Flannigan lost her leg during a 2009 deployment in Afghanistan. Now, she needs a new prosthetic. The surgery could cost anywhere between $50,000 to $60,000.

North Country Cross Fit honors veterans with what are called Hero WODs, or “workouts of the day.” So, athletes spent the day at the gym lifting weights to take some of the burden off Flannigan.

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Burlington’s Old North Enders revive The Ramble 1 Aug 2021

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Saturday Burlington’s old north enders celebrated the tight-knit community with the 2021 revival of The Ramble.

Hundreds of Queen City residents explored side streets where neighbors displayed art, yard sale items, and their gardens. Outside the Old North End Community Center, vendors were selling everything from food to jewelry. Kids and kids-at-heart could snag a free ice cream and jump in the bounce house.

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Volunteers restore and repair old headstones in Milton cemetery 1 Aug 2021

MILTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Our loved ones mean the world to us, even after they pass away. We all want to know their permanent resting site is taken care of. A group of volunteers is doing just that.

“If you value the history of your city, town, municipality, the state of Vermont, this is that history,” said Tom Giffin, the president of the Vermont Old Cemetery Association, also known as VOCA. The group’s goal is to preserve history while respecting lost loved ones.

Milton Town Manager, Don Turne, said Saturday was the second time volunteers have hosted a workshop in Milton. “It’s important for families to visit. There’s so much history,” Turner said. “Some of these stones are 200 or 300 years old. Nobody comes to visit. It’s important to revitalize them.”

Volunteers helped reset and repair headstones. VOCA member, Nicole Vecchi, said the goal of these workshops is to teach others how to better maintain the grounds. “There is a certain way you want to clean a stone,” Vecchi said. “That’s what we’re hoping when we come to a workshop like this, we propagate that knowledge.”

Vecchi notes power washing or bleaching will damage the head stone.

What they do to clean the stones is give them a dry scrub, spritz them with some water, then a chemical called D/2. Once the D/2 is on the stone, they scrub the lichen off. Even once the liken is off, they leave the D/2 on the stone so it can continue to break down grime over time.

“Just trying to make these places, which is very important to us, a better place to visit and making sure people know their loved ones are being cared for,” Turner said when asked about the importance of the project.

Giffin said they host these workshops almost every weekend. The next one is August 14 at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Vergennes.

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Vermont officials seeking federal funds for flood cleanup 1 Aug 2021

BENNINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont Emergency Management is trying to secure federal funds to repair the damage caused by widespread flooding in the southern part of the state Thursday and Friday.

Vermont officials have already identified more than $1 million in damage throughout Bennington and Windham counties, and that’s just the preliminary assessment. The money could cover public roads and buildings fixes, tree and debris removal, and municipal employees’ overtime pay, contractor help, equipment rentals, and other storm costs.

“This storm was significant for southern Vermont,” Vermont Emergency Management Director Erica Bornemann said. “Infrastructure damage of that magnitude will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to restore infrastructure. Without federal assistance the taxpayers in those communities will experience a serious hardship.”

But FEMA must verify the cost before Gov. Phil Scott can ask for a major disaster declaration. To qualify for that, Vermont must show at least $1 million in response and public infrastructure recovery costs.

Homeowners should report damage to their insurance company and 2-1-1. If you need help, contact the Vermont Divisions of Financial Regulation Insurance division at 800-964-1784.

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Home safety fair offers Vermonters tips and tricks on security 1 Aug 2021

WILLISTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Your home should be a safe-haven, so a local group is helping owners protect themselves and their families.

“Whether it be identify theft, home virus safety, crime in your home, preventing it, radon, water quality, good home safety practices... It’s all here,” said Mike Berk, CEO of the Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors.

Berk tells Channel 3 News he wanted to give back to the community and host a fair that touches on issues his group sees time and time again in homes they sell.

“We’re always looking to do what we can to promote good safety for our clients and to the public in general, which is what this is all about,” said Berk.

The Williston Police Department was there to discuss tips to prevent break ins and fraud, all while their therapy dog Duke got to meet members of the community.

“All this information here is for you to get. The more info you have, the safer you’re going to be. A lot of people out here today. I hope they get that safety to keep you safe, and they don’t actually have to call us because you have safe habits,” said Ofc. Matthew Cohen of the Williston Police Department.

The Williston Fire Department was giving away free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to encourage folks to install the potentially life-saving devices.

“Something that’s gonna notify you of any toxic fumes from fire, such as carbon monoxide. It’s really important as a homeowner or a renter, wherever you may be,” said firefighter Jim Wells of the Williston Fire Department.

The Vermont Department of Health provided radon awareness information, the Be Seat Smart program provided car seat fittings, and Closer Look Home Inspections gave tips about how to keep your home’s structure up to par.

“It’s a great source of information for keeping a house safe and secure,” said Steve Myers of South Hero, who attended the fair.

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Burlington man accused of assault, hate crime at large 1 Aug 2021

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Police say a man who beat another person in Burlington’s Battery Park Saturday morning is on the lose.

Police have identified the suspect as 33-year-old Matthew Kaigle of Burlington. He’s wanted for Aggravated Assault with Hate Motivated Crime.

A witness tells police at around 9:45 a.m., they saw Kaigle punch another man sitting on a bench, causing him to fall on the ground. He then kicked the man in the head multiple times. Kaigle left him lying there apparently unconscious.

The victim tells police Kaigle made racist comments before the assault.

Kaigle was last seen in surveillance video walking to and getting in his white Chevy pickup truck parked on the southside of the Burlington Police Department after it happened.

Kaigle has a lengthy criminal history, including several recent incidents, and is well known to law enforcement. So far this year, police have interacted with him 26 times. They say he’s displayed violent tendencies towards the public.

Police say not to approach Kaigle if you find him, as he is dangerous.

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Man wanted for downtown Burlington shootout 1 Aug 2021

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Burlington police are searching for a man involved in a Saturday morning shooting.

Police say the shootout, during which multiple people were firing guns at each other, happened at around 3:15 a.m. at Simon’s Mobil on South Winooski Avenue. None of the individuals have been named.

Police say three men got into a physical altercation. Two arrived at the gas station in a truck together. The third man showed up in another vehicle.

They say one of the men from the truck punched the third man in the head. The third man then fired a bullet at the attacker, missing him. The two men started firing back at the third man, missing him, too.

The third man fled on foot and was chased by the other two men.

Police are still searching for and trying to identify the third man. The suspect is a black male who was wearing dark shorts with a light-colored stripe down the sides, white shoes, and a white zippered jacket/sweatshirt over a white t-shirt. He arrived in a light-colored SUV that police say is likely a silver Nissan Rogue. Police say an unknown person was driving the car.

Police have arrested the other two men and a woman who was also involved. During the detainment, police found a large amount of crack cocaine in the truck. They haven’t said what charges the suspects face.

Police say one of the men was a living in the Plattsburg Avenue home that was shot with numerous bullets last August while children were inside. The other man was a shot twice in the leg last September. Police say they believe that incident may be related to another shooting that happened last summer.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Burlington Police Department at (802) 658-2704.

While Burlington police were addressing this shooting, they say South Burlington Police, Colchester Police, and University of Vermont Police responded to other service calls.

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Barton man involved in July shooting back behind bars 1 Aug 2021

BARTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A Barton man involved in a shooting earlier this month and was recently released from custody for that crime is back behind bars.

Police say 35-year-old Brent Bapp violated his court-ordered conditions of release Friday night and then resisted arrest.

Bapp was arrested on July 11 for threatening and abusive behavior. Police responded to gunshots fired into a Barton home the night before. While Bapp didn’t pull the trigger his charges are related to that incident.

He’s now lodged at Northern State Correctional Facility on lack of $10,000 bail.

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11th Annual Swanton Car Show back on the road 1 Aug 2021

SWANTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Swanton’s 11th annual car show commenced Saturday afternoon, marking an exciting return after last year’s event was canceled due to Covid-19.

About 195 cars rolled into Franklin county ; from New York, New Hampshire, and of course across Vermont. Car owners and visitors soaked up the sun and got to see some really cool rides in the process.

“I think the big draw for Swanton is the location, we’re in the village green, it’s dry it’s clean, it brings a lot of people into the community, they go to our stores and our restaraunts, we have great food and vendors here,” said Mark Rocheleau of the Swanton Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s car show is dedicated to Steven Stanko, a long time car show attendee who passed away last year. Stanko’s family and his car were there to support the event and honor his memory.

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New restaurant struggles to fill positions 1 Aug 2021

MILTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Worker shortages are making it tough for local businesses to keep their doors open. Tom’s American restaurant in Milton is one of them.

Owner Tom MacNichols says he planned to open the spot right before the pandemic hit.

Once the state started reopening, he says he struggled to find staff. MacNichols says he finally began hiring this spring. Last week, the restaurant had a soft opening.

“Everybody is equal in the restaurant. There is no dishwasher or front of house. There isn’t anything that makes anyone different. We’re all part of a team, and I like to stress that to everyone,” MacNichols said.

He says the restaurant could use another eight to 10 people on the floor.

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North Country community raises thousands for veteran’s surgery 1 Aug 2021

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) - North Country Cross Fit athletes fundraised more than $5,000 for retired Army Captain Bergan Flannigan Saturday. She’s scheduled to undergo life-changing, expensive surgery next month.

Dozens of Cross Fit athletes participated in the fundraiser to offset the cost of Flannigan's surgery
Dozens of Cross Fit athletes participated in the fundraiser to offset the cost of Flannigan's surgery

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