OCTOBER (mid) 2012

November 1 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm 
Sponsored by the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce 
Hosted at the Brandon Museum at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace 
Honest Abe on the doorstep of his political rival, Stephen Douglas', birthplace, eagerly awaits the outcome of the 1860 Presidential election. 
At this Mixer, there will be the
World Premier showing of a brand new video called  
"Brandon and the Slavery Question" 
written and co-produced by
Dr. Kevin Thornton and Josh Hummel of
Visual Learning Systems
The video will be a permanent fixture at the Brandon Museum and tells Brandon's story in a visual format. Kevin and Josh have been working on the video for many months. Help us celebrate the professional job they have done.  


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.  


In addition, Brandon citizens will now be represented by Rutland County Senators, rather than Addison County. The three incumbent Senators who are running unopposed are Peg Flory, Bill Carris and Kevin Mullin. They have been invited to the Forum as well to introduce themselves to the area voters.

The 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.  







Kudos to Danielle at the Brandon Transfer Station for putting Food Shelf Donation boxes at the Transfer Station. For the next couple of months, you will be able to bring extra boxes or cans of food to help out our neighbors. The Transfer Station hours are: 

TUESDAY 10 - 3




contact:Raymond Counter

58 Franklin St., Brandon  ~  802- 247-3311

e: brandonfdno1@myfairpoint.net



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.



Forest Dale Blast Furnace 
Howe Scale Building Boiler Explosion 1892 

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.


Moonlight Madness is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5 and Thursday, December 20 from 4:00 - 9:00 pm. If you would like to participate as a vendor or merchant,

Available for Rent:  

One-half of a downstairs studio space is available at the Granary, from November 1st to April 30th.  The artist that shares this space will not be there during this time.  The Granary is a recently renovated historic building which houses fourteen artist studios and small businesses. For more information about the Granary and and the artists / business who currently do their work there, contact:
Stephanie Zak Jerome at 802-247-3214




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.






Brandon Music Presents Yoron Israel's High Standards Quartet, October 18


Brandon Music, located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, Vermont, will present drummer Yoron Israel and his High Standards Quartet on October 18 at 7:30pm. General Admission is $12. Venue is BYOB. Brandon Music Café offers a concert and dinner package which includes dinner and a ticket to the show for $27 plus tax per person.


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


Yoron Israel is a drummer, composer, band leader and educator. While serving as a professor at the Berklee College of Music, Israel consistently records and performs. Among his many musical associations are collaborations with Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Heath, Grover Washington, Tony Bennett, Joe Lovano, Kevin Mahogany, Roy Hargrove and Joshua Redman.  Israel will perform in Brandon with pianist Laszlo Gardony, saxophonist Lance Bryant and bassist Henry Lugo.


Sponsored by the Brandon Inn, David Salzberg, Patrick's Pub, Margate Resort, and the Radisson Nashua.



Brandon Music Presents
Heliand Consort Trio on Oct 28


Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Road, Brandon, Vermont, presents Heliand Consort's popular Winds Take Flightprogram on Sunday, October 28, 2012, at 3:00 pm. The program includes a delightful potpourri of classical music for woodwinds including trios by French composers  Jean Françaix and Jacques Ibert, and Cuban-American composer Paquito D'Rivera. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling Brandon Music at (802) 465-4071 or by emailing info@brandon-music.net. Café patrons, please note that lunch will not be served after 2 pm that day.


Dozens of pieces have been written for this charming reed trio combination, also known as the "trio d'anches", and it was a particular favorite among 20th century French composers, who had an exceptional flair for capturing the playful essence and lighthearted sounds of the woodwinds. The program will also include a vocal trio arrangement by Vermont composer, Dennis Kitsz, and a delightful Habanera by Paquito D'Rivera.


Vermont's own Heliand Consort includes oboist Katie Oprea, clarinetist Elisabeth LeBlanc, and bassoonist Rachael Elliott. All three musicians were raised in Vermont and performed in the Vermont Youth Orchestra as students. They have gone on to pursue careers as freelance musicians, and have performed together with Heliand Consort over the past six years. The ensemble presents annual concerts throughout the region, as well as occasional out-of-state engagements, including recent performances at Duke University and the University of North Carolina School for the Arts.


Oboist Katie Oprea trained at the University of Southern Maine, the University of Iowa, and the Conservatoire National de Région of Lyon, in France. While in Europe, she served as principal oboist with the Romanian State Opera of Timisoara for four years, and appeared with the Timisoara Philharmonic, Europa Symphony, and Bolshoi Ballet. Currently, Oprea is principal oboist with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and Vermont Philharmonic, and performs regularly with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Ensemble, and the Middlebury Opera Company.


Clarinetist Elisabeth LeBlanc earned professional degrees from The Juilliard School and McGill University. She is a member of Heliand Consort and the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Middlebury Opera Company, Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble and Burlington Ensemble. LeBlanc has appeared as soloist with Burlington Chamber Orchestra and Vermont Youth Orchestra. She is also a certified personal trainer, tri-athlete, marathoner, and a member of Burlington's Social Band.


Bassoonist Rachael Elliott studied at Manhattan School of Music and Yale School of Music and is a founding member of Clogs, Heliand Consort and Dark in the Song bassoon ensemble. She has appeared as a soloist with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, UVM Symphony Orchestra, and the Duke Wind Symphony. As a founding member of the improvising chamber ensemble, Clogs, Elliott has toured throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia and recorded five albums. She has performed with Bang on a Can, Bell Orchestre, The Books, The National, Terry Riley, Sufjan Stevens and Shara Worden, among others. This year, her performances have spanned the globe, from Brisbane, Australia to Morelia, Mexico; from Los Angeles, CA to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and points between.


For more information, please visit Brandon Music at brandon-music.net and Heliand Consort at heliandconsort.org.




The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
will next meet on Monday, Nov. 19, 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.

Thanks are in order to RoseAnn and Larry Johnson of Brandon Self Storage for providing the Chamber with much-needed storage. We appreciate it!

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


Hiring Right the First Time 
It's true...hiring the right employees is a critical business management function that helps you get more done, grow your business, lighten your load and broaden the skills and capabilities of your company. It can also be a significant expense, energy drain and distraction when your selection process fails. This workshop will provide you with a strong foundation of knowledge and practical tools to use whether you're hiring your first employee or the 100th! You'll be guided through an over view of the legal issues of interviewing and hiring, determining your priorities for skills, as well as how to efficiently prescreen, interview and select your employees.  Register Here: Hiring Right the First Time 
Leave this workshop with techniques and interview questions in hand aimed at helping you choose the best people so you can hire right the first time! 
COST: $49 - per person, $69 for 2 people from the same business/organization 
DATE: Tuesday, October 30 
TIME: 1 pm - 4pm 
LOCATION: ACEDC/VtSBDC offices in Middlebury. 1590 rte.7 south, Suite 8 
TO REGISTER: Register Here: Hiring Right the First Time or call 802-388-7953 
Deborah S. Eibner, MA, is an Area Business Advisor for Vermont Small Business Development Center, serving the Green Mountain Economic Development region based in White River Junction, VT. Deborah is also a Certified Business Coach, and Certified Job and Career Development Coach. She brings over twenty years of real world business and human resources experience to the people she works with. 

*Space is limited to 20 participants, so please register soon. Don't miss out!  
Please let me know if you have any questions. 
Steve Paddock 
VT Small Business Development Center 
1590 Rte. 7 S. Ste. 8 
Middlebury, VT 05753 
Office: 802 388-7953 
Fax:    802 388-0119 

Wed., Dec. 5 
Thurs., Dec. 20    



PO BOX 267



e: info@brandon.org



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