Massena Readies for 12-Day
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.
FREE SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE FOR JULY 13
Traffic & Safety
Concerns Are Addressed for Massena Bicentennial's Busiest Day
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
Shuttle Bus Schedule
Buses will begin picking up parade
spectators at 8:00am at the following locations:
Loop "A": Water Street
Former Massena Big M
Massena Memorial Hospital
Loop "B": St. Lawrence
Centre (near Amigo's)
Massena Building Supply
Former Farm & Family Plaza
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.
N.Y. Power Authority Makes
Leadership Donation to Bicentennial Celebration
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
"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
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.
Alcoa Provides Major Funding for Town of
Massena Bicentennial July Celebration
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
(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
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
2001 STATE CHAMPIONS
Massena High School Baseball Team
Clinches State Class B Championship
honored in Massena parade.
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
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.