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.”
The Waterloo Library & Historical Society is proud to announce the 2023 Henry C. Welles Awardees are Dave and Darlene Duprey. The annual event will serve to kick off the Celebrate Commemorate weekend starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26 in WLHS’s newly renovated Fatzinger Hall.
Dave and Darlene are lifelong stewards of the Waterloo community. They started their business, Duprey Video productions, in 1989. They have been married for 47 years, raising their 3 children in Waterloo and now have 3 grandchildren.
Together the Duprey’s have produced valuable footage for events all over the community and started their YouTube channel in 2019 WaterlooNYtube to share their decades of documentation. They have worked tirelessly on community projects including the downtown interactive map, walking tours, the historical mural, and the healing fields. They are active members of the Real Christmas Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Queen of Peace Apostolate, the St. Frances and St Clare Roman Catholic Parish pastoral Council and more. Dave and Darlene are founders of Waterloo in Bloom which provides plants and flowers for downtown including Vern’s Way, the Memory Bank, and Dempsey Park beautifying downtown.
As if doing all of that wasn’t enough individually the Duprey’s continued their commitment to service. Darlene served on the St. Mary’s Parent club for 17 years, chaired the St. Mary School yearbook committee for 8 years and co-chaired the St Mary’s Christmas Bazaar.
Dave was a village trustee for 20 years also serving as Deputy Mayor. While serving Waterloo he focused on Oak Island and its connection to downtown, improving the Village website as well as the American Civil War Memorial and the Cay-Seneca Canal Trail. He was also the past President of the Waterloo Business and Professional Association. Dave was imperative to the founding of the Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day events in 2000 and has been a Co-chair for the past 20 years. Dave truly understands the true meaning of Memorial Day. During his long served time on the committee he ensured a constant connection to Veteran Organizations. During event planning as to always honor those who lost their lives while serving.
Like many other previous award winners the Duprey’s contributed to our community without an expectation of recognition. When they were told that they were chosen for this award they were shocked. They are proud to be listed among those they have looked up to for many years. Dave said he “felt extremely honored and lucky to have his wife by his side to accept this award as she supported him along the way.” Darlene has “enjoyed playing a part in promoting our wonderful community and preserving its history”
To find out more about this and other events hosted by the Waterloo Library & Historical Society, contact 315-539-3313, firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/waterloolhs.
Saturday May 27th 12:00 – 12:20 pm
Lafayette Park Stage
Come & join us for a great show in LaFayette Park following their performance in the Celebrate Commemorate Parade at 11:00 am!
The Hit Men are a group of good fellas who come together from all parts of the New York area. They provide a performance that combines both the musical and the theatrical. Their show stopping demeanor means they provide the best entertainment around. Look around the site, and if you see what you like get a hold of us. If not then we’ll take care of yah.
MONDAY MAY 29th, 2023
Lead by The Patriot Guard Riders of NY and Waterloo Legion Riders
Sponsored by Molly M. Headley Insurance & Sessler Companies
Ride with us through the beautiful Finger Lakes Region this Memorial Day
and show your support for those who served to protect our freedoms!
Return to the Waterloo VFW for a Buffet Lunch!
ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORT New York Patriot Guard Riders, Waterloo VFW,
Waterloo American Legion and Celebrate Commemorate Event
8:00am – 10:00am -Registration at Waterloo VFW, 29 E. Elisha Street, Waterloo
10:00am – 2:00pm -Scenic Ride through the Finger Lakes Region
2:00pm -Return to Waterloo VFW for a Buffet Lunch
Questions? Chris Shaffer 315-719-8106
Here’s a clip of the 2016 Grand Finale!!
You can help the Waterloo Rotary Club fight hunger locally by joining us in a little friendly competition called EXTRAVA”CAN”ZA 2023. The goal is to stock the shelves of a local food pantry (of your choice) with non-perishable food items (canned or boxed food) in May. Our goal is to collect 4000 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 26 and be displayed May 27 and 28. Rules and tips for building a structure are on the reverse side of this form. Most importantly, be creative and have fun!
How do You 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 15, 2023. Your structure must be built on Friday, May 26 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm (other times on Friday can be arranged) and ready for display on May 27 and 28. Winners in several prize categories will be recognized, including a People’s Choice award!
On Sat. May 27 and Sunday, May 28 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 Community Action Agency.
Rules & Guidelines
- Aluminum food cans or boxed food of all sizes may be used.
- Cans must be full, unopened, with labels intact and legible. FOOD MAY NOT BE BEYOND THE BEST BUY/ BEST USED BY/EXPIRATION DATE.
- Labels may not be covered or altered in any way.
- Do not place tape anywhere on the can’s label. During take down, the tape may pull the label from the can. A can with no label cannot be taken to the food pantry.
- Accessory props are allowed; however, props and boxes should not be a dominating feature of the entry.
- No glass containers, pet food, alcoholic beverages, open or exposed foods are allowed.
- Velcro and clear tape may be used as adhesives but remember to not cover the label.
- Teams are allowed to place colored paper discs on the tops of cans.
- No permanent adhesives, such as glues, may be used.
- Leveling or supporting materials are permitted.
- Please create a large “professional” sign telling the public and the judges who you are and about your structure. The sign should have any information pertinent to your structure that will help draw the judges’ and public’s eye to your display as described. This sign should also contain information on the number of items used, cost of your build and the name of the Hunger Initiative you have chosen to receive the food.
- Each team may dismantle their own on Sunday, May 29 at 3:00 p.m. If you do not, Waterloo Rotary will dismantle it. Props must be picked up at 3:00 p.m. on May 29. If Waterloo Rotary dismantles the structure, no props will be returned. Someone from the group you have chosen as the recipient should pick up the food on Sunday, May 29 from 3-5 pm. Food not picked up will be donated to Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency.
- This year’s theme is “Waterloo Remembers”.
- Judges will be looking for displays for the following categories:
Judging will be based on design, overall conception, imagination, and creativity based on the rules. Entries will also be judged based on practicality of the foods used. What do we mean by practical? That means a build using more protein-rich foods and less Kool-Aid would do better than one made completely out of Doritos. Our goal here is to feed the hungry well; remember that when selecting building materials.
- All awards will be presented on Monday, June 6, 2022 at the Waterloo Rotary Club dinner meeting at Ciccino’s in Waterloo at 6:00 p.m.
- The People’s Choice winner will be determined by the EXTRAVA”CAN”ZA 2020 structure with the most votes from the community. Community voting will take place on Sat. May 28 and Sun. May 29 at the Community Center. To vote, community members will need to buy tickets (10 for $1) and place them in the container by the structure of their choice.
Still Have Questions?
- Please contact Ellen Hughes (email@example.com) or Coreen Lowry (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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