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RNESU update
Schools, teachers, students &  parents

The governor has mandated all schools in Vermont to close as of March 18 through the remainder of the school year. He indicated a decision about end of year celebrations such as graduations will be decided around May 8.  He also gave three goals during that closure: feed children, provide child care for essential personnel, and provide continuity of learning. So what are our schools doing?
  • RNESU schools have set up meal delivery for all households with children under 18 in our 8 towns who requested it. Delivery began March 19. If anyone wishes to be added to this list, please contact your school by phone or email with your name, number of chldren under 18, email address, phone number and physical address.
  • RNESU will begin delivery of weekend meals on Friday April 24 for those who indicated a desire. We also will begin feeding homeless families in nearby hotels the week of April 20. Thank you to Abbey Services, our bus drivers, monitors and paraeducators for making this all happen.
  • Teachers and staff have been providing learning packets to students since March 23. As of April 20, we shift into longer term learning packets to finish the school year.
  • Families who need chromebooks for their children's schoolwork may borrow one from us. Please be in contact with your school principal for this. 
  • Internet wifi access is available for free to any community member in the school parking lots. You might have to seek the best spots as the wifi is extended from our school access and connection points can vary.
  • Our private child care program at Whiting, A.R.K. is providing child care for essential personnel. Please contact them if you are interested, as there are limited spots due to staffing limitations. Becca Kerr,  butterfly3rule2006@yahoo.com. We have also asked staff who are interested in volunteering to contact the Rutland Regional Medical Center who is setting up child care as well.
Who is working?
  • Our custodians continue to clean the schools and are shifting into some summer projects while the buildings are empty.
  • Teachers and counselors, with the help of paraprofessionals, are connecting with students via technology or phone. 
  • Paras are also helping with meal delivery, custodial services and a variety of smaller projects that are needed at this time.
  • Admin assistants, administrators and central office have moved to remote work to continue to support the work of the district and support families. The best way to reach us is by phone, email or the Let's Talk button on any school or our district website.
As others have noted: the buildings may be closed but our hearts are open. Stay well.

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Dear Parents and Community Members-      SURVEY

At RNESU, as distance learning continues, we are working hard to find ways to support our school community. We would like to ask for your input as we continue to make plans in response to COVID-19. Your voice will help us refine our plans to meet the needs in our community

To collect your input we are using a tool called Thoughtexchange. This tool asks you to answer one open ended question with as many responses as you like. Then you move on to the next step, called Star. In this step, you will see and rate the thoughts of others, assigning stars to each thought (from 1-5) depending on how strongly you agree or disagree with the idea, or how it resonates with you.

I am asking you for  five  minutes today and another  five  minutes tomorrow to help us plan our continued response to COVID-19 and how we can continue to support each other. You are welcome to log back on before the end of the survey to continue to rate new thoughts as they come in, if you would like.

Click here to participate:  https://my.thoughtexchange.com/423237708
The survey will remain open until April 24.

Thank you in advance for participating in this conversation.    Jeanne Collins, Superintendent

4/23/20
Update on business 
information in the
Brandon/Forest Dale area.

This newsletter will be updated every Thursday as things are changing  quickly and businesses will respond accordingly.

 

  Helpful links- Please inform any of your friends and neighbors of these valuable resources available to us all. We're trying to get the word out to EVERYONE. Tell them to sign up for the Chamber newsletter or visit the Town of Brandon Economic Development web page

CARES Act info-IMPORTANT for your business
Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) & Emergency Economic Injury Grants
Very important for ALL businesses- Check out the SBA site and apply immediately. 
Check here for the application.    Watch the ZOOM meeting with SBA's Chris Herriman for excellent explanations and answers to many questions. Many Brandon businesses were online at this meeting. 




Sign up for the Dept of Labor newsletter  -stay up to date on Unemployment developments


(Many thanks to those who organized this endeavor and to the volunteers delivering!)
Brandon Area Deliveries - Serving, Brandon, Forest Dale, Goshen, Leicester,  Pittsford, Sudbury, Whiting
Listed below are the area's food  service  businesses and the safe  business  practices they have adopted at this time- call them to order and they can answer any questions you may have. 
If you are a food provider and want to be listed here please contact Bernie Carr at info@brandon.org 
Also, are you someone who is at a greater risk of contracting the virus and/or unable to access your normal method of getting necessities (food, supplies, pharmacy, etc..)? If so, then you should take advantage of the wonderful volunteers that have stepped up in our community. The Brandon Free Public Library, The Brandon Area Toy Project and the Town of Brandon have partnered to provide a delivery service for people that need help getting their supplies. 
How it works is simple:
1.       Call the retailer and pay for your supplies over the phone.
2.       Let the retailer know that you are having the delivery service pick-up your items.
3.       Send an email to: delivery@townofbrandon.com with the following information: Who you are, where you ordered from, physical address for delivery, and best contact number. Or you can call Volunteer Coordinator, Colleen Wright (802) 282-6548
4.       Wait for contact from our vetted volunteer!  They will let you know how/when and where it will be dropped off (safely of course with no face-to-face contact)

Brandon Discount Beverage and Deli - (802) 247-6785    34 Conant Square
Curbside and Limited Delivery CANNOT DO DELIVERY FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
 
Brandon House of Pizza - (802) 247-8177    16 Center St  Tuesday-Sunday during this whole crisis we are open 11:00 am-8:00pm.   Curbside and Take-out

Curbside Catrina- Authentic Mexican food- At Red Clover-  (802) 349-0761   43 Center St  
Every Saturday- Noon-3:00pm call or DM or Facebook to order- curbside pick up only (Fri pm cut off- cash only)

Foley Brother Brewing and Neshobe River Winery-  (802) 465-8413  available Wed-Sat by calling Liz 
Curbside pick up   79 Stone Mill Dam Rd- Brandon

Forest Dale Grocery & Deli - (802) 247-6457      15 Furnace Rd, Forest Dale
Curbside and Delivery
 
Junction Store & Deli - (802) 247-3794      2265 Forest Dale Rd, Forest Dale
Curbside and Delivery
 
Kamuda's Country Market  -   Kamudasmarket@comcast.net,   (802) 483-2361 ext-3    861 Arch St, Pittsford
Curbside and Delivery
 
Keith's Country Store - (802) 483-6489       4085 US RT 7, Pittsford
Curbside and Delivery

Neshobe Golf Club-Long Iron Restaurant- 247-3611   224 Town Farm Rd, Brandon
Curbside pick up-Friday nights dinners-    Tuesdays & Thursdays- Wing Nights  check Facebook page menu
 
Red Clover Ale Co.-  (802) 465-8412  43 Center St     Check out our beers on our website.

Curbside pick up- Friday 4-7 PM and Saturday 12-5 PM. Place orders and pay online by emailing red.clover.ale@gmail.com  or place an order and pay over the phone during our pick up hours. 

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Red Clover Ale Co.
43 Center St-   802-465-8412

We will be open for pick up Friday 4-7 PM and Saturday 12-5 PM. 

People can place orders and pay online if they email us at red.clover.ale@gmail.com They can also place an order and pay over the phone during our pick up hours. 

Check out our beers on our website.

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"Curbside Catrina!" Mari's Mexican Food!  
Noon-3:00pm- Every Saturday!!    Red Clover Ale Co.        
Curbside pick up only.   Friday afternoon cut off for orders. 

4/25/20 Menu- Pork Adobo Chimichangas, side of guacamole & Mexican bean salad. -$12.00
Dessert- Flan de Elote (Mexican sweet corn flan)- $4.00

Direct message me with your name or call at (802) 349-0761 to place your order. I will not be able to accommodate orders on the spot. Pre-order only! 
Please try to have correct change and give me a call when you arrive-gracias!
We've missed you, hope all are doing well and my Mexican food can help to make you happy and full!!

Long Iron Restaurant
Neshobe Golf Club
FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER IS BACK
Take out only from 4-7 pm

Let us serve up some of our famously delicious dinners for you and your family! Every Friday night!

4/24 menu- 4-7pm pick up
Prime Rib, roasted potatoes, garlic green beans or salad ............ 19.95
Maple Bourbon Pork Loin, roasted potatoes, garlic green beans or salad..........16.95
Spaghetti and Meatballs, garlic bread, salad .........14.95
NEW!!--Wings and Tenders/FF Tuesday and Thursday-Please call to pre-order
8 wings 8.95   (buffalo,garlic parm, barbecue, teriyaki, or mango habanero)
12 wings 12.95
18 wings 17.95
24 wings 21.95
Chicken Tenders/FF 7.95

Beer specials-
2 Domestics for 6.00
2 Switchback for 10.00
2 Better Dayz for 12.00
We will be taking orders anytime for Friday Night takeout           Stay safe and we will see you soon
Call the club house, place your order and pay with your credit card. Swing by the club house and pick up 
your tasty  treat. (curbside pick up only)   Check us out on Facebook for each week's menu. 

Call ahead to order 247-3611    Keep an eye on our website for info on when we can open for golf!!

The Home Shop
39 Center St   802-465-1817   cell- 802-558-1444

THE HOME SHOP has opened an Online Store showing Brandon, Vermont made items, vintage items and new products.  If you want to pick up curbside at 39 Center Street, the shipping fee will be returned to you at pick up time. Here is the link:   https://www.facebook.com/pg/The-Home-Shop-154158154741712/shop/?ref=page_internal 
Company C Rug Company is having a 20% off rug sale until April 20th. Check them out at this link, then email or call me to order- The Home Shop will pay for shipping to your home:   www.companyc.com
  Visual Comfort Light Company is also having a 20%off sale. Same deal- check them out online and then email or call me to order and The Home Shop will pay for shipping to your home. Here is the link:   www.visualcomfort.com 
Thanks for supporting your local home gift shop.       Keep safe. Nancy

Carr's Gifts

Shop-247-3744 
Cell-236-8120
carrsflorist@comcast.net

We are locking the doors and 
and working to maintain our 
social distancing. 

PUZZLES- We've sold a lot of puzzles and now we are working with New York Puzzle Company on a neat offer they are providing to help support small businesses. Go to their website through this link and order from their great selection of quality puzzles. Or use this promo code  0001005372 at checkout.  They will send us a percentage of the sale because we're sending you, our friends and neighbors, to their site! Many thanks for your support and have fun with the family

If you need anything from the shop feel free to call me at 236-8120 and we can set up a time to meet curb side for  pick up. I'm often at the shop during business hours as  I continue to do Chamber work in my little cubby in the back  of the store. 
Watch for facebook and Front Porch forum offerings as I plan to place some pictures and sales on those sites. We will take payment over the phone and arrange pick up or delivery. 

We also have a gift certificate offer in place. Purchase one during the "Stay Home/Stay Safe" executive order period and receive an additional  20% -$25=$30,  $50=$60 etc!! (not redeemable for consignment items)

We will stay closed until the Governor gives the notice to get back to normal business practices.
Good luck everyone!  Read some books, eat some cool new recipes, beat your family at many different games and take good care of each other!    
       Love you all, Bernie, Beth & Terrie! 

Foley Brother Brewing and 
Neshobe River Winery

For the month of April, we are offering 10% discount off full cases, mix and match of brands is ok. We are also offering growlers. 32oz Growlers for $8.00 64oz Growlers for $15.00. We ask customers to leave their growlers at home, no charge for empty growlers. 

Our tasting room has been closed and curbside pick up is available by calling Liz at 802 465 8413

Products will he placed on a table with name and plate numbers.   Credit card and license plate info required.  

Service is available Wednesday through Saturday. 
79 Stone Mill Dam Road        Brandon, VT 05733



Brandon Florist Shoppe  
256 Grove street-  247-5727

Brandon Florist Shoppe open with curbside pick up and deliveries available...call or message on facebook
Will be posting pictures soon for Mother's Day gift ideas  
Stay Healthy and Stay Strong!                     Mom's Day is May 10th!!!

Miller Hill Farm, Nursery & Gardens
**SEND US YOUR WISH LIST NOW**

Dreaming about your yard & garden? 
Make up a list of early spring plants you would like to see in your landscape. Then send it to us and we will be in touch with availability, sizes and pricing. This round will include - early veggie starts - perennial flowering plants - trees & shrubs 
Send your wish list to mhfarm@shoreham.net  (preferred) or  drop it in the US mail to: 
Miller Hill Farm, Nursery & Gardens 2127 RT 73 E., Sudbury, VT. 05733

NEXT round coming soon - hanging baskets & annual flowering plants along with the all the items listed above and houseplants too !!

Forest Dale Grocery & Deli
15 Furnace Road- 247-6457 
Next to the Forest Dale Post Office

Forest Dale Grocery and Deli is open for business as usual, we are putting a huge emphasis on curbside orders and delivery. We have delivered all over the Brandon area, even going as far as Rutland. 
If we can't personally deliver it, Brandon has an awesome network of volunteers to get people at home the items they need. 
We are doing everything in our power to serve our community to the best of our ability. 

Give us a call, and let us serve you! 247-6457
 RestorationBBQ@GMail.com or 247-6457.


Brandon Free Public Library
Want to request Brandon Public Library services?

Librarian Molly Kennedy is working hard to fulfill your requests.  
Curbside pick-up  or  FREE delivery (using the above mentioned service ).  

You can also sign up for wellness checks  - if you would like us to call you periodically to check in to see if you need anything or enjoy some friendly conversation, please let us know. Molly & Beth are available to you in this way.
To get your Library services:  Email:molly@brandonpubliclibrary.org (preferred) or call (802) 247-8230 

Wood's Market Garden
By the pond in Brandon

Opening for curb-side plant sales with online and phone orders in May!

Plant sales are not considered "essential business" by the state, and so our only option is to sell them as a pre-order with pick up . As strange as this sounds, it's become the reality for many businesses and it will allow us to sell our beautiful plants to you beautiful people! We are working hard on an online catalog which will be available in May . If things change and we are allowed to be open for normal retail, we will do that. Until then, we plan to go forward with the plant sales online and over the phone.

Our plan is to be open for Mother's Day hanging basket sales. All other plants would be available to take home the week of May 11.                                                                                                              
Hanging Baskets- Organic Herbs & Veggie    Starts- Annuals- Containers 
Follow us on Facebook and join our email newsletter for the latest updates. 

Senior Citizens Center
News from Kathy Mathis

The Senior Center is closed, but we are serving the free community take out curb side pick up lunches every Friday till May 31st. Bagged lunch includes a different lunch each week with dessert included from Noon to 1:00.   All are welcome. 
We also are doing the monthly dinners as take out.

Brandon Area Food Shelf needs monetary donations to keep up with the food insecurities that are arising.  
No pick up at food shelf. Will deliver and put outside of door. Must call me with name, phone # and address.  
People will have to understand that this drop off is not their week's worth of groceries, but just "emergency assistance" and that we all have to work together to share with a hungry neighbor.  


Hannaford Supermarket
247-4113

NEW HOURS-We will be open everyday from 7am -8pm. 

NEW-On Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursday we will be open from 7am -8am for seniors and high risk individuals. 

At Hannaford, we're committed to helping you and your families to stay safe and healthy during this challenging time. We've implemented extensive social distancing practices and other safeguards in our store. These include limiting the number of customers that are allowed in the store at one time and also having the aisles flow one way, so please follow the arrows while shopping.  
Tips for our customers to help us, who are working in the store everyday, stay safe and healthy:

Please shop alone when possible, make a list to make your shopping trip quicker, try to do one big weekly shop rather than several small ones. We stock shelves during the day so please help us with social distancing for the safety of all. We are working very hard to get the shelves stocked and full but some items are not available and out of our control. At this time we are not allowing reusable bags in the store.
Thank you all for your continued support through this challenging time. 


Cafe Provence, Gourmet Provence and 
Center Street Bar
Remain closed for the safety of our staff and our customers.

We miss everybody and will be eager to reopen whenever we get the green light from Governor Scott.

Wine orders: we can accommodate special wine orders for curbside pickup!
Just email Line Barral at info@cafeprovencevt.com and she will set up an order for you. We can also deliver within a 5 mile radius free of charge.
Cheers!


The Bookstore
8 Conant Sq     465-8009

The Bookstore continues to support the community with educational, informative, and diversionary offerings during a time of uncertainty and anxiety. 
Although the store is closed to customers, we are still able to special order books -- games, toys, and puzzles, too -- and we'll arrange "curbside" pickups or home deliveries. We can even ship books to friends and family in other parts of the country!

You can contact us by phone: 802-465-8009  
by email: thebookstorevt@gmail.com  
on Instagram: @TheBookstoreVT
and at our website: thebookstorevt.indielite.org  

Stay safe, keep calm, and read on! 

Barbara Ebling    The Bookstore    8 Conant Sq      Brandon, VT  05733     (802) 465-8009
                                                                    
Fisher Electric 
802-465-8551

Our business remains open M-Sat. 8-5 but with limited functionality.   We are not doing any work inside occupied homes at this time, but we are still doing anything that we can safely do, such as new construction, standby and portable generators, Mini-split heat pumps and most anything outdoors.

We are offering free delivery of any portable or standby generator.  
Gasoline and/or propane can also be arranged for an additional charge.

Folks can call 802-465-8551, email tim@fisherelectricllc.com, or go to 
our website fisherelectricllc.com and fill out the contact form.  

Fisher Electric- 2417 Franklin St.  (across from Mac's)

Town Hall updates
Scheduling and other info

The Friends Of The Brandon Town Hall have been busy setting up for our 2020 season. Of course the actual opening of the hall depends on town, state and National directives. We are leaning on the side of caution and have already rescheduled all our May events to other times during the season hoping that we might be able to open by the middle of June. Once there is a definite date we will begin our normal publicity with monthly ads and weekly press releases in the Reporter, Chamber of Commerce Newsletter and other local publications.  
Always check our bulletin and sign boards for updates and times. In our effort to support and help our economy rebound plus let community members continue to enjoy the events at the Brandon Town Hall, all FOTH events for the 2020 season will be Free Will Donation events,this is possible only because of the generosity of our sponsors. 
At the moment we have 25 events scheduled, mostly Saturday nights, from June 13 to December 4. 

We will have something for everyone: participation in the town wide celebration for the end of Seg. 6, our popular 
Silent Movie series, bands, dances, puppets, theater, Mrs. America pageant, town wide events and our 7th annual  
"Brandon Has Talent Show" in September. 

FOTH would like to thank all those police, fire and rescue squad personnel, senior center and food shelf, workers and staff from our schools, grocery stores, health center, gas stations, businesses, restaurants, etc., that have put themselves out there to help make this pandemic a little easier to endure. Brandon is such a special place to live and work, we will rebound and be able to enjoy our brand new town. 
Looking forward to seeing you, saying hi, no handshakes or hugs, but a lot of love!! Thanks, Dennis W. Marden, Program Coordinator for the Friends of The Brandon Town Hall. 


Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Announces Precautionary Measures as Part of COVID-19 Response 

Transitions to Drive-Up Service Only 
at  Branch Locations

In an effort to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and consistent with many other banking institutions in our region, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust will temporarily transition all branch services to drive-up only service beginning on March 20.  This will allow the Bank to continue to provide full banking services, and in-person visits will be by appointment only in order to enable the Bank to conform to social distancing practices through limiting the number of customers inside at any given time. 
 
"The health and safety of our customers, employees, and communities is of the utmost importance to us, and we are adjusting our operations to protect our employee and public health during this unprecedented time," said Curtis C. Simard, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust President and Chief Executive Officer. "Drive-up service and in-person appointments combined with our many on-line options are sensible preventative measures while continuing to provide the level of service our customers have come to expect."
 
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of tools for customers to manage their finances and get support and guidance remotely. Using Bar Harbor online and mobile banking, customers can manage their accounts, pay bills, deposit checks, transfer funds, and more - all from the comfort of their homes.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust also has a network of more than 55 ATMs across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont that can be accessed 24/7. Visit www.barharbor.bank to learn more about these products and services.
 
To further enhance the safety of our employees and customers, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has been increasing cleaning efforts in its branches and offices, encouraging social distancing, and transitioning non-customer facing employees to work at home.
 
Customers who have questions or need assistance should call their local branch, a list of which can be found at www.barharbor.bank/about-us/atm-branch-locator. Customers can also call the Bank's Customer Service Center at 888-853-7100 for assistance.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Announces Resources to Help Parents Teach Their Children about Finances 
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has announced the availability of several online resources that parents can use at home to teach their children about finances. The content, which consists of worksheets, articles, coloring sheets, and more, is geared towards students K-12 and includes content for Spanish-speaking families. All of the resources can be accessed at www.barharbor.bank/financial-education.
 
"Students have transitioned to remote learning because of COVID-19, and we wanted to ensure that parents had access to valuable financial education content that can be taught at home," said Joseph Schmitt, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. "Learning how to save and plan for the future is more important than ever, and we hope these resources will help put children on a path to a lifetime of financial success."
 
The financial education content was created by the Bank's partner, The American Bankers Association (ABA) Foundation. Since 2006, the Bank, in coordination with the ABA Foundation, has sent bankers into local classrooms to teach students valuable lessons about finances and how to become smart money managing adults.
 
The content on the Bar Harbor Bank & Trust website covers topics such as How to Talk to Your Kids about Money, Wants vs. Needs, and Budgeting in the Real World. There is also content for high-school students planning for college.

National Bank of Middlebury
National Bank of Middlebury-
Brandon Office
247-8510

The National Bank of Middlebury Brandon Office is open for appointment only.

Appointments are being scheduled in Brandon between 9am and 4pm. 
Please call (802) 247-8510 to schedule an appointment. 
The ATM and night deposit are available 24/7.

In addition to our ATMs and night deposits, we are keeping our drive-ups open for their normal hours. Our closest drive-up to Brandon is at our Route 7 Middlebury office (240 Court Street).

Connecting all branches (toll free): 877-508-8455
Email: info@nbmvt.com
Website: nbmvt.com
Mail (including deposits and loan payments by mail): PO Box 189, Middlebury, VT 05753-0189
Facebook: facebook.com/nbmvt


TOWN OF BRANDON
Clerk and Treasurer's Office

COVID19/HEALTH SAFETY PROTOCOL 
OFFICES ARE  CLOSED 
TO THE PUBLIC
  • Please conduct business with the Town Clerk's office via phone/email/postal mail.
  • Copying and faxing services for the public are suspended until further notice.
  • Notary Services are suspended until further notice.
  • Dog licenses, tax payments, sewer payments, and records requests should all be done via mail/Credit Card online/drop boxes in front of Town Office and Neshobe school. We can mail receipts if requested.
  • Records requests can be fulfilled via email or mail if a Book & Page Number is provided. You may access our records online through RecordHub https://recordhub.cottsystems.com/. Any Records Research REQUIRING access will be by appointment only, you MUST call ahead before coming to the office.
  • Lister cards are available by calling or emailing the Town Clerk's office.
  • Dog License Renewals will likely be extended until May 1 (awaiting Select Board confirmation)
  • Vital Records may be obtained by filling out the attached application 
and mailing with the appropriate fees and copies of your identification per the form.
CONTACT INFO:
WE APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE
Winning Image Graphix. 
4181 US Rte 7     Pittsford, VT

Thank you for supporting Winning Image Graphix.
Plan ahead for your Screen printed or Embroidered Spring Apparel, new signage, vehicle graphics and logo design. 
With Social distancing in effect, please email or call us. We are offering free local delivery and curbside pick up.

winningimagevt@comcast.net       802-483-9412  

Compass Music and Arts Center & Brandon Music
333 Jones Drive, Park Village   802-247-4295


The Compass Center shops and galleries are closed  to the public until further notice.   We are on site  every day to run the office and any urgent queries can be dealt with  at 247 4295.  The closure affects all retail operations: Compass Bookstore,  Compass Artisan Farmers Market, Divine Art Records CD shop,  artist galleries and Bagatelles collectibles.
 
Our international online  classical music service is operating subject to postal delays at https://divineartrecords.com.               Compass Music & Arts Center
At times like these music can lift the spirits especially when stuck at home.   CD (curbside pickup) download, or stream from Spotify and Apple.
 
BRANDON MUSIC  62 Country Club Road:   All concerts are cancelled until the all clear is given for small gatherings to resume. All cancelled concerts are being rescheduled  for later in the year all being well. Watch this space...

Village Spa
Self-Care kits are available for order

Although the doors to in-person services at Village Spa remain closed(and at this point I'm unsure of our re-launch date.) I am offering up at home spa kits. These are little breaks away from the new normal with some real benefits. I have featured some of them on our Social Media pages but you can also find a menu on my website at  brandonvillagespa.com    See my latest news in my newsletters

I can also customize something specific to you as well. I have access to lots of spa goodies as well as co-op type health and wellness items.
I will be putting together "care packages"  in the next day or so.  They make great appreciation gifts for our essential workers.

Let me know how I can help or if you have ideas.    Be well & stay strong,    Heather


Swan & Stone Millinery
802-318-6853

Here's what Swan&Stone Millinery is doing:
Our spring Art Shows have been cancelled (or postponed until late summer) so this spring we will be staying local, at home with our kids and in the studio.  
We are a two-woman team and we each have our own studios, so our work habits are already "social distancing," and we have added lots of cleaning products, hand sanitizers and zero unplanned visits.  
We continue to work on our spring and summer production--our full line of water resistant rain hats and our elegant straw sun and special occasion hats--and will focus our efforts on our website and local sales.  We will be running various specials online and our hours are "by appointment only," so that we can continue to accommodate custom orders and in-studio purchases.  
Our phone number is 802-318-6853, website is www.swanandstone.com and on @Swan&Stone Millinery on Facebook and @swanandstone on Instagram.  

We have gift certificates that can be snail mailed or emailed as well.
Blue Moon and Indu
Ellen and Allie Walter

Indu and Blue Moon are  Not open.

We are posting items to our Facebook page and instagram accounts. 
instagram @bluemoonclothingandgifts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Facebook @  https://www.facebook.com/induvt/
  instagram @induvt

People may order items via direct message on social media, VM or by chance on landline (802-247-5004), email at bluemoonclothingandgifts@gmail.com or Allie's cell at 802-989-5416

We can arrange pick up time in front of the store, free shipping, or in town delivery.


Compass Treasure Chest
256 Grove St     802-465-8436 

Check us out on Facebook - coming soon pictures and prices of items  that can be picked up with appointments with curbside assistance.  We're right next to Brandon Florist Shoppe


Brandon Family Dentistry
(802) 247-3314

The outbreak of COVID-19 has prompted many changes and restrictions on our communities.

Just like Hurricane Irene, this too will eventually pass and we must remain optimistic about the future (keep brushing!).
In the meanwhile, we're here to support our communities and lessen the burden on our medical colleagues.
We're available to triage and stabilize emergent and urgent dental problems (if you regularly see another dentist, we'll coordinate with them once the dust settles).
Please reach out to us if there are any questions or concerns--we're here for you!
-Dr Jillian and Dr. Derek, Tina and Pam, Rachel and Henry

BrandonFamilyDentistry@gmail.com          Brandon Family Dentistry

Brandon Blue Seal
57 Alta Wood- Route 7 South

Open for Business !!

We are offering curbside only, please call in your order to 247-9599, we will process your order and bring it out to you when you get here.  Our hours have changed temporarily, Mon-Fri 8-5, Sat 8-4 and Sun 9-3.  

Otterside Animal Hospital
28 Conant Square, 
Brandon 247-3335

We hope this update finds you all safe & healthy!  We recognize that the COVID-19 situation is challenging, and we want to assure you that we are taking precautionary measures to keep our hospital a safe environment for our staff and patients.  Please note our new hours and protocols below. 
Temporary hours:
Monday: 8am -5pm
Tuesday: 8am-7pm
Wednesday 8am-3pm
Thursday 8am-7pm
Friday 8am-5pm
Appointment Protocol - Curbside Service:   When arriving for an appointment, please stay in your car and call us at (802) 247-3335 for further instructions.  Please pull into the parking lot for the safety of your pet and our staff. 
Medication and Food requests:  Please call 24 hours in advance so we have time to get your requests ready.  After the 24-hour period please call us in advance of arriving for payment details and curbside delivery service. 
For the safety of everyone involved we prefer payment by debit or credit card. 
Our phones have been busy, so please be patient.   Leave a message if you happen to get our answering machine, we will call you back as soon as possible!  It is also taking us a little longer than usual to call back on laboratory results, we appreciate your understanding.    

Mae's Place
Soon to be open at 10 Park Street!!

Mae's is working diligently on getting their NEW LOCATION at 10 Park street ready! As soon as we are able to get an inspection from the state we will be up and running.  
We would like to  thank all of our loyal customers who are sending well wishes and positive vibes during this very difficult transition period.  Our phone number hasn't changed (802 465 8010) and is checked daily. 
Feel free to call with comments questions or concerns and we will return your call promptly. Stay safe and be well- Erynn


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LifeBridge Christian Church
97 Frog Hollow Road    247-5433

LifeBridge Christian Church has transitioned from worship services to online worship experiences until further notice.  
You can access our worship services at 9:00 AM on Sunday mornings by going to...
  
Archived worship services can be seen at www.lbccvt.com/sermon-archive

Our Sunday's Resurrection Day message was Hope Begins Here and is currently view-able in our archive

Brandon Artists Guild
802 247-4956

For the wellbeing of our patrons and members, the Brandon Artists Guild is temporarily closed. We will reassess the gallery's hours as the situation unfolds and will continue to be mindful of the health of everyone around us.  
In the meantime please visit us online at:   www.brandonartistsguild.org
   
Stay healthy!

Country Village Campground
802-247-3333

Country Village Campground opens to the public 5/1/20.
 We have no plans to change that.  Our clients can use social distancing within the campground.


Awesome Graphics COVID-19 / Coronavirus Notice


Awesome Graphics is practicing exceptional customer service while physically distancing for safety. Please call or e-mail us about our zero-contact services, featuring on-line or phone orders & payments, FREE drop-off services, same day turnaround (when possible), 50% OFF all banner products, $99 Sandwich Board Signs. 
Made Vermont Tough - by still working Vermonters!

 
For the safety of our employees and customers, we will continue to implement these guidelines we have in place for working on your vehicle or signage needs.

Little Pressroom 

Ted Shambo
Creek Road, 
Middlebury

Hi Neighbors!
Staying positive and celebrating spring!
We thank you for your continued support through these challenging times!
DISCOUNTS MARCH 18TH THROUGH APRIL 17TH
* All NEW promotional product orders processed and paid will receive a 25% discount.
* All NEW print orders processed and paid will receive a 20% discount.
* All reorders of both promotional and print products will receive a 10% discount.
* If you don't need any products in the next month but would like to help us out by pre-buying for future orders, we'll offer 5% or more depending on the type/quantity of the order. We'll even pre-print and store them for you if you want.
You can also purchase Little Pressroom gift certificates for later use!
Are you a local restaurant offering take-out? Contact us today for your take-out menus, gift certificates, and any other needs you may have at this time!
In addition to helping us, you'll be helping THE FOOD SHELF AT HOPE!
For over 10 years we have donated $1 of every order to the food shelf at HOPE.
Thanks to everyone for doing business with us to support our friends and neighbors!
Got some extra time these days? Want to help brighten someone's day? Let's be positive and creative! 
Everyone can take part by emailing us artwork, family photos, inspirational messages, or any other content.
We will then set up and print sets of postcards for purchase, so both kids and adults can write messages to our frontline heroes or anyone else!  
- Emergency Personnel, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Military
- Grocery Workers, Truckers, Food Producers
- Grandparents or distant family members
- Anyone who could use a lift in their day with a personalized postcard
Cards will be sold in sets of at least 10 or as many more as you'd like. The more cards produced at once the less per piece it will be. A set of 10 will be $25 plus postage. You could work with others to bulk and split orders to save money.
To encourage social distancing, we'll include the postcard stamps so all you have to do is bring the cards out to your mailbox instead of going to the post office.
Please feel free to pass along this note to anyone you'd like.
Be well,    Betsy, Emma, Michelle & Ted
Little Pressroom
info@littlepressroom.com
802-388-2337
www.littlepressroom.com       LITTLEPRESSROOM@COMCAST.NET

Computer EZ
Larry Gold

Computer-EZ in Mendon is open regular hours, but customers are no longer allowed up the stairs to the shop with computers. They must leave them downstairs. They can talk with the tech from downstairs or on their phone. 

Site visits will be curtailed for normally scheduled visits, but emergency/urgent computer and network needs relating to business continuation will be addressed immediately as usual. Protection of some sort must be in place on site and will be analyzed as need be. 

We will pick up and deliver computers as needed. Please continue to use phone & email to reach us in the office, if nobody is in the office, please leave a message and feel free to reach out to Larry directly on his mobile. 802-747-8094. 

All the best to everyone, be safe, and don't panic. That only makes it worse.

WhittakerRealEstate.com
PH: 802-247-6633  
Tom@WhittakerRealEstate.com

Real Estate is not an essential service in VTat this time. Our office is therefore closed for the
time being. If you have questions or are curious about what may be in store for the Real Estate 
market in our area, please give us a call. We would be delighted to discuss what is happening 
from a seller's and buyer's perspective. We can do this on the phone or meet at a convenient 
and safe location. 
Thanks to all who work in those essential fields at considerable risk.

Be Well, Tom - 236-9076    Carolyn - 236-9075

Aikido Yoshokai Vermont

No business hours   802-989-4738

We started filming classes to share with students via YouTube links.  Students will be able to continue training in their homes, while following high quality instruction that addresses situations and movements observed in recent classes.  Students will be able to study Basic Movements and train with Bokken (wooden sword) and Jo (wooden staff) by following videos that connect to prior instruction in classes.

Best contact information is email: Dojo@AikidoYoshokaiVermont.org

Individuals interested in starting training are encouraged to get in touch.

Aikido Yoshokai Vermont
MarineEngine.com
184 Jones Drive

Our office is closed but all of our staff is working remotely and the website is up and running and processing orders.
 
Andrew Menkart
MarineEngine.com
800-209-9624   extension 201
9AM - 5PM Eastern Time

McDonough's Fuel & Service
43 Conant Square

McDonough's is open for home heating oil deliveries- 247-3900

Give Mike a call for auto repair appointments- 247-4779

Maple View Farm Alpacas
Deb & Ed Bratton

The farm is closed to visitors until at least the end of April



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Black Bear Tree, Land & Forest 
Residential/Commercial Tree Care 
Thad Poremski owner 

Open as normal - all coordinating for jobs can be made over the phone or email if clients prefer not to meet face to face 
Cell: 802-345-2815
Email: blkbeartree@gmail.com


Brandon Horse & Hound 
12 Conant Square

Please contact  Brandon Horse & Hound to discuss how I can help you.  Call, text or email.  

Thank you, Donna Baldwin 
802-349-6148

Sugar Fix Consulting
Carey Bunker

My business name is Sugar Fix Consulting- sugarfixfast.com

My name is Carey Bunker, and I can be reached by email at carey@sugarfixfast.com

Need to get online quickly? I can get you set up with Wordpress and Ecommerce so you can start selling online. Suitable for any brick and mortar store. 
I can also help you set up a social media plan to stay connected with Brandon (and beyond). Facebook usage has skyrocketed in the past month- don't miss out on that connection. I can also assist with growing your email list and marketing and  Website/WordPress/ecommerce sites. I can help build, update and get businesses online quickly with reasonable rates.


Mallory Auto
Eric Mallory


Mallory Auto will not be open until the Governor gives the go-ahead to go back to business as usual. 

Emergency needs can call me at my residence-  802-247-3848   cell-345-0211  Stay home, stay safe!


Neshobe Falls Insurance
Stacey Coburn- Agency principal

IMPORTANT: Please be advised, effective March 17, 2020, due to the precautions of COVID-19 coronavirus, our office will be closed to the public.  We will be working remotely and ALL communications must be conducted by phone, email, website or Facebook.  This will remain in effect until further notice. Thank you for your patience as we strive to continue excellence in our customer service; while practicing healthy safeguards during this difficult time.
   
47 Center Street  |  Brandon, Vermont  05733
O: 802.465.8527 |E: scoburn@neshobefallsinsurance.com   
 W: www.neshobefallsinsuranceagency.com   Sales: sales@neshobefallinsurance.com      
Info: info@neshobefallsinsurance.com
Independent Insurance Agent supporting Vermont

Walgreens
247-8050

At Walgreens we are opening an hour late so we have time to meet some cleaning guidelines to protect our staff and customers. 

Monday through Friday- 9am-8pm
Saturday- Front Store-9am-8pm and Pharmacy 9am-6pm
Sunday- 9am-5pm

 Rutland County Mutual Aid

If you need help and you are stuck at home, or if you think you can help those in need, please reach out to Rutland County Mutual Aid.
Rutland County Mutual Aid is a site that connects people in need with people who can help. The website has 2 surveys on it-- one for folks who are able and willing to volunteer and one for folks who may need support amidst COVID19 precautions.  
The ultimate goal is to offer a place for those who need support to let their community members know . Our team of volunteers will then help meet the needs of those folks in our community.

The Rutland County Mutual Aid website is:  rutlandmutualaid.com

(A message from Chamber President Pat Wood)
Health Care needs for protective masks
 You can help to fill that need by sewing them!

Local hospitals, visiting nurse associations and manufacturing facilities need personal Protective masks.  You can help to fill that need by sewing them! Or by supplying elastic or ribbon to those who are sewing.
 
Joanne Fabric is giving out kits (no contact pick up) which you can make and return. Joanne's will get them to where they are needed most. Or if you have new (unused) cotton material and elastic or ribbon you can make them with what you have.   Here are some links to give you  instructions, contact  and donation information
  Here in Brandon, Faith Daya has been helping to coordinate efforts. She has gathered a group of volunteers who are busily working to fill an urgent request from the VNA for 500 masks. She is also in touch with local quilting groups in the  Rutland and Middlebury areas who trying to supply the hospitals. This coordination between groups will help to ensure that the masks get to where they are needed most and will minimize the number of people who are going to deliver them.  
 
At this time, material seems to be plentiful. But, we are all running out of elastic and ribbon, bias tape, or other appropriate materials to use for ties.
 
If you would like to coordinate with others to make masks, have  questions about construction or materials,  or if you have elastic or tie the material that you would like to donate,  please contact Faith Daya

Faith Daya    Cell:  508-904-0404     faithdaya55@gmai l.com