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‘BoomDays’ to celebrate end of winter in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS — Have we really seen the last of winter?

That is the question “BoomDays” at the LaSalle Yacht Club asks each year, said Terry Lasher Winslow, LaSalle PRIDE Chairperson. She called the annual event a chance to celebrate wealth of LaSalle’s waterfront and the last of the ice flow at the Falls from Lake Erie. This year the Lake Erie ice boom was removed from the entrance of the Niagara River a month ago and no ice is in the river.

The LaSalle Yacht Club will hold “BoomDays,” an open house, from 6 to 10 p.m. April 30 at the club, 73 South 68th St. The community is invited to attend.

Canoe and kayakers are welcome to paddle to the event with re-enactors Ken Sherman as Cavelier LaSalle and Walter Kendzia as Father Hennepin, along with Mayor Paul A. Dyster. Meet at Griffon Park Boat Docks at 5:30 p.m. for the one mile trip downstream. Departure time is 6 p.m. Yacht Club Commodore Mike Dallessandro will welcome guests.

The event is sponsored by LaSalle PRIDE, the LaSalle Yacht Club, Niagara Tradition Home Beer and Wine Supplies and Dyster.

Dyster will present a city proclamation at the 7 p.m. program and awards will be given to six community organizations for their service to Niagara Falls: Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier, St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry, Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Society, Tesla at Niagara Museum, St. John De LaSalle Boy Scout Troop 841 and the Niagara Falls Firefighters Christmas Toy Fund in memory of Chris Kudela.

There is no admission charge to the open house program, but a free-will donation of $5 will be collected to benefit the service organizations. There will also be music by the Jazzline Band, room for dancing and food and drinks available for visiting guests.