Welcome to the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce's first newsletter of 2013. The Chamber has many great activities, events and programs planned for the year. The Chamber provides a multitude of benefits to our area businesses and the general community. Here is a (very) short list:
  • Our free newsletter is sent to more than 1200 email addresses. There are some instances where Chamber members receive a different version of the newsletter than non-members in order to announce Chamber-only benefits or activities. If you know someone who would like to receive our newsletter, please click on the "forward" button below. Also, there is an opportunity to register to receive the newsletter on the home page of our website: www.brandon.org 
  • Our website is full of information, dates, and activities. Every Chamber member is listed in our on-line Membership Directory  with a free link to their website. In addition, many of our members are featured in a variety of ways from other pages on the site. If you would like to explore adding more about your business to our website, please contact us. 
  • The health insurance benefit we provide from VACE is still the best deal out there for small businesses. For more information, click here or contact Holden Financial Agency at 802-775-2503.  
  • Mixers!  
  • Stewardship of the Brandon Museum and and Visitor Center at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. The use of this community asset is growing annually. The historic building tells the story in photos and words of our town's past, serves as our Visitor Center, the town's ONLY municipal restroom, and a very popular community meeting room. We added a wonderful digital exhibit of "Brandon and the Slavery Question" in 2012. The Visitor Center and Restroom are open daily 8 am - 6 pm, 365. The Museum is open 11 am - 4 pm from mid-May through mid-October. If you would like to find out more about using the meeting room, contact us. 
If your Chamber can be of any assistance to you or your business, please contact us. All the best for a happy, healthy, and profitable year!



Congratulations to the following Chamber members who retired their businesses in 2012 and remain Chamber members as Individuals.

  • Sally Sews Everything But Clothes: Sally Faber
  • Multiple Resource Management: Jeff Wallin
  • WLR Improvements: Wayne Rausenberger

Individual membership in the Chamber is an excellent and affordable way to support the organization and all we do for the community. Contact the Chamber for details or click here for a Membership Application. 

Every year, the Chamber's Annual Dinner is a celebration of the last year, a look forward to the coming year, and the awarding of the President's Award(s). The Dinner this year is scheduled for Friday, January 25 and it will be at The Lilac Inn. Invitations will be sent in the coming days.

Every second Tuesday in January, Sheri Sullivan (Sheri's Diner) volunteers her time to cook a terrific dinner for the Brandon Senior Citizens on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce. Many more Chamber volunteers help with serving and cleaning. A great meal. A great time. And one of the many ways the Chamber gives back to the community.

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will next meet on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm in the Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace.

Thanks to so many of our members for promptly paying your 2013 Chamber dues. We appreciate your confidence in our organization, Please feel free to contact us at any time with your ideas for making the Brandon Area a better place to live, work, and play!

December Updates from
The Chamber
  • Congratulations to Jon Andrews of Brandon for winning $100 in Brandon Bucks during Moonlight Madness.
  • Holiday Decorating Winners:The Brandon Chamber holiday decorations judges have a tough job! There were beautiful decorations everywhere. But as hard as it was, they were able to choose a few they liked the best! The winners in the residential category were: WHIMSICAL: First Prize to: Janie and David Aines, 982 North Street, Forestdale and Second prize to: Harold and Linda Russell, 860 North Street, Forestdale. In the TRADITIONAL category: First prize to: The Lufkin Family, 8 River Street and Second prize to: Dan Celik, 1437 High Pond Road. COMMERCIAL first prize winner is: Neshobe House (George Landry) and Second prize to Brandon Inn. In the CIVIC category, top prize goes to: Brandon Town Hall and Second prize to: Brandon Fire Dept. We want to note that the on the Fire Department tree, there are 343 red lights to honor the FDNY members killed on 9/11/01 and the lights were all paid for by the Dunmore Hose Company members. Thanks to everyone who called in, don't forget to call in next year!  


VISUAL LEARNING SYSTEMS of Brandon publishes iPADŽ ready life science textbook for grades 5-9, available on the iBookstore

Brandon, VT - Visual Learning Systems (VLS) launches a game changing (and first of its kind) textbook for the iPad that will revolutionize the way middle school students learn science. Tackling the challenge of engaging students in science, this new textbook taps into their natural curiosities by utilizing hands-on applications and leveraging all the features of the iPad. Packed with hundreds of captivating video clips, fun interactives, and vibrant images, student curiosity is peaked, making the curriculum come alive while opening their eyes and minds to the possibility of science as a career. Embedded self-assessment quizzes create the opportunity for students to learn at their own speed and comfort level. "The book embodies the type of interactive learning we want the students to be using", said Del Ruff, Director of STEM for North Carolina Virtual Public Schools.

Spanning 31 chapters and over 1,000 pages "Core Ideas in Life Science" fully supports the Next Generation Science Standards. With confidence, teachers will know that critical content is covered in an accurate, easy-to-teach, and easy-to-learn process. "The blend of well- crafted text, exciting educational videos, animations, and stunning visuals engages a wide range of students to learn in ways never before possible", said author Brian Jerome, Ph.D.

VLS used their experience in education to reignite a passion for teaching and learning science with this textbook. Vermont-based animators, designers, videographers, and producers led  by Brian Jerome, Ph.D. masterfully used their archive of videos, images, and animations to create this powerful learning tool. This talented team has created a textbook that inspires the drive to learn by using tools with which today's students are familiar and comfortable. "We've been waiting for something like this", said a District Curriculum Coordinator in Tennessee. Students and teachers won't be able to put this book down!

For more information go to: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/core-ideas-in-life- science/id575263524?mt=13

Contact: Stephanie Zak Jerome 800-453-8481- www.visuallearningsys.com  



 2013 Life Purpose & Longevity Classes with AnnMarie begin this month!


From Digestive Distress to Belly Bliss (Part 1)

January 16, 2013 ~ 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Nourish Your Purpose

39D Center Street (2nd Floor)


If you're tired of feeling:

  • foggy & fatigued
  • bloated & blah
  • uncomfortable in your body

...then the Belly Bliss workshop is for you!  You'll be able to make peace with your digestive system as you learn:

  • how this often overlooked system works 
  • what it needs to function at its best
  • why it often doesn't
  • how to make immediate changes to get results fast!

Here are some of the results you'll enjoy:

  • more energy
  • a sense of improved overall well-being
  • increased comfort in your body
  • greater confidence about how you look and feel in your clothes; and,
  • a feeling of lightness and greater mental clarity

 Details and Early Bird Registration ~ save $15.00 ~ www.nourishyourpurpose.com/events.


Questions?  247.5300 or info@nourishyourpurpose.com



Brandon Music Jazz Series Hosts the Kenny Werner Trio on January 17, 7:30pm

Brandon Music Cafe, located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, Vermont will host the pianist and composer Kenny Werner on January 17 at 7:30pm. General Admission is $15 and reservations are encouraged. A dinner & show package is available for $30. Venue is BYOB.

For reservations call Brandon Music @ (802) 465-4071   


Kenny Werner's influence on the musical community is unsurpassed. A Guggenheim Fellowship Award-winner and celebrated recording artist (with records on Blue Note, Sunnyside, Concord, Steeple Chase, and Half Note labels) he has impacted an entire generation of musicians. His compositions and dynamic live performances have impacted audiences around the world for more than 30 years. Kenny was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Oceanside, Long Island. A piano student from a young age, he first recorded (for television) at the age of 11. He played classical piano, though found joy in playing music he heard on the radio. Kenny studied classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music and later attended the Berklee School of Music.


After graduation and time in Brazil, where he played and studied with Joao Assis Brasil, Werner started his own trio with drummer Tom Rainey and bassist Ratzo Harris. He has written many compositions featuring trios and other small group configurations, and in the mid 1980's he became the pianist for the Mel Lewis Orchestra (currently known as the Village Vanguard Orchestra).  Werner was recently awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his work "No Beginning No End." This long-form composition is a musical journey exploring tragedy and loss, death and transition, and the path from one lifetime to the next. Utilizing over 70 musicians, this album is an expansive composition with wind ensemble, choir and string section, and features Joe Lovano and Judi Silvano. Mr. Werner will perform in Brandon with bassist Elliot Berman and drummer Jamie Eblen.


The Jazz series at Brandon Music is coordinated by NH Jazz Presents, a company that produces a four day jazz tour to venues in Brandon, Laconia, Nashua and Portsmouth. The tour is sponsored by the Margate Resort, Patrick's Pub, David Salzberg, the Saffron Bistro, and the Brandon Inn.

Up to date schedules are available at www.NHJazz.com



PEGTV Rutland expands with addition to headquarters 


PEGTV broke ground for a new 1,500 square foot addition to its headquarters in building #24 at the Howe Center. The addition will provide for new office space, storage and a garage for the PEGTV van.

PEGTV signed a new 10-year lease on the soon-to-be expanded facility.


The Giancola family, owners of the complex, is facilitating construction. Upon completion of construction, scheduled for spring 2013, PEGTV will invite the public to an open house.  


"The terms of this lease assures that Rutland County's information stations can continue to grow and serve Rutland County for many years to come." says PEGTV's Board President, Carl Anderson.


PEGTV is comprised of Channels 15 (public programming), 20 (education programming) and 21 (government programming) and is available to all cable subscribers throughout Rutland County. Streaming programming, video on demand services and hyper-local weather forecasts are also available online at www.pegtv.com For more information, contact PEGTV at (802) 747-0151.

It's not just a museum, it's Vermont's legacy.

The Preservation Trust of Vermont has successfully raised $250,000 to complete Phase I of the Vermont Marble Museum project, putting us well on the path to saving this irreplaceable piece of our heritage! This phase includes the acquisition of the museum contents, including the rare glass negative collection, and the gift shop.


Phase II includes raising a total of $480,000 to acquire the museum building. As of December 31, 2012, we have raised $125,000 towards this effort. The remaining $355,000 needs to be raised by the end of 2013. Phase III will include finding a new non-profit owner and operator for the museum.

Located in Proctor, Vermont, The Vermont Marble Museum tells the story of what was once the largest marble company in the world. Read the full story of PTV's involvement in the project.  

US Supreme Court Building, Washington DC
U.S. Capitol Building 



The Vermont Marble Company had an enormous impact on the built environment of our nation. Largely quarried or carved locally, marble from The Vermont Marble Company was used in the Jefferson Memorial, the US Supreme Court Building, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as well as hundreds of other monuments and memorials all over the world. The museum and archives hold the stories of these projects and the marble industry. Make a donation now to keep this significant and vast collection intact and to keep the museum open.



RAFFL Seeks Landowners and Farmers

The Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) is recruiting private landowners interested in making their land available to farmers for agricultural production and farmers seeking land to farm. In partnership with Land For Good, a non-profit serving New England based in Keene, NH, the organizations will provide one-on-one advising services to eligible landowners and farmers.

The goal of the partnership is to connect landowners seeking to landowners with farmers seeking land, helping alleviate one of the primary barriers faced by beginning farmers and helping to maintain Vermont's working landscape and farming culture.

If you are a landowner interested in learning more about leasing land to farmers, or if you are a farmer seeking land to lease, please contact Garland Mason by emailing garland@rutlandfarmandfood.org or by calling 802-417-1528.


Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 267, Brandon, VT 05733
802-247-6401 ~  info@brandon.org   ~   www.brandon.org