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.

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Monkton Mud Bogs: A muddy mess was a lot of fun

The weather was nearly perfect for the Annual Monkton Volunteer Fire Department Grass Drags, Mud Bog, & Sidewinder Harescramble Sept. 14.

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Better L8 Than Never Car Show: Everything from vintage cars to souped-up 4x4s

Middlebury Speedi-Lube Service owner Damon Pelkey just restored his father’s 1947 Ford half-ton pickup and showcased the classic vehicle at the Better L8 Than Never Car Show at the Bristol Recreation Field Sept. 14. He was joined by classic vehicles owned by his father, brother and wife.

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Bristol's annual car show has something for every motorhead

Better L8 Than Never Car Show

Middlebury Speedi Lube owner Damon Pelkey restored his father’s 1947 Ford half-ton pickup and will showcase the classic vehicle at the Better L8 Than Never Car Show in Bristol Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Blue vs. Gray: St. Albans Raid 150th anniversary Sept. 18-21

St. Albans, Vt., was far from the Civil War’s bloodletting in October 1864. When the nation’s interstate violence spilled into sleepy Vermont on the unsuspecting morning of Oct. 19, the Union sounded the alarm. The odd thing was that you couldn’t travel much farther north in the United States to distance yourself from the terrible fighting taking place in the southern states.

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Hikers to explore military road

Sept. 28 hike along Hubbardton Military Road

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

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From the Editor: “Vermont is more affordable now”—and other flights of fancy

It’s another election year and another go-round of our two-party system’s blah-blah-blather—although here in Vermont, it’s more like the blah-blah-blather of one-party, supermajority rule. Regarding the gubernatorial race, I really don’t want another term for Gov. Shumlin? Why? Well, let me count the ways by using the Governor’s own words—

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Open house event attracts farmers, vendors

Next to the annual Addison County Fair and Field Days, the only other annual events that gets Addison County’s farming community together are the two Bourdeau and Bushey’s Open House events held at the agribusiness on Seymour Street in Middlebury. The open house are typically held in February and September every year.

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98-year-old man is Vermont Hall of Famer

If you don’t already know Lucien Paquette, you should get around to it. The delightful 98-year-old, smiling Middlebury man is both a model citizen and a testiment to healthy living.

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From the editor: The Vermont Way or the highway

I’ve been a resident of Vermont since 1989 and have heard the term “the Vermont Way” bandied about, mostly by politicians, far too long. It has become a hackneyed and trite phrase if it was ever anything else.

It’s my fracking opinion!

Several readers have contacted me to scold and say that I am “out of touch” regarding my views on the rush to cover Vermont with acres of P.V. arrays with private and heavily taxpayer-subsidized funds.

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