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Machias festival will bring everyone together

MACHIAS — The Machias County Community Days will be held July 19 and 20 at the Machias Fire Hall on Route 16.

The event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 19, with registration for the Cattaraugus County Firemen’s Convention. The meeting itself will be held at 6.

The fire hall will be alive with the sound music, performed by the Country Memories band, from 7 – 11.

The main event will be held at the fire hall from 9 a.m. – midnight on July 20.

A book and bake sale, sponsored by the King Memorial Library, will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Attendees may browse the many vendors and exhibits, including a health information exhibit, at 11 a.m.

Bill Watkins has sponsored a local historical display, which participants may view at 11. The Cattaraugus County Historical Museum’s display will also be available, for perusal.

The American Legion-sponsored amusement rides, fried dough, french fries and popcorn will be available, beginning at 11. At that time, the basket raffle will open, as well as the Pennies for the Pool display.

An open swim at the Machias Community Pool will welcome swimmers between 1 – 5 p.m. A hula hoop contest and face painting will be ongoing, throughout the day.

The Cattaraugus County Firemen’s Convention luncheon, awards ceremony and memorial service will kick off at 12:30. Hot dogs will be served by the American Legion at 2.

The Machias Volunteer Fire Department-sponsored waterball competition will be held at 3, with a bike giveaway at 5.

A softball game and Mercy Flight of WNY demonstration are also in the works.

The parade will kick off at 6 and the evening will culminate with a dance, led by disc jockey “DJ Buttsey.”

The Christian Youth Corps of Machias will be involved with several aspects of the community days. Trailer displays, disaster relief teams and youth volunteers will all be on hand, during the weekend.

“We will also feature a drop box for recycling and the proceeds will benefit many building community projects in the town, veteran foundations and assist with village and state parks,” Director Pete Andrews said. “Any funding will also aid in operations for the CYC.”

One of the CYC’s most recent projects featured a roof renovation for Mary Lou Shenk, a retired teacher from Pioneer Central High School.

The Eisenhardt project was dedicated to two young boys with a rare chromosomal defect. “The CYC built a more handicap-accessible home for their family, in a building makeover,” Andrews said. “Future projects will include service for Allegany State Park and the USS Little Rock at Buffalo’s Naval Park.”

Andrews said that the CYC is always looking for ways to make a difference. “The CYC was started in 2004 as a place for young people to join others in an organized effort to make an impact in the Western New York area,” he said. “It is always a blessing to work beside young people interested in making a difference in the lives of the handicapped and others in need.

“Along the way, the lives of the youth are changed for the better and they learn skills that will last them a lifetime,” he added. “The effect of meeting those that have real hurdles to overcome in life such as cancer, diabetes and other life-altering diseases refocuses the teens’ priorities. Their problems often seem to fade into the background, when they meet people facing and overcoming such day-to-day challenges. The act of accomplishing a project that helps someone else almost always re-energizes them, as CYC youth tell us, time and time again.”

In addition to helping individuals, CYC volunteers also undertake many projects for the general public. “Whether it is working on village or state parks, historical or environmental projects or just helping out in a nursing home, the CYC is a very powerful tool that communities can rely on to help with projects that need completion,” Andrews said, “projects that villages and park maintenance departments often just lack the time and manpower to complete.”

The CYC’s next planned project is “Springville Ambush Days,” scheduled for Friday, July 26 – Saturday, July 27, beginning at 6 p.m.

During that event, volunteers will help with minor repairs of residents’ homes. They will gather at 65 Franklin St. in Springville.

For more information about the CYC, to request an assistance form or to make a donation, visit

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