Ric Cengeri

Vermont Edition Producer

Ric is a Vermont Edition producer. Prior to joining VPR in 2007, Ric was the morning show host at WNCS in Montpelier. Before that, he hosted the morning show at WOXY in Oxford, Ohio.

Interwoven with his radio experience, Ric has been a senior copy writer and account supervisor for McGuire & Associates, a Florida-based advertising agency. He has also taught media writing classes at Miami University.

An expert in polo and British soccer, Ric holds a B.S. from the University of Dayton and an M.S. from St. Thomas University.

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The governor had his say on the Legislature's marijuana bill when he vetoed it Wednesday. Now we'll get the thoughts of Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman.

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Tossing and turning all night, or drowsiness caused by staying up to play World of Warcraft too long into the night, might seem like mild irritants. But the consequences of lack of sleep can be much more dire.

Courtesy UVM Extension

Invasive plant and animal species exist all around us, but some are more damaging than others. A revamped tool from UVM Extension leverages citizen science to better track where invasive species are now, and which ones are approaching our region.

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The seasons move quickly in New England; the cold chill of winter fades, spring makes a short visit, and then summer arrives with thoughts turning to picnics! 

Matthew Thorsen / Seven Days

Maybe you prefer stocking your pantry with food from the grocery store, farmers' market or your own garden. But, truth is, there's a lot of perfectly edible food available... in dumpsters!

Angela Evancie / VPR FILE

A late proposal by Governor Phil Scott on teachers' health care plans sent the Legislative session into overtime. We hear from Governor Scott about the plan and the timing of introducing the idea so late in the session.

Nokian Tyres sign outside its Colchester headquarters with arrows pointing to corporate offices, customer service, and shipping and receiving.
Meg Malone / VPR

Nokian Tyres recently announced plans to build a plant in Tennessee, but Tommi Heinonen – head of Nokian Tyres North America – says there are no plans at the moment to move the company's North American headquarters out of Vermont.

Angela Evancie / VPR FILE

Rather than rush to judgment on some key pieces of legislation, Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe decided last week to reconvene Wednesday and Thursday. Now as state lawmakers head back to Montpelier, Sen. Ashe is our guest.

Melissa Pasanen / Vermont Life

At colleges today, students and the local community are exposed to many exciting food adventures. Some of which are happening at The University of Vermont. After setting out to learn about Vermont-grown saffron, Melissa Pasanen, freelance journalist and Vermont Life food editor, stumbled onto a couple of interesting student-driven food events at UVM. One in honor of the Iranian celebration, Nowruz, and another featuring the cuisine of Puerto Rico.

Mike Groll / Associated Press

The federal government's H-2B visa program allows temporary, non-agricultural workers from certain foreign countries to fill seasonal positions in the U.S. Vermont's resort, lodging, and restaurant industries rely on these workers. But a cap on the number of these visas could have a negative effect on the these employers.

Rainbow steelhead trout leaps out of the water.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife, Courtesy

Once a year, for about 10 days from mid-April through early May, nature offers a free show that provides viewers the chance to "oooh" and "aaah." It's the steelhead rainbow trout run, when the fish hurtle up the falls to get upstream to spawn.

Alden Pellett / Associated Press

Wild turkeys were once extirpated from the Vermont landscape because of over-hunting and loss of forest land. Now they number somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000.

Marcelo Krasilcic / Nonesuch Records

The Magnetic Fields formed in 1989 in the Boston area. Their seminal CD, 69 Love Songs, made them the darlings of rock critics a decade later. The band is fronted by lead singer, songwriter and producer Stephin Merritt, who lived for awhile in Vermont as a child.

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With just over a week to go before the end of the legislative session, it appears that many of the top Progressive priorities have stalled in Montpelier.

Sharing food photos through social media is becoming increasingly popular; especially on Instagram!

Illustration of President Donald Trump overlayed on top of multiple speech bubbles.
Illustration by Kevin Whipple

In a four-year presidential term, the commander in chief will be in power for over 1,400 days. But it's the first 100 that have become a focus for a new president, so VPR collected listeners' opinions of President Donald Trump's first 100 days.

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Obvious signs of spring can take a while to present themselves here in the north country. Trees are slow to form buds and leaves. Flowers won't be pushing up through the cold ground for a while yet.

But one great sign of spring has revealed itself. The birds have returned.

Vermonters and visitors to the state love dining at farm-to-table restaurants. But these eateries are not always profitable for the proprietor.

In billiards tournaments held recently by the Green Mountain American Poolplayers Association, the winners were all women. Liz Ford, owner of the Green Mountain APA and a former professional pool player, spoke to Vermont Edition Wednesday about this feat and the success of women in her sport.

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The bacon revival has been obvious. But other salted and cured meats have also found their ways back onto charcuterie boards and dinner tables. Things like prosciutto, pancetta, sausages and salumi.

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