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HARRY LANDON AND a young Joan Crawford star in “Tramp Tramp Tramp” (1926), a vintage silent comedy to be screened with live music on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., at Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Square. Admission is free, with donations accepted.
Relive the golden age of screen comedy with a silent film program, complete with live music, on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., at the Brandon Town Hall and Community Center. The evening’s featured attraction is “Tramp Tramp Tramp” (1926), a full-length comedy starring Harry Langdon and written by a very young Frank Capra, who would later direct the classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Joan Crawford, at the very beginning of her career, co-stars with Langdon, a comedian whose popularity rivaled that of Charlie Chaplin for a brief period in the 1920s. Admission is free; donations are...

THE PERFORMANCE WILL be held under the trees in Fuller's Allée in Brandon.
BRANDON — New Music On The Point and Scrag Mountain Music are joining forces to create “A Murmur in the Trees” — an immersive concert experience performed in nature. The concerts will feature works inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem of the same name. The performances feature the world premiere of a new work for 24 double basses by internationally renowned composer Eve Beglarian, created in collaboration with bassist Robert Black and composer/programmer Matt Sargent. Also on the program is the world premiere of a new song setting of Dickinson’s poem by Evan Premo for soprano and two basses and...

GOV. PHIL SCOTT and Brandon Town Manager Dave Atherton discuss the measures the town has taken to prevent damage from future floods during a press conference last Wednesday commemorating the 10th anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, which tore through Brandon and other Vermont towns. Independent photo/Steve James
BRANDON — On the 10th anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, Brandon served as the symbolic poster child for towns from all across Vermont that suffered immense flood damage during that storm. Gov. Phil Scott held a press conference there last Wednesday, Aug. 25, to herald the progress made since the storm wreaked havoc throughout the state, including in Brandon. “This is a somber anniversary as we reflect on the damage done, lost homes, and worst of all, the seven people who died during and in the immediate aftermath of the storm,” Gov. Scott said to a crowd of several dozen, television...
Federal law enforcement officials have accused a Center Rutland man of robbing a Wallingford Cumberland Farms at knifepoint and indicate that he is a suspect in a series of similar armed robberies at convenience stores, including in Shoreham, Brandon and possibly Middlebury. The Office of the United States Attorney for Vermont announced that 31-year-old Joey Miles Sherwood had been arrested on Monday for the Aug. 1 knifepoint robbery of the Cumberland Farms store in Wallingford. Sherwood appeared by a video link from jail at a Tuesday afternoon hearing before U.S Magistrate Judge Kevin J....

Surveillance video image of armed robber in Shoreham on Saturday.
SHOREHAM / BRANDON — Police are investigating armed robberies in Shoreham and Brandon this past weekend, where stores captured images of the assailant wearing the same sweatshirt at both crime scenes. The first robbery took place Saturday morning, Aug. 21, at the Shoreham Service Center (Maplefields) at the corner of Routes 22A and 74 East in Shoreham. State police report that a man spent several minutes shopping in the store at around 5:45 a.m. He went to the counter to purchase a bottled beverage, coffee, and other items and he requested cigarettes from the clerk. Then he displayed a knife...
BRANDON — A Brandon man is facing charges of illegally possessing firearms just weeks after his neighbor penned a USA Today commentary about “assault-weaponed bullies” in the town of about 4,000 people. Federal and local authorities raided Eric Grenier’s home on High Pond Road on Friday following a several-week investigation into complaints that he was allegedly engaging in threatening behavior toward other residents, including displaying a handgun in early July while screaming at the author of the commentary. Michael Shank, a former state Senate candidate from Rutland County who also lives...

SHERIFF PETER NEWTON
MIDDLEBURY — At a press conference Wednesday morning called by Addison County Sheriff Peter Newton to provide his own “spin” on events relating to an “unprofessional conduct” complaint against him filed by the Brandon selectboard, and a separate complaint filed by Brandon Town Manager David Atherton, Newton tried to make the case that he and his department fulfilled their duties on time and according to standard procedure. Newton focused his comments on events surrounding a traffic stop on July 9, 2021, of Atherton’s son, who is a minor. Deputy Sheriff River Payne cited the younger Atherton...

KENNY B
This Wednesday, Aug. 11, Brandon will welcome blues enthusiasts for the Vermont Blues Retreat — a four-day adult camp with master classes, workshops, discussions, jam sessions, rehearsals and public performances. The retreat will culminate in a faculty concert at Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m. The Vermont Blues Retreat is produced in collaboration with Hands-On Music, creating community and educational programs since 1989, and the venues Compass Music and Arts Center and Brandon Music. This year’s retreat has assembled an all-star faculty featuring Dennis Willmott, leader of...

CHEF ROBERT BARRAL and his business partner Line Barral stand outside the Brandon restaurant they founded in 2005, Café Provence. A new awning has doubled their outdoor seating area. The duo has put the popular eatery on the market for a buyer.
BRANDON — After 17 years of long days in the kitchen and seven-day work weeks, Chef Robert Barral and Line Barral have opted to list their marquee restaurant, bakery and associated building for sale. Chef Robert, who just turned 68 last week, and Line, 65, said the business is doing extremely well and they’re in no hurry to sell but want to get the process started. “We’re not in a rush. We understand it will be a long process and we want to find the right people to take it over,” Chef Robert said last week. “We want people to come here and live the Vermont dream like we did, to hike and ski...

GIRL SCOUTS GOLD AWARD MILITARY RIBBON
BRANDON — Vermont National Guard Specialist Christina Wiles of Brandon, 21, will receive the new Gold Award Military Ribbon released by Girl Scouts of the USA. This ribbon was designed to honor Gold Award Girl Scouts — Wiles is one of those Scouts — participating in military-affiliated programs, as well as alums pursuing careers in the military. Gold Award Girl Scouts may proudly wear this ribbon on uniforms issued by their military-affiliated program or institution. The collectible ribbon recognizes Wiles’s achievements as a member of the military. She became a Gold Award Girl Scout in 2018...

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