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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Brandon fossils show Vermont’s Florida-like past

Journeying back in time 20 million years ago, a local time traveler would see a strangely altered landscape of rugged mountains clad in trees unfamiliar in today’s northern New England woods—such as magnolia, live oak, palms, and towering dawn redwood, the “living fossil” ancestor of the sequoias.

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Middlebury residents to revote on town hall plan

Middlebury voters will return to the ballot box on Tuesday, May 13, for a revote on the Town Meeting vote over a new town hall next to the Ilsley Public Library and a recreation facility on Creek Road.

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Vermont: A 'springter' wonderland of snow

A springtime blast of cold air entered Vermont on Tuesday night and left as much as 6-8 inches in some high elevation areas around Addison and Rutland counties.

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Rutland prepares for an Elvis sighting, April 26

"Thank you very much..."

Vermont Maturity Magazine will present the third annual Central Vermont 50+ EXPO on Saturday, April 26, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Rutland from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.—and “Elvis is in the building!”

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Middlebury Legion to host annual gun show

Gun and knife collectors will be hosting a table show at the Middlebuy American Legion Post 27 the weekend of April 26-27.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Donna Badore

Donna Badore, of Addison, was one of several hundred community members who volunteered their time during the United Way’s Days of Caring.

From the Editor: Gun control—coming to a town near you

Attention, Vermont legislators: What part of “Shall Not Be Infringed” do you not understand?

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DOA: VUHS baseball

For Addison County high school baseball fans, the news was tough to swallow—Vergennes Union High School officials announced that, due to lack of response by students, there would not be a varsity baseball team this spring. After winning the 2012 Vermont Division II Baseball Championship, it’s hard to believe the Commodores won’t field a diamond team.

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MUHS Wellness Day for body, mind, spirit

Middlebury Union High School’s Wellness Day was such a hit with faculty, staff and students last year that it made an ever bigger 2014 return engagement April 9.

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Cotey Gallagher: an eye for art

Artist Cotey Gallagher of Salisbury is passionate equally about art and humor. The self-described “perfectionist” and young commercial artist—who has illustrated everything from children’s books and English-as-a-second-language language textbooks to personal art commissions and high-tech articles appearing in geeky, national computer magazines—believes that art should be an equal blend of hard work, detail and fun.

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