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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The board of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union is beginning the search for an "acting" superintendent.

In a statement, the board said Assistant Superintendent Katrina DiNapoli will take responsibility for all of the duties of Superintendent David Adams while the search is ongoing. The board says Adams is on leave under the Family Medical Leave Act.

The board says: "These actions will allow the supervisory union and its member districts to move forward with the challenging work they face."

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Volunteers at the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes are nearing the end of a two year project to document all of the artifacts in the library’s museum.

Many of items are Native American artifacts and some may need to be returned to the tribes they came from.

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Design work is underway on a planned runway expansion at the Middlebury State Airport. State transportation officials plan to meet with the community Wednesday night to give an update on the $3 million project.

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Developers of a proposed seven-turbine wind development in Swanton held an open house last week to allow the public to ask questions and get answers from experts.

At the meeting, a number of people raised concerns about potential impacts to water quality, and they have one high-profile supporter.

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A Middlebury-based cooking oil company is back in stores with cold-pressed sunflower and canola oils.

But the company, Full Sun, is also looking to help expand opportunities for Vermont grain farmers by providing a market for oil seed.

The developers of a proposed wind power project in Swanton have formally notified 10 communities of plans to construct up to seven wind turbines.

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Three years after the completion of the Georgia Mountain Wind project in Franklin County, a proposal for a new wind development in Swanton has reignited the debate over turbines on Vermont’s ridgelines.

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Dozens of people packed into a special Middlebury select board meeting last month to share their concerns over the planned replacement of two rail road bridges in the downtown. Some said they'd rather see a rail bypass. But transportation officials say a bypass isn't feasible. 

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Saturday will be the last day that people in Bristol can take their trash to the town landfill. The unlined dump is shutting down after nearly 100 years of operation. 

The town was losing money on the landfill as residents recycle more of their refuse.

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Some Middlebury residents are concerned about a $55 million project to replace two aging state-owned rail bridges in the downtown. Some say disruptions would be devastating to local businesses, others say they’d rather have trains out of the town center all together.