Photo submitted – Local business owners David and Christine Van Meter, of Van Meter & Van Meter LLC of Palatine Bridge and Little Falls, NY, present a check for $250 to members of the Fort Plain Free Library Board of Trustees and Director Whitney Hubbard. In attendance for the presentation at the library (from the left) were Joseph Palmeri, Whitney Hubbard, Thomas Armitstead, Sally-Jean Taylor, David Van Meter, Christine Van Meter, Rodney Strait, Sue Manclow, Wayne Goodrow, and John Kirkpatrick. Absent was board President Keith Seeber.

Community” is important to business owners David and Christine Van Meter of Van Meter & Van Meter LLC in Little Falls, NY, so when they decided to branch out to a new location in western Montgomery County — The Old Schoolhouse in Palatine Bridge — it was no surprise that the family would offer to help several local nonprofits: the Fort Plain Free Library, the Canajoharie Youth Center, and the Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter.

On Sept. 25, the Van Meters presented a check for $250 to members of the Fort Plain Free Library Board of Directors and Library Director Whitney Hubbard.

Expressing appreciation to all who helped spread the word about their open house, Christine said, “We do like to help the community and we wanted to give back.”

In addition to the couple’s work coordinating the annual Christmas in Little Falls event and their involvement with Main Street First, Think Local Little Falls, and other community-oriented events there, Christine is an active member of the local Rotary Club.

Christine continued, “We love books, but you do more than books here [at the Fort Plain Free Library]. It’s amazing to see a thriving library.”

Recognizing the library’s multi-year construction project to improve and update the 100-plus-year-old facility, David said, “It’s really important that you’re doing it [the renovations] right.” In addition to the books, programs, and services, the library also supports and promotes cultural events. That is another reason to support the library, David said.

Library board members and Director Whitney Hubbard expressed appreciation for the donation. She said, “We’re grateful to David and Christine for their generous contribution to the library. The money is of benefit to our whole community because it supports our children’s and adults’ programming. We wish the Van Meters success in their new venture!”

The parents of six mostly grown children, Christine and David met while serving in the military. Both attained the rank of captain in the active-duty Army and earned post-graduate educational degrees: Christine, who initially ran the investment program at Herkimer County Trust, earned her master’s degree in Business Administration from Boston University; and David earned his Ph.D. in History from Boston University and a subsequent master’s degree in accounting from SUNY-IT. The couple started Van Meter and Van Meter in Little Falls in 2007.

Their son, Luke, has joined them in their new initiative at the Old School House. Others on their team include Cathy Cristman, Mark Davidson, and CPA Deborah Riley, who holds an MSA degree. Additional services at The Old Schoolhouse are provided by attorneys Dunn & Dunn PLLC and the Anowara Yoga and Wellness Studio.