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Fireworks Postponed till Sunday night

Due to the chance of strong storms later this evening:


Join us tomorrow for the awesome Wheels on Main Street Car Show, Arts & Crafts, Food and Family Entertainment all day.

Celebrate Parade Canceled

The Celebrate Commemorate Parade has been cancelled due to a fast moving storm with some lightening spotted.  The storm will pass thru and the rain is already slowing down.  The rest of the day is still on at this point both in the Park and at Oak Island.  Stay tuned for further updates as the day goes on.   Lots of entertainment under tents as well as vendors and food!!


Waterloo Open House event from 6:30 – 8:30pm September 24th

Please plan to attend the Waterloo Open House event from 6:30 – 8:30pm September 24th at the Waterloo Middle School. The Village and its partners will present ongoing projects and how you can be a part of transforming downtown into a thriving, walkable location amenable to both local businesses and residents. Food and drinks will be served courtesy of the new local bakery, and after the meeting there will be opportunity to engage and volunteer to help revitalization efforts in downtown Waterloo.
Historic Downtown Waterloo – Forward Together

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)

Memorial Day Essay Contest 

There is a saying that says “Home is where your story begins…”. Our memories, made as children, are essential to developing civic pride, and a love for country and community. Who can forget the sights and sounds of a magnificent parade and the hustle and bustle of a town-wide festival? Students in Kindergarten – Grade 5 have been invited to participate in the annual essay contest. Waterloo’s unique heritage, and the influence that our founders have had on the rest our country and all citizens, is remarkable! This contribution, originating from our “Home”, is something to honor and be proud of. While participating in the contest, students will learn about and make a personal connection to Memorial Day. 

Each grade has a specific task that has been designed with grade levels and skills in mind while addressing the historic importance of Memorial Day in Waterloo. Student work will range from mini-posters to written essays.

Our youngest students will address the “what, when, why and how” of Memorial Day using pictures and words. Older elementary students will read historic documents and respond to a writing prompt. Judges will select two winners from each grade level. Winners will receive prizes and recognition during the Memorial Day weekend celebrations. 

Middle School students will have an opportunity to participate in the creation of an assembly for their peers. The assembly will be designed to inform, engage and inspire. Students will research, assemble documents, pictures and videos , create stage props, and write original poetry and dialogue to design a presentation aimed at understanding of the sacrifices of our nation’s service members, both past and present, honoring the contributions of our community’s founders, and promoting civic engagement and participation in government and Memorial Day events.  

High School students will be invited to join community members in service to the annual Celebrate/Commemorate committees. There are many opportunities for students to gain leadership, organizational, and technical skills, and create life-long memories, while working side-by-side with dedicated professionals, all with a common goal –  to remember the work of our town’s founders, and ultimately, to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who gave their lives for our country. 

Deadline for entries is May 10. Contest materials and additional details for K-5 are available from classroom teachers or by contacting Lisa Sessler ( Any Middle School/High School questions can be directed to Janelle Bradshaw (

All winners of the contest will receive a Celebrate Commemorate t-shirt.  In addition, winners in grades 3-5 will receive $25 and will be recognized during the Memorial Day weekend. 

The contest is sponsored by the Celebrate Commemorate Committee, Waterloo Education Foundation, Waterloo Non-Structional Employees Association, Waterloo Library & Historical Society,  Waterloo Retired Teachers, and Mac’s Drive In.

Friday May 26th events kick off at Fatzinger Hall

Congratulations to Angela Jones, the 2017 recipient of the Henry Welles Award.

After a wonderful reception hosted by the Waterloo Historical Society, the award presentation was held upstairs in the historic Fatzinger Hall.

Senator Pam Helming read a proclamation and President Theodore Roosevelt (Gib Young) and President Abraham Lincoln (Fritz Klein) gave words of wisdom and appreciation.

Angela with her daughter Karen & son in law Don Moretti

Angela with presidents Theodore Roosevelt & Abraham Lincoln

Angie came to Waterloo in 1952 as a young bride, bringing with her a unique vision and style of teaching. “I believe foreign language, especially Spanish, should not be just for college-bound students but for everyone,” she explained. “I began conversational Spanish courses.  When I came, there were six Spanish students in Waterloo High School.  When I retired 39 years later, they needed seven teachers to handle all the students!” Angie served as mentor to the new teachers, and as language department chair for many years, passing on her love of language and culture..

Angie shared that love not only with the hundreds of students, but also with other teachers and people in the community through workshops at teacher conventions and the trips she led to Spanish-speaking countries around the world. In fact, her tours became so popular that Angie began a new career as a certified travel agent when she retired from teaching, continuing to take tour groups to Mexico.  And always, she brought back items and materials to share with the teachers and students in Waterloo.

Those tours led Angie to take up a third career, as an author, writing and publishing Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life last year for her 90th birthday. It contains stories and photos based on her 18 years of attending the October festival in Oaxaca, Mexico.

In addition to her teaching duties, Angie founded the Snapettes baton twirling corps, guiding young girls and a corps of dedicated parents as they learned the sport, marched in parades and competed throughout the Northeast, even winning a national title.

“She was relentless in making sure our students had the best experiences possible and provided countless opportunities for fund raising so that every child could participate. She did the same thing for her trips with students with regard to fundraising. She wanted to make sure that every child could travel if they were willing to work for it,” said her daughter, Karen Moretti.. “What wonderful lessons in life!”

She sponsored Immigration Days dinners and community Christmas caroling and worked at and donated cakes for cake booths at the county fair. Retirement and joining the ranks of senior citizens hasn’t slowed Angie down.  She continues to be active in many committees, eager to lend a hand or donate a raffle basket to a worthy cause. She’s helped fill food bags for Trevor’s Gift backpack program, worked at St. Mary’ Festival and just participated in her first spelling bee to support Literacy Volunteers.

“At my age, people could say I’m too old, but they don’t. They are so kind. I’m in good health and I have a lot more to give,” she said. Angie keeps in contact with generations of students and parents through Facebook.  ”I love my Facebook!  Its one of my 99 blessings!”

At Celebrate Commemorate, you can find Angie at the Visitor’s Booth on the corner of Memorial Day Place, making new friends for Waterloo with her customary cheerfulness.  “I love everything about Waterloo,” she said  “The people are so nice. It’s a real close-knit community.”

Creative Expressions essay contest assembly 5/25/17

(L-R) Janelle Bradshaw, Dave Duprey and Jane Shaffer, Celebrate Commemorate Co-Chairs,  Bob Buffone, Commander VFW, & Bob Krupcznski,  Commander American Legion

It was a pleasure to celebrate with these students today as the Creative Expressions essay contest winners were announced.  Grades K – 8 participated, with more than 200  submissions!

 We were also entertained by the talented middle school chorus

Special thanks to Janelle Bradshaw, Lisa Sessler and all of their judges and helpers who make this such a meaningful event every year.

2017  8th Grade Memorial Essay Contest Winner
Written by: Joycelyn Dressing

Freedom is defined as “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants”. But what does freedom really mean? As Americans, we are able to experience freedom each and every day of our lives. Other people, however, aren’t as fortunate. We have been granted an amazing privilege, but do we ever take time to appreciate it, or better yet, the people who gave it to us? Without these brave men and women who put their lives on the line to serve, none of us would know what freedom truly feels like.

Throughout time, the thought of honoring veterans has slowly slipped from our minds and our true heroes are being forgotten. Social media and the world of celebrities have taken over our minds. Every day we see things, whether it’s on our phones or the TV, that influence the way we think, and not for the better but for the worse. We are taught to idolize actors and singers, people who are just like us but with a more well-known name. Many veterans come home and are only known by their friends and family. Some die out on the field and their identities are never even discovered. Many of us wake up every morning and don’t even want to get out of bed, we don’t want to go to school or work because it’s “too hard”. These men and women, however, wake up every day with a passion in their heart and go out to a battlefield to risk their lives so that we can just wake up and complain about how hard our lives supposedly are. Many people can’t even sit through a horror movie; imagine living one every time you wake up. Simple courtesy among people like us has been lost over the years, too. We barely even hold the door open for one another, or are able to say a simple “good morning” to our family. There are people, though, who used that energy that you couldn’t muster to say hello to fight for you to be able to say such a simple word. These are people who risked their lives simply so you could keep yours. So why not thank them? Why not honor them?

We also need to remember that we are not the only ones affected by veterans; they fight for the rights and freedoms of people in other countries too, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers have not only protected us, but have made the decision to protect everyone. They have made a tremendous impact on not only the United States, but the world as a whole. If just being able to see the progress they have made over the years isn’t enough to convince you how much good these men and women do for everyone, than I don’t know what will. These people aren’t just American heroes, they are world heroes. I mean, what greater sacrifice can one give than your life? Our veterans have left their families because of the passion they have for their country. They enlist fear and worry in their moms and dads, brothers and sisters, about whether or not they’ll come home so that the whole nation doesn’t have to feel those emotions about themselves. By now, everyone knows the dangers of war, and yet, these individuals are courageous enough to still step out onto that battle field and fight. They fight for the red, white and blue every day. They work hard to ensure the work of the generations passed doesn’t go to waste.

Now I ask: what is freedom to you? Is it being able to say what you want every day? Is it watching your children or being that child that goes to school every week? Is it waking up every day without the fear of staring down the barrel of a gun, hoping today isn’t your last? There are people all over the world who have no idea what any of that feels like, but so desperately want to. Every morning at the beginning of our school day, we all stand and place a hand over our hearts to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, however not many of us actually take those words to heart. They’ve become routine and we no longer value what they truly mean. Thousands of men and women over hundreds of years have given up everything they’ve ever known so we can come to school each morning and say these words. They have taken the ultimate Pledge of Allegiance to their country by leaving home to fight for these words, these freedoms. Without their fiery passion and outstanding bravery, we wouldn’t know what freedom feels like. Memorial Day is only one day where we are asked to honor a group of individuals who should be honored every day. If you can’t make it your duty as an American citizen to honor them every day, Memorial Day is the one day where all of us as American citizens should make it our duty to honor and remember these heroes of war. And so, I would like to leave you with one last thought: when was the last time you truly took a moment to think about and honor these fearless fighters and all they have so graciously sacrificed to allow you the freedom you feel today?


General George Brinton McClellan, portrayed by the 148th NY Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Sons of Veteran Reserve’s own John Goloski

General George Brinton McClellan is one of the most controversial figures in American history. Praised by friend and foe alike as the brilliant organizer who developed the impregnable defense of Washington, D.C. and established the basic structure and supply mechanism of the Union army that allowed it to defeat the Confederacy, yet vilified for not following through on battlefield victories and always way over-estimating enemy strength, being blamed for dragging out a war that many believe(d) could have been won in a matter of months, rather than the years it took.

Come and meet the man himself and form your own opinions, or at least gain a desire to learn more about this very interesting, and some say very misunderstood, genius of our American past, portrayed by the 148th NY Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Sons of Veteran Reserve’s own John Goloski.

John is a public school teacher of 7th and 8th grade Band at the Indian River Central School District in Philadelphia NY.  John started reenacting as a child in 1992 when his family joined the 148th New York Volunteer Infantry Company E, based in Waterloo NY. The 148th, which is both a reenacting organization and a Sons of Veterans Reserve unit, attended many events and living histories at which John’s love of history and military music sparked his interest and developed a passion that would last all of his life.

Shortly after joining the 148th John started practicing ancient rudimental drumming to be able to portray a musician and continued to develop his music skills.  He attended the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and graduated with a bachelors and masters degree in Music Education.

His interest in reenacting saw him portray many roles in the hobby. He has been asked to portray everything from a civilian child to a Captain leading a company of reenactors at Henrico VA.  In 2011 John was elected to the Commander position of the 148th NYVI and has held that position since then. He also was elected Adjutant of the Army of the Ohio in 2017 after serving as Sgt. Major of the organization for 2 years.. The Army of the Ohio is a regional reenacting organization made up of other reenacting units with members from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. after serving as Sgt. Major of the organization for 2 years.

Of all the achievements accomplished with the 148th John is most proud of the units restoration of the original battle flag of the 148th.  It is currently housed in Saratoga at the New York State Military Museum.  He is very excited to portray General George McClellan at Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day this year and looks forward to the weekend!

Period music at M’Clintock House-Featuring Merry Mischief

Merry Mischief (Merlyn & Harry) are costumed theatrical musicians of many eras. They will be performing some music from the Civil War era through the days of Rights for Women at the McClintock House at 12:30 and 2:30pm Saturday, May 27, and noon Sunday, May 28. 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 which will take place at 1 and 3 pm Saturday there as well as 12:30pm on Sunday. 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.