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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Bryan Pfeiffer

A tiny songbird living in Vermont has been on the move and showing some amazing stamina on its journey. The Blackpoll Warbler has been tracked with a migration lasting up to three days over the ocean. A recent study tracked the little bird's astonishing flight from the Northeastern United States and Nova Scotia, over the Atlantic Ocean and then all the way to the Caribbean.

A group of Middlebury College students has created a video called "Middlebury Unmasked." In it, survivors of sexual violence appear in masks to tell the stories of what happened to them after the assault.

Colleges and universities have protocol for reports of sexual assault. They follow the guidelines laid out in the Department of Education's Title IX. But these Middlebury students want to raise questions about whether or not that process works the way it was intended.

Vermont's Agency of Agriculture will no longer run the Dairies of Distinction program, ending a decade's worth of participation. The Addison Independent broke that news last week. The program is run in four other states, and recognizes farms for their aesthetic value.

The multinational food service company Sodexo is working to increase the amount of local food served in 20 locations around Vermont. The company has hired Annie Rowell as the company's Vermont First Coordinator.

Michael Dwyer / AP

The trial continues in Boston this week for the man accused in the bombing of the Boston Marathon. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces the death penalty for those crimes. And next month, a pre-trial hearing in Vermont will begin in the case of Donald Fell, who faces the death penalty for the murder of a Clarendon woman in 2000.

Neither Vermont nor Massachusetts are states that have the death penalty, but having a trial that could end with capital punishment in those states is not an uncommon occurrence.

A new collaboration between Triad Design Service, Burlington College and a non-profit called Vermont HITEC will train students to become technical writers. It's the latest in a number of job-training programs offered by Vermont HITEC.

In the past the non-profit has trained people to become medical transcriptionists, phlebotomists, and to work in information technology and advanced manufacturing. Since the non-profit began 15 years ago, they've worked with over 1,000 students and 25 employers.

Porter Hospital

Many people in Addison County were saddened this week to learn of the unexpected death last Friday of Dr. Alan Ayer. Dr. Ayer attended the births of thousands of babies at Porter Hospital in Middlebury and was beloved for his kindness to patients over his many years of practice.

Vermont is proud of its Town Meeting tradition but it's certainly not the only state that has kept the tradition alive. Neighboring New Hampshire had many of its towns meeting this week to decide their annual business.

Middlebury College

In sports, change is inevitable: players and coaches come and go, especially in the pro game, but college teams also experience a lot of turnover. Players, of course, graduate, and coaches often leaving for greener pastures offered by bigger contracts or for a failure to deliver a winning record. So when a coach sticks around for a long time, achieving the kind of success for a program that becomes a gold standard, it's big news when that coach announces he's stepping down.

Seventy-two Vermont communities add fluoride to their water system to help keep prevent tooth decay. But on town meeting day in Bennington, voters there said they don't want fluoride added to their water.