Ti EMS campaign off to good start

TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Emergency Squad building campaign is off to a good start.

The squad sold $790 worth of tickets and received a $125 donation during the first day of its motorcycle raffle.

Tickets will be on sale again Saturday, May 2, at the Ticonderoga Rite Aid 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in conjunction with a free blood pressure clinic.

Chances on the motor cycle will also be on sale at Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m. to noon.

The squad has also planned a coin drop at the Ticonderoga Wal-Mart Memorial Day weekend. Raffle tickets will also be on sale at that time.

The squad is raffling a 2005 Honda Shadow VLX 600 motorcycle. The bike was donated by Dennis Johnson and his wife, Sue.

The bike, with a mural of beach scene on its gas tank, was featured in the December 2005 edition of V-Twin magazine. It has 833 miles on it.

Tickets, priced at $10 each, are now on sale from Ti Emergency Squad members or by calling the Johnsons are 503-5068.

The town of Ticonderoga has sold land for the new ambulance building to the squad for $1 - with conditions.

The squad must have the money for a new facility in hand in two years and construction must be complete in another two years or the land, located at the site of the former Ticonderoga Civic Center between The Portage and Lake Champlain Avenue, reverts back to town ownership.

Dennis Johnson, the ambulance squad president, hopes the bike raffle will raise $15,000.

The actual cost and design of a new ambulance building is yet to be determined, the squad president said. Squad officials have had informal talks with architects and contractors, but there is no exact plan.

Johnson said he hopes to model the Ti building after the Bristol, Vt., emergency services headquarters. That is a 3,000 square feet building with four garage bays, a meeting room, offices and sleeping quarters.

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