Holiday spirit alive and well in Ti

To the Times of Ti: Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2 and 3, 2007, were again memorable days in the town of Ticonderoga. On the first two days a flood of shoppers took advantage of purchasing Christmas arts and craft items as well as buying museum souvenirs. Mary Lou Greenough, Dorcey Crammond and their inspired volunteers spearheaded these events. The next day, Dec. 2, starting at 2 p.m. I witnessed over 200 children and their relatives enjoy a fun-filled series of hand-on activities in the Community Building. The children were greeted in the foyer by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus who handed out gifts to all the youngsters. Upstairs in the LaChute Hall kids were treated to a variety of activities from making balloons to making Christmas tree decorations. Meanwhile on stage talented adults and children alike entertained the large audience. Some of these talented adults were participants in the popular Ti Idol. One had to be present to witness the smiles and excitement generated by these youngsters. This entire event was planned by the chamber of commerce and the promotion committee. A special thanks to Bonnie White who spearheaded this endeavor, to Deb Malaney, the entire board of directors, the Christmas committee and the promotion committee led by Kristi Mars. Many people volunteered to make this event so successful. At 5 p.m. the lighting of the town Christmas Tree on the lawn of the Community Building took place. The tree was decorated by A.T. Morette, Ray Mury, Mia Bilow, Jim Garrison and the Ticonderoga Fire Department. A thank you to the highway department for hanging the Christmas wreaths. Also a special thanks to Stephanie Towne and her committed group for once again decorating the Bicentennial Park and the gazebo. The new artificial tree was donated by Milly Bain. Many of the lights this year were new thanks to a generous donation from the Glens Falls National Bank. The following evening, Dec. 3, the Holiday Train made its annual stop at the railroad station at 5:45 p.m. Over 400 people witnessed the arrival of the train, and were entertained for nearly a half-hour by a group of extremely talented, world renowned, musicians and singers. During several songs the crowd was encouraged to participate. It was exciting to see so many people vigorously accompanying the performers. Santa Claus arrived on cue which further enhanced and uplifted the spirit of Christmas. A special thanks goes out to our local police department, under the direction of Sgt. Mark Johns, whose presence helped make this event go off without a single glitch. Thanks also to Jim OBryan and International Paper Co. for supplying the lights. These lights helped pedestrians walking along the road from the boat launch site to the railroad tracks. Lighting up the roadway certainly helped prevent possible injuries. Lastly a big thank you to the Ticonderoga Central School and to Transportation Officer Mike Vigliotti and Superintendent John McDonald and the two capable drivers for providing two buses for the transportation of passengers from the Fort Ticonderoga parking lot to the train station, to Nick Westbrook and his staff for allowing cars to access the fort and use the parking lot as a staging area, and to the emergency squad for their presence. As you can see these events took a lot of planning, coordinating and support from organizations and volunteers. As supervisor I would like to personally thank each and every one of you who contributed to this event. The big winner was the local food pantry who collected an enormous amount of food as well as a $1,000 check from C.P.Rail. Margaret Beuerlein and her band of elves assisted in the collection. Thank you C.P.Rail for making this effort to support all the local food pantries. But the biggest winners were the kids, young and old, who took advantage of these special events. The chamber has identified these events as a day of ENTER-TRAIN-MENT. It certainly was. Hopefully we have created a celebration that will last for years. That is my fervent wish. Robert C. Dedrick
Ticonderoga supervisor

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