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Bill Demong pushing to the finish yesterday. Photo by Nancie Battaglia.
Bill Demong pushing to the finish yesterday. Photo by Nancie Battaglia.

Adirondacks' Bill Demong earns Olympic gold

Vermontville's Bill Demong gave the United States its first Olympic gold medal ever in a Nordic event as Americans posted a 1-2 finish in the Nordic Combined ski event at the Vancouver Olympics yesterday. Teammate Johnny Spillane captured the silver.
Demong surged from sixth place after the ski jump to win the 10-kilometer cross-country leg by four seconds. Bernhard Gruber of Austria, who had a head start after jumping the farthest off the large hill, took the bronze.

Demong will be flag bearer for the U.S. Olympic team at the Olympic closing ceremony Sunday.  Go to full article
This year's tree, this morning.
This year's tree, this morning.

A perfect day, and a perfect tree

A bright winter day, and a meadow full of balsam trees. Martha Foley reprises a family outing to find the perfect Christmas tree.
The postcard from a Vermontville clearing first aired in 1994.  Go to full article
Diane Sawyer, ABC, Disney, face lawsuit from North Country woman (PHOTO:  ABC News)
Diane Sawyer, ABC, Disney, face lawsuit from North Country woman (PHOTO: ABC News)

Controversial ABC documentary filmed in Vermontville sparks lawsuit

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican reported Thursday morning that a Lake Placid woman is suing ABC News, the Walt Disney Corporation, and news anchor Diane Sawyer. In her suit, Kyle Nelson claims that the network should have alerted authorities to abuse that they captured on film in her Vermontville home five years ago. The physical abuse was recorded while ABC was working on a documentary for the program "Primetime." The show's producers never contacted the police or social welfare agencies. Brian Mann's story first aired in 2006. The Plattsburgh Press- Republican is reporting that Kyle Nelson, now age 20, has declined to discuss her lawsuit against ABC with the media.  Go to full article

"Primetime" Story Prompts Ethics Debate

Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne says it's too late to file criminal charges against a Vermontville man videotaped while hitting and slapping his 15-year-old daughter. But Champagne says state and local officials are reviewing whether three children still living in the home of Joe and Lynn Nelson are receiving proper care. Last Friday, the ABC news magazine "Primetime" broadcast footage of the Nelson home that included scenes of physical and emotional violence. The footage aired as part of a documentary on stepfamilies struggling with children from separate marriages. The broadcast prompted a public outcry. As Brian Mann reports, it has also triggered a new debate over the ethics of journalism.

A warning: Some of the sounds in this story are violent and disturbing.  Go to full article

Franklin County DA Says Too Late For Abuse Charges in "Primetime" Case

Franklin County's district attorney says it's too late to prosecute a man who punched and slapped his daughter. The incident was recorded by a film crew with ABC News in 2002 but only aired last week on the national news program "Primetime." District Attorney Derek Champagne says the statute of limitations for bringing charges against Joe Nelson, who lives in Vermontville, has expired. As Brian Mann reports, the case has triggered a national outcry.  Go to full article
<i>Persistence of Innocence</i>, 1992, David Driver
Persistence of Innocence, 1992, David Driver

Art That Blends Science and Fantasy

A new exhibit featuring the works of Vermontville artist David Driver continues this month at Evergreen Valley Nursing Home in Plattsburgh. Sponsored by Norte Maar, Finding Home, includes more than 20 works by Driver from the early '70s to today. Driver says his art reflects a deep interest in science and the vastness of space, and is fueled by the question, "Are we alone in the universe?" He spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
Bill Demong from Vermontville sails over the Italian Alps (N. Battaglia)
Bill Demong from Vermontville sails over the Italian Alps (N. Battaglia)

Vermontville's Demong Finishes 25th In Nordic Combined

The Olympics continue today in Italy. Vermontville native Bill Demong competed Tuesday in the Nordic combined, an event that combines ski jumping with cross-country racing. He finished 25th in a field of 49 racers. Brian Mann caught up with Bill's mother Helen while the race was still underway.  Go to full article

Vermontville Champion Injured in Germany

A top North Nountry ski-racer has been hospitalized in Germany, following a head-injury suffered in a hotel swimming pool. Vermontville's Bill Demong fractured his skull on Wednesday in the town of Winterberg. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

North Country Athletes Make Strong Showing in Olympics' First Days

It was a big weekend for North Country residents at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Snowboarder Kelly Clark from West Dover, Vermont claimed a gold medal in the women's half-pipe. Lake Placid's Adam Heidt, a sled racer, is in strong contention for a medal as competition resumes today. Vermontville skier Bill Demong struggled in the the Nordic Combined. Brian Mann has our update on the first days of the Salt Lake City Olympics.  Go to full article

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