DO YOU REMEMBER?: A 90th birthday celebration

This is a run the Lake Shore Road Runners Club had in 1975 in Cassadaga. The photo was taken by Bobby Gregory.

Richard Butler, left, was the president of the club for seven years. A friendly motorcycle group that used to have motorcycle runs. Trophies were given to the members.

Richard will be celebrating his 90th birthday on today, Feb. 27.

Due to COVID-19, Richard’s family cannot have a big party. So his daughter Brenda Butler painted a fire hydrant in his honor at the Dunkirk dog park on Main Street with permission.

Richard, whom his friends call Dick, likes to take his dog Randy (a Boston Terrier – mixed) to the park in warmer weather.

She wrote a poem similar to the former learning to read … books. With cartoons to match.

It says … See Randy run.

See Randy run as fast as a Road Runner.

See Dick run after Randy.

Running without a leash is so much funner.

Dave Hart and Norm Himebaugh in 1971 came up with the idea to start the club.

Brenda drew the Road Runner emblem at age 12 that was on the jackets of the members.

Richard has four children and five grandchildren. Children are: Brenda Butler, Charmaine Restivo, Gary Butler, Rhonda Porpiglia (Mike, son-in-law).


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