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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Food Network asked VPR Cafe regular Melissa Pasanen to come up with a list of iconic Vermont eats and drinks and where to go to enjoy them.

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From its ability to compliment a meal to the limitless array of flavors, the "cocktail" has certainly evolved since the days of prohibition.

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Governor Phil Scott's educational priorities include providing equitable access to services and support for all students, preparing our children for the workforce, and ensuring proper support for the state's teachers. But how is that accomplished?

SnowEx is a project helmed by three engineers from Dartmouth College's Thayer School of Engineering, and it aims to make it possible to get detailed and accurate snowpack measurements by satellite.

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Two executive orders recently signed by President Donald Trump could have big consequences for the nation's environment. The orders would rewrite the country's Clean Power Plan, eliminate the "social cost" of carbon, remove certain barriers to building coal-powered plants, and review vehicle fuel-efficiency standards.

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It's a hectic time of year for Vermont dairy farmers who also operate sugar houses during maple syrup season.

For 20 years, one person has been at the helm of Vermont's non-profit statewide arts agency, but Alex Aldrich has decided to leave his post as executive director of the Vermont Arts Council.

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It was a blow to those dealing with the opiate abuse crisis when Maple Leaf Treatment Center in Underhill announced that it was closing temporarily in January. But the announcement in February that it was closing permanently and filing for bankruptcy was seismic.

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We've been discussing the many challenges that the state mental health system and those experiencing mental illness are facing. Now we hear about some of the ideas that the Legislature has for fixing the problems.

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From Chinese restaurants where you can eat on a dime to higher end Asian-fusion establishments, Seven Days food writer, Hannah Palmer Egan, recounts some of the places and dishes she has tried so far and those she hopes to visit soon.

Law enforcement officers increasingly find themselves interacting with people in the midst of a mental health crisis.

A state law now requires all officers to get eight hours of training in how to deal with these kinds of situations. There's also an additional voluntary program some officers have enrolled in that is designed to train mental health workers and the police in how to work together in an emergency.

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It's not easy to watch anyone struggle with mental health issues, but it might be even more difficult to see children battle mental illness. According the National Institute of Mental Health, half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14.

On Monday, March 20, the University of Vermont will be hosting a conference called "French Connections" that will explore the cultural and economic ties that bind this state and province together.

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Seven Days food writer, Julia Clancy, shares the story of one Vermont brewer who combines her love for beer with dietetics and hard work.

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Vermont has had some well-documented challenges with big IT projects over the years. But these digital infrastructure projects are important to a functioning and efficient state government, and Governor Phil Scott has formed a team to tackle the issue.

Glass bottle of maple syrup laying down; nearby a spoon drizzles maple syrup into a small glass filled with syrup.
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There are many ways to cook with maple syrup, although not all ideas or methods are necessarily good ones.

Andy Nash, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service in Burlington, talked with  Vermont Edition live during the noon hour on Wednesday to provide some totals and historical context for the snowstorm the region has been experiencing.

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When it comes to bodies of water, your big boys in Vermont are Lake Champlain, Lake Memphremagog, and the Connecticut River. The rest of the state is pretty much in the watershed of these three. So when it comes to clean water, all of our waterways are interconnected.

Lying down infant grasps an adult's finger.
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Four states – California, Rhode Island, New Jersey and New York – have approved state-run paid family and medical leave programs. Vermont currently has bills in both the House and Senate that would legislate it here.

An annual competition for Vermont entrepreneurs to receive monetary and mentoring support is in its final stretch of accepting applicants for this year.

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