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Ticonderoga chamber presents annual awards

Hearburg, Ross, Best Western recognized

Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn & Suites, represented by owners Mike and Jovana Stipo and Sales & Marketing Director Allison Kaupelis, was named 2011 Business of the Year at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner. From left are Matthew Courtright, chamber executive director, Kaupelis, Jovana Stipo, Mike Stipo and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward.

Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn & Suites, represented by owners Mike and Jovana Stipo and Sales & Marketing Director Allison Kaupelis, was named 2011 Business of the Year at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner. From left are Matthew Courtright, chamber executive director, Kaupelis, Jovana Stipo, Mike Stipo and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward.

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce thanked its volunteers and recognized its members during the annual chamber dinner.

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Scott Hearburg, center, who led the campaign to construct a new playground at Ticonderoga Elementary School, was named 2011 Community Volunteer of the Year at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner. The award was presented by Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward and Matthew Courtright, chamber executive director.

Scott Hearburg, who led the campaign to construct a new playground at Ticonderoga Elementary School, was named 2011 Community Volunteer of the Year. He is the owner of McDonald's of Ticonderoga.

Lori Ross was named 2011 Chamber Volunteer of the Year.

Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn & Suites, represented by owners Mike and Jovana Stipo and Sales & Marketing Director Allison Kaupelis, was named 2011 Business of the Year.

“It was wonderful to see so many faces representing our many businesses, organizations, the community and the North Country,” Matthew Courtright, chamber executive director, said.

The event attracted more than 110 people. It was hosted by the Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn & Suites.

“On behalf of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to not only our amazing area volunteers, but to the many businesses and organizations who donated the menu items,” Courtright said. “The event was a great success and I was honored to be a part of it. The chamber is here to serve its members and promote and work together with the area businesses.”

All menu items were donated by area businesses and organizations.

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Lori Ross, center, was named 2011 Chamber Volunteer of the Year at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner. The award was presented by Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward and Matthew Courtright, chamber executive director.

“I would like to start by saying thank you,” Courtright said in his remarks at the ceremony. “Thank you to all of you, the many volunteers who we are here tonight celebrate and honor. Without your continued dedication to the community, the chamber, and the many organizations you represent as well as your passion for volunteering and serving others none of us would be doing what we do.

“Within the area we truly have a wonderful group of dedicated community members,” he said. “From our amazing volunteers at our local emergency squads and fire departments who truly serve and are dedicated to all of us. Tonight we thank and honor all of you for not only your support of the chamber and the community, but all that you give of yourself for the betterment of the Ticonderoga area.”

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