The Village of Westfield Recreation Department provides year-round programs, activities and opportunities for all ages, from infants to Sr. Citizens. We offer a variety of programming that includes programs during all seasons, including both indoor and outdoor programs. The Rec. Dept. is committed to providing safe, fun and cost effective programming.
23 Elm Street
Westfield, NY 14787
Andrew Webster, Recreation Director [E-mail]
Ph: (716) 753-6842
YOUTH BASKETBALL SIGNUPS
Registrations for local youth basketball for area boys and girls in 1st through 6th grades will be held inside the fieldhouse at Welch Field in Westfield on Tuesday, October 26th, Tuesday, November 2nd, and Thursday, November 4th from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, October 30th from 9 to 10:30 a.m. There will be three different grade groups: 1st & 2nd grades, 3rd & 4th grades, and 5th & 6th grades. The 1st & 2nd grades will be co-ed and the older groups will be separated boys and girls.
All groups will be done in a clinic like format with a primary focus on building skills and fundamentals. However, the older groups WILL SCRIMMAGE OFTEN AND PLAY COMPETITIVE GAMES. We are still determining which facilities we will be able to use. However, no matter where we play, there will be certain COVID guidelines that MUST BE FOLLOWED such as face coverings and limited spectators. More information to come.
The fee for WESTFIELD RESIDENTS is $45 for the first child, $35 for the second and $25 for the third (max. of $105 per family). Scholarships are available if needed.
The fee for NON-WESTFIELD RESIDENTS is $60 for the first child, $50 for the second and $40 for the third (max. of $150 per family).
For more information, contact the Westfield Recreation Department at 753-6842 (Andrew), visit our website at www.westfieldny.com/recreation or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WestfieldRecDept. or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
ADULT CORN HOLE LEAGUE RETURNING SOON!
Our adult corn hole league will be returning soon! For the 2021 fall season, we will have a six week session. The first session will start on Wednesday, November 3rd and will run for six weeks ending on Wednesday, December 15th (there will be NO session on Wednesday, November 24th) . The next session will start in February. Matches will be held at Eason Hall in Westfield from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday nights.
Teams must have a minimum of 2 people to join with a maximum of 4 people (4 people is encouraged, so that if a person or two have to miss a night, there is still is enough people to play). Participants must be at least 18 years old. This program is FREE to all. Call or text Andrew at 753-6842 to sign up your team or with any questions.
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT FOR SEPTEMBER IS JAMES “SHAGGY” RUCH!
*The following write-up/picture is the latest edition of our monthly volunteer spotlight of volunteers in the Westfield Rec. Dept. We are blessed in the Rec. Dept. to have so many wonderful people who do and have volunteered their time both now and, in the past, to make our department and programs/events what they are today. We want to say THANK YOU! To nominate someone for volunteer spotlight, please send us a private message on Facebook or call/text Andrew at 753-6842.
Our volunteer spotlight for September is James “Shaggy” Ruch! James has volunteered in the Rec. Dept. for over 10 years. He has volunteered in various programs including roller skating, movies in the park and helping with other various odd jobs over the years. James brings an enthusiasm and passion for volunteering that is matched by very few people. He is dependable and someone who takes a lot of pride in his work. We have been quite blessed to have James volunteer in our Rec. Dept. over all these years.
James’ enjoys volunteering in a lot of different capacities and really has no preference for which program he is volunteering in. When asked what his favorite program is, James said “I like them all . Not just one or another. I like them all!” James has been one of our most dedicated volunteers at Friday night roller skating at Eason Hall over the last 5 years. When asked what he likes about roller skating, he said “I just like doing it. It gets me out of the house. I like it!” James is not the type of person to give you a complicated reason for why he does or likes something, but he knows what he likes, and he is driven to offer everything he can to make a program better.
James is not new to being honored for his volunteer efforts. In recent years, he was honored by the “Westfield-Barcelona Chamber of Commerce,” as well as the “Lake Shore Center for the Arts.” We are certainly not the only community group that has benefited from James’ dedication and passion. He loves to serve his community and it is something that is truly important to him. Volunteering is a significant part of James’ life. He has dedicated countless hours to making the community of Westfield a better place. As to why he does it, again a simple answer: “Because I like helping the community.” As for why he likes Westfield so much, he alluded to its quiet nature. However, we believe it is much more about the people. Anyone who has spoken to James knows that he loves to chat, and that he is a people person. It is people like James that make this community so great, and we are so grateful for everything he has done for us!
Past Volunteer Spotlights:
July 2020: Christian Caballero
August 2020: Carol Reynolds
September 2020: Don Parker
October 2020: Luci Petrella
November 2020: John Emmons
December 2020: The Baum Family (Chris, Shannon, Mason, and Logan)
January 2021: Chris Anderson
February 2021: Roger Miller
March 2021: The Dellow Family (Wade, Wendy, Hunter, and Haleigh)
April 2021: Jim Van Dyke
May 2021: Josh & Amy Belcher
June 2021: Gavin Emery
August 2021: Roxanne Baideme
2021 YOUTH FISHING DERBY
On Saturday, August 7th, the Westfield Fish & Game Club hosted the Youth Fishing Derby with help from the Westfield Recreation Department. The weather was beautiful, and we ended up with 30 participants and their family members. Almost everyone caught at least one fish.
The day was a success due to help from many volunteers including the following people: From the Fish & Game Club, there were Tim & Laura Farnham, Gert & Stanley Rupczyk, John & Kelley Issler, Kevin Newell, Wyatt Cole, Dan West, John & Sandy Swartout. From the Westfield Recreation Department, there was Andrew Webster. Other volunteers included Doug & Kristie Parnell.
We also had many donations from the following area merchants and citizens: Bill's Hooks in Dunkirk, NY, Westfield Tackle on Bliss Rd, Westfield, Barcelona Markets on Rt 5, Westfield, the Chautauqua County Federation Sportsman's Club thru Mike Clutchey, Growers Co-Op, Westfield, Redneck Charters, Westfield, Tractor Supply, Westfield, Tops Markets, Westfield, Fish USA, Erie, Rose Corbin, Stanley & Gert Rupczyk and John & Kelley Issler.
Due to the many donations, we had enough fishing poles and gear, so every participant went home with a fishing pole and another prize! We had two raffles this year. Redneck Charters was kind enough to donate another 4-hour fishing charter on Lake Erie. They will get to set that up with Bob Brown, the owner, to take a few of their friends and family. The winner of the raffle was Armando Tirre from the 4yr-8yr age group. We also raffled off a chance for a one year new or renewal membership at the Westfield Fish and Game Club. The winner of this raffle was Allen Reynolds, guardian to Lilliana Reynolds from the 9yr-12yr age group.
The overall heaviest fish caught came from the 9yr-12yr group and was caught by Jack Bratton and it weighed in at 4.25 pounds. The second heaviest fish in the older group was caught by Wesley Maras at 2.35 pounds. The third heaviest fish was caught by Braylon Swanson at 1.24 pounds. In the 4yr-8yr group, the heaviest fish was caught by Colton Fitchlee and it weighed in at 2.53 pounds. The second heaviest fish in the younger group was caught by Eleanor Bird at .71 pounds. The third heaviest fish was caught by Jamison Shreve at .65 pounds. A special congratulations to Kase Keefe who caught the most fish with 30 on the day.
Congratulations to all our participants and especially those who caught the heaviest fish! We would once again like to thank all our volunteers and sponsors who made this year’s Fishing Derby a huge success. We hope you all continue to enjoy, experience, and learn about the wonderful outdoors and we will see you next year!