Louis Varricchio

Managing Editor, Writer, Columnist

Lou Varricchio, M.Sc., has worked in the news and public relations fields most of his professional life. He has worked as both a reporter and editor with daily and weekly newspapers in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Vermont. He has also worked as an independent science-program producer and on-air host for programs created for both Public Radio International and Prairie Public Television. He was co-host, along with Jane Joyce, of "Our Changing Planet" which aired on public television 1999-2002. Lou's science programs have been broadcast in the USA, Canada, Ireland and Australia. Just before joining New Market Press, he was a senior science writer at the NASA Ames Research Center in California. He is a member of the NASA-JPL Solar System Ambassador program and was recently appointed to the director of aerospace education position for the Vermont Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, a U.S. Air Force auxiliary. Lou says his most memorable science news interviews were with Dr. Alan Bean, Apollo 12 and Skylab astronaut, and Dr. Edward Teller, inventor of the hydrogen bomb.

Recent Stories

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From the Editor: From Facebook to eternity

October 2014 was the first time that my wife and I had learned about the death of a family member--and close friend--via Facebook.

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Vermont astronomy group to offer views of solar eclipse—weather permitting

Partial solar eclipse Oct. 23

On Thursday, Oct. 23, conditions permitting, enjoy a safe viewing of the partial solar eclipse at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton.

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Public Service Board decides not to reopen Vermont Gas Pipeline case

The Vermont Public Service Board has decided to allow the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline project to continue without further scrutiny through Addison County. Vermont Gas already received regulatory approval for Phase I in December 2013.

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New Haven selectman says town is being cut out of solar-power process

Part 1 of 2

Despite Green Mountain Power’s desire to transform Rutland into Vermont’s gleaming “Solar City” on a hill, other power brokers in the solar power industry have quietly made the Town of New Haven their target instead.

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Osborne House to be moved to make way for new town hall

Work continues on moving the Osborne House in downtown Middlebury. Middlebury College donate the piece of downtown real estate to the Town of Middlebury in a bid to fulfill its campus plans which include securing the triangle upon which the current municipal office building stands.

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A classical interlude in Middlebury

Renowned around the globe for unique, elegant, and refined interpretations, the Belcea Quartet returns to Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

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Masons to hold open houses, Oct. 18

Local Freemasons will hold a Masonic Open House on Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at several local lodges. Refreshments will be available:

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From the Editor: Past my window

It’s mid-October in the Champlain Valley of Vermont...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Tae DeGray

There’s no harder volunteer worker than Tae DeGray. The Middlebury resident volunteered her time at United Way’s Day of Caring.

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Singing—for the joy of it!

Middlebury resident Barbara Clearbridge is both a Quaker and a medical intuitive. She has shared her spirituality and healing skills for more than a quarter century. In addition to her healing work,

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