The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) is pleased to announce they will continue to offer Health Insurance Services each month at the Chamber Office for their members and the Ticonderoga Area business community in coordination with their partner the Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce.
Health Insurance services will typically be available the first Wednesday of each month from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM by appointment only (unless otherwise indicated). The TACC office is located at 94 Montcalm Street, Suite 1 in Downtown Ticonderoga. Services are by appointments only. Appointments must be made by calling 518-563-1000 and asking for Lisa Bedard-Dupee, Director of Health Insurance Services.
2018 North Country Chamber Health Insurance Service Dates (schedule is subject to change): January 3rd, February 7th, March 7th, April 4th and May 2nd. No June or July Dates have been scheduled. August 1st, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th and December 5th.
Through its licensed subsidiary, the Plattsburgh-North Country Service Corp., the Chamber is offering health insurance assistance throughout the North Country region to small businesses, non-profits, employers of all kinds, self-employed people, individuals and their families. Its trained and licensed professionals can answer questions and assist with available health insurance choices both on and off the new State Exchange, all at no cost to the client. The North Country Chamber and its service corporation are the official providers of health insurance services for many partner chambers in the region including the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce. Information, guidance and assistance with health insurance for businesses as well as individuals on and off the New York State Health Benefits Exchange will be available.
“Everyone at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce goes above and beyond to provide services and information to the members. Our focus is the same. The partnership we have allows us to offer members across the region not only access to health, vision and dental policies, but to information as well. If you own a business be aware of when your health insurance anniversary is. Let us help you review your plan, look at your options and any new plans available. No one should be without health Insurance. Give us a call and make an appointment. We will help make health insurance stress free for you,” shared Lisa Bedard-Dupee, Director of Health Services - Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce.
It’s Health Insurance Open Enrollment Time. Open enrollment is the yearly period when individuals and their families can enroll in a health insurance. You can enroll if you don’t have health insurance through your employer or your spouse’s employer, you don’t have government coverage such as veterans, Medicare and Medicaid, or you are over age 26 and can no longer be on a parent’s health insurance. Open Enrollment Period is through January 31, 2018.
If you miss open enrollment you may have to wait for another full year to sign up unless you qualify for a special enrollment period. Insurance policies can be purchased from the New York State of Health Marketplace or directly through an insurance company. Lisa Bedard-Dupee at the North Country Chamber of Commerce is a licensed insurance broker and certified navigator available to help you with enrollment on or off the marketplace and to determine if you are eligible for a tax credit.
Penalties are imposed for not having health insurance coverage. The 2018 penalty is 2.5% of your income or $695 per adult (whichever is more) and the penalty for each child in the family without coverage will be up to $347.50. If you owe a penalty it will be taken from your tax refund. *Hardship exemptions are available for specific situations.
Anyone currently enrolled in a health plan through the New York State Marketplace must go on to the website and update their information and income levels. This will help to reconfirm that you are getting the most from your tax credit and make necessary adjustments to avoid penalties. Changes to the plan you selected can be made at this time. All individual plans renew on January 1 and rate increases will apply. Be aware there may be changes to your plan, copays, co-insurance, or drug coverage. Be sure to review the details. Monitor your mail and emails for information regarding these changes.
For answers to questions about the health insurance market, assistance with enrollment, or to make an appointment contact Lisa Bedard-Dupee at the North Country Chamber at 518-563-1000.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce December & Holiday After Business Networking Event will be held on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 at the Hancock House in Ticonderoga from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. The event is being hosted by the Ticonderoga Historical Society. The Hancock House is located at 6 Moses Circle in Ticonderoga.
Sponsors providing door prizes will be Bridge Point Communication, Christopher Chevrolet Buick, Country Florist & Gifts, Glens Falls National Bank, Ticonderoga Historical Society, & Wagon Wheel Restaurant.
“The Ticonderoga Historical Society is pleased to keep the tradition alive of hosting the December and Holiday After Business Mixer. We have been honored to do this over the years as it helps us to showcase our Festival of Trees and support our area Chamber of Commerce. The business community has demonstrated support on numerous occasions and in many ways and it is a pleasure and honor that the Society can take this opportunity at this special time of the year to open our house and share our thanks again with them,” shared Bill Dolback, Ticonderoga Historical Society Board President.
The Chambers “After Business Mixers” provide a networking forum for area business people in addition to showcasing the site of the host as well as promoting the door prize sponsors. All area business people, chamber members and their employees are invited to attend. Networking is a key component of Chamber membership and marketing your business. Chamber members and area business people are encouraged to take advantage of this and all networking opportunities.
The Hancock House is home to the Ticonderoga Historical Society. Founded in 1897 & chartered in 1909, the Ticonderoga Historical Society advances the preservation & interpretation of history through their collections, programs, & community outreach, preserving our past for our future. The Historical Society makes area history an integral part of community life by connecting past & present. The Hancock House is a museum, research library, and gift shop. The Ticonderoga Historical Society is not for profit organization.
The Hancock House will have four floors of the elegant mansion decorated for the holiday season as part of their Festival of Trees. The trees will be on display through January 1, 2018. The Hancock House is open between 10 am and 4 pm Wednesday through Saturday.
For more information on the Ticonderoga Historical Society call 518-585-7868 or visit www.ticonderogahistoricalsociety.org.
“We invite Ticonderoga Area Chamber Members (businesses & organizations), their employees, and area business people to attend the December and Holiday After Business Mixer at the Hancock House. Not only is it a perfect opportunity to network but a chance to see the Hancock House and celebrate the holiday season with the Chamber and the business community. The Hancock House will be beautifully decorated for the Festival of Trees. Please join us to reconnect with area businesses and organizations, meet new people, and celebrate the holiday season together,” stated TACC Executive Director, Matthew Courtright.
For more information visit www.ticonderogany.com, the TACC facebook page, or call the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce at 518-585-6619.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) in coordination with area businesses and organizations will host the annual Holiday Shopping & Dining Night on Friday, December 1st, 2017 as part of the 8th Annual Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas Celebration. Shopping and Dining Night is an opportunity to take advantage of great specials and promotions, support Ticonderoga Area Businesses, visit the Holiday Farmers Market, listen to live music, and get into the holiday spirit. New this year will be the Parade of Lights as part of this event which is being coordinated by the Ticonderoga Fire Department.
Participating businesses will be open until 8:00 PM and will have a Shopping & Dining Night Snowflake displayed. They will also be listed in the Holiday Shopping & Dining Guide created by the Chamber. Free raffles will be held throughout Downtown Ticonderoga sponsored by the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership.
Live Christmas music and carols will also be part of the event including from the NCCC Victorian Strolling Choir, Girl Scouts, and Ti’Coustics. Additional music may be announced. Visit the TACC facebook page for details.
For the second year the Ticonderoga Area Farmers’ Market will have a Holiday Farmers Market on Friday, December 1st from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the Chamber Office in Downtown Ticonderoga. A number of farmers and vendors will be set up inside the Chamber offering a variety of local products.
New this year will be the Parade of Lights throughout the Ticonderoga Business Districts & surrounding areas from 6:00 - 7:30 PM. Community members and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy the parade of lights along with holiday music. Businesses, organizations, and community members are encouraged to participate (vehicles, floats, etc.). You must register with the Ticonderoga Fire Department. The parade will start at the Ti Fire Dept., go down Montcalm St. up the Portage, over Alexandria Ave., down Champlain Ave., across Father Joques, up Lake George Ave., across Alexandria Ave., down Lord Howe St. up Wicker St. down Burgoyne Ave., back up Montcalm St., around Liberty Monument, and then return to the Fire Department.
“We encourage people to Shop & Dine Local within the Ticonderoga Area on Friday, December 1st and throughout the year. This is a wonderful night of Holiday magic where the community can show their support of the Chamber Members throughout the Ticonderoga Area. I would like to thank all of the participating businesses and volunteers who make this event possible. Please show your love for your community. Support your community, friends, and neighbors. Each purchase made locally makes a huge impact. Think Local. Shop! Spend! Support! Your Community – Your Future,” stated Matthew Courtright – TACC Executive Director.
Shopping & Dining Guides (promotions & specials) are available at the Chamber Office, online at www.ticonderogany.com, and at participating businesses.
Participating businesses include Adirondack Lanes, Burgoyne Grill/Best Western Plus, Burleigh’s Luncheonette, Christopher Chevrolet Buick, Eddie’s Restaurant, Hidden Treasures, Hot Biscuit Diner, Keith’s Market, LaChute Books, Libby’s Bakery Café, McDonalds of Ticonderoga, Maplefields/Amato’s, Montcalm Liquors, Optics of Ticonderoga, Sentinel Grille, Star Trek Original Series Set Tour, Stewarts Shops of Ticonderoga, St. Mary’s School, Sugar & Spice Country Shoppe, The Country Florist & Gifts, The Downtown Gallery/Ti Arts, The Pub/Madden’s, Ticonderoga Historical Society, Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-Op, TiNY Wellness Center, Tractor Supply Company, Your Quilt Shoppe, Wagon Wheel Restaurant, and Wal-Mart of Ticonderoga.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is also a Tiny Tim Program and Local Food Pantry Drop off location until Friday, December 8, 2017. All donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
For more information on the Holiday Shopping & Dining Night or the 8th Annual Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas, contact the Chamber Office at 518-585-6619 or visit www.ticonderogany.com or the Chambers facebook page.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce in coordination with area businesses and organizations will host the 8th Annual Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas Celebration from Friday, November 24th through Sunday, December 3rd, 2017. The celebration will kick off with events such as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Holiday Wagon Rides, Rockin’ Tree Lighting, and the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train.
As part of the Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas the Chamber will be sponsoring a Holiday Shopping and Dining Night, encouraging people to Shop & Dine Local within the area on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 4 – 8 PM. Offering specials and promotions, participating businesses will have a Shopping & Dining Night Snowflake displayed and will be listed in the Holiday Shopping & Dining Guide.
In addition to the promotions and specials there will be holiday music, free raffles, and new this year the “Parade of Lights” coordinated by the Ticonderoga Fire Department.
2017 Schedule of Events:
Friday, November 24th
Black Friday Shopping In The Ticonderoga Area
Visit the many local businesses offering specials. You can get everything on your Christmas list in the Ticonderoga Area.
Saturday, November 25th
Small Business Saturday - Ticonderoga Area
Support the many local businesses & organizations throughout the Ticonderoga Area. Many offering wonderful Promotions & Specials. See the list of specials & promotions from the TACC. Look for #ShopSmall Signs at participating businesses & organizations. Get and complete your Small Business Saturday Passport for a chance to win prizes. Be sure to also visit Riley’s Wishes Independent Vendor Fair at the Ticonderoga American Legion from 10 AM - 3 PM. For a listing of Promotions & Specials contact the Chamber.
Sunday, November 26th
Bodette’s Outdoor Winter BBQ
Ticonderoga Community Building 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Outdoor Winter BBQ with hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, & beverages!
Ticonderoga Community Building 5:00 - 5:30 PM
Come to the Tree Lighting early for a Christmas Craft in the lobby.
Sponsored by 52 Smiles.
Rockin’ Tree Lighting w/ DJ Cruz
Ticonderoga Community Building 5:30 PM
Music provided by DJ Cruz! Free refreshments sponsored by Dunkin Donuts. First 20 people will receive a candy cane and a special gift! All kids in attendance will help count down to the tree lighting.
Holiday Hay Rides
Ticonderoga Community Building 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Enjoy Holiday Wagon Rides following the Tree Lighting and continue to listen to Holiday Music.
Sponsored by the Sawyer Family.
Monday, November 27th
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
Ticonderoga Train Station 3:10 PM
Port Henry Train Station 4:45 PM
*Times are approximate per Canadian Pacific Railway. Food Pantry donations accepted.
Tuesday, November 28th
Family Holiday Book Reading & Local Author Book Signing
Black Watch Library 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Join the Black Watch Library in Ticonderoga for Family Holiday Stories. Families are welcome to attend and children are encouraged to come in their pajamas. A very special guest and local Author Shaunrda Bartlett Lerman will also read her new holiday book “It’s the Spirit of Christmas, Peaches” as well as host a book signing. This is her second book in the children’s series Bartlettberry Briar. The series explores familiar and timeless family themes through the eyes of Peaches the squirrel and her woodland friends. Snacks will be provided.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Wednesday, November 29th
Holiday Gift Baskets at the Co-Op
Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-Op 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Gift Baskets for everyone on your list! Premade or build your own! A basket raffle will also be held. Tickets will be available. Drawing will be held Friday, December 1st during Holiday Shopping & Dining Night. Open To The Public!
Thursday, November 30th
4th of July In December Chicken BBQ - Best 4th In The North Committee Fundraising Event
Knights of Columbus Ticonderoga – 5:00 PM to Sold Out
Join us for a 4th of July BBQ In December. Take out available. $12.00 per person includes 1/2 chicken, potato, coleslaw, roll, & cookie.
Friday, December 1st
Holiday Shopping & Dining Night – Shop & Dine Local!
Participating businesses are open until 8:00 PM. Offering specials and promotions participating businesses will have a Snowflake displayed. For a complete list of participating businesses (specials & promotions) get your Holiday & Shopping Guide. FREE Raffles throughout Downtown Ticonderoga sponsored by the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership. Christmas Music throughout Town including NCCC Victorian Strolling Choir (NCCC students & staff as well as any community members who would like to join them). Additional music may be announced. Visit the TACC facebook page. THINK LOCAL - SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY!
Holiday Farmers’ Market
Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Visit the Ticonderoga Area Farmers’ Market for a special Holiday Market! Farmers and vendors will be set up inside the Chamber Office.
Parade of Lights
Ticonderoga Business Districts & Surrounding Areas 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Come out & enjoy the parade of lights along with holiday music. Businesses, organizations, and community members are encouraged to participate (vehicles, floats, etc.). You must register with the Ticonderoga Fire Department. For more information or to register call Mary at 518-586-6912. All entries must be family friendly. The parade will start at the Ti Fire Dept., go down Montcalm St. up the Portage, over Alexandria Ave., down Champlain Ave., across Father Joques, up Lake George Ave., across Alexandria Ave., down Lord Howe St. up Wicker St. down Burgoyne Ave., back up Montcalm St., around Liberty Monument, and then return to the Fire Department.
Sponsored by the Ticonderoga Fire Department.
Museum & Arts Co-Op Holiday Gift Shop
Hancock House 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Ticonderoga Historical Society, Ticonderoga Heritage Museum & Fort Ticonderoga Gift Shops. Ticonderoga Festival Guild raffle tickets will also be available at the Hancock House. Be Sure To Check Out The Festival of Trees. Also open Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 2nd
Holiday Movie Theater Night
Best Western Plus Ticonderoga 5:00 PM
Brought to you by the Best Western & the Ticonderoga Festival Guild. Wear your pajamas and bring a blanket! The movies will be Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer & Frosty The Snow Man. Pizza, Hot Chocolate, & Soda will be available. A short educational presentation will be shared prior to the movie. Free movie & popcorn for all! Scarf & Hat donations will be accepted for the Elks Program. Proceeds of food sales to benefit the Ticonderoga Festival Guild. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Holiday In Hague
Hague, NY - Starting At 10:00 AM
Shopping, Christmas Tree Decorating Contest, Holiday Parade, Tree Lighting, Christmas Party with snacks, & crafts.
Sunday, December 3rd
Ticonderoga Community Building 11:00 – 1:00 PM
All are welcome! Free! Music, Games, Crafts, Photos with Santa & More! In coordination with Silver Bay YMCA Leaders Club, Ticonderoga Festival Guild, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, Glens Falls National Bank, Patrick Ida, CPA, Nancy Frasier Photography, Ticonderoga Central School, Ticonderoga Arts & Kiwanis. Complimentary refreshments sponsored by Wal-Mart. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Festival of Trees Open House & Champagne Reception
Hancock House 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Over 30 trees, centerpieces, and gingerbread houses will be on display providing a magical holiday atmosphere. Refreshments will be served.
“We cannot thank all of the businesses, organizations, and volunteers, and the Town of Ticonderoga who make this celebration such a success. We work hard to grow the event each and every year for the community, visitors and area businesses. We hope you will join us during the celebration at the many events and in particular Small Business Saturday on November 25th and the Holiday Shopping & Dining Night on Friday, December 1st. Please help support the many wonderful businesses in the Ticonderoga Area who work diligently for the community and support all of us in so many ways. Think Local! Shop! Spend! Support! Your Community – Your Future. Each of us has the power to make a difference in our community simply by supporting local businesses, organization, events, etc.” stated Matthew Courtright – TACC Executive Director.
The Chamber is also a Tiny Tim Program and Local Food Pantry Drop off location until Friday, December 8th, 2017. All donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
For detailed information, a printed schedule of events, or a list of participating businesses for the Shopping and Dining Night and Small Business Saturday, a Ticonderoga Area Business Directory, or calendar of events, visit www.ticonderogany.com or call 518-585-6619. You can also stay up to date on event details and announcements by visiting the Ticonderoga Area Chamber Commerce facebook page.
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