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Crown Point - Locale to form chamber

CROWN POINT - Crown Point is forming a chamber of commerce.

An organizational meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. at Frenchman's Restaurant.

The meeting will include the the election officers and adoption of by-laws.

"The chamber's goals will be shared and all are welcome to bring their input and ideas," said Supervisor Bethany Kosmider, who has worked on the chamber formation along with an exploratory committee.

Kosmider said more than a dozen businesses have agreed to join the new chamber. Leaders of the new chamber declined to name charter members until the organizational meeting.

"All Crown Point businesses and interested community members not signed up yet are encouraged to do so at Frenchman's anytime before the event, as well as that night," Kosmider said. "The opening celebration will begin at 7 p.m. A drawing for two door prizes will be included and members are encouraged to bring their business cards to enter."

Nancy Ockrin of Stoney Lonesome Bed and Breakfast and Joe Bodette of Frenchman's Restaurant are the acting co-chairs until officers are elected.

A chamber exploratory committee has been working since last June with Ockrin as its chair.

"We feel a chamber can help us with our identity, town pride, call it what you will," Ockrin said. "There is a lot of enthusiasm in Crown Point and we hope to harness it."

Ockrin said the chamber's immediate goals are to increase membership and to develop an internet presence.

"We are a separate town," she said. "Anything we can do to promote ourselves, to identify ourselves, can't hurt. I think people are excited."

Crown Point businesses are eligible to be members of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce. The Ti chamber has 160 members, 15 from Crown Point.

The new Crown Point chamber will not compete with the Ti chamber, Ockrin stressed. She noted her business is a member of the Ti chamber and she intends to remain a Ti chamber member.

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