By JASMINE WILLIS
OBSERVER Staff Writer
CASSADAGA - In the old days fire and water is what formed an entire village into existence.
OBSERVER Photo by Jasmine Willis
Stearns and Wheler Engineer Greg McCorkhill shows off the plaque made in Robert Armstrong’s honor at a recent village board meeting.
Back in 1928, fires threatened homes in the village of Cassadaga, and it was decided that a water system be constructed for $50,000. Those old pipes are still part of the water system today.
The village will not only honor its history Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the pump house, but will also honor former engineer Robert Armstrong. The water system began as a way to sustain life and keep fires at bay, and several decades later it is still the lifeblood of all the residents who depend on it.
Former Deputy Mayor Marie Martin gave her thoughts about the history of water at Wednesday's meeting.
"It is important to preserve this history for future generations," she said. "They hand-dug wells and had 13 wells when they started the water system (1928) and it lasted. We forget when we turn on our water faucet how good we have it."
Stearns and Wheler Engineer Greg McCorkhill brought the glass plaque in honor of Armstrong to show the board.
"Several people from our office are going to come down," he said.
Mayor LeeAnn Lazarony hopes a lot of people will show up. She has prepared a speech to celebrate the birth and present success of the water in the village.
Lazarony added a Fredonia salesman is looking to buy their water so he can fill several swimming pools over the summer.
"He is trying to make a living," she said. "He has pools to fill."
The village board agreed to sell its water in bulk for no less than $10 per 1,000 gallons.
Trustee Josh Slaven is opening the beach for business shortly and is getting ready to interview a few applicants around the age of 16 to 17 years old.
"I think it is important for them to be interviewed," he said. "I think this will benefit them to have to sit down for an interview."
Mark Cassidy offered to sell his late brother's home by the pier to the village, as the family has no desire to keep it.
"He wanted the village to know the family doesn't want it, so if we don't take it the home will rot away," Village Clerk Roxanne Astry said.