Dedication ceremony on the way

CASSADAGA – After several decades and millions spent on the water project, the time has come for Cassadaga to celebrate its triumphant completion.

On June 7 at 3 p.m., a ribbon-cutting/ dedication will be held at the pump house on Maple Avenue, near the old elementary school.

Stearns and Wheler Engineer Greg McCorkhill announced this would be the official opening of the water treatment facility.

The Cassadaga Village Board said a plaque to dedicate the pump house to former Stearns and Wheler Engineer Robert “Bob” Armstrong might not be ready in time for the ceremony, but decided to go ahead with it anyway.

The board agreed the plaque would read, “In Memory of Engineer Robert Armstrong, May 2014.”

Past board members who worked on the water project will be invited to celebrate afterward at the ribbon-cutting ceremony with the current board.

Village Clerk Roxanne Astry wanted to add at least Bob’s title to the plaque so people would know who he was.

“People don’t know who the person is on the plaque on the sidewalk outside (the fire hall) and people won’t know who Bob is years from now if we don’t say it on the plaque,” she said.