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Some merry marionettes are here tonight! This is Barbara Paulson and Dan Baginski (bah-GINN-ski) of No String Marionettes in Randolph. They are performing this weekend at the Vermont Maple Festival - and are here tonight to teach us more about puppeteering. ((you are performing a scene from "Bully for the 3 Big Pigs". Set this up for us...)) ((PERFORM SKIT FOR 1:30)) ((how do you do that? Tricks, tips)) ((how did you get into puppeteering?)) ((you're married. does that make it easier or harder to work together?)) ((how can people learn more about puppeteering?))


No String Marionettes is performing this weekend at the Vermont Maple Festival in St. Albans. For a link to more info - visit the InfoCenter at wcax dot com.


Tomorrow on the Thirty -- the president of St. Michael's College will join us. John Neuhauser is the 16th president of the catholic liberal arts school. We'll talk to him about St. Mike's attempt to shrink -- BEFORE it sees a drop in applications. That's tomorrow at 5-30 on The Thirty.


Good evening. I'm Darren Perron. And I'm Jennifer Reading. In for Kristin tonight. The law -- designed to protect kids -- landed him in hot water. And now the principal at Danville High School wants lawmakers to put the state's mandatory reporting rules - under the microscope. Adam Sullivan reports.


Noah Noyes has been in public education for 9 years and says the safety of his students is paramount. ((Noah Noyes/Principal: "I certainly am dedicated to child safety. That is my number one priority at all times.")) But last year, the Danville High School principal's judgement was called into question. Police cited him for failing to properly file a report after a student claimed a teacher had fondled her in class. Noyes spoke with the district superintendent and an official from the Department for Children and Families- who all agreed the allegation was without merit. ((Noyes: "I was confident that I was fulfilling my duties under law.")) ((file)) The case-- which landed Noyes in court-- revolved around Title 16- Vermont's mandatory reporting law. It requires educators with a "reasonable" cause to believe a teacher has engaged in unprofessional conduct, to promptly file a report with the state. Earlier this month, a judge cleared Noyes's boss-- superintendent Martha Tucker-- of the same charge. But Noyes, had already agreed to a diversion program-- which will wipe HIS record in a couple years. ((Noyes: "it was an exit from a really difficult situation that allowed everybody to begin to move on.")) But moving on has been a challenge. Noyes has applied for administrative roles at two schools-- including Oxbow High School in Bradford. In both case, the districts decided to go in a different direction-- largely due to concerns from the public. ((Noyes: "is it frustrating, absolutely. Do I feel like it has been detrimental to my career? Absolutely.")) But now, Noyes is trying to use the ordeal to affect change. He wants lawmakers to rewrite the state's reporting law-- which he say has two significant flaws. ((Noyes: "probably most importantly, it relies on the term reasonable which is an ambiguous term.")) The other is outlining a better system between police, department for children and families and schools-- who-- Noyes says-- ALL have the same goal. ((Noyes: "the more coordination we have between those agencies, the better we are able to serve kids.")) But Vermont's TOP educator disagrees. ***((Rebecca Holcombe: 00:49:05-00:49:08 If in doubt, report and that's how we make sure that our children and our teachers are safe. )) Rebecca Holcombe was recently appointed Education Secretary. While she says she is not too familiar with the Noyes' case, she is familiar with the law-- which-- she says leaves little room for interpretation. ***((Holcombe: 00:49:33 I think you turn it over, you hand it over to the authorities who are trained and who have the skills and the expertise to really investigate and determine whether there is merit. Not doing so may leave a child vulnerable and that's why we have reporting laws 00:49:44 )) If anything-- Noyes wants the issue highlighted which, he says, will end up benefiting kids in the longrun. ((Noyes: "I am hoping that it becomes part of a bigger conversation about child safety in Vermont, about role that schools and educators play in that process, and really help to clarify that for all of us.")) A principal-- who is using his unwanted time in the spotlight-- to change policy. Adam Sullivan channel three news in Danville.


Noyes is stepping down as Principal in Danville at the end of this school year. He says he is exploring options-- which may include jobs outside public education.


Police say a convicted embezzler -- has struck again. The alleged victim in the latest case is the Smuggler's Notch ski resort. The Lamoille County prosecutor's office says -- former employee Andrea Miller -- will be charged with 35 counts of false pretenses -- 26 of those are felonies. Back in 1996, Miller was convicted of embezzlement for stealing more than 70-thousand dollars from her former employer -- Jack F. Corse Fuels.


And a high profile state embezzlement case is prompting changes -- from Vermont's top officials. 51-year-old Lisa Peduzzi is charged with stealing at least 70-thousand dollars from the state -- in the last year. Authorities say the former claims examiner with the Vermont Office of Risk Management -- bought big ticket items with state of Vermont checks -- and covered her tracks with phony insurance claims. They've found 19 so far. Protocols allowed Peduzzi -- to investigate claims and cut checks under 15-thousand dollars without a manager's approval. Vermont's Attorney General called it a flawed system -- and Governor Shumlin says he's already tightened oversight.


((4/21 Bill Sorrell/Vt. Attorney General 00:44:04 "we need to do better. We have to be more vigilant. You want to be trusting of the people you work with but you want to make sure you got checks and balances in place.")) ((GOV. PETER SHUMLIN/D-VERMONT 00:24:47 "immediately I have said no more 15-thousand dollar and under checks going out in the state of Vermont with only one person overseeing it."))8 So that's been fixed but the third question I've asked is how do we make sure that we have protocols in place that would help us catch someone like this in the future.")) Shumlin now says EVERY payout will require manager approval. He's also promising a thorough investigation -- allocating resources for police to scrutinize every transaction Peduzzi made during her seven year tenure.


A close call for three canoeists -- who flipped in frigid waters on Lake Champlain. Logan Crawford is along the shoreline in Burlington -- near where the men were rescued. Logan, what can you tell us? Darren, what started out as a nice evening on the lake almost turned into tragedy. But the three men who fell into the water were saved... by an unlikely rescue team.


(tile 8484 00:16:56:29) ((Amy Lipson/South Burlington "It was peaceful quiet calm." 00:16:58:15)) Amy Lipson was enjoying a nice evening outside with her friends Monday along Lake Champlain in Burlington. But then she noticed the bottom of a canoe sticking up out of the water. And then heard screaming. (tile 8484 00:18:48:02) ((Amy Lipson/South Burlington "When you hear screams like that it's bone-chilling, their pleas for help." 00:18:54:22)) Lipson and another onlooker - Mike Saucier - grabbed two kayaks and raced to the water. They jumped in and paddled to the three men who had capsized their canoe. (tile 8484 00:18:25:04) ((Amy Lipson/South Burlington "The key thing was the gentleman was nice enough to give me the life jacket because I had never kyacked." 00:18:32:11)) (tile 8461 00:10:03:17) ((Logan Crawford/Burlington "Fire officials say if it weren't for Mike and Amy risking their own lives and paddling out to save those who fell overboard, they would have likely drowned. The Burlington Fire Department urges those who plan to go out on the water this time of year to be careful." 00:10:18:05)) (tile 8451 00:04:41:27) ((Joe Keenan/Asst. Fire Marshall Burlington Fire Dept. "If you go into the water, you're going to feel the effects so quickly that you really aren't going to be able to do much for yourself. Particularly as it gets close to dark. Stay out of the water, go out with a life jacket if you're going to, daylight is a much better time to do it." 00:04:58:21)) Burlington Fire officials say the rescued men were about 900 feet from shore, in 38 degree water. (tile 8451 00:01:41:11) ((Joe Keenan/Asst. Fire Marshall Burlington Fire Dept. "All 3 were showing signs of hypothermia, inability to move easily not able to talk clearly, but they were all conscious at the time they were brought out of the water." 00:01:51:22)) First responders say the two good samaritans saved the day, but Lipson remains modest. (tile 8484 00:18:43:02) ((Amy Lipson/South Burlington "We went out. Didn't think twice, just went out." 00:18:46:02))


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Imagine surviving a sexual assault only to fight your attacker in court for parental rights of the resulting child. For some, that nightmare is reality. State House reporter Kyle Midura has the story, Kyle - Jennifer -- victims' rights advocates say the situation has only unfolded a couple of time, but proponents of a new law want to ensure it never happens again. But opponents of the measure say the proposed change could have severe unintended consequences.


It's rare - but on a couple of occasions, rapists have fought for the child their crime conceived. ((52:20 - :26 - Sen. John Campbell somebody who is a rapist - who has raped a woman - does not deserve to have parental rights at all)) That's a near-impossible case to win in court - but proponents of a bill under consideration at the state house say the victim shouldn't be forced into a legal fight. The proposed new law would explicitly strip all parental rights to the child but still make perpetrators responsible for child support payments. ((44:09 - :12 Sen. Joe Benning sexual assaults come in a very wide variety)) Most support the measure, but Sen. Joe Benning worries that legislators are too focused on the most extreme cases, and ignored sexual assault convictions based on age-differences, where sexual consent is irrelevant to the charge. He says - as written - the bill could strip constitutional rights without due process and adds that children are entitled to two parents if the perpetrator did not commit a heinous crime. ((45:53 - :01 Sen. Joe Benning I think what it has done is shifted the focus from what is the best interest of the child over to what is the best intereset of the victim)) ((55:00 -:01 - Campbell I don't buy it)) Benning and his fellow legislators may not agree now, but Benning hopes they'll be able to strike a balance that addresses his concerns as well as the victims'. With time running out on the session, that will need to happen quickly to become law this year.


As passed by the house - the rights of the perpetrator parent would not automatically be stripped. The victim would have to petition the court to do so. - Jennifer


Senator Bernie Sanders stopped by Rutland High School today -- to talk about the the high cost of education with some very concerned students. Elizabeth Keatinge was there. Elizabeth? When it comes to what they want to be when they grow up - some students aren't chasing their dreams - but trying to avoid ending up stuck with mountains of college debt.


Andrew Cassarino is a Rutland High School Senior planning to attend Union College. When it comes to his future plans - finances are heavily considered. ((Andrew Cassarino/Rutland High School 4:28:58:24 It definitely affects what job and major I'm gonna pursue in college.4:29:02:29)) ((Senator Bernie Sanders/I- VT3:53:46:14 Let's talk about education - it's a very important issue.3:53:49:05)) Cassarino and other Rutland High School students talked books and dollars Tuesday morning with Senator Bernie Sanders. ((Senator Bernie Sanders/I-VT. 3:54:22:17 Some of you guys want to go to Yale or Harvard, best schools in America - how much do they cost? Student: $60,000 BS: That's right, $60,000 per year, times four years-that's a quarter of a million dollars.3:54:33:00)) *** GFX: A recent report by the Institute for College Access & Success' Project on Student Debt says that student loan debt has risen at an average of 6% per year. *** GFX: It also shows graduates with a bachelor's degree leaving with $29,400 in debt compared to $26,600 the year prior. *** GFX: With the median salary for someone with a bachelor's degree at just under $45,000 ($44,970 Source: US Dept. Of Education) , numbers are often the deciding factor.*** ((Will Peterson/Rutland High School 4:24:57:00 I have three older brothers and for them it definitely played a huge role - one of them in particular, he was deciding between two or three colleges and he ultimately went with one that paid him the most amount of money 4:25:06:00)) ((Lydia Gulick/Rutland High School 4:21:48:05 I think it's a factor in where a lot of kids in this school are planning on going because it's such a huge deal to have to pay 60k a year for a lot of the colleges.4:21:56:27)) Sanders encouraged kids to consider all their options. ((BS 3:54:41:26 There are other ways to get money-pell grants, federal grants, private scholarships, schools provide subsidies - you can work - But nonetheless, college is very very very expensive. 3:54:52:25)) For some, their career choice will depend on the bottom line. ((Andrew Cassarino 4:29:17:08 I'm basing it on financial needs rather than something I'm actually interested in.4:29:20:26))


Other topics the students discussed with Senator Sanders were the environment and campaign finance laws. Sanders, who has said he is prepared to run for President in 2016, but has not formally made an announcement - brought up issues related to big businesses financing campaigns, while one student disagreed with him and said she thought if a candidate has good ideas - individuals should be able to contribute whatever they want.


A new law aims to stop pension crooks BEFORE they strike in Vermont. Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the measure into law today -- that would prevent predatory lenders from fooling retirees into borrowing against their pensions. State Treasurer Beth Pearce says the measure means those pensions will be spent within the Vermont economy -- rather than lining the pockets of thieves.


((10:42 - :50 Beth Pearce to me it's about doing the right things for our retirees and odin gthe right thing for hte state of Vermont and I'm very proud that we were able to support this bill)) The state has not received any reports of this happening in Vermont -- but are worried that incidents are on the rise in other parts of the country.


State Senators have crafted a counter-proposal to the House's minimum wage bill The Senate measure would incrementally lift the rate -- currently eight-73 an hour - to an even 10 dollars -- by 20-17 -- and then up to 10-50 -- by 20-18. It would also set the hourly-wage for tipped employees at half of the minimum wage. Supporters of that approach want to protect the business community from a rapid increase, but some Senators worry the end result of the higher wage will be to disqualify the state's lowest earners from some state benefits.


((40:00 - :15 Sen. Michael Sirotkin - D-Chittenden I don't want ot see folks losing ground or getting the ground they're supposed to be making up so diluted that I think we should have at least something teed up for next year in terms of a workup or where this is going for some of these programs )) The House's version would lift the minimum wage to 10-10 by next year, while the Governor supports the President's push to hit the same figure by 20-17.


Last night in 30 Schools in 30 Days we told you about the change to proficiency-based standards. Tonight how the new system could make a difference in rural schools. Many kids in Vermont's countryside start the day with chores on the family farm-- well before the sun comes up. Missisquoi Valley Union teaches a lot of those kids. The school has grades 7 through 12 -- and serves the towns of Swanton -- Highgate -- and Franklin. It's proposed budget for next year of nearly 16-million dollars (($15,541,230)) goes before voters for a second time next week. More than a thousand students attend the school. Steve Bottari looks how Missisquoi Valley Union is working to keep its farming kids from falling through the cracks.

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((NATS -- scene setter, farm scenic)) Morning means the Choiniere (schwen-yur) farm comes back to life. ((NATS)) Hens -- and dogs -- and people -- starting the routines of another day. ((NATS)) For 17-year-old Hannah -- that means chores. ((00:14:04 HANNAH: my dad always finds something for me to do. 00:14:06)) This day -- it's helping milk the family's hundred cows. ((NATS)) Her routine is par for the course for most Highgate teens. ((HANNAH: 00:02:18 most of our population of students either live on a farm -- help on a farm, or work on a farm 00:02:24)) She says the need for help at home on the farm -- often means early mornings and late nights for many kids in Franklin County. ((HANNAH: 00:01:24 as soon as I get home from practice -- finish my homework -- I got out and help my dad milk -- and feed the cows. Do tractor work. Pretty much anything 00:01:29)) Sometimes school can even take a back seat. Now more so -- it's the busy season. And more often -- for the boys. ((HANNAH: 00:05:29 especially if you're the farmers kid. Busy day in the field. Nice day. They're probably going to pull you from school. To plow or wrap hay bales. Because you can't find many people who want to do it. 00:05:38)) Hannah's family has made it clear, her focus is her schoolwork. It shows -- she's vice-president of the senior class...a national honor society student...and on the softball team. ((NATS -- softball?)) Now -- there's a transformation taking place at Missisquoi Valley Union High School -- to push her peers in the same direction. Principal Dennis Hill. ((DENNIS: 00:59:07 we're really saying to kids -- it's no longer optional to care about your learning. 00:59:12)) The school was one of the first in the state identified for needing improvements under No Child Left Behind. Most of the others in the first batch were also in rural -- and lower-income areas. Teachers like Dr. Alan Crowley (crauw-lee) say that sparked a revolution in the classrooms. ((ALAN 00:30:40 because of some of the struggles of our kids -- and the struggles of our community -- we needed to change; we needed to pay attention. 00:30:46)) Those changes -- are rewriting how school is taught -- and graded. Each class now has what's called essential learning outcomes. Concrete goals -- that students have to reach in order to pass. ((ALAN 00:23:07 like instead of saying I got a 65 because I got 35 out a hundred wrong -- you say you need to be able to support a thesis statement with evidence 00:23:17)) With these new objectives -- come new styles of teaching. Gone are the days of hour-long lectures. Classtime focuses on students doing the work...and more one-on-one interaction. ((ALAN: 00:26:05 I used to think I was a really great teacher -- I've been teaching for more than 30 years -- but I'm as happy and as better of a teacher than i've ever been" 00:26:11)) Grading looks radically different too. The new tool in teacher's arsenal is the incomplete. ((DENNIS 00:46:27 -- the incomplete says to kids -- you're not done yet. We're not done with you -- you haven't learned this. 00:46:36)) If students don't meet those concrete objectives -- they no longer get an F -- rather an I. And then they have time to work on that skill. ((ALAN: 00:28:23 if you were teaching a little brother or child how to ski -- and they fell down on the first day, you wouldn't say 'you're a failure go home.' The old style of grading tended to weed kids out 00:28:33)) The school gave out 168 incompletes last semester. They hope to add a full-time staff member to help kids finish what they're missing during their study halls. Principal Hill says the goal of the new grading -- is to not let failure be an easy out. ((DENNIS 00:46:45 we've taken away from kids the opportunity to say -- 'eh, I'm good with that -- I'll take the D.'" 00:46:50)) In fact, the "D" may be as low as grades go eventually. ((DENNIS 01:00:38 my goal would be in three years -- with the use of our essential learnings and incompletes -- that in three years no kids will fail classes at MVU 01:00:45)) It makes sense to students like 16-year-old Brooke Bessette (bis-ette). ((BROOKE 00:17:47 you're not putting an f...you're not saying you got a zero on this. You're saying -- ok you learned the stuff -- now demonstrate it to me. Complete this project, complete this test. Show me you've been learning in class 00:17:58)) Brooke -- like Hannah -- is also a stellar student -- and also grew up on a family farm. She says she thinks the changes could help those students only interested in ag -- stay interested in school. ((BROOKE 00:10:18 I think that people are realizing maybe the farm isn't all there is in life -- and that's not a bad thing 00:10:24)) Similar curriculum changes are taking place across the country. But administrators say the farm-based community in particular may benefit from them. ((DENNIS: 00:51:15 we're seeing a lot of students who have a traditional agriculture background in the families or whether they're working on farms, or small family farms -- but those students are recognizing the opportunities for college or career readiness is directly related to their performance in school 00:51:15)) Kids like Brooke and Hannah have already figured that out. Both plan on heading to college after they graduate from M-V-U. They're two students setting the example -- at a school trying to send a message ((DENNIS 01:00:53 "that teachers understand -- that families understand -- that it's no longer ok not to care about kids who don't care about their learning 01:00:59)) SB, C3N, Swanton. ((door slam, fade back))

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The school says there have been some growing pains -- but staff is seeing gains in state test results. In fact -- writing scores reached a record high this year -- around 10-percent higher than the state average. Tomorrow in 30 schools in 30 days -- Logan Crawford looks at controversy over the Common Core in New York State.



Tonight: A LITTLE WET Cloudy with scattered showers. Lows: 38/45 Wind: Bec NW 5-10 mph Wednesday: BLUSTERY Cloudy with scattered showers. Some mtn flurries. Highs: 45/52 Wind: NNW 15-25 mph Wednesday night: CHILLY Few mtn. snow showers. Some clearing, late. Lows: 25/35 Wind: NNW 10-20 mph Thursday: BLUSTERY Becoming mostly sunny. Highs: 47/54 Wind: N 15-25 mph Extended: Thursday night: Lows: 20s Friday: Increasing clouds. Spotty PM shower? Highs: 55/65 Lows: 35/45 Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Chance showers. Highs: 50s Lows: 30s Sunday: Partly sunny, few rain/mtn snow showers. Highs: 45/55 Lows: 25/35 Monday: Partly cloudy. Highs: 50s Lows: 25/35 Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Highs: 55/65



Champlain College is appealing a decision by Burlington's Development Review board. The college received approval from multiple city officials -- including planning and zoning -- to build a 304 bed housing complex called Eagle's Landing -- along St. Paul Street. But -- the DRB said the project did not meet provisions of a city ordinance addressing parking concerns -- and architectural scale and mass in the neighborhood. Champlain College says the housing is badly needed.


A judge tossed out a lawsuit against Loon Mountain. A Massachusetts couple sued the ski area after their 13-year-old son ended up with a concussion, broken arm and broken leg -- three years ago when an instructor on a snowboard hit him. The couple argued the employee violated the law by boarding across a closed trail. A federal judge rejected that argument.

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Tashia Beer was convicted of plotting to kill her step-mother in Burke. And now she could be headed back to prison. Beer was 14 years old in 2000 -- when she and her foster brother conspired to kill their stepmother -- Vicky Campbell Beer. Beer later pleaded guilty to manslaughter and served six years in prison. Now 29 -- Beer was recently arrested for violating her probation for allegedly living with a convicted felon in Las Vegas. The state is trying to revoke her probation. A judge Monday ruled she could live with her sister in St. Johnsbury while the case plays out.

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The last store affected during a massive flood at the Green Mountain Mall in St. Johnsbury has reopened. In February, a water pipe burst under the building knocked the mall out of commission for several weeks. But, one by one the stores slowly started to reopen. The most recent was SEARS-- which actually decided to expand. Local businesses say the flood-- while devastating in the short term -- was a shot in the arm for the mall with many stores -- coming back better than before.


((Renne Baxter/SEARS: "we did decide to expand. So we had to go back through. WE have all new paint on the walls, we have new flooring, new cash wraps, and then we had to unwrap and restock the whole store so it took much longer.")) The NEK Chamber of Commerce says that at least one new business-- a gym-- is scheduled to open. Another small brewery is also considering setting up shop. Yankee Candle is the only store that is NOT coming back. That's News Around the Region.


Starting Line Sports ...after salvaging a split of the first two games in Boston, the Bruins head to Detroit tonight to face the Red Wings in Game Three of their NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. NESN's Jaime Erdhal has our preview. ((TRT: 35 .... OC: IN DETROIT))


While the Bruins look like they could be in for a long, tough series with the Red Wings, the Montreal Canadiens have a chance to complete a sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at the Bell Center. Tampa's top goalie, Ben Bishop, is out with an injury and the Habs have taken advantage. Montreal is scoring four goals a game this series, after averaging just two and a half goals per game during the regular season.


We will have highlights from both the Bruins and Canadiens games tonight at eleven.


Tonight at 11 -- the head of Burlington's school board defends his call for a bigger budget. On Town Meeting Day voters in the Queen City rejected the city's school budget. Now - the board is coming back with an even more expensive plan than the one voters defeated. Hear from board chairman Patrick Halladay - tonight on the Late News.


A new at home colon cancer test is showing promising results. Adriana Diaz has the details.


Researchers say the results are impressive. (SOT Dr. David Ahlquist/Mayo Clinic) the cologuard test which is the stool DNA test detected 92.3 percent of all colon cancers. (TRACK) It also picked up 94% of the earliest and most curable cancers, according to new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The at home test ,detects blood in a patient's sample as well as DNA changes that can be a sign of cancer or precancerous polyps. Cologuard doesn't require any preparation or diet restrictions. Patients collect a sample then mail it from home. (BRIDGE Adriana Diaz/CBS News) Colon cancer is preventable and curable if caught early, yet millions of Americans don't get screened. (SOT Dr. David Ahlquist/Mayo Clinic) not all patients are willing to undergo an invasive procedure so having the option to pursue a non invasive test//should go a long way (TRACK) Mayo Clinic Study author Dr. David Ahlquist is also an inventor of the test. He says it could accomplish for colon cancer what the pap smear has done for cervical cancer. Cologuard is not yet FDA approved and would be for people at average risk. Patients with positive results would need a follow up colonoscopy. Adriana Diaz, CBS News.


A FDA panel is meeting later this month to discuss possible approval for the test in the U-S. That's HealthWatch.



Today is Earth Day. And kids spent it getting crafty at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. The conference room was transformed into a studio as part of the "Creative Tuesdays" program. These young artists spent the afternoon using recycled materials to create colorful table-top birds. For the artists it was a way to have some fun. And for the team at the library -- it was an opportunity to continue to use the public space in new ways.


((58:47 Nya Jones "people are decorating them with all different colo markers, we're, taking different color paper clips and using them as feet.)) ((Anne Shapiro, Art Teacher, They're just so creative and they just need so little to take off and really do something fun.)) ((Rebecca Goldberg, Fletcher Free Library 55:37 "arts and crafts, music programs, building with legos, movement programs are all different ways to enhance literacy.)) Kids of all ages are welcome at "Creative Tuesdays." It runs from 3 to 5. In the summer -- the program moves to mornings.


Some exciting news here at Channel 3. The station just picked up TWO Edward R Murrow Awards. Alexei Rubenstein (ruben-stine) and Photographer Lance MacKenzie won for best use of sound and video for a series called "A Century at the State Hospital." And Darren Perron and Lance won for a news series called "A Soldier's Heart" -- which followed a wounded guard soldier through his rehabilitation, the birth of his twins, and his Purple Heart Ceremony. To watch these series -- click on this story on our website -- wcax.com ... And Congratulations to Lance, Alexei and Darren.


The Boston Red Sox hosting the New York Yankees for the first time this season tonight. The game will mark the Fenway debut in pinstripes for two of New York's top offseason acquisitions. NESN's Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy have our preview. ((TRT: 53 ... OC: "FROM FENWAY."))


No one has ever accused former Celtics star Paul Pierce of lacking in confidence. The veteran forward scored nine straight points in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter to seal New Jersey's 94-87 win over the Raptors in Game One of their NBA first round series in Toronto. When asked today to explain why he loves taking the big shot in the big moment, Pierce said, 'I think it's just in the DNA. Everybody don't have it. Everybody is not born with it. Can't buy it at Costco or Walgreens. It's in the DNA." Game Two of that series is tonight in Canada.


UVM senior standout Kate Ryley has been named the Collegiate Alpine Skier of the Year by Ski Racing Magazine. Ryley led the EISA Circuit points race in both the GS and slalom in 2014, and at the Eastern Championships won the giant slalom title, helping lead the Catamounts to a fourth straight title. At the NCAA's, Ryley was the national runner-up in the slalom, as Vermont swept the podium at the event. An eight-time All-American, Ryley earned 22 wins and 40 podium finishes in 53 races in her UVM career.


From the moment he put on a pair of gloves back in 2004, Windsor high grad Chris Gilbert knew boxing was for him. It can be a lonely sport at times, but for one night, the welterweight was able to share his passion with caring fans. Scott Fleishman has more in tonight's Spotlight on sports. (((TRT...3:06))) (((On Saturday Night, Chris "Gumby" Gilbert improved to 11-0 in his pro boxing career after a 4th round TKO of Rhode Island's Eddie Soto.))) ((("We really did stick with the gameplan tonight and it really worked out well."))) (((He did it I'm front on his friends and family at the Windsor rec center home of the Windsor boxing club. It's a club gilbert helped start a decade ago, when there was no ring, just a small room behind the bleachers.))) (((Chris Gilbert/"We had boxing gloves and mits and jumpropes and a timer. And we started here and from he we built up to what you see today."))) (((In the back of the gym, hang Chris' accomplishments, 2 time Vermont golden gloves champ and a winner at the new England golden gloves. But For every banner, for each big victory, there were setbacks. Setbacks and surgeries.))) ((("These are the wrists he's had problems with."))) ((Right after starting school at UVM in 2005, Gilbert shattered both wrists requiring bone grafts and pins to put them back together."))) ((("They told me that this probably isn't the sport for me. I'm not good at paying attention. I don't listen much."))) (((Then in 2009, 2 years before turning pro, a massive staff infection hospitalized gilbert for 6 days.))) ((("That was scary, but it was just one of those things, that you don't really know. I think that every time I've had to take time off, It's been able to give me a little bit of reflection time. Go back in, make changes, make adjustments. "))) (((Injuries are one obstacle. Traveling is another.))) ((("The hardest thing for me right now is finding those opponents for getting people to go sparring, getting people that are at my level that can push me."))) (((Mel Peabody/"He'll get in the car and he'll drive all the way to Portland, Maine. I'll drive up from where I am and we'll meet, then we'll spar and then we'll both go home. It's part of what you have to do."))) (((But thanks to the help of his trainers and support of his family epsecially mom, who organized the second annual windsor fight night, the 29 year old has persevered in convincing fashion. 8 of his 10 previous fights ending by knockout.))) (((Beth O'Brien/"Watching him fight is fun. I enjoy watching him fight. I know Chris' abilities. I've watched him for nine years now, trained with him, worked with him. The more word spreads, the more Chris Gilbert gets his name out there and the more he'll go further."))) (((Scott Fleishman/"If you're like me, you thought Chris Gumby Gilbert got his nickname because he's been able to bounce back from his various injuries and illnesses, but that's actually not the case. It's a childhood nickname."))) ((("I used to run my mouth a lot apparently, running your gums a lot, turned into Gumby. Not a great story behind it, but it stuck."))) (((But Chris Gumby Gilbert isn't all talk, he's a fighter, in and out of the ring. A true pro who started with a dream and now gets to live it with those closest to him. In Windsor, Scott Fleishman, Channel 3 spotlight on sports.)))




Tonight at 11 -- making the case in Burlington for cutting programs while spending more on schools. And President Obama meets with families and first responders at the site of deadly mudslides in Washington. That's next on the CBS Evening News.

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