Friday, February 3, 2012
at The Brandon Inn

RSVP by Friday, Jan. 27
$27 per person
Contact us for more information.

The Brand-Aid Fund continues to receive some very generous donations. Many thanks to the staff at Neshobe School who made a donation in honor of Principal Judi Pulsifer during the holidays. Also thanks to OVUHS graduate Sarah Stanley, a student at Clark University, who held a dance fundraiser at her school for the Fund. Other donations have come in and the Fund is now ready to make a second round of disbursements to the hardest hit businesses who are making payments on Irene-related loans and paying unexpected bills. As long as donations keep being made, we will continue to disburse funds. Donate Here


I am looking for interested parties who have a desire to take a role in addressing some of the issues that affect our community. The town of Brandon has a program called "BRAVO" which stands for Brandon's Restorative Action for Victims and Offenders. This program is designed to increase citizen involvement in a proactive community outreach program that brings resolution to community, group, and individual conflicts.


These resolutions are brought about through mediation, dialogue, and citizen involvement. The BRAVO program is a self sufficient group of individuals who meet on a regular basis and receive training from the Department of Corrections in conflict resolution.


BRAVO typically works with low level offenders and has cases referred to them by the Brandon Police Department. BRAVO is responsible for mediation and reparations that promote good citizenship and positive behavior of all citizens.


In the interest of the success of the BRAVO program, I am looking for participants from the educational, religious, and business sectors of our communities to be a part of a program that directly impacts the quality of life for you and your family as a member of the Brandon Community.


I will be coordinating a BRAVO training with the Department of Corrections in the near future and am looking for individuals who feel they can donate their time and expertise to this valuable program. We can all point to problems we see in the community and I would prefer we have success stories we can point to as well.


If you have an interest in learning more about the BRAVO program, please contact me directly at the Brandon Police Department at 247-0222 or via e-mail at cbrickel@dps.state.vt.us


Thank you for contemplating service to your community.


Christopher Brickell, Chief of Police


Loewer & Associates
Kim Loewer  ~  PO Box 1286, Middlebury
802-545-5600  ~  e: taxpro@loewertaxes.com
Membership Category: Business Consulting; Income Tax Preparation & Bookkeeping


Spanish Wine Tasting

in the private dining room 

Friday January 27th, 5pm-7pm

$15/person - Call 247-9997 for reservations

  Hors d'Oeuvres and Tapas
will be served to accompany the wine selections.

This week also is our first Couple's Cooking class on Thursdays with a lot of hands on chopping & cooking under
Chef Robert's supervision they should be fun!

The third annual Taste of Vermont fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Brandon will be held on Sunday, March 11 at the Brandon Inn. Start at 4 p
Chef Louis of the Brandon Inn
m with host Chef Louis Pattis and a Meet the Chefs gathering together with local cheesemakers, farms, wines and a silent auction. Dinner tasting starts at 5 pm with the live auction and dessert starting at 6 pm. This annual event not only helps scores of kids in Rutland and Addison Counties, it tastes great too! For more information, to donate, or purchase tickets, contact the Boys and Girls Club of Brandon at 802-465-4131 or email: tasteofvtbrandon@gmail.com

Brandon Music

What's happening at BRANDON MUSIC? Well, quite a lot...


Brandon Music is embarking on a series of benefit concerts to help fund the ongoing work of establishing the new Compass Music and Arts Center in Park Village. We are in the very early stages of this massive effort, but are excited about the enthusiasm and support we are seeing on the part of the community. Already we have commitments from some fine groups to perform in the Music Café. Starting next month, we have the lovely vocal renderings of Olivia Gawet, accompanied by Rip Jackson, on February 19 as part of the Art in the Snow weekend. We're excited about the group "Zephyr" coming on St. Patrick's Day in March; and it looks like the very popular Jonathan Lorentz and friends will be gracing us with their presence in early May. The fantastic jazz pianist, Lenore Raphael, otherwise known as Swinging Fox, is unable to schedule a concert at this time, but has donated signed copies of her CD towards fund-raising efforts.  


The Brandon Music Café offers a varied luncheon menu of soup, salads, main dishes and sandwiches, as well as a fine selection of Taylor's teas and freshly brewed coffee. The Steak and Ale Pie is a favorite of our customers. And if you haven't tried one of our scrumptious desserts, it's high time you did! Our current showing of Ruth Hamilton's fine art is in our gallery until the end of February; and the gift shop is always open during regular business hours. We have gift certificates, as well, for that person who has everything. And the phonograph room is a fabulous trip back in time, full of vintage 'talking machines' from 1900 to 1950.


             Brandon Music 62 Country Club Road, Brandon, Vermont

                     www.brandon-music.net   linda@brandon-music.net 


Romance Half Marathon
Race and Tour

Race Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012

Location: Rikert Nordic Center, Ripton, VT.

Distance: The course will start at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, VT and follow the Catamount Trail and other wilderness trails in the scenic Moosalamoo National Recreation Area.  

Type of Event: Classic-style technique for both the race division (timed event) and tour division (non-timed event)

Registration: We encourage participants to register online, though you can also register by phone, or mail. Event registration is limited to 300 skiers, so register early!

Phone: (802) 864-5794
Mail: Download the PDF Registration Form and send it to:
Catamount Trail Association
1 Mill St. Suite #350
Burlington, VT 05401
Online: through SkiReg until February 8th, 2012












Brandon's Winter Wine & Arts Festival 

FEB. 17-19, 2012

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce will next meet on Monday, February 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm in The Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. The general membership and public are invited to attend.


Guess the date and time the flag sinks on Belden's Pond (Rt 7 north of town). Look for the snowman who will stop the clock when the flag goes down. Winner's share is 50% of entry fees with the balance going to Rotary to support Rotary projects locally and internationally. $1 per entry or 6 for $5. Enter as often as you wish. Predict the date, hour and minute, am or pm, that the flag will sink. Winner is the one closest to the actual time the flag sinks, ties share the prize. Click for an entry form. 


The Dunmore Dip helps fund  eradicating the milfoil in Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake. The fun part is trying to predict when the ice on Lake Dunmore will melt, causing the red flag to tip and fall into the water. Lord Dunmore stops his clock when the flag goes down. That is the "official" Dunmore Dip time. Whoever has the closest entry to the DATE and TIME the clock stops WINS! Lord Dunmore walks out on Brush's Point around March 1 and is visible from Route 53, just south of Camp Keewaydin. Visit the web site http://www.ldfla.com/other/dunmore-dip.html to see dates going back to 1997. Donation is only $1 per guess. Or call John Ebert at 802-352-9392.  Entries MUST BE postmarked by MARCH 15, 2012.    

BRANDON T-SHIRTS: Blue and Green short sleeve shirts are available at The Brandon Inn.
Youth Sizes - $12
Adult Sizes - $15

All sizes restocked and available at the Brandon Inn

Winter ServSafe® Managers Certification Classes  

Food Safety and Service Resources

ServSafe® Certification Classes


One Day Sessions at Brandon Library

Tuesday's from 8:30am to 5:00pm +/-

February 21, March 20, April 17 


Three Half Day Sessions at State Bldg, 156 South Village Green, Middlebury: February 6, 7 and 8th; From 10:00a to 3:00p +/-


Four Evening Sessions held at Stafford Technical Ctr. / Adult Ed. Div.; February 29, March 5, 12 and 19. Registration call Maryann at 802.770.1178 or Norm at 247.0098


Training to Excel, Norm Milot

Certified ServSafe® Instructor and Registered Proctor

Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 267
Brandon VT 05733


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