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August 15, 2013

Photos, Story: Old Timers Day draws seniors to Cascade Park

NEW CASTLE — Wednesday was Old Timers Day in New Castle.

The event — begun in 1907 — provided seniors a chance to get out and enjoy music, food, prizes, dancing and each other.

Guests began filling the Cascade Park dance pavilion just before noon and lunch was served by Medure’s Catering.

The Rev. Nicholas Vaskov of St. Vitus Church gave the invocation.

Once again, the Mickey Natale Band provided live music and those attending took to the dance floor throughout the afternoon.

The Grand March was led by state Rep. Chris Sainato. Frank Bonfield, who served as master of ceremonies, said the march was his favorite part of the festivities.

“I liked it because it involved a lot of people who are in nursing homes, and I know they enjoyed that,” Bonfield said.

After the march, Bonfield announced the winners for the donated cash prizes and gift baskets.

Diane Snyder enjoyed her second year at Old Timers Day. She said after she had gone last year and had such a good time, she had to go again.

Snyder won a gift basket from Cialella and Carney.

The dance floor cleared as a several pairs of dancers took the floor for the waltz competition. Kay Nocera presented Joe and Lucy Musolino with a trophy for winning the competition.

“We’ve been coming out here for a long time,” Lucy said. “We dance the waltz every year, and it’s always enjoyable.”

Maxine Blasdell was honored as the oldest woman in attendance, at 104. Macy Macaluso was honored as the second-oldest woman, at 100.

Oldest man was Paul Bupp at 96, and second-oldest man was Joseph Sniezak at 95.

Ruth and Eric Rosenholm were honored as the longest married couple, for their 73 years together. Married for 10 years, and the most recently married couple in attendance, was Sam and Linda Himes.

Clara DeMarco was recognized for having traveled the farthest. She came from California.

Bonfield said he was happy with the turnout for 107th annual Old Timers Day.

He added that because of the cooler temperatures, guests got to stay longer, and enjoy the festivities.

Although the weather is traditionally hot and humid for the August gathering, Wednesday afternoon’s temperatures were in the 60s and low 70s.

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