April 30, 2014

Chamber makes plans for 2014

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown-Lewis Chamber of Commerce used its annual meeting to recap the previous year’s activities, discuss plans for 2014 and elect officers.

The organization now has 73 members in the two towns.

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

The dues help support the communities, she noted.

Margaret Bartley brought up several events the chamber could promote, including an antique and classic car show at Adirondack History Museum on June 7 and the local qualifying event for the Leadville, Colo., running race, which will pass through on June 22.


An item of concern revolved around funds that were allocated for attaching business banners on power poles. 

While each business purchased its own banner, money was obtained during the Champlain Quadricentennial in 2009 for putting up the flags.

It was to be put in an account handled by the Town of Elizabethtown, and as the banners were put up and removed each year, the expenses incurred were to be covered. 

According to chamber records, more money should be left in the account. 

“I hate to see them not go up,” said Treasurer Evelyn Hatch. “They’re beautiful and unique, and Becki Pushee worked hard on designing them.”

Hatch volunteered to check into the matter.


Discussion ensued on Elizabethtown Days, scheduled for July 18 to 20.

In the past, there has been a block dance on Friday night, with the chamber and town splitting the cost. The event was also heavily dependent on the Elizabethtown Volunteer Fire Department.

The chamber will be looking into clarification about support for this year.

Other programs it plans to continue are the “Shop Locally” campaign, a scholarship for an ELCS senior who plans to major in a business-related field, and flower baskets on the main bridges entering the hamlet.

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