Potpourri: a mixture of news

Variety of FlowersSuncatcher’s Garden Club, Genesee County, has many fun events planned, which are open to members and potential members. For more information, call Mrs. LaWall at (585) 345-1640.


Soil, Toil & Thyme Garden Club, Orleans County, has summer events planned, which are open to members or potential members. For more information, call Mrs. Stangland at (585) 589-1640.


The Lancaster Garden Club and the Town of Lancaster dedicated a National Garden Clubs Blue Star Memorial By-way Marker in the Memorial Garden in Westwood Park, Lancaster, on June 3.  The marker is in honor of all past, present and future servicemen and servicewomen from all service branches.  This is the first Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker located in a town in Erie County.

The dedication was coordinated by Dorothy Julius of the Lancaster Garden Club with Bob Giza, Town of Lancaster supervisor,  and Terry McCracken, Department of Parks and Recreation Supervisor.

Lancaster Garden Club President Debbie Braun and Supervisor Giza placed a memorial wreath by the marker. The event was also attended by Adrienne Pasquariello, Federated Garden Clubs of NYS (FGCNYS) District VIII director; Marcia Becker, FGCNYS District VIII second assistant director; Judy Tucholski-Zon, past FGCNYS District VIII director; Elaine DiPietro, past FGCNYS president and current Central Atlantic Region Blue Star Memorial Program chairperson; Mark Aquino and Donna Stempniak, town councilpersons; Air Force veteran James Brennan, who wore his uniform, and members of the Lancaster Garden Club.

The Blue Star program was started after World War II to honor men and women who fought during the war.  Over the years it has been expanded to include all servicepersons during times or war or peace.


4 Comments on “Potpourri: a mixture of news

  1. The Town of Lancaster is the first town to have a Blue Star Memorial By-Way marker. The other markers in Erie County are Blue Star Memorial Highway Markers.

  2. The Lancaster Garden Club Blue Star memorial marker is the 3rd marker placed in Erie County. The community of East Aurora and the East Aurora Garden Club placed a marker two years ago and a Blue Star marker is on the site of the toll booth just before the South Grand Island Bridge. This marker has been in place for many years.. The other Blue Star Marker in the Western New York area is in the I -90 median just as you pass through the toll booths from Pennsylvania. The 8th district Garden Clubs are proud of these markers which honor the commitment of our military to our country.
    More information on the Blue Star Memorial markers can be obtained from the National Garden Clubs website http://www.gardenclub.org

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