OCTOBER (beginning) 2012


October's First Friday is this week and downtown Brandon businesses will be keeping their doors open and lights on until 8 pm (or later) on October 5. First Friday has become a fun and relaxed time to head into downtown Brandon and see what's new as well as stopping in at long time favorite shops and eateries. Everyone is invited to downtown Brandon to shop, eat, stroll, browse, socialize, and just enjoy the evening. For more information, please contact the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce at 802-247-6401 or by email at: info@brandon.org




Thanks so much to the Friends of the Brandon Town Hall for our last Mixer. We had a great time and loved seeing the newly renovated Town Hall basement and all the upstairs improvements. Congratulations to the Town Hall volunteers.

Next Chamber Mixer is November 1.
Save the Date!
Details to be announced soon. 



Brandon's Leaf People Day was once again, a terrific event. With misty, drizzly weather, the event was moved partially indoors. We appreciate everyone's patience working indoors!  


The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce volunteers sent home more than 140 Leaf People with delighted new owners! The Chamber enjoyed sharing the event with Brandon's other non-profit organizations: Brandon Lions Club, Brandon Rotary Club, the Harvest Program, and St. Mary's Church. Thanks to so many community members who cleaned closets and donated old clothes, hats, shoes, etc., and especially to our wonderful friends at Nifty Thrifty who send us clothes all year!  


The Chamber relied on the volunteer help of many people (too many people to mention here) to make the event a success and for making and hanging so many of the wonderful scarecrows hanging all over town. However, we would be remiss not to thank a few special people for helping with this event: Bart Lund for pre-assembling all the Leaf People frames, Sally Wood for her year-round dedication, Kathy and Wayne Rausenberger for being there every step of the way, and to the Brandon Methodist Church for allowing us to use their hall at the last minute.






  • Thanks so much to New England Maple Museum and Maple View Farm Alpacas for hosting the Brandon Museum Volunteer Appreciation Tour last week. At the alpaca farm, we had a fine visit with the alpacas and enjoyed watching the cria (baby alpacas) at play. Ed and Debbie Bratton built a most impressive fiber mill earlier this year and we toured the equipment. At the Maple Museum, owner Tom Olson taught us all about the sugaring process, from the early days to today. After our agriculture-based tours, we headed to the Brandon Town Hall for the Chamber Mixer and immensely enjoyed all they had to offer including yummy appetizers prepared for them by the students from the Harvest Program.  
  • Thanks are in order to Larry Gold of ComputerE-Z for stopping by the Birthplace last week and remedying the computer problems which have plagued us for some time. We appreciate the expertise!
  • The Brandon Museum will be closing for the season on Saturday, October 13 at 4 pm. It is still open daily from 11 am - 4 pm until then so this is the time to get over there. No admission fee. The Visitor Center chock-full of maps, brochures and area guides, remains open 8 am - 6 pm 365 days a year.

    The Brandon Museum recently completed the compilation of some of the best photographs in our collection. The Brandon Historical Photos DVD is now available to the public for a suggested donation of $10. There are about 350 historic photos on the DVD, split into 14 categories and captioned for easy viewing. and identifying Here are a couple of photos on the DVD. The DVDs make a great gift for any Brandon-lover or history buff. Contact the Chamber for details. 

    Lake Dunmore Hotel, c. early 20th century.   
    Downtown Brandon, c. 1905. Do you notice several buildings
    no longer standing?


BRANDON T-SHIRTS:  Blue and Green short sleeve shirts are available at The Brandon Inn.   

Youth Sizes - $12  ~ Adult Sizes - $15





This is the opportunity to place a special order for the size, color and sleeve length you would like. Orders MUST BE PRE-PAID.

  • Youth short sleeve shirts are $13
  • Youth long sleeve shirts are $15 
  • Short sleeve shirts are $15
  • Long sleeve shirts are $18
  • XXL shirts (short-sleeve) are $18 

See all the colors available on the manufacturer website 


CONTACT the Chamber with questions or to place an order.  

The order is going to be placed the last week in October. 


Click here to see more info on the shirts. Blue and green short-sleeved stonewashed colors available at the Brandon Inn. See the BACK OF THE SHIRT.



The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present a Candidate's Forum for residents of Brandon, Sudbury and Pittsford to "Meet the Candidates."
Starting in 2013, Brandon's State House Representative will be part of a three-town and two-member delegation. There are three area residents running for those two seats who will all be in attendance at the Forum. The Forum will be an opportunity for you to hear from the candidates and ask questions on the issues most important to you.

Forum is scheduled for Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 pm at the Brandon Town Hall. While the Hall won't be heated, we predict enough  heat from the candidates to keep you all toasty! Dress warm.  



The Brandon Town Players proudly present "A Night On The Town In Brandon", a vaudeville style variety show incorporating skits, sketches, solos, duets, small groups and large chorus numbers with show dates of October 5 & 6 at 7:30 pm and October 7 at 2:00 pm. in the Brandon Town Hall. Medleys include songs by Jersey Boys, Motown, the Fifties and the 80's. This all new show has over 40 cast members of all ages, quickly flowing from one presentation to another. It showcases many of our local talents with cast members from all over Rutland and Addison County. The four piece band is directed by Ron White, who is also the vocal director and bass player, Emily Roth, pianist, Rob Roth, percussionist and Jim Keating, guitar. Tickets are $8.00 in advance, $10.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door the night of the show.


It was one of cinema's first real shockers-a movie so frightening that its original audiences would shriek in terror and even faint. It was 'The Phantom of the Opera' (1925), the silent horror film starring legendary actor Lon Chaney, and it will be revived with live music on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at Brandon (Vt.) Town Hall and Community Center. 


The screening, the final installment of this year's Brandon Town Hall silent film series, will feature live accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based composer who specializes in creating scores for silent films.
Admission is free; donations are encouraged, with proceeds to support ongoing renovation of the town hall
Organizers say the original silent film version of 'The Phantom of the Opera' is not only a great movie, but also a great way for families to get into the Halloween spirit.


Audience members are encouraged to attend in costume, or at least dress warmly. A prize will be awarded for the best costume!!!!  Because Brandon Town Hall lacks a heating system, organizers have dubbed the screening of the horror film as "Chiller Theater."  And above all, everyone should be prepared to get scared.  "Remember-in silent film, no one can hear you scream," Rapsis said.

Sponsor for the screening of 'The Phantom of the Opera' is Lake Sunapee Bank.


What a season it has been at the Brandon Town Hall!    To date 28 events have taken place there this year with with over 2,000 people attending them! We couldn't have done this season without our sponsors!  Many thanks to: 

Bethany & Andrew Menkart & Marine Engine, Inc.,Lois & Joe Acinapura,Frank & Ettie Spezzano,Tom Coleman, DDS, Heritage Family Credit Union, Dolores Funari & Country Owl Studio,Friends in Remembrance of Lye Burt,Tracey Holden & Kirk Thomas, McKernon Group, Holden Financial Services, The Vermont Country Store,The Brandon Town Players, Priscilla McKeighan,Kathy & Wayne Rausenberger, The Brandon Medical Center,  Gary & Nancy Meffe,Neshobe PTO, Naylor & Breen,Stephanie & Brian Jerome & Visual Learning Systems, Pam & Steve Douglass,National Bank of Middlebury, The Reporter, Fyles Bros., Inc.,Ed & Deb Bratton & Maple View Farm,The CastOff8s, The Brandon Free Public Library, Brandon Historical Society,Sally Wood, in memory of Robert "Bob" Wood,and Lake Sunapee Bank. 

Work on the schedule of events for the 2013 season has already begun.     
Please let us know what you would like to see in your Town Hall.  Send your thoughts to info@brandontownhall.org




New Teleclass for Discouraged Detoxers and Detox Self-Doubters Helps Even First-Timers Have a Positive Experience


For those who think detoxing is too difficult, demoralizing or demanding, AnnMarie Roth, NTS of Nourish Your Purpose, LLC is presenting a no-cost teleclass entitled "When Detox Goes Bad: 5 Common Cleansing Mistakes and Why They'll Take Your Detox Down." Cleansing is not just for health fiends and folks with "willpower." Detoxing is totally doable for everyone, and the many benefits are absolutely worth it.


This no-cost call is being offered on October 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm Eastern time. AnnMarie Roth, founder of Nourish Your Purpose, LLC, will be sharing the most common cleansing mistakes and why they will derail a detox every time. She will also reveal some less frequently talked about benefits of regular detoxing. "Even if past detoxes have left you feeling defeated and discouraged, or maybe the idea of cleansing make you just a tad queasy, the tips I'll be sharing can make detox a positive experience," says Roth. 


Live participation is encouraged, however a recording will be made available to all who register for the call. 


For more information and registration visit www.NourishYourPurpose.com/detoxcall.



How-To Workshop Helps Participants Go From Digestive Distress to Belly Bliss

For those who are tired of feeling heavy and weighed down, foggy and fatigued, uncomfortable and embarrassed by symptoms of digestive dis-ease, AnnMarie Roth, NTS, founder of Nourish Your Purpose, LLC, announces a new workshop "From Digestive Distress to Belly Bliss" to solve digestive dilemmas.

When the body's digestive and elimination system is functioning optimally we experience a sense of overall well-being, more energy, greater confidence about how we look, and have greater mental clarity. In her new workshop, "From Digestive Distress to Belly Bliss," Ms. Roth will teach participants how to make peace with this important system.

The live workshop will be held at Nourish Your Purpose, 39D Center Street in Brandon, VT on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm. Participants will learn how this often overlooked system works, what it needs to function at its best, why it often doesn't, why you want it to, and how to start immediately to bring about lasting change.

"I suffered with digestive distress for years, and I wouldn't talk about it," says Roth, "It wasn't until my discomfort became intolerable that I finally asked for help. Gratefully, I found a solution and now I share it with my clients!" As a colon therapist, Ms. Roth has helped hundreds of clients who have been suffering from similar frustrations gain a better understanding of what is causing their digestive dis-ease. In this 90-minute workshop she will share new, simple tools that can be put to use right away to start living a life of belly bliss.

Pre-registration for the workshop is required, and seating is limited. For more information and registration visit www.NourishYourPurpose.com/bellybliss.



About Nourish Your Purpose - AnnMarie Roth, NTS, is the creator of Nourish Your Purpose, LLC, a company dedicated to helping smart, motivated women claim their lives' missions as they move from apathy to energy, passivity to power, and frustration to fulfillment. Through her coaching & healing services, AnnMarie's clients are making their marks in the world in bodies they know how to nourish. Learn more at www.nourishyourpurpose.com.





The 2012 NESHOBE OPEN & CLAMBAKE Tournament is just around the corner and the club is in need of everyone's help. What started out as a yearly tournament for the benefit of Brandon VermontBilly Brush is now an event that raises funds for improving Neshobe Golf Club. Funds raised last year went to help offset the monies needed to rebuild portions of our beautiful course ravaged by tropical storm Irene. Continuing the trend and keeping this event and annual affair, funds are always necessary to keep Neshobe among the finest golf experiences in New England. Hole sponsors and silent auction items are greatly appreciated. The cost of sponsoring a hole is $100. Items donated to the auction should  be either new or hand-crafted-things that will appeal to potential bidders. The items should not be used (save for antiques) or left overs from garage or tag sales. If you would like to donate an item, please contact either Rodney or Karla at the club by calling 247-3611. All sponsorships and or auction items received will include a personal "Thank You" from the staff. 
Hole Sponsorship and Silent Auction items requested. Please contact the Club or click this link. 






 Date: Saturday October 13, 2012 Time: 5 to 7


Harvest Supper 

Price: Adults- $10.00 Kids 5 to 10- $5.00
Kids under 5 Free

MENU: Ham with Raisin Sauce, Turkey with Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Winter Squash, Green Bean Casserole, Baked Beans, Pickled Beets, Jello Salads, Cold Slaw, Cranberry Sauce, Rolls and Butter, Apple or Pumpkin Pie with Ic

e Cream or Cheese, Coffee, Tea, Punch and Ice Water





Turkey Dinner

Oct 20 from 5 - 6:30 pm

Good will offering at the Door


Turkey Dinner with the Fixings

Homemade Pie for Dessert





1) One week (April 13 - April 20, 2013) at the Orange Lake Resort, West Village, in Orlando. Florida.  Full kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 6 private occupancy or 8 full occupancy. Note this does NOT include transportation to or from Florida, and the resort is for that specific time period


$1600.00 value includes:

2) Four, one day Walt Disney "Hopper Passes" good for any time from June 15 2012 - June 15 2014. These four passes are good at any  Disney venue (Disney World, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, etc.)  $500.00 value Total value: $2100. Tickets available at any Brandon Town Hall Event


 Drawing on December 5, 2012 Moonlight Madness at the Town Hall.  Do not have to be present to win. Thank you Gary & Nancy Meffe for the donation.





Presents Philip Hamilton, October 4


Brandon Music, located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, Vermont, will present vocalist Philip Hamilton on October 4 at 7:30pm. General Admission is $12. Venue is BYOB.  Brandon Music offers an Early Bird dinner special, which includes a ticket for the jazz performance, for $22 per person. Full menu is also available at regular price.


For Information & Reservations (802) 465-4071 / info@brandon-music.net


Philip Hamilton is revered as one of the most exciting contemporary vocalists on the international jazz and world music stages. With a rich voice that conveys a "warrior's strength, a blues man's soul and a romantic's heart" Hamilton is a true original who has performed or recorded with Pat Metheny, Spyro Gyra, Steely Dan's Donald Fagan, Greg Osby, John Medeski, Bill Evans, Mike Manieri, Richard Bona, Gil Goldstein, Mike Stern, John Cage, and Living Colour's Vernon Reid. The New York Times called Hamilton's innovative singing and composing style "contemporary and cutting edge" while the Village Voice has celebrated his music as simply "masterful."


Mr. Hamilton is also recognized as a leading contemporary composer for dance and film. He has composed for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ron Brown, Mia Michaels, Ballet Hispanico, Rennie Harris, Robert Battle and Ann Reinking (Tony Award-winning choreographer of Chicago and Fosse). Mr. Hamilton's soundtrack for Randy Dottin's film "Lifted" (Fox/Searchlight Films) has gained wide recognition in international film circles.


Jazz at Brandon Music performances have a concert listening policy, which prohibits talking, texting, cell phones, recording, laptop computers, gaming units, and cameras during the performance. Sponsored by the Brandon Inn, David Salzberg, Patrick's Pub, Margate Resort, and the Radisson Nashua.



Davydov-Fanning Duo Present
Benefit Concert at Brandon Music


Brandon Music presents Diana Fanning, piano, and Dieuwke Davydov, cello, in a benefit concert on October 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds will benefit the Compass Music and Arts Foundation. The internationally-acclaimed Davydov-Fanning Duo will present a program featuring colorful and exciting works, including Janacek's "Pohadka" - "Fairy Tale", Shostakovich's Sonata for Cello and Piano, three Intermezzi by Johannes Brahms, and Brahms' Sonata in E Minor for Piano and Cello. For information or tickets, call (802) 465-4071 or email info@brandon-music.net.


Compass Music and Arts Foundation is a new and developing non-profit organization striving to be the foremost venue in Vermont for all types of music and artistic media. Compass Music and Arts Foundation is dedicated to enriching life through a deeper appreciation of music and the literary, performing and visual arts. The purpose of Compass Music and Arts Foundation is to help bring art in all its forms to the people of Vermont and beyond.


Fanning and Davydov have been lauded in the U.S. and abroad for their brilliant virtuosity, musical insight and remarkable rapport as a Duo.  Jim Lowe of the Barre Times-Argus has called the Duo "one of our State's treasures."  The Duo's extensive European concert tours have included recordings for Radio Netherlands.  Davydov and Fanning were presented in a Carnegie Recital Hall debut after winning the prestigious Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York City.  They have performed on the Morning Pro Musica Live Performers Series over WGBH-FM, on the Artists Series on WNYC, New York, and on Vermont Public Radio. The Duo is planning its seventh tour of Europe in spring 2014.


Diana Fanning has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and in Europe. After her solo recital in Munich in April 2006, a critic wrote that "Diana Fanning stunned her listeners with the rich spectrum of subtle colors and tonal nuances she revealed.  Her recital seized the audience with a veritable deep magic."  Fanning has been a guest artist with the Takacs and Jupiter String Quartets and has performed as a concerto soloist on numerous occasions with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Vermont Public Television featured her in a program of works by Scarlatti, Ravel and Chopin. Her CD of works by Chopin, Janacek and Debussy has received enthusiastic reviews in the U.S. and in England   She is an Affiliate Artist at Middlebury College.


"Wonderful temperament, superb style, grace and virtuosic ease" are some of the superlatives used to describe the playing of cellist Dieuwke Davydov.  A native of Holland, she graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory, won first prize in the Jeunesse Musicale International Competition in London, and came to the U.S. for graduate work at Juilliard.  She has performed widely throughout the U.S. and in Europe and recently gave a series of master classes, recitals and concerts as a soloist with the Nairobi Symphony Orchestra in Kenya, Africa.  Davydov plays with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, is a founder of the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra, and is an Affiliate Artist at Middlebury College.



The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
will next meet on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 at 6:30 pm in the Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. Chamber membership and the general public are invited to attend.

For information on theLibrary's Capital Campaign, please contact the library at 802-247-8230 or find a response form online at www.brandonpubliclibrary.org

Route 7, Pittsford 

Sept. 15 - Oct. 31
Halloween & Fall Celebration 

The maple sugaring story takes on a new twist, as the exhibits turn into a colorful array of autumn colors celebrating the harvest. Decorations demonstrate the Vermont tradition of scaring off "evil" spirits during this wonderful time of year.  

The New England Maple Museum is the world's largest maple museum. Antiques, paintings, slide show, folk art exhibits, maple syrup samples. A simulated boiling process, "sap to syrup" is presented all year. Gift Shop with mail order service. In-Season Open daily. 8:30-5:30 through October 31. Admission $2.50, Children under12 yrs $.75, under 6 yrs free. Located at 4578 Rte 7 in Pittsford. Senior and AAA rates. Visit our web site WWW.MAPLEMUSEUM.COM




National Bank of Middlebury has achieved the highest possible rating during its recent Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Performance Evaluation from the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Administrator of National Banks. Factors that led to the achievement of this "Outstanding" rating included:

1.    The National Bank of Middlebury level of lending, as reflected by the loan-to-deposit ratio, is more than reasonable.     

2.    A substantial majority of originated and purchased loans are within the Bank's assessment area.     

3.    The borrower distribution of loans reflects excellent penetration among individuals of different income levels.     

4.    A strong level of community development activities as evidenced by qualified community development investments and services.

"We are particularly proud of our 'Outstanding' rating, not only as it relates to our deposits, loans and financial health, but just as importantly with regard to our Community Development activities," noted G. Kenneth Perine, President of National Bank of Middlebury. "Many of our staff members devote time to a variety of local boards and committees, and assisting in schools and organizations, in order to serve the communities in which we work." Ken continued, "We're the oldest, continuously operating community bank in Vermont, and there's a reason for that. We have the trust of our customers, and we don't take that for granted. We strive to earn that trust each and every day."


Candidate Profiles on PEGTV 21!GET INFORMED! Rutland County candidate profiles will be airing on PEGTV Channel 21 starting October 1 and will also be available via "Video on Demand" on our website www.pegtv.com. Take this unique opportunity to get to know your local politicians. Area candidates are each awarded a few minutes to discuss themselves and their positions on current topics.



Middlebury College will host a panel discussion on the future of wind energy in Vermont on Tuesday October 9th, from 7-9 pm. Panelists will include Paul Burns (Director of VPIRG), Ginny Lyons (Chair of the Senate Energy Committee), and Lukas Snelling (Director of Energize Vermont). A range of topics will be addressed including: the role of wind in Vermont's clean energy future, economics of wind energy, the PSB permitting process, and environmental/health impacts. Questions from the audience will be welcomed. The panel discussion will be held in the Robert A Jones house on the Middlebury Campus (http://tinyurl.com/bobjonesmidd). Please join us for this unique opportunity to learn more about wind energy in Vermont!



Upcoming training sponsored by the VT Small Business Development Center: Starting Your Own Small Business


Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Location: Rutland Economic Development Corp., 112 Quality Lane, Rutland VT 05701


Time: 12:00p.m to 3:00p.m


The three hour session will help future business owners determine the next steps toward starting and financing a new venture.  The workshop offers an overview of business planning, including where to find market information, how to tackle projections and writing a business plan.


The workshop is designed for people who are thinking about going into business and want accurate information about the procedures and government regulations involved to start a business in Vermont. 


The $40.00 registration fee includes a business planning workbook and access to five online workshops to help the prospective business owner get started.


Registration can be done online at www.vtsbdc.org.


For more information, contact VtSBDC in Rutland at 802-773-9147.




Last fall, the Chamber and the Town of Brandon Economic Develop
Leif and Autumn are mascots for the $50 Fall Foliage Giveaway
ment partnered together to offer folksbooking a two-night (or longer) stay in Brandon lodging a packet of $50 Brandon Bucks. The initiative was an enormous success, pumping an estimated $20,000 into the local economy.

The Chamber and the Town have once again teamed up to offer the same offering for guests staying between now and October 31, 2012. There are seven participating businesses and they are sharing the funding -- paying 50% of the packets for their guests.
The Chamber thanks Steve Beck, Brandon Economic Development Officer, and the Brandon Selectboard for supporting this initiative. It is a win-win-win!



Vermont's Lending Library Launches

The Vermont Authors Project's Lending Library program is a free book program designed to highlight the state's rich literary resources and encourage tourism across various regions. The Lending Library summertime pilot program saw overall success, as more than 1200 books were distributed to the delight of Vermont visitors. Continuing this fall and winter seasons, the program promotes our state's "hidden treasures," by encouraging discovery of lesser-known destinations through the books. The Vermont Authors Project Lending Library program continues to seek Vermont authors to participate. If you live in Vermont and write about Vermont, you are eligible to join this program. Contact the Vermont Authors Project Coordinator Margot Zalkind.


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