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Ti supervisor looks ahead to 2009

- the Ti Art Gallery, largely thanks to Margaret Howe, has opened its doors in the LaChute Square;

- the PRIDE of Ticonderoga office has relocated from the back of the building to the front along Montcalm Street and their new space and the adjacent H & R Block office have been completely renovated including a new brick exterior fa ade;

- Vilardo's Architecture has moved into the former PRIDE office;

- the Black Watch Library has been selling used books in the Reale building, and a major building project will begin shortly to upgrade and enlarge the current library;

- a new Cyber Caf is in the process of securing a lease where the Golden Rooster was located;

- the building which once housed North Country Community College on Montcalm Street has been sold by PRIDE. The new owners are renovating the interior and hope to open a bookstore; and

- the building where Rite Aid was a tenant may have a new lease. Dollar General is in the process of securing permits to open a store at that location.

Along with these businesses several ancillary projects have been completed to enhance Montcalm Street, Dedrick said:

- "Welcome to Historic Downtown Ticonderoga" banners have been added to the light poles along Montcalm and Wicker streets;

- a "pocket park' has been built between the Verizon building and Two Brothers complete with landscaping and a new Lakes to Locks interpretive sign; and

- new off-street parking has been added behind the Verizon building.

"Mainstreet is an on-going entity in itself," Dedrick said. "It has a board of directors, officers and is in the final stages of seeking a 501-C3. But like every town committee it is made up of countless individuals who volunteer their time monthly for the improvement of Ticonderoga.

"Our committee continues to work hard to bring back our main street and the town as a whole," he continued. "With the loss of Jeff and Brick there is a need for interested residents to join this dedicated group. Please consider joining this group. Your help will be very much appreciated. This is a great opportunity to give back to the town we all love."

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