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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Fri 8/23/13 Noon & 7PM The bad news is Vermont only has 40 species of amphibians and reptiles. The good news is, if you’re a herpetologist, it’s easy to get to know a lot about all the snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles and salamanders you’ll encounter here.

Springfield voters rejected a landlord ordinance, the Vermont Veterans Home will not lose its federal funding, libraries in the state will launch a videoconference service, lawmakers approved new rules on motel stays for the homeless and the shoreland commission worked to balance environmental and property rights.

These were some of the voices in the news this week.

Springfield Voters Reject Landlord Ordinance, 8/21/13

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Wed, Aug 21 Noon and 7 PM  Vermont is a great tourist destination. But is it so for ethnic minorities? The Vermont Department of Tourism believes so, and has expanded the marketing of the state to reflect that. It has also created the Vermont African American Heritage Trail.

The latest Adequate Yearly Progress Report for Vermont schools has been released and it shows that the majority of schools are still working on improvement.

A key component holding Vermont schools back is the achievement gap between students of moderate or higher income and those from lower income families.

Bill Mathis is a member of the state board of education. He says additional funding is needed for children from this lower socio-economic group.

The Green Mountain Care Board was created by the Legislature in 2011 to ensure that changes in health care policy both improve service and reduce costs. The board regulates hospital budgets and has had a key role in the development of Vermont’s health insurance exchange. When board chair Anya Rayder Wallack stepped down and Al Gobeille took the helm, a spot on the board was opened.

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Mon, Aug 19 Noon and 7 PM  It was back in the mid-‘60s when the “achievement gap” was first identified. It linked a child’s socio-economic background with the probability for educational success. The gap still exists.

As summer wanes and the start of the school year nears, Bill Mathis of the National Education Policy Center and UVM Education Professor Cindy Gerstl-Pepin join us to discuss its prevalence in Vermont and what can be done to close the gap.

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Fri 8/16/13 at Noon & 7PM:  Family history can be a mix of photos and stories passed from generations, with a little mythology thrown in. But when people want to get serious about learning their lineage, they join the ranks of genealogists who use state records and research databases to uncover details about their family's past.

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Sunday, August 18, 10:40a.m.  This week's program takes us on a tour through the region sampling maple creemees, real fruit pops, refreshing gelato, and out of this world homemade ice cream.  Melissa Pasenen, who writes for the Burlington Free Press Savorvore Series, worked with Cheryl Herrick on this delicious story and shared her favorites with Ric Cengeri.

Earlier this week, Vermont State Police reported the deaths of two people in a possible murder-suicide in Fairlee.

Police said a preliminary review indicated that Troy Gray shot his wife Rhonda Gray and then himself. They also said Troy Gray had a history of domestic violence, including an arrest in July for a domestic assault charge. He was released on conditions not to harass his wife, possess firearms, or enter the house. Police had been called to the home just the day before the shootings.

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Wed, Aug 14 Noon and 7 PM  Vermonters have never been too concerned about the fact that the Battle of Bennington took place on New York soil. The encounter has meant enough to residents of the Green Mountain State that they’ve constructed an impressive 306-foot monument and declared its anniversary a state holiday.

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Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9 p.m.! Take your radio and a blanket into the backyard and tune in for our annual Eye on the Sky Stargazing Party.

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Mon, Aug 12 Noon and 7 PM  Kids have been spending their summers at Vermont camps for over a hundred years. It’s where they learn to swim, get to know nature and where they create friendships that can last a lifetime.

Ellen Flight, president of the Vermont Camping Association, joins us as we hear about summer camp traditions, adventures and maybe even a few camp songs.

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Montreal, Maine & Atlantic, the railway that owned the trains in last month's deadly derailment and explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday.

MM&A says the move is to preserve the value of its assets. Also yesterday, a company called Sun Corp announced that it wants to start shipping oil from the west into Montreal by rail. Sun Corp wants to bring in 400 tankers of oil a day. 

CBC reporter Thomas Daigle  says MM&A could have been in financial trouble even before the derailment.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013, 10:40am  Centuries ago, women were the 'alewives' - the people who brewed beer.  That changed over the years as the field became dominated by men.  Now, women are making a comeback, developing new craft beers and managing breweries.  Sally Pollak, who writes for the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press, tells how persistence and luck paid off for two Burlington brewmasters.

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Wed, Aug 7 Noon and 7 PM  Howard Norman is the author of such  acclaimed novels as “The Bird Artist” and “The Northern Lights,” both which were National Book Award finalists.

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Mon, Aug 5 Noon and 7 PM  Last May, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 148. Noting that waste diversion rates have stagnated in the state over the last 10 years, the new law would ensure that a significant portion of the recyclables, leaf and yard waste and food waste would be diverted from landfills.

Candace Page, Burlington Free Press

Sunday, August 4, 10:40a.m.  Whether you steam it, grill it, or enjoy it super fresh right in the field, sweet corn is an iconic pleasure of Summer in Vermont.  Candace Page, who writes for the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press, explains how sweet corn has gotten sweeter over the years and shares the secret for perfectly steamed corn. 

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Mon, July 29 Noon and 7 PM  For some runners, completing a marathon is a lifetime goal. Then there are the ultramarathoners. Running 26.2 miles is just getting started for these people. They enter 50-mile and 100-mile events around the country. And even seek out longer races throughout the world.

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Fri 7/26/13 Noon & 7 PM  During the 2004 Presidential primary, Howard Dean’s campaign pioneered the use of the internet in raising money and organizing volunteers. His webmaster was Nicco Mele. Mele has written a new book called “The End of Big: How the Internet makes David the New Goliath.”

The EPA approved the state’s clean water program, Strolling of the Heifers agreed to buy Brattleboro’s River Garden, Congressman Welch called for Veterans to have better medical record access, state revenue forecasts are recovering slowly and Green Mountain Power was ordered to cut wind output as power demands peaked.

These were some of the voices in the news this week.

EPA Approves State Clean Water Programs, 7/23/13: