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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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.

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Senator Patrick Leahy says it was "a thrill" to finally see the Cuban flag raised over the country's embassy in Washington, D.C. on Monday morning.  Leahy is one of the people who's been working for years to restore U.S.-Cuba relations.

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Vermont State Parks had a busy weekend for the Fourth of July holiday. But they’re also trying to figure out why some of the most popular campsites in the system stay vacant much of the summer.

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Voters in Bristol will head to the polls on Tuesday, July 7, to weigh in on a plan for a new fire station.

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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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