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Chamber of Commerce of Tonawandas honors organizations, citizens

A brand-new award will recognize the Exchange Club of the Tonawandas and the Erie-Niagara Sunrise Exchange Club as Volunteer Organizations of the Year for their work to present Healing Field, a display of 3,000 flags in Gratwick Riverside Park in North Tonawanda as part of a Sept. 11 anniversary memorial.

The groups are among those that will be honored Thursday, Nov. 10 by the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas at its annual dinner at 7 p.m. in the Rescue Fire Hall, 1241 Strad Ave., North Tonawanda.

James Fingerlow, a lifelong resident of North Tonawanda and the co-owner of Just Say Cheesecake of Amherst, will be honored as Citizen of the Year. He has helped open many local restaurants, including Crazy Jake's, Webster's Bar and Bistro and others in North Tonawanda and Tonawanda. He is a vendor at the North Tonawanda Farmer's Market, a supporter of the YWCA, the SPCA, as well as a former board member of the Riviera Theatre and a host for many Chamber events.

Pane's Restaurant, which has been in North Tonawanda for over 50 years will be honored as Business of the Year. The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum will be honored as Not-For-Profit of the Year. The museum celebrated the 100th birthday of their  Herschell No. 1 Special Carrousel in 2016, one of the first to be produced by the Allan Herschell Company Factory in North Tonawanda.



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