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.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) is honored and excited to announce their 2017 Board of Directors including changes to the Executive Committee and addition of new Board Members.
Shana Macey from Bridge Point Communication/Crown Point Telephone Company is the new Board President and Sally Rypkema from the Hague Market/Juniper on 2 has joined the Executive Committee. Carolyn Ida from International Paper Company and Andrew Rasmus from Libby’s Bakery Café were renewed at TACC Board Members. In addition the Chambers is thrilled to welcome the following new Board Members to the team: Jonathan LaLone from Walmart of Ticonderoga, Carolyn Close from Silver Bay YMCA, and Laurie Cossey from the Ticonderoga Central School.
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 & 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 2017.
“Please join the Chamber in welcoming our new Chamber leadership and Board Members. Each person on our Board brings a new perspective and set of skills. The Chamber continues to grow in membership, services, and overall as an organization. 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.
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.
2017 Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors:
President: Shana Macey, Bridge Point Communication/CPTELCO
Vice Presidents: Karen Hennessy, Sugar Hill Manor B&B, Allison Kaupelis, Best Western Plus Ticonderoga, Kristin Thompson, Inter Lakes Health, and Sally Rypkema, Hague Market / Juniper on 2. Treasurer: Starr Pelerin, Upstate Agency.
Directors: Carolyn Ida, International Paper Company, Andrew Rasmus, Libby’s Bakery Café, Starr Smith, Glens Falls National Bank, Kristie Watrous, Mt. Lakes Services/Billy Bob’s Orchard, Jonathan Lalone, Wal-Mart of Ticonderoga, Carolyn Close, Silver Bay YMCA, and Laurie Cossey, Ticonderoga Central School District.
Past President: Scarlette Merfeld, Sun Community News
Ex-Officio: Joseph Giordano, Town of Ticonderoga Supervisor
In addition the Chamber has a number of Committee Chairs that are not TACC Board Members including Emma Jean & Carol Okusky, Car Show Co-Chairs and Theresa Abare, Community Appreciation Dinner & Awards Ceremony Chairperson.
“It is an honor to have been selected by my peers to take on a larger leadership role with the Chamber. 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 playing a greater part in this organization’s mission,” stated Shana Macey – President of Crown Point Telephone Corporation & Bridge Point Communication and new TACC Board President.
2016 continued to be a year of growth for the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) in a variety of ways including memberships, expanded and new partnerships, as well as services the Chamber offers to its Members and the entire Ticonderoga Area.
“Although 2016 had its challenges overall it was a successful year. We are honored to serve, market, promote and provide an array of benefits for our Members as well as the Ticonderoga Area. Without the continued support and dedication of our Members and Partners all of the efforts of the Chamber to make the Ticonderoga Area a better place to live, work, and visit would not be possible. You are supporting your community and the future of the Ticonderoga Area” shared Matthew Courtright – TACC Executive Director.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is honored to welcome the following new members who joined the Chamber throughout 2016:
*Note new TACC Members are listed in the order in which they joined the Chamber.
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. A highlight of TACC Member benefits include:
Marketing, Promotion, Publicity & Exposure
· Website Listings on www.ticonderogany.com, www.lakechamplainregion.com (via ROOST), & www.ticonderoga360.com (eVision Digital Marketing).
· Listing in the printed and online Chamber/Business Directory.
· Members can display printed materials for distribution at the Chamber Office.
· We will share your press releases as well as assist in writing & formatting press releases, flyers, etc.
· The Chamber will list all of your events, meetings, or general dates to remember on the online calendar. In addition TACC will ensure events are listed on the LCR (via ROOST) calendar.
· Access to a variety of sponsorship and marketing opportunities.
· Representation throughout the area & region as well as for economic development purposes.
· Networking opportunities to connect with other businesses & organizations.
· Members can submit news, information, events, and more for the Monthly Member News email blast.
· Professional & courteous staff that promote the area and their Members by providing answers and information to visitors and the community. TACC only provides referrals to Members.
· Receive the TACC Weekly Memo with important information on news (area, regional, state, etc.), events, marketing opportunities, seminars, general updates, and much more.
Business Support, Services, & Resources
· TACC offers daily/one on one business support and services directly to our Members as well as new/potential new businesses. Business support, services, resources, and counseling are also available via our partnership with the North Country Small Business Development Center & SCORE (Free Services).
Business Seminars & Trainings
· Seminars, trainings, & informational meetings on an array of topics are available throughout the year to assist making your business or organization successful.
· TACC Members automatically become Associate Members of the North Country Chamber of Commerce giving you access to a Commerce Card Discount Program, Energy Savings Program, & the Chamber Health Insurance Services.
· TACC Members have access to an array of promotional and marketing opportunities via the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) / Lake Champlain Region.
· TACC Members have access to additional benefits via our partnership with Ticonderoga360/eVision Digital Marketing including Business Spotlight articles and more!
· The TACC is partners with a number of organizations and economic development agencies giving our Members access to an array of resources and services.
Creditability, Community Involvement, & Support
· Being a Chamber Member says you belong to & support the local community. It shows that you are dedicated to the success & future of the Ticonderoga Area.
“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,” stated 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, and eVision Digital Marketing / Ticonderoga360.com. Additional partnerships may be announced in 2017. In addition the Chamber works closely with area economic development agencies including the Essex County Industrial Development Agency and PRIDE of Ticonderoga.
“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. We could not do this without our Members and Partners,” stated Courtright.
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.
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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