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Local vendors’ sale benefits SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center

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NORWOOD — A variety of artists, bakers and small-business owners crowded the Norwood Municipal Building, 13 Route 56, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Small Business Saturday to support the SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center.

The nonprofit community day care facility held its first benefit vendor show and bake sale, with more than 18 vendors participating with donations and table fees.

Lori J. Moulton, Louisville, director of the day care center, said that although the day care is separate from SUNY Potsdam, about half of the 98 children in its seven program areas are children of either students or faculty of SUNY schools in the area.

Christa K. Kelson, treasurer of the day care center, said this was only the second time it’s had a fundraiser. She said most of its funding comes through grants and tuition.

“The last few years have been really tough,” she said. “We’ve struggled a bit, so we’re trying to come up with new ways of not imposing more tuition hikes on parents.”

Roberta A. Greene, chairwoman of the board of directors for the day care, said it raised $792 Saturday and possibly will purchase a new washing machine.

“I was hoping for more, but I’m not complaining,” she said. “It’s not bad for our very first one.”

Ms. Greene said she had only three weeks to plan the event and she was able to use the Municipal Building. She said she plans to make it an annual fundraiser every Small Business Saturday.

“Next time, I’ll have a whole year to plan it, so hopefully, it will be even bigger and better,” she said.

Heidi M. LaShomb, Chase Mills, is the day care center’s cook, and her daughter Jennifer M. Murray, Norwood, is a teacher there. The two of them had a table full of baked goods to sell.

Laurie J. Dustin, Malone, who works at SUNY Potsdam, had two tables at the event, one for her South Hill Designs jewelry and one for Tupperware.

“You don’t have to have a little store on the side of the road to be a small business,” she said.

Ms. Dustin said that she runs several vendor shows in Malone and that the first one is usually the hardest to bring traffic in.

“They had it consistent for two hours straight here, and for the first year, that’s good,” she said. “Every year it will get a little bigger. Norwood’s small, so it might help to pull some more things into Norwood.”

Artist Honey Hill represented her Lisbon business, Bee Art Shop, with several hand-painted Christmas tree ornaments and canvas and wooden pictures. She said that while she does all the painting and runs her business in the north country, her sister Maria Paguio sells her paintings in California, where she lives.

Ms. Hill said that Saturday was another opportunity for her to expose her business.

Jamie E. Perme, West Potsdam, was selling her homemade quilts, teddy bears, hot pads and hand warmers, promoting her business, The Art Room.

Ms. Perme said that the event could have used more advertising because many of the people she talked with had no idea it was happening until they saw the sign on the building.

Ms. Greene said she also raffled off three baskets of items donated by the artists.

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