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(CNN) - For at least the first six months of their lives, infants should be sleeping in the same room as their parents, but not the same bed, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The academy recommends children sleep on separate surfaces within the same room, such as a crib, but never on a soft surface, armchair or couch. Optimally, infants should sleep in the same room as parents up to age 1, the organization said. The aim is to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, known as SIDS, and other forms of infant death that can occur when a baby is sleeping, such as suffocation. These types of death among infants are collectively known as sleep-related infant deaths, or sudden unexpected infant deaths.

"The whole phenomenon of SIDS implies that we don't know 100% what is responsible for the death, but we have theories," said Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter, member of the Task Force on SIDS and co-author of the report.
These theories include that a baby's brain may not be developed enough to regulate respiration combined with an environment -- such as soft furnishings -- that aid asphyxia or nasal obstruction and simply that certain infants may just be more vulnerable due to genetics or physical traits.
The AAP report, launched during the the AAP national conference in San Francisco this week, states that evidence shows parents sharing a room with their infant can reduce the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%.
"A baby that is within reach of their mother may have more comfort, or physical stimulation form being in an environment with another person," said Winter, adding that mothers being near their babies also facilitates breastfeeding, which in itself has been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS by 70%. "Breastfeeding protects against many adverse outcomes," she said.
How common is SIDS?

There are an estimated 3,500 deaths from SIDS and other sleep-related deaths in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Forty-four percent of these are caused by sudden infant death, with 25% accidental strangulation or suffocation and the rest unknown.

SIDS is defined as deaths that occur during a baby's first year of life, but they most commonly occur between the age of one month to four months, and 90% of SIDS cases happen before a baby is 6 months old -- hence the timings for the ruling.
"Babies should share that sleep environment for up to one year, because there is a slight risk of SIDS that persists," said Winter.
Increased awareness of SIDS due to safe sleep campaigns in the 1990s led to a decline in their number that decade, but rates have since plateaued. The new recommendations hope to enable this initial decrease to start up again.
"There is an emphasis on room sharing, not bed sharing and the rationale is that data suggests a protective effect against SIDS when the baby is sleeping in the parents' room," said Dr. Ari Brown, an Austin-based pediatrician and author of the Baby411 book series, who was not involved with the report. "I would agree that this is sound advice."
The reasons behind the protective effect are not fully understood.
"People don't know quite why the risk is lowered," said Brown. "I might chalk it up to a parent's sixth sense when a baby is nearby and making erratic noises or not that helps save these babies." Experts generally believe it's easier to monitor a baby when nearby.
Who will do it? The practice of sharing a room with a newborn is not uncommon, and is in fact what most parents already do, according to Dr Jennifer Shu, an Atlanta-based pediatrician and medical editor of the academy's HealthyChildren.org. "It's common that they start out sharing a room, then parents often ask me when its time to take them out of the room." Shu believes these recommendations help bring clarity to the issue and its timing. "It gives parents and pediatricians some guidelines to follow," she said.
But Shu stresses the need for parents to understand the importance of a separate sleeping surface. "An adult bed is not designed for infants," she said, highlighting the dangers associated with big duvets, pillows and sheets. "If you're going to share a bed, make sure your bed is like a crib."
Beyond the bedroom

The new report further highlights a range of sleeping practices and behaviors that could help protect an infant from SIDS. These include placing babies to sleep on their backs and placing them on a firm sleeping surface with a tight-fitting sheet, while avoiding the use of soft bedding inside a crib, such as pillows and blankets.

"There should be no pillows, sheets, blankets or other items that could obstruct the infant's breathing or cause overheating," said Winter. Avoiding soft surfaces extends to never placing a baby on a sofa, couch or cushioned chair to sleep.
"We know that these surfaces are extremely hazardous," added Dr. Rachel Moon, who also co-authored of the report.
Also noted is how breastfeeding can reduce risk of SIDS by 70%, but with the caveat that parents should be careful not to fall asleep when feeding their baby on an armchair.
"It's sometimes hard not to fall asleep when you're feeding a baby ... parents are tired," said Shu who admitted having fallen asleep when feeding her son when he was young. "We were lucky because he fell between me and my husband and not on the floor."
"The most hazardous environment is an armchair," said Winter. "So we recommend feeding in bed then placing a baby on a separate sleep surface."
Winter acknowledges there are many recommendations, but believes they can be followed fairly easily. With communication, both authors hope to ease the anxiety of bringing a newborn into your home.
"We know that parents may be overwhelmed with a new baby in the home," Moon said. "We want to provide them with clear and simple guidance on how and where to put their infant to sleep."

The ACLU of Vermont is bringing a free-speech fight to Vermont's highest court.

On Monday, the ACLU of Vermont said it filed a 'friend of the court' brief with the Vermont Supreme Court in the William Schenk case--meaning it is not a party to the case. However, the ACLU says it believes the decision made in the case "would narrow First Amendment freedoms accorded to all and chill other forms of political speech."

Schenk pleaded no contest earlier this year to distributing Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers to two minority women in Burlington. He is appealing the decision.

ACLU of Vermont staff attorney Jay Diaz said the Constitution doesn't allow the government to pick and choose which speech it will permit.

"Instead, it allows the community to respond to hate speech with counter-speech--and that's exactly what happened in this case when hundreds of people turned out to oppose the hateful message of the KKK. That's how our democracy is supposed to function, not by criminalizing the speech we despise," said Diaz.

The ACLU said it acknowledges that not all speech is entitled to First Amendment protection, but argues the state failed to produce 'actual evidence that Schenk intended to threaten the leaflet recipients.'

"Without such evidence, his prosecution represents a significant infringement on well-established First Amendment rights," the statement read.

"To be clear, the ACLU of Vermont condemns the KKK and all that it stands for," ACLU of Vermont Executive Director James Lyall said in a written statement. "Every day, the ACLU fights to dismantle institutional racism and discrimination in Vermont and the country at large. We will continue that work while also fighting to preserve core First Amendment freedoms, recognizing that these objectives are not at odds but are in fact mutually dependent. Our system of justice recognizes that intentional, direct threats are not deserving of constitutional protection, and nothing about this case should be taken to suggest otherwise."

Healthy Living's Learning Center Coordinator, Clarina Cravins, helps us cook a mean Beef Wellington for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Burlington. RMHC is a home away from home for families with children being treated at the University of Vermont Children's Hospital. There are many ways to volunteer for RMHC, one of them is preparing meals. All meals must be prepared at the kitchen inside the house. Clarina shows us how to make a perfect Beef Wellington big enough to feed between 12 and 16 people. The recipe, along with side dish recipes, are listed below courtesy of Clarina and Healthy Living. Want to learn to cook with Clarina? Visit Healthy Living's website and sign up for classes. Interested in cooking for RMHC? Learn more on RMHC's website. Ask about making a donation to the house that other cooks can prepare! Classic Beef Wellington 1, 3.5 lb beef tenderloin 4 cups crimini mushrooms; pureed into a paste 1/2 stick butter 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves 2 shallots; minced 4 cloves garlic; minced Dijon mustard; as needed for brushing 1/2 lb prosciutto; sliced very thin 1 piece of phyllo dough rolled out to 2x3 feet (usually about 2 sheets pressed together to make one) 2 eggs; beaten 2 Tbsp milk Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper Vegetable oil; as needed
In a deep pot on medium heat, melt butter and add mushrooms, thyme, shallots and garlic. Season with a bit of salt and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently until very soft and fragrant. Remove from pot and cool. Heat a large frying pan with a bit of vegetable oil on high heat. Sear tenderloin on all sides until golden, about 1 minute per side. Set aside to rest and brush with Dijon to coat. Preheat over to 425 degrees. Spread out enough saran wrap to wrap the entire tenderloin and then some! It should be laid flat, probably about 2x3 feet. Line with a thin layer of prosciutto; enough to cover all of tenderloin. Spread mushroom mixture across prosciutto. Lay tenderloin in the middle of prosciutto/mushroom spread and carefully wrap tenderloin in it. Imagine the prosciutto is the burrito wrap and the tenderloin is the buritto filling. Mix together the egg and the milk until well blended. Move wellington to a parchment lined sheet tray and brush with egg mixture. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Drop heat to 375 and bake for another 20 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for at least ten minutes. To serve cut into 1 1/2 inch rings. Enjoy!

Cranberry Cherry Herb Sauce

1/2 stick of butter

1 cup white wine

1 cup cranberries

2 shallots

1 sprig thyme

1 sprig rosemary

1 sprig sage

1/4 cup cherry jam

2 cup beef stock

2 Tbsp. corn starch

Zest of 1/2 a lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

In a large sauce pan over medium heat melt butter. Once butter is melted add shallots and herbs. Stir for 1-2 minutes until soft. Next, add the white wine and cranberries. Cook for another minute. Whisk in jam. In a separate bowl make a slurry by whisking the cornstarch with the beef stock. Add the slurry to the sauce pan. Let the sauce boil until thick stirring frequently. Lastly add the lemon zest, salt and pepper to taste.


1 head of broccolini

2 Tbsp. EVOO

1 anchovy; minced

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Zest of 1/2 a lemon

1/2 tsp Worcestershire

1/4 tsp Coleman's mustard

1 small onion; shaved thin

Salt and pepper to taste

Vegetable oil

To start roast the broccolini:

In a bowl toss the broccolini with EVOO, salt and pepper. Lay in a single layer on a parchment lined sheet pan. Bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 mins or until crisp.

To fry the onion:

In a medium frying pan add 1/2 inch of vegetable oil over medium heat. When the oil reaches 375 degrees add in the shaved onion. Fry for 4-5 minutes until the onions are golden.

In a large bowl add the roasted broccolini, fried onions, lemon juice, zest, Worcestershire and mustard. Toss together until everything is evenly coated.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

2 1/2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes; peeled and diced

1 head garlic; cloves whole and peeled

1 sprig rosemary

6 Tbsp butter

1 cup heavy cream

Salt and fresh cracked pepper; as desired

Put potatoes, garlic cloves and whole sprig of rosemary in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a simmer and simmer for about 20 minutes until potatoes are fork tender. Strain potatoes, discard all rosemary and mash garlic cloves and potatoes until smooth. In a separate pan melt butter with heavy cream on medium heat. Pour into potatoes and whisk well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If desired preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place potatoes in a baking dish, dot with butter and cook for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown and bubbly

Smokey and Salty Maple Glazed Carrots

6-8 average sized carrots

1/2 stick butter

2 Tbsp maple syrup

1 Tbsp sherry

2 Tbsp smoked maple syrup; to finish

Kosher salt; as desired

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place carrots in an oven safe baking dish or cast iron pan. Dot with butter and place in oven for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Turn over and sprinkle with salt. Return to oven for another 10-15 minutes until other side is golden. Pour maple syrup and sherry over the carrots and return to oven for another five minutes until maple syrup is bubbly. Remove from oven, drizzle with smoked maple syrup and serve in dish.

Brittney Hibbs checks out the new Alchemist brew house in Stowe. She also talks with the employees who make the beer.

For more information on the Alchemist head to its website at https://alchemistbeer.com/

Officials confirmed one person died in a house fire on Route 22A, just south of Vergennes, Monday morning.

Three departments, Vergennes, Addison, and Ferrisburgh, responded.

Route 22A was closed for about three and a half hours Monday morning. It reopened just before 7:30.

Fire crews say the fire was discovered by a neighbor when he was going to work around 3:30 a.m. The neighbor called the fire department and managed to get one other person out of the home.

Good morning!

Following the first blast of wintry weather over the weekend, it's a cool and crisp start to the work week. Temperatures on Monday reach the mid to upper 40s - yes, that's it - with a brisk northwest wind of 5-15 mph. Expect a mix of sun and clouds through late afternoon, with low clouds filling back in by this evening.

Monday night and Tuesday, Mother Nature will be adding to that snow pack. Occasional, passing valley rain and mountain snow showers can be expected through Tuesday night, with additional accumulation of a dusting up to 2-3" in the Adirondacks, Green Mountains and Northeast Kingdom. Monday night low temp, near 30 degrees. Tuesday high temp, low to mid 40s.

On Wednesday, we'll find some sunshine before another strong low pressure system approaches Thursday. Despite seeing less clouds and more sun shining down on us, it's still a very chilly day with a high temp in the low 40s.

Thursday afternoon, a line of rain/snow mix will develop and move from southwest to northeast. While heavy, wet flakes will fly even in valley spots, accumulation will likely again be limited to spots above 1000'. That being said, several inches of snow is possible across higher terrain Thursday night. Friday, warm air advection will likely change snow over to rain. High temp, near 50 degrees.

This very active, progressive pattern continues into the weekend with yet another system making itself known in the North Country.

Have a fantastic Monday!

-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Lindquist

Outdoor living is a $5 billion industry that figures to only get bigger as more and more people outfit their backyard decks and patios with indoor conveniences like ovens and refrigerators. And now comes the latest trend in outdoor living: smart pergolas.

What makes a pergola "smart" and why are they so hot? We find out in today's Angie's List report.

Ginger Darrough doesn't spend much time inside her house any more. She's usually enjoying her back patio under her new smart pergola.

"I've had work parties out here," she said. I've even had employees come and work here for the day, so it's just been a hit. Everybody loves it. Very few people have ever seen it, but they love it."

Regular pergolas have been around since ancient Rome, but only recently did they become "smart". That means equipped with moveable louvers that allow you to control the amount of sunlight filtering through.

"You can have shade any time of day because it doesn't matter where the sun is. You can rotate the louvers as 150-degree rotation, so you can create shade but maintain an open roof," said Anna Bertolini, outdoor design professional.

Keeping the louvers open allows the heat of the day to escape instead of being trapped underneath. And if the weather turns wet, the adjustable aluminum slats can close completely. Built-in sensors can do this automatically, even when you're not home.

"It's rain tight - has the gutter system that goes all the way around that collects the water. And that's taken away in a downspout that's inside one of our columns," said Bertolini.

"A new trend we're seeing is smart pergolas, which allow you to enjoy your outdoor space even when the weather isn't ideal. They can be placed near your home or even out in the yard, but remember when talking to your contractor, they may require a building permit to install," said Angie Hicks, Angie's List founder.

Ginger's 800-foot structure took over a week to install - longer than expected, but still well worth the wait.

"It looks good, it feels good. It's still very open. I just love it," said Darrough.

The cost to cover an average-sized deck is $17,000 installed. If you have a unique space you're trying to fit, Angie says to request a free on-site estimate and make sure any adjustments to the standard unit won't affect the warranty.

Vermont Democrats rallied inside the University of Vermont Davis Center Sunday afternoon.

Over the past three days, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has helped to lead six rallies across the state.

He, along with several other democratic leaders, talked about the importance of getting out to vote on Nov. 8th, and why he supports Sue Minter for governor.

"The job of governor is a very difficult job, and she is gonna need the support of every single person in this room, as there are special interests who do not want us to go forward. So let us do everything we can in the next two weeks to help elect Sue Minter as Governor," said Sanders.

Minter went on to say she would work hard to carry on Sanders' fight to bring liveable wage, jobs and economic equality to Vermonters.

"We need to rebuild our struggling middle class, and that's why I am so glad, so proud to have Bernie's endorsement to be the next Governor of the great state of Vermont," said Minter.

The College Street Congregational Church in Burlington dedicated its new steeple Sunday, three years after the old steeple was destroyed by an arsonist.

The restoration committee, churchgoers and Burlington firefighters were on hand Sunday for the dedication.

The new steeple was built in Barre and installed last month.

"You just feel the spirit is uplifted, and again, you know, it's like an old friend whose been missing for a while is now back, so it brings a nice spirit back to the church," said Tim Gibbo, church sexton.

It took the whole three years to bring it all together to work with the insurance company, architects and construction crews.

Sunday, Vermonters got the chance to hear from the candidates for statewide offices under one roof.

Democrat candidate Sue Minter and Republican candidate Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott had 90 minutes to prove why they deserve Vermont's top job.

Liberty Union Party candidate Bill "Spaceman" Lee was invited, but did not attend.

Candidates were first asked to answer how they would tackle the state's opiate epidemic.

"What we need to do is build upon the work that's been thus far, and do more," said Scott.

He added he has a ten-point plan, which would include developing an opioid prevention council.

"Have people from all over Vermont come together to share their views and ideas about methods that they use in their own communities, that would be worthwhile in other areas of Vermont," said Scott.

Minter added she's concerned the state is not on top of the crisis. She outlined a similar plan to Scott's, which would appoint an opiate crisis manager.

"[The opiate crisis manager] will (like I was after Irene) be thinking 24/7 about this crisis and have a task team around them, which is holistic, inter-jurisdictial, inter-agency, just like we did after Irene," said Minter.

Turning to the environment, candidate then gave their thoughts on wind energy.

"Wind energy development on an industrial scale on our ridge lines should be stopped immediately," said Scott.

Minter had opposing views.

"I see a great urgency for us to continue to promote renewable energy and efficiency. Not just because it's gonna help us reduce our carbon emissions, but because it's great for our economy," said Minter.

The candidates also addressed affordable housing in Vermont,.

"It's about making sure we continue to invest in our downtowns and villages and do it in a more strategic and streamlined way," said Minter.

"We need to implement the same type of process, take a page out of the playbook and utilize some of those tax incentives to build Vermont," added Scott.

In a poll released last week by Castleton Polling Institute and VPR, 39% said they would vote for Scott, 38% said they would vote for Minter and two percent would vote for Lee. 579 people were surveyed.

Hello folks, how are you enjoying the first taste of winter? That area of low pressure that provided us with the rain, then snow has moved well to the northeast. Leaving many now under mostly clear skies for the remainder of Sunday. Strong westerly winds will continue to hold strong into the late evening and diminishing into the day on Monday. Cooler air will continue to funnel in from Canada this week, leaving us almost ten degrees below average this week. While we have no significant weather makers for the first half of the week, a few weak disturbances will swing on by providing clouds and a few rain and snow showers. By late week, a cold front will bring in more rain by Friday, with rain lingering into the day on Saturday.

Tonight: Decreasing clouds, overnight lows fall to the low and mid 30s. Wind NW 5-10mph.

Monday: Partly cloudy to the north, with increasing clouds to the south as a weak disturbance swings across southern Vermont. An isolated sprinkle of flurry possible. Daytime high mid to upper 40s. Wind: NW 15mph.

Monday Night: Clouds about with an occasional mountain flurry or sprinkle. Overnight low fall to the low and mid 30s.

Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy, an isolated sprinkle of flurry possible. Daytime high mid 40s.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, an isolated sprinkle of flurry possible. Daytime high low 40s.

Thursday: Mix of sun and clouds, dry conditions. Daytime high upper 40s near 50°.

Friday: Rain with mountain snow likely, daytime high near 50°.

Have a great week!

-SkyTracker Meteorologist Torrance Gaucher

A North Country school celebrated 100 years of education on Saturday.

The Chazy Central Rural School opened its doors in November 1916.

The school's first graduating class had 7 students, with a total enrollment of no more than 150 students, school officials say.

Now, 460 students attend the school

"I am finding this an absolutely amazing experience to come back, and to see what our graduates have been doing, and seeing that the building is flourishing," said David Martin, a retired English teacher who taught for 33 years.

Saturday's open house included artifacts from the past 100 years.

While today, the school has computers and internet, back in 1916, it had the modern technology of the time: electricity.

Downtown Plattsburgh is home to a new agriculture-themed mural.

It's part of "Outside Art: Plattsburgh Public Art Project" and a collaboration with North Country Co-Op.

Both organizations unveiled the newest downtown Mural, entitled "Harvest," on Saturday.

The mural is an agriculturally-inspired work by local artist and Dominica-native Gharan Burton.

It's located in the alley behind Irises on City Hall Place and the Co-Op on Bridge Street.

"Very rural, and really fits our region, emphasizes agriculture, it's right in the back of the food co-op for the North Country, so it's really exciting, and just really appropriate," said Colin Read, president of 30City.

The hope is that the mural enhances the area. An outdoor cafe is slated to open near the mural's location.

Folks in Burlington took pumpkin carving to a whole new level Saturday by taking the activity underwater.

With hollow pumpkins, participants dove beneath the surface of Lake Champlain in pairs who teams tried to create the most unique jack o' lantern.

The Waterfront Diving Center hosted the annual contest to celebrate Halloween, but most importantly support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

"The 20 dollars that you pay to have fun with everyone goes to a really good cystic fibrosis cause so not only did I do it for that but I did it because it is a community it's a family here with everyone and I would not want any other chance," said Sean Liehr, diver from Essex.

Some of the designs included bats and even a shark.

Saturday local law enforcement agencies in and around Burlington took part in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The program is organized by the Drug Enforcement Agency and is designed to take unused or expired medication out of the picture.

Suzanne Weishaar is just one person who visited the Burlington Police Department Saturday to drop off a bag full of old medication.

"Put this on my calendar so I would remember because we have medicines lying around the house that we should probably get rid of," said Weishaar.

The Burlington Police Department was just one spot taking back. Lieutenant Matthew Sullivan says unused medication poses a lot of risks and contributed to the growing opioid problem across the country.

"It's not a good idea to have large quantities of prescription drugs in households because they can be accessible to people you wouldn't want to have access to those drugs… children or others included," explained Sullivan.

According to the Chittenden County Prevention Network 11% of Vermont teens say they have taken medication not prescribed to them.

Organizers with the coalition are spreading the message of 'Show you care… Don't share'.

"Opportunities like this drug take-back day give us a chance to talk to people in general about drug use and about how one can impact the other and how to be safe when you get a medication," said Mariah Sanderson, Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community Director.

Weishaar applauds the efforts being made and encourages everyone to check their medicine cabinets.

Weishaar said, "Vital because if they are not delivered here, if they are put in the trash some people may get ahold of them who don't need any extra toxins in their bodies as well or people are encouraged to share them and that is not the message we want to give to folks."

Drug take-back does not only keep medication out of the wrong hands it also guarantees proper disposal.

"I think I care too much about the lake and the health of the environment to just put them in the trash where they'll go into the landfill and seep into the earth," said Weishaar.

While number from Saturday's drug take-back are not yet known, typically more than 200 pounds of medication is brought to Burlington and early 20% of it is controlled substances.

Good evening folks! Talk about a swing in the weather over the past week, remember back to Monday? Yeah, it was a balmy 81°, and now we are dealing with raw and wet conditions and mountain snow! That being said, Old Man Winter has made his first visit of the season, and the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY: Until 11am Sunday October 23, 2016

LOCATIONS: Western Clinton County, Western Essex County, and Southern Franklin County. TIMING: Late Saturday into early Sunday. IMPACTS: Heavy wet snow, accumulations 3-5", poor visibility, and snowfall up to 1" per hour. ROAD CONDITIONS: Expect wet slushy accumulation on the road surfaces, drive with caution.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY: Until 8am Sunday October 23, 2016

LOCATIONS: Bennington County and Western Windham County above 1,500'. TIMING: Late Saturday into early Sunday. IMPACTS: Heavy wet snow, accumulations 3-6", and poor visibility. ROAD CONDITIONS: Expect wet slushy accumulation on the road surfaces, drive with caution.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Rain will continue to transition to snow across our elevated communities. Snow will continue to fall across the Adirondacks this evening into early Sunday with accumulations above 1000'-1500'. Snowfall rates up to an inch per hour likely, and accumulations will range depending on your elevation. Highest peaks in the Adirondack Mountains will likely see 6" of heavy wet snow, while communities at 1000'-1500' will notice a dusting to an inch. Locations above 2000' will see accumulations ranging from 3-5 inches. Across Lake Champlain in Vermont/ New Hampshire the change over to snow will start between 8pm and 12am Sunday. A few wet snow flurries could mix down to the Champlain Valley with no accumulation expected. Wind will become gusty between 15-25mph. Overnight lows fall to the low and mid 30s.

SUNDAY: Snow and rain will come to an end from west to east during the afternoon hours on Sunday. A few valley flurries across Vermont are likely with no accumulation expected. Central/eastern Vermont and western New Hampshire communities (near 1000'-1500') will see some minor accumulations of a dusting up to an inch. Highest peaks (Jay Peak, Mount Mansfield) across the Green Mountain State will pick up a total of 6-8 inches of heavy wet snow. Some minor slushy accumulation on the roads, travel with caution. Daytime highs will struggle to hit the mid to upper 40s thanks to a chilly west wind 15-25mph with higher gusts.

SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy with a few isolated terrain enhanced rain and snow showers. Winds slowly diminish, with overnight lows in the mid to upper 30s. Continue to watch for slick roadways after sunset.

MONDAY: A breezy westerly wind will allow for more terrain enhanced rain and snow showers across the western slopes. Otherwise partly cloudy, and chilly. Daytime high in the low to mid 40s.

Enjoy the first taste of winter and travel safely.

-SkyTracker Meteorologist Torrance Gaucher

Part 1

Hartford beats Rutland 34-33
Middlebury beats CVU 14-7
Colchester beats BFA-St. Albans 35-14
Essex beats South Burlington 32-15
Brattleboro beats Mt. Anthony 45-7

Part 2

Fair Haven beats Burlington 27-22
BBA beats Bellows Falls 34-14
North Country beats Milton 14-6
(3) Saranac beats (2) AuSable Valley 12-6 in OT
Ticonderoga beats Corinth 34-12
Moriah beats Warrensbrg 27-14


(2) Peru beats (3) Plattsburgh 56-6
Beekmantown beats Massena 42-12
Saranac Lake beats Potsdam 32-12
St. Johnsbury beats Lyndon 69-6
Mount Mansfield beats Mount Abraham/Vergennes 32-16
Otter Valley beats Mill River 52-20
BFA-Fairfax beats Oxbow 42-6
Poultney/Mt. St. Joseph beat Missisquoi 18-0
Spaulding beats Springfield 42-6


Vermont Divison I

(8) Colchester at (1) Hartford - Friday, 7:00
(5) Middlebury at (4) Essex - Friday, 7:00
(7) Rutland at (2) St. Johnsbury - Saturday, 1:00
(6) Rice at (3) CVU - Saturday, 1:00
Mt. Anthony at South Burlington - Friday, 7:00 (Consolation)
BFA-St. Albans at Brattleboro - Friday, 7:00 (Consolation)

Vermont Division III

(5) Mill River at (4) U-32 - Friday, 7:00
(7) Oxbow at (2) Woodstock - Friday, 7:00
(8) Poultney/MSJ at (1) Windsor - Saturday, 1:00
(6) BFA-Fairfax at (3) Otter Valley - Saturday, 1:00
Springfield at Spaulding - Friday, 7:00 (Consolation)

New York Section 7 Finals - at AuSable Valley

(2) Moriah vs (1) Ticonderoga - Friday, 7:00 (Class D)
(3) Saranac vs (1) Saranac Lake - Saturday, 12:00 (Class C)
(2) Peru vs (1) Beekmantown - Saturday, 4:00 (Class B)

Middlebury Police say a hiker reported finding a body in Middlebury Friday morning. The body was found on the TAM Trail, a popular hiking spot in Middlebury.

Police say the hiker found the body just before noon in the woods, between Court Street Extension and Seminary Street Extension.

Investigators went to the area and found human remains, according to a press release.

The crime scene unit, assistant state's attorney, and assistant medical examiner are investigating.

No word yet on the deceased's identity, age or cause of death.

The investigation is ongoing.

Television: it might be the best babysitter you have to distract or calm your child in your home.

But how much is too much?

He joined forces Friday with Senator Patrick Leahy to help lead the fight against cancer.

While he has thee months left until his term ends, the Vice President's fight against cancer isn't going anywhere.

"Joe Biden understands these challenges, he understands the pain that cancer diagnosis can bring," says Sen. Patrick Leahy, (D) Vermont.

In May 2015 Biden lost his son Beau to brain cancer.

The following January president Barack Obama tasked Vice President Biden with leading the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force.

"We need to infuse the as Doctor King says the urgency of now," the Vice President said. He says he's determined to keep families from losing a loved one to cancer.

Senator Patrick Leahy invited the Vice President to discuss Vermont's cutting edge cancer treatment at UVM and UVM Medical Center.

Biden also presented findings from the task force's report.

The White House says only four percent of Americans diagnosed with cancer are able to get into a clinical trial.

"Trial is sometimes the only vehicle by which you have any prospect of your life being saved," says Vice President Biden.

He says one of the biggest hurdles in cancer treatment is access to information.

"Why is it you are able to click on your iPhone and determine exactly what movies are playing in any city you want to go to and I can't do the same thing to find out where there is a cancer trial."

"What Biden was speaking about, you know it's really why I'm here, it's the legislative work I have been doing in the state of Vermont," says Allison Hicks of the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network.

She joined a handful of cancer survivors in the crows who applauded the Vice President's push to expand cancer research.

"All of us are one degree from cancer, so it's really important that we recognize that it could be us at any time," says Hicks.

Even after Biden leaves office Senator Leahy assured him, he'll keep fight for funding for cancer research and treatment.

"We will keep that money coming because it is an American thing, I admire you for what you are doing and I thank you," says Sen. Leahy.

This is not Biden's first trip to Vermont. The Vice President was here in 2010 in support of governor Peter Shumlin.

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