Chamber to host Taste of the North Country

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce will put on the Taste of the North Country event on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The event will mix a food and beverage tasting experience with a silent and live auction. The auction preview begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by the silent auction and tasting from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Auctioneer Steve Martin will cap off the evening with the live auction at 7 p.m.

This event is open to the public and attendees will enjoy sampling specialties from area restaurants and vendors, while they bid on hundreds of auctions items. Restaurant gift certificates, jewelry, artwork, savings bonds, sporting goods, gas cards and gift baskets are just a few of the many things up for bid. A complete list of vendors and auction items is available at www.northcoun

Tickets are $18. Members may donate an item for the auction to earn free tickets for this event and get some great exposure at the same time. Event sponsors include Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, SeaComm Federal Credit Union, WellCare and Hickok & Boardman. Those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

Call the North Country Chamber of Commerce at 518-563-1000 or visit to purchase tickets.


Kinneys, American Greetings team up for Veteran’s Day

GOUVERNEUR — Kinney Drugs will partner with American Greetings to offer a special one-day promotion on Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 11 in support of the Honor Flight Network.

Kinney Drugs, a chain of nearly 100 full-service drug stores located throughout New York and Vermont founded in 1903, is a division of KPH Healthcare Services. That national provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare services has three other divisions: Health Direct Institutional Pharmacy Services, ProAct Inc. and Noble Health Services.

Honor Flight Inc. is a national non-profit organization created to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. Honor Flight transports our nation’s heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials — memorials that they otherwise may never see.

Ohio-based American Greetings is committed to making the world a more thoughtful and caring place. Founded in 1906, the creator and manufacturer of innovative social expression products offers paper cards, digital greetings, gift wrap, party goods and more to help consumers honor the people and moments in life that really matter. The company’s major greeting card brands are American Greetings, Papyrus, Recycled Paper Greetings and Carlton Cards.

For every American Greetings card purchased at Kinney Drugs (valued at $1.99 or more) on Veterans Day, Kinney Drugs and American Greetings will donate $1 to the local hubs of the Honor Flight Network.

“In addition to our week-long military discount, we are thrilled to partner with American Greetings to support Honor Flight on Veterans Day,” president of Kinney Drugs Rebecca Bubel, R.Ph. said. “Through Honor Flight, local veterans have an amazing opportunity to visit — many for the very first time — the national monuments for their branch of the military, as well as the memorials for the particular conflict(s) during which they so valiantly defended our freedoms.”

“We are proud to partner with Kinney Drugs and provide veterans in their area with an opportunity to visit our U.S. national war memorials and monuments in Washington, D.C.,” vice president of National Accounts at American Greetings Julie Jones said.

“Aligning with Kinney Drugs to support the Honor Flight Network’s admirable work is another way for us to show our gratitude this Veterans Day to those who served our country.”

Hannaford donates $200K

SCARBOROUGH, MAINE — Through its Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, Hannaford Supermarkets donated $200,000 to community organizations in New York State.

Based in Scarborough, Maine, Hannaford Supermarkets operates 182 stores throughout Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 26,000 associates.

Customers may recognize the familiar Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger and Hannaford Helps Community reusable shopping bags, which for several years have been sold in Hannaford Supermarkets for $2.50. From each sale, $1 is donated to either hunger relief agencies or community organizations chosen by store employees, including school PTAs, local Little Leagues, and area animal shelters. For hunger relief programs, each $1 donation is equal to 10 meals.

The first-of-its-kind initiative was created in partnership with PS It Matters, a Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based organization that helps administer the program. Since its inception in 2014, nearly 1.7 million bags benefiting over 4,500 non-profits have been sold at Hannaford Supermarkets. The stores have found that customers are willing to pay more to support their communities, while at the same time making an environmentally conscious shopping choice - the reusable shopping bags have saved the equivalent of 13.5 million paper/plastic bags.

During this time, $207,181 in donations from reusable bag sales has been donated to community organizations in New York State.

“I’m extremely proud that our small town of Plattsburgh has supported the Bags for a Cause program so strongly that we were named the top store for bag sales and donations in New York State,” Hannaford Supermarkets Plattsburgh Store Manager Steve Williams said. “This is a great program that makes it easy for everyone to donate to a great cause. I thank all of our shoppers for their support of this program and helping to make a difference in our community.”

Lenny’s makes food bank, shelf donation

PLATTSBURGH — Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel raised and donated $24,175 to the Vermont Foodbank and the JCEO Plattsburgh Foodshelf during its 9th annual Charity Sale.

For the month of October, Lenny’s customers were encouraged to make a $10 donation to the food shelf and food bank in exchange for a custom tote bag and exclusive access to the store-wide sale. 100 percent of the donations collected went directly to the non-profit organizations.

Over the last 9 years, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel has donated over $133,000 to the JCEO Plattsburgh Foodshelf and Vermont Foodbank organizations.

“Our customers have astounded us once again with their generosity,” Owner Todd McCarthy said. “They are committed to making a difference in the lives of their neighbors.

“To date, we have donated over $133,000 to take action against food insecurity in our area.”


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