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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Addison County residents celebrated the opening of a new federally-qualified health clinic in Shoreham over the weekend.

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Vermont strawberry growers say despite the rainy weather in the month of June, it's been a good year for the crop.

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A dream deferred for a century will finally come true on Friday. That's when the Green Mountain Club will cut the ribbon on the Winooski Valley Long Trail Footbridge, and building a new crossing over the Winooski River in Bolton has been something the Club has wanted to do for over 100 years.

Two schools are closed in Richmond this morning, as the town is dealing with a problem with the municipal water system that has left parts of the town without water. Richmond Elementary and Camel's Hump Middle School are both closed.

Officials say some home and businesses are without water, others have low water pressure. The town's water department is working on a fix for the problem, but they're not sure when water will be restored. Areas without water include East Main Street, Church Street, Esplanade, Farr Road, Jericho Road and Thompson Road.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Monday that he will not seek re-election to a fourth, two-year term. On Tuesday morning, Shumlin spoke with VPR about his decision.

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First-time home buyers in Vermont are getting some help with the expenses that come with buying a house. Legislation signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin last week includes up to $5,000 for closing costs and down payments.

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A group based in Brattleboro is hoping you'll ditch your car and start taking your bike more often. VBike has teamed up with the state's alternative transportation agency, Go! Vermont, to provide consultation services to help you find the perfect bicycle to carry your kids, perhaps your groceries as well, and still make it up that hill. They hope to increase the usage of bikes for transportation in Vermont.

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During the last legislative session, a group called Alliance for a Healthier Vermont pushed for an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, like soda, that would raise an estimated $30 million for Vermont.

So some might call it a victory that lawmakers instead decided to apply the state's 6 percent sales tax to soda and candy. But advocates aren't convinced, and plan to continue to push for the excise tax.

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Senator Bernie Sanders heads to New Hampshire Wednesday to officially start campaigning as a Democratic presidential candidate. Sanders is holding town hall meetings in Concord and Portsmouth on Wednesday, with a house party in Epping. His New Hampshire supporters say his local ties and longstanding practice of holding town hall meetings and people-to-people campaigning will serve him well in the state that holds the nation's first primary.

Ross Mantle

All this week, we're exploring the novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. The book is the Vermont Humanities Council's pick for Vermont Reads, the statewide community reading program.

At the heart of the book is Haroun, who tries to help his famous story-telling father, Rashid, who loses his "gift for gab" after his wife Soraya runs away with their neighbor, Mr. Sengupta.