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The Cassadaga Lakes continue to be a great place to live and play. The management of the lakes by the CLA is to be commended. I'd like to thank the directors, member volunteers and summer employees for their continued efforts to keep our lakes beautiful.

The CLA has been working diligently over the winter months to prepare for the upcoming season. The Business and Tourism committee is developing communications to promote activities at the lakes, increase membership and volunteer involvement. An interactive website has been setup by webmaster, Chris MacKrell. Check out the website at

The Environmental committee continues to coordinate activities to keep our lakes clean and beautiful. The committee has been researching and discussing beaver and geese problems. The Chautauqua County Water Quality Task Force invited our organization to join their group last fall. I have been attending the monthly meetings representing the CLA.

The CLA has been informed that water will be available for our Putnam Road building sometime this summer. This has been long overdue and certainly will enhance our facility. Once the water line is connected a septic system will have to be installed. The organization will be pursuing funding for this project.

All our letter writing and grant requests have paid off. The Cassadaga Lakes Association is the recipient of two grants. A grant from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation will help to offset the costs of the Youth Fishing Tournament. Recently, I was officially informed by Senator Catharine Young that she has obtained Member Initiative funding, in the amount of $75,000, for the purchase of a new weed harvester and trailer. The grant will be administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation, Parks & Recreation Department. We expect that the paperwork for this grant will begin being coming in May.

Hats off to all those that are working hard for the CLA. We certainly can use more active volunteers to help out with all our events. Call a director and get involved. Support our lakes association with your membership and volunteer service.


May Event: A Boater Safety Course will be conducted by Sheriff Jack Van Zile at the Cassadaga American Legion on May 10th, from 8 AM until 4 PM. Registration starts at 7:30 AM. Bring a sack lunch and drink as the course will run through the lunch time. Thanks to chairperson, Teri Seibert, for organizing this event.

Memorial Day Parade: This will be held on May 26th at 10:30 AM. Look for the CLA vehicle!!

CLA DAY, SATURDAY, JUNE 7th, GOLF TOURNAMENT, ANNUAL MEETING, DINNER & DANCING: Cassadaga Country Club will be running a 9-hole golf tournament as part of the CLA Day. Golfing will begin at 1 PM. The cost for CCC members will be $14; non-members $24. This includes greens fee, cart, and prizes. Please phone the Cassadaga Country Club at 595-3003 to sign up. The annual CLA meeting and dinner will take place at 5PM., at Cassadaga Country Club, on Frisbee Road. All members are asked to attend the fun and informative event. Members will have an opportunity to review progress over the past year and help chart our course for the future. A steak dinner with red potato salad, baked beans, tossed salad, rolls, cake, coffee and tea will be served. There will also be prize raffles and 50-50 drawings. The dinner cost is $13 per adults; golf & dinner is $25 for CCC members. The cost for golf and dinner is $27 for nonmembers of CCC. Hot dogs will be available for any children ($4.00) not ordering a steak dinner. Please send in reservations and money promptly or call Karen Connelly (595-3727), so we may plan for your attendance at this event. A brief meeting and report to the membership will be held prior to the dinner. Elections for the Board of Directors will take place. Evening festivities will include live music by the Nite Cruise Band from 7-10PM.

YOUTH FISHING TOURNAMENT: The Cassadaga Lakes Association will hold their 15th annual Lew Mead Memorial Fishing tournament on Saturday, June 28th. Our event will be held at the DEC boat launch on Dale Drive from 7:30AM to 11:30 AM. It is free to all youths age 16 and under who reside in Chautauqua County. Last year the event attracted over 100 children who participated in the event. We have four age brackets for trophies. Prizes are distributed by lottery. There is a grab bag for each participant with artificial bait, bobbers, packets of hooks and food certificates. The CLA will provide free hot dogs and juice drinks for all who attend. Parents or guardians should accompany each youth. This is a great family activity to teach the children how to fish. The tournament is funded through a grant from The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. Special thanks to Ron Gross for chairing this event.

JULY 4TH FLARES: Flares may be purchased, for $1.75 each, from CLA members. Please light them at 9:30PM when the fire hall whistle sounds. Thanks to chairperson Bill Blizzard for arranging this event.

DUCKY DERBY: This is the tenth year for this activity. This entertaining event will take place at the outlet of the lower lake by the Maple Avenue bridge, Saturday, August 30th, at 7:15 PM. We will begin after the conclusion of the parade. Plastic ducks may be purchased any time before the race starts for five dollars. A wide variety of prizes will be awarded to the winning ducks. There will also be many other prizes from local merchants. Thanks to committee members: Karen Connelly, Ann Kaye, Darlene Gilbert and Dennis Collins.

BOAT PARADE: There will be a boat parade on Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Come decorate your boat and join the fun. The boat parade will assemble and begin at the state DEC boat launch on Dale Drive at 3:30PM. Boats will proceed to the village beach to enjoy the music. Thanks to chairperson Rod Waite.

WEED HARVESTING AND WATER QUALITY ISSUES: The Cassadaga Lakes Association is a not-for-profit organization that is charged with weed control and preservation of the Cassadaga Lakes. Our organization will continue to be proactive in seeking funding to support our lake projects. Last year the CLA was contracted by Bear Lakes Homeowners Association to harvest their weeds. They have requested that the CLA to do two cuttings this year. We also cut weeds at the boat slip for the Chautauqua County Sheriff in the Dunkirk harbor.

The other big issue affecting our lakes is water quality. The CLA will continue its' water sampling program in conjunction with the County Health Department. Weekly water samples will be collected by both organizations, June through August, and tested for e.coli bacteria.