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People’s column

Life’s a beach

in Dunkirk

Editor, OBSERVER:

When Park Avenue childhood neighbors and lifelong friends Roger Orcutt and myself, Beverly (Michalak) Slichta-Cusick, met recently, Roger decided to become a member of the Dunkirk Historical Museum where I am a new trustee.

An avid promoter of Dunkirk, Roger talked about Dunkirk’s history and shared his special interest in Point Gratiot, Wright Park and Cedar Beach. Roger has a collections of historical Dunkirk beach photos– including one with skinny dippers at Cedar Beach decades ago.

“With National Beach Day” coming on Monday, Roger and I would like to encourage everyone to take marvelous photos at our beaches year-round.

The ice volcanoes are spectacular with the frozen water in the winter. The returning birds and driftwood in the spring are signs of the new as well as of renewal. The sandy pebbles called shingles and rounded rock known as cobbles and sea glass treasures in the summer and fall are always old acquaintances. Beach photos from the past and beach photos today will be the heritage for the future to be cherished by us as well as others.

How fortunate we are to have our Dunkirk beaches and memories to build upon.

BEVERLY SLICHTA-CUSICK,

Buffalo

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