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Afton Chamber Holds Annual Reception

Afton Scholarship recipient, Damion Relyea with John Hinman, Chamber President


Afton Chamber Holds Annual Reception


A rainy Sunday afternoon was brightened by smiling faces at the Greater Afton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Reception honoring 2018’s Citizen of the Year, Robert “Bob” Briggs and Business of the Year, Horton Hardware. The festivities were held at the Silo Restaurant in Greene, a chamber member, where members of the families, friends and co-workers of the honorees partook in the Silo’s Sunday brunch; while Master of Ceremonies, Rich Cuthbertson, and Chamber President, John Hinman bestowed the honors on this year’s recipients.


State Assemblyman, Cliff Crouch, presented the honorees with certificates from the state legislature as well as from State Senator Fred Akshar who was unable to attend. The Chamber presented plaques to Briggs and Al and Steve Gaydorus, owners of Horton Hardware.


Briggs was thanked for his lengthy service to Afton in his roles on the Afton School Board and as Town Supervisor, to name only two of the many roles he has played through the years.


Al Gaydorus thanked his staff, many of who were present, for their service and loyalty, making Horton’s the superlative business it has been in Afton since 1906.


Chamber Secretary, Judy Hinman, also announced one of the recipients of this year’s Chamber Scholarship offered to Afton and Harpursville graduating students. Afton Central School student Damion Relyea received $250 to assist him in attaining accreditation as a home inspector. Damion intends to return to his hometown to pursue his career, thus fulfilling one of the criteria of the Chamber’s scholarship program.   The Chamber intends to reward students who will strengthen the economy of our area as a result of their furthering education.


The Chamber ‘s second annual mini-grant was awarded to local business owner, Pam Ross, whose new Main Street business, “Wear It Again!”, offers sewing services to the area. The mini-grant is offered to Chamber members for assistance with growing their businesses at the beginning of each year via an application process . The application is available online and awarded to one or more deserving candidates.


The afternoon concluded with raffles held to replenish the Scholarship Fund, followed by a lively photo op where families and friends had a chance to commemorate the occasion. Information about the Greater Afton Area Chamber of Commerce is available on their website, www.aftonchamberofcommerce.com.

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