Cheshire Community Action Team - preserving Cheshire's past, building Cheshire's future.



Cheshire Community Action Team - preserving Cheshire's past, building Cheshire's future.


Annual CCAT Events
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2019 Memorial Day Celebration, May 25th.

2019 Cheshire Memorial Day Commemoration and Community Picnic with Featured Speaker World War II hero Don Barton.
Schedule of events. Everyone is Welcome!
  • Cheshire Fire Hall Rt. 21 South 10 a.m.
  • Firehall Events and Activities 10 a.m.
  • Welcome to All : Fred Goodnow CCAT President
  • Master of Ceremonies: NY State Senator Pat Helming
  • Invocation: Pastor Kevin Cotter, Cheshire Community Church
  • Presentation of the Flag: American legion Post #256
  • Pledge of Allegiance: Robert Finger, Cheshire VFD President
  • National Anthem: Shannon Cotter
  • Gettysburg Address
  • Honored Speaker: Dr. Don Barton World War II Hero celebrating his 98th Birthday
  • Scholarship and Quilt Drawing: Cheshire Quilters
  • PARADE to Pine Bank Cemetery 10:35 featuring Bagpiper Andrew Duncan
  • SERVICE at Pine Bank Cemetery 10:50
  • Speaker: Ontario County Historian Preston Pierce
  • Placing of the Wreath: Ian Duncan, Boy Scout Troop #29
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic: Priscilla Crawford
  • Taps: Ashley Lima



Don Barton Featured CCAT 2019 Memorial Day Speaker Saturday May 25, 10 am. Cheshire Firehall

Don Barton current day. Although he rarely spoke about it for many years, he was also First Lieutenant Barton, Bombardier - Navigator in the 8th Air Force. He flew 19 successful missions, but was shot down on the 20th in July of 1944. He broke both bones in one leg and dislocated his ankle. But he was a lucky one, as four of his crew were killed in the crash. Barton, who landed on an Austrian Alp, was captured by the Germans and held captive for almost a year. Yet not only did Barton survive the crash, he survived captivity, living on a starvation diet of a slice of black bread for breakfast and boiled rutabagas for dinner.

Barton was recipient of the Air Medal with two clusters, the Purple Heart with two clusters, the Prisoner of War Medal and has been interviewed for the Library of Congress WW II history series. In June he celebrates his 98th birthday.

Don Barton in his Air Force uniform Especially moving is the talk that describes his personal World War II combat and POW experiences which resulted in a continual array of interesting and sometimes unbelievable consequences over the last 73 years. Don’s talk this Memorial Day will contain new stories and a very important glimpse into an aspect of history that few have ever heard.



2018 Old World Community Spaghetti Dinner a Rousing Success:
275 Dinners Served and Over $3000 Raised !


 Sue Kennedy, George Herren and one of the many community volunteers greet diners at the door. Sue Kennedy, George Herren and one of the many community volunteers greet diners at the door.

John and Katy Brahm from Arbor Hill Grapery serve fine wine samples to Ginny Miser John and Katy Brahm from Arbor Hill Grapery serve fine wine samples to Ginny Miser.

Volunteer wait-staff ready to roll as diners arrive Volunteer wait-staff ready to roll as diners arrive.

Keith Rose  CCAT volunteer buses tables for a packed house Keith Rose, a CCAT volunteer, buses tables for a packed house.




The Cheshire Community Action Team Receives Arts Council Grant and Community Gifts.
To highlight a very successful season of events and progress in the organization’s mission to enhance the quality of life in the Cheshire-Greater Canandaigua-Bristol areas, CCAT has been awarded a major grant of $25k from the Ontario County Council of the Arts. The grant will go directly to CCATS keystone project of the restoration of the 1898 Theatre and Meeting Hall currently ongoing in the Hamlet of Cheshire. With this gift the organization will be able to complete both the final permitting processes and begin the serious work of restoring the stage area that is the focal point of the building. Additionally, the group has recently benefitted from a gift of $5k from a long-time supporter and lake-resident, as well as significant in-kind design work for the entire required master-engineering plan from Torchia Structural Engineering of Rochester and for the HVAC portion of the project from Potter Plumbing of Canandaigua. Former Canandaigua-Cheshire resident and renowned artist/illustrator Fred Smith has donated a large body of his work to go on sale beginning on November 24 with 100% of the profits going to the restoration project. On December 9, the group will host: Meet and Greet the Artist: The Works of Fred Smith at the Artists Loft Company Store Rt.12 South Cheshire from 5-7pm.

Communications Secretary for CCAT, James Rose underlined the importance of these gifts as significant step for the progress of the Theatre-Meeting Hall project as well as the many community events sponsored by the group. “Every dollar and gift, large and small, illustrates the all-important element of widespread community support of our group’s mission. This support is a major consideration in the eyes of foundations and agencies that provide funds for historic preservation and the quality-of-life improvements projects like those of CCAT.”




Halloween Fun In Cheshire!
This is a traditional Cheshire Halloween celebration with roots dating back to the late 1930's. This modern version, in which the entire hamlet is "wrapped" in toilet paper, began in the late 1960's and now features a stop at the Cheshire Theater and Meeting Hall manned and sponsored by volunteers from the Cheshire Community Action Team (CCAT).
Group picture of halloween participants.
Picture person as a clown.
Picture of people dressed up with pumpkin heads
Picture of a child dressed up as an old man.


Prior Halloween Event!
Group picture of halloween participants.
Image of a tree covered in toilet paper in Cheshire NY.



A's Sweets and Treats is now open in Cheshire for the season. Spring hours are Closed on Monday;
Tuesday - Friday 4p.m. to 9 p.m.;
Saturday and Sunday noon to 9 p.m.





Cheshire Community Action Team Elects Board and Kicks off 2018 Projects

The Cheshire Community Action Team has elected new board members for 2018. Cofounder and past Chairman Fred Goodnow will take the reins from outgoing Chairman Stephanie Kunes. Stephanie will remain on the board to chair numerous ongoing projects. Susan Vitek was reelected to the Treasurer position. Pat Vitek will be take over as Secretary replacing retiring member Michelle Chiavarino. The entire Board thanks Stephanie and Michelle for their great leadership in moving the organization forward through various crucial stages of the Theatre and Meeting Hall project during their tenures.

The new CCAT Board and its many dedicated volunteers have set forth on a very aggressive agenda for 2018. With all the required architectural drawings now complete, thanks to the generosity of Torchia Structural Engineering, the Board will submit applications for necessary work permits that will move the Theatre/Meeting Hall project into the restoration/construction phase. Additionally, CCAT will continue their community events that include the Old World Spaghetti Dinner (Mar.9), 2018 Capital Campaign, Memorial Day Parade and Picnic, Children’s Halloween Party at Onanda Park, and the famed Halloween Night/TP celebration.

CCAT is a 100% volunteer driven organization serving families and neighbors of Cheshire, the Greater Canandaigua Area, Bristol, South Bristol, and Naples areas. Interested in participating or donating? Make a Gift , How You Can Help , Help Us Rebuild




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