5/21/20
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.
Businesses please get info & changes in by 11am Thursday morning.

Please take a quick scroll down the newsletter to see any changes at various businesses

Welcome Back!!
Keep an eye out as more Brandon businesses reopen. 

Thanks for your support!

At Governor Scott's Monday, May 11th press conference, he opened the spigot another 1/4 turn.  This is allowing many retail businesses to reopen their doors May 18th after more than two months of closure. This does not reopen all areas of business and you should contact any operation to see what their individual status is before going to their location.
 
Chamber Executive Director Bernie Carr and Economic Development Officer Bill Moore held a Zoom meeting with many of the local business owners Monday evening. There was a discussion on how they could handle employee and customer safety so that there is continuity across the board. In this way, patrons will know what is expected of them when they frequent each establishment. This should help keep everyone informed and reduce surprises as access to more and more businesses continues to expand.
 
It was felt that erring on the side of caution was the prudent way to move forward, so that the tremendous effort put forth by the majority of Vermonters to this point was not in vain. If there is an uptick in cases and the line moves in an upward curve, Governor Scott may need to re-institute the quarantine measures that he just relaxed.
Continuing with a safe and cautious approach to expanded public interaction seemed the most prudent action. 
We want to get open and stay open. 
 
The following informational sign will be provided to all businesses to post on their doors:
 
Brandon businesses care!
For the health and safety of you, their employees and the entire Brandon community, the following requirements will be in place in many businesses-
-Employees and customers must wear masks.                                              
-Hand sanitizer provided must be used as you enter and exit.
-Limit unnecessary touching of items and surfaces.
-Maintain social distancing.

Keep smiling!  We can see it in your eyes!
Per VOSHA- no one may enter if they have symptoms of respiratory illness.  


 

 
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. 

 Gov Scott's latest press releases  - new guidelines for outdoor activities, small family/friends gatherings. 



Latest Agency of Commerce and Community Development newsletter   info-  Vermont Economic Recovery and Relief Package Announced, New Guidance for Restaurants, Professional Services, Yard Sales, and Swimming Facilities


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




Downtown and Village Center tax credit program   Applications for next round of tax credits due  Wed July 1, 2020 

As we move forward, businesses and employees must understand that how they work is essential to resuming and maintaining business operations. Preventing outbreaks and limiting the spread of COVID-19 is the only way to avoid future business and social disruption. The success of this phased restart will depend in large part on the ability of employers and employees to adhere to the public health, safety, and social distancing measures essential to limiting the spread of illness. To that end, the following is required of all businesses currently operating and those re-started:

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(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
Store open 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
Store open & Delivery
 
Gourmet Provence and CafĂ© Provence- (802) 247-3002 37 Center St, Brandon
Reopening Friday May 15th- curbside and delivery only. Monday May 18th we will have in person shopping. 
The Cafe will start curbside and home delivery in a couple of weeks. 

Junction Store & Deli - (802) 247-3794      2265 Forest Dale Rd, Forest Dale
Store open & Curbside and Delivery
 
Kamuda's Country Market  -   Kamudasmarket@comcast.net,   (802) 483-2361 ext-3    861 Arch St, Pittsford
Curbside and Delivery-  now allowing 4 people at a time for inside shopping. 
 
Keith's Country Store - (802) 483-6489       4085 US RT 7, Pittsford
Curbside and Delivery

Li's Chinese Restaurant-  (802) 247-8818  16 Park St,  Brandon
Curbside pick up- cash only   Menu
       
 
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. 

Mae's Place
OPEN at our new location- 10 Park Street!!

We're open in our new location and all ready for take-out and curbside delivery beginning at 7 a.m
 
We WERE going to start out small and just do a couple of specials each day BUT small isn't really our style (do it big or don't do it, right?!)
OUR ENTIRE MENU WILL BE AVAILABLE!
For your convenience and for the sake of social distancing we have hung a 3-foot menu in our window for the time being. You're welcome to look at that and then call to place your order. For pick up of orders- for those of you that do feel comfortable coming in, we ask that you wear a mask. We will have paper to-go menus inside as well!
As you may have noticed we have decided to do more than one special each day...open seven days a week 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Check out the menu and specials on our Facebook page!
 
OUR QUARANTINE SPECIAL (UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE) WILL BE A BREAKFAST SANDWICH AND COFFEE FOR $5)

Cafe Provence, Gourmet Provence
Gourmet Provence is now open to instore customers!
 Our hours are: Tuesday-Saturday: 7am-5pm   Sunday: 8am-4pm  Closed Monday
Curbside pick up is also available, and some local delivery as well.

Cafe Provence is reopening for Take Out and local delivery Friday May 22nd!
We will serve Lunch and Dinner (Tuesday-Saturday),  Brunch and Dinner on Sunday. Closed Monday.
Menus can be seen on our website and Facebook. The Cafe Provence wines, beers and cocktails are also available.
It also looks like we will be allowed to start outdoor seating on June 1st!
We have been cleaning and getting ready this past week and are very excited to serve our customers again!                  www.cafeprovencevt.com




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.   Pre-order only by 9pm Friday

5/23/20 Menu-
Deep fried flour empanadas filled with pork or veggies! 
Sides of chipotle lentils and cabbage salad- $12.00
Dessert- Mexican rice pudding- $4.00     (includes tax)

    Facebook La Catrina  
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  NOW OPEN FOR GOLF

Let us serve up some of our famously delicious dinners for you and your family! Every Friday night! Call ahead to order 247-3611

5/22/20 menu- 4-7pm pick up
Grilled Prime Steak $19.95
BBQ Chicken $14.95
Both entrees come with foil Potatoes, and grilled Asparagus w/ hollandaise drizzle
Burger $9.95 ...
Italian Sausage w/ onions & peppers $9.95


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.  
   WE ARE NOW OPEN FOR GOLF!! Check  our website for info.
Upscale Resale   
2580 Franklin Street- South of Brandon on Rte 7-just north of  Otter Valley   

WE are open for inside shopping!!!
We received our shipment of beautiful outdoor furniture! Our display will be outside in front of the store for easy and safe access. 
Stop by and check them out, they're made by a small Amish run business.

Leo LaRocque- cell- 802-355-3310
Store #- 802-465-8161

Across The Street
New business downtown! 
Opening Monday, May 18th.

Janet & Joel Mondlak are back in Brandon & getting ready to open their new One-Season-Shop in downtown (Aubuchon bldg). Across the Street will be selling their usual selection of eclectic, unusual, funky and fun older and newer things. More info coming!

The Home Shop- Open for shopping!!
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 
  Thanks for supporting your local home gift shop.       Keep safe. Nancy

Blue Moon Clothing & Gifts

Ellen and Allie Walter

Blue Moon is open!
During the period of temporary closure, we have had a chance to reflect and we decided to simplify to one store front. We are now under one roof in our sweet, old building overlooking the falls at 31 Center Street. Women's clothing, jewelry and accessories downstairs, and gifts, housewares, and plants upstairs. We still have all of the same items you love, but now in one space! We are currently open for shopping with masks
11am-4pm Tuesday through Saturday! See you soon! 

instagram @bluemoonclothingandgifts                                                                                                                                
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


Pick out a snazzy hot air balloon spinner to brighten up your home!!
Carr's Gifts

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

OPEN for shopping!

Opening 10-5pm Mon- Sat Sometimes we're open on Sundays- give a call. See you soon.
Thanks for your support over the last two months!!
New order of our great selling Hot Air Balloon Spinners will be here within a week! New styles too!
NEW PUZZLES are  here-  checkout our window and I can work with you at the door. 
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
Another way to shop online and still help out your local gift shop- check this out- Shop for awesome Color Changing Story Mugs at olleebee.com use our promo-code- CARRSGIFTS and get 19% off your order, PLUS we'll receive a percentage of every sale! Win, win.



Foley Brother Brewing and 
Neshobe River Winery

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 for regular business!! 
Mon-Fri- 9-5:30, Sat-9-3:00   WE DELIVER!!
Wearing a mask is important!
Call or message on facebook
  
Stay Healthy and Stay Strong!                

Miller Hill Farm, Nursery & Gardens
Now open for appointments email or call  802-623-7373

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.  
Annuals, veggie starts, perennial flowering plants, trees & shrubs and houseplants too!
See our website -  millerhillfarmvt.com
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


Brandon Yoga Center
1340 Grove St- Brandon
465-8256

The Brandon Yoga Center has (temporarily) gone virtual.

    We are offering many different classes: chair, vinyasa, 'hot' and 'gentle' yoga and meditation sessions plus Pilates classes each week. 

    For anyone interested in joining, please send us an email at brandonyogacenter@gmail.com. We'll reply with the schedule and a link to the Zoom classes. 

    Namaste


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

Our office is now OPEN.   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

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 Brandon delivery services mentioned at the top of the newsletter ).  

If your kids like to have stories read to them (or maybe you do), watch Miss Beth reading some fun kids books!  on Youtube.

Check out the library Facebook page for older stories she's read and new ones coming up!

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

Shopping at Wood's will look a little bit different (okay, a heck of a lot different) this year. But we will still be able to get you plants for your gardens, and that, is a great feeling amidst this heavy time on earth. While we will miss our jam-packed farm stand, we will greet you with a smile from under our masks as you pick up curbside! We thank you so much for supporting our farm in this off year. 
Check out our web catalog with lots of pictures and descriptions of our inventory. Please remember that this is a new way of doing business for us as well. There are likely to be some hiccups as we move along. We ask for your patience.
                                                        
Hanging Baskets- Organic Herbs & Veggie    Starts- Annuals- Containers 
Follow us on Facebook and join our email newsletter for the latest updates. 
Check out  www.woodsmarketgarden.com for more info!

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-
 Starting Sunday 5/10 we will be going back to our normal hours. 
Sunday 7am -9pm, Monday - Saturday 7am - 10pm. 
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 7am - 8am reserved for senior/high risk shoppers.

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. 


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    
Good News:
I have some exciting news to share that I hope will spruce up your new normal - you know the sweatpants and dirty hair normal?!?!  
I am putting together virtual facial kits,( at different price points) so I can help you maintain healthy skin while we're stuck at home. Unusual times call for unusual skincare methods, right! :)
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
The Bookstore
8 Conant Sq     465-8009

We've missed you!! We are cautiously, but enthusiastically, reopening to customers Tuesday, May 26!
New Hours : Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-5:00 (or by appointment)
  For your safety, our safety, and the safety of our community:
* Masks & hand sanitizer use required
* Limit: three customers in store at one time
* Limit: two members of a family group
* Feeling unwell? Stay home & take care of yourself!
* Please leave pets at home
* Consider using our "Touchless Shopping Options" - curbside pickup, local delivery, direct-to-home shipping! 
 
We are happy to offer gift certificates, gift cards, annual book club memberships, & CSB (Community-Supported Bookselling) memberships too!   
Instagram: @TheBookstoreVT
Stay safe, keep calm, and read on! 
The Bookstore   8 Conant Sq     Brandon, VT  05733   
phone: 802-465-8009
  Thank you for supporting your local independent bookstore throughout this challenging time!
We look forward to seeing your smiling eyes!!


Mallory Auto
Eric Mallory


Mallory Auto is opening on May 18th. We will then start scheduling appointments and doing curbside service. Please wear a mask. Waiting area will be outside. 

Call-  802-247-3618   cell-345-0211  Stay safe!


Compass Treasure Chest
256 Grove St     802-465-8436 

Open for shoppers Tuesday-Saturday, 10-3:00. Must wear a mask. 
Sorry, not taking consignments right now, but coming soon. 
Check us out on Facebook -  We're right next to Brandon Florist Shoppe

                                                                    
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. 


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


We hope that you are all safe and well and thank you for doing all that you can to keep everyone safe and well.

We have some good news. We are now able to provide limited opening at  the Compass Center from Monday, May 18th but we have needed to make some important changes before then for your safety and welfare.
We are now trained in how to manage COVID-19 in a commercial gallery and retail setting to make sure that we do our part to keep you safe and well.

The changes
If you would like to come to visit us or shop with us we ask that for your safety you wear your face mask and that when you enter the Center you sanitiz e your hands. Hand sanitizer will be available for your use. We also ask that you do your very best to maintain the 6 feet social distancing requirements. Our building is so large this should not be difficult. We have marked the building with blue arrows to create a one way movement through the gallery and retail areas which should also help with social distancing.
We have also revised our opening hours and after the 18th will only be open Tuesday - Friday from 10am-4pm for public access.
Opening times will be kept under review as State guidelines change.  We all want to make sure that the return to normality comes as quickly and safely as possible.

We are looking forward to welcoming visitors and guessing who is behind the mask.
Take care and stay safe everyone.

Edna and Stephen
 
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...

Nifty Thrifty
19 Conant Square

Nifty Thrifty, Brandon's favorite thrift shop since 1975, is open
for business!!
Our hours are Monday - Saturday 10:00am  - 2:00pm. 
Please wear a mask if you visit, healthy shop girls are  essential to our business.


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.

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 now allowing inside shopping as long as you wear a mask. 
We are still  offering curbside, 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 8-6, 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.    

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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

Bag News Update: the Bag will be opened on Memorial Day Weekend, Friday to Sunday, 10 -5  masks are required as well as social distancing. 
   
Stay healthy!

Country Village Campground
802-247-3333

Country Village Campground will open as soon as Governor Scott allows. Please watch here and our website for more information.
Thanks for your patience & understanding.


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!
If you don't need any products now, 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!
 
Exciting News! The Little Pressroom Presents... GREEN MOUNTAIN GREETINGS, our new online stationery shop! You can browse pre-made designs for occasions such as Father's Day, Memorial Day, Graduation, Birthday, and more! New designs are being added frequently, so check back often!
 
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                     LITTLEPRESSROOM@COMCAST.NET
Little Pressroom   info@littlepressroom.com   802-388-2337    www.littlepressroom.com     

Computer EZ
Larry Gold

Computer-EZ in Mendon continues to be open regular hours, but customers are no longer allowed up the stairs to the shop with computers. They are asked to drop off and pick up computers downstairs. They can talk with the tech from downstairs or on their phone.
 
We are starting to schedule site visits, as the economy continues to open, with an eye towards being safe. We show up with masks and gloves and a disinfectant spray in my pocket, and look to be "socially distant" with users and employees on site. Emergency/urgent computer and network needs relating to personal use and business continuation will continue to be addressed immediately as usual. Protection of some sort should be in place on site with the employees or users wearing masks, and will be analyzed as need be. 
 
We will also 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, be patient.


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.



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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.


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

Monday through Friday- 8am-8pm
Saturday- Front Store-8am-8pm and Pharmacy 8am-6pm
Sunday- 8am-5pm    Please try to wear a mask. 

 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

Love Vermont
Directory of Vermont businesses online presence

Love Vermont is a directory of Vermont businesses affected by closing as a result of COVID-19 who are now selling gift certificates online, offering take-out or delivery, online shopping, discounts, or asking for donations to support their business. REDC is encouraging Rutland County businesses to sign-up to get their information listed on this free resource. Love Vermont was created by three Vermonters who wanted to do something to help local businesses during this challenging time and "to mobilize loyal customers to provide much-needed support for their favorite places in town."

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


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.  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.   
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.  
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."
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Donate More Than $11,000 to Local Non-Profits Helping People Impacted by COVID-19
Bar Harbor, Maine - Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is donating the proceeds collected in Q1 2020 from its employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for a Cause, to ten non-profits providing assistance to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. More than $11,000 is being donated through the program, which pools employee contributions collected each quarter and distributes them to non-profits selected by and voted on by the employees.
The Casual for a Cause program typically supports nonprofits focused on education and workforce development. Because of COVID-19, Bank employees choose to focus the first quarter proceeds on the increasing needs of individuals and families who have been impacted by the crisis.
"All of us at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust recognize the importance of doing all we can in this time of uncertainty and economic hardship to help our friends and neighbors," said Jack Frost, VP Director of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. "We are honored to donate this quarter's proceeds from Casual for a Cause to these outstanding organizations and to support the essential services they are providing during the pandemic."
With the Casual for a Cause program, Bank employees dress casually on Fridays in exchange for a contribution to a pool of funds collected during each quarter. The employees then select and vote on the nonprofits to receive their contributions. Since the program began in 2018, employees have donated nearly $75,000 to nonprofits across Northern New England.
 
Q1 2020 Grant Recipients in Vermont
Food Pantries in Vermont
Proceeds from Casual for a Cause has been distributed to:
Brandon Emergency Food Shelf
BROC Community Food Shelf
Randolph Area Food Shelf

(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.
 
Here are some links to give you  instructions, contact  and donation information
Our group of local people have been making masks for areas hospitals, VNA,  Senior homes, etc.  We are calling ourselves " Sew Vermont Safe".   Faith Daya has been a tireless point person - getting and distributing elastic, collecting and delivering masks,etc. And making artwork out of masks!  
Together, we have made per 2,500 since mid-March when the governor declared a state of emergency.  And we are still going strong! 
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



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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 school buildings are closed but learning is open for business! We have begun distance learning and have sent the first round of packets home last week. For the remainder of the school year, students will receive work either by mail or bus delivery or digitally and will be able to finish their work for the year.
   One concern we have with distance learning is the inability to reach every student through the internet. We have loaned out over 350 Chromebooks. However, lack of broadband access in parts of our community is  a concern. About 24% of our students lack access. For those students, we are creating paper packets.
    We have started weekend meal delivery as of last Friday, April 24. On Friday we delivered over 4500 meals to cover thee days of food. Monday through Thursday we deliver about 1500 meals. We are still in need of cooler donations. If anyone has a cooler they are willing to donate, please bring it to the Markowski Field House behind OVUHS and leave it there.
    Child Care for children of  Essential Employees is still happening, thanks to our private partner A.R.K. 
    All of our employees are working, whether it be meal delivery, custodial work, delivery of education or making of packets for education. Schools are closed and we are working remotely. Email or phone messages are the best ways to reach the schools.
    Board meetings are held virtually. Information on how to access a board meeting is found in the calendar invite on the district web page. As it changes each meeting, that is the best way to track down information on how to access it. We are recording meetings and giving them to PEG TV to air, but we are not streaming live (at least  not at this time). Minutes are posted within 5 days on the district website board page.
    The week of May 4 is Teacher Appreciation Week for the schools. I want to thank all of our staff who are working hard to serve our students and families. We appreciate the support the community has given us, as our school buses drive around the district to drop off meals. We are in this together and will keep figuring things out!
    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.