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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Police search Otter Creek for missing woman

A Vermont State Police SCUBA team delayed their plunge into Otter Creek in Cornwall, Vt., in the ongoing search to locate missing Denise Hart, 25. The officers used SONAR and a ROV to help in the search under the ice.

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New face in local news

PEGTV Channel 15

PEGTV of Rutland County welcomed Amber Dumas to its staff as a field producer for its popular “Access” news magazine television show on PEGTV’s Channel 15.

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Saving Pico: Worldwide community helps cover Middlebury canine’s surgery

It was good news for a pooch named Pico last week. The young husky, with a serious life-threatening condition, quickly became the luckiest dog at Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society in Middlebury.

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From the Editor: Lake Placid’s “Miracle on Ice”

It was a long time ago—Friday, Feb. 22, 1980 to be exact.

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From the Editor: S.95 and legalized marijuana

Last week, Vermont State Sen. David Zuckerman, a Progressive legislator from Hinesburg, introduced S. 95, a bill that would regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol in Vermont. It took a few years, with Gov. Shumlin’s early support then taking a cautious step back, especially after the heroin debacle erupted in 2013.

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Porter Medical Center to host job fair

Porter Medical Center will sponsor a special career fair, Friday, Feb. 27, 1-5:30 p.m. The fair will be held at Porter’s Collins Building, Conference Room A.

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FTC-GMP slap down

From the Editor

It seems to have come as a bitter pill for Green Mountain Power officials to swallow, but last week’s official letter to GMP dispatched by the Federal Trade Commission was pretty stern stuff.

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Farmers, vendors gather at week-long ag event in Middlebury

One of Vermont’s largest hubs of agribusiness, Bourdeau Brothers of Middlebury, located at 88 Seymour St., hosted its 33rd Customer Appreciation Days, Feb. 9-13.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Al Stiles of Middlebury

The Vermont Eagle salutes community volunteer Al Stiles, of Middlebury. Stiles has been a member of United Way of Addison County’s RSVP for the past decade.

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Troopers restrain screaming woman in Middlebury

Vermont State Police troopers restrained a screaming woman at 99 Court Street (Route 7) in Middlebury at approximately 2:45 p.m., Feb. 9.

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