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.
I liken my “Twilight Zone” redshift in social perspective to having awakened from a decades long slumber, à la Rip Van Winkle.
It was a happy welcome-to-campus party for Middlebury College’s new president, Laura Patton, Nov. 18. At a special news conference, held in the new library, Patton met local reporters including members of her new college’s young press pool.
Prospecting garnets in Vermont & New York
Last summer, I toured a fascinating exhibit of beautiful North Country garnet gemstones on display at the New York State Museum in Albany. The museum isn’t just a place to gawk at New York garnets; the exhibit also includes exceptional garnets that are found on both sides of Lake Champlain.
Vergennes' art renaissance exploded on the scene in the early 2000s. Since then, several art galleries have opened in town and Vermont's smallest city is fast becoming a hub for artists in the region.
Paul McCartney’s 1969 Beatle song, “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window,” could be the theme song for the obscure Enbridge Pipeline.
If you consider Vermont’s places of worship, many with tall ceilings and large open gathering spaces, probably the biggest siphon of parishioners’ weekly collections—especially during the cold months—is heating oil
With natural and man-made threats on the rise, the State of Vermont unveiled two high-tech tools which will be made available to first responders to identify and combat hazards throughout the Green Mountain State.
The wreck of the “O.J. Walker”
Most folks think of the deep oceans when it comes to history’s most memorable shipwrecks, but inland Lake Champlain turns out to be one of the nation’s most unexpected maritime archeological treasures when it comes to antique wrecks—there are over 300 vessels lost in the cold, murky depths of the northeast's biggest lake.
Veterans Day 2014
When Vermont’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated at a large public gathering on Oct. 30 1982, the national wounds of the decade-long Indo-Chinese war were still largely unhealed. Over 135 Vermonters died in the war; their stone-etched names—along with color and monochrome photographs of their wartime experiences—stand as a lasting tribute to their blood sacrifice.
It’s not surprising that a fitness center by the name of Vermont Sun is now using old Sol to provide its electricity needs.