Getting to know Scott Scheffler, new Marina Director

One of the biggest selling points of Newfane and Olcott Beach as a tourism destination is Lake Ontario and the surrounding fishing areas. Upkeep is important and Scott Scheffler is well aware of that. You may not know Scott yet, but you will. He was named the Town of Newfane’s new Marina director late last year and has been busier that a salmon swimming upstream.

One of Scott’s first orders of business was getting the town marina ready for the 2014 season. Years of wear and tear and the brutal winter of 2014 didn’t help the docks. “(The docks) were in bad shape,” said Scheffler. “Those that were in need of repair are now finished and are in great shape.” Over the coming months and into next year, other docks that need to be fixed will be taken care of.

Scott isn’t a stranger to Newfane and Olcott Beach; he grew up here and knows just how special the area is to natives and visitors, alike. He received his criminal justice degree from Niagara County Community College and is a graduate of NewfaneScott Scheffler High School. Scott is also a mentor of the school’s robotics team. “Being from here, I’m passionate about seeing our area succeed,” he said. “I want to see us grow further as a tourist destination.”

Fisherman’s Park on Rt. 78 is also getting improved. If you had trouble seeing the signs in the lot, that has changed. “One of the complaints was that folks could not see our signage,” Scott said. “We have a team that is going around and making sure that everything is visible.”

In the past, keeping the fuel stocked and ice in the marina refrigerator was an issue. Not any more. “We are constantly making sure that we have everything boaters and fishermen need for a day out on Lake Ontario,” Scott said.

Speaking of fishing, there are some great events coming up, including the 11th annual Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s King Salmon Tournament on July 19, Olcott from 6 a.m. to noon. There is also the 5th annual Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Derby going on now until July 27.

With a new pump out station and an upgraded boardwalk near the entrance to the marina, boaters, fishermen, and visitors will have a much easier visit, Scott stressed. “It’s all about showing people that we can offer them a great place to fish, visit, and maybe call home.”
That goes right along with the slogan on the Olcott Beach water tower: “You’ll love your visit here.”




Spring has sprung… and so has a blog!

You’ve survived the long, cold western New York winter. Congratulations! Now we get spoiled with outstanding spring weather. Since spring is all about beginning anew, we decided that it was time to reach out to you further. Our new blog, “Tales from the Lake Country,” will be the spot where you can learn more about the people, places and events that go on year round in Newfane and Olcott Beach.

We have so much history in our area that sometimes it is hard to tell it all on our website and social media pages. We’re going to do our very best to tell you the stories of the past, present and future of “OBNY.” If you live out of the area, sign up to get alerted to when a new blog goes up. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter; we’ll be posting new blog links there as well. We also have a comment section after each blog post. Leave your thoughts, memories and feedback there, too.

In the meantime, we leave you with this photo from the banks of Lake Ontario in Olcott. Happy Spring!