Potsdam Chamber honoring youth project, downtown flower tender at annual dinner Nov. 14
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 12:40 pm

POTSDAM -- The Potsdam Chamber of Commerce will present two awards as part of its annual dinner on Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the SUNY Potsdam Knowles Conference Center.

The Pride in Potsdam Community Award will go to the Dick Murphy/Dalton Guyette Memorial Youth Project and the Commitment to the Community award to Lou Ann Lange.

Potsdam Central School teacher’s assistant Amy Murphy has coordinated the Dick Murphy/Dalton Guyette Memorial Youth Project since 2003.

The project searches for children with families in financial need and awards scholarships enabling these children to participate in various activities throughout the community.

Since its inception, the program has grown by leaps and bounds.

Originating in Potsdam, it now serves children in 11 surrounding communities with the hope of expanding throughout St. Lawrence County.

Scholarships are awarded to an average of 140 children each year.

Superintendent Joann Chambers nominated the organization for their work with families in Potsdam and the surrounding community, and Mrs. Chambers will present the award to Amy Murphy at the annual dinner.

Lou Ann Lange will receive the Commitment to the Community award.

For many years Lange has planted flowers in downtown Potsdam by the Civic Center and other places in town.

This year she purchased many of the plants, planted them and cared for them all summer.

Friend Brenda Gravander, who nominated Lange said, “it was a very time-consuming and eagerly-consuming job but she did it because she wanted to beautify our village... She did this without help from any other person. I hope people enjoyed the flowers. I am proud of the work she has done.”

Potsdam Public Library Manager Sarah Sachs will present the award to Lange at the dinner next week.

Info: potsdamchamber.com, 315-274-9000.