Melody Bodette

Deputy News Director

Melody wakes up very early in the morning to produce regional content for Morning Edition. 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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Arts & Culture
7:43 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Katharine Britton On Bookstock, Getting Published, And The Writer-Reader Connection

Upper Valley fiction author Katharine Britton is one of 30 local writers taking part in Bookstock this week.
Courtesy

Book lovers of all stripes will be gathering in Woodstock this weekend for the sixth annual Bookstock festival.

The literary event brings together people for author readings, workshops and to browse many used and vintage books for sale.

The headliners at this year’s conference are Billy Collins, Anita Diamant and Charles Simic.

But there are also many local poets, fiction and non-fiction authors giving readings at the festival.

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Regional Report
5:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Regional Report: South Burlington Considers City Center, And Selling A School

The city of South Burlington has long planned to build a more densely-developed pedestrian-friendly city center.

Now a developer has proposed building it—but the problem is the city would have to sell an elementary school.

April Burbank has been following that story for the Burlington Free Press, and she joined VPR’s Peter Biello for our Friday Regional Report.

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Environment
8:32 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Why The Message 'Don't Feed The Bears' Bears Repeating In Vermont

"A fed bear is a dead bear."
Ingram Publishing Thinkstock

A Montgomery man has been charged by the Fish & Wildlife Department for allegedly feeding bears.

Jeffrey Messier was charged with intentionally feeding the animals, according to a Fish & Wildlife press release.

“Game Warden Sgt. Carl Wedin received a report of a bear being killed in self-defense at a neighboring residence on June 22, 2014.  Sgt. Wedin responded and recovered the bear.  Its stomach contained a large number of sunflower seeds. 

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Regional Report
6:28 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Regional Report: Southeastern Vermont Plans For VY Closure

People in southeastern Vermont are bracing for an economic fallout once the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant closes later this year.

But Entergy, the corporation that owns Yankee, will  provide a $10 million payment to the state of Vermont to help deal with the loss of hundreds of jobs when the plant shuts down.

The question is how will the state spend the money? Howard Weiss-Tisman has been following the story for the Brattleboro Reformer and he spoke with VPR's Mitch Wertlieb for our Friday Regional Report

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Education
6:15 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Summer Meals Hit The Road In Starksboro

In Starksboro, the meals are delivered at three mobile home parks. The lunches are made at a local high school and packed into brown paper bags.
Melody Bodette VPR

Thousands of Vermont children are getting summer meals at several hundred sites across the state. At 180 of those sites, anyone up to age 18 can get free meals because the town qualifies for a U.S. Department of Agriculture summer food program.

But just because the meals are available, doesn’t mean they get to the kids in need. Advocates say transportation is still a huge barrier, so in Starksboro, they’re taking meals on the road.

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Environment
6:10 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Odds Are Vermont Will See The Invasive Spiny Water Flea

Spiny water fleas collected from Lake George. The zooplankton are expected to make their way into Lake Champlain.
Lake Champlain Research Institute

The spiny water flea is a creature as disgusting as its name implies. It resembles a bristly glob of jelly with little black spots all over it. But its looks are not the real problem.

This tiny invasive pest can disrupt the food chain in a water body, hook itself to fishing lines to annoy anglers, and it can be a big problem for fish.

Oh, and by the way, it’s been found in Lake George and environmental officials are bracing for it to find its way into Lake Champlain sometime soon.

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VPR News
5:50 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Keeping Cool With Coolidge On Silent Cal's Birthday

In this June 25, 2010 photo, a couple sits in the shade at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch. President Coolidge was born on the 4th of July in 1872.
Alden Pellet Associated Press

Friday is of course Independence Day, but it’s also the birthday of President Calvin Coolidge, one of only two U.S. presidents born in Vermont.

For years the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation has held an event to honor the only president born on Independence Day.

Matt Denhart is the new executive director of the foundation, and it will be his first time at the celebration.

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VPR News
5:32 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Good News For Bicyclists: Island Line Bike Ferry To Get A Bigger Boat

The Island Line Trail extends from Burlington to South Hero, and crosses the Colchester Causeway.
Melody Bodette VPR

This week approaching Independence Day marks a time when Vermont is hosting a lot of visitors and many locals are taking some time off. For people who like to recreate on two wheels, a popular destination is the Island Line Bike trail, which stretches from Burlington to South Hero.

I hopped on a bike provided by the non-profit Local Motion and met up with Emily Boedecker, the group's executive director, to hit the bike trail and see what it has to offer on a beautiful sunny day.

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Environment
8:44 am
Tue July 1, 2014

What Vermont Property Owners Need To Know About The New Shoreland Protection Act

VT DEC

A new law takes effect today that requires a permit for new development within 250 feet of lakes, and the shoreland protection act was opposed by some of the state’s lake associations.

Deb Markowitz, Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, said while there was some opposition, other lake associations were in favor of the act.

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VPR News
6:09 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Ready or Not, Part 2: Ensuring Pre-K Quality

Our series on early education in Vermont continues with a conversation about ensuring quality of, and access to, pre-K programs.
Mark Carrel Thinkstock

The majority of children spend time away from their parents each day, and Julie Coffey believes it’s important to make sure that time is well spent.

Coffey is the executive director of Building Bright Futures, a non-profit dedicated to early childhood education. She spoke with VPR about her support of the state's recent decision to offer universal access to 10 hours of pre-K education, and the challenges to – and importance of – providing early education.

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