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One person is in custody, after police responded to a hazardous material situation at an apartment building at Fort Ethan Allen Monday.

According to Colchester Police, Ethan Kvasnak, 28, of Colchester had a hazardous material in his apartment, and claimed the materials were "Molotov cocktails".

Colchester Police called in the Vermont State Police Bomb Squad for assistance.

Investigators say they found 12 glass containers filled with liquid and a wick in the top.

Police say the apartment building was evacuated. No one was injured.

Kvasnak will be arraigned at Chittenden Superior Court on Monday to face the charges of possession of a destructive device, aggravated disorderly conduct, and unlawful mischief.

A New Hampshire food bank is collecting game meat from hunters to help feed those who need it.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says this fall New Hampshire Food Bank is doing the "Hunt for the Hungry program" The program gives game meat to more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, group and homeless centers.

"We are counting on continued strong support from hunters this year," said Bruce Wilson, Director of Operations for the New Hampshire Food Bank.

"Donations for protein foods fill a big need with the Hunt for the Hungry program. Venison is especially popular, a real treat for clients. Last year, we got some moose meat, and as soon as it came in, out it went! As always, we want to thank New Hampshire hunters and Lemay's for their continued support. We couldn't do what we do without their combined support," added Wilson.

Hunters who wish to donate can contact the New Hampshire Food Bank to get instructions on how to package the meat. The food bank can accept deer or moose meat, they cannot accept wild game fowl or bear meat.

For those who want to donate a whole deer or moose, you can bring it to Lemay & Sons Beef in Goffstown and they will process meat for no charge.

"The Hunt for the Hungry program is a great way for hunters to share their harvest and help needy families get through the winter," said Glenn Normandeau, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. "Wild game is a local renewable resource that is high in protein, low in fat and all natural -- not to mention delicious."

Officials say in 2015 the "Hunt for the Hungry program" took in around 2,100 pounds of donated deer, moose and other game meat.

Responding to national outrage over high prices, Mylan announced plans Monday to launch a generic EpiPen at a 50 percent discount to the branded version of the life saving allergy treatment.

The generic EpiPen will be "identical" to the branded product in terms of how the drug is made and how the auto-injector functions, Mylan said.

The surprise move is the latest attempt by Mylan to silence the uproar ignited by a more than 400% increase in EpiPen prices. The launch comes ahead of looming competition from Teva Pharmaceuticals, which is hoping to launch a generic EpiPen of its own as early as next year, pending FDA approval.

Mylan said it plans to launch the generic version in "several weeks" at a cost of $300 per two-pack carton, compared with $608 for the branded EpiPen.

Mylan didn't specify what discounts -- if any -- it is offering on this $300 generic price. It's also not clear why consumers would buy the more expensive branded EpiPen if, as Mylan describes it, it's exactly the same as the generic.

The company didn't respond to a request for comment.

Under pressure from angry parents and politicians last week, Mylan said it will provide instant savings cards worth $300 to patients who have to pay the full price for the drug out of pocket.

However, Mylan has so far stopped short of announcing an actual price cut.

Public Citizen, a consumer rights group, argues that the "weirdness" of a drug company offering a generic version of its own branded but off-patent product is a "signal that something is wrong."

"The company must roll back its unjustified and outrageous price increases," Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, said in a statement.

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch said in a statement on Monday: "We understand the deep frustration and concerns associated with the cost of EpiPen to the patient,"

Like last week, CEO Bresch again attempted to shift the blame away from the company and towards a health care system she has called "broken."

The "complexity and opaqueness of today's branded pharmaceutical supply chain" led Mylan to determine that "bypassing the brand system" was the "best option," Bresch said.

Bernstein analysts wrote that the move is "quite costly" for the company because it will reduce the revenue per prescription.

The "Ten Best Days of Summer" are well underway. Local 22 and Local 44 in the morning is broadcasting live from the Champlain Valley Fair all week!

On Monday, the animals were the stars of the show! We met the chicks, piglets, and other animals, you can too! The fair and animal barns open at 10am and there are multiple shows, highlighting animals, throughout the day.

Monday is Kids Day which means kids get $1 off of the ticket cost. For more information you can visit the Fair's website, the entire schedule for Monday is below:

Monday, August 29 - Kids Day Grandstand Entertainment - Wunderlee Circus Extravaganza - Free with gate admission
VT Music Showcase on the Koffee Kup Stage - Toni Catlin
Music Gazebo - Will Clifford 10:00 Ayrshire Jr. Fitting & Showmanship followed by Ayrshire, Brown Swiss & Milking Shorthorn Open Shows Cattle Tent 10:00 Childrens Activitity Expo North Garden Center 10:30 Dye Day Fiber Loft 11:00 Comedic Juggler Robert Clarke Expo Plaza 11:00 Ag Mound Presentation Ag Mall 11:00 Vermont Music Showcase Adsit Mall 11:00 Early Trades Presentation Red Gate 11:30 Sheep & Shepherd Presentation Sheep Tent 11:30 McKenzie Racing Pigs Yellow Gate 12:00 Steve Bayner Adsit Mall 12:30 Cooking Demo Ware Building 12:30 Kachunga Behind Ware Building 12:30 Nerveless Nocks Midway 1:00 Professional Pumpkin Carving Demonstration Expo North 1:00 K-9's in Flight Ag Mall 1:00 Vermont Music Gazebo State Building Lawn 1:30 McKenzie Racing Pigs Yellow Gate 2:00 Ayrshire Futurity Cattle Tent 2:00 Ag Mound Presentations Ag Mound 2:00 Early Trades Presentation Red Gate 2:00 Vermont Music Showcase Adsit Mall 2:30 Kachunga Behind Ware Building 3:00 Comedic Juggler Robert Clarke Expo Plaza 3:30 Steve Bayner Adsit Mall 3:30 Cooking Demo Ware Building 3:30 McKenzie Racing Pigs Yellow Gate 4:00 K-9's in Flight Ag Mall 4:00 Nerveless Nocks Midway 4:00 Vermont Music Gazebo State Building Lawn 4:30 Judging for the Best King Arthur Flour Whoopie Pie Contest Ware Building Annex 4:30 Sheep & Shepherd Presentation Sheep Tent 5:00 Parade Thoughout Grounds 5:00 Milking Demonstrations Milking Parlor 5:30 Vermont Music Showcase Adsit Mall 5:30 McKenzie Racing Pigs Yellow Gate 5:30 Cooking Demo Ware Building 6:00 Carved & Painted Pumpkin Judging Expo North Garden Center 6:00 Comedic Juggler Robert Clarke Expo Plaza 6:15 Vermont Music Gazebo State Building Lawn 6:30 Steve Bayner Adsit Mall 6:30 Kachunga Behind Ware Building 6:30 Ag Mound Presentation Ag Mound 6:30 Early Trades Presentation Red Gate 7:00 Nerveless Nocks Midway 7:30 K-9's in Flight Ag Mall 7:30 McKenzie Racing Pigs Yellow Gate

Brittney Hibbs talks with Burlington Beer Company about its newest double IPA made with more than 600 pounds of peaches.

We continue to look back at the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont Representative Theresa Wood (D-Washington-Chittenden) joined Local 44 Morning Brew to talk about her experiences as a Waterbury, VT resident and chair of ReBuild Waterbury.

Rep. Wood shared personal stories of trying to get to her mother the day after Irene hit and what it took to bring Waterbury back from disaster.

Amy Sekhar has been meeting challenges all her life.

"I grew up just having stools everywhere and learning to manage," said Amy Sekhar, a homeowner.

"It got to the point where I really wasn't enjoying cooking any more, and I love to cook," said Sekhar. "So we kind of knew that this was the house we wanted to stay in, so we might as well make it ours."

"I knew it was possible to have lowered countertops, but it was always one of those things you sort of think, well, if I lower them then the house isn't going to be sellable," said Sekhar.

That's when a friend told her about another friend who works in universal design.

"When we started meeting with people - the designer and the engineer for the kitchen - we realized there were so many possibilities to actually make it livable for both average-height people and me," said Sekhar.

"Amy's story is a great story that really shows how contractors can think outside the box when you just fill them in on what you're looking for," said Angie Hicks, Angie's List Founder. "She needed a kitchen that could adapt to both her height as well as her husband, and the contractor came up with some great solutions to make it their dream kitchen."

Amy's passion for cooking is back, and she and her husband plan to stay in their home for rest of their lives.

"It's just really nice to know that there's a space that's mine, that's comfortable… that was worked around me instead of me working around it," said Sekhar.

Amy's custom kitchen cost $100,000 or about twice the price of an average kitchen remodel.

Smaller scale projects are more common, and Angie says a lot of great contractors, like Amy's, specialize in universal design or are certified in customizing homes to meet special physical needs.

Look for contractors who display credentials for universal design or CAPS, a Certified Aging in Place Specialist.

Good morning!

After a stormy Sunday evening for some, the work week starts out on a very quiet, but warm note. By the end of the week, it's feeling a little more like Fall, again.

On Monday, morning clouds will gradually clear allowing for a mostly sunny afternoon with a warm high temperature in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees. Winds shift from out of the southwest, to out of the northwest at 5-15 mph, as a cold front swings through. Tonight, it's mostly clear with a low in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees. On Tuesday, great weather again for the Champlain Valley Fair...it's mostly sunny with a high near 80 degrees.

Wednesday, our next cold front is poised to dip south out of Canada. There will likely be a few scattered showers or thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and evening as the front passes through. Temperatures reach the upper 70s Wednesday afternoon, for the last time this week!

Thursday through Saturday is much cooler and more Fall-like. Overnight low temps slip in the 40s and 50s, while daytime highs stall in the upper 60s to low 70s. By Sunday, we're back to the upper 70s, if not 80 degrees. It's very quiet through the first few days of September with mostly to partly sunny skies.

Have a great week!

-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Lindquist

People gathered Sunday at Oakledge Park in Burlington, Vt., for the 8th annual Zoe's Race.

The family-friendly event is organized by the Howard Center.

People could choose between a 1K run or a 5K fun or walk.

Money raised goes towards home accessibility projects.

The race is in honor of Zoe Nestor who is in a wheelchair after a near-drowning experience when she was 18 months old. She is now 11 years old.

""The help makes a huge difference, the changes in the house, it doesn't just benefit the child, but it benefits the family, the caregivers that come in to help take care of the child, it makes a huge, huge difference," said Erika Nestor, Zoe's mom.

Since 2009, the event has raised more than $160,000.

A local family is getting some help from its community.

A few hundred people played softball Sunday to raise money for Delaney Sweet-Werneke, of Fletcher, Vt.

The BFA Fairfax 8th grader was recently diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.

She needs treatment for three to four days at a time.

The softball tournament raised over $11,000 to offset medical costs.

""They're a very loved family, they're a family that goes back generations in Fletcher. And they always help others, so people are very happy to help them," said Kris Irish, event organizer.

Earlier in August, the Vermont Ravens teamed up with BFA Fairfax to raise $4,000 for the family.

Hello everyone, hope the rain didn't put a damper on your weekend! A cold front is responsible for the showers and storms this afternoon. Expect a few strong storms to remain for Sunday evening, torrential rain, strong gusty winds, and lightning. Overnight the storms will come to an and as the cold front races off to the east. Low will hit the low to mid 60s. During the first half of Monday, a few post frontal showers likely and then becoming partly sunny with highs in the upper 70s.

An area of high pressure returns Monday night, and the clouds will thin out and become clear. Overnight lows will return to the upper 50s to near 60°. Tuesday we have a few clouds to start, then mainly sunny skies into the late morning and rest of the day. Comfortable temperatures will reach the upper 70s to 80°.

If you are itching for more fall like weather, we have that in the forecast too! After another front bring showers on Wednesday we are left with cooler air Thursday and Friday. Thursday and Friday we are left with partly cloudy skies, and highs in the upper 60s to near 70°.

Have a great week!

-SkyTracker Meteorologist Torrance Gaucher

Fires at a historic homestead in Essex County, NY are being considered suspicious by investigators.

Essex County Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish says five buildings were damaged or destroyed in a fire Saturday night at 1812 Homestead in Willsboro, NY.

The homestead is used to teach children how people lived in the early 19th century. Nobody was using the homestead at the time of the fire.

Two buildings, the homestead itself and an adjacent barn, were destroyed.

The fire is being investigated by multiple agencies, including New York State Police.

Both of Vermont's gubernatorial candidates were heavily involved in the state's recovery efforts post-irene. The Democrat, Sue Minter was with the Department of Transportation and Republican Phil Scott was Lieutenant Governor.

"It was raining throughout the night and I was hearing reports from throughout the state from road workers… They were texting and calling and saying we have lost the roads that is not something I have ever heard before," said Minter.

Scott said, "It was massive in certain areas and it was sporadic, one community would have complete devastation the you would go four or five miles down the road to another community that had nothing."

Minter's hometown of Waterbury was one of the hardest hit areas. In addition to helping her neighbors, she was responsible for much more.

"A lot of my job became interacting with our congressional delegation and our federal agencies especially FEMA pushing very hard to make sure Vermonters did not get left behind," explained Minter.

Meanwhile Scott was working alongside Governor Peter Shumlin surveying the damage.

Scott said, "We were working together trying to determine where we were going to go the next day so we split up and went to different areas of the state to try and help out any way we could."

Irene tore Vermont a part causing more than $700 million in damages, but both candidates say some lessons were learned.

"Because of Irene we learned we can build bridges faster, cheaper and smarter when we actually close the road the way we did during Irene," said Minter.

Scott added, "It's is more of an awareness that some of these storms will becoming more frequent and I think it is about resilience and about preparing for the next event."

While Minter and Scott echo preparedness moving forward they also say it is a must to remain 'Vermont Strong'.

"It's almost as if there really is no sign of disaster and what I know that is way it happens everywhere in this country," said Minter.

Scott added, "It's Vermonters that got us through the tragedy, there is no one individual, it wasn't the state it was the people"

Both candidates spent the weekend visiting communities impacted by Irene, many of them celebrating the completion of projects that have been five years in the making.

A 79-year old New Jersey man died in a car crash in Vermont. Police believe he may have been asleep behind the wheel.

Police say it happened at around 9:30 Sunday morning in Weathersfield.

Alexander Romanow, 79 of Brick, NJ, was traveling on I91 when he veered into the median, struck several trees and then his car caught fire.

Romanow's wife, Jane, was in the car and was able to escape. Her husband was not.

Romanow was pronounced dead at the scene. Jane Romanow suffered a broken femur.

The investigation is ongoing but it is believed that the cause of the crash was due to the operator falling asleep, police say.

A group of veterans and friends crossed something very memorable off their bucket list Saturday: skydiving.

Four men, all in their 60's, headed to the Franklin County State Airport in Highgate for a jump they will never forget.

The jump involved a 45 second freefall before the parachute deployed.

One of the veterans says skydiving is something he's always wanted to do.

"We decided, well, why don't we? So actually, Mark, one of the other jumpers, made all these arrangements, and we asked Brian and Jeff, our other partner, and they agreed to go," said George Gifford, who served in the United States Air Force from 1965-1969.

One of the other men who jumped, Brian, said he had never been on a plane before, so it was a scary but exciting experience.

One of the skydivers says he may get his wife in on the action next time.

Hundreds of people helped students begin the next chapter of their lives Saturday as they moved into dorms at SUNY Plattsburgh.

A number of roads were shut down, making way for thousands of students getting back to campus.

For some families this is an exciting day, letting their child live on their own for the first time.

"It's exciting. A lot of different emotions," James Hartunian, a freshman at SUNY Plattsburgh, said. "I know my parents are resenting leaving me. I'm the last of three brothers. So it's an emotional day for them but I'm looking forward to it. It will be fun. A lot of opportunities."

1,025 freshmen moved into Plattsburgh Saturday.

Classes officially start for the Cardinals on Monday.

A 57-year old Quebec man was caught trying to take methamphetamine across the U.S. - Canadian border Friday, police say.

Border Protection Officers found suspected methamphetamine and marijuana during a search of the car belonging to Chantal Tossel, of Sherbrooke, QC., according to police.

Tossel was trying to cross at the Norton, Vt. point of entry.

Tossel was processed and cited for possession of methamphetamine - under 2.5 grams. He was also issued a civil violation for possession of marijuana.

He is due back in court on October 18th.

Moretown is just one of the communities devastated by Irene, but on Saturday the town celebrated being survivors not victims by opening its new town offices.

John Hoogenboom had been a selectboard member in Moretown for more than 20 years when Irene hit the tight-knit community causing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage.

"Never seen anything like it, it was like this doesn't happen in Vermont… Our town office was pretty much gone and then just about half of the houses in the village had some sort of destruction," said Hoogenboom.

Five years later, the community celebrated the opening of its new town office by hosting the first ever 'Morefest'.

"Morefest is a celebrating Moretown, we call it Morefest-More Community-More Fun- Moretown and it really came about this idea we are going to celebrate opening our town offices after five years post-Irene," said Jerry Cassels, event organizer.

The new $900,000 building sits out of the floodplain but only cost the town around $40,000 thanks in part to a few grants.

Hoogenboom said, "It just turned out to be so beautiful and we are all pleased it just fits in the village so well it's just great."

The 'Morefest' celebration offered just about everything from a car show to smoothies made on a bike.

"I think we are thriving so instead of surviving I think we are thriving as a community, our town center is back together and we are hoping bring about great positive changes for our community," said Duane Pierson, Moretown Elementary Principal.

Cassels added, "It's psyched because we are a town that is really spread out it really is cool to see so many people here together and there are a lot of people who have donated time to this event."

Hoogenboom says the road to recovery has been long but is not surprised to have reached this point.

Hoogenboom said, "It's Vermont, I mean what else can I say and you just see it all over the state we are a wonderful state with wonderful people and we want to help each other."

'Morefest' concluded with a firework display over town.

The body of a man was recovered Saturday, hours after the canoe he was in capsized, according to New Hampshire State Police. The Marine Patrol was called out after a 911 call was made from South Pond in Stark. According to investigators, a canoe carrying four people capsized just after midnight Saturday. Three people were able to reach shore and they called for help. The body of the fourth person was discovered by emergency crews later in the day. There's no word on why the boat overturned. It remains under investigation. The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Read the release:

On Saturday, August 27, 2016 at approximately 12:53 AM, New Hampshire State Police - Marine Patrol received a call regarding a capsized canoe with four people on South Pond in Stark. Marine Patrol Officer Michael Jelley and members of the Stark Fire/Rescue, State Police Troop F and New Hampshire Fish and Game responded to the area.

Initial investigation revealed that they were approximately 30 feet from shore when their canoe flipped over. Three of the passengers were able to make it to shore and 911 was called.

Search efforts started shortly thereafter with first responders using boats to search the water around where the incident took place. The male victim was recovered this morning at approximately 8:10 AM and was pronounced deceased. The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of family members. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Hello everyone!

Hope your weekend has been amazing like the weather, but some changes are coming early Sunday. But for the rest of our Saturday we are mainly clear other than a few fair weather clouds. Overnight clouds will increase west to east with lows in the upper 50s to the low 60s. A few spot sprinkles are possible overnight across the Saint Lawrence River Valley and Adirondacks. Waking up Sunday with some sun before becoming mostly cloudy cross the north country. A bit more sun will be seen across the Upper Valley, and southern Vermont. A head of the cold front temperatures will creep back up into the low 80s under a light south wind. When the front arrives during the early and mid part of the afternoon scattered showers and an isolated thunderstorm is likely. Scattered rain will linger into the first half of the day on Monday before another brief dry period sets in.

Heading to the Champlain Valley Fair? Your forecast Sunday keeps a chance of a shower or two during the afternoon. Best keep a light rain jacket or poncho on standby! Monday will have a few morning showers, but come after lunch time we are looking at partly sunny and dry conditions.

Have a great weekend!

-SkyTracker Meteorologist Torrance Gaucher

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