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Ti chamber presents annual awards

TICONDEROGA - McDonald's has been named Business of the Year by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.

The award was announced during the chamber's annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Best Western Inn & Suites.

"This is the time of year that we stop to honor all the people who give of themselves for the betterment of the town of Ticonderoga," said Barb Brassard, chamber executive director. "About 100 volunteers were in attendance to enjoy a buffet of which area businesses generously donated the entrees."

Brassard said the choice of McDonald's as Business of the Year is well-founded.

"This year the Business of the Year award went to McDonald's of Ticonderoga, a staunch supporter of not only the chamber but the community," Brassard said. "McDonald's donates consistently, hosts events, changed the community and assists with town functions and events. Giving back to the community is a priority and recently a significant investment was made to improve the facility."

Accepting the award was the Hearburg family, Scott, Robin, and Hai Lee.

Joyce Cooper received the Community Volunteer of the Year Award.

"The award goes to a non-chamber member who has changed the community for the better by serving on committees, donating time and energy, and has worked effortlessly for the betterment of Ticonderoga," Brassard explained.

Cooper is the president of the Carillon Garden Club, Ticonderoga High School Alumni Association and the Kiwanis Club; secretary of the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership; and serves on the Bicentennial Park Usage committee, the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership Design committee. She also chaired last summer's Waterfest and was instrumental in the building of the Ticonderoga Beach House.

Matt Courtright, sales director of Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks, was named Chamber Volunteer of the Year.

"The award is given to an individual that has been actively involved on the chamber board of directors, successfully co-chaired the annual chamber fundraising committee, participates in and assists with functions and events; shows spirit, enthusiasm and energy and is always positive," Brassard said.

The Special Volunteer Service Award went to JoAnn Geisel. She assisted with numerous chamber and community events and volunteers at the Ticonderoga Cartoon Museum. Presenting the award was her son, former TACC Director Joe Conway.

Each volunteer received an engraved wooden box and pen set from Rathbun Jewelers.

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