Chamber & 
Community News 

The Chamber's next Membership Mixer
is Thursday, May 16.

More details to follow in the near future.




A great member benefit of the Brandon Chamber: Not just a free listing or link from our website to yours but an entire page dedicated to your business. More and more members are taking advantage of this benefit and so should you! Send a paragraph or two and up to four photos. If you need ideas, take some time and look through the entire website or cut right to our Members page. Send your corrections, photos and blurb to: info@brandon.org.






The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce administers a low-interest revolving loan fund available to businesses for an approved building improvement project. The loan fund was originally established as a way to recognize that each and every improvement to Brandon's built community is important to a revitalized town. This loan has been lent several times in the past and there is $2500 available to be lent at the current time. Please contact the Chamber if you would like more information about this little pot of gold!



The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will next meet on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm in the Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace.



Chamber members and Area Non-Profits -- we would like to publish your summer events in our Summer Events Flier which will be mailed mid-June to all mailboxes in the the 05733 and 05778 zip codes. This is a great opportunity to get the word out at no cost to you! Send details to the Chamber at: info@brandon.org





The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce it is now accepting scholarship application forms from graduating OVUHS students pursuing a course of study in business or business-related major. The Chamber Scholarship will be presented to a student who is well-rounded, has participated in school and outside activities, who is pursuing higher education, and is planning on a career in business or aspires to be entrepreneurial. Interested students should contact the Guidance Office for applications. The deadline for applying is Wednesday, May 1, 2013. For more information, you may also call the Chamber at 247-6401.






Brandon, Vermont is more than 250 years old. Let's face it, at that age, everyone needs a little facelift! Over the next few years, our quintessential Vermont village will be looking at an improved streetscape, new traffic pattern, buried wires, better parking, beautiful parks, modern and safe downtown sidewalks, benches, decorative streetlights, and a 21st century underbelly.

Click here to read more about the work that will be taking place this construction season and to sign up for a e-newsletter which will be dedicated exclusively to Brandon's Segment 6 activities.


The Brandon Museum welcomes Brandon resident Dan Celik as the new Museum Steward. Dan replaces John Dilts, who held the position for three years. The Steward runs the Museum and Visitor Center at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace and is in charge of volunteer recruitment, coordination, and supervision, the facilities, and education / history. Dan's work history, education, and personal interests made him an ideal candidate for the position.

The Museum Steward position is seasonal and part-time. Dan also works at Middlebury College in Facilities as a supervisor. He holds a Bachelors degree in History and Education and has been involved with the living history community for the last seventeen years in which he portrays a Civil War surgeon. The Board of Directors of the Birthplace is excited to have Dan join the team and begin working.

Dan is eager to get the Museum up and running for the season. We have many returning Volunteers but we could always use a few more. Shifts are 2-1/2 hours either once a week or every other week. Some people like to be paired up and share a shift with a friend. We are also in need of substitutes and people who can help on a less regular schedule. This is a fun and exciting attraction in Brandon and a great place for community members and history lovers to get involved. Extensive knowledge of history and / or Brandon is not required, but a positive attitude and a love of people are essential. Contact Dan Celik at dan@brandon.org or call 802-247-3888 (leave a message).
The Museum is scheduled to be open daily from 11 am - 4 pm starting May 13.  It is free to the public and is handicapped accessible. The Stephen A Douglas Birthplace also houses the Brandon Visitor Center and a municipal restroom, which are open daily 8 am - 6 pm 365 days a year. The Douglas Birthplace is located on Route 7, just north of downtown Brandon. The street address is 4 Grove St., next to the Brandon Baptist Church at the corner of Routes 7 and 73 West. For more information, call 802-247-6401 or visit www.brandon.org


You never know what you'll find at the
Great Brandon Auction!

Donate ~ Bid ~ Buy


While it still may feel a bit on a chilly side, sizzling hot July will be here before we know it. And that means the Great Brandon Auction. The 25th Great Brandon Auction! Wow, with more than $150,000 donated back to the community, this is an event that is win-win-win.

1) The first win is when you donate -- New products or merchandise and gift certificates get special mention in our auction handout. Your recycled donations help you reclaim space in your attic, basement, closet, garage, and even the living room!

2) The second win is when you bid / buy at the auction -- Every time you hold up your bidding card or give a nod to Auctioneer Barb, you are helping increase the selling price of that item. And when you buy, you are contributing to a great cause.

3) The third win is when the Chamber uses funds raised at the auction to continue our programs, events and activities. Many of the things we do for the community include a Free Summer Concert Series, Yard Sale Day, help maintain the Brandon Museum at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace (which is FREE to visit), donate to the Brandon Toy Project, and much much more.

We have great storage and would love to start filling it up! Please think of us when doing your spring cleaning or if you need to re-gift an item! We can also help you with some creative ideas so the 25th Great Brandon Auction is also the best!


Concert on April 11 will kick off tour across New England


As part of the popular, monthly jazz series, Brandon Music welcomes the Northeast Tenor Sax Summit on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30pm.


The Northeast Tenor Sax Summit is a unique band comprised of several of New England's professional tenor saxophonists backed up by a premium rhythm section. With a sound that recalls the great jam sessions of the swing era and especially Woody Herman's "Four Brothers," this diverse ensemble demonstrates many approaches to playing jazz tenor saxophone. Though the line-up is ever evolving, the group has recently included saxophonists Richard Gardzina, Matt Langley, Charlie Jennison, Fred Haas and Jonathan Lorentz, with a rhythm section of bassist John Hunter and drummer Tim Gilmore. The group hopes to "pick up a few more tenor players on the road" and invites professional tenor saxophonists to sit-in.


The Jazz series at Brandon Music is coordinated by NH Jazz Presents, a company that produces a five venue jazz tour to Brandon, Laconia, Concord, Nashua and Portsmouth. The tour is sponsored by the Margate Resort, David Salzberg, the Saffron Bistro, and the Brandon Inn.


General Admission is $15 and reservations are encouraged. A dinner & show package is available for $30. Venue is BYOB.

For reservations call Brandon Music at (802) 465-4071.  


Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road, Brandon, VT. More information can be found at www.brandon-music.net and www.NHJazz.com.


Friday April 12  ~  Reception at 5:30pm - Dinner at 6pm
With Samuel Guilbert, owner & wine maker of Mas de Daumas Gassac,  and Farrell Distributing
DAUMAS GASSAC, GLADES OF VINES SURROUNDED BY FOREST! Care of the environment: The wine makers were anxious to conserve the wild beauty of the High Valley du Gassac, most especially the wild garrigue. That's why the vines are planted in magical glades hidden in the dense, forest-like garrigue that dominates the countryside. Some 50 types of vine grow in these clearings - a total of 50 hectares.

Complexity of the wines: Much of the incredible complexity of Daumas Gassac wines stems from the perfumes of the rich Mediterranean wild plants and herbs that surround the clearings : bay, thyme, rosemary, lavender, laburnum, fennel, wild mint, lentisc, strawberry trees... 
Birds and insects thrive in the garrigue that covers the Gassac valley helping to keep pests at bay.

Chemical fertilisers and synthetic matter have no place at Daumas Gassac! We only use compost based on manure produced by ewes from the Larzac !

 Gault et Millau described Mas de Daumas Gassac as 'a Languedoc Chāteau Lafite'
 $55/person (does not include taxes & gratuity)
Call 802-247-9997 for reservations
Wine: Moulin de Gassac White
Shrimp Bisque in Carta Fata
Wine: Pont de Gassac White
Salad of Belgium Endives, Roasted Beets, Walnuts and Vermont Blue cheese
Wine: Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Red
Seared Skate Wing with Lemon and Caper Butter Sauce
Wine: Picpoul de Pinet
Duck Duo on Braised Cabbage, Pear and Ginger Sauce
Wine: Pont de Gassac Selection Gilbert Red
Floating Island   






Have you heard? Otter Valley's Walking Stick Theatre is moving forward to the New England Drama Festival - THE FIRST TIME in OV History!


It's exciting news. They'll be representing Vermont, along with Lamoille, in this three - day showcase event in Rhode Island. We want to send them off in style, with the best wishes from all of us in the community AND we also want to help them raise some badly needed funds. The Walking Stick Theatre is a club, this trip is a delightful surprise, but one that is going to cost in the $5,000-$7,000 range. 


The Reporter will create special pages commemorating their latest production, David and Lisa, and we'll donate half the ad fees to the club as our way of supporting local business, the community and of course, all those involved in Walking Stick Theatre.We need to work fast! This needs to be out in time for their departure on April 17. Ad deadline is Saturday, April 13. 


Contact Alyssa for details: Alyssa Zollman, Advertising/General Manager

The Reporter, 802 247-8080, ads@brandonreporter.com




PEGTV Announces Its First Funniest Video Contest


funny logo

Dust off the old home videos or create a new one because PEGTV is having a funniest video contest for county residents. Video submissions will be taken from April 1 through April 30 and can be no longer than 90 seconds long. The clips can be uploaded through our website, dropped off at our studio located at the Howe Center in Rutland, or mailed in. All the forms needed to enter and any technical specs can be found and downloaded off our website.

Submissions will be posted to our website so the public can vote on their favorites. The top vote getters will then be viewed by our panel of judges to determine the grand prize, second, and third place winners. The grand prize is a Vixia HD Digital Video Recorder and the finalists will be featured on a live awards show from the PEGTV studios.


Clips will be compiled into a half hour "Show Me The Funny" program on Channel 15 and will be available to view on our Video On Demand portal on our website and our YouTube Channel. The faster you submit your funny video the longer the public has to vote for it so upload it today! Please don't hesitate to call the studio with any questions at 802-747-0151.



Make a Tee Time Now!
Golf season at Neshobe has begun!  
Call now and make a tee time.   
This year promises to be a great season.  
Call 802.247.3611 NOW! 


Spread the word!  See you all very soon. Rodney






The town hall is excited to present a benefit performance by the Vt. Comedy Crew just for our Adult patrons on Saturday, May 4th at 8:00 pm. We are going to transform the town hall into a Comedy Club Cabaret with the help of Celebration Rentals and the Friends of the Brandon Town Hall. Reservations will be required and this is only for folks 21 years of age and over. Tickets are $20 each with all profits going to help with the continued restoration of your Brandon Town Hall. Each ticket entitles the patron to an incredible comedy show of 5-6 comedians plus a surprise guest from all over Vermont, a glass of wine or bottle of beer provided by Cafe' Provence, or a bottle of Snapple, soda or water for those who do not want an alcholic beverage. There will also be snacks for each table and additional beverages can be purchased during the show. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 345-3033 or 247-5420. Seating is limited so early reservations are suggested. Come and join us for a night of fun and laughter for all our Young at Heart patrons.


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An Evening of Vermont Poetry and Music at Brandon Music 



On Sunday, April 28, Brandon Music will present a unique program featuring the poetry of Jerry Johnson and the musical renditions of his poems by Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland.

Jerry Johnson's inspiration for his poetry stems from the natural beauty of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, which he has called home for forty years.  He states, "I couldn't help but capture in words the beauty that I have seen around me - autumn leaves, summer rains, timeworn stone walls snaking through the woods, maple sugaring in springtime, thirty-below-zero winter days, and so much more".


Up the Creek Without a Saddle, Jerry's latest book, is the fulfillment of a dream.  It is the culmination of eight years work and contains 99 poems, 16 of which were set to music by Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland, two of Vermont's most beloved troubadours. With books available to be signed, Brandon Music's special performance will include readings by Jerry and musical performances by Jon and Pete.


Howard Mosher, award winning Vermont novelist, states: "Jerry Johnson's poems and the music of Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland are a lyrical celebration of the 'Vermont Tradition' at its best."

Jerry is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a retired professor of computer science from Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. He has been a civil engineer, tennis pro, carpenter, artist, freelance writer and editor. Jon Gailmor has been writing songs since 1971 and has performed in Peru, Russia, Latvia, and Ecuador. He has toured with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and gives songwriting workshops and residencies in schools and at conferences throughout the country. Born and raised in the Champlain Valley, Pete Sutherland grew up listening to Broadway show tunes, operatic arias and British invasion melodies.  He discovered traditional music and songwriting while in college. The American Festival of Fiddle Tunes describes Pete as a "warm-voiced singer and multi-instrumentalist, known equally for his potent originals and intense recreations that cover the map and shine with pure spirit."  


The performance begins at 7 p.m. with $15 General Admission and a pre-concert dinner special, available for just $15. Reservations are encouraged. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 465-4071 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net for reservations or information.   






12 - 5:30 PM






Katie is a 9th grade OV student from Brandon who is undergoing chemotherapy for a very rare form of cancer.


Lasagna Dinner Fundraiser at OVUHS on April 25

Doors open at 5 pm  ~  Dinner at 5:30 pm


Silent Auction, Basket Raffle, Door Prize

Musical performances by Neshobe and OV Students

$10 adults, $5 students; children 5 and under free

Tickets sold at the door, OVUHS Library and Neshobe School Main Office.








There will be an early spring wildflower walk led by Josh Hardt, outdoor educator at the Moosalamoo Center, at 10 am on Saturday, April 13. Meet at the OV parking lot. 





St. Mary's Church will be holding a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday April 20th from 5-7pm. Adults are $9 and children under 12 are $5.


Menu is Spaghetti w/Meatballs, Salad, Italian Bread, Dessert and Beverage.Tickets available @ the door as well as after Masses @ 4pm & 10am.@ the church.For more info call 247-8237.  





Woven Word Nest

You can own this original painting! Purchase a raffle ticket now!  

"Words weave dreams, stories and truths into nests which nurture and inform our hopes and aspirations.

On each paper shred in this fantasy bluebird's nest you will find a quotation from a renowned book: from Dr. Seuss to Mark Twain and Homer (the Greek poet, not Homer Simpson!). From J. R. R. Tolkien and Joseph Conrad, to Thomas Jefferson and many more. The three volumes supporting the nest are Winnie the Pooh, (A. A. Milne) To Kill a Mockingbird, (Harper Lee)  and Roots, Shoots and Wings, by Brandon's own Bette Moffett."  


This original painting was created by Liza Myers especially to support the Brandon Free Public Library. Every penny of your  ticket purchase will be given to the Brandon Library as a contribution to their capital fund. A limited number of tickets (200 total) will be sold for $25 each.


When ALL of the tickets are sold, a winner will be chosen. Buy a ticket here or at the Library, Carr's Florist & Gifts, or The Inside Scoop.  


Woven Word Nest, 20 x 16, acrylic on canvas ©liza myers




Stacey S Coburn, a Brandon native was recently crowned Mrs. Vermont United States 2013. She will be the only candidate representing all the married women in Vermont and competing for the National Title of Mrs. United States in Las Vegas, Nevada in July.  Stacey lives in Brandon with her husband and best friend, James "Jamie" Coburn of 12 years and two incredible boys, Douglas and Remington.  Stacey is the Insurance Operations Manager at McCrillis & Eldredge Insurance, Inc. located inside the Lake Sunapee Bank, Park Street Brandon location.

Stacey's platform is working with children in various capacities and forms of life. As well as, working with various local and global charitable foundations to promote education and keeping focus on the small town touch.

Stacey is very active within her community as the Brandon Youth Wrestling Manager, Coaching Youth T-Ball & Mighty Mites, and helping with many non-profit organizations; American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, National Association of Down Syndrome and much more!

Stacey loves to spend time with her family and friends, camping, 4-wheeling, hunting, crafting, playing softball and much more.

 Congratulations Stacey and Good luck!  





Lord Dunmore's clock took the plunge on April 1, at 4:38 pm. The 2013 winners are the Perera and Schmitt extended family with four generations as summer residents on Indian Trail, Lake Dunmore. Their family members come from all over the US and Canada to enjoy their camp on the lake. They have many happy memories of the lake and are supporters of our milfoil project.  One member of their fourth generation even worked with the milfoil crew for a summer. Their guess was at 4:30 pm on April 1.  The pay out is $1003.00 on their collective $120.00 investment- a good return for their families' entries.


The LDFLA wants to thank all who played our Fourth Dunmore Dip Ice Out Contest and extend a special thanks to all those who forwarded emails to friends and family and those business who let us put our entry materials in their establishments.   You made our international contest bigger and the pay out better, crossing the four-figure $ mark this year.   Thank you for contributing and supporting this 50/50 for our milfoil control project.


Lord Dunmore will be recuperating from his winter travels with the help of the John Ebert "Spa Center" in preparation for his appearance at the LDFLA 4th of July Parade on the Lake. The rest of the LDFLA board members who also helped in this campaign will be cleaning up their properties for summer.

Congratulations Perera and Schmitt families.  Here's to summer!! 


April 2013 


Dear Brandon Community Member,


In order to foster our rising parental involvement, we are creating a "Neshobe PTO Perk Card" that will be distributed (free) to member families. Neshobe teachers and staff will be given cards as tokens of appreciation. It is important to our group that all families who wish to be Parent Teacher Organization Members be reminded that they are! (Even if they are unable to attend meetings or participate in fundraisers etc.) Our idea is to encourage a sense of belonging and volunteerism at our school and in the community, including local patronage. 


We are asking local business owners if they may be interested in participating in this project. Our website address will be listed on the back of each card, which will direct the holder to find the "PTO PERK " page where they can view special deals for card holders. These offers can have expiration dates, and can be updated or removed at any time, with a quick email to me.  


Some ideas mentioned have been a discount percentage, $1 off on a certain day of the week, a free item with a purchase, or 50 cents donated to the PTO with a purchase of xyz.  


You can be absolutely creative, any and all offers are appreciated. As long as all content is "family friendly" we are happy to link your website to your offer as well! When a business or individual supports our PTO they will receive a decal that can be placed in a store window or door,  that says "We support the Neshobe Elementary School PTO". That will remind Perk Card holders to check the website and see if you are offering any "deals" at the moment.


As mentioned at the last few Town Meetings, Neshobe has enjoyed a wonderful growth of our PTO membership and involvement in our community. We have done extensive work on the playground, created Safety Days and Family Nights and continued to supply funding for classroom needs, special guests and field trips. We support important programming like Girls on the Run, 6th Grade Partnership and work closely with our Town library, Recreation Department and Safe Routes to School just to name a few.  We have many items on our wish lists. 


Our goal is to have the highest possible family involvement. Studies have shown that having an involved family member leads to higher attendance and grades, better behavior and test scores, and over all success and well-being in our children. We feel that all of these things are of utmost importance to the future of our community.


If you are interested in having your business participate now or in the future, please send me the following (to KellyMcCullough2@aol.com )...


Business name (as you would like it listed):

Your name and best way to contact you (for PTO use only):

Discount or offer:

Http link?:


Please feel free to ask any questions, or share your thoughts about this or any Neshobe PTO happening. We love to hear from community members.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for your time!


Kelly McCullough

President, Neshobe PTO





Were you ever a "Flower Girl" in the Brandon Memorial Day Parade? One of the first grade girls from the Seminary Hill or Neshobe School wearing a white dress, who marched in the parade and laid flowers at the Civil War Monument? Its been a Brandon tradition for more than 100 years! Looking for girls and women for a Flower Girl Reunion Marching Unit in this year's Independence Day Parade (July 6). Contact Ellen Knapp at Neshobe School if you 247-3721 if you want to march!

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