continued After losing her husband in 2008, VanWert sold the car wash later that year. She sold the laundry and apartment building in 2011.
In addition to running their businesses, VanWert has been a member of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, is engaged in organizing Streetfest and serves on the board of directors of Inter-Lakes Health. She is also a member of St. Mary’s Parish finance council and was chairwoman of the church’s recent Summer Festival Formal Dinner and Auction fundraiser.
“We have our challenges but we also have so much that other communities just don’t have,” VanWert said. “Nestled between Lake George, the queen of American lakes, and Lake Champlain, and surrounded by the Adirondack and Green Mountains provides a quality of life that attracts thousands of visitors each year. We have internationally-known Fort Ticonderoga bringing our local history to life with year round activities for all ages.
“Our school system is highly rated and North Country Community College continues to offer new curriculum and wants to work with our community in mutually supportive capacities,” she said. “With Inter-Lakes Health and our affiliation with Fletcher Allen and Hudson Headwaters Health Network, we are part of a progressive and quality driven health care system right here in our town. Soon there will be lights on the hill and the old hospital will be completely renovated to provide quality homes to income-qualified adults who are over 55 or disabled.
“Right now Bridge Point Technologies of Crown Point is bringing broadband technology through fiber optic cable to our town,” VanWert said. “We have a strong workforce and good jobs at International Paper. We are a strong farm community with fresh locally grown produce, a CSA (Community Assisted Agriculture) farm and soon a much needed meat processing plant to support our farmers.”
The future look bright, VanWert said.
“Currently we are working with private investors to redevelop key downtown buildings and have submitted grant applications for three projects,” she said. “We are developing cultural activities that will bring artists/artisans and regional tourists downtown. The Downtown Gallery featuring many local artists has been very well received this summer and we are devising a plan to keep it open with the support of interested volunteers.”