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WCAX Rendezvous PKG 8/17/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — August 24, 2013

Took a break from reporting for about a month while I filled in anchoring and got a new role at the station!

I filled in on the weekend, though, and went to cover a meetup of activists concerned about large-scale energy projects (like wind farms, etc.).

The challenge I ran into with this piece was trying to make it different than the other energy-protest related stories we had done (we have done many).

I didn’t want to wear my sunglasses in the standup, but naturally there was just enough of a breeze to wreck havoc with my hair if I didn’t. Ah well.

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August 24, 2013 at 6:03 AM

WCAX Rail Trail PKG 7/19/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — August 23, 2013

Continuing with the backlog of reporter pieces I haven’t posted yet…

This one was from a very long day that I worked back in July. There was the groundbreaking for a recreational trail that had been in the works for years. The groundbreaking was in the evening and I couldn’t stay for that because we had to get the material back for the evening broadcasts, but we got the important part of the story anyway.

It aired on WCAX on July 19, 2013 for their 6 p.m. broadcast.

It was a really pretty area — if I hadn’t been so tired from working a double shift I probably would have appreciated it a lot more too.

You might be able to guess from some of the video, but it was SO hot that day. That’s why I gave in and wore a dress. And shot my standup early before my hair completely frizzed up. But it was in the 90s or around there.

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August 23, 2013 at 5:52 AM

WCAX Caterpillar Day PKG 7/12/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — August 22, 2013

I’ve been really bad about posting this summer’s work! Another computer crash left me without my laptop again for most of August here, and July was crazy!

This piece was a preview of caterpillar day, so we went to talk to the nature center in Montpelier about what people could expect to see that weekend. And I got to hold a caterpillar!

It was a fun piece to do — I’m just glad you couldn’t see the big horsefly sting that had welled up on the side of my forehead! I got it within minutes of stepping out of the news van. I had to try to hide it with hair.

And I had a rather amusing clip where I was a dork and dropped the caterpillar during a standup attempt:

I won’t talk about the teeny tiny caterpillar that escaped and accidentally got squished.

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August 22, 2013 at 6:54 AM

Dinosaurs in Party Hats… a.k.a. ECHO’s 10th Birthday

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By Cat Viglienzoni — May 31, 2013

When was the last time you saw a velociraptor wearing a party hat?

Right.

Well, for me, it was earlier this evening at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center’s 10th birthday party. I volunteer there once a week, so I was invited along with all the other staff and volunteers and their guests. It was a fun evening with the usual — cake, “Happy Birthday,” and chatting — and the unusual… like dinosaurs in party hats.

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Me being me, I found them too funny not to share.

So, here’s a velociraptor wearing a party hat:

(Sorry the video may be a bit shaky — I was doing this all on my iPad, not with a news camera and tripod.)

And the Oviraptor, also festive and making funny noises:

And a snippet from the exhibit, comparing a Tyrannosaurus rex skull (front right) to a Gigantosaurus skeleton:

In the background, in case you were wondering, is a Mapusaurus, which in my opinion are scarier because fossil evidence suggests they looked like smaller T-Rexes — and they hunted in packs.

I will throw this photo in as a bonus (taken on a day I was volunteering…). Rawr!

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WCAX Peanut Allergy Treatment PKG, 4/26/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — May 13, 2013

This was the reporter piece I shot on the same day I anchored (see previous post), and I loved the story.

It’s about a family whose young boy has a peanut allergy so severe that exposure to peanuts used to require hospitalization. Then, thanks to a program to desensitize him to peanuts by slowly increasing his exposure to peanut flour, he can now eat three peanut M&Ms and not see any reaction.

Check out his story, which aired first on April 25 at 6 p.m. and the next morning at 5 a.m. (shown below) and 6 a.m.:

The important thing to note is that he is not cured — what this does it it makes it possible for him to eat things that probably don’t contain any large amount of peanuts, or come into contact with traces of peanuts, and not have a reaction. So it’s peace of mind for him and his family, but not a permanent solution. And if he stops eating the peanut M&Ms, he will lose that desensitization. It also may not be as useful for someone who has multiple nut allergies, since it only targets peanuts.

For more information, visit the story on our website.

It was a fun story to shoot — especially since he was very excited to be on TV!

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Burlington Sunrise, 4/4/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — March 4, 2013

Another sunrise caught on skycam today — this one wasn’t nearly as colorful as the last one, but the planes that streaked across the sky were really cool when sped up. It was taken this morning during the 6 a.m. hour of our morning news.

This was a quicker sunrise — it was over before the show ended. But still pretty!

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April 4, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Burlington Sunrise, 3/26/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — March 27, 2013

Not a news story post, but I couldn’t resist sharing this gorgeous sunrise that we caught from our skycam during our 6 a.m. hour of yesterday’s morning news.

It began about 6:30ish and Master Control rolled on it through about 7:45. Then I edited it down to a 30-second time lapse. Pretty neat! I think I’ll do it again sometime. We got a great response from viewers when I posted it to our station’s Facebook.

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March 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM