Cuba Lake flag-raising

Members of Cuba area veterans organizations and the Cuba Lake Cottage Owners Association pause in prayer during the raising Friday of a new United States flag at the lake.

Connie Wolfinger of Haskell Road passed along some information about a special flag-raising at Cuba Lake on Friday.

“When I joined the Cuba Lake Cottage Owners Association, I thought the purpose of the group was to raise money for the annual fireworks display,” Connie says. “Well, that is part of it. But the CLCOA also has donated $1,000 to the local hospital for a special wheelchair for the handicapped, donated Tasers to the local police department, donated life preservers to the local fire department for water rescues and many other worthwhile projects. It is truly a great organization.

The latest venture, she says, was to purchase and erect a flag on “that big, beautiful flagpole next to the sheriff’s building at Cuba Lake. There hasn’t been a flag there for decades — but there is now!”

Approximately 30 people attended the flag-raising, with members from Cattaraugus and Allegancy sheriff’s offices, the local police, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, AmVets and American Legion proudly in attendance.

“It was done right,” Connie declares. “Proud Americans all.”

WHAT’S IN A name? Emma and Liam were the most popular baby names in New York last year, according to new data from the Social Security Administration.

Those are the same two names that took the top spots nationwide, the administration says. The agency recently released its lists of most popular baby names in the nation and each state.

Rounding out the top five in New York were Olivia, Isabella, Sophia and Mia for girls and Noah, Jacob, Lucas and Ethan for boys.

The top five national list included Olivia, Ava, Isabella and Sophia for girls and Noah, William, James and Oliver for boys.

Liam and Noah were also the top two most popular boys’ names in New York in 2017, according to the administration. Olivia was the number one name for girls that year and Emma was second.