Seaway Valley Prevention Council gives new sign to Canton business
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 11:46 am

From left, back, Larry Calkins, Kate Olmstead, Ben Todd, Megan Barnes, Jill Mouthorp, Cindy Murdie, Bonnie Ashley, Erin Owney, Ashley Frank, Don Tracy, Sean Owney; front, Patti Hogle, Chelsea Bartlett, Elizabeth Billings. North Country This Week photo by Kate Olmstead.

CANTON -- The Seaway Valley Prevention Council made a new sign for Cindy’s Cake Shop, 2738 State Rt. 68, and presented it to her as its Random Act of Kindness Friday.

Last year, in an attempt to remind everyone of the generosity of the holidays, Sara Kuhn of Brockport created a Facebook event named Random Acts of Kindness Friday, occurring two weeks after Black Friday.

Sara’s sister, Megan Barnes, shared this Facebook event with her co-workers at the Seaway Valley Prevention Council and their plan was set.

The Seaway Valley Prevention Council, a team committed to providing high-quality prevention services to school districts, communities, businesses and colleges, also has a Special Projects Committee that plans special events for the council and often times random acts of kindness during the holidays.

Barnes, a prevention educator, also a talented artist, presented her design to the Canton Town Planning Board -- Chair Mike Morgan, Debra Backus, Sigi Barr, Joel Howie and Don Tracy -- who waived the application fee for the council and approved the new sign design.

Coakley’s in Canton donated all the paint for the sign, and Robert Ashley and Shawn Lashua of the Canton Triple A and Mike Pollock of the Massena Triple A contributed the lumber. Don Tracy and Sean Owney also took time to and help install the sign at Cindy’s Cake Shop.

On Friday, July 25, the council finished the sign and went to Cindy’s Cake Shop to present the sign. “That sign (the old sign) was made in 1998,” she said.