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Cookie Fundraiser for NSVAC, a Tasty Success

Susan Koch and Dan Koch, first place winners in the cookie contest. Credits: Photo Courtesy of Karen Aronian
From left: Warren Lucas, Susan Lucas, Anna Lucas, Cookie Monster, Rob Astorino, Ashlin Astorino, Peter Kamenstein, Francis Corcoran, Karen Aronian and Laurel Aronian. Credits: Photo Courtesy of Karen Aronian
Judges sample cookies in Sunday’s contest. Credits: Photo Courtesy of Karen Aronian
Patty Butler and Christine Renea sample some of the cookies submitted. Credits: Photo Courtesy of Karen Aronian
From left: Laurel Aronian, Dick Butler, Karen Aronian and Elaine Sweeney. Credits: Photo Courtesy of Karen Aronian
Credits: Photo Courtesy of Karen Aronian
Kids in attendance had a great time thanks to Cookie Monster and a bunch of squishy beanbags. Credits: Photo Courtesy of Karen Aronian
Cookie Monster takes a moment to greet Westchester County Legislator Francis Corcoran, whose cookie was among the many winners on Sunday. Credits: Photo Courtesy of Karen Aronian
Rob Cassano, Karen Aronian and Maria Hlushko. Credits: Photo Courtesy of Karen Aronian
Award-winning cookies Credits: Photo Courtesy of Karen Aronian

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— The snow was no deterrent for the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps’ 2017 Valentine Cookie Competition held on Sunday, Feb. 12. The event raised more than $1,300 in donations for the NSVAC which is looking to purchase a Stryker evacuation chair for use by the corps during medical emergencies.

Organizers say in addition to the money raised at the competition, more than 25 donations were sent in to the NSVAC from residents and local businesses, bringing the total funds raised to $2,500 toward the purchase of the $5,500 chair.

The popular event was attended by numerous elected officials including Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Westchester County Legislator Francis Corcoran, North Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas and Deputy Supervisor Peter Kamenstein.

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Others who turned out included renowned American figure skater and skating television analyst Dick Button, Girl Scout Troop 2952, horse trainer Linda Van Kooy and Chief of Police Tom Howley.

Cookie Monster was a big hit with the kids in the play area. 

Here is a complete list of winners:


1st Place  Kaitlyn Thayer    

2nd Place N.S. Girl Scout Troop #2952  

3rd Place Callie Miller (Butler)   


1st place Dan Koch

2nd place   Janice Hellwinkel  

2nd place  Legislator Francis Corcoran

2nd place   Nanette Chiappetta   

3rd place   Jeannine DiBart    


1st place Captain Lipinski of Lewisboro’s VAC

2nd place Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish   

3rd place Heritage Fuel   

The NSVAC will hold its Winter Gala on March 4 at the Salem Golf Club, where it’s hoping to raise the remainder of the money needed to purchase the Stryker chair for the corps. To register visit

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