News and Notes

The Waterline Project is well underway!!
  The long awaited waterline construction, replacing the damaged line from Irene, is proceeding nicely. The Chamber wants to help make this as painless as possible and use it as a model for dealing with issues during the larger Segment 6 construction approaching in the next few years. We've had good communication so far and with all our help and participation we can make this go as smoothly as possible.
The project manager from JA McDonald has been meeting with us every Friday during construction and continues to update us on the past week's progress and provide a schedule of the upcoming week's work. If you have any questions and concerns contact me at or call 247-6401 and I'll be sure to get your issue to the right folks.


  Saturday, May 3

  The traffic realignment seems to be working fairly well. Again I urge you to be alert and cautious as we continue to acclimate to the new traffic flow. If things continue to go well and there are no set-backs, the traffic pattern should return to normal sometime during the week of May 12th.

  Reminder that all the Park Street businesses are open and parking is available from Lake Sunapee Bank all the way to Li's Chinese restaurant. Or park on Park Street and wander down to the Inn and Inside Scoop on these sunny days.

  The schedule is attached for work from 5/5 to 5/9. The schedule shows a possible 4 hour water shutdown for the Brandon Inn and Inside scoop Monday morning, but the contractor is hoping this will only be a half hour or so. They always plan for longer times in case of any problems encountered. There will continue to be flaggers at the base of Seminary Hill and some potential for one lane traffic on Route 7. Thanks for your continued patience and caution throughout the downtown.

    Click on any of the links below to view the schedules.
Also notes from the March 19th meeting.
We want to gather as much contact information as possible from all of you who will be affected by the possible water shut offs and construction issues. We are therefore collecting email addresses and cell phone numbers to facilitate the quick dispersal of notices and emergency issues arising during the project. We'll send text blasts, emails and newsletters to keep everyone as up to the minute as possible. Thanks for your cooperation.
       Please email the following information to:
--Business name
--Business landline phone number
--Contact name
--Cell phone number(s)
--email address


"THE PANHANDLERS STEEL BAND"...7:00 pm...Tickets, $10 at the door, $8 in advance. The

Panhandlers are Vermont's largest Caribbean Steel "Pan" band. With 10 regular members the big happy sounds that these musicians draw from their recycled 55 gallon oil drums have been setting hips to motion and giving goose bumps of delight to listeners since 2002. The mainstay of the band's repertoire is largely of the island variety but ranges from easy going calypsos such as Jamaica Farewell and Yellow Bird, to all out turbo powered

socas and even a good dose of "classic" American pop! What a great way to open our season as the Panhandlers take you on a tropical vacation to a place with bright sun, white sand, turquoise blue water and having fun. Tickets can be purchased at Carr's Florist and Gifts or at the door.

Sponsored by: Andrew & Bethany Menkart, Marine, OMYA, Kathy & Wayne Rausenberger, Sally Wood, Ben & Claudette Lawton, Virginia Wolf.


SILENT MOVIE..."THE WINNING OF BARBARA WORTH" (1926)...7:00 pm...Free Will Offering

"The Winning of Barbara Worth" starring Ronald Colman and Vilma Banky is an epic Western about the settling and irrigation of California's Imperial Valley, once a wasteland but now an agricultural paradise. Shot on location by director Henry King in Nevada's Black Rock desert, one of the first films to take audiences to the wide open spaces of the great American West. With a young Gary Cooper playing a key role. Music by our ever popular and talented Jeff Rapsis. Sponsored by Nancy & Gary Meffe.


    Click on the link below for the Town Hall's whole summer of fun!!




 Plan-It Sheri Catering and Sheri's Diner

It's time to plan ahead for your catering needs for the spring and summer.
 Plan-It Sheri Catering has been serving central Vermont since 2002. No job is too small or too big. We can cater an in-office business lunch or help you create memories to last a lifetime.
*Wedding Showers
*Business Meetings
*Bar Mitzvahs
*Family Reunions
*Boating Trips
*Memorial Services


Contact me by email
or call 802-247-8837.

  Welcome 2014 New Members!!



Sue Gage & Bob Induni

Rod & Judi Pulsifer 




Miller Hill Farm
       1201 Magazine Street    


Own a business?? Join us and connect with other dynamic businesses in the Brandon area.


Click her for a Chamber Business application 


We also have many Individual Members -- what a great way to support a local non-profit and all the great things we do in our town.


 Just click here for an application ($50 annual individual membership)   










From beautifully decorated rocking chairs, horses and cradles to concerts, from live theater to town-wide yard sales ... and more, Brandon is the place to be for a summer of rocking good times.


The "rocking objects" are courtesy of the Brandon Artists' Guild, and part of the "Art Rocks Brandon" celebration. Be sure to look for them to be showing up around town in the coming weeks. And, be sure to look here for all the upcoming event listings and information throughout the summer as "Brandon Rocks On".


Check out the Chamber Events page for listings of happenings throughout the summer.

            Events Calendar



Well we all know it- but once again Brandon's water has been recognized as the best in Vermont !!


Brandon's award-winning Water

Fire District wins Environmental Excellence Award



BRANDON - The efforts of Brandon Fire District No. 1 have once again been recognized in creating the best drinking water in the state.

The district has received a 2014 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence in the municipal category for its Comprehensive Groundwater Source Protection Plan and for being the first municipality in the state to receive Class II reclassification of its drinking water sources.

Brandon Water Supervisor Ray Counter said he is pleased with the recognition.

"It's a positive for Brandon," Counter said. "I see it working because so many people now are aware of what a valuable resource we have in our water. It's my hope we can use it as a resource for economic development, which has been my goal over the last three or four years."

Mother's Day High Tea featuring Fred Barnes


For Mother's Day, Brandon Music presents a traditional English style High Tea, featuring the music of Fred Barnes.  Fred will serenade diners with music from the 1920s era as might have been heard on 'Downton Abbey', plus the light tunes and romantic ballads he is known for.


Douglas Anderson, Executive Director of the Middlebury Town Hall Theater says "Fred Barnes is a master. He commands a seemingly endless repertoire of standards, all served up with breath-taking technique. I'd say that no one plays piano like this anymore, except that there's nothing old-fashioned about his playing. In Fred's hands, even the oldest standard becomes as fresh as the day it was written."


English High Tea includes toasted crumpets with honey butter, a variety of small sandwiches, fat rascals, treacle tart, a selection of small cakes, and finished with a delightful English strawberry trifle.


High Tea will be served by reservation only on May 11th from 11:30-4pm. Tickets for tea and music are just $24. Reserve your spot by calling (802) 465-4071 or e-mail


Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733.



Snake Mountain Bluegrass and The Connor Sisters


Snake Mountain Bluegrass uses both a traditional and more modern approach to their bluegrass style, from hard driving "breakdowns" to softer, folk-type arrangements. Brandon Music presents them along with the talented Connor Sisters on Saturday, May 17th at 7:30pm.


Gregg Humphrey and Mike Connor formed Snake Mountain Bluegrass about twenty five years ago. At the time, both Gregg (guitar and vocals) and Mike (banjo and vocals) were living near Snake Mountain and someone asked them what style of bluegrass they played. "Snake Mountain Bluegrass," was their immediate response and the name has been theirs ever since. Beside them, stand Earle Provin (mandolin and resophonic guitar), Randy Kirby (bass), and Chris Prickett (fiddle).

Snake Mountain will be joined by the unique blend of "sister harmonies" with three young women from Addison County, known as The Connor Sisters. Middlebury Town Hall Theater, Executive Director, Douglas Anderson says, when Katie (guitar), Monica (fiddle) and Meaghan (mandolin and lead vocals) "join forces with Snake Mountain, it's a big joyful sound."

Gregg Humphrey is the "Energizer Bunny" of the Snake Mountain group. His robust vocal style, coupled with a high-octane acoustic 6-string guitar, pushes the audience to toe-tapping in sync with the music. Mike Connor has a fine Irish tenor voice and plays the banjo which makes him the target of the banjo jokes, but he takes it well. Earle Provin is the Renaissance Man in the bunch, a generally quiet sort with a wry and subtle wit and an incredible talent on the mandolin, 6-string guitar, and National Steel.He also plays a resophonic guitar adding a unique sound to the bluegrass treatment of their songs.   

Chris Prickett has been playing fiddle and various instruments in Maine until moving back to his hometown of Middlebury. He is now working with area youths to help them enjoy and perform traditional folk, country and bluegrass music. Randy Kirby lives in Salisbury and is a veteran of many musical bands and genres. Although he plays electronic bass for Snake Mountain, he is also a fine guitar player, enjoying traditional country and rock music.

Snake Mountain Bluegrass has recently released two CDs:  'Bout Time', which features their unique blend of bluegrass music and tight harmony singing; and 'Under the Radar', which includes seven original songs.


Tickets are $15 with a pre-concert dinner available for $20.  Reservations are required for dinner. Venue is BYOB.  Call (802) 465-4071 or e-mail  for reservations or more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733.    http://snakemountainbluegrass


Union Street Co-Offices
Affordable, Professional and Private!
New! Co-office space in Brandon with three individual offices. 

Located on 25 Union Street at corner of Union St. and Railroad Ave.
Walking distance to the center of town and all village amenities.

Furnished Offices
Free WiFi/Internet until 2015
Security System
Conference Room - shared
Comfortable Waiting Area
Kitchen with Refrigerator, Stove and Dishwasher
Bathroom with Shower
Handicapped Entrance
Off-street Parking
Rent: $350 - 375/month includes all utilities

"This is the first phase in our co-office plan - three private offices with a shared conference room, waiting area and kitchen.  Phase two is an open floor plan with 6 - 8 desks, and shared amenities. We are really excited about this  new plan and it is a great opportunity for small businesses and start-ups.  This  is the new trend in office space in urban areas all over the country and it also  makes lots of sense for Brandon.  
I am happy to talk to anyone about the spaces that are available."


Stephanie Zak Jerome
247-3214 (office)


Brandon Lumber/Bethel Mills is seeking a Yard Person. 

 Brandon Location

General Lumber yard duties:  Receiving and putting away lumber, fulfilling customer orders, assisting customers in yard, driving deliveries and unloading.

 Skills:  Forklift operation, Pickup and Flatbed truck operation 

 Job can start immediately.  Pay is negotiable with experience.  Busy seasons are upon us and good hours with overtime should be available.


Contact Mike Carr, Store Manager at Brandon Lumber.  Stop in to pick up an application or go to for more information and application. You will also find a full listing of Bethel Mills jobs.  Many might be posted to other locations than Brandon.  Our locations are Brandon, Bethel, Randolph, Hancock and Woodstock. 


 Summer must be coming because our local treasure, Neshobe Golf Club, is up and running for another great season! Pro Rodney Bicknell is eager to have all the local folks come up and play a round of golf, enjoy a Thursday Men's Night or a Wednesday Ladies Night and see why Neshobe is one of Vermont's most beloved courses. Rodney is also excited to announce the Grand Opening of the Long Iron Restaurant & Pub.

Chef Jim Doria always pleases with a delicious offering every week. Call the club for times and to see what's on the menu this week 247-3611 or email Rodney to add you to his newsletter-


Ask him about the special golf offer for Brandon Chamber Members!!!


 Watercolors: The Artist's Story

 "With watercolor, the paint participates in the creative process - you don't so much control it as collaborate with it."


These words, by Andrea Varney speak to the challenge of working in such a difficult medium. But this is a challenge Gayl M. Braisted, Lyn DuMoulin, Maurie Harrington, and Varney have all met and used to tell their own story. Watercolors: The Artist's Story is an exhibit of collected works by these fine artists, open now and running through June 30th.


Meet the artists during 'Story Hour' on Sunday, May 25th at 2pm. Maurie Harrington, Lyn DuMoulin, and Andrea Varney will share their stories, discuss their work, talk about techniques, and maybe even reveal a few secrets. Light refreshments will be served.


Braisted's precision and attention to detail come from her many years creating architectural drawings while DuMoulin's feature the scenes of her recreational summers where she moves "at warp speed" playing in the Adirondack Mountains and North Country. "From the natural world flow my paintings", says DuMoulin, "I love to paint people, canoes, mountains, and the black waters of the great North Country." 


After working in pen and ink, Braisted moved to watercolors in hopes that it would free her style from the accurate, detail work required for architectural renderings.  "I looked at the work of a few watercolorists I admired and found, alas, that I could be nearly as exacting and detailed as I am in pen and ink."

"The Traveling Artist", as Harrington is known, carries with her an artist's perspective on the people and places she visits and paints. From the quiet, muted tones of soft flowers, to the vibrant blast of color displayed by the flashy set, Harrington uses a variety of techniques to convey and explore nature's offerings.


Varney began painting in watercolor in 1993, conveying exacting detail of flowers, but after she nearly lost her life due to a drunk driver, she began to experiment. Knowing that "life is short, and can change in an instant" motivated her to take more chances with her art and to "create" in other ways. She abandoned her tiny brushes for fat ones, and used pigment and space more freely, filling her paintings with shapes, colors and vibrancy.


The Compass Music and Arts Center is open seven days a week from 10-5pm and is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Dr. Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off of Arnold District Rd.) .


Fabri-cations:Fabric & Fiber, Marvels Visitors


Fabri-cations: Fabric & Fiber is a hit with visitors. Guests are in awe of the "eclectic collections" and find it "inspiring".  The exhibit, which shows several varying techniques and styles, from contemporary quilts, the art of fashion and one-of-a-kind accessories, to home décor and sculpted dolls, is open through June 15th at the Compass Music and Arts Center.


Visitors have stated that the exhibit is "absolutely stunning", "unique and beautiful", and "gorgeous and meticulous". The talented and creative artists include Mim Zelis, Swan&Stone Millinery, Elinor Steele, Judith Reilly, Nancy Jewett, Lee Greenewalt, Elizabeth Fram, MaryKay Dempewolff, Judy Dales, and Fran Bull.


Wool is a prevalently used material in the exhibit with Swan&Stone Millinery's hats, fascinators and other whimsical wearables they create from their own farm-raised wool.  Elinor Steele and Nancy Jewett also utilize wool. Jewett's contemporary Folk Art style in her rug hooking is a contrast to the widely recognized primitive rugs. She dyes her own wool and gets inspiration from her passion of wildlife and music for her whimsically designs. As a weaver, Steele uses a large palette of wool yarns to achieve the desired colors and gradients in her contemporary hand-woven tapestries. She combines a strong sense of color and composition with meticulous craftsmanship using traditional tapestry techniques.


Also a weaver, Lee Greenewalt says, "I love weaving because it fascinates and surprises me and allows me to produce fabric to enrich people's homes with comfort and color." Greenewalt practices all kinds of fiber techniques using math, color, and texture together to create patterns that evoke a mood or a landscape.


Award-winning sculptor, painter, printmaker and performance artist, Fran Bull brings accessories to the exhibit in the form of her silk scarves.  The creation of her silk scarves was a conscious choice by Bull to transfer some of her painted canvases to wearable fabric, bringing the image into a completely different realm, that of decoration, whereas the original art was, in and of itself, about other ideas.


As Red Clover... SEW Vermont!, MaryKay Dempewolff and Mim Zelis feature their unique dresses and sculpted dolls; Judith Reilly's vibrant and fun fiber designs convey her sense of humor; Elizabeth Fram shows her art quilts and textile collages; and Judy Dales presents her stunning curvilinear-designed quilts.


The Compass Music and Arts Center is open seven days a week from 10-5pm and is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Dr. Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off of Arnold District Rd.) .


 To: Food Service Professional, Retail Food Store Managers, Farmers, Farmer Markets and Food Entrepreneurs.
From: Training to Excel
Re: Global Food Protection Awareness with Food Safety, Food Defense and Food Security

Now offering four specialized Food Safety Courses for you and your team associates
New! HACCP Certification offering Employee and Manager Level's.
Manager Level is one day session, best for Owners, Chefs, and Managers who purchase foods and develop menus. Pre-requisite of an ANSI approved Safety course such as ServSafe® or SURE Manager

Manager Level Two day session: for participants without a prior ANSI approved Food Safety course.

Employee Level: one day session for culinary and service Team Associates No pre-requisite needed
ServSafe® Certification one day class best for Individuals Professionals, Proprietors, Chefs, Managers, Food Distributors, Health Care Facilities and Food Management Corporations etc. 
Food Handler Certificates half day sessions for Front and Back of House Team Associates schedule a Food Handler group session at your convenience

 Classes conducted in Brandon, Vermont either at the Café Provence, Brandon Library or Country Inn

 Classes easily arranged and tailored per request at on your business location or other preferred site.

 Additional details, fees, classes, Call 802.247.0098 or browse Web:

 Pre-scheduled classes in Brandon, Vermont location are posted on web site

 Preregister at least two weeks prior to request session allowing time to study book for examination.

Norm Milot, Owner
Certified Instructor and Registered Proctor





Animate and Inanimate
Photography by Lowell Snowdon Klock
Watercolor by Jean Cannon
Bending and gradually changing directions is the path of a curve and an artist.
Photographer, Lowell Snowdon Klock, of Wallingford, and watercolorist, Jean Cannon, of Burlington, have combined energy in the presentation of this show. From exotic archways to human form, each artist's work flows with grace and feeling.

The show opens Friday, May 2nd, and runs through June 30th.  

Brandon Artists Guild,  7 Center St.  802-247-4956

The gallery is open every day from 10am - 5pm 





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Please think of us as you clean out, perk up and sort out. We'll pick up good quality items and store them till the BIG day- July 22nd!! You'll feel great and we'll continue to promote our great little village and help all our friends and neighbors!!


Spring Cleaning ??

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is thinking FALL! 
While you're sorting through your clothes this spring, we have
some needs for next October's Harvest Days- Leaf People.


We need-
Hats- ladies fancy ones and childrens.
Shoes- all types- ladies fancy & childrens
Gloves and Mittens
Socks, tights and knee socks
Youth clothing- no babies or toddlers
Skirts and long sleeve dresses
Scarves, handbags and jewelry


You can drop them off at Carr's Florist & Gifts.


Thanks for your support!!




Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project

Open House -- Thurs., May 8th, Otter Valley UHS, 5-8p.m.
Open House -- Thurs., May 15th, West Rutland Town Hall, 5-8p.m.

  • At each open house, Rutland County residents will have an opportunity to learn more about natural gas and about the project by speaking one-on-one with Vermont Gas employees and experts in conversion, construction and energy efficiency.   
    In addition to print, online and radio advertisements promoting these open houses, invitations have been sent to the more than 28,000 households of all potential Phase 3 communities (Leicester, Salisbury, Brandon, Pittsford, Proctor, West Rutland, Rutland Town and the City of Rutland).



    The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet on Monday, May19th, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. Chamber membership and the general public are invited to attend.


    scroll down to the bottom of this email and check them out!






     The list is growing as is the number of cards in members' (including employees) hands. Here's the list to date.  

        BRANDON BIZ CARD 2014                                            updated 4/25/14


          • Antiques By The Falls: 10% most everything in the store.
          • Brandon Music Gift Shop - Bagatelle's - 5% discount.
          • Brandon Inn: "The Friends and Family Discount" - $20.00 off a double occupancy room for a chamber member, employee of a member and their relatives. Some restrictions may apply. Please make reservation in advance.
          • Café Provence: 10% off menu items; not valid with any other special offer or discount.
          • Carr's Florist & Gifts- 10% off all cash & carry cut flowers. Choose from our cooler full of fresh and beautiful blooms!
          • Compass Music and Arts Gift Shop at Park Village - 5% discount.
          • Computer EZ - New and exciting. Computer-EZ, Inc., a long time Brandon Chamber member, is now offering 10% off on anything and everything, including but not limited to computers, networking equipment, and labor costs for network setup, computer clean up, etc to all Biz Card holders. We also have a number of other specials going on right now, to help everyone get out of that old Windows XP computer, which by the way, is no longer safe on line! We will include in the price of the new machine, moving all of your data and installing your applications, wiping the old hard drive to make sure your data doesn't get "out there", and then recycling the old computer. If you are more comfortable keeping the old hard drive for yourself, no problem, we will wrap it in an antistatic bag for safe keeping! We will be glad to quote on delivering the new machine, and getting it set up on your network, installing your printers, etc.
          • Country Owl Studio: 10% off everything;
          • Country Village Campground: 10% off of daily and weekly campsite rental for the 2014 season.        


          • Cozy Cottages: 5% off;

          • Creative Fiber Design: 10% all purchases. Find Maria at Brandon Farmer's Market on Fridays!
          • Electrolyis, Megyn Pitner; Providing Permanent Hair Removal for men and women.  Free Consultation and 10% off each session. 802-683-4775 18 Union St. 
          • Gazebo Inn: 10% off for reservations made by Chamber members for their friends / family.
          • Gourmet Provence: 10% store wide (does not include wine); not valid with any other special offer or discount.
          • Jam Man Entertainment and Vermont Memories Photo Booth: 10% discount for services performed by the Jam Man Entertainment business as well as the Vermont Memories Photo Booth. Cannot be used with any other discount, coupon or gift certificate.
          • Jeff Smith, P.C. Attorney at Law: 20% off all professional legal services. 4 Carver St, Brandon; 802-247-3737
          • Inside Scoop: Free topping with any cup of ice cream purchase 802-247-6600
          • Little Pressroom: 10% discount for the card bearer's first Promotional Product or Print Order. 18 Creek Road, Middlebury; 802-388-2337
          • Maple View Farm Alpacas: 10% off Yarn and Roving. http://www.mapleviewfarmalpacas. 802-247-5412
          • Nourish Your Purpose: 20% off any professional health coaching or detox services/programs; 10% off classes & workshops. (AnnMarie Roth, Nourish Your Purpose, 39 Center Street, 247.5300,
          • Otter Valley Winery (at Cozy Cottage): 10% discount;
          • Safer Society Foundation: 10% off books. (All deal with some aspect of sexual abuse)
          • Shapiro's Department Store: 10% off original priced items, storewide
          • Sheri's Diner: Free drink with any meal purchase
          • Thomas A. Coleman, DDS: 10% off cleanings/x-rays/examination for each family member, per year. 802-247-3336
          • Visual Learning Systems: Digital Science Online: Primary, Elementary or Middle School Editions, special home pricing  $99, $79, or $69 per year. DSO is an educational subscription for kids in Grades K - 9 to a core-curricular library of science videos, video clips, animations, images, assessments and student activities. tel. 802-247-3214.
          • Village Spa: 20% off all services . Not valid with any other discounts or special offers.
          • Wood's Market Garden: $2.00 off any hanging basket, not valid with other discounts.

    It is super easy to add your offering to the list. Just give a call (802-247-6401) or send an email (  


    Not a Chamber member but want to get in on the Biz Card action?

    We have many Individual Members -- what a great way to support a local non-profit and get your Biz Card! Just click here for an application ($50 annual membership)  



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    Just click here 



    Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce
    PO Box 267, Brandon, VT 05733
    802-247-6401 ~   ~