Open August 1st through the 15th                   Click here for more info                           
We'll be accepting quality donations from now until the end of the 
auction on August 15th. So be sure to visit the Auction Center at 6 Park St.
often to check on your bids and see what new treasures have arrived!
Hours-  Mon-Wed-11-6    Th & Fri-11-8   Sat-8-5    Sun-11-4

It's getting late!! Sign up now to be on the Master List !!

Yard Sale Day is Saturday, August 1st!!
Even a pandemic can't keep a good town-wide yard sale down!!!  Have your masks with you and use social distancing please.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR BRANDON YARD SALE DAY
                Registration Form 2020
Town Wide Yard Sale Day is Saturday, August 1st!!
Sign up now and start getting your goodies and treasures together to tempt the treasure seekers who'll travel our streets!
Every year, thousands of people descend upon Brandon for its Annual Yard Sale Day. This year the event will be held on August 1st. 
For a fee of $10, sellers get their name and address on the official listing. $15 will buy an enhanced listing, which gets the seller an extra 25 words to describe specialty items  that will grab buyer's attention, and increase your traffic flow!  
Fill out a registration form at Carr's Florist or print one on-line at brandon.org
Mail to-PO Box 267, Brandon, VT 05733     Registration deadline is July 28. 

The event is sponsored by the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce.
Contact at info@brandon.org or call 802-247-6401 for more info.


7/23/20
Happenings in town and 
Updates 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
IMPORTANT-Get your paperwork together and file for this assistance!
Update from Rep. Stephanie Jerome on Gov Scott's business relief and assistance bill just passed by the house.

What should my business do in preparation for the application? 


Does your business or nonprofit need additional funds because of losses occurred during the COVID-19 state of emergency?
Be ready to apply Emergency Economic Recovery Grants on JULY 6th.
Sign up for the ACCD newsletter, https://myvtax.vermont.gov/_/#1 and review the Department of Taxes and Agency of Commerce and Community Development websites for information. 
Grants are being funded first come, first served. I want Brandon, Pittsford and Sudbury businesses to get the help they need!!

Webinar: Thursday7/2 from 3-4 pm: more added- see the ACCD website for more info


U.S. Congress Close to Passing an Extension of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP)
On Tuesday June 30, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to extend the application period to August 8, 2020. The program has about $130 billion in funds remaining. Congress is scheduled to recess by the end of this week, so expectations are that the House will follow suit and pass the extension.

So talk to your financial advisor or accountant and take advantage of these loans that turn into grants if used for payroll!
You can stretch the payroll period to use the funds up to 24 weeks! It was originally only 8 weeks. 

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

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




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




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:



Sensible Voice, LLC- Greg Smela
gsmela@ssvt.net        802-236-3197
  
COVID-19 has changed many of our business processes and made us rethink how we work. For many of us, this has meant losing the ability to accept orders - for meals, products, or services - that could routinely be handled in person. If you have a website you may or may not have the ability to accept orders and payments online.
If you  don't , you need to ask if it is worth the expense and time to create one yourself or hire someone to do it for you. 

If you have an existing website, can you add some type of customer service platform to supplement it without it costing an arm and a leg? As an example, I've been talking with one local business who has been handling orders during these troubled times solely by phone and email which has involved some juggling to prevent confusion.
I believe I have an answer for you and invite you to a Zoom meeting to discuss an idea I've been tossing around called "Brandon Takeout" which will allow any Brandon area business to accept orders and/or payments online even if you don't have an online presence. (Brandon Takeout implies a food-related model but it really can apply to any business looking to accept orders or provide services.)

Please join me for the Zoom meeting below and we'll informally talk about these things, answer any questions you may have, and present the idea of Brandon Takeout which is designed to allow your customers to place orders and tender payments on a locally-produced, secure, online hub. I produced my first eCommerce service in 1996 and have seen what works and what doesn't.

If you are interested, please register at: www.ssvt.net/BACCregister and you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you!
Greg Smela


Lazy Acres Equines

 Lazy Acres Equines continues to offer private lessons for either adults or children who are just starting to ride, or who want to develop their riding to the next level. The LAE Staff is busy keeping everything clean and sanitized between riders. Please email us to schedule your appointment.
Our new summer apparel will be posted on our website and available for order this week! Check out the new items at www.lazyacresequines.com.

We anticipate having an open spot for a horse to come in for training this fall. If you and your horse need a program or you need professional help getting to the next step AND want to be inside riding without worrying about the weather, we would love to meet you. Act quickly, as space is limited. Email Michelle for further information.

Enjoy The Ride!
 
Stay safe and thank you for your dedication to exceptional horsemanship, we truly appreciate your support! 
 
 
Michelle, Tim, Ashley, Erin and Donna  236-5745                          Facebook


Brandon Farmers Market 
We're b ack in Central Park!

  We have had 2 successful weeks and are looking forward to many more. Come out and let us know what you think. Shop with old friends and see what's new in the Market.  We have several new vendors this year so stop by and say Hi!

Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.  Hand sanitizer available for "washing" hands.

Regular hours 9am to 2pm,    
First Friday of each month 2pm to 6pm.


Foley Brother Brewing and 
Neshobe River Winery

Foley Brothers Brewing has a special offer for the month of June. Buy a case of beer or 6 bottles of wine and receive $25.00 in Brandon Bucks. Brandon Bucks can be used in retail stores and restaurants.  Check website for availability.

Our tasting room remains closed and curbside pick up is available Mon-Fri 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



Red Clover Ale Co.
43 Center St-   802-465-8412
We really miss having y'all in here. Anyone who has been to our little brewery knows that our taproom is the heart and soul of our operation. Being able to see you all and talk beer is what we love most. It might be a while till we get back to where we were in this photo, but in the meantime it has been truly wonderful to be able to see everyone and reconnect at our pop up beer gardens! We will be having another one THIS SATURDAY in the park across the street from the brewer...y from 3pm - 8pm. It will be a reservation based system again, with reservations being hour long time slots on the hour. We will be joined, as usual, by @lacatrina802 and her amazing authentic Mexican food and @therealericdowd for some incredible live music in the evening. We will have four beers on tap and as many shade tents and umbrellas set up as we can get our hands on. If you'd like to reserve a table, head to our website (link in bio) and click the Contact tab. Just let us know your name, phone number, preferred time, and number of people in your party and we will confirm. 
Big thanks to everyone who has supported us this year, we love you, and we couldn't do it without you

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. 

Check out our beers on our website.       Facebook


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"Curbside Catrina!" Mari's Mexican Food!  802-349-0761
Serving Saturday   in Green Park 3-8pm
    Pre-order by 9pm Friday for take out. 

Hola my little hot tamales! Guess what? We're back in the park for another beer garden this Saturday with @redcloveralecompany!
We're setting up at Green Park across from the brewery with beers on tap and guess who's making tacos!

MENU- Tacos de carnitas-Pork tacos topped with serrano, cilantro,guacamole & lime!- $12 tax included
Dessert- Arroz con leche- traditional Mexican rice pudding- $4 tax included
Direct message me with your name & phone # or call at (802) 349-0761  (and an ETA for pick up) by Friday night at 9pm to place your order. 
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 !!

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!                

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 AND eat in service beginning at 7 a.m
 
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 for inside Dining!
 Please call for reservations. 
Our hours are: Tuesday-Saturday: 7am-5pm   Sunday: 8am-4pm  Closed Monday
Curbside pick up is also available, and some local delivery as well.

Menus can be seen on our website and Facebook. The Cafe Provence wines, beers and cocktails are also available.

 



Aikido Yoshokai Vermont

No business hours   802-989-4738

Aikido Yoshokai Vermont is set for the Summer of 2020 with a regular Thursday night No-contact, Distance Training Aikido Class from 6:30-7:30.  Beginners and spectators welcome.  Email Dojo@AikidoYoshokaiVermont.org for class location (NOT at Rossiter St. location).  This will also allow us to set up a large enough Dojo space to accommodate the number of students expected to attend.  We'll learn to move together, far apart.

Best contact information is email: Dojo@AikidoYoshokaiVermont.org

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

Aikido Yoshokai Vermont

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

21 Center St
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.      NEW PUZZLES- checkout our window and come on in for more designs. 

Here's GREAT Covid 19 promotion!   You all love  Silver Forest & Spirit earrings. A great Vermont company and one of the best selling lines we have in the shop. They're very supportive of we retailers and of all the folks who buy their jewelry. Here is another way they're helping us and you- check it out!



Come in soon for the best selection and stock up for your jewelry box or for nice gifts if the future. 


Long Iron Restaurant
Neshobe Golf Club
FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER IS BACK
OPEN FOR GOLF-Course in immaculate shape!

The Long Iron Restaurant is back open for our famous Friday night dinners!!  Please call for reservations-247-3611  Per Covid 19 Rules & Regulations, reservations are available & required from 4-7
 Check us out on Facebook for each week's menu.  
   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! 12 Center Street

Janet & Joel Mondlak are back in town and have opened a one-season only pop-up shop in the old Aubuchon Hardware storefront. They are selling their usual selection of eclectic, unusual, funky and fun older and newer things. From fine antiques to budget-friendly treasures. Inventory being brought in daily. More than a century of goodies! Open most days. Call 802-236-3737 for more info.






A whole WORLD of ideas across the street!!


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


The Home Shop- Open for shopping!!
39 Center St   802-465-1817   cell- 802-558-1444

The Home Shop is OPEN for business M-F from 10-3:30, and following physical distancing practices.
Full of locally made gifts, area rugs, upholstered & hard furniture options, fabrics, bedding, kitchen/office/bathroom/closet cabinets, cabinet & door hardware, light fixtures and much more!
Located above Gourmet Provence at 39 Center Street. C'mon up!
The Home Shop  has also opened an Online Store showing Brandon, Vermont made items, vintage items and new products.
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

Otterside Animal Hospital
28 Conant Square, 
Brandon 247-3335

Starting Monday June 8th pets and their pet parents will be welcome into the waiting area and exam rooms for appointments!   We have modified our operations to keep our employees and pet parents safe.  Please find an outline of what to expect below.
 - Please call us when you arrive and stay in your car . We will call and let you know when you and your pet can enter the building. We will be pre-screening clients by phone for any COVID-19 symptoms.
 - Please wear a mask or facial covering, and we ask that only one pet parent escort a pet in the building.  To ensure safe distancing we will limit the number of pet parents in the building.  Hand sanitizer will be provided in multiple locations and chairs will be wiped down after each client.  If you prefer to remain in your car we can accommodate with curbside service.
Prescriptions and food requests will remain curbside .  Please call in requests 24 hours in advance and we will call you for payment and to schedule pick up when it is ready.  We will leave it in the RX box outside on the front porch before you arrive.
Dr. Crossman would like to thank all our clients for their patience during this stressful time and looks forward to seeing you back in the exam rooms once again.  He also gives a special thanks to our staff for the hard work, long hours and devoted care they give to each one of your pets.


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

Our July guest event "A Morning in the Garden" with Henry Homeyer has been postponed until summer 2021 -
~ stay safe ~ be well everyone and find happiness in the garden~
 
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


Remember- 9 great FREE summer concerts every Wednesday  in July & August! 
7:00pm At our beautiful new pavilion behind 
the Brandon Inn
 
What a great way to enjoy the summer, friends and neighbors and great music. Walk on our beautiful new sidewalks over  to the bucolic lawns behind the Inn and relax on a perfect Vermont summer evening!
Please try to adhere to social distancing as much as possible and hang in your own pod. We want this to be safe and fun and not do anything to compromise all the hard work that Vermonters have been doing to keep us all healthy.
 
Many thanks to the chamber committee that's put together this "new" style of concerts and done so much work to keep things on an even keel. This is the 5th year we've done this and everyone seems to enjoy the music and camaraderie on our sweet summer nights.
Thanks go out to Stacey Doucette, Seth Hopkins, Sarah Pattis, Wade Davis & Bill Moore.
 
Rain outs will NOT be held inside the Inn. We'll try to put a sign out that states "No Concert Tonight"
Thanks for your support in our fundraiser and for coming out to support the great bands we have year after year.

Here's the band list- click here for a pdf  to print. 

**The great Brandon Town Band is another victim of Covid 19- in the interest of safety they are not going to be able to play this year. We look forward to listening to their great sound in 2021!



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.


WE ARE  THRILLED  TO ANNOUNCE THAT LIVE MUSIC IS (SAFELY!) COMING BACK 
TO VERMONT THIS FALL!!

BARN OPERA Announces its first 2020 production of "Opera Under The Stars."
Popular Operatic Favorites by Various Composers,
performed by BARN OPERA Favorites


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 

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 August 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.
We hope to be able to open September 1st. Keep your fingers crossed.

We also have opened up for the Visiting Nurses Toe Nail Clinic. The food shelf has also moved from the basement of the Congo Church to downstairs at the Sr. Ctr. This way it is easier for both us and the clients and it's handicapped accessible!

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
32 Marble St- 802-465-8255 brandonvillagespa@gmail.com
Self-Care kits are available for order

We are easing back into re-opening with some changes.  At this time, availability is limited in an effort to not have too many people in the spa at once, to bring all staff (fulltime, partime and per diem) up to speed on additional sanitation protocols, physical distancing measures and to ensure a logical process to scheduling for those visiting and working within the Spa. Please be patient with us as we work on this new way of operating.
See my latest newsletter for more info.

Wishing you well & thanks for your continued kind words, your support and for purchasing from my local business.
Be well & Stay strong, 
Heather 
PS.  Follow Village Spa on Facebook and Instagram for continued updates and information or check out the website at brandonvillagespa.com
The Bookstore
8 Conant Sq     465-8009

We've missed you!! We are cautiously, but enthusiastically, open for our great customers!
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 open and up and running. We are scheduling appointments and doing curbside service. Please wear a mask. Waiting area will be outside. 

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


Charlotte Bishop Massage Therapy
Call for appointment -802-247-8106

Now accepting appointments for massage therapy at my home office in Brandon.
Over 25 years of experience. Therapeutic massage, soft tissue  release, and  Swedish/Eslam. 
Mask required during massage. 

Call today and enjoy a relaxing, tension releasing, and invigorating therapeutic massage.

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 is fully open M-Sat. 8-5.  We have  standby and portable generators, Mini-split heat/cooling pumps and more. Call today for more info.
 

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)

Green Mt Power has app to let customers support small biz and nonprofits

f
Michael Shank suggests novel solar credits sharing program

Green Mountain Power kicked off a program Wednesday that will allow customers to share solar credits with small businesses recovering from the loss of income caused by the pandemic.
It joins an enhanced rebate program as ways to decrease fossil fuel use in responsible ways.

The app was inspired by an email sent March 20 by Michael Shank, of Brandon.
Shank said he thinks a lot of his friends and neighbors were trying to find ways to help their community recover from the economic fallout of the pandemic response.
For the full story click here for a pdf


Also the time is right to install a heat pump unit that will save you money while keeping you COOL this month and WARM in February. Efficiency Vermont has a $400 rebate and Green Mountain Power has just upped their rebate to $800 for a total of $1200 off the cost! 
Check out two of your fellow Chamber members who can install one for you with just a call. 

Tom Ransom Plumbing & Heating & Air Conditioning- 483-2934     teransom@comcast.net  

Fisher Electric- 465-8551  tim@fisherelectricllc.com    http://fisherelectricllc.com/


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!).

We're open with regular hours. Call today for all your dental needs. 

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.  

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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

The Guild Gallery is now open weekends from Friday through Sunday. There's lots to see -our artists have refreshed the the Gallery with plenty of new work and our all-member Spring show,  Wanderlust, has been extended through June.
Visit us Friday through Sunday from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. You bring the mask, we'll provide hand sanitizer and plenty of social distance.
www.brandonartistsguild.org                Stay healthy!

Country Village Campground
802-247-3333
40 US Rte 7
Leicester, VT
802 247-3333

We are open for RV sites only (no tent sites)  to:

All Vermont residents, as well as out-of-state guests that have completed a 14-day quarantine within the state of Vermont.

We are collecting the  mandated health form prior to check-in, and state protocols are being followed to provide the safest possible environment.

We have limited sites available so please give us a call to make a reservation!  


Thanks for your patience & understanding.      Country Village Campground website

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.

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."

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
Updates and information on 2020 Festival

Greetings from MNFF!  We truly hope that this note finds you healthy, safe and coping well in these very challenging times.  

For the last few months, since the COVID-19 pandemic descended on our country, our state, our community, we have been patiently watching developments and maintaining a cautiously optimistic position that a limited version of the 6th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival could be staged in late August.  And, indeed, the progress that the State of Vermont has made in combating the virus is remarkable, thanks in no small measure to the incredible sacrifices that the people of Vermont have made.  We remained hopeful.  But, in recent days, it has become clear to us that all the key elements we would need to present even a scaled back event will not come together this summer.  So, we write to you, as one of our most important supporters, to let you know, before the news breaks more widely, that the physical version of MNFF6 will not take place. There will not be a joyous gathering of filmmakers and festival goers on the streets and in the theaters this August in Middlebury and we are genuinely disappointed to convey this decision to you.  
But there is definitely good news to share as well! We have begun working on an online version of the 6th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival to take place around the same late August dates of the physical Festival.  We are very excited about this new approach.  You can anticipate a robust collection of both feature films and shorts, documentaries and dramas, all from first and second time filmmakers, to be available for viewing.  You can look forward to interesting Q&As with filmmakers.  And, what's more, you can expect to engage with the Festival not on a tight day-by-day, film-by-film schedule but rather a flexible schedule that lets you watch a film whenever you'd like over the course of the event. 

We will be releasing many more details about the 6th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Online Edition in the weeks to come, including the exact dates and how to purchase Festival Passes.  We hope you will attend and enjoy.  As always, we welcome your continued support.  Feel free to spread the word and please consider making a donation to help us cover the cost of bringing MNFF6 to life online.  You can find us at https://middfilmfest.org/donate/.

Many, many thanks and take the very best of care,
Lloyd and Jay
--
Lloyd Komesar Producer      Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival



Heritage Family Credit Union
AN UPDATE FROM THE PRESIDENT/CEO

All branch lobbies (except for the Hooksett, NH lobby) and drive-thrus will be open during regular operating hours. However, there will be mandated restrictions and changes to our daily procedures, in order to help keep members and staff safe. I'd like to take a moment to share what you can expect:
 
* Each branch will have a maximum number of people allowed in the lobby, which includes both staff and members. You will notice a sign on the entry indicating that location's capacity. Upon entering the branch, you will see floor stickers placed to keep you physically distant from others. Please do not enter a branch if there are no empty floor stickers available. 
 
* All teller lines and offices have been fitted with plexiglass face shields. Our staff will all be wearing masks and we request that everyone wear a mask while in the branch for the protection of you and our staff. If you are uncomfortable wearing a mask for any reason, we ask that you plan to utilize the drive-thru for services.
 
* Unfortunately, we cannot allow for congregating in the lobbies. So, if you need to meet with one of my staff, it will be important for you to make an appointment and stay in your car until your appointment time. At the outset, we will have reduced staffing at most locations to assist us in physical distancing. This may increase wait times at the teller line or when meeting with a Financial Services Representative.
 
* We have increased the cleaning schedule in all of our buildings. Public spaces will be cleaned several times a day and frequently touched surfaces after every use. At this time, we are unable to offer coffee service, coin machines, lobby tech stations or public restrooms.
 
* As I've said numerous times, we strongly encourage you to utilize online services and e-sign any necessary documents, so you can take care of business from home! If you must visit a branch, we ask you to please limit the number of family members and refrain from bringing children, if possible.
 
*  Lastly, if you are experiencing any signs of illness or caring for someone who is sick, please stay home and do not enter our buildings. Also, if you've travelled out of state, ensure you've observed a self-quarantine of at least 14 days with no symptoms, before visiting a branch.
 
Thank you for your patience during these challenging times and thank you in advance for your assistance in following these guidelines as we open our lobbies to the general public. We are all experiencing a new normal and my staff and I are doing everything we can to get back to resume full operations. We continue to be here to serve you and your family's financial needs. If you have questions or if there is anything we can do to assist you, contact us at 888.252.8932 or visit us online at hfcuvt.com.



National Bank of Middlebury
National Bank of Middlebury-
Brandon Office
5 Carver St- 247-8510
Office to reopen!

We are pleased to announce that our Brandon office is expanding office hours! The Brandon office is now open Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. Our ATM and night drop will still be available 24/7.

If you choose to visit our Brandon office, please adhere to the following guidelines:
  • One customer in the lobby at a time - a greeter will meet you at the door to ID you.
  • Please use a face mask and have ID ready. If you do not have a face mask, we can provide one for you. We may ask you to remove your mask briefly to confirm your identity.
  • Consider making an appointment by calling us at 877-508-8455.
We want to serve you in the safest way possible. We encourage you to continue to take advantage of all our online tools including online and mobile banking, mobile deposit, bill pay, and Popmoney. If you have any questions about any of these online services or other matters, please visit our website at nbmvt.com or call Customer Support at 877-508-8455. 
 
We are honored to continue to serve you. We hope you stay healthy and safe. 
 
Sincerely,  Catherine, Kathy, Carolyn, Cheryl, and Suzanne
Brandon Office Staff, National Bank of Middlebury

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 

Lobbies are now open in Brandon and Pittsford.


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.


(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