Cassadaga Labor Day Festival will begin Saturday

*We will march in the Cassadaga Labor Day Parade today at 4 PM.*

Cassadaga Labor Day Festival will begin Saturday
August 31, 2016
Observer Today

CASSADAGA – The village of Cassadaga is the place to be on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, the following activities will take place: an arts and crafts show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ames Common; a parade at 4 p.m. on Maple Avenue; the Ducky Derby at 5 p.m. at the bridge on Maple Avenue (buy a duck from any CLA member or at the arts and crafts show); and the Kokomo Time Band at 6:30 p.m. on the new floating stage at Cassadaga beach! Come by boat or bring a chair or blanket. The Kiwanis hot dog wagon will be there.

On Sunday, activities begin with a bicycle dice run at 1 p.m. which starts at Cassadaga beach and rides around the lake. It is 3.1 miles. There are prizes! Those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. The fee is $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Helmets are required.

The boat parade kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Participants should assemble at 3 p.m. at DEC Launch on Dale Drive. Any type of boat is welcome to participate. This year the focus is a patriotic theme.

The Marauder Steel Drum Band will perform at 4 p.m. on the new floating stage at Cassadaga beach. Come by boat or bring a chair or blanket.

Events are sponsored by the Cassadaga Lakes Association, the Citizens for a Better Cassadaga and the village of Cassadaga.

Alumni take first at firemen’s convention

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Observer Today

The Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps of WNY recently took top honors at this year’s Southwestern Firemen’s Convention in Cattaraugus. The Alumni color guard also took top honors and was presented with a trophy for its first place performance. Business manager Jack Kujawa stated, “We’ve been busy all year long. We’ve performed in seven parades so far, with four remaining before our end of season banquet on Oct. 1. After our banquet, we’ll begin our recruiting program.” Corps Director Bob Teclaw added, “We’ve had great turnouts all season long and we expect to be bigger and better next season. Perhaps some drum corps vets will be returning along with newcomers.” Anybody interested in being a part of next year’s Alumni family can contact Jack at 410-2682. Upcoming Corps events: Fredonia Farm Festival Parade Aug. 28, Cassadaga Labor Day Parade Sept. 3, Seneca Nation Fall Festival Parade Sept. 10, Silver Creek Festival of Grapes Sept. 18. Come down and support the only drum corps in Chautauqua County, The Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps.

Pulaski Day Parade To Host Impressive Array of Grand Marshalls From Polish Bishop John Mack To *M*A*S*H Star Loretta Swit
The Pulaski Day Parade will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2016 going west from the Thruway Plaza to Harlem Road and north to the Cheektowaga Town Park.

The public is invited at no charge.

The Pulaski Day Parade has taken place for 78 years to salute the heroism of Revolutionary War General Casimir Pulaski. Pulaski died in the Revolutionary War and is considered the Father of the American Cavalry.

This year the Pulaski Day Parade is sponsored by the taxpayers of the County of Erie, Dr. Robert Smolinski , Ukrainian Federal Credit Union, Cheektowaga Councilman Jerry Kaminski, WIVB TV and Time Warner Cable.

The General Pulaski Association, which organizes the parade, will offer an impressive array of Pulaski Day Honorary Grand Marshals:

*Acting Consul General of Poland Honorable Mateusz Stasiek. Stasiek was previously Deputy Consul General of Poland in charge of Polish community cooperation.

* Bishop John Mack of the Polish National Catholic Church. Mack has served as Bishop Ordinary of the Central Diocese of the Polish National Catholic Church since 2012 with the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Diocese.

*Restaurateur Russsell Salvatore, who owns and operates Russell’s Steaks Chops and More on Transit Road in Williamsville.

*Don Postles. Postles anchors for WIVB TV 4 newscasts at 5, 6 and 11. He has interviewed Polish President Lech Walesa in Poland on many occasions.

* Loretta Swit; Swit co-starred in the TV show *M*A*S*H* playing the role of Major “Hot Lips”

Pic Loretta Swit will appear in the 78th annual Pulaski Day Parade
Loretta Swit will appear in the 78th annual Pulaski Day Parade
Houlihan for which she won two Emmy Awards.

*Cheektowaga Councilman Jerry Kaminski. Kaminski is the owner of Kaminski and Sons Trucking Co., is former Deputy Supervisor of Cheektowaga, and is a Pulaski Parade Director.

*Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw. Mychajliw, the son of Polish and Ukrainian immigrants, before becoming Erie County Comptroller was an investigative journalist for Channel 2.

*Erie County Legislature Chairman John Mills. Mills has served as a legislator for 11 years and Republican leader 9 years.

*Former Sheriff Thomas Higgins. Higgins was Sheriff from 1985 to 1997. He has served in law enforcement for 42 years, half that time as a Buffalo Police officer.

The Pulaski Association is headed by its president, Brian D. Rusk. The Parade Chair is Mira Szramel and the Co Chair is Edward Reska, Jr.

The General Pulaski Association has budgeted $6,000 in parade prizes. Veteran units, firefighters, religious organizations, bands, floats, corporate floats and unique units are still welcome. Those interested should call Parade Chair Mira Szramel 681-6739 or email

Memorial Day Parade

Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps of WNY [seeking new members][sic]
June 16, 2016
Observer TodayIMG_0437Above: The Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps of WNY poses for pictures after the Memorial Day Parade.

The Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps of WNY, the only senior drum and bugle corps left in Chautauqua County, also performed a concert at the American Legion Post 62 after the Memorial Day parade.

“We had about seven horn players that couldn’t make the Memorial Day celebration in Dunkirk because they had parades in their own areas,” Corps business manager Jack Kujawa stated. “I couldn’t believe the warm welcome the crowd gave the corps director and drum major, Robert Teclaw, when he got off the bus to direct a mini concert in front of Post 62. Bob has been an active member of drum corps for over 66 years.”

The Alumni will next appear in Frewsburg for their Firemen’s Parade on June 18. Anyone interested in being a part of the Alumni family can contact Jack at 410-2682 for more info.
The Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps of WNY poses for pictures after the annual Memorial Day Parade in Dunkirk.

The members of the Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, salute all of our fallen men and women of the Armed Forces. They gave everything so we can enjoy this freedom.




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