2022 Organizational Meeting


I am writing to everyone to let you know we have just confirmed that we will be able to use the Elks Lodge again this year for rehearsals and meetings, so we are having an organizational meeting this coming Tuesday, the 29th of March at the Elks Lodge in Dunkirk at 7PM.

Anyone who is interested is welcome! At this time, it’s still unclear how the season will unfold and if we have enough members to participate in parades so come to the meeting if you can! That should help us determine how to proceed.

At this time we are hoping to have 4 rehearsals leading up to the Memorial Day Parade in Dunkirk. April 19th, 26th, May 10thand 24th and the Parade on the 30th. Other offers are coming in and it seems like many of the places that we have marched before will be having parades again this year.

Hope to see you there!

Dave Fridmann

Rehearsal July 13, 2021

Hi everyone!

We’re happy to announce now that there has been enough time for all of our members to be fully vaccinated, we are ready to get together and rehearse once again! We will be meeting at the Elks Lodge in Dunkirk on Tuesday, July 13th at 7PM.

See you soon!
Dave Fridmann

2020 Season Cancellation Due to COVID-19

Fredonia Farm Festival Parade 2019

The WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps regret to announce we are cancelling our 2020 parade season.  In the face of this global pandemic the most responsible thing to do for the safety of our members is simply not be in close proximity to each other or the public.  Reports from parade organizers are that they are cancelling their events to comply with social distancing guidelines and the Corps board agrees that it is necessary that we also follow these guidelines until such time as we have a way to combat this virus in a way that does not threaten the health of our members.  

There are some undeniable truths about bugles.  We are pushing as much air from our lungs around as we can!  This is definitely a problem regarding the spread of COVID-19.

In the meantime, we hope to engage with Corps members remotely throughout the summer and try to keep our spirits and our chops up so that whenever we can perform again we will be ready to go.  Anyone interested in contacting the Corps can reach us at wnyalumni@gmail.com.  

Thank you and stay safe.  We hope to make music and perform in local parades with you all again soon!

WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps Board


WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps seeks new members



The WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps has begun preparing for their 2020 season. This includes adding a new song, “Copacabana” to the repertoire which includes “Hang ‘Em High/Mag 7,” “New York, New York,” “America,”“Gonna Fly Now,” “Sunrise Lady” and “Elk’s Parade.” The corps is always looking for new members. If you’re a current horn player or drummer you can bring your playing to the next level by playing in the drum corps. The corps is free to participate in. Jack Kujawa, corps advisor, stated, “This corps is so much fun to be around and the talent is incredible. This is the perfect time to join because you have a lot of time to learn the music.” Dave Fridmann will again serve as corps director. Dave also works with the drum line and is the drum sergeant. The horn instructor/arranger position is again in the capable hands of Jonathon Fridmann and Mateo Mendez. Friends and family members are welcome to all corps functions. If interested, email wnyalumni@gmail.com. You don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity!

Cassadaga Labor Day Festival returns


CASSADAGA — Cassadaga will be hosting its annual Labor Day Festival on Sunday Sept. 1 and Monday Sept. 2.

The action begins on Sunday with the Farmers Market at Ames Common 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh eggs and other local items will be there. Next is the boat parade. Mardi Gras is the theme, so deck your boat (any kind) out and meet at the DEC launch at 4 p.m. There will be prizes! The parade will travel to Cassadaga Beach to the floating stage. The best viewing for the boat parade is at Cassadaga Beach on Park Ave. Then a free concert with “Dos,” a two-man rock and roll extravaganza will be playing all your favorite classic rock and oldies. They will be playing from 5-7 p.m. and Stanfield’s Hotdogs and Lemonade Stand will be there, too. Bring a blanket or chair or come by boat whether you are part of the parade or not.

On Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a craft and vendor show at Ames Common. Kev’s Kitchen with his famous Cajun food will be there. At 11 a.m. a grand parade will march down Maple Avenue. 

At noon, the cultural phenomenon — the Ducky Derby, will take place at the bridge on Maple Avenue and Mill Street, sponsored by the Cassadaga Lakes Association. Buy your tickets for this at Shurfine, at the craft and vendor show or call the Ducky Derby hotline at 410-0673. Prizes include a first prize of $200 along with other donated gifts and certificates from local businesses. This is CLA’s largest fundraiser of the year.

The CLA is a nonprofit organization that works to protect and enhance the three connected Cassadaga Lakes. Yearly projects include weed harvesting, water quality testing and education programs to help keep the waters safe and clean. Those wishing for more information on the CLA can visit their website at: http://www.cassadagalakesassociation.com or on Facebook.

For more information on the Ducky Derby, contact Julie VanValkenburg, chairwoman at 410-0673 or email her at juliemarievanvalkenburg@gmail.com.

The fun is not over yet! At 1:30, starting at the beach on Park Avenue is the walk/run/bike dice roll! Registration is at 1 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 16. This event is a 5K around the lake. You choose how you want to travel (walk, run or bicycle). Participants stop at stations around the lake, roll the dice and tally their scores. Cash prizes for high and low scores and more! 

To close out the summer, there will be Flares on the Lakes at 8 p.m. This is a sight to behold and can be witnessed from all around the lake. If anyone wants to purchase flares, please call 673-6649.

The Cassadaga Labor Day Festival is sponsored by the Citizens for a Better Cassadaga, Cassadaga Lakes Association and the Village of Cassadaga. For more information, please call 665-8855.

Elks Lodge reports successful open house, Flag Day ceremony


JUN 26, 2019

The Elks Lodge had extended an invitation to the whole north county of Chautauqua to attend an open house on June 8. This event was well attended by members and many new faces who were impressed with the organization and hospitality. The open house was so successful, six people requested to become part of this Elks Lodge membership.

The annual Flag Day ceremony was held on June 15 at the Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse. The weather was very over cast, gray, a little windy and chilly,but no rain. The perfect setting for the flags to be honored and retired. The one thing missing was the rockets red glare.

Despite the weather, many people were in attendance for this very powerful ceremony. The Western New York Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps provided patriotic music and Taps. The National Anthem and God Bless America were sung by Kira Kuhlman, Matthew Helwig, Addison Helwig, Matthew Levan, Megan Levan, Kim Levan, and Leah Pawlak. The Knights of Columbus were honor guards and posted the colors. Wolf Den Pack 267, with Brandon LeBeau, Pack Master retired the flags. The Elks officers led the ceremony. 

Bruce Kaus,Sr of the United States Marine Corps was the featured speaker followed by Edwin Ramos, City Clerk representing the City of Dunkirk. Upon completion of the ceremony, everyone in attendance was invited back to the lodge for hotdogs and hamburgers. The Elks thanks everyone who participated in the ceremony and Dave Briska for his continued assistance with the use of the Lighthouse.

Coming Aug. 3 is a rib barbecue dinner. Tired of the chicken dinners? Come and have ribs fresh off the grill. Mark your calendar and more information to follow.

City Memorial Day parade lineup set


The annual Memorial Day service and parade will be Monday at Memorial Park in Dunkirk. Services will start at 10 a.m., the parade will follow at approximately 11 a.m.

The Parade will turn on to 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 inclement weather continue, Memorial Day Services will be at the John T. Murray VFW Post 1017, 111-113 Deer St. Dunkirk .

This year’s Parade Marshal is Jack Sievert Commander, D.J.V.C.

The 2019 Co-Parade Marshals are: Richard Makuch, Michael McGrath, Dennis Mulkin and David Dow.

The 2019 Memorial Day Parade Captain is Jack Hood.

The Division Marshals are: 1st Division Marshal – Brayden Manzella, city of Dunkirk; 2nd Division Marshal – Lee Woodard, city of Dunkirk; 3rd Division Marshal – Donovan Daily, city of Dunkirk; 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 – Honorable Mayor Willie Rosas

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

Followed by Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council Honor Guard and Dunkirk High School JROTC honor guard and cadets

Followed by: Cars:

Parade Marshal: Mr. Jack Sievert, commander D.J.V.C. Parade Co-Marshal Richard Makuch, D.J.V.C.,Asst. H.G. Cdr. Parade Co-Marshal David Taber, D.J.V.C. Asst. H.G. Cdr. Escorted by Rhonda Daminski, VFW Past President 1017 Auxiliary

Followed by Grand Marshal Edward Long Jr., 159th Field Artilery, U.S. Army, Korean War veteran, escorted by Carol Hood D.O.D. (Ret.)

Master of Ceremonies, Mr. John D’Agostino, D.J.V.C. and Publisher OBSERVER.

Lt. Christopher Wilson, USCG Sea Partners

City of Dunkirk Common Council members.

City of Dunkirk fire chief Michael Edwards.

Professional Fire Fighters Local 616

Greater Buffalo Firefighter Pipe & Drum Corps

Veterans requiring transportation: CARTS buses will begin loading veterans at approximately 10:45 a.m.

DAV –in cars or CARTS

World War II veterans in cars or CARTS

Korean War veterans in cars or CARTS

Vietnam veterans in cars or CARTS

Hamburg Kingsmen Drum and Bugle Corps, led by Leon Trzewieczynski

1st Division — Forms on Pelican Street at Lake Shore Drive West.

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

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

Dunkirk Little League, T-Ball led by Gary Haase, president.

DHS — 2019 State Champion girls bowling team.

2nd Division — Forms on Swan Street at Lake Shore Drive West.

Sons of Liberty Motorcycle Riders

North Coast Brass Co. Musicians Thomas Davenport director.

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

Girl Scouts of America: Led by Kathy Reisenweber Advisor Troup 20258.

Girl Scouts of America: Led by Jenn Scroll, Susan Bennett, advisors, Troop 20033.

Girl Scouts of America: Led by Morgan Gennock, advisor, Troop 20237 with members from Tri-County Service Unit 20292 and 20312.

Dunkirk High School Marching Band, led by Jenniene Scarem, director.

Hot Rod Club Association

3rd Division — Forms on Dove Street at Lake Shore Drive West.

LoGuidice Education Criminal Justice Program, Led by Jennie Alessi, Teacher.

Iglesias Getsemani Children’s Ministries children and Float, led by Pastor Carlos Llera.

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

Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals On Wheels Van

Western N.Y. Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps: led by Mr. David Fridmann.

Club 716 Car Club

Jeep Club

4th Division — Forms on Plover Street at Lake Shore Drive West

Dunkirk City of Fire Trucks

East Town of Dunkirk Fire Department

West Town of Dunkirk Fire Department

Pillar of Fire Fellowship – Pastor J. Wentz

Dunkirk Police Car