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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Bristol Stampede was lots of fun—for a good cause

The 21st Annual Three-Day Stampede toward the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis appears to be one for the record book this year. The summer event appears to have mounted breaking yard sale donations, according to the event’s operators.

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From the Editor: Did they die with their boots on?

Perhaps one of the weirdest—dare I say down right ghoulish—things I’ve seen in recent months is a web-based real estate-related service known as DiedInHouse.com.

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In the groove for Middlebury's Arts Walk

The Michele Fay Band, a popular Vermont-based acoustic quartet, performed at Middlebury’s Arts Walk Happy Hour at Two Brothers tavern July 11.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Mary LaFountain

The Eagle salutes community volunteer Mary LaFountain of Middlebury. LaFountain is a founding member and current vice president of the Championship Special Olympics Ski Team. The ski team having won two gold medals and a silver at the games at Suicide Six in Woodstock recently.

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Monkton tractor pull raises funds to help fight ALS

Since tractor pulling is a lot more exciting than watching corn grow, it might explain its rising popularity among rural folks. Pull events are a great place for friendly competition, socializing, and lots of bragging rights.

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Don Thompson: Playing Champlain

Preview: French Heritage Day 2014

When Don Thompson gets into French history, he does it with a passion. A retired teacher, Thompson prepared for his new career in living history with the help of his teacher wife Carol, show-and-tell artifacts from his own collection, and plenty of homework.

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Adam Myers remembered at RetroFit event

For those Addison County residents who knew him or worked along side him, Middlebury firefighter Adam Myers was a hard worker, caring friend, and devoted family man.

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Middlebury College’s carillons will ring in July 4

The sound of American freedom will ring loud and clear on the Middlebury College campus starting this July 4. This year’s Independence Day will kick off the summer-long beautiful sounds of ringing bells of the 29th annual Middlebury College Carillon Series.

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Orwell's mini schoolhouse was a big History Expo hit

Vermont History Expo ‘14

Its dimensions may be a lot smaller than the average Vermont one-room schoolhouse was a century or more ago, but the Orwell Historical Society Museum’s recent traveling “schoolhouse-in-a-trailer”, is actually life size.

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From the Editor: School board accountability

When the Eagle learned in February of this year that former Mary Hogan Elementary School principal and New England math consultant Jim Callahan of Middlebury was running for the ID4 School Board, we were pleased. The local school board has had its share of controversies over the years, and Callahan’s interest in math education, coupled with his decades long experience in the field of elementary education, gave us hope for some changes on the moribund board.

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