Thursday, August 9, 2012

Flotillas Support Station Oswego During Harborfest

Helen and Bill Cummings
AuxChefs Helen and Bill Cummings
Coast Guard Auxiliary members provided support for Coast Guard Station Oswego during the annual Oswego Harborfest July 27-29 -- from providing meals to patrolling the waterways.

Division 2 Commander Helen Lou Cummings and Flotilla 26 Commander Bill Cummings together provided nearly 80 hours of AuxChef support for Station Oswego, treating active duty personnel to breakfast, lunch and dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and wrapping up with Sunday breakfast. 

Helen went up Wednesday night to start the baking process and Bill followed on Thursday. (Her cream puffs were a big hit.)

The couple then joined other members to conduct a four-hour night patrol Saturday in support of the fireworks in Oswego Harbor. Other crew members were: Flotilla 2-14 Vice Commander Mike Kennedy, Flotilla 24 Vice Commander Deb Somers and Flotilla 21 Member Steve Bollenbacher.

Helen Cummings and Deb Somers
Helen Cummings, Deb Somers and Mike Kennedy (rear)
During Harborfest, Division 2 members also supported Operations by patrolling Oneida Lake. 

Flotilla 2-14 Commander Rick Kunz and flotilla members Linda Oltz, Terri Lavergne-Kunz, and Mike Kennedy patrolled the west side of Oneida Lake on Friday evening. Rick Kunz and Linda Oltz returned Saturday evening to patrol with division operations officer John Conroy. 

Then on Sunday, Flotilla 26 members Dave and Nancy Troutman, Tom and Melaine Paatz, and Vito Masi patrolled the east side. Two Coast Guardsmen from Station Oswego joined Flotilla 26 to become more familiar with the lake.

The 25th annual Harborfest ran over three days, coinciding with the 200-year anniversary of the War of 1812, which was a featured theme. Two of four stages in Oswego boasted musicals that use the War of 1812 as a backdrop. The fireworks finale lit up the harbor to the music of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”