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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VPR News
6:28 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Flash Flooding Hits Chester, Andover

Flash flooding closed roads in Chester and Andover yesterday. The Red Cross set up an evacuation shelter at the Chester Fire Department to support first responders and people who may have had to move to safety.

Rising floodwaters blocked roads for a time on Routes 11 and 103, but both roads have re-opened as of this morning.

The Red Cross says that one Chester woman’s home was devastated by flooding, and was possibly destroyed.

The shelter closed last night, and Vermont State Police say no one spent the night there.

Environment
9:42 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Vt. Small Farms Under Scrutiny For Pollution Runoff

If you have four horses, you have a small farm, says John Roberts of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. In an effort to reduce phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain, the state is beginning to enforce runoff regulations on smaller scale operations.
Werner Stoffberg Thinkstock

The state of Vermont is working to reduce phosphorus pollution in the Lake Champlain watershed.

A lot of the focus has been on farms, and now the state is turning attention to smaller scale agriculture, and that means owners of much smaller parcels of land will also have to react to the regulations already on the books.

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Regional Report
5:30 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Regional Report: Bennington Examines Housing Stock

The town of Bennington continues to look at ways to attract more businesses to town.

And a new study looked at whether or not the housing stock is a factor.

Keith Whitcomb Jr has been following that story for the Bennington Banner and he spoke with VPR's Mitch Wertlieb for our Friday Regional Report.

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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.
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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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