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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Diocese of Burlington Bishop Christopher Coyne joins "Vermont Edition" to discuss the findings of a lay commission that reviewed files for allegations of child sexual abuse by a member of the clergy.
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As the clergy abuse scandal in the Catholic Church continues to unfold, Vermont has not been immune. Last fall, Bishop Christopher Coyne of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington created a committee of lay people to examine the files of Vermont priests for reports of child sexual abuse. We'll hear what they found.

Waterbury, seen here in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, was one of the towns that sustained severe flood damage from the storm.
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Eight years ago, Vermont was waylaid by Tropical Storm Irene, causing intense flooding around the state. For those who suffered loss of home and property, it's an event they'll never forget. We look at what's been done to prepare for future flooding in the state.

Max Misch, alleged to have harassed former Vermont legislator Kiah Morris, is shown here at a press conference held by Attorney General T.J. Donovan in Bennington in January.
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Last year, then-Rep. Kiah Morris of Bennington announced she would not seek re-election to her Statehouse seat, citing racial harassment by avowed white supremacist Max Misch. Since then, Misch was charged with unlawful possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device or magazine. That charge is now being challenged by Misch, bringing one of Vermont's new gun control laws to the state Supreme Court.

Yes, that's right. This Bennington Battlefield marker is in New York State where the battle was actually fought.
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It seems like one of those little Vermont oddities to outsiders: Vermont's state government closes down every Aug. 16 to commemorate an armed conflict that took place across the river in New York State. We'll get all the details of the Battle of Bennington.

Left, a photo of black mold inside a home; right, an image of a radon atom. "Vermont Edition" discusses how to test for mold or radon in your home and how to get rid of it.
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Radon sounds like the subject of a 1950s sci-fi flick that turns wee little ants into colossal, man-eating monsters. And mold just sounds bad from the outset. But they really are serious health concerns. We'll discuss why you don't want either coming into your home.

Author Rick Winston's book "Red Scare In The Green Mountains" looks at the era of McCarthyism in Vermont from 1946 through 1960.
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Vermont Edition presents two encore interviews with Vermont authors who wrote about some rather compelling moments in the state's history: how Vermont weathered instances of Red Scare, and a judiciary scandal that reached all the way to the Vermont Supreme Court.

A partially unfurled pink yoga mat on the floor
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The practice of yoga dates back over 5,000 years to northern India, but it has enjoyed newfound popularity in the west over the past couple of decades. While some people are adherents to the spiritual tenets of yoga, many do it for exercise and body health.

However, ancient yoga poses were not developed with the modern physiological needs and challenges our bodies face.

With record low unemployment and positive business indicators, we'll look at how Vermonters are doing in today's economic environment.
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Economic indicators paint a pretty rosy picture for the country and for Vermont. Take record low unemployment for instance. So how does that translate for the average Vermonter to buy a home or pay rent? To pay for food and clothing? Or send kids to school or child care? We'll hear how Vermonters are faring while the economy appears to be robust.

An Atlantic salmon lying in a net above a river
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There was a time when landlocked Atlantic salmon were abundant in Lake Champlain and its tributaries. But for a century and a half these salmon were not reproducing naturally in the Lake Champlain basin. Now scientists are cautiously optimistic things might be changing.

Vermonters have traveled around the globe to help charities that serve those in need.
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Helping neighbors has always been a hallmark of Vermont. But many here have also traveled around the globe to help others in need. We'll hear some of the stories of Vermonters assisting people all over the world.

Former UVM women's basketball coach Cathy Inglese, seen here while coaching at Boston College, died recently from complications of a traumatic brain injury after falling down a flight of stairs.
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Cathy Inglese, who coached UVM women's basketball teams to glory from 1986 through 1993, died on  Wednesday, July 24 from complications from a traumatic brain injury. She was 60 years old. Most recently, Inglese served as associate head coach at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. It was there on July 17, before a summer workout, she tumbled down a stairwell and suffered the TBI.

The question of whether Vermont needs to replace it's only women's prison - the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility built in 1973 - has been raised. "Vermont Edition" looks at if it is time for a new prison.
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There are 156 women currently in Vermont's correctional system, all housed at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington. But many believe that it's in need of maintenance and lacks adequate safety features necessary in 2019. We're talking about the push for a new women's prison.

  Mark Breen will explain where constellations, planets and other cosmic sights are during the 2019 "Eye on the Sky" Stargazing Party.
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Spritz on the bug spray, grab your smartphone or radio and look up! Join VPR for our Eye on the Sky Stargazing Party on Sunday, Aug. 11 at 9 p.m.

The threat of Lyme disease has kept many people from enjoying the outdoors. "Vermont Edition" looks at the diagnosis and treatment of this tick-borne illness.
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You've been hearing more and more about Lyme disease over the last decade, and with good reason: the number of confirmed and probable cases of this tick-borne illness has risen dramatically since the early 1990s. Vermont Edition looks at how Lyme disease is treated and diagnosed today.

Chantrelles are the mushroom most wildcrafters have in their sights at the moment.
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They've been showing up at your farmers markets, on local menus and hiding in plain sight on your hikes through the woods. Mushrooms are popping up all around us, so Vermont Edition thought it would be a good time to check in with someone who hunts them for a living.

President and head distiller, Ryan Christiansen, in the distilling room of Caledonia Spirits' new facility in Montpelier.
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A Vermont distillery recently moved operations from The Northeast Kingdom to the capitol city and its new location is as sweet as the honey infused in its spirits. Caledonia Spirits, previously in Hardwick, now has a beautiful, new space in Montpelier which also includes a bar and store. 

Envisioning what Vermont's transportation needs will be like in 2030 is what the Agency of Transportation is working on now.
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To meet Vermont's transportation needs for 2030, we have to start planning today. The Agency of Transportation is conducting a public survey to help determine how public transportation should be expanded in the next decade. We'll hear about that on Vermont Edition.  

Quesadillas served in the Summer Meals Program at Mt. Abraham Union High School
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During the school year, nearly 37,000 children in Vermont qualify for free or reduced-price meals. But when the school year ends, students from low-income households lose access to nutritional meals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service program helps remedy this issue by serving food to students at no charge.

Vermont students are now helping to design their curriculum through flexible pathways and personalized learning plans.
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Passed in 2013, Act 77 dictated that Vermont's schools incorporate flexible pathways as a tool for students to learn. Vermont Edition looks at how this self-directed learning plan is being implemented.

The idea of Champ being real is exciting, but "Vermont Edition" explores whether a sea monster could even exist in Lake Champlain.
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Scores of people have seen Champ in Lake Champlain. And Memphre in Lake Memphremagog. So they've got to be real, right? Vermont Edition explores the lore and the biology of our beloved lake monsters.