The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership (TMSP) Promotions Committee in coordination with the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and Silver Bay YMCA Teen Center, as well as local businesses and organization are pleased to announce they will host the Fourth Annual Ticonderoga End of Winter Carnival on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 and that new aspects including fireworks display have been added to enhance the event. This FREE family friendly event will include activities all day and throughout the evening. Business promotions and specials will be available all weekend.
Schedule of Events:
11:00 – 3:00 PM: Carnival & Activities – Ticonderoga Armory & Recreational Areas
Highlight of activities will include a variety carnival games, bouncy house, kids’ pirate show, full face art (low cost), ice skating (bring your own ice skates, some may be available), snowshoeing (bring your own snowshoes, some may be available), broom ball, music, crafts, photo booth, snowmobile rides, snow painting, mini-golf, giveaways, and much more. All of the activities except ice skating, snowshoeing, broom ball, and snowmobile rides will take place at the Ticonderoga Armory. Ice skating and broom ball will take place at the Ticonderoga Municipal Skating Rink, Snowshoeing will take place on the LaChute Trail closest to the Municipal Parking Lot next to the Elks, and Snowmobile rides will take place near the Ticonderoga Little League Park. Some activities are weather dependent. Connect with the volunteers and staff at the Ticonderoga Armory that day to confirm information about available activities. The Kid’s Pirate Show will take place at 11:00 AM at the Ticonderoga Armory. Food will also be available for purchase at the event including hotdogs, bottled water, popcorn, and other items (low cost). Complimentary Cotton Candy will also be available. All food for this event will be available at the Ticonderoga Armory.
5:30 – 7:30 PM: Outdoor Campfire & Family Movie Night – Ticonderoga Armory
An outdoor campfire will include hot chocolate & S’more. A family movie will also be shown inside the Ticonderoga Armory and popcorn will be provided.
8:00 PM: Fireworks Over Bicentennial Park
Fireworks display provided by Santore World Famous Fireworks will be shown over Bicentennial Park. In addition to the park a section of the road above the park will be closed for viewing.
The fireworks are being made possible by the support of the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, Stewarts Shops, International Paper Company, Bridge Point Communication, Brannock Properties, Santore World Famous Fireworks, and Optics of Ticonderoga.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) has also coordinated a variety of business promotions and specials that will be available March 2nd, 3rd, & 4th, 2018. The Ticonderoga End of Winter Carnival 2018 Promotions & Specials flyer is available at www.ticonderogany.com, at the Chamber Office, or from participating businesses. You must have the flyer or mentioned End of Winter Carnival to receive the promotions. Participating businesses offering promotions & specials include: Burgoyne Grill, Burleigh’s Luncheonette, Dunkin Donuts of Ticonderoga, LaChute Books, Libby’s Bakery Café, Maddens Pub, Maplefields/Amatos, Montcalm Liquor, Optics of Ticonderoga, Stewarts Shops, The Country Florist & Gifts, The Hot Biscuit Diner, TiNY Wellness Center, Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-Op, Tractor Supply, Wagon Wheel Restaurant, and Your Quilt Shoppe.
Sponsors for the event in addition to the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, and Silver Bay YMCA Teen Center, include Stewarts Shops, International Paper Company, Bridge Point Communication, Brannock Properties, Santore World Famous Fireworks, Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, Town of Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Elks Lodge, Ticonderoga Festival Guild, Walmart of Ticonderoga, Optics of Ticonderoga, Adirondack Trail Riders, Five Nations Golf, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, Glens Falls National Bank, The Country Florist & Gifts, SkyZone, and McDonalds of Ticonderoga. The Ticonderoga High School and the local Boy & Cub Scouts are also participating in the event by providing volunteers.
For more information please contact the TMSP Coordinator at 518-585-6619, visit www.timainstreet.org, or www.ticonderogany.com.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is honored to announced the list of their newest members and reminds TACC Members to Maximize their TACC Benefits! 2017 was a year of growth for the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) in a variety of ways including memberships, expanded and new partnerships, new staff member, as well as services the Chamber offers to its Members and the entire Ticonderoga Area.
Although 2017 certainly had its challenges overall it was a successful year. The TACC is honored to continue serve, market, promote and provide an array of benefits for their Members as well as the Ticonderoga Area. TACC Members and Partners make all of the efforts of the Chamber to make the Ticonderoga Area a better place to live, work, and visit possible.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is honored to welcome the following new members who joined the Chamber throughout 2017 and January of 2018:
Wunder Home Consultants of Lake George, LLC
Trudeau Home Improvements, LLC
Wee Care Daycare
Julie Garcia at Law
The McKernon Group, Inc.
Jewel Scent with Kate
Zaga Real Properties, LLC
Chilson Brook Alpacas
C. Raymond Davis
Ross Social Management
Croft Alden: Adirondack Consulting & Web Services
Creative Rock Designs
Tromblee's Greenhouse & Gift Shop
Friends Comforting Friends
Macey Independent Consulting, LLC
The TACC is looking towards to the future and plans for 2018 and beyond are in the works. The Chamber offers an array of benefits to their Members and is encouraging them to maximize their benefits as well as understand the importance of supporting the Chamber. For a complete listing of TACC benefits contact the Chamber.
A highlight of TACC Member benefits include:
Marketing, Promotion, Publicity & Exposure
Business Support, Services, & Resources
Business Seminars & Trainings
Creditability, Community Involvement, & Support
“Being a member of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is not only an investment in your business or organization but in the community as a whole. The Chamber is a non-profit organization that serves, markets, and promotes their members and the entire Ticonderoga Area. I want to stress the importance of supporting Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Members because they support the Chamber and the community in so many ways. Our Members along with our community Partners truly allow us to serve the Ticonderoga Area and work to make the area a better place. Without the dedication of our many Chamber Members and Partners all we do would not be possible. I would like to extend a sincere thank you for your continued support and commitment to the Chamber. As the Chamber continues to grow and move into the future we will work even harder for our Members, Partners, the business community and the Ticonderoga Area as a whole,” shared Matthew Courtright, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.
TACC contractual partners include the Town of Ticonderoga, Essex County Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism/Lake Champlain Region Visitor Center, Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce, Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, North Country Small Business Development Center, eVision Digital Marketing / Ticonderoga360.com, and Adirondack Trail Riders. Additional partnerships may be announced in 2018. In addition the Chamber works closely with area economic development agencies including the Essex County Industrial Development Agency and PRIDE of Ticonderoga.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) is honored and excited to announce their 2018 Team including changes and additions to the Board of Directors that were recently approved at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting and strategic planning session.
Mark Barber from Burleigh’s Luncheonette and Selena LeMay-Klippel from North Country Community College have joined the team as the newest Chamber Board Members and Carolyn Ida from International Paper Company has moved up onto the TACC Executive Board. Additional changes included updates to board and staff titles to assist in clarifying roles within the team and align with how many Chambers of Commerce are organized. The TACC Executive Director is now President & CEO, the Board President is now Board Chair, and the Vice Presidents are now Vice-Chairs. In addition a number of Board Members terms were renewed.
All of the above changes and additions to the Board were voted on during the Annual Meeting of the TACC Board of Directors following a notification to the Chamber Members. The Chamber is proactively seeking to have a Board that represents a wide spectrum of businesses types & organizations that are TACC Members including the area’s largest employers, locally owned and operated businesses, non-profits, as well as representation from the communities they serve. Additional Board Members will be announced in 2018.
“Please join the Chamber in welcoming our new Chamber Board Members. Each person on our Board brings a new perspective and set of skills. The Chamber continues to grow in membership, services, programs, and overall as an organization. The Chamber is your Business & Visitor Center! The Board helps guide us and participates regularly to make everything the Chamber does possible. I am proud of what we have accomplished over the last several years and look forward to the future,” commented Matthew Courtright – TACC Executive Director.
In addition to the Annual Meeting and Regular Board Meeting held on January 16th the TACC Board & President/CEO held a Strategic Planning Session to create a draft set of specific goals and objectives for 2018 – 2022. The document will be finalized over the next several TACC Board Meetings. At the previous planning session held in 2013 the Chamber updated their mission, created a vision, created a tag line, and identified key areas of focus.
The TACC serves, markets, and promotes their Members, Partners, and the Ticonderoga Area including Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Hague, Moriah, and Putnam, NY. The Chamber works hard each and every day to live their tag line and mission and strive to reach their vision.
TACC Mission: To initiate and provide programs, services, and leadership which will enhance a cooperative business community and create a vibrant economy, making the Ticonderoga Area an exceptional place to live, work, and visit.
TACC Vision: The TACC will be the leading advocate for business, serving as a driving force in the economic vitality of the greater Ticonderoga Area, uniting communities and maximizing resources.
TACC Tagline: Business Focused. Community Minded. Future Driven.
Key Areas of Focus:
Membership: Membership Services, Growth, & Retention
Business: Business Services, Support, & Development
Tourism: Marketing, Events, & Visitor Services
Communication: Public, Business, & Community Relations
Leadership: Partnerships, Economic Development/Sustainability, & Advocacy
Organization: Finance, Staff & Board of Directors/Ambassadors
2018 Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Team
Matthew Courtright, President & CEO
Molly Bechard, Visitor & Member Service Manager
Katelyn Chevier, Administrative Assistant & Farmers Market Manager
Board of Directors:
Board Chair: Shana Macey, Bridge Point Communication/CPTELCO
Vice Chairs: Karen Hennessy, Sugar Hill Manor B&B, Allison Kaupelis, Best Western Plus Ticonderoga, Sally Rypkema, Hague Market / Juniper on 2, and Carolyn Ida, International Paper Company.
Treasurer: Starr Pelerin, Individual Member
Directors: Mark Barber, Burleigh’s Luncheonette, Laurie Cossey, Ticonderoga Central School District, Carolyn Close, Silver Bay YMCA, Selena LeMay-Klippel, North Country Community College, Jonathan Lalone, Wal-Mart of Ticonderoga, Andrew Rasmus, Libby’s Bakery Café, Starr Smith, Glens Falls National Bank, and Kristie Watrous, Mt. Lakes Services/Billy Bob’s Orchard.
Immediate Past Chair: Scarlette Merfeld, Sun Community News
Ex-Officio: Joseph Giordano, Town of Ticonderoga Supervisor
In addition the Chamber has Committee Chairs that are not TACC Board Members including June Curtis, Farmers Market Chairperson/Advisor and Theresa Abare, Community Appreciation Dinner & Awards Ceremony Chairperson. All TACC Board Members, Ambassadors, Committee Chairs, and Committee Members are volunteers who are dedicated to the mission and vision of the Chamber. A list of of 2018 TACC Ambassadors will be announced soon.
“It is an honor to continue to play a larger leadership role with the Chamber by working closely with Matt and his team. As a Board member, it has been clear to me how dedicated the Staff is to building brighter futures for our Members and communities. I am excited to be a part of this team and support this organization’s mission and vision,” stated Shana Macey – President of Bridge Point Communication/Crown Point Telephone and TACC Board President.
The Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-Op in Downtown Ticonderoga will host the next Ticonderoga area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) Networking Event. The February After Business Mixer will take place on Thursday, February 8th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. The Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-Op is located at 111 Montcalm Street (PRIDE of Ticonderoga building). Sponsors providing door prizes are Bridge Point Communication, Christopher Chevrolet Buick, Commerce Park Self Storage, and the Wagon Wheel Restaurant.
“The Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-Op is pleased to be hosting a warm and cozy pre-Valentine’s mixer. We are extremely proud of the work the Chamber of Commerce has done here in the Ticonderoga Area. We see a great future for this wonderful region. Businesses need to work together to make our town and area strong and live up to our potential. The Chamber is the four wheel drive vehicle that will get us where we need to go (especially when it’s -25 and we have a foot of snow). We live here, we are your neighbors, we freeze and thaw and hunker down. We do not melt. For a business in the winter here it takes survival tools to thrive. The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is a survival tool that must be utilized by their Members,” stated Penny Monjeau – Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-Op Manager.
The Co-Op invites fellow Chamber Members, businesses, and organizations to come in from the cold and enjoy local maple cocktail and local and organic snacks as part of the networking event.
The Chamber’s “After Business Mixers” provide a networking forum for Chamber Members and area business people in addition to showcasing the site of the host as well as promoting the door prize sponsors. Networking is a key component of Chamber membership and marketing your business. Chamber members, area businesses, and organizations are encouraged to take advantage of this and all networking opportunities. Join the Chamber to reconnect with area businesses and organizations, meet new people, and take advantage of the opportunity to hear from the hosts. In addition use this opportunity to share information with the Chamber and get to know all of our local businesses and organizations.
“Networking is so important when you own or represent a business or organization. We invite TACC Members, their employees or representatives to join us on February 8th to network and get to know the Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-Op. You will have a chance to hear from our hosts, as well as connect with fellow Chamber Members, businesses, and organizations,” shared Matthew Courtright – TACC Executive Director.
The Ticonderoga Natural Food Co-Op is a member owned, board (volunteer) run, manager operated local grocery store which is open to the public and open year round. They offer choices for different dietary needs from local and regional sources and distributors. Products include local and organic produce, local roasted organic coffee, local tea, cage free eggs, glass bottled old fashioned milk, artisan local cheeses, kombucha on tap, grass fed beef, local VT poultry, local honey and maple syrup, local bread, organic breads from the Vermont Bread Company, local yogurt from North Country Creamery, local jams and jellies, local chocolate, local pasta and sauces, global cuisine options, vegan, paleo, and gluten free. Your health matters and the Co-Op would like to help the community eat and cook with love.
In the summer of 2015 the Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-Op became a reality with much support from the Town, Pride of Ticonderoga, the Chamber, and the Co-Op Board and Members.
The Co-Op is under new management and they encourage you to stop in to see what has changed. As always they are open to suggestions and special orders. The Co-Op strives to be inclusive and price conscious.
No membership is required to shop at the Co-Op. They accept cash, checks, credit cards, apple pay, and EBT. They are open Monday and Tuesday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and Sunday seasonally. For more information on the Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-Op visit www.TiconderogaNaturalFoods.com or call 518-558-1414.
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