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June 5, 2013

First Weekend events kick off Friday and Saturday

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It is these types of movements that will make recruitment easier for area hospitals, colleges and businesses, he said. 

“We just want to support the people who want to make this community better.”

BUSINESS CATALYST

Colin Read, owner of Champlain Wine Company, said First Weekend is serving as a catalyst to bring the energy of the arts and business community together.

“We recognized early on there were an awful lot of aligned interests,” he said.

At least 10 businesses have agreed to participate, he said, and they hope to at least double that by the final event in September.

Numerous downtown businesses have lamented the lack of activity on weekends, so the First Weekend events are a chance to see if the community is willing to turn out to change that, organizers said.

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Adirondack Young Professionals past-president and board member Tim McCormick said that when he brought the First Weekend idea to the group’s Board of Directors members, they supported it 100 percent.

It is amazing that the series was organized so quickly, he said, as they held their first meeting in mid April.

McCormick said it was a bonus that they are able to lead in to the Biggest Loser Race/Walk being held this Sunday, as it is a chance to spread the word to those participants about what is available in Plattsburgh.

Plans call for additional First Weekend events on July 5 and 6, Aug. 2 and 3 and Sept. 6 and 7. It is hoped the final weekend will serve as a lead-in to the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration events.

BUSINESS EFFORT

Read said many of those businesses are also taking part in efforts to revitalize the Plattsburgh Downtown Association, which disbanded several years ago.

Anyone interested in joining the business coalition can call him at 561-3828 or email him at readcl@gmail.com.

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