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: Fracking myths

There’s a new book about fracking that caught my eye. Written by Virginia-based engineer and environmentalist Greg Kozera. I may be in the minority around here, but for me it was a must read. I want to learn the truth about fracking technology—a technology which is helping put the U.S. on the road toward energy independence

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Rare bats call Otter Creek hydro plant home

Last week, Green Mountain Power officials revealed that tiny, winged guests have made their home in the company’s Middlebury hydro facility.

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Vermont's "batman" is champion of endangered bats

Local wildlife advocate and author Don Mitchell visited Orwell and Benson area libraries last week to promote his new book about endangered Vermont bats titled, “Flying Blind”.

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Family, VIPs, public say farewell to Senator Jeffords

Despite the sadness of gathering for a church memorial to honor a loved one’s passing, the family and friends of the late U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords were determined to celebrate the man’s life and decades-long accomplishments in the arena of public service.

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From the editor: A case of solar hubris

Lately, I’ve been wondering why Vermont is rushing so quickly to embrace every neighborhood solar- and wind-energy project that comes down the pike.

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Sleuthing a local road of mystery is an annual event

Aug. 23 tour of Hubbardton Military Road

Right in our own backyard is an historic 18th-century roadway that helped, in no small way, to turn the tide of battle and help create the United States of America.

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"Hot Neon Magic" will be retroactive this weekend

Performance at Two Brothers Tavern

Actor Hugh Grant tried it in the movie “Music and Lyrics”, but Vermont-based Hot Neon Magic actually found their groove with a revival of the 1980s New Wave sound.

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Lincoln loved Vermont, but never visited

Despite the fact that U.S. President Abraham Lincoln never stepped foot on Vermont soil, he is sometimes linked to the Green Mountain State on several accounts—first, being a Republican, Lincoln acknowledged the state’s importance in his election and in supporting his anti-slavery views.

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From the Editor: Death in the Afternoon

I am a sucker for offbeat celebrity stories. While I don’t revel in the hard luck stories of the rich and famous, I am fascinated by human drama; let’s face it, when it comes to unusual celebrity deaths, such drama tends to come wrapped in odd, even distressing packages.

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It was a lot of fun at the 2014 Fair & Field Days

But one man was injured at tractor-pull event

 It was a busy week for Addison County Fair & Field Days organizers. The annual, much anticipated event had a successful run and wrapped up the 2014 fair season Aug. 9. Except for periods of rain showers Aug. 5 and Aug. 6, fairgoers enjoyed ideal summer weather during most of the week.

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