5/7/20
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.


ATTENTION
BRANDON AREA BUSINESSES!!

Business Zoom Meeting- Concerns and discussion on strategies as we reopen
Monday 5/11/20 ZOOM meeting at 5:00pm

The Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Brandon Alliance and Town of Brandon Economic Development office is inviting all Brandon area businesses to join us in a Zoom meeting on Monday May 11th at 5:00pm. We would like to hear from all of you about how you're holding up, questions we can answer or research, what your concerns and fears may be and generally to allow us to gather together and share our thoughts and ideas. Business owners by nature are a social animal and this has been hard on all of us. 
So join us and see the smiling faces of your friends and neighbors and chat for a bit.

Please try to either join via video or phone. 
Here is the invite from our Zoom host Bill Moore-
To attend this meeting you have 2 options:
Option 1:  Video Conference  This option is available only if:
You have a computer with a built-in or external camera and microphone (Zoom Software download required)
Have a phone with a built-in camera (Zoom App download required)
Meeting ID (996 3666 7751)
 
Option 2: Conference Call: To dial in for audio only:
  1. Dial: (929) 205 6099
  2. Follow instructions to enter- Meeting ID (996 3666 7751) then confirm by hitting pound
  3. When prompted to enter participant ID, just hit pound again to enter meeting

Pictures On The Porch!! A Pandemic Memory
A little something to remember these bizarre times!

Here's an idea the Chamber has formulated to add a little fun to our current strange existence while also helping out our struggling retailers and giving a little boost to the front line workers facing the Covid 19 pandemic. 

We're going to take a beautiful picture of you on your porch or in your yard to prove to future generations that we lived through the pandemic of 2020! Social distancing will be maintained and we'll order the 8"x10" picture and have it mailed directly to your home. Easy!

This is how it will work-
You contact the Chamber and we will have our photographer call 
you to set up a time for the picture. You smile, he snaps the pic, you wait with eager anticipation for the glossy 8x10 to show up in your mailbox where you realize you didn't tame that cowlick and the spinach from lunch is prominently displayed  on your front tooth!!

Cost- $35.00 and you get a glossy 8x10 picture!
We buy a $25 gift cert/card from a randomly drawn business, one that has been largely shut down due to Covid 19. 
We then give the gift card, in your name, to a randomly drawn local front line medical worker! WIN WIN WIN !!

Please contact the Chamber at info@brandon.org or 247-6401 (you can leave a message with the info)
Your Name:
Address:
Contact: Phone:                                  Email:

Our Photographer will give you a call. 
Many thanks for your support and adherence to all the health directives sent out by the state. It's working!

 

  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. 




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
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-  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

La Catrina Curbside- (At Red Clover Ale)- Every Saturday noon-3pm. Order via Facebook
Curbside pick up- cash only 

Li's Chinese Restaurant- (802) 247-8818  16 Park St
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. 

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

5/9/20 Menu- Pulled Pork or Veggie Tacos with side of guacamole & Mexican bean salad- $12
Dessert-Bunuelos de Viento-cinnamon sugar fritters- $4

    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

4/30 menu- 4-7pm pick up
(We apologize for the absence of Prime Rib, this is due to no supply)
Pork Loin, Scallop potatoes, and Roasted Brussel Sprouts-  $16.95
Chicken & Biscuits with salad- $13.95
Prime Rib Stroganoff with salad- $15.95


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 expecting our shipment of outdoor furniture this week, in time for Mother's Day! Our display will be outside in front of the store for easy and safe access. We will be open Saturday the 9th, from 9-5pm for outside sales only.
Stop by and check them out, they're made by a small Amish run business.
If we aren't open, you can call me and I would be happy to meet you at the store. 
Leo LaRocque- cell- 802-355-3310
Store #- 802-465-8161

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

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

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


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.

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 usually 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

ORDER NOW for Mothers Day deliveries!!
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**

Mixed early vegetable and herbs trays available Saturday for scheduled pick-up and delivery.
See website - millerhillfarmvt.com

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 !!

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

We're ready to take your order TOMORROW, Friday, May 8th.

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. 
While the web catalog is up, it is still being finalized today. 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-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!



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! :)
It's safe to say that Mother's Day 2020 won't be quite how anyone pictured it.  Wheather you're honoring the "stay home, stay safe" order with Mom--or wishing you were--there are still ways to show your appreciation and celebrate.
I've put together a few ideas (gift sets) for you and the mom in your life to enjoy and I am always happy to custom build.
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

Remotely serving your needs in Socially Distant fashion!
Do you need books, puzzles, games, toys, greeting cards, art supplies, to educate,  entertain, and help you pass the time?
Sure you do!       We can help!
Call The Bookstore & leave a message:  (802) 465-8009   Or...
Email us:  thebookstorevt@gmail.com    Or...
Order from our website: thebookstorevt.com We can have books shipped directly to you, your family & friends, near & far.     And...
We can deliver locally or arrange curbside pickup through use of our (patent-pending) TCPS ("Touchless Customer Pi ckup Station").
We are happy to offer gift certificates, gift cards, annual book club memberships, & CSB (Community-Supported Bookselling) memberships too!
Thank you for supporting your local independent bookstore!
Instagram: @TheBookstoreVT
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. 


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...

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 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 8-5, 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.

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 tentatively reopen on May 15th. We will then start scheduling appointments.  

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 later 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

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.