Wed 22-APR-2015 6 P.M. News Script


Good evening. I'm Darren Perron. And I'm Shelby Cashman -- in for Kristin Kelly. A bill passed by the Senate could kick thousands of unvaccinated children across the state out of school. Statehouse reporter Kyle Midura is here to explain. Kyle. Darren and Shelbs - about three-thousand kids attend school in Vermont without vaccines - because their parents are philosophically opposed. But soon, they may be forced to get their shots, or find another way to learn.


(those in favor nats) The issue of vaccines splits lawmakers and the public. A small percentage of the population worries about the shots -- concerned by the growing number suggested by doctors, and unconvinced of safety assurances from drug companies and public health officials. About six percent of students in Vermont schools are not fully-vaccinated as required by law. (4:54:30:00) ((Zuckerman we in this room are determining what goes into every single person's body)) Senators Wednesday voted to eliminate the most common of three legal excuses for skipping shots: the philosophical exemption. (4:59:06:00) ((Cummings What are we goign to do with the children not allowed in public schools?)) A handful of the Senate's 30 members say the change is a solution in search of a problem -- and may contribute to the state's on-going struggle with enrollment. But proponents contend vaccine safety is settled science, the best way to limit or eliminate the spread of life-threatening diseases. Parents with children with depressed immune systems celebrated the vote today… (5:32:59:00 ) ((Mia Hockett - Burlington Mom I think that it means that my daughter would have an opportunity to have an education and a healthy environment where we can send her to school everyday, not afraid that she's goign to contract a communicable disease that could be prevented and have life-threatening consequences )) .... while those who would prefer their kids not get vaccinated don't know what they'll do if the bill becomes law. (5:40:15:00) ((Joan Kahn I will have to put off that decision as long as I possibly can because I don't want to withdraw them from school, but it is a very real possibility . We might have to look at alternatives )) There's disagreement about whether the language would apply to private and independent schools or just public.


Philosophical exemptions represent more than half of the the six percent of Vermont school children who don't have all their shots. The change does leave a religious exemption in place along with one for those with certain medical issues associated with vaccination. Senators tacked the change onto a technical House bill, and it's unclear if the House will be willing to accept the change in compromise meetings. - Darren What's the difference here between the philosophical and religious exemptions? From the parent's or student's standpoint, very little other than the name. Securing the exemption requires identical steps to that used for the philosophical exemption. Legal experts are unaware of any state that has gotten rid of an exemption before - so it's unclear how many of those who used the philosophical exemption would be likely to switch to the religious one.


Paid sick leave was the topic of heated debate in the Vermont House today. The bill discussed would require employers to give workers -- up to three paid days off a year starting next year -- and up to five days beginning in 2018. The bill got fresh momentum last week when Governor Shumlin announced his support. But even if it passes the House today -- it's expected to die in the Senate rules committee.


Breath tests. AND saliva tests. If you get pulled over for erratic driving -- you may have to do both. As Alexei Rubenstein reports, lawmakers are considering it -- to crack down on drugged driving.


(file) When police pull someone over for erratic driving, there's a series of tests the officer looks for... ((File -- NATS?)) Slurred speech, Blood-shot, watery eyes, unsteady balance -- It's only after the field sobriety tests, that drivers may take a blow test to see if they've been drinking. But for drugged drivers -- like someone smoking pot -- there has been no similar road-side tool. Up until now -- Introducing -- saliva samples. (00:20:00 Tile 7602) (( Lt. Gary Scott/Vt. State Police "They would insert the swab inside the device in the back end. This takes about 4-5 minutes to give a reading. You would read off a little print out like this saying if there was some type of detection of drugs in the system.)) House lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow police to use the machines -- one of the first states in the country to do so. Many departments -- including the Vermont State Police -- already have voluntary pilot studies underway. Authorities say the tests are highly accurate and do not represent a big departure from the blow tests for alcohol. (00:29:04 Tile 7618)((Trisha Conti/Vt. Forensics Lab Director "This is going to be indicative of recent use of drugs. Its not going to show something that was done yesterday or two days ago or last month. This is a noninvasive alternate tool to allow another piece of the puzzle that may or may not indicate impairment.)) The machines can't detect all drugs -- like bath salts or huffing -- but police say there are other tests -- including a blood test -- that are routinely used after an arrest. The state defender general and Civil Liberties advocates -- have questioned whether the technology is ready for prime time. (00:50:36 Tile 7632)(( Allen Gilbert/ACLU "If the machine is not 100 % accurate and reliable, a persons freedom to move about -- which is a pretty basic freedom -- could be curtailed, based on science that's not working. )) He says taking saliva also raised constitutional search and seizure questions that breath tests don't. The machines cost about 5-thousand each. State Police say grant money can cover much of the initial costs. The measure is not expected to make it for a vote this session. But will likely be back come January. Alexei Rubenstein -- Channel 3 News -- Montpelier


A win for animal advocates in Vermont. An Eden woman is charged with several felonies -- following an animal cruelty investigation. Jennifer Costa was in the courtroom. She joins us now with the latest. Jennifer? Shelby -- Vermont State Police raided Carol Merchant's home and allegedly discovered cats and dogs living in deplorable conditions. Merchant claims she was saving them from kill shelters. Prosecutors say it was torture. In the end -- she and her roommate voluntarily surrendered 73 dogs, 3 cats and a duck. Now both are facing charges.


A crowd of animals advocates packed the Lamoille County courthouse -- for the arraignments of Carol Merchant and Russell Goodell. The Eden pair is accused of abusing dozens of dogs and cats -- cooped up in their home. ((NATS - scene)) This was the scene -- back in February -- after an anonymous tip lead Vermont State Police -- to Merchant's home on Rt. 100. Inside -- authorities say they found dehydrated, malnourished animals -- covered in feces and open sores. ((Joanne Bourbeau/Vt. Humane Society Director 00:31:41 "some dogs had to have parts of their bodies amputated because of severe infections.")) Joanne Bourbeau is the state's humane society director. She helped coordinate the rescue team -- and has followed Merchant's case to court. Prosecutors allege the 57 year old intentionally and maliciously tortured the animals. But she denied 8 felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty. ((COURT- 00:19:36 "enter a not guilty plea on all 8 counts.")) Bourbeau says the animal community is pleased with such severe charges. ((Joanne Bourbeau/Vt. Humane Society Director 00:30:28 "I think it sends a very clear message that Vermonters take this very seriously and to see felony charges is very rare in an animal cruelty case here on vermont so very pleased to see that.")) Goodell -- also lived in the home -- owned two dogs -- and was supposed to help Merchant care for the animals. He pleaded not guilty to 6 lesser charges of animal cruelty. According to court papers -- Merchant told police she was an animal rescuer -- who got in over her head. But it's not the first time she's been investigated by police. In 2014 -- she promised authorities she'd get her animals to a manageable level. Instead they seemed to double. ((Joanne Bourbeau/Vt. Humane Society Director 00:32:39 "It's animal cruelty no matter how you characterize what her intentions were.")) Merchant still has 4 dogs -- and 3 cats living in her home. The court allowed her to keep them -- but barred her from acquiring any new animals. She must also arrange vet checks every 10 days -- and allow an animal control officer to inspect her property if there are future suspicions of abuse. Humane officers -- like Deborah Loring -- would like to see the state do more. ((Deborah Loring/humane officer 00:36:15 "we would like to see the state file a motion fir forfeiture and the judge left them open."))


Merchant told the court she's already made arrangements with Lamoille Valley Vet Services -- for those 10 day vet checks. We called the animal hospital. The owner denies entering into any agreement with Merchant -- and questions whether she could afford the frequent house calls -- or if the facility even wants the job. Shelby.


A New York paper plant will still get cheaper fuel from a Vermont company -- it just won't be UNDER Lake Champlain. Rose Spillman joins us now. Rose, what do you know? Darren, Officials say the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga is the only US location in the company without access to natural gas. Today they announced they will be using what's called a virtual pipeline.


International Paper's mill in Ticonderoga, New York has been looking to switch to natural gas for a few years, but with no direct line to the resource, the company had to look at multiple options. Today they announced they had found the solution. (01:21:49 0391) ((Donna Wadsworth/Internationa l Paper "We are going to be able to displace about 60 percent of the fuel oil with compressed natural gas, and so that will significantly reduce our environmental footprint." 01:21:59)) The Vermont based company, NG Advantage, will be using a "private virtual pipeline" to deliver the natural gas to power the mill's boiler and kiln. (00:01:08) ((Tom Evslin/NG Advantage "Trailers like this one here are used to deliver natural gas to them from where we are here in Milton. We take the gas out of the Vermont Gas pipeline. It gets compressed into these trailers, trailers go down to the International Paper Site, and they use the gas directly out of those trailers." 00:01:24)) International Paper had originally planned to utilize a natural gas pipeline that would run underneath Lake Champlain. Paper officials say after two years of working with Vermont Gas on the project, the mill decided to back out. (01:20:41 0391) ((Donna Wadsworth/Internationa l Paper "Finally in January of this year we saw an escalation go to a point, cost escalation go to a point where it did not make business sense for us to stay." 01:20:50)) Now, with the help of NG Advantage, the mill can continue with its plans to switch to the more eco-friendly -- and cheaper -- gas. ((Tom Evslin, :36 The two goals that they have are both to be environmentally cleaner because natural gas burns a lot cleaner than oil, not only less carbon, but no sulfur dioxide, very little nitrous-oxide and they are also looking to save money because natural gas is cheaper than oil to use as a boiler fuel.)) Officials say trucks will deliver around the clock. (00:01:45) ((Tom Evslin/NG Advantage "It really shows that truck compressed natural gas can be used in situations where people thought you either had to have a pipeline, or you just couldn't do it." 00:01:53)) Those trucks -- will start running next month.


International Paper officials say they expect between 16 and 20 trucks to work around the clock to deliver the natural gas supply. Darren.

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Big Blue's big deal -- with GlobalFoundries is getting closer. But right now -- the company has the help wanted sign out -- at its Vermont plant. IBM tells Channel 3 News its looking to hire 100 workers in Essex Junction. Those jobs will be in its chip-manufacturing division. These are supplemental positions. Some could be longterm -- some seasonal. A job fair will be held on April 30th at the Sheraton in South Burlington. GlobalFoundries is expected to complete its 1-and-a-half BILLION dollar take over of IBMs micro-chip manufacturing operations this year.


National Life Insurance is also looking for workers. The company says it has 60 job openings -- at its Montpelier headquarters -- and at its office in Texas.


Is it safe for oil trains -- to roll through the North Country? Members of the Clinton County Oil Train Task Force are meeting today to discuss resolutions passed in the county about the transport of crude oil through the area. There are concerns about a derailment or accident that would jeopardize safety and the environment. Among the topics up for discussion: creating an emergency response plan, and urging the government to develop safer technology to move oil. Alex Apple is there -- and will have more on the channel 3 news at 11.


Plans for a power line under Lake Champlain are moving forward. The Champlain Hudson Power Express would carry electricity from Canada to New York City. Most of the 330 mile line would be under water at the bottom of the lake and the Hudson River. Albany-based Transmission Developers Incorporated says it has received a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers --the final step in the federal and state permitting process. The company is now working on the financing for the two billion dollar powerline -- and hopes to begin construction later this year.

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Numerous showers will continue into early this evening. The showers will tend to become more scattered overnight. With lows dropping to 28/38, some mountain snow showers are possible overnight. Thursday and Friday are looking mostly cloudy, breezy and cool. We'll see periods of rain and snow shower activity from time to time. Any snow showers will tend to occur in the higher elevations during the day, but during the nighttime hours at least some wet flakes could reach the valley floors. More details on the extended forecast coming up. (wx script)


With all that rain we're having this week -- runoff into Lake Champlain is a concern. Especially when it comes to pet waste. Cat Viglienzoni caught up with volunteers using Earth Day to make sure dangerous bacteria -- don't end up in our water.


Rich Brandt and his daughter India love walking their dog at Oakledge Park in Burlington. But they say they often find unwanted surprises when fellow pet owners don't pick up after their pooches. ((SOT Rich Brandt, Burlington Dog Owner 5822 You think it's kind-of dirty and people are getting educated about bacteria, but still, a lot of people are lazy 28)) ((NATS Fisher putting on gloves)) Volunteers like Lori Fisher spent the morning helping keep this water source for 200-thousand people -- clean. ((SOT Lori Fisher, Lake Champlain Committee 4018 I think some naively think oh, it's natural, it'll break down. 22 It takes a long time to break down and when it does, and it's on the hard surfaces, again, that stuff is running off into our waterways 32)) ((CAT STANDUP 4931 If you think Fido's waste doesn't have a big impact… think again. The Lake Champlain Committee says 2-3 days' worth of waste from 100 dogs is enough to close an area like this to swimming and fishing 43)) ((SOT Fisher 3955 One of our volunteers, in under an hour, picked up those hundred piles of poop 4001)) Our dogs have a bigger impact than wild animals, Fisher says, because there are a lot more of them around here than coyotes or deer. And because our pets have a much different diet, their waste contains more bacteria, viruses and water-polluting nutrients. Brandt says -- India is learning early that it's not safe. ((SOT Rich Brandt, Burlington 5841 You don't want them in contact with it. But she's four and she made a comment earlier that it was you know, gross 50 and someone should have picked it up 52)) A simple solution -- to a pesky poop problem. Cat Viglienzoni, Channel 3 News, Burlington.


This Saturday volunteers will be at locations in Bristol, St. Albans, and Williston. We'll have the details on our website.


A proposal from Sen. Patrick Leahy to protect homeless youth narrowly fails The Senate passed a human trafficking bill today. But an amendment offered by Vermont's senior senator failed to receive the 60 votes needed to be tacked on. Leahy said the act would have filled the prevention void in the anti-trafficking legislation, by helping runaway and homeless youths to find safe haven off the streets, where they are preyed upon by traffickers. The measure also included languages specifically ensuring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender kids would not be turned away from shelters or denied services.


(24:46) ((Senator Patrick Leahy "It shouldn't be controversial. We should re affirm our commitment to all children. All children deserve our protection. We should not be picking and choosing saying this child deserves protection, this one doesn't. They all deserve our protection.")) (25:03) In a statement--Senator Leahy said he is disappointed that the far right of the Republican caucus chose to oppose this critical protection for these highly vulnerable runaway and homeless young people. Singer Cyndi Lauper was tweeting all day about the importance of passing the act to protect homeless youth. Her organization--True Colors--is a champion for LGBT rights. She expressed her frustrations--saying it strips protections for LGBT homeless youth.


A Rutland man says he's fed up with people ignoring "no smoking" rules at his apartment building -- and now he wants the city to help. Eliza Larson has more.


A concerned father and citizen. Bill Jalbert lives in a 6-unit apartment building on Mansfield Place in Rutland with his seven-year-old son. He says their lease forbids smoking inside the building -- but that hasn't stopped some of his neighbors from smoking right outside his window. (TC 21:21:25:24 Title 2112)((Bill Jalbert/Rutland Resident: "we live in this age now where everything you hear about is how dangerous second hand smoke is. And here it is pouring in my apartment and exposing myself and my child to it." 21:21:34:20)) Concerned for the health of his son and the overall appearance of the apartment complex -- Jalbert took his concerns to the city. He asked Rutland City's Board of Aldermen for an ordinance -- banning smoking near multi-unit apartments. (TC 21:14:37:15 Title 2112)((Bill Jalbert/Rutland Resident: "I don't smoke, Don't want to be exposed to the smoke. I thought it made sense to - I would say - probably 30 feet away from the building to not have the smoke affect people inside of the building." 21:14:49:17)) The state has laws in place addressing the effects of second hand smoke. Vermont's Act 135 extends second hand smoke protections in workplaces -- motor vehicles -- public places -- school grounds -- and childcare settings. It also protects children from e-cigarette poisonings. However -- the law does not apply to apartment buildings. (NATS) Rutland City's Aldermen decided to take it to committee. (TC 16:03:56:17 Title 1603)((Dave Allaire/Rutland City Board of Aldermen Chair: "we haven't heard a lot of those kinds of complaints around, but I think it's worth at least having the hearing." 16:04:02:24)) (TC 17:26:03:28 Title 1722)((Eliza Larson/Rutland: "according to the American Lung Association -- In Vermont -- tenants have the right to breathe clean air and live free of involuntary secondhand smoke exposure. Likewise -- Vermont's Apartment Owners Associations says landlords have the responsibility to provide a healthy environment to residents. So an ordinance could happen here in Rutland. But what's concerning to city officials -- are personal freedoms." 17:26:30:06)) Allaire says committee members are worried setting a smoking buffer zone could infringe on peoples' rights. It's something city officials will consider -- along with property owners' rights and rules in public spaces. (TC 16:04:41:14 Title 1603)((Dave Allaire/Rutland City Board of Aldermen Chair: "we work for these folks. There was a legitimate issue and seems as those we should at least take a look at it and see if there's something we can do." 16:04:50:03)) Allaire says that the board will now take a look at other similar ordinances in Vermont -- to see what -- if anything -- can be done. He plans to host a meeting to address the issue sometime in the next week. Eliza Larson. Channel 3 News. Rutland.



A big, slow-moving upper-level area of low pressure will stick around for the next several days. This means we'll have lots of clouds and showers from time to time... Numerous showers will continue into early this evening. The showers will tend to become more scattered overnight. With lows dropping to 28/38, some mountain snow showers are possible overnight. Thursday and Friday are looking mostly cloudy, breezy and cool. We'll see periods of rain and snow shower activity from time to time. Any snow showers will tend to occur in the higher elevations during the day, but during the nighttime hours at least some wet flakes could reach the valley floors. It will stay unsettled with on-and-off showers through the weekend and into the start of next week. Keep in mind the weekend doesn't look like a washout. We could even see a few peaks of sun here and there. We'll slowly warm up over the weekend, but it will still be cooler than average. It looks like we'll finally break out of this pattern on Wednesday with some sunshine - at least temporarily.


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The Vermont woman who depicted "Rosie the Riveter" has died. Mary Doyle Keefe was an 18-year-old telephone operator in Arlington when she was asked by artist Norman Rockwell to pose for the famous painting that appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post magazine in 1943. The image of Rosie the Riveter depicted the efforts of women to fill factory jobs while American men were off fighting in World War Two. The government used the image to sell war bonds. And for decades to come, advocates used Rosie to forward the cause of women's rights. Channel 3 talked to Keefe last year. She told us she had no idea the impact the painting would have.


((Mary Doyle Keefe/"Rosie the Riveter " 07:36:58:00 No I didn't expect anything like this but as the years went on, I realized that the painting was famous.07:37:08:07)) Keefe was one of the dozens of local residents who posed for Rockwell paintings during the 15 years he lived and worked in Arlington. Like Keefe, many of them wound up on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Mary Doyle Keefe passed away yesterday in Connecticut. She was 92 years old.


Police are still searching for a Springfield murder suspect. But--they have arrested--his girlfriend. Police say Kristin Walsh tried to help her boyfriend, Gregory Allen Smith, escape capture. They also say she tried to coerce witnesses -- and lied to police about Smith's whereabouts. Walsh is due in court next week. Smith is wanted for the murder of Wesley Wing -- who was shot on Saturday night in Springfield, Vermont.

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He allegedly killed a Hinesburg man seven years ago. Now Roy Bash is standing trial. This was Roy Bash in 2008 -- when he pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the stabbing death of Scott Gilbeau. A judge later threw out the conviction -- and Bash was allowed to plead NOT guilty. He's on trial in Burlington -- hoping to convince the jury that he killed Gilbeau in self-defense.


South Burlington police say they've caught three men who were trying to have sex with underage girls. Police say undercover officers posed as underage female prostitutes online... and the men agreed to meet them at a local motel for sex. 20-year-old (Boo-Dee Prad-han) Buddhi Pradhan--29-year-old Jake Ste. Marie of Burlington and 30-year-old Carl Stanholtzer of Swanton are now facing charges of luring and prohibited acts.


The Arson tipline is offering a reward of up to 5-thousand dollars-- for information leading to an arrest in a suspicious house fire in Chester. No one was injured in the fire on Saturday night, which caused an estimated 250-thousand dollars in damage. Investigators have been unable to determine the cause of the blaze. But police say the house had been vacant for several years. That's news around the region.


Starting Line Sports ...the Celtics showed great fight over the final month of the season, battling their way into the NBA's Eastern Conference playoffs and eventually the seventh seed. But their reward is a matchup against the game's best player, LeBron James and a Cleveland squad that appears to be meshing into the title contender the experts predicted they would be when James left Miami and returned home this offseason. Boston lost the opener to the Cavs 113-100 on Sunday in Cleveland...and last night went toe-to-toe with King James and company...once again, Isaiah Thomas came off the bench to lead the Celtics with 22 points ...the C's led by one after the first quarter...built that lead to seven in the second before the Cavs rallied late to go into the half with a one point lead... Cleveland used a 10-0 run midway thru the third quarter to extend their advantage, but the Celtics showed no quit ...and in the fourth, cut that lead to two before James and Kyrie Iriving took over... the superstar duo combining for 56 points as the Cavs win 99-91 to take a 2-0 series lead. Game Three is tomorrow night in Boston and Thomas and company say they aren't about to back down as the scene shifts to the TD Garden.


((TRT: 35 ... OC: MUST WIN FOR US.))


there are a trio of Game Two's tonight in the NBA playoffs. Atlanta hosting Brooklyn, Portland at Memphis and San Antonio visiting the L-A Clippers. All three home teams picked up wins in the series openers.


A first-of-its-kind study is now linking sugary drinks to heart disease. Danielle Nottingham reports.


Nutritional Biologist Kimber Stanhope has been researching sugar for years at the University of California, Davis. The results of her latest study show sugar sweetened beverages increase risk factors for heart disease. (SOT: Dr. Kimber Stanhope/University of California Davis) ?Just how bad is sugar? I think our new data shows very convincingly that we as humans are very sensitive to the amount of sugar they consume.? (nats) Dr. Stanhope?s 5 year study looked at 85 young, healthy patients. Researchers gave some drinks with high fructose corn syrup. Others had sugar free drinks. Researchers found after only two weeks, those consuming drinks with high fructose corn syrup had significantly increased heart disease risk factors in the blood such as lipoproteins, triglycerides and uric acid. Even patients who drank the equivalent of one and a half cans of soda a day were affected. (SOT: Dr. Kimber Stanhope/University of California Davis) Every fructose that shows up is allowed to come into the liver. // We believe these effects are being caused by that fructose being turned into fat and the fat being sent into the blood Dr. Stanhope?s next study puts fruit juice under the microscope. Danielle Nottingham, CBS News, Davis, California.


Both the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization recommend people get no more than 5% of their daily calories from added sugars. For someone on a 2-thousand calorie diet, that's about six teaspoons. That's health watch.


A big, slow-moving upper-level area of low pressure will stick around for the next several days. This means we'll have lots of clouds and showers from time to time... Numerous showers will continue into early this evening. The showers will tend to become more scattered overnight. With lows dropping to 28/38, some mountain snow showers are possible overnight. Thursday and Friday are looking mostly cloudy, breezy and cool. We'll see periods of rain and snow shower activity from time to time. Any snow showers will tend to occur in the higher elevations during the day, but during the nighttime hours at least some wet flakes could reach the valley floors. It will stay unsettled with on-and-off showers through the weekend and into the start of next week. Keep in mind the weekend doesn't look like a washout. We could even see a few peaks of sun here and there. We'll slowly warm up over the weekend, but it will still be cooler than average. It looks like we'll finally break out of this pattern on Wednesday with some sunshine - at least temporarily.


Senator Bernie Sanders is expected to announce if he's running for President -- soon. Possibly -- by the end of the month. But until then--David Letterman decided it would be a good time to--get to know the Senator on The Late Show last night.


((out cue: no wonder it makes me squeal)) We reached out to the Senator -- to see what he thought of the segment. We have not heard back.


How many trees do you pass in a day and not even notice? For one man in Burlington, that's almost impossible. And now with the help of some high-tech tools, the details are one click away.... as Julie Kelley found out.


(TC - 00:13:23:00) ((Warren Spinner/Burlington City Arborist A couple of days ago when we were in here I looked and I saw this whitish color on these ...)) It turns out the damage on that box elder was caused by just what Warren Spinner suspected. (TC - 00:13:39:00) ((Warren Spinner/Burlington City Arborist That is porcupine damage.)) For 35 years now, Spinner has been tracking trees as Burlington's City Arborist. Nats- tree delivery On this Earth Day, the focus is on the new. Nats-tree delivery Crews delivered these Princeton variety trees to North Beach Wednesday. Nats- tree delivery It's a type of American Elm that is resistant to Dutch Elm Disease --- a disease that destroyed about 10,000 trees in Burlington by 1980. (TC - 00:06:10:00) ((Warren Spinner/Burlington City Arborist We're making a big effort to replace a lot of the trees in the downtown, so this is the start of that project.)) Nats- downtown planting Spinner says, 24 new trees are going up in the downtown area this Spring. GFX: He oversees 4 fulltime employees and 5 seasonal ones. They will plant about 140 new trees this year and prune about 2000. (TC - 00:44:34:00) ((Warren Spinner/Burlington City Arborist This is the maintenance building, here's where we put those trees and that's the stump I showed you.)) Every time a new tree gets taken down or put up, it goes into this digital database. (TC - 00:45:05:00) ((Warren Spinner/Burlington City Arborist Everyone of the roughly 12,000 trees I have, I have individual data on it like this.)) You heard that right ... Burlington has inventoried 12,000 trees. Workers track everything from where it is to what kind of maintenance they've done on it. (TC - 00:46:18:00) ((Warren Spinner/Burlington City Arborist It allows you to track the trees that you have, know the past history ...)) Remember that stump he mentioned earlier ... (TC - 00:17:32:00) ((Warren Spinner/Burlington City Arborist Here's some of that decay you can see in the base.)) Because of the tracking system, he'll always know it was here even after this stump is removed. Not far from this spot is another tree on his radar. (TC - 00:28:51:00) ((Julie Kelley/Reporting The city of burlington has inventoried about 1200 ash trees here on public land. Experts say, they'll all be gone if or more likely when the emerald ash borer attacks them.)) (TC - 00:20:24:00) ((Warren Spinner/Burlington City Arborist That's one tenth of my population that's going to be gone.)) Spinner says, he's putting a plan of action together right now to deal with the emerald ash borer ... Something that is much more of a worry than the smaller discoveries he made here recently. Julie Kelley, Channel 3 News, Burlington.


Right now, 43 percent of Burlington is canopy covered by trees. Spinner's goal is to have half of the city covered in the next 20 years. He estimates, they'll have to plant about 500 new trees a year to make that happen.


Last Thursday, the South Burlington and CVU baseball teams met up and the game was suspended due to darkness tied at one in the ninth inning. With rain in the forecast for this afternoon, and with the school's on vacation, the teams were back out on the field at 12:30 today to try to beat the rain and each other. The Redhawks scoring their run in the top of the seventh. The Rebels had scored first, in the bottom of the 6th. --- South Burlington pitcher Patrick McMackin had to work out of a basses loaded jam in the top of the ninth. Quick glove here for the out. --- Bottom of the ninth, the Rebels with a runner at third, the pitch is wild, Henry Cunningham tries to score...the flip back to the plate where pitcher Sam Mikell makes the tag for the out to end the inning. --- Bottom of the tenth, Mikell hits Brendan Lahue. Lahue takes off for second and gets into scoring position safely. --- Then with 2 out, Eddie Hockenbury drops one into left field. Lahue running on contact comes barreling across the plate for the game winning run. South Burlington walks off with the 2-1 victory in 10 innings.


The Norwich men's lacrosse team, seeded six in the GNAC playoffs, scored four goals in the fourth quarter, including the game winner with two seconds left, to rally past third seed Johnson & Wales 7-6 in the conference quarterfinals last night in Rhode Island. Norwich now advances to the GNAC semifinals, and will face second seed Mount Ida tomorrow afternoon at 3:30pm. This afternoon, the Cadets women's lacrosse team fell at Lasell 18-6 in the GNAC quarterfinals.


college lacrosse this afternoon...the 11-3 Middlebury men visiting Williams... --- hosts would score a minute in...but the Panthers quickly answer with some quick passing leading to a Joel Blockowicz goal to tie things at one ... --- the Ephs regain the lead, but midway thru the first quarter... Tim Giarrusso breaks in on net and scores and we're tied again ... --- and less than thirty seconds later, Joey Zelkowitz unleashes a laser beam to give Middlebury it's first lead of the night... at last check it was 7-6 Middlebury in the second period. We'll have the final tonight at eleven.


Senior day for the Middlebury women, 2 players being honored before the game Katie Ritter and Catherine Fowler. --- The Panthers grab an early 2 goal lead, Bridget Instrum gets the pass in front and puts Middlebury up 3-1. --- The Ephs go on a run midway through the first half to take a lead. Hillary Cook on the free position puts it home. Williams takes a 7-5 lead. --- But Middlebury answers. Instrum on a free position ties the game at 7. Middlebury up 8-7 at the break. --- Second half, Katie Ritter lighting up the scoreboard on senior day. Back to back goals giving the Panthers some cushion. Middlebury never trails in the second half and hangs on for the 13-11 win. The Panthers finish second in the NESCAC.


Castleton men's lacrosse senior Zach Davidson has been named the Division Three North national player of the week by the U-S Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. The former South Burlington standout had 11 goals and nine assists in wins over NEC, Johnson and Lyndon last week. Davidson is currently third all-time in NCAA Division Three scoring with 378 points. The Spartans, who won the NAC regular season title, play their regular season finale tonight at Bard.


The Montreal Canadiens will look to become the first team to advance out of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs when the Habs look to complete a sweep of the Senators tonight in Ottawa. Former UVM star Torrey Mitchell has had a big series so far for the Canadiens, with a goal and two assists over the first three games.


The Red Sox opened a three game series at Tampa Bay last night with a 1-0 win...Wade Miley had his best start in a Boston uniform giving up just three hits over five and two thirds innings with three strikeouts ...Boston got the lone run of the night in the third when Mookie Betts slid hard into second to break up a double play bid, the throw to first was off line allowing Ryan Hanigan to score as the Sox improve to 9-5. Game two is tonight, NESN's Don Orsillo has our preview.


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In Detroit, the New York Yankees used a three run seventh to pull away for a 5-2 win over the Tigers. Nathan Eovaldi earned his first win as a Yankee, allowing just one run on eight hits over seven innings of work...Chris Young and Stephen Drew each hit his fourth home run of the season in that seventh inning, both of them solo shots to give New York the win. The series continues tonight with Adam Warren making his third start for the 7-7 Yanks, against Tigers ace David Price.



A big, slow-moving upper-level area of low pressure will stick around for the next several days. This means we'll have lots of clouds and showers from time to time...

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