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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Daffodils at the State HOuse in Montpelier.
AP/Toby Talbot

Mon 5/13/13 Noon & 7 pm  Winter is officially done when you turn over that first shovelful of dirt. Spring is here and it’s time to get down to gardening. Horticulturist Charlie Nardozzi returns to help us get the spring season off to a productive start. Charlie will have advice on your flower beds, raised gardens, a pest-free lawn, and trees and shrubs.

Also on the program, VPR's Bob Kinzel provides an update on the Legislature as it tries to wrap up its current session.

Maddie McGarvey / Free Press

Sunday, May 12, 10:40am  Mary Anne Gucciardi was the den mother for UVM Athletes for more than 30  years.  Affectionately known as Mama Gucc (pronounced Gooch), her huge spaghetti suppers are legend.  On this Mother's Day edition of The VPR Cafe, Melissa Pasanen recounts the magic of Mama Gucc, and Italian 'motherliness'. 

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Around the country, many beekeepers checking in on their hives after the winter found staggering losses. As many as 40 percent of commercial bee hives were lost this winter. In Vermont, though, losses have been closer to 10-15 percent bee die-off, which is in the range of normal.  In an interview with VPR's Vermont Edition, state apiculturist Steve Parise explains why.

One reason? Vermont bees have a greater diversity of crops to feed on than commercial bees in monoculture crops do, like the California almond industry:


Vermont officials say the state has received approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to start demolition of the state office complex in Waterbury. Some buildings had to be abandoned after was flooding by Tropical Storm Irene.  The Vermont Senate will resume debate this afternoon on proposal that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it. Crews are planning to re-open a section of railroad track after three freight cars loaded with corn derailed and crashed into the Passumpsic River in Barnet.

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Mon 5/6/13 Noon & 7 pm  Falling into poverty can be swift and unforeseen. The pathway out can be long and fraught with societal and bureaucratic obstacles.

Photo by Candace Page

Rhubarb is Spring's zucchini.  It grows in abundance, is shared generously among neighbors, and can be used in a hundred ways.  This week, Candace Page raves about her favorite fruit.  Candy writes for the Savorevore Section of the Burlington Free Press and keeps copious amounts of rhubarb in her yard and freezer. 

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As you start planning a trip, there’s a good possibility that you’ll check out various travel sites to read feedback about hotels or resorts you are considering. When you’re looking for a restaurant, Yelp and Urbanspoon are places you may refer to for suggestions.

UVM Media/Communications Professor Rob Williams discusses the reliability of these reviews and how business owners effectively manage their online message on these sites and on social media.

This winter, the shire town of Manchester, Vermont  in Bennington County has been enjoying a transportation improvement to "malfunction junction" that was a decade in planning.  Andrew McKeever is  managing editor of the Manchester Journal. He spoke with Vermont Edition about how the improvement eased traffic during ski season and how the town's widely known retail economy is fairing.

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Walk into a lot of classrooms today and you’ll see pretty much the same thing. Teachers lecturing, students (possibly) taking notes and homework being assigned at the end of the class. But, some teachers are now utilizing a new approach to education that incorporates the digital habits of their students.

UVM Plant Biology Professor Laura Hill Bermingham and Middlebury College Geography Professor Jeff Howarth explain the concept of the flipped classroom and how students are responding to the change.

Glenn Russell / Free Press

'Small Plates' is a popular phenomena in restaurant eating - the perfect solution for those of us who can't make up our minds!  In this April 28th edition of The VPR Cafe, Sally Pollak of the Burlington Free Press talks with Ric Cengeri about her small plate samplings, including  Misery Loves Company in Winooski. You can read more about 'small plates' eating in Sally's Savorvore article.

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CSAs have been a popular tool for local farmers to receive much needed funding at the beginning of the growing season. For consumers anxious to support local agriculture, it’s a good way to invest AND share in the harvest.

The only problem is, which CSA is right for you?

Now there’s a CSA matchmaker run by Champlain Valley Localsourcers. Their organizer, Luc Reid, explains  how they plan to make the marriage between CSA farm and CSA participant.

Courtesy of Brandon Museum at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace

Stephen A. Douglas was born in Brandon and left the state at the age of 17. Like Vermont’s two U.S. Presidents – Arthur and Coolidge – he rose to political prominence elsewhere. For Douglas it was in Illinois, where he defeated Abraham Lincoln in 1858 in a race for the U.S. Senate. It was during this campaign that the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates were held.

Photo: Melissa Pasanen, for the Burlington Free Press

This week, Melissa Pasanen takes us behind the scenes at cooking competitions.  From Junior Iron Chefs to gourmet challenges, cook-offs are fun for the participants and always a treat for the judges.  Melissa has judged many competitions over the years and gives us a taste of what that’s like.

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Buying locally has become a mantra for most Vermonters. And a new Locavore Index put together by Strolling of the Heifers puts Vermont at the top of the list for the second consecutive year.

Martin Langeveld of Strolling of the Heifers and Philip Ackerman-Leist, author of “Rebuilding the Foodshed,” look at how Vermont has risen to the top of the heap in the local food initiative and where it can still improve.

Last week the state released its third Irene Recovery status report. Nearly 20 months after the storm swept through Vermont, much of the work of recovery has been completed. In fact, the state no longer has an Irene Recovery Officer- that work has been taken over by Ben Rose. He’s the recovery and mitigation section chief for the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Rose talked with Vermont Edition about what’s still left to be done and how the state is preparing for future disasters.

Kirk Carapezza / VPR/file

Here’s a brief look ahead to the week at the Legislature:

A bill that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana is set for final approval in the House on Tuesday.

Last week, the House voted 98-to-44 for a bill that would decriminalize –make it a civil offense rather than a crime – to possess a limited amount of marijuana.

Selecting A CSA

Apr 14, 2013
Maddie McGarvey / Burlington Free Press

Is a CSA right for you?  How much food will you get?  Will you have time to cook it?  Will you know what to do with it?  Candace Page, who writes for the Burlington Free Press, is a two-time CSA divorcee.  VPRs Ric Cengeri is an enthusiastic CSA devotee.  Between them you'll hear sound advice for selecting a CSA that works for you.

For information about CSAs in your area:

Vermont Department of Agriculture

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont

Maple Sugaring season is fast approaching. On this first episode of the VPR Café, Ric talks with Candace Page about what the new international maple grading system means for producers and consumers. She also bringsus into Ginger Isham's kitchen in Williston where maple is king.

By the way, Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Open House Weekend is coming up March 23rd and 24th.