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Ogdensburg Chamber announces business, home award

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An attractive home and a well-known business are the latest winners of the Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce’s Gateways and Corridors award.

The Chamber announced Wednesday that the home of Hank E. and Heather L. Duprey, 214 New York Ave., was selected in the residential category.

In the business category, Phillips Diner, 415 Ford St., owned by Judi A. and Donald Ashley, was chosen to receive the monthly award.

The Gateways and Corridors program’s mission, said chamber Executive Director Sandra M. Porter, “is to encourage homeowners, businesses and the city of Ogdensburg to improve the appearance of our properties so that they attract visitors, potential homeowners and investors.”

The Dupreys bought the two-story house two years and have invested in exterior renovations. They have just begun making interior improvements.

Mr. Duprey said Thursday that he and his wife naturally take pride in their property.

Nevertheless, the Chamber honor was unexpected.

“I was a bit surprised,” he said. “We were both kind of shocked.”

At Phillips Diner, the exterior and roof of the building was completely restored.

“Quite a bit of interior restoration has taken place as well,” Ms. Porter said. “Philips Diner is an Ogdensburg landmark, serving the community for over 60 years. Over those 60 years, the family-owned diner has always given back to the community and has become an important part of this city.”

Mrs. Ashley was also taken by surprise at the chamber’s selection.

“It’s awesome,” she said Thursday. “I’m really surprised.”

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