September 29th Newsletter

Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace and Community Center


Celebrating 5 years since our opening, thanking our dedicated volunteers and a little something extra!


  Believe it or not it's been five years since our little info center, museum and community center opened! We decided to honor the volunteers, who've worked so hard all these years to keep it open and serving the public, with a small barbecue. Thanks Sheri Sullivan of Sheri's Diner for a tasty meal. And thanks to the Stephen Douglas board members for providing desserts. It was another glorious and warm fall evening and the crowd listened to Museum Steward Dan Celik thank them for their time and service and also enjoyed a few thoughts and remembrances from Blaine Cliver, an important part of the team that brought our ideas to fruition, and our first Museum Steward, and current board president, John Dilts.

  It was a fun and friendly evening made a little better when President Dilts "surprised" everyone with a special recognition to past Brandon Chamber executive director and driving force behind the Douglas Center's complete realization, Janet Mondlak.

  Thanks to Janet's hard work, attention to detail and slightly nagging persistence, this building was able to be funded, planned, staffed and generally recognized as a true Brandon treasure! The Douglas board had pondered long and hard as to just how to recognize her in a lasting tribute. There were ideas ranging from the Mondlak picnic table to the Janet Mondlak auto-flush toilet, but the winning idea was----


                              The "Janet Mondlak Visitor Center"


After 21 years of representing Brandon and interacting with our many tourists through the Chamber and spending much of the last 7-8 years of her job working to make the dream of a visitor's center, public restroom, museum and community room a reality, it seemed like the perfect way to say- "Thank you Janet"



The Museum is always looking for more volunteers to staff the Museum from early May to mid October. It's fun, only one 2-3 hour shift per week and you meet lots of interesting folks. Talk to some of our veteran volunteers and plan on joining us in 2015.   Check us out on Facebook too!



It's that time of year again..................

HarvestFest- This Saturday, October 4th from 10-2

Make Your Own Leaf Person                              


Visitors and townspeople, old and young, enjoy making "Harvest People" (a/k/a stick figures, scarecrows, leaf people...). At HarvestFest, we supply all materials, accessories, and instruction on how to make your very own "Harvest Person." This event is a great way for people to be creative and let imaginations run wild. Event-goers choose clothes, a hat, shoes, and embellishments to personalize their own "Person." Bring your own clothes or choose from our assortment. Volunteers help with the finishing touches. The first "Harvest Person" per family is free of charge. After that, they are only $5 each.

  Besides Harvest People-making, the event includes hayrides and pumpkins, delicious grill, apple pies, donuts and all kinds of treats, all offered by area non-profit organizations.

  Leaf People making is sponsored by the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce, this event begins at 10 a.m. in Central Park, Brandon. Rain location will be announced if necessary. For more info call 802-247-6401 or visit

These events take a lot of effort, if you can help, the Chamber can always use more volunteers. Please call Bernie Carr at 247-6401 if you want to join in the fun.

2014 Chamber Golf Mixer!!
The 3 Amigos Annual Chamber Golf Extravaganza Tuesday, September 9th was a wonderful evening!

A perfect evening of beautiful fall weather highlighted the fun and fellowship shared at the Chamber's first golf mixer in three years! Seasoned golfers and first timers had a great time swinging away, laughing and generally having a blast! Be sure to come out next year and join in the fun.
Many thanks to Chef Jim Doria for the super Mexican dinner, and to Rodney and Karla for hosting us at beautiful Neshobe Golf Course.
Thanks to all who participated- you're ALL winners!

And a thank you to our sponsors- Fostering Wellness, Carr's Florist & Gifts and Holden Financial Services.



Bright new sign board!!
A coat of paint makes such a difference!

The Chamber thanks Devon Fuller for a fantastic job on the bus stop Sign Board building. It was a true community effort as Devon volunteered to do the painting, Aubuchons donated the paint and Brandon Lumber's cracker jack artist Pete Brainerd replaced the broken Lucite and painted the frame. We're a lucky little town to have such great folks willing to pitch in and make things better and more beautiful.
A big thanks to all!!


Open Studio Weekend, statewide, is a celebration of the creative process and the workspaces of Vermont artists. Fall is prime time to explore Vermont roads, seeking out the many visual artists living in our area. The Vermont Crafts Council (VCC) prepares the comprehensive map/booklets that list the sites of and directions to 108 craftspeople, artists, and galleries.


 The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) is a main information center where a touring visitor, besides obtaining the VCC map, can enjoy the artwork of 53 artists: painters, sculptors, jewelers, ceramic and stained-glass artists, furniture makers and other woodworkers, as well as a featured-artist exhibition, in this instance Warren Kimble's exciting new wood assemblages.

 Using the Guild as a jump-off point, one can move on to other art venues in town and take in the fine shops and restaurants of Brandon.


 Nearby artist studios on the VCC map:

Susan Smith-Hunter's studio will feature new hand-built wall planters, eclectic ceramic sculpture, and some experimental warm glass plaques. Her mosaics are of the pique-assiette type -- using broken crockery to form patterns and designs. She reports that she'll be working on a one-of-a-kind wall planter, in order to explain her process. The reclaiming of dry clay will be in the works, and "there is probability of a greeting cat."


 In walking distance between Smith-Hunter and the Guild, Joan Curtis's art fills five rooms of her house including two studio spaces. Art-in-process for a future show can be seen, and Curtis is also glad to show visitors how she makes small papier-mache figures -- being prepared for the holiday season.


 Directly north of town on Rte 7, Medana Gabbard, well-known for her colorful folk art paintings, will show a selection of glass mosaics depicting shimmering Vermont autumn trees. She says, "I am looking forward to Open Studio Weekend to meet new people and share my newest inspirations from my Vermont surroundings." Gabbard's gallery space includes contemporary art and metal sculpture by artist Edward Galda.


 An extra bonus: Devotees of the statewide self-tour are fortunate to find in Brandon two superb art shows: Warren Kimble's House of Cards (mentioned above;; and, at Compass Music & Arts Center, ArtFULL Vermont -- a multi-media group exhibit, displaying the work of sixteen artists from other areas of Vermont (


 Again, Open Studio Weekend starts with a stop at the BAG, for the statewide Vermont Crafts Council map. Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center Street, Brandon, VT. Hours: Daily: 10 to 5. (802 247 4956;


Open Studio Weekend, Fall 2014, October 4th and 5th (Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM.)



October performance
at the Town Hall
A busy season winds down!
OCTOBER 18TH SILENT MOVIE..."CHILLER THEATER" Our very popular "Chiller Theater" will conclude our Silent MovieFestival and will be held in the Brandon Town Hall on Saturday, October 18th at 7:00 pm. This annual event takes place in the unheated town hall and everyone dresses accordingly. From hats to mittens to blankets, folks file in to enjoy our last event of the season (Maybe we will get lucky and it will be hot out!!!!) Jeff Rapsis brings his multi-talented skills to this double feature starring Lon Chaney just in time for Halloween. Two classic silent films that will creep you out. In "The Unknown" (1927). Lon Chaney plays "Alonzo the Armless", a disabled circus performer smitten with Joan Crawford. What he does to prove his love for her makes for an unforgettably twisted tale from director Tod Browing. Plus: a second Lon Chaney feature will be shown to complete your chilling night. This is a Free Will offering event sponsored by: Lake Sunapee Bank.
  Thanks for all the support, this was our busiest season ever!


2014 New Members- go to for more info on our newest members

Daniel Murphy Auctions- Daniel Murphy is a licensed Auctioneer, handling public auctions, estate sales & auctions, antiques, tag sales, glass, ceramics, collectables, art, sports cards & memorabilia, pop culture, records and more. 

Sue Gage & Bob Induni
Rod & Judi Pulsifer 
-Daniel Murphy Auctions
-Sharon Stearns CPA,PLLC
-Book & Leaf- Joanne & Steve Errick
-Miller Hill Farm- Carl Phelps & Nan Jenks-Jay
-1201 Magazine Street- Kate Briggs
Own a business?? Join us and connect with other dynamic businesses in the Brandon area.
Just click here for an application and rates.  
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. (Individual membership is only $50/year)

Call to Artists: The Art of Giving - : - The Giving of Art
Holiday show, to be held from November 7, 2014 through January 11, 2015


The Compass Music and Arts Center is currently accepting work for their "Art of Giving - : -  The Giving of Art" holiday show, to be held from November 7, 2014 through January 11, 2015.

 The Holiday season is around the corner and everyone will be out looking for that perfect gift. We're looking for decorative, functional, festive, and/or simply attractive works of art, accessories, holiday ornaments and other fun gifts. Everything from tree ornaments, holiday decorations, small works of art, jewelry, scarves and more can be exhibited.


All work is accepted if it fits the following criteria: 

  • All work must be for sale and is not to exceed the price tag of $100.
  • 2D works must be framed and wired, ready to hang and come with labels stating the Artist, Title, Medium and Price. All display accessories (tables, pedestals, cabinets, racks, etc) for 3D works must be supplied by the artist. Each piece must be labeled with the artist's Name, Title (if appropriate), Medium and Price.  

For all 2D and 3D works in all media, there is an entry fee of $5 per piece submitted with a minimum requirement of 3 pieces in order to best show your work.

 For ornaments, there is a $10 fee for up to 30 ornaments. At least half the ornaments entered will be on  display at any one time. Display space in the form of a tree or other, will be provided for each contributing artist.Ornaments must be ready to hang with appropriate wire, hook, or ribbon with a price tag on each.  


 Please contact us if you wish to discuss an alternate arrangement which better suits your type of work.

 The commission rate on sold work is 35%.


 Space is limited. Your intention to participate must be made by October 6 with the submission form and materials submitted, at the very latest by, October 20. Artwork is to be delivered by November 3. Submission forms are available online at Contact us at 802-247-4295 or for more information or to state your intention to participate.


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.) .



Beginning Piano Lessons

Beginning piano lessons are now being offered at Compass Music and Arts Center. Instructor, Kim Hewitt has taught piano for the past ten years in Bristol, Vermont and currently teaches at Otter Valley Union High School.


The lessons, which are open to children and adults, will be offered Monday and Thursday from 3:30-5:00pm, starting October 6th. $15 for a half hour lesson. Call Kim at 802-989-1694 to schedule lessons or for further details.


The Compass Music and Arts Center is open seven days a week from 10-5pm and is located at Park Village, 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.).



Twangtown Paramours live at Brandon Music


Performing on Saturday, October 4th at 7:30pm.

The music of the Twangtown Paramours has been called "Sophisticated Americana", and is a hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes.  This acoustic duo is known for their well-crafted and award-winning songs, top-notch lead singing, and fine harmonies.  They have performed at nationally recognized venues such as Uncle Calvin's in Dallas, Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, and the Bluebird Café in Nashville.

 Lilli Kuzma, host of "Folk Festival" on WDCB Public Radio (Glen Ellyn/Chicago) has this to say about 'The Promise of Friday Night', the duo's sophomore album: "The Twangtown Paramours have delivered another collection of great songs artfully arranged and exceptionally well-produced ... in short, a red-hot winner. The duo of Mike T. Lewis, the primary songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist, and Mary Beth Zamer, the main singer, whose voice glides with the music like a bird soaring over crystal clear water, makes the Twangtown Paramours a union of complementary talents and sizzling chemistry."

 The Twangtown Paramours include Mary Beth Zamer and Mike T. Lewis.  Lead vocal singer, Mary Beth Zamer has sung professionally since the age of 18.  Before Nashville, Zamer was a fixture of the local music scene in Washington, D.C. area.  Zamer toured Europe, worked as a guest artist with several bands and sang background vocals for the band, Method Actor featuring Eva Cassidy.  Mike T. Lewis has played both guitar and bass for "a million and a half years" as he puts it.  Lewis sometimes tours with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, playing upright bass.  In 1997 Lewis had a #1 pop hit in South Korea called "A Heartbeat Away" and has since signed a publishing deal with Universal for all their Asian territories.

 In 2012, Zamer won the Michael Terry People's Choice Award in the Wildflower Arts & Music Festival Songwriter Contest. Later that year, the Twangtown Paramour's studio album was released to radio and reached #2 on the Folk DJ Chart.  Last year the duo was chosen for a second time to be finalists in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk contest. 


Concert tickets are $15.00. A pre-concert dinner is available for $20.00.  Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802)465-4071 or e-mail for reservations or for information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733 | 




Compass Collectors Show


The Compass Music and Arts Center is hosting a Collectors Show on Sunday, October 5th from 10-4pm. A wide range of small antiques, collectibles, ephemera, vinyl and vintage recordings and audio equipment will be for sale. Join us whether you are a serious collector or just browsing.


Interested in selling your items? Regardless if you are a dealer or private seller, we'd love to have you join us. The deadline to reserve a spot is Friday, October 3rdor until all spots are filled. $25 per space, $30 if borrowing a table for display purposes. Items for sale must meet reasonable standards, as opposed to yard sale quality.


Visit or call 802-247-4295 for more details.


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.) .

Flute performance by Vermont Virtuosi at Brandon Music
Brandon Music- October 10th

Vermont Virtuosi, Vermont's dynamic chamber music series, continues its innovative programming with a concert for multiple flutes at Brandon Music on October 10th at 7:30pm. The Times Argus says the ensemble, which is led by artistic director Laurel Ann Maurer, presents "intriguing programs expertly played".


Joining Maurer will be some of the finest flutists in New England, performing music by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, Caliendo, Seussdorf, and Vermont composer David Gunn. UVM and Middlebury College Affiliate Artist Anne Janson will solo in Mozart's "Andante in C." Other members of the ensemble include Hilary Goldblatt, Alison Hale, Melissa Mielens, Robin Cameron Phillips, and Norman Thibodeau. Together, the large flute ensemble plays the full array, playing piccolo, C flute, alto flute, bass flute and contrabass flute.


Among the ensembles in which these musicians perform are the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, the New Hampshire Symphony, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and the Burlington Chamber Orchestra.


Tickets are $15.00 with a pre-concert dinner available for $20.00.  Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. 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. 



Songsmith, David Berkeley, to perform at Brandon Music


Saturday, October 11th

Itinerant songsmith and author David Berkeley went out into the sagebrush and cactus of New Mexico and found his head was similarly ablaze.  It is in this location that he writes songs capable of both breaking and mending the heart.  Brandon Music will have a superlative evening of music when Berkeley performs on Saturday, October 11th at 7:30pm.

 Berkeley's doleful baritone and vulnerable falsetto, called "lustrous and melancholy" by the New York Times showcase his profoundly elegiac lyrics.  Berkeley cites Yeats and Melville among his greatest influences.  For his unique way with words, the San Francisco Chronicle dubbed Berkeley a "musical poet".  David is an American literary songwriter, a poster child, and not simply because he graduated from Harvard.

 A New Jersey native, Berkeley has lived in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Berkeley and Corsica.  Santa Fe is now home where he lives with his wife and two sons.  He has written a memoir, "140 Goats and a Guitar" and is working on a second book.

 The Houston Chronicle sums up Berkeley's style: "There's an understated quality about Berkeley's songwriting and music... he has a gift for metaphor and turning a phrase, but his songs tend to be fairly relatable.  Musically they start as what you'd call folk - though not earnest, wide-eyed hippie folk.  The songs Berkeley sings have a light lush and layered sound."

 Berkeley's hit song "Fire Sign" originally appeared in the CBS-TV show "Without a Trace".  Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author, asked Berkeley to write a song based on his new novel.  Berkeley is the recipient of the ASCAP's Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award.  He maintains a near-constant touring schedule both in the states and abroad.  He has opened for Adele, Mumford & Sons, Don Mclean, Billy Bragg and many more.  Berkeley has performed on Mountain Stage, the World Café and numerous other venues. 

"Berkeley's gift as a songwriter and storyteller is that he sees both the tragedy and the comedy in life, managing to both reveal the sorrow at the heart of the human condition and the blazing joy and beauty in the same", says the Albuquerque Journal.  Berkeley tells uproarious stories between heartbreaking songs.  His fans respond so deeply to his music and look to him to express what they are often unable to articulate.


Concert tickets are $15.  A pre-concert dinner is available for $20.  Reservations are recommended for the show and required for dinner.  Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 465-4071 or e-mail for reservations or information.  Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733.


Rutland Regional Planning Commission
Public forum on Thursday, October 16th- 7-9pm

  The Rutland Regional Planning Commission has started work on a project called the Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative (VERI) which the town of Brandon has been selected to participate in. VERI is a project of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, and its aim is to help the state and local communities by evaluating local flood risk to business and infrastructure, and identify the steps communities and the state can take to minimize rebuilding and recovery costs and ensure businesses stay open. There will be two community workshops in Brandon over the next several months, and the project will culminate in a report with strategies for how the town can make its economic center more resilient.
There will be a community forum on Thursday, October 16th from 7-9pm. Please see the attached flier for more info veri community forum flier

Brandon Music presents the Emily Mure Trio


Saturday, October 18th

Brandon Music is fortunate once again to welcome Emily Mure, singer-songwriter.  The Emily Mure Trio, with Audrey Q. Snyder on cello and Emily DiAngelo on oboe and English horn, combines Emily's folk style singing and songwriting with classical instrumentation. They perform Saturday, October 18 at 7:30pm.

 Mure writes all the arrangements for the trio, putting a classical spin on modern folk music.  The trio performs Emily's original songs as well as cover songs of artists such as Radiohead and Cake.

 Growing up in New York City, Emily got her start in music by playing the oboe.  After graduating from La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts, she attended Ithaca College majoring in both Oboe Performance and Psychology.  Following college, Emily moved to Ireland where she performed as a street busker, writing songs about her travels and the people she met in Ireland.  'Where I Began', Mure's first album reflects her Irish inspired singing and songwriting.  In 2013 Emily released her second album, 'Odyssey'. "Odyssey is an album of unpretentious, straight-and-true songwriting that draws from contemporary folk, acoustic country and intimate chamber pop", says Direct Current Music.

 Mure was an emerging artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, a third place finalist in the Telluride Bluegrass Troubadour songwriting competition, and has shared the stage with the likes of Kim Richey, The Douks, Garrison Starr and many more.  Her songs have made their way into shows and movies on NBC, PBS, and ABC.


Tickets are $15. A pre-concert dinner is available for $20. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. For reservations or information call (802)465-4071 or e-mail  Brandon music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733. | 

Bette Moffett Memorial Exhibit
Compass Music and Arts Center.

The name 'Bette Moffett' is well-known in the Brandon area for good reason. During her forty-five years in the town, she became the true meaning of a "pillar of the community". A memorial exhibit in honor of Bette, put together with the help of her friends, is on display through the month of October at the Compass Music and Arts Center.


When you walk into the exhibit, you feel as though Bette has welcomed you into her living room and there is a chair waiting for you. From her many awards, books, hats, collectibles, and of course her own chair, the exhibit gives a glimpse into the person who touched so many lives in the community she cared for so deeply. 


Bette was modest when it came to her civic endeavors, but loved the spotlight when it came to performing - she loved to sing and entertain! In community terms, Bette had a passion for her home of Brandon, and despite no formal teaching degree, there was nothing more important to her than children and their education. 


The description for the recipient of the Vermont Board of Education's Martha H. O'Connor Award, which Bette received in 2008, exemplifies her dedication to children and their education: someone who "celebrates the achievements of others, does not claim credit for themselves, and who always makes children a priority."


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.) .



Inside Scoop and Antiques by the Falls
25% Off Everything Outside Sale


The Inside Scoop and Antiques By The Falls porch is FULL.  We are now holding a 25% Off Everything Outside Sale. Furniture, shelving, chairs, collectibles, home decor, kitchenware, miscellaneous, fun and funky! Even the Flamingoes! Stop on by and check out what we have. New items being added daily. Open 10 am - 9 pm daily (inside antique shop closes at 5 pm daily) but outside items can be purchased until 9 pm, as well as yummy ice cream and candy treats.



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Otter Valley High School and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.
Homecoming Saturday at Otter Valley- Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:
Site: Otter Valley High School
Address: 2997 Franklin Street, Brandon, VT, 05733
Room Name: Gym
Date: Sat Oct 4, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00: PM
Coordinator Name: Shawn Flanigan
Click here to make an appointment 

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to give blood. The Red Cross and Suburban Propane are teaming up during the month of October and asking you to help fuel your community by donating blood or platelets. All presenting donors in October will be entered to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane. NEW: You Hold the Power to Save Lives! Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App Today. Text BLOODAPP to 90999 or search Red Cross Blood in your app store.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Otter Valley News
 Otter Valley is pleased to announce that for the second year in a row we have a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Nora Enright, a senior at Otter Valley Union High School, qualified as one of the approximate 16,000 Semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These students distinguished themselves from among 1.4 million juniors who took the Preliminary SAT as juniors.
We are so very proud of Nora and her tremendous accomplishment.

Click on the link for more info- National Merit Scholarship News

Otter Valley Theatre Honor
Trip to Scotland Arts Festival

Otter Valley's Walking Stick Theatre Group has been invited to attend the world renowned Fringe Arts Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August of 2015. They are one of 40 schools nationally to be selected to perform there. This selection is a tremendous honor for our school and the theatre department, however now they have to get there.  

Donations to support this wonderful educational opportunity can be made online at Any contribution will be appreciated. The total cost of the trip is over $60,000.

 Multiple fundraisers will also be taking place throughout the school year.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.


Office Space for Rent
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)

Polite Parking :)
Please be aware of your fellow businesses and their needs.

We all have to be aware of parking by our employees in the downtown. Try to park off the main streets when possible, and if you park out front before other businesses open, try to move your vehicle after regular hours kick in.
 There's lots of off-street parking so take advantage of it when you can.
Thanks for making it easier for all of our customers.

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"Brandon Means Business" campaign
  We want YOUR Success Story!


Has being in Brandon made a positive impact on your business?  Has the great water, the revolving loan fund, supportive community, reliable employees or (fill in the blank) been a key in helping you grow and succeed in your business dreams? 
The Reporter, the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce and the Brandon Area Economic Development Committee want to promote Brandon's business appeal while also promoting your business. The Reporter will create testimonial ads featuring key individuals from local businesses and their quotes on why Brandon is good for Business.
We'll run those ads on the Chamber and Town websites, The Reporter and other area newspapers. Don't be shy. It's at no cost to you and as they say, it's a win - win!


Contact Alyssa Zollman at or Bernie Carr at or 247-6401 for more details.


Vermont Association of Chamber Executives
Insurance program offerings for Chamber members.
Although the VACE health insurance program, that many of took advantage of for years, is no longer available, other products still offered through VACE include, Dental, Vision & Life/Accident packages. More information on all of these products can be found at
Or contact Holden Financial Services (802) 775-2503 

Next Chamber Meeting
 Monday, October 20th   6:30 pm
The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet at 6:30pm in the Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. Chamber membership and the general public are invited to attend.

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

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