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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Captain Richard Phillips was held hostage by Somali pirates four years ago, an experience that’s now a major movie starring Tom Hanks. His cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama, was the target of pirates off the coast of Somalia in April 2009. Tuesday on Vermont Edition, we talk with Richard and Andrea Phillips  about how true to life the big screen version of his story is, and what was unfolding at home in Underhill while Captain Phillips was held hostage off the Somali coast.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013, 10:45a.m.  Tis the season for leeks.  This versatile mild member of the onion family is in generous supply right now, and Sally Pollak has suggestions from her own kitchen and Vermont chefs on how to enjoy them.  The classic potato leek soup is just the beginning!

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Tues 10/08/13 Noon & 7PM   A few weeks ago, a contingent of Vermont business people, Governor Peter Shumlin and Commerce Secretary Lawrence Miller traveled to China to meet with potential EB-5 visa investors for the Northeast Kingdom Economic Development Initiative.

Secretary Miller updates us on the results of that trip and discusses the strength of the state’s economy, areas of potential business growth and the unemployment numbers.

Candace Page

Sunday, October 6, 2013, 10:45a.m.  Candace Page, a regular contributor to The VPR Cafe, is in Portland, Oregon visiting family.  Today she contrasts the food, restaurants and atmosphere of Portland to Vermont.  Food Trucks, ethnic restaurants, and sidewalk gardens are in abundance - but alas - no cider donuts and Candy finds that the apples just don't measure up.

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From a young age, we’ve been taught that earthworms are our friends. They help farmers by breaking down organic material and breaking up the soil. They also make great bait for fisherman. Charles Darwin was so fascinated by earthworms that he spent 40 years researching them.

But that’s only half the story. Vermont has at least 16 species of worms and none of them are native. Most of them are, in fact, invasive, meaning they actually compete with native species for resources. And there are other reasons to be wary of the earthworm.

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The final Environmental Impact Report on the basing of the F-35s, has been issued by the Air Force. This updates the previous EIS report that was issued in May.

Vermont National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Chris Caputo and retired Air Force Colonel Rosanne Greco discuss the new report and what it could mean regarding basing the jets in Vermont.

Here is an info-graphic of F-35 comments by the numbers.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013, 10:45a.m.  More than two million pounds of Vermont grown vegetables and fruits go to waste each year.  There are plenty of food shelves and non-profits that could use that food, and lots of volunteers who want to gather it.  The challenge is in bringing the two together.   On today's program, Melissa Passanen, who writes for the Burlington Free Press Savorvore Section, talks about how gleaning works to put fresh food to good use.

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Macouns, Empires, Macs, Northern Spies, Honey Crisps. Those are just some of the varieties Vermont apple lovers can enjoy as they ripen in the autumn. As the apple season has begun, we head to the orchards to taste the varieties that are ripe and ready for picking, eating and baking.

We check in with Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association President Terry Bradshaw and some orchard operators. And we hear from Dave Wilcox, a state forester, about this year’s wild apple crop.

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The iconic U.S. Route 66 stretches over 2,400 miles from Grant Park in Chicago to the Santa Monica Pier in California. Vermont Route 66 is a little shorter and has inspired far fewer songs and folklore. It’s a little less than 10 miles long, running from East Randolph to Randolph.

In this special series, VPR's Ric Cengeri set out to get some kicks on Vermont Route 66.

Part One: Farms of Orange County

Eliza Moore is a singer-songwriter who now lives in Montreal, but some of her earliest childhood memories in North Montpelier are of waking up to the sounds of her mother singing scales and her father playing the cello. She talks with Jane Lindholm about her new album, "Everything to Me."

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Fri 9/20/13 Noon & 7PM  Vermont historian Paul Gillies has just written “Uncommon Law, Ancient Roads and Other Ruminations on Vermont Legal History.” The book traces many of Vermont’s current laws and legal philosophies back to the people and events in the 19th Century.

He joins us to discuss how some of the state’s environmental laws originated with the treatment of grist mills and how some of our consumer protection laws are linked to laws pertaining to the sale of horses.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013, 10:40am  There are scores of 'heirloom' apples - varieties that have been around for a hundred years or more. This week, Sally Pollak takes us to Windfall Orchard in Cornwall, where reclaiming and nurturing an heirloom orchard is an act of love.

Sally writes for the Savorevore Section of the Burlington Free Press, where you can read more about Windfall Orchard.

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Tues 9/17/13 Noon & 7PM  Governor Peter Shumlin leaves this week for a trip to promote the Northeast Kingdom Economic Initiative to potential investors in China and Vietnam. We get an update on the project and the trip.

We also discuss other issues facing the state, including the upcoming launch of Vermont’s Health Connect insurance exchange and life after the closing of Vermont Yankee.

Lisa Poole / AP File Photo

Fri 9/13/13 Noon & 7PM  This week, Vermont’s health department announced the second death of a horse in Franklin County that had contracted EEE, a disease spread by infected mosquitoes. The state is also concerned about chronic diseases and substance abuse by our younger population.

We talk with Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen about the state’s efforts to deal with the biggest health challenges facing Vermont.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013, 10:40a.m.  The 'perfect' pie is a challenge that intimidates many home bakers.  Should the crust be made with butter or shortening?  What kind of apples work best? 

This week, Candace Page, who writes for the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press, reveals the secrets of a tender flaky crust and flavorful filling.  You'll also find out why Candy says, "Any apple pie is better than no apple pie!"

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Imagine buying a mandolin on Ebay, doing a little research and finding the story of a luthier (one who makes stringed musical instruments) whose life paralleled your own in so many ways.

That’s what happened to our next  guest. And some of the story played out in our area – Burlington and Keene, NH.

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Mon 9/9/13 Noon & 7PM  Wagyus, Randall Linebacks, Normandes, Simmentals. They’re not as plentiful as Jerseys, Holsteins and Guernseys in Vermont, but we have them. And we will learn about these breeds of cattle and all the others that are being bred and raised in the state. For dairy, beef or oxen.

Jenn Colby, Pasture Program Coordinator at the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, joins us to introduce to all of Vermont’s cows.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013, 10:40a.m.  When people 'from away' think of Vermont, they're likely to picture a rustic red barn, cows grazing in a meadow, and sap buckets on maple trees.  But many visitors are going behind the scenes to see what actually happens on the farm and how Vermont farmers stay in business.  Vermont Farm Tours is a home grown business that enlighten visitors and locals alike.  Melissa Passanen, who writes for the Burlington Free Press Savorvore series, follows along on a Vermont Farm Tour. 

Bed Bugs 101

Sep 3, 2013
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Tues 9/3/13 Noon and 7PM  No homeowner, apartment resident or hotel/motel operator wants to hear these words: “You have bed bugs.” But it is happening more often now after years of the little critters almost completely disappearing.

So we turn to Brandon Hier, co-owner of LR Pest Elimination, to learn all about bed bugs – how we get them, how to keep them from reaching your bed and what to do once you get them. And then we hear about Buster, the bed bug sniffing beagle, about how he finds bed bugs.

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Sunday, September 1, 2013, 10:40 a.m.  North Hill Gardens in Readsboro is a seven acre landscape of color and serenity.  The garden was created over 40 years by Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrwood, and includes some 8,000 species.  Sally Pollak, who writes for the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press, tells the story of Joe and Wayne and paints a picture of what you will find there.