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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O Christmas tree!

'Tis the season in downtown Middlebury

Librarian Judy Holler touches up the fragrant Christmas tree on display in the Ilsley Public Library’s reading room in downtown Middlebury this week.

Digging out from the Nor’easter | From the Editor

Last week’s multi-day dumping of crystallized dihydrogen monoxide upon Vermont’s celebrated landscape has a lot of folks tired and running ragged.

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Vergennes man makes a difference in local athletics

For Vergennes businessman Brett Ward, being a member of the community means giving back—in the amount of over $228,000 since 2001.

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Middlebury Airport: the future looks bright

At a Middlebury Select Board meeting held at the public library branch in East Middlebury Dec. 2, Guy Rouelle, state pilot and aeronautics administrator for the State of Vermont, discussed with board members the state’s plan for maintenance along with runway, taxiway, and apron improvements.

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Denecker Chevrolet moves to Middlebury

Denecker Chevrolet, formerly located in Vergennes, relocated its auto and truck dealership business to the former Shea Motor site on U.S. Route 7 in Middlebury Dec. 15.

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Christmas trees, gifts and egg nog toasts? Nah! December is for fishing trips

Angler John Fuller of J.D. Fuller Plumbing & Heating in Middlebury, proudly displays a trout he pulled out of chilly Lake Champlain recently.

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Ghosts of ski seasons past

Vermont has its own Rod Serling’s “Night Gallery” of ghost ski resorts.

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In search of Middlebury’s treasures

Addison County Treasures Series

The best things in life are not only free, but they are often right in front us—in our own backyards, so to speak. In the case of historic downtown Middlebury,

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From the Editor: Saving 2014

In these waning weeks of 2014, the U.S. news media has been consumed by its 24/7 coverage of racial strife, including Missouri riots and New York protests over alleged police brutality and the deaths of two black citizens.

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Rutland County Sheriff's Department warns of DUI checkpoints

During the period starting Dec. 21 and Dec. 28, the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department, assisted by other local Law Enforcement Agencies, will be conducting sobriety checkpoints within Rutland County.

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