9/3/2020
Happenings in town and 
Updates on business information 
in the Brandon/Forest Dale area.

I will be switching back to our "normal" newsletter over the 
next few weeks. Thank you for checking here for the changes 
that were and are occurring every day. Brandon has responded 
well during the crises and all should be proud of their 
perseverance, tolerance and flexibility. This shows why 
Vermont is so good and Brandon is so great!

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

Bringing great customers back 
through the door.
#BuyLocalVermont  REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!!


#BuyLocalVermont is a program created by the State of Vermont that uses CARES Act funding to aid Vermont businesses and residents struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The #BuyLocalVermont program promises to bring in the foot traffic needed to quickly increase sales for restaurants, retail stores, entertainment and performing arts venues, lodging and tourism related businesses.

On September 8, 2020, #BuyLocalVermont will begin incentivizing purchases by giving Vermont residents $30 Neighborhood Gift Cards-"Nifts." When a resident activates their e-gift card, they'll be matched with local Vermont businesses where they can use their funds. It's a program that puts real money in the hands of residents and jumpstarts sales for the small businesses powering our communities. 

On Sept. 8, 2020 the State of Vermont will start offering residents first come, first served gift cards to spend at local businesses to help communities recover from the devastating effects of COVID-19.

      Limit one per household while supplies last.
 

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!!


JUST ANNOUNCED
ECONOMIC RECOVERY GRANT PROGRAM AWARD MAXIMUM INCREASED FOR THE VERMONT BUSINESS SECTORS MOST IMPACTED BY COVID-19
Montpelier, Vt. - Governor Phil Scott, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and the Department of Taxes today announced an increase to the maximum grant award for Economic Recovery Grants for Vermont businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The increase in the maximum grant award is available to businesses in the lodging, retail, hospitality, arts, travel and event affiliated sectors that have continued capacity constraints.
 
Previously, businesses could receive up to $50,000 in grant funds. Now, businesses in eligible industries can receive up to an additional $100,000 in grant funding, for a total of $150,000 from the program. The increased maximum award is available both to new applicants to the program and to those businesses that have already received a $50,000 grant.
 
"We realize how hard this pandemic and the ensuing public health mitigation policies have been on these sectors, which are crucial to the state's economy," said Governor Phil Scott. "In raising the limit by $100,000, we hope businesses that were previously capped at $50,000 can now access additional funding to help them survive as the pandemic continues to limit their capacity."
 
All businesses that received a $50,000 grant award from the Department of Taxes are eligible to request an increase to the new maximum award amount and can do so through myVTax starting today. ACCD will be contacting eligible businesses that already received a $50,000 grant notifying them this supplemental grant funding may be available to them starting Monday, August 24, 2020.
 
Businesses that have not yet applied for an Economic Recovery Grant are encouraged to apply if they have experienced losses of at least 50 percent in the months of March to July, 2020 (compared to any one-month period from March to July in 2019). Businesses that may not have been eligible based on earlier months are encouraged to evaluate their losses for the month of July as they may now be eligible.  More information can be found at Economic Recovery Grant Program website.
 
More than $90 million has been awarded to more than 3,500 businesses in 22 different sectors and all 14 counties in Vermont, but there are still funds available.
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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.   Please click on the above link for more info.

Vermont Community Development Association
2020 Virtual Conference

What's Next for Vermont? Building Strong Communities 
in the "New Normal"   
September 1, 2020 | 1:00-3:30 p.m.

The Vermont Community Development Association invites you to join us for a virtual conference and workshop on the critical recovery challenges and opportunities facing Vermont as our communities continue to grapple with the pandemic. What are the most significant impacts of Covid-19 on our economy and communities? What are the potential needs for future recovery, resilience, and renewal? Hear from a wide array of experts and practitioners in economics, housing, state & local government, and small businesses, and join together with peers from across the state to discuss the path forward.
Presenters will include:
  • Kevin Stapleton, Vermont Department of Labor
  • Maura Collins, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • Joe Kasprzak, Town of St. Johnsbury
  • Tripp Muldrow, Arnett Muldrow & Associates, Ltd
  • Representative Matt Birong, Three Squares CafĂ©
View the full Agenda and Register today! Attendance is free; a $10 suggested donation can be made on our website at www.vtcda.org/summer-2020 and put toward an annual membership to join and support VCDA.
We are grateful for the support of our sponsors in making this event possible:
Agency of Commerce & Community Development,  Vermont Community Loan Fund  and VDEA

The Bookstore
8 Conant Sq     465-8009


 
We are happy to offer gift certificates, gift cards, annual book club memberships, & CSB (Community-Supported Bookselling) memberships!   
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!!


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


Little Pressroom 

Ted Shambo Creek Road, Middlebury

----- News from the Little Pressroom ----

Black Lives Matter Signage-
We have a new style in stock along with some of the originals. Check out 
www.littlepressroom.com for pics. We also offer "Hate Has No Home Here", "Racism Has No Home Here", and just about any other yard sign you'd like.
** We can also make them as posters for windows or as banners for railings **
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Green Mountain Greetings-
Our new web stationery store, Green Mountain Greetings, will now also feature other local artist's offerings.
Check out this month's spotlighted artist, Courtney Allenson of COURT.SPORT.FISH.PRINTS, at 
www.littlepressroom.com/local-artists.
Also, check out the new cards from Betsy & Emma!
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Enewsletter-
Interested in finding out more, check us out at: 
https://www.littlepressroom.com/newsletter
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Thanks very much for printing locally with us!

Be well,   Betsy, Emma, Michelle & Ted                     LITTLEPRESSROOM@COMCAST.NET
Little Pressroom  info@littlepressroom.com  802-388-2337   www.littlepressroom.com    

Red Clover Ale Co.- BEER GARDEN EVENT!
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! 
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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Mari's Mexican Food! FRIDAY 9/4/20  802-349-0761
MENU-"Mexican Lasagna, Mexican Lasagna"(to the tune of "La Cucaracha" obviously!)-
   Mexican Lasagna with chicken, refried beans & Mexican rice- $12 (includes tax)

See you all with my boys at @redcloveralecompany this Friday from 4-7 PM! 

Dessert- Lacy cinnamon sugar fritters! - $4 (tax included)

For pick up- direct message me with your name & phone # or call at (802) 349-0761 by 9pm tonight to place your order. 

Please try to have correct change and give me a call when you arrive-gracias!
Hope all are doing well and my Mexican food can help to make you happy and full !!
 
Brandon Artists Guild
802 247-4956

A SPACE WITHIN: DASHA KALISZ CERAMICS AT THE BRANDON ARTISTS GUILD
The exhibit opens with a free reception to meet the artist on Friday, September 4 from 5PM to 8PM
 
The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) is open for business and featuring a new exhibit by ceramic artist-member Dasha Kalisz. "A Space Within," runs from August 28 through October 9.  Covid protocols will be followed. Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday 11AM to 4PM. Other hours by chance.
 
Native Vermonter Dasha Kalisz finds the emotional center of her pieces by combining wheel-thrown forms with traditional and nontraditional surface methods. Her Lung series breathes new life into ceramic sculpture in a style that is whimsical, clinical - and topical.
 
Kalisz's process is to throw traditional forms on the potter's wheel and then construct them into sculptures. Traditional vases and bottles will also be on display. "I want the viewer to see how these shapes could be transformed into sculpture, so I kept some as functional pottery," says Kalisz.
 
The Brandon Artists Guild is an artist-run gallery with approximately 35 exhibiting members and additional supporting members. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural organization, the BAG supports the visual arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and educational programs. 
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!

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.

 



Five Meadows Farm, LLC
900 Pearl Street
Brandon, VT   802-247-8300

Five Meadows Farm, LLC is open for the season through November.  Lessons, a personalized time with horses, or a one time ride can be tailored to your needs.  Experienced and kind youth horses.  Lessons typically are 1.5 hours and including riding and grooming time.  Lessons are given on Saturdays and several weekday evenings.  Please like our facebook page for updates.  We look forward to sharing our wonderful horses 
and farm with you!  

fivemeadowsfarmllc@gmail.com      http://fivemeadowsfarmllc.com 




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

I am dedicated to offering the best Spa experience in the Brandon Area. From creating a serene spa environment with touches of home, sourcing the best professional care products for my spa treatments, to building a team of professionals committed to your comfort and wellness.
 
In the past few months, Covid has changed some of those experiences.  I have learned to adapt and change by business model with my focus on the continuation of my commitment to you.  I admit it's hard.  I have moved from having a team, operating 6 days a week, hosting spa parties, events and ladies nights to a solo practice focusing on massage and skincare.  I look forward to the day when the Spa can go back to being a place to come with a couple of friends and be pampered.  Where as a team we can socialize, feed off each others ideas and energy and where we can celebrate with travelers, wedding guests and our community, all the joys they are experiencing in their life's journey.

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

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!

LAST 10 days of Silver Forests' generous promotion- get in here soon! Who doesn't like two free gifts!!



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


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.


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)

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~
 
Perennial flowering plants, trees & shrubs and houseplants too!
See our website - millerhillfarmvt.com
Send your wish list to mhfarm@shoreham.net  (preferred) or drop it in the US mail to: 
Miller Hill Farm, Nursery & Gardens 2127 RT 73 E., Sudbury, VT. 05733


Brandon 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!                

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

This might be a good time to explore the possibilities of selling or buying.  Unprecedented low interest rates and low home inventory make this an interesting time.  Possibly building is a choice.  We'd be happy to discuss the possibilities with you.

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. 
 
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 September 30th. 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 soon. 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.  


Lazy Acres Equines

Our new summer apparel is posted on our website and available for order this week! Check out the new items at www.lazyacresequines/shop

We offer private beginner lessons for adults or children, daily. English or Western lessons available. Our professional staff offer exceptional care in a clean, modern facility. Safe Sport Certified. 

Contact us today to schedule your lesson.
Stay Safe & 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


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



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. 


Town Hall updates
Scheduling and other info

2020 Updated Letter/Info for canceling Town Hall season
 
The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Town Hall (FOTH), at a July 19 meeting, came to the decision to cancel the remainder of the 2020 season of events. This difficult decision was made to protect the health and safety of FOTH's patrons, performers and volunteers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the strict requirements to be followed in order to open safely for everyone, the Board chose to close. Most of the previously scheduled performers have already rescheduled for the 2021 season to a date similar to this year. A complete revised schedule will be published next spring. Many sponsor donations from this year have decided to roll over into the 2021 season. If any sponsor wishes a refund or request any changes, please contact Dennis at (802) 247-5420 or @ denniswmarden@gmail.com  To all our patrons, thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. With your continued support we will make the 2021 season the best ever. Be safe and thank you. The Board of Directors of The Friends of the Brandon Town Hall.
 
Richard Baker, President
Dennis W. Marden, Program Coordinator
Kathy Mathis, Secretary



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

Brandon Farmers Market 
We're back in Central Park!

 
Brandon Farmers Market is doing great in Central Park on Fridays.  This Friday, Aug. 7, we will be open 2pm to 6pm for First Fridays.  We have some new vendors so come visit us to meet them and partake of their wares.  We now have a vendor selling fresh sweet corn and will have hot Italian food this week!  Another new crafter will also join us.


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.

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

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

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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/


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.

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 sanitize 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

Summer Inventory Reduction BAG SALE!!
Nifty Thrifty has begun a Bag Sale! For $3.00 you can fill a tall, kitchen trash bag (provided) with summer clothing for the whole family (and friends and neighbors too). We still have lots of summer merchandise in the back room that has not even gone out onto the shop floor yet. So come in often because we will be refilling the racks as soon as there is room for more.
This month we gave our donation to the Food Shelf and to the Senior Center to help feed our hungry neighbors. As the COVID threat continues there are still individuals and families in our community who are 'food insecure'. We want to do what we can to help feed our neighbors.
We hope to see you at the shop. Thank you for your patronage.

Nifty Thrifty, Brandon's favorite thrift shop since 1975!
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










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.

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 KomesarProducer     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


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.


Mask Mandate Signage Available

Brandon Police Dept assists in local distribution of "Mask Requirements" posters
Businesses may pick up posters at Carr's Gifts on Center Street

As of Saturday, August 1, 2020, Vermonters and visitors are required to wear masks or cloth facial coverings over their nose and mouth any time they are in public spaces, indoors or outdoors, where they come in contact with others from outside their households, especially in congregate settings, and where it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet.
Masks or cloth facial coverings are not required when someone is engaged in strenuous exercise or activity, for anyone under the age of 2, any child or adult with a medical or developmental issue or challenge that is complicated or irritated by a facial covering, anyone with difficulty breathing or as further set forth in guidance issued by the Vermont Department of Health. A person who declines to wear a mask or cloth face covering because of a medical or developmental issue, or difficulty breathing, shall not be required to produce documentation, or other evidence, verifying the condition.
Businesses and non-profit and government entities shall implement measures notifying customers or clients of the requirement to wear masks or facial coverings, which may include, but shall not be limited to, posting signage stating that masks or cloth facial coverings are required and denial of entry or service to customers or clients who decline to wear masks or facial coverings.
 
ACCD has available signage for businesses, organizations, and partners to help inform that masks will be required on August 1st. The signage options also include posters to help explain why it is important to wear a mask and are part of the larger statewide mask education effort being coordinated through ACCD and the Agency of Human Services.



(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@gmail.com