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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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.

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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.

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Tue 7/23/13 at Noon & 7PM The legislature passed a law in the last session creating a driver’s privilege card for migrant farm workers. But how are our these approximately 1,5000 undocumented individuals faring in areas such as access to health care, housing and social isolation?

We get a look at what issues can still be addressed with Erin Shea, Senior Outreach Professional for UVM Extension and Vermont Farm Bureau President Clark Hinsdale.


Sunday, July 21, 2013 10:40am  It's a tiny parking lot surrounded by art studios the rest of the week, but on Friday night, the space behind 400 Pine Street is home of The South End Truck Stop.  A dozen or more food trucks offer everything from macaroni and cheese to curried goat to cupcakes.  Hundreds of people gather to eat, listen to the music, meet up with friends and make new ones.  Sally Pollak of the Burlington Free Press talks with Ric Cengeri about how the South End Truck Stop came to be.


Worcester, Vermont singer/songwriter, Kris Gruen stopped by the VPR Performance Studio in Colchester for a live performance on Vermont Edition.

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Thurs 7/18/13 Noon & 7PM  People wait in hours-long lines on Saturdays in Greensboro Bend to fill growlers with the latest creations from Hill Farmstead Brewery. Others wait patiently at their local beer distributor as Lawson’s Double Sunshine or The Alchmist’s Heady Topper is loaded into the cooler. Vermont’s craft brewing scene remains robust years after the trend got started.

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Sunday July 14, 2013 10:40am  As the temperature rises, we head for the refrigerator for cold drinks to quench our thirst and cool off.   This week, food writer Melissa Pasanen shares her recommendations for Vermont made favorites from yesterday and today.  Learn about Haymaker's Punch and the true origins of Vermont Made Maple Lemonade.  We first heard about Maple Lemonade on The VPR Cafe when Sally Pollak recounted how popular it is at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, New York.

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Sunday July 7, 2013 10:40am  Award winning chefs from acclaimed New York City restaurants are opting for a different lifestyle in Vermont.  What's it like to take a passion for gourmet cooking from a city of eight million to a small town in Vermont?  Candace Page talked with chefs that have made the switch about their new lives, their restaurants and their patrons. 

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Tues 7/02/13 Noon & 7PM  The name of Oskar Schindler is well known for saving 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. Lesser known is Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic who helped 2,500 Jewish children escape the Warsaw Ghetto. It took over five decades for her story to emerge. It was popularized by Kansas high school students who wrote a 10-minute play called “Life in a Jar.”

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Class is in session, and it's time for another installment of Vermont Edition Summer School! Whether you prefer your golf with windmills or the look of a well-manicured green, we have you covered this week as we learn to putt.

To hone our skill and avoid the ever-embarrassing three-putt, we spoke with Roger King, head golf pro at the Country Club of Barre, who is considered by some (especially himself) to be the best putter in Vermont.

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Sunday June 30, 2013 10:40am Local and Fresh - those are the key ingredients of localvore eating.  Many restaurants in Vermont are going super local and super fresh with their own gardens.  Sally Pollak, who writes for The Burlington Free Press Savorvore Section, has visited several restaurants that serve their patrons direct from their own gardens.  You can read more about 'Dinner Grown Here' and restaurants tha

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Wed 6/26/13 Noon & 7PM   Phosphorus is a building block for all life forms. But when it runs off our fields, streets and parking lots, it becomes a nutrient for aquatic life causing eutrophication of our waterways. And nitrogen also has its detrimental effects as well.

Vermont’s Ecosystem Restoration Manager Kari Dolan and UVM Professor of Water Resources Suzanne Levine discuss the science of nutrient runoff and the efforts by the state to contain them.

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Fri 6/21/13 Noon & 7PM   Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca is leaving his position at the end of the year. He discusses what he would like to change about our education system to make it stronger and his work with the Burlington College-Cuba exchange project.

Also on the program, it’s been 10 years since former Vermont governor Howard Dean launched his campaign for the Presidency. He reflects on what he learned and what impact it has had on American politics.