April 2, 2013

E'town-Lewis Chamber makes plans


ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown-Lewis Chamber of Commerce is considering new initiatives that could include a foot race and trail cleanup.

At its annual meeting, held recently, chamber members discussed plans for the coming year.


Elizabethtown Town Supervisor Margaret Bartley mentioned several upcoming events that the chamber could promote, including an antique car show at the Adirondack History Museum on June 8; the local Leadville, Colo., qualifying race, which would come through the area on June 16; and Lewis Civil War Days on Sept. 27 and 28.

The chamber would also be assisting in Elizabethtown Days in July.

“This area is becoming a race area,” Bartley said.

“I’ve been in discussions with the Keene Chamber of Commerce to co-sponsor a race called the Hurricane Challenge, since we share that mountain.”

Essentially, the race teams would go up one side of Hurricane Mountain, place a flag at the top and then go down the other side.

Gail Testa provided information about Champlain Area Trails, including its annual event on June 1, which will include a hike and guest speaker.


It was suggested that a cleanup day be held for Elizabethtown’s Blueberry Trail.

It was also mentioned that ATVs have been going on a section that is off-limits, which could cause trail damage.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have a parks department (for cleanup), though some families have adopted trails,” Bartley added.


Members discussed providing a $300 scholarship to an Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School senior who would be pursuing post-high-school studies in the business field at a school in New York state.

Members talked about when to bestow the award — at graduation or at the subsequent chamber meeting, which wouldn’t be until August. There were concerns over the possibility the recipient might not be available at that time. No final decision was made.


As for increasing the chamber’s membership and base, Chamber First Vice Chairman Ron Testa suggested they consider businesses from communities outside of Elizabethtown and Lewis.

“We can’t limit ourselves and be in a cocoon,” he said.

Secretary Mary McGowan said membership applications would be going out with the newsletters and will be available at the chamber’s website.

The Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce became incorporated in 1951. In 2007, it expanded to include the Town of Lewis and the businesses there, morphing into the Elizabethtown-Lewis Chamber of Commerce.

Its activities include participating in regional agency meetings, promoting business interests, lobbying to get tax revenues allocated to local business needs, representing the communities’ interests to county and town governments, promoting healthy economic growth and improved exposure and visibility for the communities, and participating in, promoting and helping to fund local events.

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The Elizabethtown-Lewis Chamber of Commerce meets at 5 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month.

During the winter, it meets at the ACAP offices on Court Street in Elizabethtown; in the summer, meetings are held at Adirondack Museum, also on Court Street.

The chamber officers for this year are: Bruce Pushee, chairman; Ron Testa; first vice chairman; Bill Finucane, legal adviser; Alan Jones, budget officer; Matt Baldwin, marketing; Evelyn Hatch, treasurer; and Mary McGowan, secretary.

For more information, see the website: