The Town of Ticonderoga, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) are pleased to announce the results of the 2016 Lake Champlain Bass Fishing Tournament survey, and the 2017 tournament lineup.
In 2016, TACC partnered with ROOST to conduct a survey of bass fishing tournament participants to gather feedback about their experiences and impacts in the region. The survey was distributed to all tournament participants throughout the spring, summer and fall of 2016, and included questions about location and duration of stay, and type and total expenditures while they were in the region, in addition to collecting demographic data.
The central and southern portions of Lake Champlain have long been known as a premier bass fishery, and as a result, the area has become a favorite destination for bass fishing tournaments. Ticonderoga has long served as a primary weigh station and tournament headquarters, and the Town and TACC have worked to solicit and support these events.
Town of Ticonderoga Supervisor Joe Giordano is pleased with the continued success of the fishing program. “We are fortunate to be a well-known bass fishing destination, and our region possesses the quantity and quality of fish, as well as the gorgeous scenery to draw elite fishermen to the area,” he said. “The Town of Ticonderoga is honored to partner with TACC and ROOST to ensure that this important group of annual visitors is amply supported as they enjoy both our pristine waters and our welcoming communities.”
“The results of the survey indicate that Ticonderoga’s leadership in pursuing and supporting these events is having a positive impact in the region,” said James McKenna, ROOST CEO. “Overall, these tournaments represent $1.4 million in estimated direct expenditures in the communities along Lake Champlain’s Adirondack Coast in Essex County.”
In 2016, respondents traveled to the region from 11 states, including one from Florida, and the Canadian province of Ontario. The survey results also showed a high rate of return visits, with 45 percent of respondents indicating the they have participated in more than 11 tournaments in the region, and 62 percent saying they have previously traveled to the Ticonderoga/Lake Champlain Region for reasons other than for fishing tournaments. An astounding 99 percent of respondents said that based on their experience, they would visit again. “These folks are valuable, and loyal to the region,” McKenna added.
TACC now serves as the official fishing tournament community coordinator, a role that requires facilitating promotional and logistical details, including coordination with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to arrange boat launch access. “We greatly appreciate the DEC staff for their ongoing collaboration,” said TACC executive director Matt Courtright. “Their participation is critical to the smooth and successful organization of these events.”
Courtright expressed gratitude to former Town of Ticonderoga Supervisor Bill Grinnell for his contributions to the increase in fishing tournaments that continues today. “We continue to work closely with tournament leaders, and are excited to announce that the number of tournaments continues to increase,” said Courtright. “In 2016, the number of tournaments increased to 24, and we saw the tournament season extending further into the shoulder seasons. In 2017, there are currently 35 tournaments scheduled, and that number could still increase.”
For more information about bass fishing on Lake Champlain, visit www.lakechamplainregion.com.
Press Release originally issued by ROOST & TACC on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 (www.roostadk.com).
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) is pleased to announce they will host a Ribbon Cutting for Hidden Treasures in Ticonderoga as part of their Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, May 4th. The ribbon cutting will take place at 4:00 PM.
You are invited to celebrate with Hidden Treasures on Montcalm Street and welcome them to the business community. All are invited to attend. Complimentary refreshments will be served.
Hidden Treasures is located at 79 Montcalm Street in Downtown Ticonderoga offering antiques, new clothing, shoes, camping gear, locally made furniture, and much more. Current hours of operation are Thursday and Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
To stay up to date with Hidden Treasures visit their facebook page.
Spring is in the air and the Ticonderoga Area Farmers’ Market invites farmers and vendors (returning and new) to join them. The Market will operate on Saturdays from 10AM to 1PM from July 8th to October 14th at 1114 Wicker Street (Wicker Wood), near the Walmart entrance and across from Christopher Chevrolet Buick.
“If you produce a quality food product that is locally grown, farm raised or handmade featuring local materials, you may be interested in participating in the Farmers’ Market,” expressed June Curtis, Market Advisor. “Farmers are required to grow 50% of the fruits and vegetables they offer. All products must be local (produced within a 100 mile radius of Ticonderoga including Vermont). The Market welcomes vendors and artisans who offer original goods that complement farmers’ products. If you are hesitant to commit to the full season, a flexible schedule is readily offered to encourage participation.”
With three strong years of growth and development behind them, the Farmers’ Market management is reflecting on their recent successes and placing their energies in areas where they were both successful and not as successful. The goal is to make good better and better best, paving the way for continued progress. Application has been submitted to and authorization received from NYS Agriculture and Markets for FMNP (Farmers Market Nutrition Program) compliancy. The market is well equipped to open in early July.
“Consumers’ safety is always our highest priority, especially with the driveway running through the middle of the site”, stated Market Manager Carol Wood Ramundo. “In 2016 we installed a formal barrier system, providing a clear delineation between the vending area and the busy roadway. What an awesome improvement! We found a permanent home for the Kids’ Zone activities, distanced from the traffic, in a nice open sunny area. Also, new signage made it easier for shoppers to find the market and locate parking. These enhancements position us well for another great season ahead.”
Plans are underway to introduce some new concepts for entertainment and kids’ activities. Grants have been submitted and fundraising has begun for the 2017 season. The Town of Ticonderoga has again committed to support the market.
“We thank the Stewarts Holiday Match program for providing supplies for kids’ activities throughout the summer”, stated June Curtis. “Nature Sculptures, Sun Catchers and Painted Pumpkins will be among several exciting projects planned in the Kids’ Zone. Another pending grant will support musical performances. A full schedule of events for the 2017 market will be distributed as the summer nears.”
The Farmers’ Market is sponsored by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce. Matt Courtright, the chamber’s Executive Director, is a passionate advocate. “It pleases me to see the market thrive”, offers Matt. “When businesses, towns, organizations and individuals come together to support one another their strength is powerful and this strength builds incrementally over time. It is our mission at the Chamber to initiate and provide programs, services, and leadership to enhance cooperation within the community to create a more vibrant economy. The Farmers Market is one such initiative that proves to us that our work is meaningful and makes a difference. We look forward with enthusiasm to another flourishing year at the Farmers’ Market in 2017. The market not only impacts the local economy but creates a community gathering location for residents and visitors. I would like to personally thank the Town of Ticonderoga and all of the sponsors of the 2016 Farmers Market. Without your support the market would not be possible. Your commitment to the market was invaluable in sustaining our success.”
2016 sponsors and supporters included the Town of Ticonderoga, International Paper Company, Geraw’s Ok Sanitary, Stewarts Shops, Essex County Arts Council, Creating Healthy Schools and Communities Program for Clinton & Essex County, Nadeau’s Farm & Garden Market, Cultural Arts Initiative, Carol & Rick Ramundo, and Christopher Chevrolet Buick.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2017 Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market please contact June Curtis (Farmers Market Advisor) at 518-585-6619. For more information on the market visit www.ticonderogany.com.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) is honored and excited to announce their 2017 Ambassador Team including a new Ambassador Chairperson Jodi Gibbs from Inter-Lakes Health.
2017 Ambassador Team
Jodi Gibbs- Inter-Lakes Health
Kellie Billow – Lakeside Regional Church
Angela Brown – Century 21 Adirondacks
June Curtis- Ticonderoga Heritage Museum
Marie Gijanto- Spic-N-Span Cleaning & Detailing
Louise Goodwin – Christopher Chevrolet
Nancy Ockrin- Stoney Lonesome B&B
Jessica Stoddard – TiNY Wellness Center
Hilary Primo – St. Mary’s School
Lena Robetoy- Champlain National Bank
Lori Ross – Silver Bay YMCA
Eric Stoddard – Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-Op
Alexander Shmulsky - Alexander Shmulsky Attorney at Law
Ambassadors are additional representatives of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce for businesses and organizations. Ambassadors assist at Chamber events throughout the year.
Part of being an Ambassador is also being involved in the community, fostering new relationships with area businesses and organizations, and to act as an informational resource for members of the chamber. Ambassadors have the ability to strengthen the business community and reach out to the greater Ticonderoga Area through TACC. Ambassadors now will welcome new TACC members and Ticonderoga Area community members as well as visitors as a new initiative of being a Chamber Ambassador. TACC also hopes that Ambassadors will eventually become TACC Board Members.
Each Ambassador gives their time and talent when they can to assist the Chamber. Ambassadors meeting prior to each After Business Mixer/Networking event so that an additional meeting is not required.
The Chamber is always looking for additional Ambassadors as well. Ambassadors must represent a Chamber Member. If you are interested in becoming a TACC Ambassador contact the Chamber Office or Ambassador Chairperson Jodi Gibbs.
“When I got the notice that Amy LaVare was stepping down as the Ambassador Chairperson I thought, “I could do that.” As it turns out, my fellow Ambassadors thought so too.
I’ve enjoyed being an Ambassador for the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and getting more closely acquainted with the area’s business community. Matt and Molly run a tight ship and I’m honored to be able to support our mission of making the Ticonderoga Area an exceptional place to live, work, and visit. I would also like to thank Amy LaVare from Bridge Point Communication for her leadership and assistance as the previous Ambassador Chairperson” commented Jodi Gibbs – Inter –Lakes Health.
The TACC serves, markets, and promotes 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 Tagline: Business Focused. Community Minded. Future Driven.
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.
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