Tue 04-MAR-2014 6 P.M. News Script
Green Up Day has been an anticipated event in Vermont since 1970. But the non profit that runs it says that after 2015 the day might be trashed because of declining corporate sponsorships. Some of the companies backing out are large Vermont companies that were bought out by out of state businesses. Robert Bloch is a business professor at Champlain College -- he joins us to talk about this trend. ((B&J first pulled out of Green up Day in 2012 - they are owned by Unilever -- do you think this is coming from Unilever?)) ((Then GMCR and Seventh Generation said it wouldn't continue to support the effort -- what does this say about VT companies if they're not supporting a VT event that has broad appeal?)) ((vt has so many non profits)) ((why - when Vermont companies are bought - does this happen?)) ((What role does the national economy -- and Vermont's economy -- play in decisions for companies to donate?)) ((Selling a business is usually a sign of success -- but what does a Vermont company have to give up when someone out of state is calling the shots?)) ((do you think Dealer.com's future is in Vermont? When they announced their sale -- a representative told me that for now jobs are safe. Do you think that's true?)) ((BYOBiz - funded by Key Bank))
Tomorrow on the Thirty -- UVM's Center for Digital Initiatives. Learn all about this digital library that is for everyone -- not just members of the university community. The C-D-I has thousands of items you can access online. You can add to the library, too. Chris Burns from UVM will show us what it has to offer - tomorrow at 5-30 on The Thirty.
Good Evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. Democracy on display -- as Vermonters hit the polls for Town Meeting. The most controversial measure -- may be in Burlington. Where Queen City voters are considering changes to gun regulations. Ali Freeman is outside City Hall tonight. Ali, what's the latest? Kristin and Darren -- voters -- on both sides of the debate -- have been flocking to the polls. Many in favor say these changes will increase community safety -- both those opposed say these regulations are an attack on their rights.
It is a big day for Voters across the state -- and the big ticket item in Burlington -- is Guns. 35:47 ((Anne The gun laws. I think it's one of the most important issues that we have to deal with.")) Queen City residents are hitting the polls -- and must decide whether to pass three Charter Changes about firearms. The first item -- requires firearms to be locked up at all times at home. The second, bans firearms in establishments that sell liquor. And the third -- allows police to seize firearms in domestic violence situations. 12:06 ((Rachel Siegel / P-Burlington City Council "The reason that I care about these is because I do think they will create more safety. If guns were kept locked up - children wouldn't shoot each other by accident. There would be less suicides by firearms.")) Burlington City Councilor Rachel Siegel says members have been looking at these changes for more than a year. Many voters support the proposed changes. ((25:45 Dana Mckeen / Burlington "It's very important to me that we should have those kinds of charter amendments passed so we can have a safer city.")) But some worry the proposals threaten the Second Amendment. ((00:24 Evan Hughes / Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs "Our primary concern is that the ordinances that would be enacted - attack our Vermont sportsmans Bill of rights.")) Evan Hughes of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs says these changes would create a patchwork of conflicting gun rules across the state. Hughes says Vermont is one of the safest states in the nation -- and these regulations go against the rights of every gun owner. ((1:31 Evan Hughes / Vice President "It's your home. We have no problem in the state of Vermont with this. It's a solution in search of a problem. And it's more politics than it is sound public policy.")) ((26:54 John Pijanowski / Burlington "I feel if the home is secure -- people deserve the right to protect their home and their assets. I believe if the home is locked up - then your gun is secure and it is there for self-defense."))
If passed -- these changes would then have to pass through the state house -- a move that many legal experts say they don't think will happen. Kristin?
Results are still being tallied -- after voters across the state spent the day weighing in on school budgets. But as Kyle Midura reports, many faced an ugly choice, because supporting a small increase locally could mean a double-digit property tax hike in some areas.
((nats - gov)) He's Vermont's commander-in-chief, but this Town Meeting Day Gov. Peter Shumlin needed to ask permission before addressing crowds in Richmond and Georgia because he's not a resident in either town. ((25:04 - :10 Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont really it's an opportunity for me to hear what's on voters' minds, what challenges theyr'e facing, what we can do better 25:09 so it's a real honor to be here)) School boards in both towns proposed modest increases to the school budgets of about three to four percent. But if voters say yes - property tax rates in the areas could rise by double digits because of quirks in the education funding formula. Some say they'll spend whatever is necessary to educate their kids, but others say they can't afford to spend anymore. (( 46:28 - :41 - Chasity Wasco - Georgia Voter I am one of those people that's walking around Vermont thinking that if the school needs it, they can have it :35 I never have an issue with taxes going up :38 I think our schools need them )) ((57:09 - :11 - Julia Constantine - Georgia Voter I'm 81 years old and I'm still working)) ****BUTTED WITH NEXT BYTE ***** (( 57:41 - :49 - Julia Constantine - Georgia Voter I try to put what little money I get away for taxes - I've lived in Georgia all my life and I want to stay here, I don't want to go to a home anywhere )) (nats) State Rep. Carolyn Branagan moderated Georgia's town meeting Tuesday and works on the house committee most intimately involved with tax reform. She says school budgets across the state will be lower than originally anticipated by the tax commissioner in December. Less need coupled with other tweaks could cut the state's demand for additional revenue almost in half - resulting in a smaller tax hike. ((52:30 - :38 - Rep. Carolyn Branaga - R-Georgia there's continuing concern over the process by which we raise money for our schools and I expect that's something the ways and means committee will tackle when we get back )) Branagan says the message she heard from voters over and over again - is a desire for a simpler funding system that can deliver a quality education without breaking the bank. Lawmakers will be hard-pressed to deliver with declining enrollments and the state's appetite for local control. KM, Ch.3 News Georgia.
Some lawmakers drafted a petition calling for the repeal of the state's education funding system.
Putney residents are demanding their representatives and Governor act immediately to get them broadband internet. A service they say is essential - and long overdue. Elizabeth Keatinge joins us now with more. Some Putney residents are upset. That's because they claim they are in the same place they were last year when it comes to having broadband internet access. It's a promise they say was made by Governor Shumlin who grew up in the community:
((John Field/Putney resident 12:39:59:03 All of you remember that our Governor Peter Shumlin stood right exactly there one year ago and made a very ringing promise. 12:40:04:17)) John Field says Putney residents have waited too long for Governor Shumlin to fulfill his commitment to giving them affordable broadband Internet access. He's asking Putney residents to sign a petition that asks representatives to take immediate action to get them the internet access he says they deserve - and need. ((John Field 13:00:25:21 My wife, for example, is a pediatrician in town - she can't use her electronic medical record. when there's kids sick in the hospital and she has to get lab values and communicate about the record, she can't do it from home.13:00:35:04)) He and other Putney residents say the service is critical - and they are frustrated they don't have it yet and some only have dial up. ((12:48:34:08 A lot of us are feeling really disenfranchised and disempowered.12:48:37: 18)) Aidan Paradis is a high school sophomore who says that if he had faster internet he could do a whole lot more when it comes to his schoolwork. ((Aidan Paradis/ high school student 13:08:38:17 About a year and a half ago, I paid a bunch of money to get a really nice computer and it's basically useless now, because you can't do anything.13:08:46:21)) Representatives acknowledge that it is important - and say they are working on it - but have encountered many hurdles. ((Rep. Michael Mrowicki/D-Putney 12:43:00:17 " I personally talked to Comcast, Fairpoint and and Southern Vermont Cable, and they all told me the same thing - it's not a good business decision for us - they weren't ready to put up their money. 12:43:10:12)) Absent from the meeting was Governor Shumlin, who Field and others say they would have liked to talk to about the broadband internet issue. Though he visited Richmond, Georgia, and attended the meeting in East Montpelier - he didn't stop by his hometown of Putney. ((Governor Peter Shumlin 25:48 I often do go to the Putney town meeting but really my job as governor is to get around the state to listen to everybody and that's what I'm doing today 25:55)) Shumlin also suggested that progress is being made because they are beginning to build out wireless in Putney. Those who work with the Governor at the State House stand behind the Governor and say that being in charge of the whole state makes it tough to get to every town meeting. ((Sen.Jeannette White/D- Windham County 12:45:45:13 I understand your frustration that I know some of you were hoping that the Governor would be here today so that you could tell him personally, but remember if I have 22 towns to cover, he has 251. 12:45:55:00)) Field says it's taking too long - and they needed this access yesterday - and wireless is an unreliable and expensive alternative. ((John Field 13:00:15:18 There should be a choice given so that every Vermonter and Putney resident should be able to have hard wired, fiber optic or dsl cable so that they can function.13:00:23:29))
After I spoke to Aidan Paradis, his mom asked me where she could see this story if she missed it on the 6 pm news. When I told her she could download our app or watch it online - she said, "Well, our internet isn't fast enough to watch a video. I guess I can watch it at the library." Darren and Kristen.
A divisive race for Mayor in the Capital City will be settled today. Lobbyist John Hollar is the incumbent. He faces Gwendolyn Hallsmith -- the former Montpelier planning official who was fired by the city. Some say the race has gotten personal.
(51:16) ((Gwendolyn Hallsmith/Candidate for Mayor, I think it's a race that has a real choice, I feel like I'm standing up for the citizens of the city and the citizens that don't make over 100 thousand dollars a year.)) (54:00) ((John Hollar/Candidate for Mayor, I wouldn't characterize the race that way I think it unfortunate , because I tried to make this a campaign that's positive, that is about things that are happening in Montpelier, issues that people care about. )) John Odum, the city clerk ordered more ballots because of the mayors race. But it looks like turnout is steady -- and maybe on the light side. He thinks the cold might be keeping people away.
The week started with great news for Vermont Health Connect--instead of more problems, the sites online payment function was working. But today--another speed bump. Shelby Cashman is here with more on this story. Shelby? Darren and Kristin--another obstacle for Vermonters trying to enroll on Vermont Health Connect. Enrolling and making payments online was an option today---but asking for help on the phone was not.
After months in the making, consumers can finally make online payments on Vermont health Connect's website---but you may have a tough time getting your questions answered on this day. Health Connect's call center was closed on Tuesday in observance of Town Meeting Day. (("We are currently closed in observance of the holiday.... Thank you for calling Vermont Health Connect, goodbye") Govenor Shumlin said town meeting day is a state sanctioned holiday-and though he was pleased with Health Connects progress, there was not much to be done to keep the call center open Tuesday. IN: 00:26:40 OUT: 00:26:52 ((Governor Shumlin "Listen, all I can tell you is that we're no different than every other service in state government. If people are on holiday, they're on holiday. Those are contractually required under contract with the union")) Vermont Health Connect opponent Darcie Johnston says the timing of the call center closing doesn't make sense-right on the heels of Monday's announcement that the payment function was up and running. IN: 00:59:44 OUT: 00:59:56 (("I was quite surprised-- I think from a business strategy and marketing strategy you announce this big news yesterday and then not to be open today, it seems very odd")) Open enrollment for Vermont Health Connect ends March 31st-and ends March 15th for those whose old insurance covered them through March 2014. IN: 00:59:11 OUT: 00:59:22 ((Darcie Johnston "it just seems that when you have a limited number of days left in this open season need every day, every moment possible to sign up" ))
State officials say they put a message up on the site yesterday to notify users of the call center closure--and that the site is still fully functioning for people to enroll and make payments. The phone line will be availible starting at 8am tomorrow. Kristin?
Granite staters could be facing a hike in the gas tax. The state senate Ways and Means committee passed a plan to raise the tax on gas -- by 4 cents. If the plan makes it through the legislature - Governor Maggie Hassan says she will sign it. The last time New Hampshire lawmakers approved a gas tax hike -- was in 1991. This new plan is expected to generate an extra 32 million a year.
Town Meeting Day will see some changes next year. Some towns -- like Ferrisburgh -- voted to move the date. Logan Crawford is here to tell us why. Logan? Darren, residents in Ferrisburgh voted to hold their Town Meeting next year on a Saturday. Some hope this change will increase attendance.
(tile 0725 00:27:03:18) ((nats "Shall the voters of the town hereafter start its annual town meeting on the Saturday before the first Tuesday in March" 00:27:11:02)) The next Ferrisburgh town meeting will be on a Saturday. (tile 0722 00:25:20:27) ((nats "All those in favor say aye... aye. Opposed. The ayes have it." 00:25:29:01)) ((nats old video of town meeting)) For more than two centuries -- Vermont communities have gathered on the first Tuesday in March. Debating the issues facing the town. Approving or rejecting budgets - town personnel - even sending messages to Montpelier. But a Tuesday gathering is not always the way anymore. Communities are getting together the Monday evening - or Saturday before Town Meeting Day. Ferrisburgh residents believe Saturday might increase attendance for future town meetings. (tile 0726 00:28:44:28) ((Lisa Dulsky-Watkins "Looked around the room and realized that many people in the room were either retirees or have children that are grown and are able to take time away from work to be part of this process." 00:28:55:28)) Some residents raised concerns about switching the day. (tile 0723 00:25:41:17) ((nats "already relatively full. If there's a maximum occupancy on this room, if we reach that what's the contingency for shutting people out of town meeting or moving it to a different spot." 00:25:52:29)) Holding Town Meeting on Saturday would give those who work during the week a chance to attend - in theory. (tile 0730 00:30:37:18) ((Donald Bicknell/Ferrisburgh Town Moderator "Secretary of State has done studies on this and shows that the attendance is about the same so probably won't make a lot of difference in attendance." 00:30:45:28)) Most attendees of the Ferrisburgh town meeting hope holding meetings on Saturdays will not only bring a larger crowd, but a more diverse one. (tile 0726 00:28:57:01) ((Lisa Dulsky-Watkins "If you really have to struggle with childcare then it's going to be an issue. I think it could change the demographics in the room, but we'll find out next year." 00:29:06:16))
Ferrisburgh Town Meeting attendees say they will see how the Saturday meeting will go in 2015, and will then vote whether to keep it on Saturdays from now on. Darren?
Dan is back. More cold weather ahead?
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Scat'd snow showers. Lows: -5/10 Wind: Light Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers. Some clearing, late. Highs: 15/25 Wind: N 5-15 mph Wednesday Night: Clearing skies. Very cold. Lows: -5/-20 Winds: Light Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 18/28 Wind: Light Extended: Thursday night: Lows: 5/-10 Friday: Partly sunny. Highs: 30s Lows: 15/25 Saturday: Partly sunny. Mtn flurries. Highs: 30s Lows: 5/15 Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Passing snow shower. Highs: 20s Lows: -5/10 Monday: Increasing clouds. PM snow showers. Highs: 25/35 Lows: 10/20 Tuesday: Increasing clouds. PM snow showers Highs: 30s
12-year-old Lindsey Sturtevant is battling a life-threatening disease. But she has a hometown in Vermont pulling for her. Now the little girl from Chester is taking on a bone marrow transplant. Keith McGilvey's been following her story from Chester to Boston Children's Hospital. Lindsey Stutervant is in the fight oh her life. She just had her second bone marrow transplant over the weekend - and today I got to speak with her - her family - and doctors here at Boston Children's Hospital.
((PKG)) Sixth grader Lindsey Sturtevant is ready for war - and her battlefield is decked out in all her favorite things. ((Lindsey Sturtevant, Bone Marrow recipient "A lot of pink and purple, and dogs and animals."))4 The 12 -year old is suiting up more than 120 miles from home at Boston Children's Hospital. ((02:12 Lindsey Sturtevant, Bone Marrow recipient "My first bone marrow was rejecting so I had to get a new one.)) 4 For weeks she's been getting ready -- undergoing chemo here at Boston Children's Hospital. ((02:55 Lindsey Sturtevant, Bone Marrow recipient "Everyday you are sick and you can't get comfortable and you can't do a lot of things that you want to.)) At 5 she was diagnosed with a type of pre-leukemia called acute myelodysplastic syndrome. ((Dr. Christine Duncan, Boston Children's Hospital 18:45 "You can have lower blood counts and need for transfusions, but also unfortunately it puts you at higher risk of developing leukemia later in life.)) While her condition is in remission the first bone marrow transplant Lindsey received to help her blood cells rebound is failing - so over the weekend doctors went in for transplant number 2. ((Dr. Christine Duncan / Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 20:55 "our goal is that Lindsay is that Lindsay has a very long and healthy life without any risk of disease reaccurance and that she can grow up to do whatever her dreams are and fulfill them.")) 8 Dr. Christine Duncan is overseeing Lindsay's care and is optimistic - about her recovery. ((Dr. Christine Duncan Dana/Farber-Boston 21:33 I am not sure that she will be at camp this year but if she is not she will be at camp next year and I have no doubt in clinic she'll be asking how soon she'll get back to camp.)) 9 Lindsey's parents are taking turns living in her hospital room as she recovers. ((Sue Willis, Lindsey's mom 33:06 Little things make a big difference 32:47 "If you know somebody in that situation, step up, a kind word, an email, we're thinking about you, it can go a long way.)) 11 Her mom Sue says hometown help from Chester has been huge during the ups and downs, ((Sue Willis, Lindsey's 33:18 "We are very fortunate that this is our second time around and our family has stayed in tact that does not happen all the time and I honestly think that's because of the support we got from the community.)) 12 It's a community that sent Lindsey off to Boston with cheers on her last day of school. ((NATS OF SEND OFF)) And one this little girl is eager to get back to as soon as possible. ((Lindsey Sturtevant, Bone Marrow recipient 08:08 "Because I want to see my friends again and be with my dog again and be with my family.)) 12 For now she's just hoping the second time's the charm. ((Lindsey Sturtevant, Bone Marrow recipient 09:29 Thank you and I really hope it works, because I am not coming in again.))6
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A mobile home fire in St. Johnsbury -- displaced 8 residents. It happened in the Mount Pleasant Association. The home is considered a total loss. Everyone got out safely. Its not clear what caused the fire. The Red Cross is working with residents to help with their emergency needs.
Police are no longer looking for a missing Proctor woman 59-year old Maryann Foster was reported missing last week -- but police now say they are receiving tips that she's been spotted in Berlin, Williston and several other locations. Foster was reported missing last week by her boyfriend. Her keys and jacket were left behind.
Voters in Lowell supported the Green Mountain Power's Kingdom Community Wind project today. 27 voters supported an article AGAINST the project -- while more than 100 said NO to the article. In 2010, before the project was built, 75 percent of residents voted in favor of the project.
Two Addison County towns voted against the Vermont Gas Pipeline. Voters in Cornwall last night passed a non-binding resolution to oppose the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project. Voters in Shoreham this morning did the same thing. The 70 million dollar project would pipe natural gas from Middlebury -- through Cornwall and Shoreham -- and eventually under Lake Champlain to the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga. That's News Around the Region.
The UVM men's basketball team has begun it's preparations for the America East basketball tournament this weekend in Albany. The regular season champs will open up against eighth seed New Hampshire in the quarterfinals Saturday at noon at SEFCU Arena. After steamrolling their way through most of their conference matchups, the Cats were tested on the road at Binghamton in their regular season finale on Sunday. Down six with just over two minutes to go, Vermont rallied to force overtime against the Bearcats and took over in the extra session to win by ten, 92-82. Now, it's tournament time, where one unexpected loss could derail a season of hard work. The Cats escape against the Bearcats may not have been a wake up call, but it was a reminder that this time of year, nothing will come easy.
((TRT: 35 ... OC: "HELP US."))
As we were waiting for today's practice to end for our interviews...we caught this fun moment on camera. The Cats posing for their own version of Ellen's Oscar selfie. Senior Josh Elbaum leading the way and snapping the pic...and here's how it looked on Instagram. Not quite as organized as the Oscar pic, but the Cats definitely seem loose and relaxed heading into the America East tournament.
Tonight at 11 -- We'll have the latest town meeting day results as they roll in. That's on the channel 3 news at 11.
A new device promises to remove unwanted tattoos faster than ever. Bigad Shaban show us how it works.
(--TAKE PKG--) STUART YELLIN HOPES THIS NEW KIND OF LASER TREATMENT WILL BE ABLE TO DO WHAT PREVIOUS DEVICES HAVE *NOT*----COMPLETELY REMOVE HIS 11-YEAR OLD BARBED WIRE TATTOO. (---SOT: Stuart Yellin, 55, ----1:54:11--) "I got it at the spur on the moment with a cousin at the same time, and it started bleeding down my arm in streaks // I hated it." STUART SAYS TYPICAL LASERS STOPPED WORKING ON HIS TATTOO (--STILL PICS--) HERE'S WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE AFTER 27 STANDARD TREATMENTS TO REMOVE IT. BUT NOW, AFTER JUST 3 MONTHLY TREATMENTS WITH THE PICO-SURE LASER, HIS TATTOO IS FADING AGAIN. (---SOT: Dr. Gary Lask, Director of Dermatologic surgery, UCLA---) "It's the first new breakthrough for tattoo treatment in about 20 years.") DERMATOLOGIST DR. GARY LASK SAYS A FASTER PULSE RATE ALLOWS THE DEVICE TO REMOVE TATTOOS QUICKER. (---SOT: Dr. Gary Lask, Director of Dermatologic surgery, UCLA---1:46:36---) "That laser fires at a trillionth of a second. // (1:42:50) By doing that you're getting a more intense reaction, // that destroys the tattoo particles." *FEWER* TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED.. BUT IT STILL COMES AT A PRICE. (---IN: GRAPHIC--) The pico sure costs about 6-hundred dollars a session, that's double the prices of typical lasers. (---OUT: GRAPHIC--) STEWART SAYS GETTING HIS TATTOO ORIGINALLY COST HIM $250 dollars. (---SOT: Stuart Yellin, 55 years old, ----1:52:30---) (BIGAD) And how much money have you spent trying to get rid of it? (STUART) Going on ten grand--ten thousand dollars!" BUT AFTER A FEW MORE TREATMENTS, STUART HOPES HIS TATTOO WILL FINALLY BE...A FADED MEMORY. BS. CBS NEWS. LOS ANGELES.
The treatments are generally spaced about a month and a half apart to allow the impacts of the laser to continue working on the skin. Possible side effects can include temporary scabbing and blistering. That's health watch.
We've made it too March, and people are looking for signs of Spring.
An end of an era at town meeting today in Promfret. Hazel Harrington-- who served the town for the last four decades-- officially retired. Adam Sullivan reports.
Hidden in a sea of faces, a staple in town government in Pomfret Vermont, inconspicuously sits on the sides lines this town meeting day. Four decades earlier, back in 1973, Hazel Harrington was first voted in as Town Clerk. ((Hazel Harringtom/Retiring: "I need to get out of the house after raising the kids so it worked.")) For 30 years- she held the position of both clerk and treasurer. A job she was elected to every single year. For the last 10 years-- managing the books has been her sole responsibility. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. ((Harrington: "I think it is the time. I am getting older and my memory is getting worse you know and I think it is just time.")) Town meeting was Harrington's last day as an elected official. And as she steps down, she's says the relationships she has formed over the years is what she will miss most. ((Harrington: "well the best part is getting to know all the people.")) People like Lynne Leavitt-- who served beside Harrington as town as town clerk for 7 years. ((Lynne Leavitt/Former town clerk: "her knowledge, her kindness, her respect for people. She is irreplaceable.")) ((Daphne Gratiot: "she did the job, she did it well and people trusted her.")) ((nats: flowers)) Trusted, and admired. The town's gratitude showed through with gifts to mark her tenure and a standing ovation as a community said thanks. ((Gratiot: "it changes the town and hopefully it will continue just the same.")) Change on this day was apparent through the election of a NEW town clerk. Advice for her to follow-- the example Harrington set many years before. ((Peter Fox Smith/Pomfret: "always ready with the information that was needed. She was the building blocks, the foundation in many ways for the last forty years of Pomfret Vermont.")) And this Grandmother-- who plans to spend more time in her son's greenhouse-- gives some words of wisdom of her own. ((Harrington: "go with the flow I guess. Things change over the years, and you have to change with them.")) A woman -- not looking to stand out. But this town says she will never be forgotten. Adam Sullivan channel three news in Pomfret.
It's March -- but it feels like mid-winter. Even on the ski mountains. Tonight -- Nick is slopeside at Jay Peak -- a resort that has undergone a transformation.
((Nats: Skiing **Elijah if possible**)) Elijah Racusin has been boarding for a long time. ((Elijah Racusin Montgomery 1:42:32-33 Yeah, since I was 2.)) When he first started coming to Jay Peak it was a no frills mountain-- No fancy base lodge, minimal restaurants, just skiing. That's not the case today. (( ER 1:42:39-46 It started out just that building and now I play hockey here, and I can surf here, and just the terrain is unbeatable.)) Since 2008, more than 300 million dollars have been invested into the resort-- Racusin tells us he thinks all of the changes are worth it. ((ER 1:42:51-58 Yeah I do. It's bringing more jobs and some people may grumble that it's taking up space, but there's something for everyone.)) Despite all of the development, Jay Peak says it's managed to keep lift ticket prices reasonable. ((JJ Toland Jay Peak 1:27:43-53 We've actually decreased our lift ticket price over the last 2 years by 15-20%.)) With 100% of the mountain open, a lift ticket grants you access to a lot of terrain. ((Nats: Skiing )) ((Nick Borelli Jay Peak 1:41:43-53 Jay Peak received a lot of snow in February, more than 5 feet. And if you look closely there are still some stashes of powder to be found.)) Jay Peak has been developing its inbounds woods skiing for more than 20 years. ((Jon Merz Carlisle Mass. 1:35:16-25 We ski a lot of...all of the glades. And just go on some of the different ridge lines. When the snow is right, which is right now. It's well covered up here.)) Back on the groomed trails, snow surfaces are a mix of packed powder and hard pack-- Nice conditions for carving. ((Natalie Courval Montreal 1:47:09-15 Very great. The trails were very nice. Lots of snow. No ice.)) ((ER 1:43:31-38 It's hardpack and fast, but it's nice. We got some snow yesterday. And yeah, it's great snow conditions)) Part of that reason that the snow is so fast-- Cold temperatures. But the cold doesn't always feel quite so bad this time of the year.. thanks to the strong March Sun. ((ER 1:43:57-1:44:01 If it was windy and cloudy it would not be fun. But it's sunny and not too windy.)) And if we have a little more patience, eventually the mercury will begin to rise-- Then we'll see the soft snow that makes spring skiing so great. ((1:43:49-51 It's just an all around good time.)) Nick Borelli. Channel 3 News. Jay.
With a bounce back regular season now in the books...and with a legitimate shot at an NCAA tournament bid, the UVM men's hockey team now looks ahead to it's first home playoff game since 2009 when the Cats host Massachusetts in a Hockey East first round matchup Friday night at Gutterson. Vermont comes into the postseason winners of six of their last nine, including a 3-2 victory over UMass-Lowell on Senior Night Saturday at Gutterson. All season long, the team has spoke of treating every game like a playoff game, keeping their focus on the task at hand. That mantra has resulted in the program's first winning record in four years and now the Cats are confident that mindset will help them get past the Minutemen in a win or go home matchup Friday.
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The boys high school basketball season arrives at Patrick Gym tonight with the Division One semifinals. The opener pits top seed Burr & Burton against number five Mount Mansfield. That one got underway at 6pm and at last check MMU led 33-21 at the half. The nightcap should be a raucous atmosphere as Rice takes on Burlington. We'll have highlights from both at eleven.
tonight, the boys semis getting underway in Barre...the top seed in Division two ...U-32...facing number five Mill River ... --- early action here...a back and forth first quarter...Chris Collins sticks the top of the key jumper...he had 14...Raiders by two... --- at the other end, Omari Brown drives and beats the buzzer... Mill River leads by two after a quarter... --- second quarter, Mark Goyette inside...two of his team high 13... the Minutemen still up two... --- but U-32 slowly takes control and pulls away ...Ryan Booth leading the way with 25 points ... the Raiders win 60-37 to return to the D-2 title game for the first time since 2010.
earlier in the evening...Division Four's top seed...Twin Valley...met fourth seeded Chelsea... --- Chelsea led by one with two and a half minutes left in the first...but Twin Valley closes the quarter on a 9-3 run ...Colin Lozito stops and pops...Wildcats up five after one... --- the Red Devils fighting to stay close in the second... Brandon Poulin with the acrobatic finish off the Brayden Benasera feed... --- Chelsea was down eight at the break... and Twin Valley kept them at bay in the second half...Dal Nesbitt the steal... Sam Molner with the putback... --- then it's Nesbitt from downtown... Twin Valley wins 61-46 to reach it's first D-4 state final ...
To The gut we go, Division 1 boys hockey semis. Number 4 Colchester and top seed CVU. --- Second period, CVU's Thomas Samuelsen with the shot. Teammate Cam Rivard in front falls down but is able to get his stick on it for the score. 1-0 CVU. --- 2 and a half minutes later, Ryan Keelan feeds Rivard for his second goal of the game. 2-0 CVU after two. --- Colchester gets one back early in the third, the pass in front is deflected right to Ryan Francis. It's 2-1 Redhawks. --- The Lakers pull the goalie late, but are unable to get anything through. CVU beats Colchester, 2-1 advancing to Thursday's State title game against 2 seed Essex.
The Top Ranked Plattsburgh State women's hockey team opens postseason play this weekend. A journey they hope ends with the program's first national title since 2008. The Cardinals are confident they can achieve that goal thanks in large part to a historic season from a player who's job is preventing them. Dylan Scott has more in tonight's Spotlight on Sports. (((TRT: 1:56 OC: SPOTLIGHT ON SPORTS))) In the world of plattsburgh state senior goaltender sydney aveson... the fastest sport on earth doesn't seem all that fast right now... <(sydney aveson) Everything seems to slow down right now. i can see the puck coming off the shooters stick. after i make the save it all speeds up again, it's unreal. The ECAC West player of the year is putting together arguable the greatest season ever between the pipes... sporting a 17-1-1 ledger with a record setting 980 save percentage and unreal .37 goals against average <(kevin houle) I don't think a Division I women's hockey player or Division I men's or women's has had the kind of season she has statistically. she has been phenomenal.> <(chelsea vanglahn) It seems like the puck is headed in and then oh wait, it's sydney aveson making another big save." Aveson has saved her best for last... in 19 games started she has 13 shutouts... In January she set the DIII record for the category, earning national praise from Sports Illustrated "faces in the crowd" for her effort. <(sydney aveson) I was a little nervous about it but in the end you just have to roll with it.> Aveson actually began her career at msu-mankato but felt more like a spectator than a student-athlete ... it wasn't until she came to plattsburgh that she found her calling on the ice and in the classroom... <(sydney aveson) Its been icing on the cake. to find what you have a passion for along with hockey is amazing. some people never find that.> However, there is still one piece missing to the journey of the expeditionary studies major. <(sydney aveson) ever since i was little all i ever wanted to do was play college hockey and win a national championship. i haven't done it yet but i have a good feeling.> In Plattsburgh Dylan Scott Channel 3 Spotlight on Sports...
Tonight at 11 - you voted -- and we'll have the results of town meeting day. Plus -- a couple found millions in gold coins buried in their backyard. Was the treasure stolen from the Mint -- 100 years ago? That's next on the CBS Evening News. Good night. Good night.
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