Gardens grow pride in city

What began as a yard of the week venture five years ago has grown into something larger in the city of Dunkirk.

Fifteen residential gardens are being spotlighted on Saturday during the Garden Delights 2014 Dunkirk Garden Walk. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with organizers suggesting Bicentennial Park on Sixth Street across from the Dunkirk High School as the starting point.

Other garden locations being spotlighted, according to the pamphlet, include: 504 Woodrow Ave.; 217 Mullet St., home of Christine Buck; 63 W. Second St., Jorge Jimenez; 4550 Lake Shore Drive West, Rosie and Marty Sanden; 305 Dove St., Richard Forrester; 57 W. Fourth St., Robert Delevan and Richard Fellas; 424 Dove St., Jeffrey and Diane Novelli.

Also: 433 Dove St., Steve and Mary Rees; 727 Swan St., Beth Wloderak; 631 Eagle St., Dan and Kathy Uszacki; 751 and 755 Park Ave., Kathy Erheart and Mrs. Burris; 141 Nevins St., Alex and Jackie Uszacki; 112 S. Margay St., Robert Root; and 706 Park Ave., Cynthia Tuning.

In addition, community gardens at the Senior Center on Ruggles Street, the Steger Apartments on Main and Front streets and those at Maple Avenue and Grant Street are featured.

Dunkirk resident Harriet “Skeeter” Tower, who is one of the key organizers of the Revitalize Dunkirk and Academy Heights Neighborhood initiative looks to Buffalo as one of the examples of why the city needs events such as these.

Flyers, courtesy of the city development office, regarding the walk are available at a number of city businesses, including the OBSERVER at 10 E. Second St.

Special results

For the 13th consecutive year, a special edition OBSERVER raised funds for a worthy cause. We could not have done it, of course, without community support and the work of a number of volunteers.

This year, more than $2,000 was collected from the Wednesday newspapers sold on the streets in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Irving, Silver Creek and Gowanda as well as some area Tim Hortons locations. Money from the sale benefits The Resource Center and its work-related projects for adults with disabilities.

Once again, the Laurel Run that takes place on July 18 and 19, was featured prominently in the edition.

The volunteers who helped sell papers this year included: Chris Anderson, Victoria Trass Bardo, Kayla Bohall, David Coia, Donna House, Nancy Ingram, Rebecca Hamlet Kapple, Elaine Hotelling, Wayne Hotelling, Bruce Main, Chris Makuch, Althea Maxwell, Michael McCoy, Peter Palmer, Don Parker, Amy Pease, Mike Pease, Nick Piccolo, Connie Piccolo, David Rice, Sandra Rice, Brian Samuelson, Laurie Strong, Steve Waterson, Shelly Williamson, Don Winslow and Jane Young.

Members of the Fredonia High School basketball team also assisted in the efforts in the village, thanks to Greg Krauza and Tucker Krauza. Those members include:Greg Lauer, coach; Alec Ambrose, Jared Burmaster, Ed Camacho, Vince Gullo, Mike Johnson, Pat Moore, John Piper, Cam Voss and Noah Voss.

OBSERVER staffers helping with the edition included: Laura Betts, Michael Briggs, Charles Cuccia, Randy DeJohn, Corky Gloff, Mary Ann Herrington, Roberta Jacobs, Adam Mason, Barb Musso, Shawn Paulus and Gib Snyder.

This year’s Laurel Run is in its 18th year. It has become a Silver Creek and county treasure.

John D’Agostino is the OBSERVER publisher. Send comments to or call 366-3000, ext. 401.