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WATCH Photo by Anthony Dolce Cassadaga New Deputy Clerk Annette McChesney, right, was introduced at last month’s Cassadaga Village Council meeting.

CASSADAGA — Administrator Cynthia Flaherty reported more success at Village Beach this summer, starting with the ongoing swim program, which Flaherty said has received high praise.

Flaherty has two step-grandchildren who participate in the program, and she said from her first-hand experience that the program is run wonderfully. “They’ve been so good to them,” said Flaherty. “My son-in-law with Down syndrome is learning to swim, and it’s really nice to see.”

Flaherty also praised the beach surveillance system, saying they had no problems with vandalism causing them to lock the gates. Flaherty said she didn’t have to go to the beach gate every night to lock it for the first time in about seven years.

In total, Flaherty said 2,328 people have signed up for the beach so far this year, more than doubling since the village council last met two weeks ago, when the total was 1 163.

On August 13, the Cassadaga Kids Race will be hosted by Wilson Endurance Sports, and currently over 60 kids from across Chautauqua County and even out of state have registered for the event. Organizer Mark Wilson expects attendance to be around 100 children.

The village council also formally introduced its new deputy clerk, Annette McChesney, who was approved on an interim basis. McChesney replaces Bonita Mazzone, who submitted her two-week notice in June.

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Ryan H. Bowman