begin - NOV. 2011
COMMUNITY &
CHAMBER NEWS
  
HOLIDAY SEASON 2012 

(both residential and commercial categories)

(contact the Chamber if you are a business wanting to participate) Dec. 1 and Dec. 1

Tis the season...  The Reporter's Holiday Guide will be coming out on November 16 and is a friendly and affordable way to get the word out about  holiday sales, specials and events. Special rates are available all season long and adding our sister publications The Addison Independent and The Mountain Times is easy too. Contact Alyssa Zollman at 247-8080 or email at ads@brandonreporter.com.

BRANDON BUSINESSES ON THE MOVE

Brandon businesses have been in transition lately. Just in case you missed the movement, here's a rundown:

 

Heather Norton has moved her Massage Therapy business into downtown Brandon. She is located at 39A Center St (above Gourmet Provence). Contact Heather at 236-9087.

 

Nifty Thrifty, Brandon's fabulous "thrift shop" opened November 1 in the Ayrshire Building (entrance opposite Rite-Aid). Make sure to stop in to say hello and see their new space.

 

Vermont Soup and Sandwich has opened at 22 Center St. This is the upstairs space at the Liza Myers Gallery. Liza and Jim will continue to use the downstairs space of the building but currently it is still closed due to Irene damage.

 

Brandon House of Pizza will be opening soon in the "Aubuchon" block.

 

Vermont Sports Medicine has moved to Park Village.

 

Blue Moon Clothing & Gifts is moving into 43 Center St. and plans to be open just after Thanksgiving.

Naylor & Breen Builders are back home in their new space at their old location. The brand new building looks beautiful!

Caraways, a vintage resale shop has opened at 24 Park Street, Skip Davis Real Estate building. 
 
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Welcome to these new Brandon Chamber members:

Mac's Market
contact: Bob Wetherby
mail: PO Box 609, Rutland 05702
location: 3279 McConnell Rd., Brandon
phone: 247-3440; f: 802-786-1242
e: wetherby@svallen.com
Membership Category: Shops & Stores

Lynn & John Wilson
77 Park St., Brandon  ~  247-8271
Membership Category: Individual Membership

Point Counterpoint
Jenny Beck
1361 Hooker Rd., Leicester
247-8467
e: pointcp@gmail.com  ~  www.pointcp.com
Membership Categories: Education; Attractions & Recreation

Blue Moon Clothing & Gifts (opening just after Thanksgiving)
Ellen Walter
43 Center St., Brandon
247-5004   ~   e: ewalter75@gmail.com
Membership Category: Shops & Stores

Click here for Brandon Chamber membership info 

 

BRANDON T-SHIRTS - All sizes are back in stock
YOUTH SIZES - $12  ~ ADULT SIZES - $15

Great-looking Brandon commemorative T-shirts with the Chamber's popular logo on the front are available for sale at the Brandon Inn. Sizes Youth to XL. Shirts available with and without the "250th" commemorative line and in stonewashed blue and stonewashed green. These shirts have been very popular and make great gifts! To see more info on the shirts, click here.

 

 

EXCITING HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMATION
 

LEARN MORE ABOUT 2012 HEALTH INSURANCE. INFORMATIONAL MEETING WILL BE HELD TUES., NOV. 15
AT 7 PM AT THE STEPHEN A DOUGLAS BIRTHPLACE.
 

 

The Chamber-sponsored health insurance plan through VACE, has announced tremendous news for 2012. The Chamber, in conjunction with Holden Financial Agency, will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 pm at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace to talk about this plan. The meeting is open to all Chamber members and members of the community interested in this insurance plan. Here are highlights of the changes:

  • NO RATE INCREASE IN 2012
  • Change in carrier from Cigna to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (a Vermont company)
  • Ease of transition  - No enrollment paperwork
  • Access to the expansive Blue Card national network of providers
  • New benefit additions include: annual vision exam, new wellness drug rider, no limitations on home health or skilled nursing, and no co-pays on in- and out-patient services.
  • Lower out-of-pocket maximum on the $2500 plan
  • Full H.S.A. compatibility on the $2000 plan
  • If you had been on the VACE Cigna plan and dropped it within the past 18 months, VACE is waiving the 18-month re-enrollment clause through February 28, 2012
For more information, contact the Chamber. 

I'm also happy to share that our renewal with Delta Dental is being finalized today, and there will be no increase in rates for either 2012 or 2013. The 2011 rates will remain the same, with all current benefits in place!

Rate sheet 



CHURCH  & COMMUNITY SUPPERS
 
Roast Pork: St Mary's Church
Saturday, Nov 5 from 5 -7pm
Roast Pork, potatoes, squash, coleslaw and PIES!
 $9.00 for adults; $5.00 for children under 12
For reservations, call Terry at 247-3677 or Carolyn at 345-8762

Turkey:  Methodist Church 

The Turkey Supper is Nov. 12 at the Brandon United Methodist Church from 5 to 7. Turkey with all the fixings including dessert.  

$10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. FREE to children under 6.

CAFE PROVENCE UPCOMING COOKING & BAKING CLASSES
and
CENTER STREET BAR UPCOMING EVENTS
Cafe Provence: 
Monday November 7th - 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Learn the Best from our Pastry Chef!

Monday November 28th - 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Cafe Provence Chicken Favorites

Monday December 12th - 5:30 PM 8:00 PM
Learn how to Make the Best Soufflé Every Way!

Monday December 19th - 2:30 PM 5:00 PM
Learn How to make some of the best Café Provence Hors d'oeuvres

Monday December 26th - 5:30 PM 8:00 PM
Braised Signature Items from Café Provence

Center Street Bar:
November 5th: Feral Godmother:   Hailed as "South Central Vermont's second or third most powerful garage band"  

November 12th: Karaoke night with Cowboy Steve: The best DJ in town is back!

NOVEMBER FOLK AND TRADITIONAL MUSIC SERIES

at Brandon Music 

Brandon Music will be hosting a series of concerts by Vermont bands on the three Sunday afternoons in November preceding Thanksgiving. These will be from 2 to 4 PM and will be free to the public. Donations are suggested and welcome.

 

The first, appearing on November 6th, will be Bread and Bones.

The second on November 13th is Possum Haw.  

The third, and last, on November 20th is The Salt River Revue.

 

Brandon Music - Vermont's Classical Music Haven - is at 62 Country Club Road, opposite Neshobe Golf Club on Rte 73E. Brandon Music hosts the Divine Art CD Store, The Tea Room & Music Café, the Phonograph Room, The Gallery featuring an exhibition of work by Warren Kimble, and a gift shop selling vintage English china and other collectibles. For more information call Linda Banta at 802 465 4071 or linda@brandon-music.net

 
SPECIAL AD CAMPAIGN
LAKES REGION FISHING TV SHOW
Lakes Region Fishing TV show is a Vermont based fishing show that promotes vacation destination and local attractions for the whole family and not just the fisherman.
 
 


MEMORY TREE BULBS

Donations are now being accepted for Memory Tree bulbs in the memory of loved ones. The cost of the bulbs is $1.00 each.
        
In Memory Of:

______________________________________

______________________________________

______________________________________

Your Name & Phone Number:

Name: _______________________________

Phone: _______________________________

Send checks and forms to:
Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC)
PO Box 267, Brandon VT 05733.
Please do not send cash in the mail.

Names with cash or check may also be dropped off at Carr's Florist & Gifts or The Inside Scoop.

Deadline is Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. Tree lighting with singing and festivities will take place on Sun., Nov. 27 at 3:30 pm in Central Park
Our condolences to the family and friends of  Vicky Stevens, a long-time Chamber member and friend.  

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THE BRAND-AID FUND: $22,500 has been sent. Thanks to all of you! DONATIONS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED AND MORE FUNDS WILL BE SENT TO BUSINESSES. It's not over!    

  

DONATE NOW  

 MAPLE VIEW FARM ALPACAS HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE 
will host its ninth annual holiday open house on November 26 and 27. Guests are invited to learn about alpacas, raised for breeding as well as their luxurious fiber.  See carding and spinning demonstrations. Then browse the farm store for great holiday gifts made from luxurious alpaca.

Dates: Nov. 26 - 27, 2011  
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Directions: From US Rte. 7, north of Brandon, turn west onto Arnold District Rd. Continue 1.1 miles, then left onto Adams Rd. House is at the end of the road; barns are behind the house and not visible from driveway.

Contact: Deb Bratton. Email: mvfalpacas@earthlink.net

 IRENE IMPACTED BUSINESSES
TAKE NOTE

The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development is interested in better understanding the needs of businesses impacted by tropical storm Irene. We have developed a survey that we would appreciate you filling out. It should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

 

The link to the survey is   http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/26SB7XW and we will be closing the survey on Tuesday, November 22nd.  

 

I appreciate your assistance and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. Best, Noelle MacKay, Commissioner

Agency of Commerce and Community Development

Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development

Phone: (802) 828-5216

HAPPY 250th BIRTHDAY BRANDON
Brandon 250 Vermont
NEXT CHAMBER MEETING

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce will next meet on Monday, November 21 at 6:30 pm in The Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace.

 

CONTACT INFO
Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 267
Brandon VT 05733

802-247-6401

info@brandon.org
www.brandon.org