 2-thousand feet from a similar one owned by Cloud Alliance -- a local provider of broadband service. That's news around the region.
Starting Line Sports ...after a wild week and a half, it's title time in Vermont high school soccer and field hockey... Saturday's eleven state championship matchups are set...and after all the upsets, statements and overtime thrillers, there are plenty of storylines as we head into the biggest championship weekend on the high school calendar. Four teams are looking to cap undefeated seasons... CVU girls soccer... Essex girls hockey... and both the Twin Valley and Sharon boys soccer teams, who will lock horns in the Division Four state championship game Saturday at Whitcomb High School. ---- The Hazen boys, seeded ninth in Division Three...are the biggest cinderella ...they are in the final for the first time since 1983 and will be looking for the program's first state title. The Woodstock boys in Division Two, in their first title game since 1987, and Sharon boys in D-Four will also be in search of their first championship... ---- In girls soccer... Williamstown is making it's first every finals appearance... and will do so on their home field, facing Peoples for the Division Three championship...while Mount Abe is going for it's first title in the D-2 final... --- In field hockey, North Country has a shot at it's first state crown since 1980 in Division Two... while in D-3...U-32 can claim it's first title ever if it can get past 15-time state champs Stowe...
So this is how the schedule sets up...the Division One soccer finals will be a Burlington High Schools...the girls game at 10am...the boys game at 1pm... ---- the Division Two finals will take place at South Burlington High School...again, the girls get things going at 10...the boys squaring off at 1pm... ---- as mentioned earlier ...the Division Three finals are at Williamstown...this time the boys play first at 10am...the girls final following at 1pm... ---- and the Division Four finals are at Whitcomb ...the girls kick off at 10am...the boys will play at 1pm... ---- and all three field hockey state finals will once again take place at UVM's Moulton-Winder Field ...the fun starts with the D-2 final at 10... Division One follows at noon... ---- and it wraps up with the D-3 final at 2pm ...We'll have highlights and reaction from all eleven state championship games Saturday night.
It's all part of one of the busiest sports days of the year...and that includes semifinal action in high school football ... And we'll have more on those matchups coming up later...
Our next topic may not be a pleasant one, but the fact is -- fecal transplants are now saving lives. Doctors say the innovative therapy is proving highly effective in fighting a hard-to-treat infection -- known as C-Diff. And now, Vermont's largest hospital is doing them. Bridget Barry Caswell has more.
It's a painful, debilitating and sometimes deadly infection that kills about 14-thousand Americans each year. And some strains of clostridium difficile -- or C.diff for short -- are particularly hard to treat because of antibiotic resistance. Patients suffer colitis -- or chronic diarrhea. (:03:05:01) ((Dr. Peter Moses/FAHC Gastroenterologist: There's a higher rate of people who end up having to go to surgery and have, potentially, their entire colon removed as a result of this disease.)) But now there's a new option available: fecal microbiota transplantation. It is what is sounds like. Donated human feces is carefully screened, processed into liquid form, and transplanted into the intestine of c.dif patients. Fletcher Allen did its first transplant last month -- purchasing its material from a commercial company in Massachusetts. (8:44) ((Dr. Peter Moses/FAHC Gastroenterologist: FMT is effective when it's administered by enema. It's effective when it's administered by a tube that goes through the nose, then through the stomach around into the small bowel, but it seems to be most effective when it's delivered with a colonoscope, so standard colonoscopy is done and the the donated material is delivered through the scope and then the scope is withdrawn.)) Fletcher Allen has done two fecal transplants so far, turning away several other patients not yet deemed untreatable with antibiotics. Published studies last year showed dramatic results. (4:24) ((Dr. Peter Moses/FAHC Gastroenterologist: It works statistically about 93 to 97 percent of the time and the efficacy is very high.)) It works because c.dif bacteria can completely take over in the intestine -- squashing all other normal bacteria the intestine needs to function. The donor feces replaces them. (12:07-ish) ((Dr. Peter Moses/FAHC Gastroenterologist: FMT delivers a balanced dose of microorganisms if you will, and that pushes the c.difficile in to the kind of position that it should be in.)) (9:47) ((Dr. Peter Moses/FAHC Gastroenterologist: It is an amazing thing and when you compare that to weeks and weeks of antibiotic treatment, it's really quite a sharp contrast.)) And doctors say this is just the beginning. They believe fecal transplantation could prove effective in treating other ailments in the future. BBC, Ch. 3 News, Burlington
Dr. Moses says Fletcher Allen is developing protocols with researchers in two other states -- to study fecal transplant for auto-immune diseases, Parkinson's Disease, autism and other disorders. That's health watch.
Sharon is here, talking about the garden, and this time of year, it must have something to do with prep for next year. Or...better yet, making space for a new garden area for next year! This evening, garden expert Charlie Nardozzi show us an easy way to turn lawn, into garden.
So, what have you got up your sleeve today? I was going to read the newspaper. No, a lot of times when you start to do a new garden, you did up the sod and you remove it and it's back breaking work and it takes all of that rich soil out of the ground. True. A better way to do it, is to do lasagna gardening. We're going to grow noodles? We're growing noodles. No, lasagna gardening is just like lasagna, you are putting layers down on top of the grass, so it will all die in the fall and by next spring, you just plant right through it. So the first step, is to mow the lawn. The second step is to get your regular old newspaper. You can use black and white newspaper, even if it has colored ink on it it's ok, as long as it's not glossy newspaper. OK And it's a bit of a windy day here, so you are going to have to help me with this one. I'm going to have to help you. You lay down three to four layers of newspaper on the soil, and as you lay it down, you are going to put some water on it. Because if you don't, it's going to be a three stooges routine. And you put down a couple of different layers like this over lapping them as you go. OK What this will do, is it will kill the grass that's underneath there. But of course this will all decompose by spring, and this is all broken down. Really, ok. So once you have your layer down of your newspaper, nicely watered...good job. Thank you. So now you want to put down about a six inch layer of hay, just on top. Ideally you'd use straw, but this time of year there's a lot of hay, and you may get some weed seeds but its still a good product to use. OK now that you've got the hay mulch down, you don't have to water that unless it's a real windy day. You want to get couple of inch layer of compost. You want to sprinkle that right on top, we'll just use our hands to do that ad what that's going to do is hold it all in place. And help it decompose. And now, you do nothing at all all winter. You just leave it there. And by the spring it will all kind of decompose, so you can come in with your new perennials and your new plants, dig a hole, put them in there, all the compost and everything will have roots set and then they'll grow really well. Amazing.
Vermont and Vermonters fascinate photographer Peter Miller -- he's been capturing their images for decades. But tonight Joe Carroll puts this super senior in front of the camera.
(00:28:27:17) ((nat sot, Ah horrible out! )) Peter Miller has traveled all over the state of taking pictures of Vermonters . Today it's a short drive to a Waterbury gallery to pick up his photographs that were on display . (00:34:08:23) ((Peter Miller/Super Senior, That big one is first.)) He says the exhibit was disappointing, just one of his pictures sold. (00:36:02:27) ((Peter, Yup, thanks,)) The 80 year old is known for speaking his mind. (00:37:22:08 ) ((Joe: Your not turning into an old curmudgeon are you? Peter: I am a curmudgeon..... everyone calls me that. )) Love him or hate him, few would disagree, he takes impressive images. Perhaps his most famous is of the late Fred Tuttle and his family. (00:01:17:12) ((Peter Miller/Super Senior, So there this 3 generations in one picture and one place and they lived on this Tunbridge farm for over a hundred years. )) He got the photo bug as a teen in Weston. When his hunting rifles were stolen, an insurance check came his way and he bought his first camera. He's been taking pictures ever since. It was in Paris in the late 50's where he honed his craft. He was a US Army photographer. During the week he snapped pictures of generals and public relations events. But on the weekends he put on civilian clothes and captured street life along with the rural countryside. (00:21:36:00) ((Peter Miller/Super Senior, and she had been working in the vineyards all day long. )) (00:09:26:12) ((Peter Miller/Super Senior, This is a little street in the left bank and they had jazz, that was a big thing with the kids. )) He forgot about the photos and put them in a folder. Too busy writing for Life magazine and making good money selling stock images. He wasn't thinking of the past, just the future. After years living in New York, he yearned to come back to Vermont and capture the proud people of the state. In 1990 he decided to self-publish a book called Vermont People. (00:12:36:29) ((Peter Miller/Super Senior, They said I wouldn't sell 2000 books in ten years, I sold 3000 in 6 weeks. )) That was one of his many photo books. His latest -A Lifetime of Vermont People. (00:07:31:24) (( Joe: there is a certain amount of honesty in these pictures. Peter: There is a certain amount of honesty in me and I think they know that, I think they know I don't want to take advantage of them. )) (01:12:21:19) ((Joe Carroll/WCAX, Miller who's taken so many iconic photos of Vermont's past, is not optimistic about Vermont's future, in fact, just last week, he put his house on the market.)) (00:40:30:00) ((Peter Miller/Super Senior, The people who go to the legislature seem to want to spend money.)) So frustrated with what he considers the high cost of living in Vermont, he wrote a commentary earlier this year in VT Digger. (00:39:24:29) ((Peter Miller/Super Senior, Vermonter's, they grumble, they complain, they go back to work, now they are just really pissed off.)) Peter says the article was the buzz at the Statehouse. He says people are leaving Vermont because of high property taxes. (00:53:36:06) (( Peter: So I call these people that have left Vermont refugees. Vermont refugees. Joe: That is a pretty strong word. Peter: They are, they can't afford the state. )) Peter admits he's never been fiscally conservative, spending money freely. If the house sells he will rent. But he's not totally pessimistic, he still has plenty of images for future books. (00474007) ((Peter Miller/Super Senior, Me? Its private. But when I look at this stuff, I can write and I can express myself. This is the way I do it. )) Capturing a part of Vermont before it fades away. Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Waterbury.
Peter has two grown children with no interest in his passion. If he took out the camera when they were younger, they would run.
As we mentioned in Starting Line Sports ...the eleven state championships games on Saturday for field hockey and boys and girls soccer are set. We will have highlights and reaction from all of them Saturday night.
and on top of all that, it's semifinal weekend in Vermont High School football ...the action starts with a pair of games tomorrow night featuring the top seeds in Divisions One and Two...undefeated Middlebury faces fourth seed Colchester in D-One...and the D-Two postseason kicks off with unbeaten Burr & Burton taking on number four Fair Haven. We'll have the highlights on the season finale of the Friday Football Frenzy tomorrow night at 11pm ...
The full schedule looks like this... Division One... Middlebury-Colchester tomorrow night... Saturday afternoon at 1pm...undefeated St. Johnsbury hosts third seed Essex... in Division Two... Burr & Burton faces Fair Haven...and the 2-3 matchup on Saturday has Bellows Falls visiting Rice... both D-3 semifinals will also take place on Saturday...top seed Otter Valley hosts number four Windsor... and second seed BFA-Fairfax meets number six Mount Abraham...
As the fall sports season winds down... the winter is heating up. UVM hockey is already well underway. The 4-0 men visiting Notre Dame this weekend...the 5-2-1 women host UConn on Sunday.
The Norwich men's and women's hockey teams open their seasons this weekend, starting with the men, who take on Plymouth State at Kreitzburg tomorrow night. The Cadets are coming off another 20-win season...but lost in the ECAC East championship at home to Babson and fell at Geneseo in the NCAA quarterfinals. This year's squad is young ...just six seniors and two juniors among the 28 players...but they are excited about the challenge of maintaining the Cadets' tradition of excellence.
(((TRT: 26 OC: TO DO IT...))) ((Bryce Currier/ We say it every year, it's a championship or bust, but for us, this senior year, it definitely is a championship or bust. That's our goal. That's everyone's goal on the whole team. We try to instill it in the young guys that you are not going to get too many shots at this.)) ((Nevin Lawler/ Like every year, we want to go to the Frozen Four and win a national title. I think we have the team and the skill set to do it.))
The Norwich women face Elmira Saturday afternoon and Plattsburgh Sunday afternoon as part of the 5th annual East/West Hockey Classic. That meeting with the Cardinals will be a rematch up last year's NCAA National Championship Game, won by Plattsburgh 9-2. Norwich went 27-4 last season...and three of those four losses were to the Cardinals. Despite the frustrating finish, the Cadets are ready to begin the grind anew with the goal the same as always...
(((TRT: 27 OC: TO GET PLAYING AGAIN...))) ((Taylor Cross/ That's the plan, that's the goal, that's the goal every year. With this new group of girls, it's a whole new team. I think that's what every person on the team, all 28 of us, that's our goal. To get to that national championship game and win the title.)) ((Mark Bolding/ A new chapter. We're certainly excited as coaches, but all the new players and the returners, they just want to play hockey. It's a fun time to be in the locker room and everybody wants to get playing again.))
It's a busy night in the NHL...including the Bruins looking to get back to .500 when they travel to Buffalo ...and the 8-2 Canadiens wrapping up their tour of Western Canada in Vancouver.
History was made last night as the Giants became the first road team to win a Game Seven since 1979 and the first National League team since the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1940's to win three World Series championships in five years. The Giants did so on the back of a dramatic 3-2 Game Seven victory over the Royals in Kansas City...and the man of the hour, of the series, was 25-year-old ace Madison Bumgarner. With San Fran holding that one run lead after four innings, Bumgarner, working on two days rest after tossing a complete game shutout in Game Five Sunday, came on and shut down the Royals over the final five innings, allowing just two hits. The five inning save was the longest in World Series history and Bumgarner earned MVP honors after becoming just the second pitcher ever with two wins and a save in a single fall classic, while posting a 0.43 ERA. He threw over 52 innings this postseason...that's a record...and over 36 innings of work for the Giants in their three World Series victories, his total ERA is 0.25...the best ever for pitchers who have worked at least 25 innings in the Fall Classic.
The Red Sox have resigned closer Koji Uehara...two years, $18 million...and with the World Series over ...so is the one year suspension for Alex Rodriguez...and today he was reinstated to the Yankees roster.
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