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Chamber names Arsenault "Citizen of the Year"

NORTH RIVER At its annual dinner meeting at the Garnet Hill Lodge on June 25 the Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce named Johnsburg resident Ann Arsenault its Citizen of the Year for 2007-2008. The award is named in honor of Henry Hudson Barton, and was presented to Ann by Chuck Barton, COO of Barton Mines Corporation. Mrs. Arsenault vacationed at Garnet Lake as a child, and has lived in the area since she was in the sixth grade. She is married to Gene Arsenault, local banker, and is the mother of four grown daughters. Her daughter Leigh was able to accompany her parents for the award presentation. As related in a recent News-Enterprise story, Ann Arsenault was the originator of Race the Train, one of our most successful community events, and a major funding source for Johnsburg Dollars for Scholars. Now in its seventh year, Race the Train has generated more than $30 thousand for scholarship funds distributed to graduates of the Johnsburg Central School. In addition to its fund raising ability, Race the Train has become a major summertime tourist event. It draws runners from as many as eight states and Canada. More than a hundred local volunteers support event activities. It generates overnight stays in the area, business for local restaurants and lodging facilities, and presents our Gore Mountain Upper Hudson Region in its most favorable light. Chamber marketing studies show that many of our visitors come here because of memories from earlier visits as children. Among our plus values are the family fun aspects of the region. Face the Train builds such memories today. Ann Arsenault was able to take an idea, adapt it to fit our capabilities, and make it a significant contributor both to local students and to our vital tourism business. She richly merits the title Citizen of the Year."

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