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Louis Varricchio

Managing Editor, Writer, Columnist
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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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From the Editor: How a Pennsylvania D.A. muzzled my friend’s free speech

No one deserves what Bill Villa and his wife Angie have had to endure since the defining evening of March 24, 2006.

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Old tires for a good cause

Vermont’s annual tire recycle and resale event “Wheels for Warmth” celebrated its 10-year anniversary this month. $39,391 was raised for emergency fuel assistance programs, sold 1,350 safe, donated tires for pennies on a dollar, and recycled 2,480 unusable tires.

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Vermont Birdland—the art of Gary Starr

Bird-decoy modeling wasn’t an established art form until the opening years of the 20th century. Prior to that time, decoys were just that—decoys—used by many sportsmen to lure, say, waterbirds to rest and thus line up in their gunsights. Even as far back as the 18th century, art connoisseurs such as George Hepplewhite recognized the artistry of these otherwise mundane hunting accessories.

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New Haven Select Board opposes solar projects

Part 2: Conclusion

Last week, the New Haven Select Board voted for the first time to oppose two solar power project proposals; the Board also wants to intervene in every proposed solar project coming to town.

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New digs for an old house

The historic Osborne House in Middlebury was moved from 77 Main St., where it stood since the 1800s, to the east side of the intersection of Cross and Water streets.

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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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