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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Sunday June 16, 10:40am  Farmers markets were once a central location for local farmers to sell their produce, eggs and meat.  Shoppers got to know the farmers personally and catch up on the latest news with their neighbors.  As farmers markets have grown in popularity, they've also grown in number, size and the variety of offerings - including an ever expanding menu of prepared foods.  This week, Candace Page talks about how farmers markets are trying to stay true to their roots and maintain a balance of fresh and prepared foods.

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Thu 6/13/13 Noon & 7PM  Last summer, Vermont lawmakers were vocal in their criticism of the state's implementation of electronic medical records. Disparate technologies meant the systems used by various health care providers couldn't easily communicate information. We get a progress report from John Evans, who took over last fall as president of VITL, the organization that is building out Vermont's electronic health information system.

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If you’ve spent any time on Google maps, you’ve probably looked at the front of your house, or walked down the main street of your town on Google Street View.  Now, you actually go inside some buildings, and among the first building interiors to be mapped by Google is Vermont’s Statehouse.

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Farmers’ markets, CSAs, our own gardens, our local farmer. In Vermont, it can be easy to take for granted the wealth of opportunities we have to eat locally grown and produced foods. Sometimes it’s not where to get the local foods that’s the issue, but how to prepare them.

For guidance we turn to Tracey Medeiros, the author author of “Dishing Up Vermont” and now a second book, “The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook.” She spoke with Vermont Edition about what to do with all that fresh food that is now available.

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Wed 6/12/13 Noon and 7PM:  The cicadas a few hundred miles south of here have gotten a lot attention this spring, but on the next Vermont Edition, we show some love to the bugs and insect that are crawling, flying and skittering around in our region.  Our guests are naturalist Bryan Pfeiffer and Kent McFarland, a conservation biologist and co-founder of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies.

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While the town select board is the most identifiable form of local government in Vermont, 56 towns in the state also have a town manager. The role of these chief administrators is often overlooked and few of us understand what these individuals actually do on a daily basis.

Steve Jeffery, the executive director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, told Vermont Edition that town managers play a key role both on a day-to-day, and in times of crisis. 

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Mon 6/10/13 Noon & 7 pm  Brain injuries can be caused by falls, car accidents, attacks or from a medical situation like a tumor. For survivors, recovery can be a long lonely struggle.

Sunday June 9, 10:40

Jean-Louis Gerin brings his French traditions of customer service, elegance and outstanding food to his new position as Executive Chef at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier.  Sally Pollak of The Burlington Free Press spent time with Chef Gerin, and on this week's program she profiles his career and his plans for shaping the next generation of chefs.

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Vermont shares two large lakes with Quebec. And while the focus of the health of Lake Champlain has long been a major area of concern, there is a group who has spent years worrying about the well being of Lake Memphremagog.

Memphremagog Conservation has been patrolling the lake for 46 years. The non-profit organization has 1,200 members, a volunteer board and three paid patrollers who spend the summer on the lake.

Catherine Roy is a member of the organization. She spoke with VPR about their work and the findings.

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Thurs 6/06/13 Noon & 7 pm   Vermont is one of the country’s most rural states to begin with. So think of those towns that are located a bit more remotely and that have little or no public transportation. How do people in those towns and villages have access to basic services if they don’t drive?

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The U.S. Air Force released its revised draft of the F-35 Environmental Impact Statement on Friday. And opponents and proponents of basing the fighter jets in Vermont have now had several days to review it.

The report has been updated to use 2010 census figures for the area surrounding Burlington International Airport.

At over 1,100 pages, the updated Environmental Impact Statement that grades air bases vying to serve as facilities for the F-35 is not light reading.

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Tues 6/04/13 Noon & 7 pm  The debate over whether the F-35 jet fighter should be based with the Vermont Air National Guard at the Burlington International Airport took a new turn when the Air Force released an updated Environmental Impact Statement. The new report includes census data from 2010 rather than 2000.

June 2, 2013 10:45am.  As Betty Botter discovered, a better butter makes a better batter.  And Vermont butters are considered the best by chefs and bakers here in the U.S. and abroad.  Melissa Pasanen talks with Ric Cengeri about the making of butter in Vermont and what makes it better.  You'll find a recipe for Butter Pecan Icebox Cookies below.

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Tues 5/28/13 Noon & 7 pm  Scientists are learning more and more by the minute about the trillions of microbes that live in and on our bodies. These microogranisms play an incredibly important role in the digestive process and our ability to combat infectious diseases and allergies.

Dartmouth Microbiology and Immunology Professor Deb Hogan and Gary Mawe, UVM Professor of Neurobiology, give us a look through the microscope to educate us on the role these organisms play in our lives.

Governor Peter Shumlin says that the new law decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana should allow law enforcement to deal with a more pressing drug problem in Vermont.

“I would argue, that if you want to talk about the biggest threat to our downtowns, to our quality of life, to a low crime rate, which we’ve always enjoyed in this state, to our family members being destroyed by an epidemic, it’s opiates," said Shumlin. "It’s heroin. It’s Oxycontin. It’s all of the issues that are driving crime in this state.”

Governor Peter Shumlin says that the new law  decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana should allow law enforcement to deal with is a more pressing drug problem in Vermont.

“I would argue, that if you want to talk about the biggest threat to our downtowns, to our quality of life, to a low crime rate, which we’ve always enjoyed in this state, to our family members being destroyed by an epidemic, it’s opiates," Shumlin said. "It’s heroin. It’s Oxycontin. It’s all of the issues that are driving crime in this state.”

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May 26, 2013, 10:45am  In February, 2011, the barn at Pete's Greens in Craftsbury burned to the ground.  As is the Vermont way, customers and community came together to raise money for Pete Johnson to rebuild the farm.  In the meantime, however, Tropical Storm Irene hit and Johnson saw that he was not the only one in crisis.  He used the money to establish The Vermont Farm Fund to make loans to help farms recover - and - to give other farmers the opportunity to launch

AP/Toby Talbot

Wed 5/22/13 Noon & 7 pm  The number patients seeking treatment for heroin and prescription opiates in Vermont has risen significantly over the last few years. And the spin-off effects, like burglary, have also been in evidence in the state.

AP/Toby Talbot

Mon 5/20/13 Noon & 7 pm  After laying out his priorities in January, Governor Peter Shumlin saw some of his agenda items approved by the State Legislature and others given scant attention. We speak with Governor about how he assesses the just-completed session – where he thinks he succeeded and where he thinks he failed. And what he hopes to accomplish in the second year of the biennium.

Sally Pollak

Put a smorgasbord on the Williamsburg waterfront on the East River and you're in a food heaven called Smorgasburg. It's a Brooklyn, New York phenomena that brings food and people from around the world together every weekend.

Sally Pollak of the Burlington Free Press visited Smorgasburg with Eric Rozendaal of Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro. Sally talks about her experience - and how Eric and his team introduced maple lemonade to the Big Apple. Rozendaal also sells chocolate-beet and butternut squash doughnuts and gorditas.

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