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Crown Point Chamber growing

Ray Thatcher, Nancy Ockrin and Karen Hennessey.

Ray Thatcher, Nancy Ockrin and Karen Hennessey.

— The Crown Point Chamber of Commerce is looking to a golden number in the coming months.

“We have 40-plus members now and we are looking to get to 50 by the end of the year,” Crown Point Chamber of Commerce Co-Chair Nancy Okrin said during an open house April 25.

The chamber has been working for the last three years to build up a base of Crown Point businesses, non-profits and individuals with the goal of working together to promote economic opportunities for the town.

“We want to get behind the activities that are happening in the community,” Okrin said. “We want to work closely with the town and their events committee and work with other area chambers.”

Okrin said the chamber has grown into a self-sustaining organization that is “in the black,” with momentum.

“We are now looking to put some money toward website development and expanding our social media presence,” she said.

The chamber is looking to help organize and/or promote several events throughout the summer, starting with the Champlain Bridge Run May 17.

“It went so well as part of the bridge celebration that we kept it as an annual event,” Okrin said. “We have people that come from around the region to participate.”

Other events coming up include the annual Memorial Day parade and celebration in town Monday, May 26, which includes a solemn tour of local cemeteries starting at 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart Cemetery; the Penfield Museum pancake breakfast Saturday, June 7; the Strawberry Festival Sunday, June 29; and a street dance and concert Saturday, Aug. 2.

“This is part of a program to have events taking place along the Lake Champlain shoreline through the month of August,” Okrin said. “We are excited to be part of this with an event like this.”

The chamber is also contributing to other local events, such as the Relay for Life, along with offering a scholarship through Crown Point Central School.

Officers include Co-Chairs Okrin and Ray Thatcher, Jr.; treasurer Karen Hennessey, fifth officer Norm St. Pierre and secretary Cindy Bodette.

For information or to find out how to become a member, call Okrin at 597-3754, Bodette at 597-3160 or visit the website crownpointny.org.

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