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Massena Readies for 12-Day Celebration
     The members of the Massena Bicentennial Executive Planning Committee are looking forward to the two-week celebration that is set for early July.  The year 2002 is a time to reflect and celebrate Massena’s 200th birthday. Additionally, Aluminum Company of America, ALCOA- Massena Operations will celebrate 100 years of service in Massena, as will W. L. Smith True-Value Hardware.  Massena Memorial Hospital will celebrate it’s 50th Anniversary, while St. Lawrence Gas Company recognizes 40 years.
This year, the town of Massena is celebrating 200 years from its original charter. “Celebrating Our Past…Building Our Future” is the slogan that is selected for this year’s celebration. The committee believes this theme best exemplifies the birthday celebration.  With a rich history of industry and life focused around the river, the committee wanted to stress that Massena continues to grow with the times and build for the future.  The logo illustrates the slogan with the traditional American Flag in celebrating the roots that were planted 200 years ago in the North Country.  From the initial settlers, community members have prospered via the industry and recreation built around the river, from shipping to hydropower that have helped build a great industrial base within the North Country. The fireworks are to remind us that our community should join in on this great celebration from July 3rd-July 14th.   Click the "Events" button to the left to view the Bicentennial calendar.

Traffic & Safety Concerns Are Addressed for Massena Bicentennial's Busiest Day 
     (Massena, June 12, 2002) -- The Massena Bicentennial Committee has released a schedule of shuttle bus service for Saturday, July 13, 2002.  That's the busiest day of the Bicentennial, with a parade expected to be one of the largest in the community's history and the Bicentennial Family Festival on the grounds of Massena High School. The parade begins at 11:00am and the Family Festival at 12:00 noon.
     "The availability of shuttle bus service to and from parking areas in and around town is a vital element to making this marvelous day a safe one," according to Bicentennial Committee Chairman Douglas Huntley.  The parade route runs from Madison Elementary School down North Main and Main Streets, across Route 37 to Romeo Avenue and the Harte Haven Shopping Center. 
No parking will be allowed along Main Street between Water St. and Bridges Avenue.   Handicapped parking areas are designated at Sacred Heart Church and New York Periodicals.  Likewise, there will be no parking allowed on the grounds of Massena High School except for those vehicles with proper handicapped identification. Given the parking restrictions, it was determined that shuttle buses would be the safest and most efficient way to move people from one area of town to another.  
     Shuttle buses, provided by Flack Tours, will run in two continuous loops, an "A" loop and a "B" loop, starting at 8:00am Saturday, July 13.  Loop "A" parking areas will be the large Village-owned lot on Water Street, Alcoa Field, the former Massena Big M supermarket and the Massena Memorial Hospital parking lot.  Loop "B" parking lots will be the St. Lawrence Centre Mall in the back near Amigos Restaurant, the former Farm and Family plaza parking lot, Massena Building Supply and the Massena Arena. Buses will be provided free of charge.
     Starting at 8:00 a.m., buses will begin transporting people from the designated parking areas to drop-off points along the parade route so they can view the parade. Following the parade, spectators will be able to board the shuttle buses and be transported to the Family Festival at the High School. Buses will run in a continuous loop from downtown Massena to the High School and back to each loop's designated parking area until 8:00pm.  Each shuttle will be clearly marked as an "A" loop or "B" loop bus.  It is important that spectators board the correct bus if they wish to return to the parking lot where their vehicle is located.
    "We hope that residents of Massena and our out-of-town visitors will find the busing system a comfortable and convenient way to get around, help ensure a clear view of the parade and cut the risk of accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians", said Huntley.
                               Shuttle Bus Schedule
Buses will begin picking up parade spectators at 8:00am at the following locations:
             Loop "A":  Water Street Village lot
             Alcoa Field
             Former Massena Big M
             Massena Memorial Hospital
             Loop "B":  St. Lawrence Centre (near Amigo's)
             Massena Building Supply
             Former Farm & Family Plaza
             Massena Arena
Spectators will be dropped off along the parade route on Main Street. Following the parade, spectators will be shuttled from downtown to the High School grounds for the Family Festival. Anyone remaining on the bus will be transported to each parking area in that buses designated loop (loop "A" or "B"). Buses will run in a continuous loop until 8:00pm.

$25,000 DONATION
N.Y. Power Authority Makes Leadership Donation to Bicentennial Celebration
(Massena, Apr. 18, 2001) - New York Power Authority made the first contribution to be received for the Massena Bicentennial Celebration.  The leadership donation, for $25,000, was presented by Ronald Ciamaga, NYPA's regional manager for northern New York, to Massena Town Supervisor Jack R. Sauve, at the town hall.
     "With support ranging from the Massena Rescue Squad to the Massena Hospital, and now the Bicentennial, the Power Authority makes this leadership gift to continue our long and important tradition of involvement in the Massena community," said Ciamaga.  "On behalf of Chairman Joseph J. Seymour, the other trustees and the staff at the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project, we hope this donation will kick off  a successful Massena Bicentennial celebration."
     "We are grateful for this charter donation from the Power Authority as it symbolizes the spirit of generosity needed to realize this historic celebration honoring Massena's great accomplishments," said Sauve.
     "As Bicentennial Chairman, I knew there would be surprises along the way, but none is more appreciated than this wonderful action by a longstanding community partner like the Power Authority," said Doug Huntley, chairman of the Massena Bicentennial Celebration.  This donation was unannounced until it was presented today.
     The Massena Bicentennial Committee is planning a week of events from July 4th to 14th, 2002.  NYPA's lead donation will be used toward the administrative expenses associated with organizing the Bicentennial.  While plans are still under development, activities being considered are fireworks, concerts, parades, a block dance and car club show, and special commemorative days sponsored by areas businesses and organizations.

$100,000 DONATION
Alcoa Provides Major Funding for Town of Massena Bicentennial July Celebration
Massena Town Supervisor Sandy Cook, Alcoa's Nelson Dubé, Bicentennial Chairman Doug Huntley, Alcoa's Jeff Allen & Paul Catanzarite, and Bicentennial Fundraising Chairman Tom Sullivan, at the Alcoa check presentation.

     (Massena, March 7, 2002) -- Alcoa-Massena officials formally announced their contribution of $100,000 to the Massena Bicentennial this year, which includes the 100th anniversary of the founding of Alcoa. The donation is part of Alcoa’s support for the huge celebration planned in July, which includes the joint celebration. The donation will be used in support of the many activities planned for the 12-day Bicentennial Celebration, July 3rd-14th. As part of the celebration, Alcoa Day is officially set for July 6th, with several activities including plant tours, a picnic, the Aluminum Historical Association display and the St. Lawrence County Fire Safety Trailer.
     Massena Operations Smelting Plant Manager Nelson Dubé and Alcoa Engineered Products Location Manager Jeff Allen presented the check to Massena Town Supervisor Sandy Cook, Massena Bicentennial Chairperson Doug Huntleyand Massena Bicentennial Fundraising Chairperson Tom Sullivan. The grant recognizes Alcoa's 100-year tradition of community support as they prepare to jointly celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Town and the 100th anniversary of Massena Operations. Alcoa Foundation President Kathy Buechel and her board provided assistance in facilitating the donation process. Human Resources Manager Paul Catanzarite who is serving as Alcoa's Centennial Celebration Chairperson.
Massena High School Baseball Team Clinches State Class B Championship
                 Champions honored in Massena parade.

(Rome, N.Y., June 9, 2001) - The Massena varsity baseball team is the toast of the town, after capturing the 2001 New York State Class B High School State Title with back-to-back wins.  The Red Raiders snatched a come-from-behind victory defeated Pittsford-Mendon 2-1 in the state semifinal, before blasting Harrison 10-2 in the final.  The Raiders finished their triumphant season with a 21-2 record.  Timely hitting and spectacular fielding plays propelled Massena to the state title.
      In the final, the Raiders tallied twice in the top of the first inning and added four more in the third, and never looked back. 
      Massena Coach Darrel Paquin was named State Class B Coach of the Year.  Ryan Toth was named to the State Class B First Team.

Massena Valley Garden Club Readies for Bicentennial Garden Tours
      (Massena, July 11, 2001) - In celebration of the 2002 Massena Bicentennial, the Massena Valley Garden Club will be sponsoring a garden tour to be held between July 3 and July 14, 2002.   In effort to allow time to prepare, the garden club would like to encourage all gardeners, novice or veteran, to start planning their gardens this summer for next year's celebration. 
      Local residents who would like to have their garden included in the tour next year are invited to contact Odile LaComb at (315) 769-9237 or Martha Grow at 769-9174. 
     There are many beautiful gardens in the Massena area. The Massena Valley Garden Club invites the community to include your garden in the tour.