BRANDON — The Brandon Town Players will present a Holiday Cabaret evening with readings of four holiday programs from the 1940s on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at the Brandon Town Hall. Holiday programs for the cabaret include: Mysterious Traveler, Fibber McGee & Molly, Father Knows Best and My Friend Irma. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Moonlight Madness begins in Brandon on Dec. 4, then the cabaret will keep the holiday spirit going on Dec. 6 and 7, and the famous Festival Singers will perform on Dec. 8 at the Congregational Church. All tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the door.  Small...

BRANDON — Julian Loida will perform an evening of percussion at Brandon Music on Saturday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., at Brandon Music. The Boston-based composer, producer and percussionist will take the Brandon stage for the first time as a soloist on Saturday offering the audience a unique sound experience, comprising all original music on vibraphone written and performed by Loida himself.  Loida first revealed his high skill level as a percussionist when performing at Brandon Music as drummer with the Burlington based band Ameranouche. Loida’s says his music gives voice to all “wallflowers” — the...

THE NESHOBE GOLF Club on Country Club Road in Brandon is facing foreclosure by Dec. 31 after a failed attempt to collect pledges to alleviate long-term debt. Board chair Jeff Wallin said there is a local group of people interested in buying the club, however. Brandon Reporter photo/Lee J. Kahrs
BRANDON — An appeal for pledges from members to keep the Neshobe Golf Club alive in the face of foreclosure has failed. Neshobe Golf Club Board Chair Jeff Wallin said Tuesday morning that the club was only able to raise about half of the $575,000 necessary to eliminate the debt and prevent foreclosure by the National Bank of Middlebury. The board held a meeting Monday night to count pledges, and will pursue finding a buyer for the club. “We did not reach our goal on pledges,” he said. “We’re moving ahead with finding a buyer. Some interest has been shown – one local group is pretty serious,...
BRANDON — With diverse auction items arriving from town artisans, local businesses and talented neighbors, the Brandon Library is gearing up for what they say should be a banner year for its 28th annual auction. The auction is set a bit earlier this year, according to Elizabeth Forman, and will be held Sunday, Nov. 24. The auction offers a warm and welcoming opportunity to mingle with neighbors and friends while enjoying refreshments provided by The Friends of the Library, Forman says. Doors open early for folks to preview the goods, and the auction begins at 2 p.m.  
BRISTOL/BRANDON — MENTOR Vermont recently awarded 25 grants, totaling $348,735, to support youth mentoring programs throughout the state, including grants to an Addison County school and a Brandon-based organization that serves Addison County. The 2019- 2020 Vermont Mentoring Grants will support more than 100 new and existing program sites, and more than 1,800 adult-to-youth mentor pairs in communities across Vermont.  MENTOR Vermont awarded two grants to agencies and school districts that affect Addison County residents. Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) got a $28,500 grant to...

SCORES OF PEOPLE GATHERED at the Hannaford supermarket in Middlebury on Nov. 2 as part of a statewide and nationwide action at some of the nation’s largest supermarkets. The goal is to get grocers like Hannaford to pay competitive prices for wholesale milk that supports migrant farmworkers that help produce it. Independent photo/Megan James
MIDDLEBURY / BRANDON — Activists gathered at the Hannaford grocery stores around the region, including around 20 in Brandon and many more in Middlebury — on Saturday, Nov. 2 to campaign for farm workers’ human rights. The event was organized by Migrant Justice and the Milk with Dignity campaign. There were at least 15 others throughout the state that day, all at Hannaford’s grocery stores. Migrant Justice initiated what they called a “national day of action” at Hannaford stores because Hannaford has so far not joined their Milk with Dignity program, which promotes farm workers’ rights. With...
BRANDON — A retail store known as The Paper Flower has found a temporary home in Brandon.  With exceptional sales through online marketplaces and Vermont craft fairs, The Paper Flower has made the move to offer a pop-up shop through the holidays. The gift boutique at 1410 Franklin Street (Route 7) is filled with unique handcrafted items. The shop will offer drinkware, cuttings boards and coasters, home décor, jewelry, accessories and much more.  The Paper Flower owner Ashley Charron said the store will also offer custom gifts. Last year Charron and company hand painted over 500 personalized...

EAST MIDDLEBURY SINGER-songwriter Melissa D will perform at the Brandon Town Hall on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
BRANDON — Melissa D will perform with her trio on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m., in the Brandon Town Hall. She is a singer-songwriter from East Middlebury. Her music is relaxing with reflective lyrics that will take you on an emotional journey. She is a classically trained vocalist with a distinct voice that, from her very first note, immediately sets her apart from the pack. Phil Henry, award winning singer-songwriter from Rutland accompanies Melissa on guitar along with special guest Steve Latanision, a stellar multi-instrumentalist who studied at the Berklee College of Music. Sit back,...

OV SENIOR LIVIA Bernhardt, second from right, poses with friends and members of the OV Unified basketball team. The team made a poster to break the news to Bernhardt that Vermont Special Olympics had named her its Unified Partner of the Year. Photo courtesy of Livia Bernhardt
BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School senior Livia Bernhardt’s school life overflows with academic, community service and athletic activities. Student representative on the district school board and class vice president? Check. Founder of OV’s new Environmental Club? That’s her. Leader of an effort to have students present awards at all-school assemblies? Of course. Straight As and National Honor Society membership? Sure. Three-sport varsity athlete? Yes, and a captain. But another item on Bernhardt’s résumé might be closest to her heart: As an 8th-grader she helped found OV’s Unified...

BRANDON — Police raided the home of a Brandon man late last week and arrested him on 10 drugs and firearms charges. On Nov. 1, detectives with the Vermont Drug Task Force arrested Harold Paul Mahoney, 61, at his trailer on Conway Terrace. On Monday, Mahoney pleaded innocent in Rutland Superior Court, criminal division, to four counts of selling crack cocaine, one count of possession of crack cocaine, a count of possession of a narcotic, and four counts of possessing a firearm after being prohibited from doing so because he was convicted of a violent crime. Police said Mahoney’s arrest for...


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