Below are just a few of the events that
Division 9 members support throughout the year.
||U. S. Coast Guard Band helps South Hadley celebrate 250
||The Auxiliary is more than boating safety.
||Late hours and frenetic phones do not stop Division 9
||Division 9 member serves aboard the USCG Cutter Bollard
||Honoring South Hadley in a post 4th of July parade
||Getting the word to thousands about safe boating
||The last CG owned light house now in Auxiliary hands
||Steve and Rose makes the Coast Guard feel "at
||When it winks at you...
Coast Guard Band helps South Hadley Celebrate 250 years
|A near capacity crowd enjoyed the United States Coast Guard Band
playing at the Mount Holyoke College Amphitheater on Wednesday 20 August
2003. Director, Captain Lewis J. Buckley and Assistant Director, CWO3
Kenneth W. Megan, Jr., led the band through music from Leonard
Bernstein, Raphael Mendez, and John Williams "Summon the
Heroes." The more traditional inspirational music was
followed by selections from the U.S. Coast Guard Dixieland Band and the
Big Band Era. The band was sponsored by The South Hadley Electric Light
Company and Mount Holyoke College as part of the 250th anniversary of
South Hadley, Massachusetts.
There is another side to the boating safety, SAR, and Homeland
Security duties of the USCG Auxiliary. Every so often members come
together just to enjoy each others company. At a recent Division 9
cookout a Desert Contest revealed additional talents. It took a
long time for the judges to come to a decision in each class, but three
winners were eventually selected.
"Fellowship," the cornerstone of the
For several years now, members of Division 9 have volunteered to help
at the PBS station in Springfield, WGBY.
Tiring, but fun is probably the best description since the auction
always run well past midnight.
card from the field
Division 9 member, Michael Merletti has been working on the USCG
Cutter Bollard for over a year now. He recently became qualified
to be in charge of the cutter while in port. Michael was also
included in the crew member list and change of watch ceremony held in
In the photo to the left, Michael can be seen suited up for his fire
A somewhat unusual post 4th of July parade was held 5 July 2003 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of
South Hadley, MA. An article appeared in the 6 July Sunday Republican
detailing the wide variety of partcipants. Bob Stern, a photographer for
The Republican, captured members of Division 9 forming the color guard for the
United Stated Coast Guard Auxiliary. The caption incorrectly identifies
our members as "Navy Reserve."
(Front to back: Mike Merletti, Loraine Lopardo,
Eric Hurlin and Bob Lopardo forming the color guard.
|Each year at the BIG
Division 9 members spend many hours at the Eastern
States Exposition. Thousands of visitors to the Big-E get
information on safe boating and the important jobs performed by the United
States Coast Guard and Auxiliary.
The PFD Panda helps kids realize that life jackets float...kids
Adults can pick up the latest information on boating rules for
New England states as well as Federal rules.
Members of Division 9 have trained to be interpreters for the Boston
Lighthouse located on Little Brewster Island in the harbor. Each team of trained members will
spend no less than three days at Boston Light providing information for visitors
from around the world.
The Coast Guard has now re-assigned the last crew and has turned the
care of the light house over to the Auxiliary.
To learn more or make arrangements to visit - click on Boston
For years, Stephen and Rose
Majgier of Chicopee have helped at the Brant Point Coast Guard Station on
Nantucket Island. Both are members of the USCG Auxiliary and have spent numerous
weekends cooking and performing maintenance at the station. There help has
been especially appreciated by Coast Guard personnel who have to spend holidays,
including Thanksgiving and Christmas on the island. Stephen and Rose have
always made sure that a little bit of "home" was brought to Brant
|When he winks...
you will believe. Coastie, the remote controlled Coast Guard
Tugboat, loves to show off his lights and horn.
He can talk personally with each child, but enjoys chatting with parents too.
You will see Coastie at the Big - E, boat shows, parades, and other events
through out the Pioneer Valley.
A visitor to the BIG E
talks with Coastie about
safety on the water.
If you represent a school or other recognized organization, you
may request that Coastie visit your kids. For more information contact the