The World War II Vets Club defeated the Moniuszko Club, 3-0, to win the City of Dunkirk men’s floor hockey championship. With the win, the World War II Vets Club captured its third consecutive city championship. Pictured are members of the team. They are, in front, Brayden Kuzdale. In the second row, from left, are Dan Westin, Joey Jagoda, Mark Zaffalon and Robert Bajdas. In back are Steve Kuzdale, Brian Wojcinski, Mike Burnett, Cory Dziduch, Andy Harrington and Jay Burnett. Missing from photo are Mike Rozewicz, Scott Leamer, Rob Westin and Pat Westin. Above, Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas takes part in the ceremonial puck drop before the championship game.
City of Dunkirk Public Works has arranged for the 2017 Curbside Collection Schedule to be placed in the Penny Saver the weekend of April 1-2.
City residents are urged to look for the calendar and keep it for reference of upcoming DPW events including recycling, brush pickup, bulk pickup and other city services.
A popular waterfront event is returning this June to Dunkirk.
For the fourth time in five years, the Great Lakes Experience will be part of the city’s upcoming events for the spring and summer months. The event is to take place at the city-owned lot between the Clarion Hotel and Tim Hortons from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17.
“The festival targets all members of the community — young and old, avid fishermen and those attempting their first cast,” said Hector Rosas, special events and Dunkirk Festivals coordinator.
In addition to the festival, which is presented in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of the Lower Great Lakes Region, there also will be fishing for youth at the site in the hours preceding the event.
“Every year, the Great Lakes Experience invites local wildlife and environmental organizations to participate in the festival,” Rosas said. “Each of these groups has a tent with a display that represents their organization’s mission and purpose. … The festival includes many activities and demonstrations that draw the interest of young and old alike.”
The first Great Lakes Experience was held in Memorial Park in 2013 and the event continued through 2015. In all, more than 6,500 people attended the three events, which included a number of exhibits focusing on the lake, fish, birds and even the Buffalo Zoomobile.
For those seeking more information — or who would like to help sponsor the event, call the city of Dunkirk at 366-9877.
Here is a rendering of the Howard Avenue Culvert Project
Bob Wood announces US Coast Guard 9ER District Training at the Clarion Hotel in Dunkirk. Please click here for more information.
Residents and visitors who were wowed last year by the first air show in 50 years are in for a treat — the city of Dunkirk, along with its partners and sponsors, have announced the second annual Dunkirk-Lake Shore Air Show, planned for July 1 and 2 at 1 p.m. each day.
At a special press conference Wednesday in city hall, Mayor Wilfred Rosas and Dunkirk Festivals and Special Events Coordinator Hector Rosas shared the big news. Not only will a show be planned for this summer, but it will be bigger and better, even, than last year’s show.
“We are enthused and thrilled to be able to present to you (plans for) our second annual Dunkirk-Lake Shore Air Show for 2017,” said Hector Rosas.
“There’s a lot of excitement with reference to our air show that we’re planning again this year,” said the mayor. “This will be our second air show here in 50 years, so we’re very proud to be able to present this.”
Mayor Rosas introduced some of the show’s key partners, including Lake Shore Savings Bank CEO Dan Reininga, the show’s presenting sponsor; Lou Nalbone and Carl Bjurlin of Dunkirk Aviation, who coordinate all the acts and deal with logistics; Randy Woodbury, the city’s engineer; and his development team. He also called out the city’s first responders and the Department of Public Works for their continued support and assistance, saying that it takes these folks and many more working together as a team to pull off an event as big as the air show — and it will be a doozie this year.
“There’s a lot of excitement here in the city,” the mayor said. “We have different acts, different pilots coming this year.”
Hector Rosas shared that the air show last year brought in “upwards of 30,000 people to Dunkirk over the weekend, and when you include the July 4th celebration, that’s 45,000 people here, which would equal a $3 million economic boon to this area.”
He explained that the city is also working with Chautauqua County, thanking County Executive Vince Horrigan and the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency; the State University of New York at Fredonia, which supplies parking and lodging for the amazing pilots; the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds and its administration, for more off-site parking; and APG Sound, which sets up the speakers for the event and more.
Plus, a new feature will be added this year to make the show more enjoyable for those up close and farther away.
“APG sound will do something completely different (this year) when it comes to the sound technology. … They’ll set up the whole perimeter of the show line and that will be from Main Street on Lakefront Boulevard to Serval Street. That will all be covered with speakers,” Hector Rosas stated. “This will be then tied in to a live feed (remotely) to WDOE and 94.9 FM/1410 AM for any of the boaters (out on Lake Erie) or anyone at home.”
The live radio feed will allow those who sit farther away, or even those at home, to listen to not only the emcees for the event, but to the pilots’ commentary.
The city arranged this due to feedback they received about last year’s show; everyone loved it, but some couldn’t hear the speakers.
“That’s something we’ve added this year that we’re very proud of,” he said.
This year’s show will once again include crowd favorites the Misty Blues, an all-female parachuting team; Gordon Price, a 76-year-old veteran F-104 fighter pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force and National Aerobatic Champion title holder; Rick Volker, whose flying skills are well known near and far; Scooter Yoak and his “Quick Silver” P-51; Jim Tobul and the “Korean War Hero” F4U-4 Corsair; a wingwalker, and several other acts. There will be a special tribute to the “Class of 1945” that veterans, their loved ones, and those who value their freedom won’t want to miss.
Bjurlin and Nalbone have been working hard to secure other nationally famous acts, too, with Bjurlin traveling from Canada to Las Vegas to meet the stars of aerobatics and talk to them about the show back home. To their surprise, many of them had already heard about Dunkirk’s first-class event, and were eager to sign on. In fact, the show this year will be almost twice as long as last year’s. Get there early for a seat along the new seawall, close to Leming Street, to be in “Show Central!”
There will once again be live music, food trucks, vendors, and much more.
Event sponsors include Chautauqua Opportunities, Shultz Resale Center, Bart’s Cove, Dunkirk Aviation, the Rotary Club, Best Western, Lakeshore Savings Bank, SUNY Fredonia and the city of Dunkirk, without whom the air show — which is free for attendees — wouldn’t be possible.
More acts and sponsors will be announced soon! Those interested in sponsoring may contact Hector Rosas at email@example.com or 366-9877.
For more information, search “Dunkirk-Lake Shore Air Show 2017” on Facebook, and see clips from last year’s show on YouTube — including Gordon Price’s footage, shot from up in the air using a GoPro camera! (Search “Dunkirk NY 2 July 2016.”)
As always, the city will hold a fireworks show on July 4, with festivities and food vendors in Memorial Park. The Rotary Club’s “Fly-in Breakfast” will be held July 9 at the Dunkirk Airport, where visitors can see vintage aircraft on display and enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, fresh juice and coffee