Cassadaga beach program ready for summer

CASSADAGA – An important part of summer in Cassadaga is the beach program.

At the last village board meeting, Deputy Mayor Valerie Culverwell reported about the beach program which she oversees but will no longer run on a day-to-day basis.

“One thing we get here (in Cassadaga) is the beach,” she said.

After interviews were conducted, the following staff was selected: Tammie Wichlacz, director; Taylor Gugino and Paige Burnett, Water Safety Instructors; Tyson Gugino, Matt Woodard and David Carlson, lifeguards; and Nicholas Culverwell and Peggy Heath, gatekeepers. The board approved the appointments.

The board also discussed and set new rates for non-residents. Last year the rate was $8 for adults and $5 for children. The board decided to lower the rates to $5 for adults and $3 for children (1-16). Residents of the Cassadaga Valley School District are allowed to use the beach for free. A season’s pass for non-residents is available for $60.

Saturday is the official opening day for the beach. A beach cleaning is scheduled for the morning. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other interested people are urged to help. At noon, the Cassadaga American Legion Post will conduct a flag-raising to officially signal the opening of the season. Following that will be a blessing of the beach.

Wichlacz has released a schedule of events. Coming up first is the band Kokomo which will play at the beach on Sunday at 2 p.m. There is no admission fee. Popcorn is free, and hot dogs will be available for $1. Wichlacz urged people to attend as a good way to start the summer.

Sign-up for swimming lessons will begin on July 1.

Other events will include: tie-dye day on July 15; pajama swim on July 16; jello-eating contest on July 25; watermelon-eating contest on Aug. 8; and trip to Waldameer on Aug. 14.

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