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RAISING MONEY FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES

September 18, 2019

Many parents and schools struggle to make sure their kids have all the necessary school supplies – so employees of Champlain National Bank banded together to raise money to help our local schools buy what they need. Employees who contributed also got to wear jeans to show they support our local schools!

First Picture: Daniel Parker (Boquet Valley Lake View School Principal), Medara Sherman (School supplies donation also made to Mountain View campus.)
Second Picture: Lena Robetoy, Justin Gardner (Willsboro School Superintendent)
Third Picture: Lena Robetoy, Tara Celotti (Crown Point Principal)
Fourth Picture: Jayson Barnhart (Oak Street School Principal), Lori Boren, Monika Cook
Fifth Picture: Glenn Hurlock (Plattsburgh High School Principal), Kristin Cumm
Sixth Picture: Melanie Porter, Brianna Murphy
Seventh Picture: Willsboro Branch: Maddie Sussey, Michelle Cross, Skiler Stafford, Tiffani Tromblee, Teresa Kaschak, Kevin Richard, Erica Cain, Craig LaPine, Marilyn Strong, Maghan MacDougal, Rosale Lewis, Judy Hoskins, Toni McCray
Eighth Picture: Lake Placid Branch: Ralitsa Livermore, Cindy Caner
Ninth Picture: Keene Branch: Brianna Murphy

Boquet Valley table full of school supplies Willsboro school table stacked with school supplies crown point school table stacked with school supplies plattsburgh downtown school supplies donation Plattsburgh West school supplies donation keene school supplies donation Willsboro employees wearing jeans Lake Placid employees wearing jeans Brianna Murphy

CLIENT APPRECIATION DAY - ICE CREAM GIVEAWAY

August 23, 2019

Our summer Client Appreciation Day – Ice Cream Giveaway was a big hit as we hired a Mr. Ding-A-Ling truck for each of our ten branch locations to hand out free ice cream! It was a small way we could say “thank you” to the communities in the North Country and Adirondacks who have supported us for the past 110 years!

First Picture: Plattsburgh Downtown Branch: Steven Cacchio
Second Picture: Plattsburgh Branch: Khloe Evans, Kristin Cumm
Third Picture: Champlain Branch: Stephanie Coulombe, Kelsey Monette, Jenn Favro
Fourth Picture: Elizabethtown Branch: Britney Aldrich, Amanda Grant, Kurri Westover, Ralitsa Livermore
Fifth Picture: Westport Branch: Jocelyn Belzile, Medara Sherman
Sixth Picture: Lake Placid Branch: Cindy Caner
Seventh Picture: Saranac Lake Branch: Marllie Tanzini, Rebecca Miner
Eighth Picture: Keene Branch: Melanie Porter

Steve getting an ice cream from the ice cream truck child and Kristin sitting in the ice cream truck window three women peeking out ice cream truck window employees posing outside ice cream truck posing outside ice cream truck cindy outside ice cream truck posing outside ice cream truck Melanie with ice cream bar???

ESSEX COUNTY FAIR

August 14, 2019

Did you know that Champlain National Bank has sponsored the Essex County Fair since 1910 – the year after we were founded? Keeping local traditions alive is important to us and our annual corn pile treasure hunt has become an annual favorite activity for kids. Our giant piggy bank balloon also made its Fair debut!

First Picture: Tracy LaBombard, Amanda Grant, Melissa LaMotte
Fifth Picture: Jackie Hallock
Sixth Picture: Maddie Sussey

three people sitting at the Champlain National Bank booth children digging in a pool of corn young girl counting change in her hand jars of vegetables with ribbons attached lady leaning up against a large piggy bank balloon two children digging through corn while a lady looks on????

FREE FINANCIAL EDUCATION ONLINE

August 5, 2019

Our online Financial Education courses are quick, easy, and FUN and you’ll learn important financial skills for all levels! Just visit our Financial Education page to get started! We will also be giving away $100 each quarter to a lucky winner who completes a group of these Financial Education courses. Shari Morris, one of the winners, is pictured receiving her $100 from Elizabethtown Branch Manager Medara Sherman.

Medara Sherman handing Shari Morris a check Medara Sherman handing Shari Morris a check

WESTPORT YOUTH COMMISSION MONEY MONDAYS

July 22, 2019

Champlain National Bank is partnering with the Westport Youth Commission on “Money Mondays” this summer, a fun program that teaches local kids important money skills! Participates get to open their very own bank accounts in order to practice making deposits and withdrawals while they watch their money grow as they save! Our new Piggy Bank inflatable was also a big hit! Thanks to our Westport Branch Manager Medara Sherman who is leading Money Mondays.

children surrounding pig float children hugging pig float women posing with pig float teaching a class

E'TOWN DAY PARADE

July 20, 2019

Our team from the Elizabethtown branch marched in the E’town Day Parade along with our new piggy bank balloon!

First Picture: Amanda Grant, Tracy LaBombard, Melissa LaMotte, Jordan McKiernan, Medara Sherman
Second Picture: Amanda Grant, Tracy LaBombard, Melissa LaMotte, Medara Sherman, Jordan McKiernan

piggy balloon in cab of truck with girls posing in front piggy float in back of truck

NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GOLF TOURNAMENT

July 12, 2019

Great job by the North Country Chamber of Commerce and Northern Insuring on their annual fundraising golf tournament! We’re proud to be a long-time sponsor of the event and had fun giving out prizes and meeting everyone who participated!

First Picture: Jackie Hallock, Michelle Lafountain, Darlene Mirrer
Second Picture: Steve LaBombard (Fesette Realty), Tim Kononan, Robin Weeden (Weebee Properties), Ray Beebe (Weebee Properties)
Third Picture: Craig LaPine, Ed Mirrer, John Cacchio, Steve Cacchio

three girls posing on a golf course golf team posing at hole golf team posing at hole Tim Kononan putting

MAYOR'S CUP REGATTA & FESTIVAL

July 7, 2019

We’re a proud sponsor of the City of Plattsburgh’s many events throughout the year. We think they’ve done a terrific job hosting community festivals this summer - including the Mayor's Cup Regatta & Festival this weekend. We’ve got a strong presence in downtown Plattsburgh – take a look at some of our wonderful employees who work at our office there showing off our Mayor's Cup window paintings!

Pictured: Lisa Roberts, Steven Cacchio, Lori Hebert, Charlene Sample, Taylor Rabideau, Debbie Buesser, Lori Boren, Tim Kononan, Monika Cook, Laurie Kelsh

sailboats painted on windows

WESTPORT INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE

July 6, 2019

The Westport Independence Day Parade saw the debut of our new piggy bank parade float!!

piggy bank parade float

NORTHERN FRONTIER LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM SPONSORSHIP

July 3, 2019

Congratulations to Team Champlain National Bank who won the Northern Frontier Little League Minor Division Championship! We were so proud to support this wonderful organization because they truly encourage unity amongst all young athletes and give every child in our community the opportunity to participate in Little League. Well done!

little league team

SCHOOL SUPPLIES DONATION TO KEENE CENTRAL SCHOOL

June 27, 2019

Champlain National Bank collected and donated boxes of gently used three-ring binders to Keene Central School for the students and teachers to use. Our branch manager in Keene, Melanie Porter, is seen here giving one to Superintendent Daniel Mayberry and the Keene Mascot! We love supporting our schools!

Keene Superintendent Daniel Mayberry with mascot and Melanie Porter

NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS EXPO

June 6, 2019

If you didn’t have this much fun at the Business Expo, it means you didn’t stop by our booth to get a FREE ice cream! Thanks to the North Country Chamber of Commerce for putting on another wonderful event! We enjoyed meeting everyone who stopped by to say hello.

First Picture: Jackie Hallock, Buck Bobbin
Second Picture: Buck Bobbin, Lisa Roberts

Jackie Hallock laughing and Buck Bobbin holding ice cream Buck Bobbin in booth

BEEKMANTOWN SCHOOL STUDENTS VISIT BRANCH

June 5, 2019

Class visits are always welcome at Champlain National Bank and we were excited to show seventh-graders at Beekmantown High School what happens behind the scenes. They all went home with a piggy bank and a shiny dollar coin, and of course, candy! If you teach a class and would like to bring your students in for a visit to any of our branches, give us a call and we’d be happy to accommodate your class! The class is pictured here with Branch Manager Michelle Lafountain and Teller Randi Swires. This visit was arranged in partnership with CFES and the Gear Up Grant.

group of student holding piggy banks Michelle and Randi speaking to students Randi using the drive-through tubes while students watch students looking at the night drop

FRIENDS OF SCOUTING

June 3, 2019

Champlain National Bank paid to support a child’s participation in Scouting for a full year - and were recognized at the recent Friends of Scouting Breakfast! Representing the Bank are Kristin Cumm and Michelle Lafountain.

Kristin Cumm and Michelle Lafountain

DOZERFEST

June 1, 2019

One of the community events we love supporting is the very popular Dozerfest! Every child who attended walked away with one of the exclusive Champlain National Bank hard hats too! Kudos to the Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Plattsburgh who puts on this wonderful experience every year!

baby in a stroller wearing a hard hat toy hard hat

ACAP'S COLOR FOR A CAUSE FUN RUN/WALK SPONSORSHIP

May 19, 2019

Champlain National Bank sponsored a color (blue, of course!) at the ACAP Color for a Cause Fun Run/Walk, and our Elizabethtown branch team spent the day volunteering at the race! Great work – and thanks to ACAP for all they do for our community!

Pictured: Kurri Westover, Medara Sherman, Amanda Grant, Melissa LaMotte

four ladies posing under a balloon garland

FREE SHREDDING DAY

May 17, 2019

We had a great turnout at our Free Shredding Day in Elizabethtown! More than 45 people stopped by with boxes and bags of old documents, which were shredded right before their eyes. Follow us on Facebook so you’ll know when we have our next one – it’s open to everyone!

Medara emptying a box of paper into a shred bin Medara behind the Champlain National Bank table SecurShred truck Tent and SecurShred Truck?

CREDIT SCORE PRESENTATION AT CLINTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

May 7, 2019

Do you know some of the ways to improve your credit score and why it’s so important to your everyday life? We recently gave a presentation on credit at Clinton Community College where we demystified the credit process and showed what goes into a report and how a score is calculated. Our Mortgage Loan Specialist Buck Bobbin also discussed how a loan decision is made and how a bad credit score can affect more than just banking. If you want to learn more about credit – we’re here to help! We’re always willing to visit local organizations or schools to talk about credit or any other financial topics – let us know if you’re interested!

Buck in front of a presentation screen

AUTISM AWARENESS WALK

May 4, 2019

Did you know: Champlain National Bank has been a supporter of the Autism Alliance of Northeastern NY from the beginning! In addition to being a major sponsor of the 2019 Autism Awareness Walk, our employees pooled their own money to be donated to the Autism Alliance! Staff also wore blue to work to show their support for all families affected by autism. We are so proud of our team!

First Picture: Willsboro Branch: Teresa Kaschak, Rosale Lewis, Stephen Aubin, Michelle Cross, Judy MacDougall, Kevin Richard, Maghan MacDougal, Dorene Dixon, Tiffani Tromblee, Skiler Stafford, Lena Robetoy, Judy Hoskins, Carol Manley, Erica Cain, Marilyn Strong
Second Picture: Plattsburgh Branch: Brittany Faubert, Roxanne LaClair, Denise Kaufman, Jennifer Pecore, Buck Bobbin, Kristin Cumm, Darlene Mirrer, Sabrina Smith, Tiah LaValley, Randi Swires
Third Picture: Elizabethtown Branch: Amanda Grant, Melissa LaMotte, Kurri Westover

group of people waving their hands in the air group of employees wearing blue group of employees wearing blue

FINANCIAL EDUCATION CLASS FOR WESTPORT HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

April 10, 2019

Providing financial education to our communities is one of the cornerstones of what we do at Champlain National Bank – and that includes giving a lesson on budgeting and credit to a class of Westport High School Seniors to give them the financial tools to prepare for life after graduating. Our Westport Branch Manager Medara Sherman is pictured here explaining to the senior class about why making a budget is so important and what goes into a credit report. If you are interested in having us come into your school or organization to teach a financial education class, please get in touch!

Medara Sherman teaching

CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK BOWL-A-THON FUNDRAISER

April 7, 2019

We had three teams in the Children’s Miracle Network Bowl-A-Thon Fundraiser and had a blast! Thanks to Kinney Drugs who organized the event, which raises money for The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, which we are proud to continue to support!

First Picture: Emily Fitzpatrick, Brandon Frenyea, Lori Boren, Toni McCray, Monika Cook, Brianna Murphy, Bobby and Erica Cain, Becky Miner, Ralitsa Livermore, Joelynn Garvey, Bill Gilson
Second Picture: Brandon Frenyea

bowlers at a bowling alley brandon frenyea bowling

BOQUET VALLEY WOMEN'S BOWLING LEAGUE TEAM

April 5, 2019

Congratulations to the Champlain National Bank Bowling Team who took third place in the Boquet Valley Women’s Bowling League! The team consists of current and retired employees who get to wear the exclusive Champlain National Bank bowling shirt!

Pictured: Chris McLean, Erica Cain, Toni McCray, Judy Hoskins

four women posing in a bowling alley two women with their backs turned showing off the Champlain National Bank logo

DOC LOPEZ RUN FOR HEALTH

March 23, 2019

Our team in Elizabethtown braved the very cold temperatures to volunteer at the University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital Doc Lopez Run for Health! We’re proud to support this race and the many efforts of the hospital!

Pictured: Medara Sherman and Amanda Grant

Medara wearing a scarf on her face and Amanda wearing a furry hood

ST. PATRICK'S DAY BREAKFAST

March 18, 2019

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the team at Champlain National Bank! Thanks to the North Country Chamber of Commerce for putting on another fun breakfast, and congratulations to Jim and Joanne Hockney on winning Irishman of the Year!

Pictured: Stephanie Coulombe, Jackie Hallock, Tim Kononan, Brittany Faubert, Darlene Mirrer, Michelle Lafountain, Buck Bobbin, Lisa Roberts

employees wearing green

NORTH COUNTRY AT WORK PROJECT

February 15, 2019

In case you don’t remember (or weren’t born yet) take a look at how far banking has come! Thanks to the North Country at Work Project through North Country Public Radio, you can explore thousands of historical photos of people working in the North Country, including some from Champlain National Bank. Here are just a few!

First Picture: Jane Garvey posting transactions, 1972
Second Picture: Beverly Moran and Thelma Bowen file checks to be mailed to customers, 1972
Third Picture: Tellers greet the customers as they enter our first branch in Willsboro (now the Willsboro Heritage Center Museum) behind glass, circa 1950

Jane Garvey Posting Transactions to the GL Operations staff sorting checks tellers greeting a customer in the old branch in Willsboro

STEPPING OUT FOR YOUR HEART DINNER

February 7, 2019

Champlain National Bank was proud to sponsor the Foundation of CVPH Stepping Out For Your Heart Dinner, which educates our community about heart disease in women, and raises money for all the good work of the Foundation. A group from the Bank attended the event and wore red to show our support! Champlain National Bank staff also decided on their own that they wanted to raise extra money for Stepping Out For Your Heart, so traded their traditional Champlain National Bank blue attire for red and pink to show support for people living with heart disease!

First Picture: Dinner Attendees: Brittany Faubert, Jackie Hallock, Lori Hebert, Michelle Lafountain, Lori Boren, Darlene Mirrer, Lisa Roberts
Second Picture: Champlain National Bank information table at Stepping Out For Your Heart
Third Picture: Willsboro Branch: Michelle Cross, Skiler Stafford, Cindy Monty, Andrea Robare, Gayle Bridge, Judy MacDougall, Stephen Aubin, Erica Cain, Adriane Holland, Chuck Hughes, Rosale Lewis, Carol Manley, Dorene Dixon, Teresa Kaschak, Maghan MacDougal, Craig LaPine, Lena Robetoy
Fourth Picture: Plattsburgh Branch: Buck Bobbin, Michelle Lafountain, Brittany Faubert, Kristin Cumm, Denise Kaufman, Sabrina Smith, Randi Swires, Roxanne LaClair
Fifth Picture: Elizabethtown Branch: Jordan McKiernan, Aren Caza, Amanda Grant, Medara Sherman
Sixth Picture: Keene Branch: Melanie Porter, Stephanie Battisti, Brianna Murphy
Seventh Picture: Westport Branch: Tracy LaBombard, Maddie Sussey
Eighth Picture: Lake Placid Branch: Ralitsa Livermore, Cindy Caner, Morgan Nero

group of women wearing red display table Willsboro employees wearing red Plattsburgh employees wearing red Elizabethtown employees wearing red and pink Keene employees wearing red Westport employees wearing red Lake Placid employees wearing red?

NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL DINNER

January 25, 2019

Thanks to the North Country Chamber of Commerce for recognizing such deserving businesses and business people at their Annual Dinner. The Champlain National Bankers who attended got into the 50s theme with poodle skirts and leather jackets! Thanks for all you do for the North Country!

First Picture: Jackie Hallock, Tim Kononan, Lori Boren, Darlene Mirrer, Michelle Lafountain, Steve Cacchio, Buck Bobbin, Lisa Roberts
Second Picture: Michelle Lafountain, Jackie Hallock, Darlene Mirrer, Lisa Roberts, Buck Bobbin

group of people wearing poodle skirts group of people wearing poodle skirts

OFFICE SUPPLIES DONATION

January 24, 2019

We’re always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and one of the most rewarding ways we do that is by donating gently used office supplies to area schools who gratefully accept them! Here Willsboro Branch Manager Lena Robetoy is stuffing a van full of three-ring binders to be donated to the Willsboro Central School. We love seeing these supplies get a new life and be put to good use!

Lena holding a box of three ring binders

PROJECT WE CARE

December 18, 2018

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who donated to Champlain National Bank’s Project We Care! With your help, we were able to fulfill the Christmas wishes of your neighbors, both young and old, so that everyone could have a special holiday season. We donated toys, food, and warm clothing to many local charities, schools and members of the senior community, making a real difference in their lives. The generosity of our clients and employees is truly amazing – THANK YOU!

First Picture: Elizabethtown Branch: Amanda Grant, Jordan McKiernan, Melissa LaMotte, Alan Jones (ACAP), Cindy Cobb (ACAP)
Second Picture: Westport Branch
Third Picture: Willsboro Branch: Michelle Cross, Tiffani Tromblee, Maddie Sussey, Lena Robetoy
Fourth Picture: Crown Point Branch
Fifth Picture: Saranac Lake Branch: Morgan Nero, Rebecca Miner
Sixth Picture: Lake Placid Branch: Marllie Tanzini, Ralitsa Livermore
Seventh Picture: Champlain Branch: Kelsey Monette
Eighth Picture: Plattsburgh Branch
Nineth Picture: Keene Branch: Brianna Murphy, Melanie Porter

Elizabethtown employees posing with collected gifts to be donated tree decorated with tags and gifts underneath Willsboro employees posing with boxes of food Christmas tree and boxes of food Saranac Lake employees and gifts with a Christmas tree Lake Placid employees pose with the Christmas tree and toys Champlain employee posting with gift bags and the Christmas tree wrapped gifts under a Christmas tree Keene employees posing with collected food and gifts around the Christmas tree

SANTA NIGHT FUNDRAISER FOR THE CLINTON COUNTY CHRISTMAS BUREAU

December 14, 2018

As the holidays come to an end, we just want to thank the efforts of Christopher Huchro and Santa Night, which raised more than $16,000 for the Clinton County Christmas Bureau. This organization makes sure our less fortunate neighbors have warm clothing this winter and food on the table during the holidays. A group of Champlain National Bankers took part in caroling around local restaurants on Santa Night and we were proud to be a corporate sponsor of the event again this year!

Pictured: Kristin Cumm, Brittany Faubert, Randi Swires, Roxanne and Shawn LaClair

employees wearing elf costumes

CALENDAR PHOTO CONTEST COVER PHOTOGRAPHER

December 14, 2018

Calendars featuring photographs from around the region are now available in our branches! We’d also like you to meet our cover photograph winner: Sondra Lacharite-Tarbox from Peru! Sondra started her interest in photography a few years ago, mostly taking pictures of flowers in her garden that she shares on her website https://www.agardenwhispersphotography.com/. The photograph she entered into the contest, which became our cover photo, was taken along Route 9 in Valcour. She said she noticed the contrasting color of the clouds and the water and quickly stopped the car to take a picture with her smartphone. We’re so glad she did and entered it into our contest! Thanks to everyone who entered and voted – we hope you’ll participate again next year! Congratulations to Sondra and to all our winners!

Sondra Lacharite-Tarbox holding calendar

HOLIDAY SWEATERS FOR PROJECT WE CARE

December 7, 2018

We’ve been feeling festive at Champlain National Bank and decided to celebrate by wearing holiday sweaters! It was also to raise awareness for Project We Care, our holiday giving projects going on in each branch.

First Picture: Westport Branch: Jocelyn Belzile, Tracy LaBombard
Second Picture: Elizabethtown Branch: Brittany Guerin, Medara Sherman, Melissa LaMotte, Amanda Grant, Jordan McKiernan, Aren Caza
Third Picture: Downtown Plattsburgh Branch: Lisa Roberts, Debbie Buesser, Anne Franks, Lori Hebert, Lori Boren, Emelin Koss, Laurie Kelsh, Charlene Sample, Tim Kononan, Monika Cook
Fourth Picture: Saranac Lake Branch: Morgan Nero, Rebecca Miner, Renee Darrah
Fifth Picture: Lake Placid Branch: Marllie Tanzini, Cindy Caner, Ralitsa Livermore
Sixth Picture: Willsboro Branch: Stephen Aubin, Gayle Bridge, Maghan MacDougal, Dorene Dixon, Ashley Carson, Skiler Stafford, Lena Robetoy, Teresa Kaschak, Rosale Lewis, Jackie Hallock, Toni McCray, Judy MacDougall, Erica Cain, Adriane Holland, Marilyn Strong, Tiffani Tromblee
Seventh Picture: Crown Point Branch: Melissa Sprague, Rosann Fields
Eighth Picture: Keene Branch: Brianna Murphy, Stephanie Battisti, Melanie Porter
Nineth Picture: Plattsburgh Branch: Brandon Frenyea, Roxanne LaClair, Darlene Mirrer, Denise Kaufman, Buck Bobbin, Brittany Faubert, Sabrina Smith, Michelle Lafountain, Kristin Cumm, Jennifer Pecore
Tenth Picture: Champlain Branch: Jennifer Favro, Kelsey Monette, Stephanie Coulombe, Michelle Lafountain

Westport employees wearing holiday sweaters and a Christmas tree Elizabethtown employees wearing holiday sweaters Plattsburgh downtown employees wearing holiday sweaters Saranac Lake employees wearing holiday sweaters Lake Placid employees wearing holiday sweaters Willsboro employees wearing holiday sweaters Crown Point employees wearing holiday sweaters Keene employees wearing holiday sweaters Plattsburgh West employees wearing holiday sweaters Champlain employees wearing holiday sweaters

CLIENT APPRECIATION DAY

October 31, 2018

We love having fun with our clients, and on Halloween, it means they can get donuts, cider, and treats when they stop by one of our branches!! Some of our employees got into the Halloween fun too!

First Picture: Westport Branch: Jocelyn Belzile, Tracy LaBombard
Second Picture: Elizabethtown Branch: Jordan McKiernan, Amanda Grant, Aren Caza
Third Picture: Willsboro Branch: Michelle Cross, Maddie Sussey, Tiffani Tromblee, Lena Robetoy
Fourth Picture: Keene Branch: Stephanie Battisti, Brianna Murphy
Fifth Picture: Saranac Lake Branch: Rebecca Miner
Sixth Picture: Operations: Maghan MacDougal, Marilyn Strong, Erica Cain, Adriane Holland, Craig LaPine, Stephen Aubin

Westport branch decorated as candy land Elizabethtown tellers dressed as cowgirls Willsboro branch employees wearing orange and black on Halloween Keene employees wearing a pig costume and princess costume Saranac Lake Employee wearing a tiger costume Employees wearing scary masks for Halloween

NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN BUSINESS

October 25, 2018

Did you know that more than 80% of the employees at Champlain National Bank are women? Since women are such an important part of the Bank, we were proud to support the North Country Chamber of Commerce’s Celebration of Women in Business where we had to opportunity to learn new work and life skills, while networking with other local business women! Thanks to the Chamber for putting on such a terrific event!

Pictured: Darlene Mirrer, Lori Hebert, Brittany Faubert, Lori Verzillo, Jackie Hallock, Michelle Lafountain, Emelin Koss

group photo of women attending event

COLDWELL BANKER WHITBECK ASSOCIATES HOMES FOR DOGS SPONSORSHIP

October 13, 2018

Champlain National Bank paid for TWO dog adoptions at the local Coldwell Banker Whitbeck Associates Homes for Dogs campaign at the North Country SPCA on Saturday. Free adoption kits were given away to each new pet owner which included a leash, food bowl, ball, and bandana! Our Mortgage Loan Specialist Buck Bobbin was on hand to help prospective pet families meet their new four-legged friends. There are still lots of cats and dogs waiting for their forever home at the North Country SPCA in Elizabethtown. A special thank you to the wonderful staff at the NCSPCA for all the work they do!

Pictured: Buck Bobbin

Buck Bobbin with a dog Coldwell Banker employees posting at Homes for Dogs Campaign

UNITED WAY PACESETTER

September 21, 2018

The United Way does so much for the North Country and Adirondacks and Champlain National Bank is proud to once again be a Pacesetter. Employees of the Bank are giving $14,000 to support the partner agencies which help the most vulnerable in our communities. We truly do love the United Way!

Pictured: Tim Kononan, Amanda Belzile, Michelle Lafountain, Lisa Roberts, Lori Hebert, Lori Verzillo, Brittany Faubert, Buck Bobbin

Employees posing with a sign saying they love the United Way

ADIRONDACK CANOE CLASSIC 90 MILER GOLD CANOE CLUB SPONSORSHIP

September 9, 2018

Our wonderful employees are very generous with their time and love to volunteer at local events. Our crew in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake recently helped out at the Adirondack Canoe Classic’s 90-Miler, which the Bank also sponsored!

First Picture: Cindy Caner, Rebecca Miner, Renee Darrah, Ralitsa Livermore
Second Picture: Nancie Battaglia, Ed Finnerty

Lake Placid Employees Posing with Adirondack Canoe Classic Banner Nancie Battaglia and Ed Finnerty with a canoe

JEAN DAY FOR DORENE DIXON

September 7, 2018

The employees of Champlain National Bank have a long history of supporting each other and people in our community during tough times. One of our employees, Dorene Dixon, who works in EFT, is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, while at the same time having to support her mother who is also suffering from cancer. To help her during this difficult time, we raised money, and wore jeans to show our support. We’re thinking of you and your mom, Dorene!

First Picture: Willsboro Branch: Judy Hoskins, Gayle Bridge, Cindy Monty, Chuck Hughes, Lena Robetoy, Erica Cain, Rosale Lewis, Adriane Holland, Skiler Stafford, Stephen Aubin, Ashley Carson, Carol Manley, Dorene Dixon, Marilyn Strong, Judy MacDougall
Second Picture: Keene Branch: Brianna Murphy, Stephanie Battisti, Melanie Porter
Third Picture: Elizabethtown Branch: Medara Sherman, Amanda Grant, Aren Witherell, Melissa LaMotte

Willsboro employees Keene employees Elizabethtown employees

ESSEX COUNTY FAIR

August 19, 2018

We put more than $600 worth of coin into the corn pile at the Essex County Fair and had a great time helping children who visited our booth find all the money and treasure! Also, check out one of the ribbons from the Fair; we’re proud to be the Fair Ribbon Sponsor again this year!

Second Picture: Lena Robetoy, Craig LaPine

Children Digging in the corn Lena Robetoy and Craig LaPine sitting at the booth Fair Ribbon Children digging in the corn pile

MAKE-A-WISH FUNDRAISER

August 11, 2018

Champlain National Bank was proud to honor Schylar Kurth, our summer intern, and a former “Wish Kid” at the Make-A-Wish Walk For Wishes. Employees of the Bank raised $475 to donate to Make-A-Wish to be used for future wishes by the organization, and wore blue on Friday to show our support. His mom, Medara Sherman, is seen here with our sign at the Walk.

First Picture: Medara Sherman
Second Picture: Schylar Kurth
Third Picture: Willsboro: Michelle Cross, Erica Cain, Andrea Robare, Ashley Carson, Schylar Kurth, Gayle Bridge, Cindy Monty, Judy Hoskins, Lena Robetoy, Madison Sussey, Marilyn Strong, Judy MacDougall, Maghan MacDougal, Adriane Holland, Chuck Hughes, Toni McCray, Skiler Stafford, Tiffani Tromblee
Fourth Picture: Elizabethtown: Medara Sherman, Amanda Grant, Melissa LaMotte, Jordan McKee
Fifth Picture: Plattsburgh: Denise Kaufman, Buck Bobbin, Darlene Mirrer, Jennifer Pecore, Sabrina Smith, Randi Swires, Michelle Lafountain, Brandon Frenyea
Sixth Picture: Champlain: Jennifer Favro, Stephanie Coulombe, Kelsey Monette

Medara Sherman posing with our Walk Sign Star with Schylar Kurth's picture Willsboro employees wearing blue for Make-A-Wish Elizabethtown employees wearing blue for Make-A-Wish Plattsburgh employees wearing blue for Make-A-Wish Champlain employees wearing blue for Make-A-Wish

TUPPER LAKE OPEN SPONSORED BY CHAMPLAIN NATIONAL BANK

August 10, 2018

The Tupper Lake Open sponsored by Champlain National Bank was a huge success and brought a number of pro golfers to the area. Our Tri-Lakes Manager, Renee Darrah, is seen here presenting our sponsorship check to Director of Golf Evan LaBarge.

Renee Darrah presenting a check to Evan LaBarge

CHAMPLAIN NATIONAL BANK SPONSORS THE DEPOT THEATRE'S PERFORMANCES OF THE 39 STEPS

July 21, 2018

Champlain National Bank was the presenting sponsor of the Depot Theatre’s production of The 39 Steps, which ran from July 21 - August 5. Congratulations to the cast and crew on a wonderful show! Our branch manager in Westport, Medara Sherman, was on hand on Opening Night to say a few words of support and pose with the cast and Executive Director Kim Rielly.

First Picture: Jonathan Hadley (The 39 Steps Cast), Medara Sherman, Kim Rielly (Depot Theatre), Amy Griffin (Depot Theatre), Katrina Michaels (The 39 Steps Cast), Lori Funk (The 39 Steps Cast), Missy Dowse (The 39 Steps Cast)
Second Picture: Medara Sherman, Kim Rielly

cast of the 39 steps posing with performance poster Medara Sherman and Kim Rielly

RECEPTION AT THE STRAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS

July 21, 2018

Employees, families, and friends of Champlain National Bank gathered for a reception at the Strand Center for the Arts Gallery to celebrate the Glenn Miller Orchestra coming to Plattsburgh, and as a show of support to the Strand for bringing such wonderful acts and music to our region! We’re proud to be a long-time supporter of the Strand and want to thank them for all they do!

First Picture: Clarinet Quartet: Nelson Bosworth, Tara Allen, Todd Pray, Janine Scherline
Second Picture: The Glenn Miller Orchestra Onstage at The Strand
Third Picture: The Reception at The Strand Art Gallery
Fourth Picture: Hannah Truckenbrod (Glenn Miller Orchestra), Thom and Jackie Hallock, Nick Hilscher (Glenn Miller Orchestra)
Fifth Picture: Steven Cacchio, Bill Kissel
Sixth Picture: Deena McCullough, Stephens and Leigh Mundy
Seventh Picture: Tim and Jeanette Kononan
Eighth Picture: Brian and Michelle Lafountain

clarinet quartet Glenn Miller Orchestra onstage guests mingling in the Strand Art Gallery posing with members of the Glenn Miller Orchestra steven cacchio and bill kissel Deena McCullough, Stephens and Leigh Mundy Tim and Jeanette Kononan Brian and Michelle Lafountain

NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GOLF TOURNAMENT

July 13, 2018

Great job by the North Country Chamber of Commerce and Northern Insuring on their annual fundraising golf tournament! We’re proud to be a long-time sponsor of the event and had fun giving out prizes to the happy people who successfully sank their putt at the Champlain National Bank hole from outside the circle!

Pictured: Thom Hallock (Mountain Lake PBS), Deena McCullough (Northern Insuring)

Golfer putting People posing with a crowler of beer on the golf course

MAYOR'S CUP REGATTA AND FESTIVAL

July 8, 2018

Congratulations to the city of Plattsburgh on another successful and fun Mayor’s Cup! We’re proud to be a major sponsor of Plattsburgh city events and looked very festive with painted windows at our Downtown branch!

sailboats painted on windows

NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS EXPO

June 7, 2018

If you stopped by our booth at the North Country Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo, you found out that “It’s Cool to Bank Local” at Champlain National Bank because we were giving away ice cream bars all day! Thanks to the Chamber for putting on another successful Expo and for all they do for our community!

First Picture: Darlene Mirrer, Lisa Roberts, Jackie Hallock, Tim Kononan, Lori Boren
Second Picture: Buck Bobbin, Lori Hebert

People posing inside the Expo booth People posing inside our Expo booth

DOZERFEST

June 2, 2018

Great job by the Kiwanis Breakfast Club Plattsburgh on their recent Dozerfest! We were thrilled to be the hat sponsor and have enjoyed seeing all the pictures of happy kids wearing their construction hats!

baby wearing hard hat little boy wearing hard hat

RUN FOR WINE 5K TO BENEFIT HOSPICE OF THE NORTH COUNTRY

May 19, 2018

Champlain National Bank was proud to support the recent Run For Wine 5K to benefit the Hospice of the North Country, and we even had a team of employees take part this year! Thanks to Hospice for all the important work they do for our community and to Vesco Ridge Vineyards for hosting!

First Picture: Tim Kononan, Charlene Sample, Monika Cook, Lori Boren, Emelin Koss, Laurie Kelsh
Second Picture: Laurie Kelsh, Lori Boren, Monika Cook, Emelin Koss, Charlene Sample

People around a Run For Wine Large Picture Frame group of employees posing for a picture at Vesco Ridge Vineyards

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS IN LAKE PLACID

May 10, 2018

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our Lake Placid branch for the North Country Business Council’s Business After Hours and thanks to Green Goddess Natural Market for doing a spectacular job with the catering! Here are a few photos from the event in case you missed it.

Second Picture: Renee Darrah, Cindy Caner, Rebecca Miner, Ralitsa Livermore
Third Picture: Jackie Hallock, Bob DiMarco (North Country Artisans)
Fourth Picture: Teresa Brady, Steven Cacchio
Fifth Picture: Tim Kononan, Lori Hebert
Sixth Picture: Ben Edenfield (Edenfield and Snow), Lori Verzillo, Renee Darrah, Laura Walker (Laura's Custom Artworks), Doug Hoffman (Doug Hoffman CPA)
Seventh Picture: Lisa Roberts, Kevin Brady
Eighth Picture: Edward Finnerty, Nancie Battaglia

Crowd at Business After Hours in the Lake Placid Branch group shot of lake placid staff Jackie Hallock giving Bob DiMarco his winnings Teresa Brady and Steven Cacchio Tim Kononan and Lori Hebert Group of people enjoying the business after hours event Lisa Roberts and Kevin Brady Edward Finnerty and Nancie Battaglia

AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

May 4, 2018

We wore blue to celebrate Autism Awareness Month and to show support for a team of Champlain National Bankers who participated in the Autism Awareness Walk in Plattsburgh. Great work by Autism Alliance of Northeastern NY for all you do for our communities to support those living with autism.

First Picture: Willsboro: Skiler Stafford, Judy Hoskins, Michelle Cross, Judy MacDougall, Ashley Carson, Marilyn Strong, Rosale Lewis, Andrea Robare, Adriane Holland, Amanda Belzile, Craig LaPine, Erica Cain, Lena Robetoy, Chuck Hughes, Stephen Aubin, Jackie Hallock
Second Picture: Plattsburgh: Jennifer Pecore, Buck Bobbin, Darlene Mirrer, Roxanne LaClair, Denise Kaufman, Kristin Cumm, Brandon Frenyea, Randi Swires, Michelle Lafountain, Brittany Faubert, Sabrina Smith
Third Picture: Champlain: Stephanie Coulombe, Patrick Miller, Kelsey Monette
Fourth Picture: Keene: Stephanie Battisti, Brianna Murphy
Fifth Picture: Willsboro: Lena Robetoy, Michelle Cross, Craig LaPine, Tiffani Tromblee

group of people from Willsboro wearing blue for autism group of people from Plattsburgh wearing blue for autism group of people from Champlain wearing blue for autism group of people from Keene wearing blue for autism group of people from Willsboro wearing blue for autism

SUPPORT FOR THE FAMILY OF MELINDA KNICKERBOCKER

April 20, 2018

One of our longest serving custodians, Melinda Knickerbocker, recently passed away after a brief illness. She had cleaned the Willsboro branch for more than 32 years. To show support for her and her family, our employees wore her two favorite colors, blue and green in her memory, and raised money to send to her family.

First Picture: Willsboro Branch: Erica Cain, Maghan MacDougal, Adriane Holland, Rosale Lewis, Chuck Hughes, Ashley Carson, Gayle Bridge, Cindy Monty, Dorene Dixon, Judy Hoskins, Steven Cacchio, Judy MacDougall, Marilyn Strong, Tiffani Tromblee, Toni McCray, Lena Robetoy, Michelle Cross, Skiler Stafford
Second Picture: Westport Branch: Jocelyn Belzile, Tracy LaBombard
Third Picture: Elizabethtown Branch: Medara Sherman, Morgyn Cassavaugh, Jordan McKee, Melissa LaMotte
Fourth Picture: Keene Branch: Brianna Murphy, Stephanie Battisti
Fifth Picture: Plattsburgh Branch: Buck Bobbin, Randi Swires, Darlene Mirrer, Roxanne LaClair, Jennifer Pecore, Brandon Frenyea, Kristin Cumm, Michelle Lafountain, Sabrina Smith, Brittany Faubert
Sixth Picture: Lake Placid Branch: Ralitsa Livermore, Cindy Caner

Willsboro Employees wearing jeans Westport employees wearing jeans Elizabethtown employees wearing jeans Keene employees wearing jeans Plattsburgh employees wearing jeans Lake Placid employees wearing jeans

NORTHERN HOME AND LIFESTYLE ASSOCIATION EXPO

April 15, 2018

We are proud to be a member of the Northern Home and Lifestyle Association, which helps our community find quality contractors, businesses, and financing partners in the North Country. We recently participated in their Home and Lifestyle Expo at the Crete Center where we were able to chat with people about financing options for their upcoming house projects.

First Picture: Lena Robetoy
Second Picture: Darlene Mirrer

Lena Robetoy in the Home Expo Booth Darlene Mirrer chats with people who stopped by our Home Expo Booth

ELIZABETHTOWN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL WELLNESS EVENT

April 7, 2018

Great work by the University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital on their recent Community Health Fair. Champlain National Bank was there to make sure you know how to be financially fit, which helps with your overall well-being! If you missed the event, check out our Financial Education page where you can learn lots of great tips to stay financially fit! Medara Sherman, our branch manager in Elizabethtown and Westport, is seen here chatting with a young saver at the Fair.

Medara Sherman speaks with a young girl about saving

DOC LOPEZ RUN VOLUNTEERS

March 24, 2018

A group of Champlain National Bankers braved the cold weather to make sure people participating in the Doc Lopez Run stayed hydrated along the course. Congratulations to the University of Vermont Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital on another successful Run!

First Picture: Melissa LaMotte, Medara Sherman, Jordan McKee, Amanda Grant, Tracy LaBombard
Second Picture: Medara Sherman, Amanda Grant, Jordan McKee, Tracy LaBombard, Melissa LaMotte

group of bank employees standing with Champlain National Bank sign group wearing reflective jackets at the Doc Lopez Run

ST. PATRICK'S DAY BREAKFAST

March 16, 2018

We’re getting in the Irish spirit, thanks to the North Country Chamber of Commerce’s 60th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast! Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at Champlain National Bank!

Pictured: Buck Bobbin, Brittany Faubert, Darlene Mirrer, Michelle Lafountain, Stephanie Coulombe, Lisa Roberts, Steven Cacchio, Tim Kononan, Lori Hebert

Champlain National Bank employees holding a Happy St. Patrick's Day Sign

ADIRONDACK GLOBAL ARTS FESTIVAL SPONSORSHIP AND VOLUNTEERS

March 10, 2018

Great work by our employees from our Lake Placid and Saranac Lake branches, who volunteered their time at the recent Adirondack Global Arts Festival. Champlain National Bank was proud to be a major sponsor of the event which brought culturally diverse arts programming to the Adirondacks for a week of events in area schools and at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

First Picture: Amanda Jessick, Ralitsa Livermore, Rebecca Miner
Second Picture: Cindy Caner, Amanda Jessick, Rebecca Miner, Ralitsa Livermore, Chris Newcomb (Adirondack Global Arts Festival), Renee Darrah, Tammy Loewy (Adirondack Global Arts Festival)
Third Picture: Tammy Loewy, Ralitsa Livermore, Cindy Caner, Rebecca Miner
Fourth Picture: Joshua Haberle, Cindy Caner
Sixth Picture: Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater

three women setting up buffet table group selfie women around plastic tubes of sauces josh haberle holding a box of bags for the festival Adirondack Global Arts Festival Banner Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater performing onstage

SUPPORT FOR SHERRY MITCHELL

March 9, 2018

Sherry Mitchell, one of our longest serving employees, is recovering after an accident. We gathered in our branches to show our support for her recovery and to let her know we are all thinking of her!

First Picture: Willsboro Branch: Marilyn Strong, Kevin Richard, Erica Cain, Maghan MacDougal, Andrea Robare, Judy MacDougall, Judy Hoskins, Adriane Holland, Cindy Monty, Rosale Lewis, Gayle Bridge, Amanda Belzile, Chuck Hughes, Tiffani Tromblee, Carol Manley, Skiler Stafford, Lori Verzillo, Michelle Cross, Dorene Dixon, Toni McCray, Ashley Carson
Second Picture: Saranac Lake Branch: Rebecca Miner, Amanda Jessick
Third Picture: Plattsburgh Branch: Jennifer Pecore, Michelle Lafountain, Randi Swires, Sabrina Smith, Buck Bobbin, Brittany Faubert, Roxanne LaClair, Darlene Mirrer, Brandon Frenyea
Fourth Picture: Keene Branch: Melanie Porter, Stephanie Battisti

Willsboro employees holding a Feel Better Soon Sherry sign Saranac Lake employees wearing jeans Plattsburgh employees wearing jeans Keene employees wearing jeans

UNITED WAY RECOGNITION DINNER

March 3, 2018

Congratulations to our friends at the United Way for reaching their fundraising goal! Champlain National Bank is proud to be a long-time supporter of the United Way and one of the pacesetting companies year after year. This year Champlain National Bank donated $15,000 from the employees and company combined! Thank you for all the extremely valuable work you do for our community!

Pictured: Cindy Monty, Lisa Roberts, John Bernardi (United Way), Jackie Hallock, Darlene Mirrer, Buck Bobbin

group of employees holding United Way sign

BUDGETING CLASS AT ACAP

February 26, 2018

We want to make sure everyone living in the North Country is financially fit, so we love speaking to adult groups and classrooms about how to budget and many other financial topics. If you want one of our Branch Managers to visit your group or school for a quick lesson, let us know, and we’ll make all the arrangements. Below, Medara Sherman teaches a small group about money management and budgeting.

Medara Sherman speaking with a group of women and children

CROSS FAMILY BENEFIT

February 22, 2018

In case you didn’t know, we have some wonderful people who work at Champlain National Bank, and when someone on our team needs a little extra support, we rise to the challenge! A benefit was recently held for the husband of our Willsboro Assistant Branch Manager Michelle Cross to help him after a medical crisis. Employees at the Bank came together and raised more than $800 for the Benefit. Feel better soon, Terry, and we’re thinking of you!

First Picture: Willsboro: Andrea Robare, Marilyn Strong, Michelle Cross, Adriane Holland, Erica Cain, Maghan MacDougal, Ashley Carson, Judy Hoskins, Judy MacDougall, Dorene Dixon, Tiffani Tromblee, Cindy Monty, Lena Robetoy
Second Picture: Erica Cain, Michelle Cross
Third Picture: Elizabethtown: Amanda Grant, Medara Sherman, Jordan McKee, Melissa LaMotte
Fourth Picture: Lake Placid: Cindy Caner, Ralitsa Livermore
Fifth Picture: Michelle and Terry Cross

Group of Willsboro employees holding a Feel Better Soon Terry sign Erica Cain giving Michelle Cross a card Group of Elizabethtown employees wearing jeans Employees in Lake Placid Michelle and Terry Cross

AMERICAN HEART MONTH

February 20, 2018

We talk a lot about your financial health, but we know it’s important that your physical health is in good shape too! That’s why Champlain National Bank been a longtime supporter of the American Heart Association and The Foundation of CVPH. To celebrate American Heart Month employees raised money to donate to the American Heart Association and wore red to show their support for people suffering from heart disease. The Bank was also a sponsor of this year’s Stepping Out for Your Heart!

First Picture: Stepping Out For Your Heart Dinner: Lisa Roberts, Lori Hebert, Michelle Lafountain, Jackie Hallock, Darlene Mirrer
Second Picture: Lake Placid: Cindy Caner, Joshua Haberle, Ralitsa Livermore

group of employees wearing red group of employees wearing red

TEDDY BEAR WINNERS

February 16, 2018

It was time to send the giant teddy bears sitting in our branches home with some lucky local children for Valentine’s Day! We drew 10 names, and enjoyed seeing the happy faces of the children who won as they met their new friend this winter. We hope you enjoyed seeing the Vermont Teddy Bears in our branches this winter!

First Picture: Lake Placid Winner: Sophie Spanburgh
Second Picture: Lake Placid Winner: Renee Darrah with Sophie and Josh Spanburgh
Third Picture: Westport Winner: Medara Sherman with Elliot Palmer
Fourth Picture: Keene Winner: Melanie Porter with Anabell and Matthew Blacksmith
Fifth Picture: Elizabethtown Winner: Amanda Grant with Miana and Josh Young
Sixth Picture: Crown Point Winner: Henry, Lewis, and Evelyn Vandeweert
Seventh Picture: Saranac Lake Winner: Jessie and Ivy Fair with Rebecca Miner

girl hugging teddy bear
branch manager with teddy bear winner branch manager with teddy bear winner branch manager with teddy bear winner CSR with teddy bear winner children with giant teddy bear branch manager with teddy bear winner

NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL DINNER

January 26, 2018

Awesome job by the North Country Chamber of Commerce on their annual dinner, celebrating the many accomplishments of our region and local businesses during the past year. We even got into the sports theme of the night with a team of Boston Bruins! Congratulations to all the businesses who won awards!

First Picture: Buck Bobbin, Lori Boren, Lori Hebert, Jackie Hallock, Lisa Roberts, Lori Verzillo, Michelle Lafountain, Steven Cacchio
Second Picture: Michelle Lafountain, Lori Verzillo, Lisa Roberts

Group shot at the Chamber dinner Group wearing Boston Bruins jerseys