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EXTRAVA”CAN”ZA 2019 – Sat. May 25 & Sunday May 26

You can help the Waterloo Rotary Club fight hunger locally by joining us in a little friendly competition called EXTRAVA”CAN”ZA 2019. The goal is to stock the local food pantry (of your choice) shelves with non-perishable food items (canned or boxed food) in May. Our goal is to collect 4,000 non-perishable items.

What’s involved? Organize a team to collect food items and use the items to build a structure at the Waterloo Community Center on May 24 and be displayed May 25 and 26. Rules and tips for building a structure are on the reverse side of the application form.  Most importantly, be creative and have fun!

How do I get involved? Register your team by completing the form below and returning it to us along with a $10 fee to be donated to Hunger Initiatives by May 1, 2019.  Your structure must be built on Friday, May 24 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (other times on Friday can be arranged) and ready for display on May 25 and 26. Winners in several prize categories will be recognized, including a People’s Choice award!

On Saturday May 25 Sunday, May 26 anyone may visit the displays to browse and/or to vote from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on Sat. and 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on Sunday. Votes are 10 for $1.00. 

Food must be picked up at 3:00 by the food pantry named.  Uncollected donations will be donated to Cayuga Seneca County Action Agency.

Waterloo ExtravaCANza Registration Rules & Guidelines
Waterloo ExtravaCANza Registration Rules & Guidelines

Tribute To The Fallen – 5K Run/Walk 5-25-19 6:30 PM

USAT Certified Course!
Saturday, May 25, 2019    6:30 PM

5K Online Registration Form

2019 5K Paper Registration

$100 Prize Money to the 1st Place Male and 1st Place Female

New This Year-Top Finisher shirts.

Age Group Champion/   Age Group 2nd Place/   Age Group 3rd Place shirts

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New Course

Waterloo has a fairly flat, fast course for the competitive runner. You could get your PR here. The family-friendly atmosphere includes runners of all ages. Doug Daeffler, Race Director, says “This is a real fun run on a competitive course. I have seen entire families do this run together. It is a really fun time!”

We are continuing the series of shirts, started in 2016.   Keep coming back each year to collect a set of them.

The course begins and ends at Tom Coughlin Stadium at Waterloo High School.  Daeffler said the course will go through historic Waterloo and will no longer cross Virginia Street. Runners will pass historic cemeteries, St Mary’s Church and the VFW on Wright Ave. and is fairly flat, Daeffler said.

Historical dialogue featuring Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Portrayed by Dr. Melinda Grube & President Theodore Roosevelt, Portrayed by Gib Young

We are proud to have Women’s Rights National Historical Park as a sponsor again this year. The M’Clintock House on East Williams Street was the home of Thomas and Mary Ann M’Clintock from 1836-1856. The family were active Quaker abolitionists, actively engaged in the Underground Railroad, and were major organizers of the first Woman’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY, in July of 1848.

 

 

On Saturday at 1:15 AND Sunday at Noon, The beautiful harmonies and songs of Merry Mischief from by gone times will set the mood in advance of the characterizations of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and President Theodore Roosevelt.

 Step back in time with music and learn from the wisdom of those who have tread the stairs of politics and women’s rights at this historic museum.

 

At the M’Clintock House at 1:45 pm and 3:00 pm Saturday, May 26th and 12:30 pm Sunday, May 27th, there will be Historical dialogues on women’s rights and women’s suffrage featuring Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Portrayed by Dr. Melinda Grube & President Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, Portrayed by Gib Young.

 

 

Melinda Grube focuses on the life and work of suffragist and freethinker Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who helped to organize the first Woman’s Rights Convention in her hometown of Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848.  Melinda Grube is an adjunct lecturer in history at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, New York, and a longtime interpreter of regional women’s-rights history.

 

Besides the physical resemblance of Theodore Roosevelt – circa 1915 – Mr. Young has been able to develop the vocal and movements of his subject to a high degree.  Mr. Young has appeared before audiences from Boston to Seattle and from Houston to Marquette.  He has had the honor of appearing at White House, Mt. Rushmore Natl. Memorial, Devils Tower Natl. Monument, Jewel Cave Natl. Monument, Washington’s Mt. Vernon, Lincoln’s Boyhood Home in Indiana, Lincoln’s Springfield, Ill. home, US Grant’s home in St. Louis, the Ottawa Ohio Wildlife Refuge, the JFK Library, the Smithsonian’s American History Museum, and Ft. Caspar in Wyoming to name just a few venues on his resume.

 Here is a sample from the 2017 dialogues:

Food, Food, Food for Everyone!

 At 4pm on Saturday May 26th:
Patriot Pizza Eating Contest sponsored by Ciccinos Pizzeria!

Food-Tents

 FOOD CONCESSIONS: 

* Chicken BBQ’s by K&R Catering:
Saturday, Waterloo in Bloom & Sunday, Waterloo Rotary
* Celebrate Committee Food Booth – featuring Hamburgs – Hot Dogs
   Hot Sausage & Ciccino’s Pizza
* Divine Sales (Jim & Linda’s) – Fried Dough, Lemonade, Gyros, French Fries
* Riblicious BBQ – Pulled Pork BBQ
* Dar’s Delights – Home Made Ice Cream
* 1st Presbyterian Church – homemade pies
* Cayuga Lake Creamery – Ice Cream
G & G concessions – Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Cinnamon Roasted Nuts
* Dandy Sandy – Frozen Cheesecake on a stick
* Rollin Pat’s Hungry Watermellon – Fresh Fruit & Watermelon Slices
* KP’s Kettlecorn – Kettlecorn

For more information please contact:
Conrad Struzik- 315-246-3041
email: Castruzik@gmail.com

The culinary tent is being organized by the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Stop by and see what’s cooking!

BREAKFAST BUFFETS:

Rise and shine on Celebrate/Commemorate weekend with breakfast at the American Legion

On Saturday morning, May 26th, a buffet breakfast will be served from 7:00 to 10:00 am at the Legion home at 1 E. Williams St. The menu includes scrambled eggs, meat, fruit cup, toast, juice, coffee and that Army staple, chipped beef on toast.
Start Memorial Day right with breakfast at the VFW
Waterloo Memorial Post 6433 VFW will serve breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 27th, at the post home on East Elisha Street. The menu includes scrambled eggs, home fries, pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit cup, toast, juice and coffee.

What would a festival be without food?  Pretty boring. What would a festival be with free food. Wow!
This year’s Celebrate Commemorate will have a special treat – free food!  A new culinary tent will feature top chefs from 4-H, restaurants, and the community who will demonstrate their favorite recipes and offer samples to the audience. Recipes will feature products grown or produced in New York.

2018 Celebrate Commemorate Parade May 26th

Waterloo Remembers

Parade Co-Chair – Sarah Smolinski    315.745.9928    sarahemcmaster@yahoo.com
Parade Co-Chair – Nicole Hunsberger

The parade will line up at 10:30 a.m. and step out promptly at 11 a.m. for the march down Main Street.  This year’s honor float in the Freedom Parade pays tribute to the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Sampson Naval Training Station, now Sampson State Park.  Parade Co-Chair Sarah Smolinski invites all veterans of Sampson Naval Training Station and Sampson Air Force Base to ride on the float, being constructed by Romulus Girl Scouts.

To prepare for WWII, Sampson Naval Training station was constructed in 270 days on 2.600 acres in May 1942. Sampson later was a training facility for the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. An estimated that 411,000 Navy and 330,000 Air Force personnel completed their training at Sampson.

A float by Girl Scout Troop 60562 will honor all veterans.  Any Vet who would like to ride on the float is invited to call Sarah Smolinski at 315-745-9928 or Nicole Hunsberger at 315-719-5247.

Veterans will follow in cars, motorcycles and especially buses from the VA hospital in Canandaigua. Those who want to drive their own cars must have at least three people in the vehicle. Following the parade, vets will be hosted at a chicken barbecue lunch at the VFW.  Please RSVP to Karen Lewis at 315-651-9513 to allow the VFW to plan for enough food.

Past Welles Award winners will take another bow on this year’s float by the Waterloo Library and Historical Society in the parade. Contact the Historical Society at 315 –539-0533 for more information.

Also honored this year will be the youth who were winners in the annual Memorial Day Essay contest.  They will join dignitaries on the reviewing stand to watch the parade.

Groups that have been in the parade before know what fun it can be.  Once again, there will be divisions for military and officials; youth organizations, schools and families; churches, senior citizens and organizations; and vehicles.  The Civil War and American Revolutionary War re-enactors will have a “parade within a parade.”  Watch for special “dignitaries” in this year’s parade including US Presidents Terry Roosevelt and President Abe Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. The very popular Hit Men Brass Band will join Downbeat Percussion, Mighty St. Joe’s Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps, the Waterloo Central School Band and the Finger Lakes Pipes & Drums in the lineup this year. 

Bring your chair and wave a flag to honor our vets and community stars!

Click here and print to respond to Sarah’s invitation!

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2018 Henry C. Welles Award honors Peter Houghton

The Waterloo Library and Historical Society is proud to announce the recipient for the 2018 Welles Award, Peter Houghton. The Welles Award, created by the Waterloo Library and Historical Society in 2008, honors a “citizen of Waterloo who, through tireless effort and many hours of uncompensated time, has made Waterloo a better place to live, work, worship, understand and enjoy,” a person who understands the richness Waterloo offers and utilizes their talents to preserve that richness.  Peter is a person who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to revive the historical legacy and significance of Waterloo.

An Ithaca native, Peter attended Cornell University and graduated with a Masters of Engineering degree in 1966. He and Doris moved to Albany where he worked for the New York State Department of Public Works. In 1970, he obtained his New York State Professional Engineers license. In 1976, Peter took a promotion to manage the  Seneca County office of the NYS Department of Transportation headquartered  in Waterloo. 

His desire to preserve history, especially buildings, is one of the main reasons why in 2002, he joined the Waterloo Library and Historical Society Board. For the next 12 years, Peter tirelessly worked to preserve the Waterloo Library building, which is one of a few historical buildings in New York State that  is still used for its original purpose. 

Peter states, “as an engineer, I saw the big picture with the needs of the building.” This included the slate roof, stained glass windows, the heating system, electrical system, and the exterior stone, iron and wood work that had to be restored. He also saw the need to add an improved  handicapped access ramp and air conditioning. As work progressed, additional smaller tasks were rolled into the larger projects. 

Peter volunteered countless hours developing the projects, writing grant applications to secure funding, selecting the best contractors who understood the historical significance of the structure, and then overseeing the work being completed, using his engineering background to make sure the end result was historically accurate.. Through his efforts, 16 restoration and improvement projects, totaling $1,160,000, were completed at the library over a 10-year period.. 

Peter and his wife, Doris, have raised their four children in Waterloo and strongly supported the academic, athletic and musical activities of the Waterloo School District. Peter served two terms on the Waterloo School Board and helped build the original Leathers Playgrounds at both elementary schools.  The family was involved with many community and church activities.  Peter was a volunteer with the Hershey Youth Track and Field Program held for many summers at the Waterloo High School. He has sung at churches, in Seneca Community Players musicals, in several local musical groups and at weddings. If you say his name to others, one of the first things they may say to you is that he has a great singing voice! 

See videos of previous award winners below.

Waterloo Lightning – 1st Annual Star and Strikes Tournament

The Waterloo Lightning Baseball Program is proud to announce the 1st Annual Starts and Strikes Baseball/Softball Tournament May 26th 2018 at 3PM, at the Waterloo Little League fields.  The tournament is Memorial Day themed with a pre-game ceremony with the singing of the National Anthem.  There will be concessions offered at the game along with memorabilia for sale.  This is an exhibition tournament designed for fun for the players and spectators alike. 

This year’s games are:
The Waterloo Lightning  Vs  The Newark Hawks (Baseball)
CNY Bombers  VS  Victor Vipers Pink (Softball)