Melody Bodette


Melody is a reporter/producer for VPR News, covering Addison and Franklin counties. She was formerly VPR's deputy news director and Morning Edition producer. She began at VPR as a part-time production assistant and was promoted to full-time in 2007. She has also served as a news and editorial assistant for The Burlington Free Press. After graduating from Skidmore College, she spent a year in France working as a high school teaching assistant. Melody grew up on a dairy farm in Addison County. She spends her free time gardening, cooking, and being outside as much as possible.

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Net metering allows utility customers to generate their own power from renewable energy sources – like solar and wind – and sell excess power to utility companies.

But some utilities are reaching the 15 percent of peak load cap on net metered power that they get from residential and commercial renewable energy sources.

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

The water quality law signed this summer ordered the Agency of Agriculture to make some changes to the state’s accepted agricultural practices.

A draft of the new rules has been released. Farmers are now getting a chance to react at public hearings, and while there is funding and technical assistance available, some farmers are concerned about the cost of compliance.

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Applications for solar projects are coming to more towns around Vermont.

The small Addison County farm town of Panton has heard three proposals for solar projects recently. Another is planned for nearby West Ferrisburgh.

In a special election on Tuesday, Swanton voters said they opposed a proposed wind energy project in town.

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Vermont’s deer hunting rifle season begins on Saturday morning.

This year, the Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking hunters to send them the middle incisor teeth of deer that are killed.

Courtesy of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Chicago

Place names like Ferguson, Baltimore - and now, Columbia - have become synonymous with the public debate about race and racism in America.

But how does that conversation play out in Vermont, one of the whitest states in the country?

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A wind project planned for northwest Vermont faces a test at the polls Tuesday. Voters in Swanton will cast ballots on a proposed renewable energy project that could bring as many as seven wind turbines to a ridgeline in town.

Town of St. Albans

Voters in the town of St. Albans said no Tuesday to a plan to move the town garage and salt shed to another town-owned property. Voters also chose to support a new junk ordinance approved by the select board in August.

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The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has leased its mobile flash freezer unit to Middlebury’s Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center.

The school plans to use the unit to process local produce for the Addison County Food Shelf. But first, students at the career center plan to design a mobile processing unit to pair with the freezer.

Annie Russell / VPR

Activists and local officials held a press conference in Burlington Saturday morning after a Ku Klux Klan poster was found on the door of a member of the Black Lives Matter movement.