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.


The Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce incorporated in 1951.

In 2007, it was suggested that it expand to include businesses in the Town of Lewis, creating the new Elizabethtown-Lewis Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber welcomes businesses and individuals to join and is seeking comments and suggestions, especially participation by citizens.

Its activities include:

• Participating in regional agency meetings.

• Promoting business interests.

• Representing the towns to get tax and specialty-tax revenues allocated to local business needs.

• Representing business interests to the county and town governments.

• Promoting healthy economic growth and improved exposure and visibility for Elizabethtown and Lewis.

• Creating and maintaining a website.

• Participating in, promoting and helping to fund local events.

Email Alvin


Elizabethtown-Lewis Chamber of Commerce's newly re-elected officers are: Bruce Pushee, chairman; Ron Testa; first vice chairman; Bill Finucane, legal advisor; Alan Jones, budget officer; Matt Baldwin, marketing; Evelyn Hatch, treasurer; and Mary McGowan, secretary.

The chamber meets at 5 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month.

During the winter, it meets at Adirondack Community Action Programs offices on Court Street.

In the summer, meetings are held at Adirondack Museum on Court Street.

Meetings are open to the public. For additional information, go to: or visit the chamber on its Facebook page.