Manzella-Lapeira Run and Fun Walk takes a giant step

BROCTON – Melissa Seavy recently addressed the Brocton trustees on the progress of the Darren Manzella-Lapeira Memorial Fun Run/Walk Aug. 2.

The race, to be held here in memory of Darren and to assist veterans in his honor, has upward of 150 racers preregistered with more coming to the race’s official website daily. Seavy thanked Trustee Bryan Woleben and other members of the Brocton and Portland fire departments, as well as Sheriff’s Department members for their assistance with course monitoring and traffic control for race day.

“Registration on race day is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., with a flag ceremony to begin around 9:05. A post run ceremony will follow the run and from 10:30 to approximately 1 p.m., a chicken barbecue, music and an auction will take place, wrapping up at approximately 1:30,” Seavy said.

Details about the race will be forthcoming and can be found at the event’s official website, A committee of family and friends formed to produce the race event as a way to remember Manzella-Lapeira and keep his legacy alive by assisting a Veterans Affairs cause, something close to the legendary veteran who courageously championed the defeat of the “Don’t ask Don’t tell” policy following dedicated service to his country.

“We have raised over $7,000 already, and have had a good response and a lot of community support. It’s going to be a great day to remember Darren,” she added.

In other matters, Trustee Gary Planty reported on progress of the Brocton/Portland Youth Recreation Program, started three weeks ago, which boasts approximately 100 registered participants.

“Things are going very well, and the kids are doing some exciting things while getting a lot of use out of the school this year. Just today, 56 participants went to Waldameer Park for the day as part of the program’s activities,” stated Planty.

Permission was granted Wednesday during the meeting for the Brocton Fire Department to take part in Fire Prevention Week activities today at the Chautauqua County Fair using one of their pieces of equipment from noon until 6 p.m. Brocton’s fire department was one of many in the county that took part in Kindergarten Day at the fair this year, allowing a free ticket for a kindergarten student accompanied by a paid adult.

The board of trustees will meet again on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.