So What's Up With All Those White Pickup Trucks?

So What's Up With All Those White Pickup Trucks?

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More than 100 pickup trucks line the parking lot and field behind Pleasant Night Inn in West Carthage.

"They'll be here until the end of June," said Keni Patel, inn owner and operator.

They're there for a training exercise the National Guard is doing on Fort Drum. However, the role they'll play is secretive.

Patel hosted the trucks last time the training happened a couple of years ago.

He says when the National Guard arrives for the training in the coming weeks, if it's anything like the last time, it'll mean big business.

"Easily over $50,000 worth of business. That's huge. For a small hotel like ours that's independently owned, that's quite a dollar amount," he said.

The F.X. Caprara Dodge dealership in Alexandria Bay is getting a piece of the action too.

"I'd like to do this once a month if we could," said Pete Messina, general manager.

F.X. Caprara doesn't own the trucks, but is basically managing them while they're here for another company out of Pennsylvania.

Messina, like Patel, was also involved the last time the training happened

Messina says the dealership could see as much as $70,000 from its efforts.

"Well it does generate income, especially for this little store. It does a lot," he said.

You'll also see trucks at Candlewood Suites near Evans Mills.

Patel says once the training begins, many of the trucks will be moved to Fort Drum, but a handful will be used by the people traveling back and forth from Drum.

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