City Memorial Day parade, services set–services-set.html

May 28, 2016
Observer Today

The Memorial Day Service and Parade will assemble Monday.

Services will begin at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park on Lake Shore Drive West and will be conducted by the participating organizations of the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council.

The 2016 Parade Marshal is Mr. Jack Sievert, DJVC Commander.

Members of the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council, led by Commander Jack Sievert, third from right in first row, are ready for the parade and Memorial Day services on Monday that begin at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park in Dunkirk.

The Co-Parade Marshals are Mr. Thomas Haynes, DJVC Trustee, and 3rd Division Parade Marshal; Mr. Richard Makuch, DJVC Vice Commander, Trustee, Honor Guard Commander; Mr. Jack Hood, DJVC Adjutant, Trustee; Mr. Danny McGill, DJVC Trustee; Mr. David Dow, DJVC Trustee, Asst. H.G. Cdr. (Ret.) and Mr. David Taber, DJVC Trustee and Asst. H.G. Commander.

This year’s Memorial Day Services & Parade are in memory of Mr. Michael Maslach of the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council.

The 2016 Master of Ceremonies is Mr. John D’Agostino, DJVC and publisher, Dunkirk OBSERVER.

The 2016 Parade Commentator is Mr. David Rowley, News Director, WDOE Radio.

The 2016 Grand Marshal is Mr. Rowland Mahany, World War II veteran U.S. Navy.

Presenter of the 2016 Grand Marshal Plaque is Lt. Christopher Wilson, U.S.C.G. Seas Partners Campaign.

Principal Speaker for this year’s Memorial Day Service is Cdr. George Burns III, USCG (Ret.)

Principal Speaker for this year’s Memorial Day Service Lt. Christopher Wilson, U.S.C.G. Sea Partners Campaign.

Principal Guest Speaker is Mrs. Debora Becerra, Attorney at Law

The Memorial Day Parade will start at approximately 11 a.m. and proceed East on Lake Shore Drive West to Central Avenue.

The Parade will turn onto Central Avenue and proceed south to Fifth Street. The Parade turns East on Fifth Street and disbands at Washington Park.

In case of inclement weather the parade will be canceled.

Should the rain continue, Memorial Day Services will be at V.F.W. John T. Murray Post 1017, 113 Second St. Dunkirk, N.Y.

The 2016 Parade Division Marshals are as Follows:

Division Marshal Captain – Mr. Jack Hood, DJVC Trustee, Adjutant.

1st Division Marshal – Mr. Dennis Mulkin, DJVC H.G.

2nd Division Marshal – Mr. Edziu Kaus, DJVC Trustee & Honor Guard Firing Sq.

3rd Division Marshal – Mr. Thomas Haynes, DJVC Trustee and Sgt.-at-Arms.

4th Division Marshal – Mr. Michael Edwards, City of Dunkirk Fire Chief.

The public is invited to attend and the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council urges the public to fly the Flag this Memorial Day. God Bless Our Veterans and this Great Nation of Ours.

Division Line-Ups are as follows:

Officials & Dignitaries Division

City Official – Mr. David Ortolano, Police Chief City of Dunkirk lined up on Lake Shore Drive West.

Followed by Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council Honor Guard, Mr. David Huels, DJVC Honor Guard Liaison Officer and Trustee; Mr. James Lemanski, DJVC Honor Guard; Mr. Thomas Rugani, DJVC Honor Guard; Mr. Kenneth DeLong, Armorer DJVC.

Parade Marshal: Mr. Jack Sievert, Commander DJVC.Parade Co-Marshals, Mr. Danny McGill, DJVC Trustee; Master of Ceremonies, Mr. John D’Agostino, DJVC and Publisher OBSERVER; Lt. Christopher Wilson, USCG Sea partners Campaign; Lillian Divine, City Clerk Dunkirk.

Followed by Grand Marshal Mr. Rowland Mahany, WWII U.S. Navy, escorted by Mrs. Carol Hood, D.O.D. (Ret.)

Followed by Willie Rosas, Mayor Dunkirk, escorted Paul’s Limo. Andrew Woloszyn, Councilman-at-Large driven by Paul’s Limo. Donald Williams Jr., 1st Ward Councilman driven by Ralph Moch. Adelino Gonzalez Jr., Third Ward Councilman, driven by Jennie Sasso. Stacy Szukala, Fourth Ward Councilwoman driven by Ray Makuch, Martin Bamonto, Second Ward Councilman driven by Ray Makuch, Sandra Tapasto, Chaplain DJVC driven by Larry Dietzen, Arthur Casella, CPO U.S. Navy (Ret.) driven by Larry Dietzen and Richard Makuch, DJVC H.G. Cdr. driven by James Michaels.

1st Division Parade Marshal – Mr. Dennis Mulkin – D.J.V.C. H.G.

Forms on Pelican Street at Lake Shore Drive West.

All Veterans Honor Guard Led by Craig Sutton, Commander, American Legion Post 62

Officers and Veterans from WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, Cold War, Global War on Terror, including Iraq and Afghanistan will be part of the Honor Guard.

City of Dunkirk Fire Chief Mike Edwards

Professional Fire Fighters Local 616

Greater Buffalo Firefighter Pipe & Drum formed in 2012 consisting of Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers, E.M.S. providers and friends.

Flag Review: Elks, BPO 922 Dunkirk, N.Y. Flag Review.

(Attention 1st Div. Parade Marshal) Reserve 100 feet before next unit.

Hose 1, Celebrating 150th Anniversary

Hamburg Kingsmen Drum & Bugle Corps Mr. Rod Keppel, Director

Veterans Requiring Transportation:

C.A.R.T.S. Bus will begin loading Veterans at approximately 10:45 a.m. Driven by Mr. Bob York

C.A.R.T.S. has been graciously arranged by Mr. Cory Leymeister Resource Assistant.

D.A.V.: In Cars or C.A.R.T.S.

Mr. Leroy Foster – U.S.A.F. Veteran (Ret.)

Mrs. Ruthann Foster

WWII Veterans in Cars or C.A.R.T.S.

Korean War Veterans: In Cars or C.A.R.T.S.

Vietnam Veterans: In Cars or C.A.R.T.S.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Dunkirk Flotilla 34 Dunkirk, N.Y. Mr. Doug Hamernick, Commander

Dunkirk High School Band: Mrs. Jeannine Scarem, Director, The DHS Band will play at our Memorial Day Services and will perform in front of the reviewing stand at City Hall.

The Memorial Service chart is Veteran’s Salute arranged by Jay Dawson, which represents four branches of the military.

For the Reviewing Stand the band will perform Jay Dawson’s arrangement of NOVUS by Carlos Santana, this chart will feature Junior trumpeter, Brandon Katta and again perform Veteran’s Salute arranged by Jay Dawson.

2nd Division Parade Marshal – Mr. Edziu Kaus – Trustee and Honor Guard Firing Squad D.J.V.C.

Forms on: Swan Street at Lake Shore Drive West.

Sons of Liberty Riders. Riding for those who can’t.

Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers Varsity High School Hockey Team

North Coast Brass Co. Musicians Thomas Davenport director.

Little Leaguers – T-Ball: Approximately 270+ children ages 4 thru 16 playing in 5 different leagues will participate. In the line-up will be Dunkirk Little League President Mr. Gary Haase.

Girl Scouts of America: Donna Banach Advisor, Girl Scouts Troop 20158.

Dunkirk Middle School Band: Mary Brock, Director. The Group includes sixth, seventh and eighth grade students playing Salute to Freedom by Andy Clark

The Karate Kids Zone, Master Sensei Bill Matteson & Ms. Julie Lynn Damian.

3rd Division Parade Marshal – Mr. Thomas Haynes, D.J.V.C. Trustee and Council Sgt-at-Arms

Forms on: Dove Street at Lake Shore Drive West

Western N.Y. Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps: Mr. Robert Teclaw, Director.

J.R.O.T.C.: The DHS Reserve Officer Training Program is instructed by Capt. Price D. Smith, U.S. Army (Ret.) and SFC Frank Torain U.S. Army (Ret.)

Rubber Made Brigade- Directed by Mr. David VanWey.

LoGuidice Education Criminal Justice Program, Valerie Wolnik, Teaching Assistant

Iglesias Getsemani Children’s Ministries children and Float

Upward Bound Program, Patricia Messina Program Coordinator; Loretta Torain, Director

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, Ida M. Lord, Coordinator

Dunkirk Meals on Wheels Van

4th Division Parade Marshal Mr. Michael Edwards, Fire Chief City of Dunkirk, N.Y.

Forms on: Plover Street at Lake Shore Drive West

Dunkirk City of Fire Trucks

East Town of Dunkirk Fire Dept.

West Town of Dunkirk fire Dept.

Fredonia Fire Dept. of Fredonia N.Y.

Dunkirk Police Car

Pillar of Fire Fellowship – Pastor J. Wentz

WNY Alumni Drum Corps readying for new season

WNY Alumni Drum Corps readying for new season
February 22, 2016
Observer Today

The WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps celebrated Valentine’s Day with a pizza party following the Feb. 14 rehearsal.

Five new members enjoyed the afternoon practice, as three more new members are planning on joining at the next rehearsal. The drum line, with the exception of a couple of bass drummers and a couple of cymbal players, is full. Although new horn players have been added, the Corps is still looking for more. There are openings in the A-section as well as color guard.

Jack Kujawa, corps business manager, offered his overview of this year’s Corps.

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WNY Alumni Drum Corps members John Waterman (left) and Dan Forsberg play during a parade.

“We’ve been growing little by little for over three years. This year’s corps has grown so much more than expected. We went from four drummers last year to 13 so far this year,” he stated. “Our horn line has more than doubled its size. As in any drum corps, you gain some new members and lose some, so the total number of corps members is uncertain. However, we will be bigger and better than last year.”

The group is seeking new members to be part of the alumni family. The next practice is Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at American Legion Post 62 on Central Avenue in Dunkirk.

Have fun this summer. Join today.

WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, Inc. holds banquet


October 26, 2015
Observer Today
The WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, Inc. recently held its second annual banquet at the Kosciuszko Club. Entertainment was provided by the Alumni Drum Corps, which played a concert for family, friends and guests. Patrons from the bar, as well as caterers, also enjoyed the concert.
Corps Director, Robert Teclaw, thanked all the members and their families for their support throughout the season. Teclaw gave special thanks to Jack Kujawa, Corps Business Manager, for keeping the corps business going in his absence.
Corps member, Carl Vullo, expressed appreciation for the younger members of the group, “As older members, we feel like we’re here to help the younger members but in fact they are helping us and they do it with respect.”
This year’s brass instructor and music arranger is Jonathon Fridmann of Fredonia.
Kujawa said, “I can’t begin to tell you how much talent this young man has; he’s amazing.”
Drums will be taught by Kujawa.
The Corps starts its new season Thursday, November 5 at 7 to 9 p.m. The group will rehearse at American Legion Post 62, 211 Central Avenue, Dunkirk.
Members and new members should attend this rehearsal. The group will be learning new music.
For more information, contact Kujawa at 410-2682 or P.O. Box 565, Dunkirk. The group invites members of the public to be a part of the adventure.–Inc–holds-banquet.html?nav=5053


New rehearsal dates, new location

2016 Winter/Spring Rehearsals
Thursday, November 5, 2015 7-9 PM
Thursday, December 17, 2015 7-9 PM
Thursday, January 7, 2016 7-9 PM
Tentative Spring Dates:
Sunday, February 7, 2016 2:30-4:30 PM
Sunday, March 6, 2016 2:30-4:30 PM
Sunday, April 3, 2016 2:30-4:30 PM
Sunday, April 17, 2016 2:30-4:30 PM
NEW LOCATION: American Legion Post 62, Central Ave, Dunkirk NY

Updates on the rehearsal page:

WNY Alumni Drum Corps

August 5, 2015
Observer Today


Members of the WNY Alumni Drum Corps are pictured after participating in the General Pulaski Day Parade in Cheektowaga. Honorary Grand Marshal Loretta Swit, who played Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan on the television series “M*A*S*H,” helped lead off the WNY’s annual Pulaski Day Parade honoring Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski. Some of the Corps members got to see Loretta in person. The Alumni Corps has a very active schedule this year with seven parades left this season. Anyone interested in marching this season can call Jack at 410-2682 for more information. The corps will next perform at the Southwestern Firemen’s Convention in Lakeshore on Aug. 8. The corps thanks all its friends and fans who helped make this year even better.