Thu 23-OCT-2014 6 P.M. News Script

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Republican Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott is running for his third term as second in command. He joins us tonight. ((why are you running again for Lt. Governor?)) ((when are you going to run for Governor?)) ((What should the state do about the failing Vermont Health Connect system?)) ((there is a growing clamor for property tax reform. What would you do?)) ((You say that VT has a school spending problem -- what do we need to do differently?)) ((The VT-NEA which represents over 12k educators - has fired a warning shot at Governor Shumlin after he made a comment about needing legislation to prevent teachers from going on strike -- what do you think?)) ((Dean Corren says you're a nice guy - but you haven't done much for the state -- stating you don't go above your duties as Lt. Gov -- what's your response?))

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Tomorrow on the Thirty -- you've probably heard of Comic-Con in California. Because of the rising demand of comic books Burlington is going to host its first ever Comic Con. Top comic artists and actors from around the world will gather for the two day festival this weekend. We'll talk to an organizer and artist Nick Bradshaw tomorrow at 5:30 on the :30.

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Good evening. I'm Darren Perron. And I'm Kristin Kelly. Dual terror attacks -- north of the border -- are prompting extra scrutiny here at home. Jennifer Costa spoke with Vermont security officials about the deadly attacks. She joins us now to explain. Jennifer? Kristin and Darren -- Vermont's Homeland Security Advisor says the violence has authorities reviewing their own procedures -- but Vermont remains at a QUOTE "usual state of alert."

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Two deadly attacks -- north of the border -- in just one week. Canada's prime minister is calling both acts of terrorism. ((STEPHEN HARPER, CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER "CANADA WILL NEVER BE INTIMIDATED.")) Canada's Parliament is under close surveillance and is closed to the public -- one day after a gunman shot and killed a solider at the nearby National War Memorial -- before be gunned down by security personnel. Authorities say the shooter was Canadian -- and a recent convert to Islam. ((Capt. Rick Hopkins/Homeland Security Advisor for Vermont 00:06:59 "this is the world we live in, terrorism, homegrown violent extremism is something that we have to be aware of daily. We certainly find what happened so close by to be very concerning.")) Captain Rick Hopkins is the Homeland Security Advisor for Vermont. His team is working with state, local and federal partners -- to keep a close eye on the situation -- and says stopping these lone extremists is tough. ((Capt. Rick Hopkins/Homeland Security Advisor for Vermont 00:01:54 "they are people who are in our community. they look just like everybody else. they're not wearing a uniform, they're not wearing an insignia that says I'm a bad person.")) ((Rep. Peter Welch 00:12:14 "it's a tragedy and it's becoming all too common.")) Congressman Peter Welch -- says its the unpredictability of this brand of terrorism -- that creates the most anxiety. ((Rep. Peter Welch 00:13:04 "we're all in some peril because who knows when and where somebody may do that but this is a security situation that's not new. what happened in Canada of course is something that could happen here.")) Authorities say they're not aware of any specific threats to our region -- but are asking people to remain vigilant. ((Capt. Rick Hopkins/Homeland Security Advisor for Vermont 00:05:53 "we're not looking for people to jump to conclusions. we're certainly not looking for people to be reactionary jut be aware of their surroundings and to report things that might be suspicious.")) Like anyone who is: GRX acting outwardly aggressive, advocating for violence, buying large quantities of dangerous materials or scrutinizing and recording security personnel. Hopkins says Vermonters will not see sweeping security changes -- and is unaware of any special precautions at border crossings. In a statement -- the Vermont National Guard says... "The Vermont National Guard has not been requested to support Canada. We are, however, telling our Soldiers and Airmen to remain vigilant and be aware of their surroundings." ((Capt. Rick Hopkins/Homeland Security Advisor for Vermont 00:02:39 "the good news is we're not finding things are glaring gaps in our preparedness."))

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Canadian officials initially believed as many as three gunman may have been involved in yesterday's attack. But NOW say the shooter acted alone. Captain Hopkins says there's no indication that Canadian extremists will head south to Vermont or New York. Darren.

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Lawmakers are not waiting until January -- to write a bill -- changing the Department for Children and Families. State House reporter Kyle Midura is here with more. Kyle? Kristin - lawmakers are reviewing child protection in the wake of two toddler deaths earlier this year. They hope putting proposed changes into a bill rather than a report will lead to speedier action when those who win the support at November's polls return to the state house in January.

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After more than 10 meetings, members of the of the child protection committee sought consensus while wrangling over details during their final scheduled meeting. The group of representatives and senators is tasked with fixing flaws in Vermont's process for child abuse investigations. (02:02:51:00) ((Sen. Dick Sears - D-Bennington County The ultimate goal is to better protect Vermont's children )) Lawmakers say the child protection system failed Desirae Sheldon and Peighton Geraw - two toddlers who died after investigators allowed them to stay with their parents despite significant red flags. State House staff attorneys explained that flaws can be problems with law, Department policy, or case-worker practice. The Department for Children and families did not supply Law enforcement and the courts with all the information it should have in some cases, but the department is barred or incapable of providing any substantial details to those who sound the alarm. (00:22:31:00) ((Luke Martland - Legislative Counsel as far as increasing the information that mandated reporters receive, that may require statutory change )) It's rare for legislation to be proposed between sessions. The last such case involved changes to sex offender laws after Michael Jacques kidnapped, raped and murdered his niece Brooke Bennett in 2008. State Senator Dick Sears says when there's a compelling need, lawmakers won't let the calendar stand in the way of quick action. (02:04:26:00) ((Sen. Dick Sears - D-Bennington County the fact that it's an election year is an accident of history - this should take place and needs to take place)) Thursday lawmakers agreed on the need for better collaboration between agencies, an independent advocate tasked with constantly evaluating child protection, sharing more sensitive information with those responsible for oversight, and giving the state greater ability to pull a child from parents with substance abuse problems. The members of the committee say many specifics will need more debate, but there will be plenty of time for that when lawmakers take up the issue when they return to Montpelier in January.

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Though this is the final scheduled meeting for the committee, an extra one may be needed to finalize the bill proposal. Sen. Sears says he hopes the legislature can begin work promptly in January and deliver a measure to the Governor for his signature by Town Meeting Day. Kristin.

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Vermont will no longer allow highway contractors -- to install a certain guardrail -- that has raised safety concerns for drivers. Lawsuits across the country claim the Trinity ET-Plus guard rail end-treatment -- is responsible for at least 5 deaths. The part is supposed to absorb impact during a crash. But critics say it actually can cut through a car like a spear. The guardrail parts have already been banned in several states. Now - Vermont joins the list. Vtrans officials are working to figure out how many of the parts are along state roads - and where they are.

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Sharon is here, and it was a little wetter today... The coastal storm is still winding up and moving slowly up the New England coast, flinging bands of rain back across our region. It will continue to be a little breezy tonight. The storm will pull away Friday, with showers winding down through the middle of the day. Saturday, we'll start off the day with some sunshine, but a fast moving clipper system will catch up with us this weekend. There will be the chance of showers from late Saturday into Sunday, and we could even see a few snowflakes in the mountains on Sunday. With some sunshine, temperatures will warm up a bit early next week, reaching the upper 50s and low 60s by Tuesday.

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Returning home from the military can be tough for those who have served - especially making the transition to the job market. Those who work with veterans say they do face many challenges when their service ends - but recent programs offer help to those who have served and those who want to hire them.

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After 40 years in the National Guard, Brian Perry found a job with the Vermont Veterans Outreach - helping other veterans. But for many who have served, he says, the transition back to home life is not easy. ((Brian Perry/vt. Veterans outreach 10:24:04:25 Being a veteran carries some stigma with it.:09 )) Many find it tough to change from a military schedule to a 9 to 5. Finances can also be a challenge. ((Brian Perry/Vermont veterans outreach 10:21:29:08 They were probably making 1000 dollars a week while they were there. Now they come back here and the jobs don't pay as well as what it paid when they were mobilized. :39)) Vermont Veterans Outreach serves more than 4000 in the state. The organization says just less than 5% of Vermont veterans are looking for jobs. Some attended this job fair at the Armed Force Reserve Center in Rutland Thursday. Over 200 job seekers checked out opportunities from 50 employers. The Department of Labor organized the event. And officials say there are many programs available to former soldiers. Like priority of service. ((Wendy Morse/vt. Dept. Of labor 10:16:28:00 They kind of go to the front of the line so to speak. We also have employers that will list with us and those job postings are actually braodcast to the veteran population first. :39)) Some looking to hire, say people with military service - are just who they need. ((John Verdon, irving energy 10:13:39:04 Most veterans have driven a truck in the service, so with that, if they have a CDL with a B, we could direct them where to get their hazmat and their other training that's needed :48)) Employers can benefit from more than those special skills. ACT 44 of 2011 allows for a Vermont employer who hires a recently separated veteran a tax credit of $2000. Perry says although they may have a unique background, soldiers want the same things as most job seekers. ((Brian Perry/vt. Veterans outreach 10:24:22:08 They just want to get a job, settle down, and have all the same things that everybody else wants. :27)) STANDUP TAPED: That job fair is twice per year, and the spring date has not been set yet. If you would like more information on programs available to veterans, go to our website at WCAX.com. Elizabeth Keatinge Channel Three News Rutland.

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Parking spots -- go hi-tech -- in downtown Burlington. The biggest change involves the installation of 285 smart meters. They allow you to pay for parking with a credit or debit card. And starting November 1st -- a new rate structure takes effect. It will cost you more to park at these spots -- in the center of downtown. It goes from a dollar an hour -- to a dollar-50.

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((Kelly Devine/Burlington Business Association: " TC 6:46:28 "We want people who are coming downtown to shop, to go to restaurants, to go out for the evening to have a good experience. Parking is often times you first and last experince you have. And if you don't have change and you're at risk of getting a ticket it's frustrating. Thsi way you can pay and as of November first these meters will have no time limits. You can stay as long as you like. ")) Another big change -- the parking fees will be charged into the evening hours. If your space has a smart meter, you'll have to pay up until 10 at night -- Monday thru Saturday. All parking remains free on Sundays -- and you still get the first two hours free in city-owned garages.

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A haunted house in Plattsburgh almost didn't happen. Logan Crawford has the scary story.

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((Nats)) It's a frightening tale known throughout the North Country. (TC 00:00:39:05 Tile 4530) ((Colt Pitcher/Plattsburgh "It's pretty cool it's for a good cause for the firefighters. It's pretty cool for younger kids too, families, stuff like that." 00:00:47:19)) It's the 20th anniversary of the Firefighters Haunted House. Volunteer firefighters from departments throughout Clinton County put together the creepy event to raise awareness about fire safety -- and of course -- to scare the socks off those who dare to enter. (TC 00:05:03:08 Tile 4531) ((Keith Berg/Beekmantown Fire Dept. "The Firefighters Haunted House was conceived initially by the air force base fire department, as a means to generate funds for fire prevention education in our local schools." 00:05:16:07)) But things got scary for this spooky tradition. It was close to being canceled this year. The usual location of the Haunted House was sold. Then a business came forward and donated an empty warehouse for the firefighters to use. (TC 00:03:55:05 Tile 4531) ((Keith Berg/Beekmantown Fire Dept. "The Northeast Printing group, they own this building and it was empty and they offered it to us and they've been very, very good to us." 00:04:04:17)) (TC 00:15:22:12 Tile 4562) ((Logan Crawford/Plattsburgh "I'm not allowed to take the camera through these doors to the rest of the haunted house -- but firefighters promise for a bunch of scary surprises." 00:15:33:08)) (TC 00:08:20:27 Tile 4531) ((Keith Berg/Beekmantown Fire Dept. "Layout is all new. With that you don't know if you're going to take a right or a left, if you're going to go up or going to go down. It's going to be dark." 00:08:31:17)) Berg says more than 3-thousand people came to get scared last year. With ticket sales at 5 dollars -- firefighters say it's enough to keep their fire prevention program going. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Plattsburgh. -3-

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The Firefighters Haunted House starts Saturday and runs through the 30th in Plattsburgh. We have more details in the infocenter at wcax-dot-com.

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The coastal storm is still winding up and moving slowly up the New England coast, flinging bands of rain back across our region. It will continue to be a little breezy tonight. The storm will pull away Friday, with showers winding down through the middle of the day. Saturday, we'll start off the day with some sunshine, but a fast moving clipper system will catch up with us this weekend. There will be the chance of showers from late Saturday into Sunday, and we could even see a few snowflakes in the mountains on Sunday. With some sunshine, temperatures will warm up a bit early next week, reaching the upper 50s and low 60s by Tuesday. Then another cold front will bring a few more showers on Wednesday, and temperatures will come down again on Thursday.

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Tonight: Cloudy skies. Periods of rain, tapering to showers. Breezy. Lows: 38/45 Winds: N 10-15 mph Friday: Cloudy skies. Showers likely, mainly morning. Highs: 48/55 Winds: SE 5-10 mph Friday Night: Mostly cloudy. Lows: 32/42 Winds: S 5-10 mph Saturday: Increasing clouds. Chance of showers, late. Highs: 52/58 Winds: S 5-10 mph Extended: Sunday through Thursday. Saturday night: Lows 35/45 Sunday: Showers. Highs 45/52 Lows 30s Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 45/52 Lows 30s Tuesday: Partly sunny. Highs 55/65 Lows 40s Wednesday: Chance of showers. Highs 55/65 Lows 35/45 Thursday: Chance of showers, cooler. Highs 48/58

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A changing climate -- hurting endangered species. That was one of the topics today at ECHO in Burlington, where biologists and conservationists discussed the Endangered Species Act -- which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The conference looked at what the act has accomplished -- and future challenges -- like climate change. Experts say Vermont has done a good job protecting wildlife by protecting the state's open space.

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((522 Collin O'Mara, National Wildlife Federation President "There's been really good policy around land use and good work around habitat restoration, a lot of waterways that have been cleaned up. And so the things that are really providing that critical habitat have been protected in Vermont as well as the rest of the country." 35)) Many of Vermont's endangered species -- including the bald eagle, peregrine falcon and the loon -- have been making a comeback thanks to conservation efforts. But others -- like the spotted turtle and Canada lynx, are still struggling.

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A Vermont family has joined a lawsuit -- accusing staffers at a special needs school of child abuse. The Crotched (KRAH'-chihd) Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Greenfield is named in the suit It claims a 9-year-old New Hampshire boy and an 11-year-old Vermont girl were pinched, slapped and taunted. Officials at the school have not commented.

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A parade of trucks -- in an unusual part of Burlington last night .... .... The Church Street Marketplace. The trucks rolled onto the top block at about 9:00 last night -- loaded with fixtures and goods for the new Gap store there. Gap is moving its stores out of the Burlington Town Center mall -- and into a vacant storefront -- last home to Ann Taylor. Gap plans a two-story retail store -- occupying 14-thousand square feet. The store is expected to open soon.

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Rutland's Halloween parade is nearly a week before the actual holiday. The 55th annual event is this Saturday. Over the past few years -- the city has held the parade on the last Saturday of October -- to allow for a longer -- non school night celebration. That's news around the region.

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Starting Line Sports ...the Boston Bruins face former teammate Johnny Boychuck tonight when the 4-4 B's host the New York Islanders tonight at the TD Garden. Boychuck, who had played the last six seasons in Boston, was traded to the Isles right before the start of the regular season in a move to get some salary cap relief, receiving just a pair of draft picks for the 30-year-old defenseman who had a career best 23 points last season.

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After suffering their first loss of the postseason in game one of the World Series Tuesday night, the Kansas City Royals got their groove back, picking up a 7-2 victory in game two last night at home against San Francisco. Tied at two in the sixth, the Royals erupting for five runs off Giants starter Jake Peavy and a pair of relievers. Peavy was charged with four earned runs in five plus innings of work. With the series now tied at one, the scene shifts to San Francisco for games three, four and five this Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

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and tonight it's the season finale of Thursday Night NFL football on CBS...as the Denver Broncos host the San Diego Chargers. Pregame starts at 7:30pm, kickoff at 8:25pm and you can see it right here on Channel Three.

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Researchers say they've detected an early sign of one of the most feared cancers: cancer of the pancreas. Will it lead to the first-ever screening tool? Bridget Barry Caswell asked a Vermont expert.

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There are screening tools for several different types of cancer -- including mammograms to detect breast cancer and colonoscopies for colon cancer. But there is nothing for one of the deadliest and most feared cancers. (00:25:00) ((Dr. Rick Zubarik/Fletcher Allen Health Care: The five year survival of pancreatic cancer after it's been detected is about five percent.)) That's because there are usually no signs or symptoms of pancreatic cancer until it's too late to cure. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. So doctors like Zubarik are trying to find potential screening tools. A recent large study out of Boston found elevated levels of branch chain amino acids -- up to 10 years before patients were diagnosed with pancretic cancer. (00:03:54) ((Dr. Rick Zubarik/Fletcher Allen Health Care: Basically, the bottom line of this study proves that metabolic derangements of not only insulin and glucose, but also of protein -- occur early on in the process of pancreatic cancer.)) With more than 46-thousand new cases diagnosed every year in this country -- could the finding finally lead to a screening tool? Zubarik says that's the hope, but much work still needs to be done. (00:08:19) ((Dr. Rick Zubarik/Fletcher Allen Health Care: I don't think these findings at this day and age are going to provide screening opportunities within the next five to 10 years.)) Nevertheless, Zubarik says it's a positive step in researchers' efforts to better understand the early biology of pancreatic cancer -- and one day have a test to detect it early. Bridget Barry Caswell, Channel 3 News, Burlington

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The study by scientists at M-I-T, the Broad Institute, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute was recently published in the journal - "Nature Medicine." That's health watch.

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Believe it or not, it's not too late to plant, ....Or at least you can still plant some things. That's true! If you want some fresh garlic in the spring, now is the time to get those in the ground. Garden expert Charlie Nardozzi tells us more.

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(TRT 1:52) ((Charlie, we can still plant, even though it's mid October, that's exciting to me! It's very exciting. And this is the time to plant garlic. You like garlic, right? Not as much as you do Mr. Nardozzi, but I do like some. There are two main types of garlic, there's hard neck garlic with those scapes, and the soft neck garlic that you braid together. And all of those will be planted this time of year. But there are some other unusual alium that you can plant now too. Really? So this is a regular hard neck garlic bulb, and this is a regular hard neck garlic clove, and you plant individual cloves. Then there's a variety called an elephant garlic that has cloves that sized! That's one clove! That's one clove! Oh my gosh! The bulb gets to be about the size of a softball, and you get about 4 to 6 of these per bulb. One of those cloves would be enough to feed like all of Sicily. It's true, the nice thing about elephant garlic though, is that it's actually in the leak family, not garlic family so it has a very mild flavor. So if you like garlic, but don't want to have a lot of garlic, you can use these. You can chop one of these up and sautee it, and it will be ok. You wouldn't be reeking the rest of the day. OK good to know. You plant them just the same way, you create a row, you stick your garlic bulbs in, maybe a couple of inches deep. For the regular garlic bulbs, you want to put them 4 to 6 inches apart, but for the elephant garlic, you've got to be 10 to 12 inches apart, because it's so big. Now another allium you can grow this time of year, are shallots which are a mild onion. Usually, you plant them in the early spring, but you can also plant them in the fall. You plant these probably about 4-6" apart, and these you want to plant so that their noses are sticking out of the ground a little bit. And then you want to cover all of these come Thanksgiving with some hay mulch, to really mulch them and protect them from the winter. Next spring, take the mulch off, give them some water, and some fertilizer, and bam! And when can you eat them? Well, you can eat the elephant garlic when you do the normal garlic, like June and July. And then the shallots will probably be ready around the same time. Perfect.))

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You know the saying - you get so much more by giving than receiving. Russ Smith has been donating his time all of his adult life. That's the reason he's this week's Super Senior. Joe Carroll has more.

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(00:23:37:23) ((Nat Sot, Walking inside the building)) When Russ Smith comes into the Fairlee Town Hall it's like coming home. (00:24:40:02) ((Russ Smith/Super Senior, Whatever she says, I have to do! )) Just about everyday he gets the mail and a cup of coffee for Georgette Wolf-Ludwig, the town clerk. (00:24:49:22) ((Russ Smith/Super Senior, She's my angel, she is. )) Russ had done just about everything in the town, from Cub Scout leader to volunteer firefighter, even longtime Postmaster, but his latest project might be his most satisfying. (00:26:06:03) ((Russ Smith/Super Senior, Hopefully we will have an elevator that will go up from the basement to the second floor.)) Making the 100 year old town hall totally handicap accessible. The building just made it onto the National Register of Historical Places The project will cost hundreds of thousand of dollars, money he hopes to get from donations. (00:31:05:12) ((Nat Sot, Slowly walking up the stairs.)) Arthritis has slowed the 82 year old down, but his mind is racing about what the upstair could be again. (00:31:20:19) ((Russ Smith/Super Senior, Well this is what it's all about. )) A place where they could hold dances and plays, just like it was when he was a kid. Other memories, bringing his wife here. It's bittersweet for Russ, Barbara suffers from Alzheimers. (00:37:54:09) ((Russ Smith/Super Senior, she is beyond comprehending anything. )) She is in a nearby assisted care home, the restoration project keeps Russ's mind focused. (00:34:45:13) ((Russ Smith/Super Senior, It's a beautiful building and it's a beautiful hall and it's a shame we can't use it.)) (00:44:26:09) ((Joe Carroll/WCAX, The Fairlee Town Hall is a connection to Russ's past, but just around the corner, he's investing in the future.)) Russ has been volunteering in the Samuel Morey Elementary School library for 22 years. (00:00:18:14) (( Joe Carroll: You enjoy coming here? Russ: Oh! Tremendously, I've always said it gives me purpose in life, I don't know what I would of done if I hadn't come here. )) His job is checking out and returning books to the shelves. (00:03:18:02) ((nat sot, If it beeps there in. )) But he has a lasting imprint. (00:02:35:00) (( Good morning, good morning guys. )) Being a friend and a grandfatherly figure to the students. (00:14:55:18) ((Joyce Russell/Librarian, That's what kids want, they want someone to listen, they want someone who cares, he shows that he cares.)) Librarian Joyce Russell has been by Russ's side for a long time. She keeps the kids entranced by reading to the 3rd graders. (00:08:43:28) ((Nat Sot, Sir, I am not a duck! )) When the reading is over, it's time for Russ to check out the books. He knows the kids by name. (00:11:29:11) ((Russ Smith/Super Senior, All set Carter.)) (00:11:34:00) ((Nat Sot, Trinity! )) (00:12:04:23) ((Russ Smith/Super Senior, You may get two. )) He and Barbara never had kids together, but for Russ, the whole town is his family. A sign at the school shows the respect they have for the long time volunteer. (00:22:26:27) ((Russ Smith/Super Senior, I get kind of emotional when I think of those things, it expresses so much love. )) The feelings are mutual. (00:21:22:10) ((Russ Smith, I love it, I love it.)) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Fairlee.

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Love all around.

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The loss of a deep and talented senior class has evidently left the UVM men's basketball team with something to prove to it's conference rivals. The America East men's basketball preseason poll is out today, and the Catamounts are picked to finish fourth. Vermont won the America East regular season title last season, but was upset by Albany in the conference semifinals and then fell in the first round of the NIT. Still, the program is coming off it's sixth straight season of at least 20 wins and a postseason tournament appearance. However, junior forward Ethan O-Day is the only returning starter for Vermont, which lost seniors Luke Apfeld, Sandro Carissimo, Josh Elbaum, Clancy Rugg, Candon Rusin and Brian Voelkel to graduation. Stony Brook was picked to win the conference, followed by Hartford and Albany. The Cats play their preseason opener a week from this Saturday against Concordia at Patrick Gym and open the season for real at Canisus on Saturday, November 15th.

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The UVM women's hoop team tied for a seventh place finish in the preseason poll released yesterday. The Cats, who finished sixth last season, return their top six scorers. They host St. Mike's in a exhibition game Saturday, November 8th, then tip off the regular season the following Saturday at home against Brown.

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the UVM women's soccer team hosting Binghamton this afternoon at a rain-soaked Virtue Field... --- second half, game tied at one...Sarah Martin with a nice feed into the box that finds freshman Rylee Osgood who scores her second goal of the game, 2-1 Vermont... --- but 15 minutes later ...the Bearcats drop the ball over Vermont's back line... and Jacque Rice beats emergency keeper Caitie Green to the ball to tie the game ...with both regular goalies unavailable, Green, normally a midfielder, forced into action...she played well... finishing with eight saves... but ultimately in double overtime, Binghamton nets the winner to beat Vermont 3-2...and knock the Cats out of contention for the America East playoffs.

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There is one quarterfinal game scheduled today in the high school fall sports playoffs... second seed North Country hosting number seven Montpelier in Division Three field hockey in Newport. We'll have a result tonight following NFL football. Otherways, the postseason resumes tomorrow and Saturday with quarterfinal play throughout the state.

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the playoffs arrive in high school football tomorrow night with a trio of Wild Card games in Division One...top seed Middlebury taking on CVU...Essex hosts BFA and Colchester visits Rutland...the other Wild Card game takes place Saturday as St. Johnsbury welcomes Hartford to the Kingdom... the Division Three Wild Card games all take place Saturday... Otter Valley-Poultney ...Windsor-U-32... Fairfax-Woodstock and Mill River-Mt. Abraham ... and it's the final weekend of the regular season in Division Two, as well as for the D-1 and D-3 teams that did not make the playoffs. We've got you covered with all the highlights, reaction and more tomorrow night at 11pm on the Friday Football Frenzy...

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The high school cross country championships are this Saturday at Thetford Academy. The races will feature the best runners in the state, including one how sizes up every challenge she faces and conquers it...one step at a time. Scott Fleishman has her story in tonight's Spotlight on Sports. (((In any cross country course you're bound to see obstacles that could trip up the fleetest of foot. At Colchester High School, there's a senior that runs through those obstacles while overcoming her own physical one.))) ((("I've just gotten used to the fact that I'm visually impaired and that I can't see as well as other people do."))) (((Julia Bessy was born legally blind. An object the average person sees 20 feet away looks like it's 200 feet away through Julia's eyes. (((Julia Bessy/"My parents raised me on the fact that you can't use your disability as an excuse to get out of anything. They always pushed me to go out and do anything and everything I could."))) (((Julia skis, swims and grew up playing soccer, but it wasn't until freshman year of high school that mom, a runner, convinced her to run cross country.))) (((Erin Bessy/"I actually don't think about the danger for her, which I think is why she is the way she is."))) (((Steve Fiske/"We run in some pretty rocky, rooty, tough elements out there. I think she's actually memorized in our runs where the roots are."))) (((But when she's at different courses, Julia gets help from guides who run alongside. On this day in Jericho, it's the Colchester boys cross country coach.))) (((George Deane/"It's a pretty amazing experience. She's really adamant that I don't coach her, because that's something that no one else gets."))) (((No special treatment, but Julia does need a guide that can keep up.))) ((("It's kind of a point of pride that she hasn't outrun me, but I have to stay in shape for it."))) (((I'm just so thankful and gracious for what they've given me, which is basically, my eyes. They've been able to let me do what I do and run on the cross country team."))) (((Scott Fleishman/"While a navigator leads her through the course, Julia leads her team, being named captain of the girls cross country team her senior season."))) ((("She's just an awesome person. I'll take her energy and use it for when I become a captain potentially."))) ((("She's going to prove all the statistics wrong. That's her job in life I think."))) ((("Do whatever you feel in your heart, because no one has a right to tell you that you can't do this, because you can."))) (((Julia Bessy, Colchester's legally blind cross country runner that CAN see the forest for the trees.)))

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