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The History of Celebrate Commemorate in the Year 2000

Please join us for this video “Premiere”! Thursday May 23, 2024 at 7:00pm
(Click the image link below)

Celebrate Commemorate is enjoying its 25th anniversary this year – do you remember how it all got started?

Dave & Darlene Duprey have produced a video that recaps the 5 days of events that took place in May of 2000, which was originally thought to be a one year event to celebrate the turn of the century.“We filmed all the activities so we would be able to show the community involvement and just plain fun that was had by both those who volunteered and those that attended” they. 

Viewers will have fun spotting friends and family throughout the 57 Minute video.

There are clips of each of the entertainers & musicians, as well as craft vendors in the park, the duck race, the car show, boat rides, horse & wagon rides, civil war re-enactors, and the military services at St. Mary’s and Maple Grove Cemeteries. The parade features many veterans and school band members.

The highlight of Celebrate Commemorate 2000 was the attempt to put Waterloo in the Guinness Book of World Records for displaying the most American flags in a single town in one day. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H club members and anyone that participated in the flag count, might see themselves in the video!

The video can be viewed on YouTube during a special “Premiere” airing at 7 pm on Thursday May 23rd. This will be interactive on Youtube!

Please share this with anyone you know who was involved during the year 2000 or would just appreciate reliving this 5 day event.

Click the link below the image and be sure to click on the notification bell in the video window, to get a reminder 30 min. before the premiere starts!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlpBoHolgbM

The video will be available at Waterloonytube.com after the premiere.

2024 Henry Welles Award

The Henry C. Welles award honors those individuals who
“embody the character and commitment of the founder of Memorial Day toward the betterment of our community.”

YouTube Playlist of Henry Welles Award Winners 2009-2023

The Waterloo Library & Historical Society has announced the 2024 Henry C. Welles Awardee is Gina Suffredini. The annual event will serve to kick off the Celebrate Commemorate weekend starting at 6:00 p.m. on May 24th in the Library and Historical Society’s newly renovated Fatzinger Hall.

Suffredini, a 1976 graduate of Waterloo attended Herkimer County Community College then SUNY Geneseo where she graduated with a BS in Speech and Hearing and continued her education at Nazareth University receiving her Master’s degree in Education. She continued her passion for teaching in Waterloo for 30 years as a Speech and Language Therapist having a positive impact on students of all abilities earning her Waterloo Education Association Teacher of the Year. While working within the Waterloo Education Association Suffredini was the building representative, Secretary of the Teacher’s Union, served on the contract negotiations team, and even chief negotiator.

Suffredini is extremely active within her community serving 3 terms as an elected Village Trustee where she has been the First Woman Deputy Mayor, and served on numerous village committees including Public Safety, Personnel, Community Service, Department of Public Works, Water, and Sewer. She also has been involved in the revitalization efforts in downtown, village codes, the assessment team, and the the Village Police Department negotiations team. Suffredini also served as a liaison between the Waterloo School District and the Village of Waterloo.

She is a member of numerous community organizations, serving on executive committees, and has been awarded honors within many of them. Some of these committees are the Celebrate Commemorate Committee, Waterloo Rotary, Catholic Charities, Phi Beta Psi Sorority, Seneca County Retired Teachers Association, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life team, Catholic Daughters of the America’s, St. Frances-St. Clare’s Festival Committee, Trevor’s Gift Backpack Program, Rotary Camp Onseyawa Fundraising Committee, and more.

It is no surprise that someone as involved with so many aspects of the community would be chosen to receive the Henry C. Welles Award. When asked of her reaction to this honor Suffredini stated, “I am proud and honored to be among the list of so many past recipients. Promoting and sharing our historic community and rich history with current residents as well as future generations is important to me. I hope that the time and effort volunteering over the years has inspired others to become involved in community events and organizations so that we continue to preserve what is uniquely ours here in Waterloo.”

To find out more about this and other events hosted by the Waterloo Library & Historical Society, contact 315-539-3313, waterloolib@gmail.com or check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/waterloolhs.