Tue 03-DEC-2013 6 P.M. News Script
It's an internal conflict Vermont can't seem to cure. People love their community schools -- but people also grumble about high property taxes. Few feel the pressure to strike a balance on both those fronts more than school board members. Steve Dale is head of the Vermont School Boards Association. ((Recently vermont tax commissioner Mary Petersen recommended a five cent increase in the property tax rate to pay for schools -- and then she and Governor Shumlin asked school boards to keep budgets down. Is that going to happen?)) ((what are you hearing from members about budgets. Likely to grow or shrink?)) ((The number of Vermont students continues to shrink. We're down to less than 100-thousand kids but spending increases every year. We're up to a billion and a half dollars. why?)) ((when there is cutting - sports and music are almost always part of the conversation. why?)) ((how big a piece are teacher salaries?))
Tomorrow on the Thirty -- we go Above the Law with Cheryl Hanna. Holiday shopping season is in full swing -- but do you know your rights when you hit the stores or shop online? Cheryl does. If you have any questions, send them along on Facebook - or email them to The-underscore-30 at wcax dot com. And join us tomorrow at 5-30 on The Thirty.
Good afternoon, Darren is off tonight. I'm Roger Garrity. And I'm Kristin Kelly. The military's next-generation fighter jet is scheduled for arrival in Burlington. The decision is solely the Air Force's to make - but the plane's opponents insist this dog-fight will continue in court. Kyle Midura has followed this story for more than two years and attended today's announcement. He joins us now Live from Camp Johnson. Roger, Vermont's elected leader's made the announcement this afternoon - less than a day after adamantly denying knowing when the decision would come. They cheered the move and the men and women who made it possible. Others say the guard is deserving but the plane is the wrong choice for residents of the local community and state.
Eglin Air Force base in Florida's pan-handle is currently the only home for the F-35. But, the latest generation fighter plane is set to patrol the skies of the Green Mountain state in the near future. (nats) Flanked by Gov. Peter Shumlin and Sen. Patrick Leahy, Adjutant General Steven Cray delivered the news Tuesday afternoon ((7:28 - congrats nat pop)) ((nats applause)) The Air Force's plan calls for 18 of the planes to touch down in Vermont in 2020 - replacing the current fleet of F-16s. Sen. Patrick Leahy said Vermont Air National Guard's selection is a tribute to the reputation earned by its men and women. ((16:32 - 38 - Sen. Patrick Leahy - D - Vermont You made Vermont proud yesterday; you do today; I know you will tomorrow. Thank you very much.)) ((20:21 - :25 there has been contention, there has been controversy)) Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, Winooski's Mike O'Brien, and South Burlington City Council Chairwoman Pam MacKenzie say they're already working to mitigate any added noise created by the transition from F-16 to the F-35. ((37:42 - :45 James Leas This plane is injustice incorporated)) Outspoken opponents like James Leas of Burlington say they're planning another lawsuit to stop the F-35 from landing here, bringing the total to three. He complains that neither Leahy or Shumlin spent the time to listen to the plane's critics. ((1:28:57 - :02 Leas we're going to be looking for support all over the country and all over the world)) Opponents took aim at the plane's bloated budget, frequent missed development timetables, and health effects to residents surrounding the airport from increased noise levels. Proponents argued for jobs, supporting the local guard, and benefits to the airport. In its record of decision - Air Force leaders cited several factors in the decision - like current infrastructure - but none more prominently than cost.
- Burlington has oldest F-16s thus wouldn't require shuffling of planes as at other bases - No new manpower required - Adequate airspace for training as well as nearby partners for joint exercises So Kyle after all that local debate -- cost turns out to be the Air Force's top reason for choosing Burlington. Any indication of what it will cost to transition to the F-35? (kyle says a few million)
A New Hampshire dad - admits he killed his wife -- right next to their 3 year old son. 42-year-old James Perriello pleaded guilty to shooting Natalie Perriello six times in their Grantham home in April 2011. She was a teacher at Lebanon High School. Pereillo says he secretly taped his wife -- and learned she was having an affair with a former student. Prosecutors will ask for 35 years to life when he is sentenced in two weeks.
A woman is dead following an early morning fire in northern New York -- and state police have launched a criminal investigation. Logan Crawford is at the scene in Moriah tonight. Logan -- what have you learned? Kristin , Inside the house behind me, a 22 year old woman died ... Killed by the blaze. Police say the cause of the fire is not known, but nothing can be ruled out.
Police and firefighters responded to the call about the fire as fast as they could. (tile 8795 00:04:02:07) ((Captain John Tibbetts/New York State Police "At 5:04 AM Essex County 911 received a report of a structure fire here on Dugway road in Moriah.")) The house was engulfed by the time fire crews arrived on the scene, and it was several hours before they were able to find the body of 22 year old Sierra Daha. (tile 8795 00:04:22:01 ) ((Captain John Tibbetts/New York State Police "When they arrived on the scene, two residents had been escorted out by a passerby, there was one subject that remained in the residence. She was located deceased on the 2nd floor." 00:04:33:18)) The two who escaped the inferno unharmed were 20 year old Damien Sprague, and Mary Daha - who police believe is the grandmother of the deceased. Police say they do not know what caused the fire -- but state police have opened a criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fire. It's expected to take several days to complete. (tile 8795 00:05:01:12) ((Captain John Tibbetts/New York State Police "At this time we are currently interviewing witnesses and anyone else who may have been in the area this morning for this fire." 00:05:08:10))
Daha's remains have been moved to Albany for an autopsy, expected to be finished tomorrow. No arrests or charges have been made. Kristin. Did state police give any indication of what type of crime they are investigating? (logan says they didn't -- but when reporters asked if it was a case of arson or a meth lab explosion -- police said they haven't ruled anything out. And asked about a report of gunshots fired, they said they had not reason to believe that had occurred.)
A former Vermont fire captain has been sentenced to 13 months in jail for a series of arson fires. 30-year-old George Allen was found guilty last summer of directing younger firefighters to intentionally set some 20 wildfires around Wallingford in 2008, including in the Green Mountain National Forest. Allen told police the fires were set as a result of boredom.
Police are investigating a home invasion in Burlington's South End. It happened around 3:30 this afternoon on Marble Avenue. Police say two men entered another man's apartment and assaulted him. Investigators say the victim knew his attackers -- but aren't commenting on what prompted the altercation. Eyewitnesses say the suspects fled the scene. Police are now looking for the two men -- and believe they may be driving a black car with Massachusetts plates. But they say the public is not at risk.
((Sgt. Justin Couture/Burlington Police Dept. 00:35:31 "the victim knows who the suspects are. He was able to identify both names and descriptions obviously the vehicle. 35:42 We don't feel that this is a random thing. It was some issue that the suspects and the victim had.")) The victim was treated on the scene for minor injuries. If you have any information call Burlington Police.
Burlington police are also searching for a woman - who held up a cab driver. It happened last night in the Old North End. Police say a driver for Green Cab picked up a woman -- who then pressed an object against the drivers back and demanded money. The woman is described as slim -- about 5-2 - wearing a sweatshirt. Investigators are looking at whether this incident is connected to an assault and robbery last night at the North Star Motel in Shelburne. A man and a woman wearing a hooded sweatshirt held up the clerk. The woman allegedly hit the clerk in the face with a wooden object. She was described as 5-2 and slender.
He went out for a Thanksgiving turkey -- and never came home. Now a Ripton man has been found dead in his overturned car. Vermont State Police say they found a 2001 Plymouth Neon -- upside down in a river embankment off a curvy stretch of Route 125 in Ripton....and a man dead inside. Police have identified that person as James Daignault ((DAY-NO)) of Ripton, who had been missing since November 23rd. State Police say the body and the car -- were found by chance.
(( Vehicle was located because it appears it hit a geographical marker. The federal geological survey notified us.)) Daignault was on his way home from picking up a turkey at the food shelf in Burlington when he crashed. It was the same night our region saw snow squalls that created white out conditions. Daignault was not reported missing until two days later -- when the first of several searches were launched. An autopsy has been ordered to determine when Daignault died.
State police say a driver took off on foot after crashing a car -- which then caught fire. Police say they responded to Hinesburg Road in Charlotte -- where Fire and Rescue was putting out the flames on a Chevy Malibu that had gone off the road and struck a tree. Neighbors told police they saw a man running away from the crash.
Burlington business owners are picking up the pieces tonight after a suspected drunk driver left them with a very serious case of déjà vu. Molly Smith explains.
Bent metal, crumbling walls.. And lots of water -- this was the scene inside the Merola's Market corner store Tuesday morning. Owner James Beaudoin says he got the call from an employee just after midnight. ((James Beaudoin: 05:27 I went oh really. Well those were the exact words used but I have to my trunk came down here and found a truck in my store again.)) Police say 40-year-old Kennet Dall of Burlington was drunk when he crashed his truck into this corner liquor store. He took out the side of the building and crushed the water heater -- which flooded the store. ((In the cooler 03:11 it looks like it pushed the cooler back three or 4 inches maybe even more from the outside. So you're expecting higher energy bills for the month of December? The one nice thing is if it's cold I don't have to worry about turning the cooler on we got outside AC.)) Beaudoin is keeping a sense of humor during the whole thing. But he says drunk driving really isn't funny. (( James Beaudoin 06:42 it's hard being a business owner that sells liquor wine and beer to comment on that because it's part of my business and a very good part of my business but you need to be smart about it.)) The crazy thing is -- this isn't the first time. Back in 2010 another drunk driver plowed into the other side of the store -- doing much more damage. ((Molly: 23:47 The last time this happened the business had to shut down for nearly a month but this time the owner hope it will only take one day.)) (( James Beaudoin 06:08 I want to be open this is a busy time of year for everybody)) Beaudoin says he's seen a lot of support from friends and neighbors -- and luckily most of the alcohol in the cooler wasn't impacted -- which represents a significant party of his business. These accidents have taught him to roll with the punches -- and just in case you were wondering he's not planning on opening a drive through. Molly Smith Channel 3 News Burlington.
Dall was cited for DUI at the scene of the accident -- he will be in court later this month.
Vermont Health Connect is back online -- after another round of upgrades. The latest fixes allow individuals and families to pick an insurance plan -- and pay by check. People who already made a selection will be getting a bill. And those who qualify for aid -- can now get financial help. Subscribers still cannot pay online with a credit card and state officials are not sure when that will be fixed. Also still left out are thousands of small businesses that need to sign up.
A U-S Supreme Court case could open the door for the state of Vermont to collect sales taxes on your internet purchases. Web retailers like Amazon generally do not have to charge sales taxes. But the high court ruling could change that. Some estimates put potential tax revenue for Vermont at 44-million-dollars, but state officials say they're not banking on that -- yet.
((39:27 Lawrence Miller/Vt. Commerce Sec'y: We are still reviewing the Supreme Court decision and what the implications are. There's a number of other cases that are ongoing around the country so, the point which we feel comfortable there's enough room to make the leap without unintended consequences, then we'll go.)) Amazon plans to take the sales tax fight back to Congress. Lawmakers have so far been unable to agree on the issue.
A new report says Vermont business and government leaders need to do more improve the work and economic lives of young women. The task force was made up of business, government and non profit leaders from around the state. And got to work this spring after a review found many young women face multiple barriers -- including -- few role models, lack of personal financial skills, limited exposure to career options -- and bullying. Members say there are easy steps everyone can do -- day in and day out.
((30:25 Tiffany Bluemle/ Vt. Works for Women "Ask you daughter to help you when you change the oil in your car or update a program on a computer. Invite that young talented whipper snapper to professsional or social gatherings that will help broaden her network))12 ((30:41 Say yes to conducting mock interviews or informational interviews no matter how busy you are -- it makes a difference. )) Some of the key recommendations released today -- make financial literacy mandatory in school -- and push employers to recruit more young women for internships in jobs where they are under represented. For a link to the report -- click on our infocenter at wcax-dot-com
The lighting of the State House Christmas Tree later this week is always a festive time in the Capital City. But today folks inside the statehouse were quietly trimming another tree. Alexei Rubenstein reports.
((NATS)) State House Volunteers gather for their annual tree decoration party. The ornaments, in the victorian style, are about as traditional as you can get. ((48:05 Jane Bishop/State House Volunteeer "They're made out of paper. They're hand made. Theyre very ornate. They have photographs, old photographs of the state house and we also have photographs of the volunteers through the years, so it's very personal.)) ((54:55 David Schutz/ Vt. State curator "This is all about Vermont and the state house and we try to keep the tree foucused on that)) Although Teresa Randall volunteers once a week at the gift shop, she has a long history under the golden dome... ((52:24 Teresa Randall/State House volunteer "I don't know it gets in your blood...)) Randall started in 1972 in the Cafeteria, later working for Madeleine Kunin -- and eventually becoming Sgt. at Arms in the early 90's. The tree decorating and many other state house renovations started in 1985. ((53:42Teresa Randall/State House volunteer "If you'd have been around in 72 it did not look like the same building. Tourists now say this is the prettiest small building they've been to.)) She's one of the nearly 100 volunteers that give tours to visitors. ((55:37 Teresa Randall/State House volunteer "people here are very friendly I think and they can tell that. They dont feel afraid to talk and ask you questions and I mean you have them from all over the world. I never realized there was so many countries in the world as we had.)) A nearly 30 year tradition that keeps many coming back for more. ((56:33Teresa Randall/State House volunteer "couple more years, yeah. If I'm still around we'll probably still be doing it, right david. David: I rather expect it... Pause )) Alexei Rubenstein - Ch 3 News -- Montpelier.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog. Lows: 20/27 Winds: Light Wednesday: Partly sunny. Increasing afternoon clouds. Highs: 35/42 Winds: Light Wednesday Night: Cloudy skies. Chance of rain/snow showers. Lows: 30/37 Winds: S 10-15 mph Thursday: Cloudy skies. Warmer. Morning rain showers. Highs: 43/50 Winds: S 10-15 mph Extended: Friday through Tuesday. Thursday Night: chance of rain/snow/mix showers. Lows 28/35 Friday: Chance of snow or rain. Highs 33/40 Lows 20/27 Saturday: Partly sunny. Highs 20s Lows 15/25 Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs 20s Lows 10/20 Monday: Chance of snow, (mix south) Highs 25/35 Lows 10/20 Tuesday: Chance of snow showers. Highs 20s
A CEO of a Derby credit union -- admits she stole from customers. Debra Kinney pleaded guilty to federal embezzlement charges -- and agreed to forfeit 250-thousand dollars. Kinney ran the tiny Border Lodge Credit Union. Federal authorities are still trying to figure out how much money was taken. Kinney could get up to 30-years in prison when she's sentenced next April.
It won a national small business award two years ago -- but a St. Johnsbury company just announced layoffs. Mobile Medical International makes mobile health care facilities and shelters -- mostly for the military. Owner Rick Cochran tells Channel 3 News that 20 employees were laid-off temporarily on Monday -- because of "a lull" in business due to military budget cuts. Cochran says all 20 employees will be back on the job next week, working to fulfill two current contracts. And he say the company is working to close four new contracts that should keep employment stable.
Volunteers in Burlington are working the phones for the homeless. More than two-hundred volunteers are making calls for the annual Phonathon for the Committee on Temporary Shelter. The goal is to raise 175-thousand dollars. This is the non-profit's biggest fundraiser and will help provide shelter and services for the homeless.
((00:24:42 "One thing that's just amazing about living in this community is how generous people are when they understand who they're helping and why. There's very few things more compelling than making sure families with children have a place." 00:25:01)) The fundraiser ends December 10th. That's news around the region.
Starting Line Sports ...the Middlebury men's and women's basketball teams are hosting instate rival Castleton in a doubleheader tonight at Pepin Gym. The women's game is underway, the men tip off at 7:30pm. We'll have highlights from both at eleven. After suffering their first two losses of the season last weekend at the Hoopsville Classic in Maryland, the Panthers bounced back with a 92-79 win at Rensselaer Sunday to improve to 4-2. Middlebury fans better get to Pepin tonight if they want to see their team in action, because this is the only home game the Panthers will play this month. Middlebury beat the Spartans 54-38 last season in Castleton. This year, the Spartans are off to a 1-2 start after falling to Plymouth State in their last game back on Nov. 26th. Despite the record, coach Jeff Brown thinks the in-state rival should prove to be quite the test.
(((TRT: 16 OC: INTO THE GAME)))
Coming up later...we catch up with the Middlebury women's soccer team as they head to the NCAA Division Three Final Four...
There's a new place to treat common health care issues in the Upper Valley. It's not a doctor's office, but rather-- the local pharmacy. Adam Sullivan reports.
It's a busy Tuesday at West Lebanon's 12A plazas-- as shoppers look for deals. But, now, in addition to buying gifts, they can get a checkup at the same time. ((Anne Pohnert/Minute Clinic: "Ear infections, sinus infection, sore throats, the flu.")) A new Minute Clinic-- in the CVS Pharmacy-- it available to anyone feeling ill. Or, patients who want to diagnose a small problem before it becomes a big one. ((Pohnert: "We actually do some monitoring and screening tests for conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes.")) The clinics are affiliated with CVS Pharmacies around the country. But this one is partnering with the region's largest health care provider-- Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. ((Dr. Ethan Berke/DHMC: "The first discovery of a chronic disease like high blood pressure might happen at a place like this, and then the minute clinic can a attach that patient to us to take care of their ongoing chronic needs.")) The clinic is staffed by a nurse practitioner and no appointment is needed. Doctors with the Medical Center will provide expertise and support when needed. ((Dr. Michael Adams/Minute Clinic Medical Director: "If we can treat someone's blood pressure before it leads to a heart attack or a stroke, it's a huge savings.")) Minute Clinic staff say a $500 dollar visit to the Emergency Room., may only cost 80 dollars at the clinic. And most insurance plans are accepted. Prices and common medical problems treated here are listed on the wall. One goal is to keep patients out of the E.R.-- which officials say drives up the cost of care. ((Adams: "Quality care and timely care and we want to make sure people get access to the preventive things they need as well.")) Officials say it also provides continuity of care. Medical history is recorded digitally and can be shared by willing patients-- allowing those without a primary care doctor to hook up with one in the area. ((Berke: "So it might mean more patients for us but it won't be exclusively with us and we are ok with that.")) ((Sullivan: "Minute Clinics are now in 28 states and the District of Columbia and they have served more than 17 million people. Patients who doctors say might otherwise end up in the Emergency Room at a higher cost with less convenience. Adam Sullivan channel three news in West Lebanon New Hampshire."))
A total of 6 clinics will be opening in New Hampshire in the next two months. New York also has Minute Clinics, but so far, none have opened in New York's North Country. That's Healthwatch.
A piece of South Hero history is getting a makeover. Residents came out to watch a restored cupola make it's way back on top of one of the oldest buildings in town... Melissa Howell has the story.
Since 1816, the big white building has sat right here on route 2 in South Hero. ((Susan Crowley/South Hero resident 00:16:29 "I learned how to square dance in that building." 00:16:32)) And now, the building filled with so much history is getting a restored cupola. ((Bret Corbin/Organizer 00:23:03 "it has a lot of pretty ornate architectual details." 00:23:06)) Bret Corbin began the restoration project 3 years ago -- raising money from the community. The town also received 50-thousand dollars in grants from Vermont Preservation Trust to bring the two century old building back to life. ((STANDUP "after the construction of the building in the early 1800s, the building was used as a church, and later became a school house.Today it's used as a shop to help raise money for the community.")) But Corbin knew he couldn't take this project on alone.. ((Bret Corbin/Organizer 00:24:23 "We had a lot of different activities where kids would come and learn about the building and then take their knowledge out into the community to let people know that this was really important." 00:24:34)) Students from the Folsom Educational Center lended a hand -- painting the 200 year old wood boards used to build the cupola.. ((Erin Heslop/Student 00:13:23 "it's been part of South Hero's history for a long time and it's just really important to us." 00:13:32)) And for some residents who went to grade school right here in the early 1900's -- seeing students help make the restoration possible has been priceless.. ((Susan Crowley/South Hero resident 00:18:22 "It's wonderful to see it put back in its original form." 00:18:26)) But the work isn't done yet... ((Bret Corbin/Organizer 00:28:04 "We've got to finish the shake on the bottom portion, we've got to finish the luber panels so the bell can be heard, and do all the slate work on top of the roof to tie it all together." 00:28:17)) Beginning next spring, the town hopes to receive another grant to finish restorations -- and preserve this piece of South Hero history for centuries to come....Melissa Howell Channel 3 News ...
One local company is making sure everyone's holiday is bright. Gina Bullard shows us the unique display -- on wheels.
The crew at SD Ireland Companies in Burlington is getting ready for the holiday season. ((nat)) And they're doing it with lots of tape -- ((nat)) and lights. (45:31:08) ((Kim Ireland/SD Ireland "clear duct tape is a beautiful thing ha")) Every year the company dolls up and rolls out its famous Christmas trucks. It's an illuminating tradition 8 years in the making. (47:59:14) ((Kim Ireland/SD Ireland "my husband came up with the idea just thought it would be cool to light one up")) This year the crew will bling out two large cement mixers and a mini mixer that will drive around churning out cheer until Christmas. (46:59:05) ((Kim Ireland/SD Ireland "its what we do")) It takes two days to clean and prepare the truck before crews work on each one for TWO WEEKS covering every part with lights -- including the spinning mixer. The question the company gets asked most -- HOW? (50:12:29) ((Kim Ireland/SD Ireland " there's a switch inside the truck that runs the drum it has to turn all the time when there's concrete and there's a generator that runs the rest of the lights")) But let's be serious -- (50:28:27) ((Kim Ireland/SD Ireland "its really christmas magic is how we do it")) The end result is jaw-dropping -- spectacular -- light up your life -- amazing. (1:12;25:02) ((it looks pretty and I like the way they decorated it)) (1:11:26:23) ((I like it, gb-why do you like it? it's all shiny)) (1:06:53:27) ((Katie Levevvre/Followed Truck "i think its great they do it, its fun for the kids and even me")) ((nat)) (1:03:51:20) ((Kyle Carpenter/Driver "everyone comes running screaming people stop take pictures its a lot of fun")) Kyle Carpenter has driven the Christmas trucks for the past two years and says there are some challenges driving a giant glowing truck. (1:04:22:07) ((Kyle Carpenter/Driver "its hard to see, theres a piece of tint on the glass that dulls the hugh a little")) Winter slop from the roads sometimes can short out the lights as well. But he says the reaction he gets -- outshines it all. (1:05:02:03) ((Kyle Carpenter/Driver "anytime i get asked to drive without a doubt i accept")) So just how many lights are on each truck? (1:11:56:22) (( 5? 6?)) A little more. I'll give you a hint -- it costs several thousand dollars to light up ONE truck.. (1:18:32:15) ((Walker Huges/9 years old " more than a million")) Well a little less. 25-thousand twinkling lights. (48:27:02) ((Kim Ireland/SD Ireland "thats a lot of christmas lights yes")) Kim Ireland says this bright light show is not about drumming up business. But about cementing a strong relationship with the community. (47:25:19) ((Kim Ireland/SD Ireland "its just a great time of year to get community to get together and the little kids really love so its a feel good thing which is just great")) Making sure everyone's holiday is merry -- (1:04:02:06) ((Kyle Carpenter/Driver "i got pulled over by burlington pd one of my white lights was out")) and EXTREMELY bright. Gina Bullard Channel 3 News Burlington.
Channel 3 wants to see YOUR pictures of the SD Ireland truck this year -- so make sure to post them to our Facebook page with the location of where you caught a glimpse of the glowing truck. We'll also have a link to the truck's schedule on our info center at wcax dot com.
After a record setting season that has seen a program best 17 wins and a NESCAC championship, the Middlebury women's soccer team is preparing for one last journey...one they hope ends with a national championship. Dylan Scott has more. (((TRT: 1:21 OC: CHANNEL THREE SPORTS.))) (((Thanks Mike, It was just a few days ago that Scarlett Kirk scored on this very goal to give Middlebury a 1-0 win over Johns Hopkins. Propelling them to their first ever NCAA DIII Final Four. That was then, this is now. The Panthers say they've lived in the moment, enjoyed it to its fullest and are now ready to set their sights on San Antonio, where they'll meet Trinity Friday for a shot to play in the National Championship. Just to give you a little perspective on what they're up against Friday, Middlebury set a program record with 17 wins this season, that's seven fewer than the Tiger's number of 24. At the road to a championship at Middlebury, Dylan Scott Channel 3 Sports.)))
The Middlebury Field Hockey team has two players earn All-American honors. Catherine Fowler made the first team, while Elinor O'Brien was a third-team selection. Fowler, a junior midfielder, was the NESCAC player of the year...O'Brien, a midfielder and senior co-captain for a Panthers squad that went 16-3, won the NESCAC and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Dartmouth football team had three players, all seniors, named to the FCS All-New England Team. Those players, running back Dominick Pierre, guard Cohle Fowler and linebacker Michael Runger, with Runger being chosen for the second straight year. Pierre is Dartmouth's second all-time leading rusher with 2,638 yards...Fowler helped clear the way for Pierre and was a key part of a line that helped the Big Green rush and pass for over 2,000 yards in a single season for the first time in program history. Runger led the team in tackles for the second straight season. Dartmouth went 6-4 overall, and won four of their last five to finishing third in the Ivy League.
The UVM men's hockey team has two weeks off before returning to action Saturday, December 14th at home against former ECAC rival St. Lawrence. The break comes just as the Cats are playing their best hockey of the season. Vermont has won four in a row after sweeping a weekend series with Maine this past Friday and Saturday night at Gutterson. The Cats are now 7-5-1 overall...4-4 in Hockey East. Coach Kevin Sneddon says that while the team is playing well and trying to build on that momentum is important, this break is actually coming at a good time.
((TRT: 28 ... OC: "RIGHT NOW."))
Another set of Cats building momentum is the UVM women's basketball team. Vermont has won three of it's last four to even their record at 3-3, capped by a 95-82 victory over UMass-Lowell in their America East opener Sunday at Patrick Gym. It's been a balanced attack so far for the Cats...three players in double figures... four scoring at least eight points a game... and a lot of confidence as they move toward this Sunday's meeting with Central Connecticut at Patrick.
((TRT: 24 ... OC: "COMING SUNDAY."))
The Boston Celtics host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at the TD Garden. The Bucks are tied for the worst record in the NBA at 3-13...but two of those wins, have come against the Celtics, including their only road victory of the season in Boston's home opener back on November 1st.
It appears the Jarrod Saltalamacchia era is over...and it will be replaced by that of another catcher with a hard to spell last name. The Red Sox are reportedly close to signing free agent catcher A-J Pierzynski to a one year deal worth $8.5 million, pending a physical. Pierzynski turns 37 on December 30th, but has played at least 125 games every season since 2002. Last year, he hit .272 with 17 homers and 70 RBI in his only season with the Texas Rangers. The eight years before that he played for the Chicago White Sox. The Sox reportedly never went beyond a two year offer to their own free agent catcher, Saltalamacchia, while the 28-year-old is looking for a three or four year deal. Pierzynski will share time with another 37-year-old, World Series hero David Ross, behind the plate for Boston next year. Both will be free agents at the end of next season and the Sox have a pair of young catching prospects they are high on in Christian Vazquez and Black Swihart. This move seems to indicate the club things they could be major league ready soon.
And with defensemen Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid nicked up, the Bruins recalled former UVM captain Kevan Miller back from Providence. He practiced with the team today, but it's not known yet if he will suit up for Thursday's game against the Canadiens in Montreal.
Tonight at 11 -- We told you about man using a stolen credit card last night -- now police say they have their man. and did the U-S make the grade? The worldwide rankings for students' academic performance were released today -- that's next on the CBS Evening News.
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