BRANDON — The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Brandon Alliance and other town entities are putting on a town-wide event that celebrates Brandon this Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26. The goal is to create excitement over the weekend and showcase Brandon’s newly finished downtown. Events planned include music in the parks, town historical tours and talks, past and present photo displays of the town, artwork, movies and more. “The Chamber and the DBA want to attract visitors from near and far to shop, walk, eat, drink and be merry,” said Chamber Executive Director Bernie Carr...
I am encouraging my fellow voters in Brandon, Sudbury and Pittsford to cast one of their two votes for State Representative for Stephanie Jerome when you submit your November ballot. Stephanie has been a quick study during her first term in Montpelier, — definitely serving our three towns, and all of Vermont, well. As the campaign manager for Brandon’s former Representative Joe Acinapura, I know how overwhelming the first term can be. Stephanie took it in stride and excelled.  We are lucky to have her energy on the Committee on Commerce and Economic Development, where she serves as the clerk...

MOUNT ABRAHAM UNION High School students Abby Johnson, left, Anna Doucet, Olivia Campbell and Evalin Pachman were among several dozen people outside the Bristol Post Office on Saturday protesting changes at the United States Postal Service that have resulted in slower mail. Photo courtesy of Mary Adams-Smith
ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — Anger over the precipitous decline in the quality of mail delivery from the U.S. Postal Service showed itself this past Saturday when protests popped up in front of at least three local post offices. Slogans on placards and posters were varied, but the message was the same: USPS must restore its previous level of service to enable businesses to serve their customers, empower citizens to communicate unfettered and ensure that votes are delivered in a timely fashion for the November election. “It is unbelievable that America could sink so low that the president is...

THE BRANDON INN is up for sale and owners Sarah and Louis Pattis have announced their plans to formally retire when a buyer can be found. The inn had provided the backdrop for many a Brandon parade, whether it’s July 4, the Memorial Day Flower Girls or Veterans Day.
BRANDON — The fact that the Brandon Inn is for sale is not news. The venerable and historic Park Street Inn, the anchor of downtown Brandon since it was built in 1786, has been for sale for several years.  What is news is that owners Sarah and Louis Pattis really mean it this time. They have announced their plans to retire. A Facebook link to Vermont Country Inns for Sale contained the announcement created last month. “While running this unique country Inn, we raised our four children and saw them through college and military service,” the Pattises wrote. “In an early interview, Louis called...

“BENNINGTON LUNG 2020” by Dasha Kalisz, ceramic
BRANDON — The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) is open for business and featuring a new exhibit by ceramic artist-member Dasha Kalisz. “A Space Within,” runs from Aug. 28-Oct. 9.  The exhibit opens with a free reception to meet the artist on Friday, Sept. 4, from 5-8 p.m. COVID protocols will be followed. Gallery hours are Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Other hours by chance. Native Vermonter Kalisz finds the emotional center of her pieces by combining wheel-thrown forms with traditional and nontraditional surface methods. Her “Lung” series breathes new life into ceramic sculpture in a style...
BRANDON — Brandon has become the first town in Rutland County to form a communications district in an effort to improve its internet service. Thanks to an initiative from the Department of Public Service, the Rutland Regional Planning Commission has been awarded a Broadband Innovation Grant to support the improvement of stronger, more reliable broadband internet service. The grant will be used to fund a feasibility study that will assess the most cost-effective way to bring better fiber optic internet service to the area. Brandon is among 15 Rutland County towns that have been identified as...
BRANDON — Due to COVID-19 issues, the 32nd Annual Great Brandon Auction will be taking place in a very non-traditional way this year. Organizers have had to “Think Outside The Tent” and decided to move into a downtown storefront. Because pandemic restrictions rule out an auction under the tent at Estabrook Park, a donation from Heather and John Bierschenk has allowed auction organizers to stage it in the former Brown’s Gift Shop location at 6 Park Street. For two weeks, Aug. 1-Aug.15, the site will be open for at least four to five hours a day and manned by volunteers.  There will be various...
It’s been decades since Brandon had its own movie theater, but that’s about to change. The Paramount Theatre has partnered with the town of Brandon and the McKernon Group to build a drive-in movie theater screen in Estabrook Field on the north end of town. The Jack McKernon Drive-In at Estabrook Park could be the beginning of a permanent outdoor entertainment space in Brandon. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered theaters, concert venues, amusement parks and other public entertainment spaces, the Paramount had to literally think outside the box. Interim Executive Director Eric Mallette...
Brandon Town Hall has not given up on its 2020 season just yet, but more volunteers could help pull it off despite the coronavirus. Trying to schedule public performances during a pandemic has been challenging to say the least, but Friends of the Brandon Town Hall President Dennis Marden said he is planning the first shows for September. His other challenge is how to bring in the public for performances and keep them safe per Gov. Phil Scott’s latest re-opening directive. Up to 75 people are now allowed at public gatherings — that’s good. But with nine volunteers, some of whom have health...

THE GUTEL FAMILY owns and operates the Kinder Way Sanctuary in Benson. From left, daughter Sara, 15, mom Erika, son Noah, 3 (hiding his face), dad Mark, and son Mason, 12. The family has been struggling financially since taking in most of the animals seized from a Kimball Road farm in Brandon in January. Independent photo/Lee J. Kahrs
BENSON/BRANDON — It’s been exactly five months since police seized more than 400 animals at a farm on Kimball Road in Brandon. So, what happened to them?  The answer lies at Kinder Way Sanctuary in Benson, where the animals are thriving, but the cost of their care is taking a toll. While several goats, pigs and sheep taken on Jan. 31 from the Kimball Road farm were given to local foster families immediately following the seizure, most of the animals, including hundreds of birds, were taken in by Kinder Way. In an agreement with the state’s attorney’s office, Kinder Way owners Erika and Mark...


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