Something for everyone at Picnic at the Point Sunday

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino United Way of Northern Chautauqua County intern Nicole Snyder (right) paints a flame on Alan Kapple’s face Sunday during Picnic at the Point.

The last event on the city of Dunkirk’s summer calendar was the Picnic at the Point, sponsored by the United Way and held Sunday at Point Gratiot.

Those who attended found a variety of attractions — free food, musical entertainment, a chance to learn about United Way agencies and win prizes, as well as activities for children

Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas commented, “There are more people than last year. I’m very impressed with the turnout.”

President of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County Kyle Leikam was also pleased with the event.

Free tickets to deposit for a prize at each display as well as a grand prize of a bicycle donated by Wal-Mart gave the public incentive to visit the agencies’ representatives.

OBSERVER Photo by Diane R. Chodan Holden Carlson enjoys the water slide at the Picnic at the Point.

Leikam said, “We were able to partner with the United Way agencies and the city of Dunkirk to gain the exposure we were looking for.” United Way of Northern Chautauqua County is a local nonprofit raising money so that local agencies

can do what they do best — provide programs that help the community.

For example, Lauri Marucci, community engagement specialist with the Girl Scouts of Western New York, explained that her agency’s mission is to help girls grow and encourage confidence.

She was eager to point out that a Glow Party is being held at the Jamestown Service Center on Sept. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is for girls in kindergarten to grade 8 who must be accompanied by an adult. Girls, who need not be members, will use glow-in-dark face paint, make glow-in-dark bracelets and listen to their favorite music.

Marucci said, “The best way to learn about girl scouting is by experiencing it.” Reservations must be made to attend at

Scott Chase, a disaster services volunteer with the American Red Cross, who is also a firefighter, enjoys helping others. The agency has a program called “Sound the Alarm” that deals with installing smoke alarms.

OBSERVER Photo by Diane R. Chodan Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County was one of the many United Way agencies present at the Picnic at the Point. Here Martha Wiser, president of the board of directors and Minda Rae Amiran, longtime volunteer, speak to a person interested in the agency.

“My firefighter and Red Cross work come together,” he said.

He added, “There are volunteers from Chautauqua County in both Texas and Florida (in the wake of the recent hurricanes.)”

He also explained about a safety tube, emergency evacuation kits that contain items such as a whistle, an emergency blanket, a glow stick and a place to record emergency contacts.

“When a fire or other emergency occurs, kids can grab this and have some important items,” he said.

Literacy Volunteers, represented by Board President Martha Wiser and longtime tutor Minda Rae Amiran, were encouraging people to visit the organization’s book store and volunteer to tutor.

Outside the tent housing the United Way and its agencies, children enjoyed the bounce house and the water slide. Many people enjoyed the music provided first by No Limit and then La Krema.

Dave McDonald happily listened to No Limit, a Jamestown band. “They have a really good repertoire,” he said.

As Cathy Hamlet, who attended with her grandchildren Olivia and Nina Kapple said, “There is a little bit of everything for