Last the spring, the Montcalm Partnership provided $1,000 in funding for the purchase of red paint for the new crosswalks along Montcalm Street, which were installed by the town highway crew. The partnership's design committee was also instrumental in getting five new gateway flags installed at the Fort Ticonderoga/Montcalm Street intersection in 2009 and 50 new welcome banners installed in 2008.
According to Rathbun, the soldiers project and auction were very well received and positive for Ticonderoga.
"All summer, everywhere I'd go, people remarked how much they loved seeing the soldiers," she said. "Cooperation and enthusiasm were tremendous, starting with George Demers, our wooden soldier maker, to the numerous sponsors, artists, committee volunteers, volunteer photographer Elaine Monroe, and event donors like Nelson Shapiro, Rick and Michelle Harker, Darren Geiser, and Rich Timberlake, who were incredibly generous. We owe them our sincere thanks and appreciation. When we light up the monument again, I hope all involved will attend and feel proud that they helped make it happen."
TMSP would like the street art project to become an annual event and invites ideas and suggestions for the 2011 theme. To offer comments contact Rathbun at 585-9721 or 2244.
To donate to the Liberty Monument lighting project, contact John Bartlett, TMSP design committee chairman, at 585-2304 or send donation to: TMSP, PO Box 379, Ticonderoga 12883.
The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership (TMSP) is a tax-deductible 501 (c)(3) organization.