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I welcome you to the Cassadaga Lakes for a great summer season of fun and relaxation. 2009 marks the 50th Anniversary of the CLA's incorporation. The Association was actually formed in 1957. This is also the 200th Anniversary celebration for the Village of Cassadaga.

The Cassadaga Lakes Association is a not for profit organization that controls the weed growth on the Cassadaga Lakes by cutting and harvesting them. The CLA is the "local caretaker" of our three connected lakes. We are members of the New York State Federation of Lakes Association (NYSFOLA). We do not use chemicals in the lakes for weed control, because we are aware of the environment and try to protect it to the best of our abilities.

Our major accomplishment this past year was the purchase and delivery of a new aquatic weed harvester and trailer/conveyor. The old equipment was sold to a Texas company in the fall. As I write my message today (Earth Day), I can tell you that we have received our NYS grant money and the harvester bank loan is PAID in FULL!! Thanks to Senator Catharine Young for obtaining the funding for this equipment. Keep your eyes open for the orange colored harvester on the lakes. The CLA hopes to be cutting weeds at Bear Lake and Dunkirk Harbor this summer.

The CLA Business and Tourism committee has been working diligently over the winter months gathering information for our first edition of the Cassadaga Lakes Directory. The CLA contracted with L.O.M.L. Publications of Springville, NY, to provide this wonderful directory. We hope you enjoy it! Please support the many advertisers that made this directory free to you. Thanks to all of you that submitted articles and photos. You should receive your copy soon.

The Environmental committee continues to make connections with different professionals, groups, and individuals dealing with environmental issues concerning the lakes. They help coordinate environmental activities to keep our lakes clean and beautiful.

Kudos to the membership committee, chaired by Dennis Collins, for increasing membership by over 10%.

The CLA is still waiting for the water line connection to our building on Putnam Road. The septic system project is on hold until that happens. Job Corps students from the construction trades course will be helping with a number of projects at the CLA building. Look for a newly painted building, upgraded entrance, and new signs on the building. There will be a dedication of the "Ward Washington Memorial Storage Building" and the new equipment this summer. 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, committee members, volunteers and summer employees for their continued efforts to make our lakes beautiful. Hats off to all those who 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 the CLA with your membership, donations and volunteer service.


Tom Cooper, President

May Event: A free Boater Safety Course will be conducted by Sheriff Jack Van Zile at the Cassadaga American Legion on Sat., May 2, 8AM-4PM. Registration begins at 7:30 AM. Bring a brown bag lunch and drink as the course will run through the lunch time. Thanks to Teri Seibert for coordinating this event.


The annual CLA meeting and dinner will take place on Saturday, June 6th, 2009 at 5PM. at the 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, dessert, coffee and tea will be served. There will be hot dogs for children ($4), not ordering a steak dinner. There will also be prize raffles and 50-50 drawings. Call Karen Connelly @ 595-3727 if you are able to donate a prize. Please send in reservations and money promptly 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 2009-2010 CLA Board of Directors will also take place. GOLF TOURNAMENT: Cassadaga Country Club will be running a 9- hole golf tournament June 6th starting at 1 PM. The cost for CCC members cost will be $12; non-members will be $24. Fee includes greens fee, cart, and prizes. Any questions, call the Country Club @ 595-3003.


The Cassadaga Lakes Association will hold their 16th Annual Lew Mead Youth Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 27. Our event will be held at the DEC boat launch on Dale Drive from 7:00AM to 11:30. It is free to all youths age 16 and under who reside in Chautauqua County. Last year the event attracted over 100 youth 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. Free hot dogs and sodas will be provided for all who attend. We also want to encourage fishing on the lakes, so we have a free youth fishing tournament. Please support our sponsors that make this fishing tournament possible. Parents or guardians must accompany each youth and it is a great activity to teach the kids how to fish. Please contact chairman, Ron Gross, at 595-3950, if you wish to donate a prize and/or volunteer for the event. JULY 4th FLARES: Flares may be purchased for $1.75 each, from CLA members. Please light them at 9:30 PM. when the fire hall whistle sounds. Need flares?? Call chairman, Ron Juzdowski @ 595-2302.

DUCKY DERBY is now in its eleventh year. This fine tradition and highly successful and entertaining event will take place at the outlet of the lower Lake on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 5th. We will begin after the parade at 7:15 PM. 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. 1st prize: OVERNIGHT GETAWAY for 2 WITH DINNER at NIAGARA FALLS 2nd Prize: DEER RUN CABIN RENTALS in Cassadaga: Al & Sandy Forbes, owners. 3rd Prize: $100.00 in CASH 4th Prize: CLEVELAND INDIANS TICKETS (4) There will be many other prizes given from local merchants. Tickets will be mailed or delivered to CLA members in June. Please sell your tickets to make this event successful. Contact Ann Kaye @ 595-3699 or Karen Connelly @ 595-3727 for more tickets or additional information.

BOAT PARADE: There will be a boat parade on Sunday of Labor Day weekend, Sept. 6. 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.