WELCOME to the Cassadaga Lakes for another great summer season of fun and relaxation.
The Cassadaga Lakes Association is a not for profit organization that helps control 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 environmental concerns and try to protect them to the best of our abilities. Continue reading to learn of the many activities happening at the Cassadaga Lakes.
Our major accomplishment this past year was putting our new aquatic weed harvester and trailer/conveyor into action. The harvester was used on our lakes and also at Dunkirk Harbor. The CLA building has had several renovations including new exterior paint job, new signs attached to the building, upgraded entrance door and awning, interior upgrades to building and completion of the new lavatory. Special THANKS to Chuck Battaglia, for coordinating the work done by the construction trades course instructors and students from Cassadaga Job Corps and all the local contractors.
The water line connection to the CLA building on Putnam Road was finally completed this spring. The waterline connections, septic system project and lavatory hook ups should be completed by the time you read this. There will be a dedication of the "Ward Washington Memorial Storage Facility" and the weed harvester on Saturday, May 8th, at the CLA building followed by a luncheon at the Cassadaga Country Club. Senator Catharine Young and the family of Ward Washington will be in attendance for the dedication. Please call Nancy Wickmark or Bob Reuther if you plan to attend the dedication and luncheon.
The CLA Business and Tourism committee, chaired by Ron Gross, has been working diligently over the winter months gathering information for our second 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 in June.
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.
The Membership committee, chaired by Dennis Collins, once again increased membership by over ten percent. Dennis also has put together an educational power point program for the fifth grades at Cassadaga Central Schools and other groups that would like a presentation on the Cassadaga Lakes.
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.
HELP KEEP OUR LAKES BEAUTIFUL!!
Tom Cooper, President
May Events: A Boater Safety Course will be conducted by the Sheriff's Department at the Cassadaga American Legion on Sat., May 1, 8 AM - 4 PM. 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. There will be a $10 charge for anyone over 18 years of age. Marker buoys will be in place the first week in May. A LAKES CLEAN UP will be held on Sat., May 1, Meet at the DEC launch at 9:00 AM. Homeowners, please help by cleaning up along your lake front properties.
YOUTH FISHING TOURNAMENT
The Cassadaga Lakes Association will hold their 17th Annual Lew Mead Youth Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 26. Our event will be held at the DEC boat launch on Dale Drive from 7:00 to 11:30 AM. It is free to all youths age 16 and under. Last year the event attracted 75 youth who participated in the event. We have four age brackets for trophies for both boys and girls. 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 family fishing on the lakes, so we ask parents and/or guardians to accompany each youth. It is a great activity to teach the kids how to fish. Please support our sponsors that make this fishing tournament possible. 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 $2.00 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. 4th. 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. Last years prizes included:
1st prize: OVERNIGHT GETAWAY for TWO 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)
Many other prizes will be given out 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. 5. 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 3:30 PM.
CLA sponsored Barn Dance and Community Expo @ The Red House Saturday., SEPT. 11th, Plans are underway for this first ever event.
CLA sponsored 5K Turkey Trot Thursday, Nov. 25th. Plans are underway for this first ever event. Check our website for details as they become available.