ROBERT TECLAW: WNY loses Drum and Bugle Corps icon

On Sunday, Robert A. Teclaw went home to be with the Lord. He was 84 years old.

Bob was director of the Alumni Drum Corps. In 2006, the Corps was incorporated and Bob was made the drum major. Under his leadership, the Alumni has entertained crowds all over Western New York and Pennsylvania.

Bob had been involved in drum corps ever since he was a young man, starting as a cymbal player with the old Flying Dutchmen Drum Corps. He eventually played drums and then he was voted in as drum major. It was a big deal in those days, because you really had to know your stuff. According to his friends, Bob learned to be a drum major from Bitzy Briggs, the Dutchmen’s horn instructor, whom he highly respected.

Bob was a major factor in the forming of the Patriots Drum Corps, which won their first field show under his leadership.

Bob and his corps have won numerous awards and trophies throughout the years. A parade was not a parade without seeing Bob leading his corps with pride. Many people knew and respected him. His knowledge and leadership will be sadly missed by family, friends and Alumni membership. Nobody has done more to keep drum corps alive in Western New York than Bob has.

He will be missed.

Robert A. Teclaw


Robert A. Teclaw, age 84, a life long resident of Dunkirk passed away after a lengthy illness on Sunday, June 25th at Elderwood in Hamburg, NY.

He was born on May 10, 1933 in Dunkirk, son of the late Leon and Julia Kuzdale Teclaw.

A lifetime member of Blessed Mary Angela RC Parish St Hyacinth’s Church, a former member of St. Joseph’s Men’s Society, the 1st Ward Falcons Club, and Dunkirk Hose Co. No. 1. He was also a avid Fredonia State sports booster.

He retired from Dunkirk Radiator Corp. and he previously worked at Plymouth Tube.

Bob’s love and passion was marching in drum and bugle corps. Marching with the Flying Dutchmen, Dunkirk Patriots, the Renegades, and the Western New York Alumni where he also served as Corps Director.

Survivors include his daughter Julie Banach and grandson Michael Szach both of Buffalo, and several cousins.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Mildred Pangborn.

Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 9:15 a.m. from the Newman Funeral Home, Inc. and at 10 o’clock in Blessed Mary Angela RC Parish St. Hyacnth’s Church with the Rev. Jan Trela officiating. Interment will follow in St. Hyacinth’s Cemetery.

Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 8. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the WNY Alumni Corps, PO Box 565, Dunkirk, NY 14048.

Frewsburg To Host 92nd Annual Frewsburg Fire Gala Days June 15-18

FREWSBURG – A nearly century-old tradition will return to Frewsburg later this month when the Frewsburg Fire Gala Days are held over the course of four-days.

Sponsored and hosted by the Frewsburg Fire Company, the 92nd annual event will be held Wednesday, June 15, through Saturday, June 18, throughout the village in an effort to raise funds for its resident fire company.

The event will kick off at 6 p.m. on June 15-17, and 3 p.m. on June 18. It will include Midway rides, games, food, live music and a fireworks display. Music will be provided by Two For Flinching on Friday, June 17, and Smokin’ 45 on Saturday, June 18.

The parade will commence at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18, featuring a variety of floats, area marching bands and fire trucks representing several Chautauqua County fire departments. The fireworks will also be held the same evening at dusk.

Most of the activities and attractions will be held along a portion of Main Street and Hazzard Street, where the Station Two grounds are located.

For more information on this year’s Frewsburg Gala Days event, contact Tom at 570-1145 or find “Frewsburg Fire Gala Days” on Facebook.


Lineup set for Memorial Day in Dunkirk

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

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 2017 Parade Division Marshals are: Richard Makuch, David Taber, Dennis Mulkin and David Dow and Jack Hood.

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

1st Division Marshal – Jack Hood, Chautauqua County American Legion commander.

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

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:

City Official – Hon. Mayor Wilfred Rosas; 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. Thomas Rugani, DJVC Honor Guard; Mr. Ronnie Rollins, DJVC Honor Guard; Kenneth DeLong, Armorer DJVC.

Followed by car

Parade Marshal: Mr. Jack Sievert, Commander DJVC. Parade Co-Marshals, Richard Makuch, DJVC HG Cdr., Parade Co-Marshal David Taber, DJVC Asst. HG; Parade Co-Marshal David Dow, DJVC (Retired).

Master of Ceremonies, Mr. John D’Agostino, DJVC and Publisher OBSERVER;

Lt. Christopher Wilson, USCG Sea partners Campaign;

Followed by Grand Marshals Steve Mastrelli, David Baldwin and Joseph S. Gatto.

1st Division Parade – Forms on Pelican Street at Lake Shore Drive West. Those marching in the first division report to David Dow for instructions on who to follow.

All Veterans Honor Guard Led by Jack Hood, county American Legion commander.

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.

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

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.

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.)

Dunkirk High School Band: Mrs. Jenniene Scarem, Director, The DHS Band will perform in front of the reviewing stand at City Hall.

Veterans Requiring Transportation:

C.A.R.T.S. Bus will begin loading Veterans at approximately 10:45 a.m.

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.

Lynn Watrous, U.S. Army veteran who served in Korea from 1951 to 1952. He is riding in a restored Jeep Willys MB and being driven by his grandson Craig Sullivan.

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.

Lake Shore Street Rods – possibly three or four cars.

Hamburg Kingsmen Drum & Bugle, Mr. Rod Keppel, director.

2nd Division Parade Marshal – Mr. Edziu Kaus – Trustee and Honor Guard Firing Squad D.J.V.C. Those marching in the second division report to David Taber for instructions on who to follow.

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.

3rd Division Parade Marshal – Mr. Thomas Haynes, D.J.V.C. Trustee and Council Sgt-at-Arms Those marching in the third division report to Dennis Mulkin for instructions on who to follow.

Forms on: Dove Street at Lake Shore Drive West.

Rubber Made Brigade- Directed by Mr. David VanWey.

Iglesias Getsemani Children’s Ministries children and Float

Good Hope First Baptist Church of Dunkirk.

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

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

Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels.

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

Forms on: Plover Street at Lake Shore Drive West.

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

Dunkirk City of Fire Trucks

East Town of Dunkirk Fire Dept.

West Town of Dunkirk fire Dept.

Dunkirk Police Car

Pillar of Fire Fellowship – Pastor J. Wentz.

Happy Mother’s Day

Next week is Mother’s Day so our next rehearsal will be Sunday, May 21st, 2:30-5 PM at Post 62. This means we have two more rehearsals before our first parade on Memorial Day, May 29th!