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‘Best Fourth’ fund raising events slated

Alumni tournament, dinner March 31

 “The Best Fourth in the North” is months away, but Ticonderoga will have an Independence Day feeling Saturday, March 31. That’s when the “The Best Fourth in the North” committee will hold a pair of fund raising events. The annual Ticonderoga High School alumni basketball tournament will be played and the Ti Knights of Columbus will host a spaghetti dinner. Both will benefit the annual July 4th celebration.

“The Best Fourth in the North” is months away, but Ticonderoga will have an Independence Day feeling Saturday, March 31. That’s when the “The Best Fourth in the North” committee will hold a pair of fund raising events. The annual Ticonderoga High School alumni basketball tournament will be played and the Ti Knights of Columbus will host a spaghetti dinner. Both will benefit the annual July 4th celebration.

— A three point contest elimination round will start at 11:45 a.m. with the finals held prior to the championship game.

Tickets to the tournament are $2 a person, although the “Best Fourth in the North” committee will accept additional donations.

During the tournament committee members will sell refreshments, including hot dogs, michigans, chips, candy, soda water and Gatorade.

“I want to personally thank Bob Dedrick on behalf of the committee, the community and area visitors for his dedication to this tournament and the ‘Best Fourth In The North’,” Barber said.

The spaghetti dinner will begin at 5 p.m. at the Ticonderoga Knights of Columbus on Montcalm Street.

The meal will include spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and butter. Take out meals will be available. Tickets will be $10 a person. Children ages 5 and younger will be free.

Barber said the success of “The Best Fourth in the North” depends on fund raising. She urged people to support the event.

“If you would like to make a donation to support the celebration you can do so via mail or at any of the fundraisers,” Barber said. “All donations are tax deductible.”

Donations can be mailed to 42 Burgoyne Road, Ticonderoga 12883, Attention Debbie Barber, committee chair.

Other fund raising activities include a softball tournament June 2 and 3 at the Putnam recreation field and a iPad raffle. Tickets for the iPad raffle will be available at the alumni basketball tournament with the winner being drawn that day.

“‘The Best Fourth In The North’ celebration attracts many visitors to the Ticonderoga area every year, which supports local businesses and the local economy,” Barber said. “The celebration for 2012 will be held July 1-4. ‘The Best Fourth in the North’ committee is dedicated to providing area residents and visitors with the best Fourth of July experience in the North Country.”

A full schedule for “The Best Fourth in the North” is still being completed, but the parade theme has been determined — “Salute To Community Volunteers.”

Parade applications can be printed from ‘The Best Fourth in the North” website, www.best4thinthenorth.com.

Information on the annual celebration is also available from the Ticonderoga ARea Chamber of Commerce by calling 585-6619 or Emailing chamberinfo@ticonderogany.com.

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