Plans still on ice for summer fun

Newsmaker of the month: Waiting while looking ahead

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas last week went somewhere many of us do not want to visit when it comes to the future. Are summer events going to be postponed?

Adding to the dilemma of the coronavirus in recent weeks, seen especially with the pro sports league uncertainties, is the seasonal events that are always highly anticipated. This includes the city’s Memorial Day services, at right, and parade, its Music on the Pier, Fourth of July events and fireworks as well as a number of other smaller festivals.

“I was in contact with the governor’s representatives (last week) and it appears that they are making moves to try and reopen regionally,” Rosas said during the online council meeting on Tuesday. “Our county is one of the first that they’re looking at reopening. I don’t believe it would be in our best interest to have that event. I think that we’ll probably be cancelling, but I have not made a determination as of yet.”

Through early Friday, only 29 positive cases were noted within the county. However, that does not mean there will not be concern from others — once a reopening happens — about venturing out.

Dunkirk has some of the larger summer happenings, but other towns and villages also have their biggest events during the warmer months.

Memorial Day is 30 days away. A late May without a parade is definitely a possibility.

That decision — as well as many others — will likely be coming soon.


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