Sugar & Spice Country Shoppe is the 2012 Ticonderoga Business of the Year. Owner Robin McGrath, center, is joined by Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward and Matthew Courtright, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce executive director.
Sugar & Spice Country Shoppe is the 2012 Ticonderoga Business of the Year.
Owner Robin McGrath was honored during the annual Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce volunteer appreciation dinner recently held at the Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn & Suites.
“The 2012 Business of the Year award goes to a business that is a wonderful supporter of not only the chamber, but of the community as a whole,” said Matthew Courtright, chamber
executive director. “They donate and participate consistently with monetary donations, time and talent to chamber events, community events, fund raisers and charities. They have also hosted events for the chamber.”
Susan Rathbun, a chamber vice president, presented the award.
“The recipient of this year’s award is consistently their when needed with continued dedication to the chamber and the community,” she said. “For your support of the community, the area and the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce we are pleased to present this award to Sugar & Spice Country Shoppe.”
The Business of the Year recipient will also receive a half-page. color ad in the Times of Ti.
Awards were also given to the Chamber Volunteer of the Year and the Community Volunteer of the Year.
The 2012 Chamber Volunteer of the Year is Allison Kaupelis.
“Chamber Volunteer of the Year is an individual that has been actively involved with the chamber, participates in and assists with functions and events, and shows spirit, enthusiasm and energy,” said Scarlette Merfeld, a chamber vice president. “The award recipient is always there when needed specifically for chamber events, projects, day-to-day needs, and never asks, wants or looks for recognition which is a sign of a true volunteer.
“This person is often behind the scenes making sure things are running smoothly and is there for the chamber when needed,” Merfeld added. “For her dedication to the chamber and the growth of the area we are honored to present this award to Allison Kaupelis of the Best Western.”
The 2012 Community Volunteer of the Year is Bob Dedrick.
“This award goes to a community member who has changed the community for the better,” Rathbun said. “This person does this by serving on committees, donates time and energy, and has worked effortlessly for the betterment of the community. This person serves and has served with the Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga and the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership. This person also has volunteered for many organizations including the chamber as well as events and projects.
“The person is the perfect of example of a true volunteer,” she added. “The recipient is a person who does not want or ask for recognition but volunteers to serve and make the community a better place. In addition this year’s recipient has served Ticonderoga as a leader in so many ways. For his dedication to the community we are honored to present this award to Bob Dedrick.”
Each of the award winners received a New York State Assembly citation from Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward.
Sayward was the chamber’s special guest for the event. She received a TACC Appreciation Award for her service to the Ticonderoga area, the North Country and for attending the volunteer appreciation dinner and awards ceremony for the last several years.
TACC Appreciation Awards were given to Emma Jean and Carl Okusky, Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, Relay For Life Committee, Distinguished Young Women of Ticonderoga Committee, Swift Maintenance, E.F. Nolan Building Contractor, Stewarts Shops and the International Paper Company Ticonderoga mill.
Prior to the awards being given out the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Staff, Board,
Chamber committee chairs and ambassadors were also recognized during the event.
“Thank you to all of the amazing businesses, organizations and volunteers for all that you do for the Ticonderoga area,” Courtright said. “I would also like to thank Peggy Lamb who volunteered to take all of the photographs at the event.”
The businesses and organizations that donated to make this event possible included the Best Western, Burgoyne Grill, Boyea’s Grocery & Deli, Burleigh’s Luncheonette, Century 21 Adirondacks, Christopher Chevrolet, Community Bank, Corner Market, Denton Publications/Times of Ti, Dunkin Donuts of Ticonderoga, Eddie’s Restaurant, Frenchy’s, Glens Falls National Bank, Grover Hills Deli, Gunnison’s Lakeshore Orchards & Bakery, Happy Star Chinese Restaurant, The Hot Biscuit Diner, House of Pizza, Inter-Lakes Health, Knights of Columbus of Ticonderoga, McDonalds of Ticonderoga, Montcalm Liquor, Rathbun Jewelers, Silver Bay YMCA, Subway, Sugar Hill Manor Bed & Breakfast, The Lake Champlain Inn B&B, The Millers Antiques, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, Two Brothers Meat Market, Wagon Wheel Restaurant and Wal-Mart of Ticonderoga.
More than 125 people attended the event, which was hosted by Courtright, Rathbun of Rathbun Jewelers and Merfeld of the Times of Ti.
“We are so pleased to see so many faces representing our many members, businesses, organizations, volunteers and the community here this evening,” Courtright told the crowd. “I would like to thank all of you, the many volunteers, businesses and organizations that we are here tonight to celebrate and honor. Without your continued dedication to the community, the chamber and the many events, projects and organizations we would not be here tonight and all we work so hard for would not be possible.
“Within the area we truly have a wonderful group of dedicated community members who work so diligently to provide services, opportunities, growth, support and events for the area,” he said. “I look forward to continue working and serving the area and the community with all of you. Tonight we thank and honor all of you for not only your support of the chamber and the community, but all that you give of yourself for the betterment of the Ticonderoga area.”
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce serves, markets and promotes the Ticonderoga area including, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Hague, Moriah and Putnam. The TACC plans and hosts free community events, events that draw area visitors, assists area organizations with their events and projects, provides small business support and resources and business referrals, answers community and visitor questions and requests via phone, Email and mail, sends visitor area information upon request, keeps an online calendar of events, as well as an array of benefits for its members.
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