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The History of Memorial Day

Flags in front of graves in cemetary on Memorial Day

Graves of fallen service members decorated with flags for Memorial Day

An important holiday is coming up this weekend. Memorial Day is a day to honor service members who died while protecting our freedoms. It also unofficially marks the beginning of summer. Most Americans celebrate by visiting cemeteries or memorials or participating in family gatherings or parades.  But do you know the history of Memorial Day?

The first observation of Memorial Day (originally Decoration Day) was on May 30, 1868. James Garfield spoke at Arlington National Cemetary and thousands of gatherers helped to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers, both Union and Confederate, with flowers, wreaths, and flags. However, this was only the holiday’s first national recognition. It was actually inspired by smaller local observances that took place in towns across the country in the years after the Civil War.

Fun fact: New York was the first state to make Memorial Day a legal holiday!

Following World War 1, it became known as a day to honor those who perished in any American war and was made a national holiday. In 1971, Congress established that day would be observed on the last Monday of May, solidifying the Memorial Day we celebrate today.

Tech Night Set at Steet-Ponte Mazda

Steet-Ponte Mazda has started doing monthly tech nights at the dealership. Once a month, the third Friday of every month, all Mazda owners are invited to attend Tech Night right in the Yorkville, NY showroom. Not a Mazda owner? No problem! All prospective Mazda Owners are also invited to attend these events.

Steet Ponte Mazda - Tech NightJoin the staff at Steet-Ponte Mazda during Tech Night for an hour of information! Our Master Certified Mazda Consultants, Ryan Ford and Trevor Morehouse, will take you through a journey with Mazda technology. You’ll become an expert with your own vehicle in no time! You can learn lots of new tricks during our meetings!

Each month there will be door prizes and light refreshments available. This is also a chance to meet our Mazda experts and socialize with fellow Mazda owners in the area! All past, present and future Mazda owners are welcome!

September’s Tech Night will take place on September 16. The complete list of dates for the remainder of 2016 is below. Tech Night begins at 6:15 PM.

  • October 21st
  • November 18th
  • December 16th

We look forward to seeing you!

Reasons to Choose Steet Ponte Mazda

Why Choose Steet Ponte MazdaYorkville, New York is home to several automobile dealerships. However, we can guarantee that you will not find a dealership that cares more about their customers than our very own Steet Ponte Mazda! We go the extra mile to make sure that our customers are satisfied. The following are just a few reasons why you should choose Steet Ponte Mazda:

  1. A Family Tradition

Since 1945, the Steet Automotive Group has been providing quality vehicles to customers. Today, the Steet family has teamed up with members of the Ponte family to provide that same great service to current Yorkville drivers.

  1. A Desire to Answer Your Questions

Steet Ponte Mazda doesn’t just stop at providing drivers with great vehicles. We also offer answers to some of our customers’ most-asked questions! We’ve developed a series of videos to instruct drivers on how to properly address any problems they may run into on the road.

  1. An Enjoyable Service Experience

If you need to have your vehicle serviced, then the best place to do so is here at Steet Ponte Mazda. We provide shuttles to get around while we service your vehicle, as well as a comfortable waiting area in our dealership.

For all of your automotive needs, be sure to make the trip down to Steet Ponte Mazda—a dealership for the people!

How to Spread holiday Cheer in Your Neighborhood

Holiday Cheer in Your NeighborhoodThis time of year is undeniably the most joyous, but for some people, their joy may be dampened for one reason or another. If you know of people who are feeling more downhearted this Christmas season, here are a few simple ways to spread holiday cheer in your neighborhood.

  • Order a pizza. Sometimes, a little bit of food is all it takes to make someone’s day brighter. Send an unannounced pizza delivery to a friend. There is no other comfort food quite like a hot pizza.
  • Buy the gas. The next time you stop to fill up your car, offer to buy someone else’s gas. Perhaps you see a mom with a minivan full of kids or an older gentleman who is struggling to get in and out of his car. Just imagine how great you would feel if someone paid for your gas.
  • Give a gift card. Head to your local grocery store and purchase a few gift cards for the store in whatever amount works for you. Then, walk around and look for people who seem like they could use a smile. Hand them the gift card, wish them a Merry Christmas, and walk away.
  • 12 Days of Christmas. Pick out a neighbor who lives nearby who could use a little cheer this holiday season. Then, as a family, come up with 12 gifts you could share with them—cookies, cards, decorations, dinner, etc. Each of the 12 nights leading up to Christmas, sneak over to their house, leave the gift on the porch, ring the doorbell, and hide. On the last night, you can announce your presence, if you want, or just leave all the gifts as a mystery.

What is your favorite way to spread Christmas cheer?

Be Safe Going Trick-or-Treat this Halloween!

Trick-or-Treat safety tips this HalloweenHalloween is almost here and we want to make sure you and your kids are safe while going trick-or-treat this year! Below are some tips on how to keep safe this year when you are out and about!

  1. Drive Safely – Slow down and being very alert when driving in residential neighborhoods. Take extra time and look for kids at crosswalks, intersections and on the curbs. If you run out of candy halfway through and have to run out and get more, make sure you back out and enter your driveway slowly.
  2. Keep Costumes Safe – Make sure that your child’s costume is the right size. If it is too big they can easily trip and fall over it and hurt themselves. Avoid masks if possible so that your child’s vision is obstructed. Choose an alternative like makeup or face paint. Also put reflective paint or stickers on their bags to help drivers see them quicker.
  3. Walk Safely – When you are out and about on trick-or-treat night, look left and right before crossing the road. Use traffic signals and crosswalks if they are available. Watch for cars that are backing up and teach your kids to never dart out in the street or between parked cars.
  4. Go with an Adult – If you think your kid is mature enough to go without you, advise them to go in a group of friends and stay to areas they are familiar with and that are well lit. If you kid is under 12, accompany them on their trick-or-treat adventure.

These are some of our Halloween safety tips for when you are going trick-or-treat with your kids! We hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!

Fall Road Hazards – Beware!

We all know the notorious dangers of driving in the winter – icy roads, blinding snow, stalling engines. But, did you know that there’s a laundry list of fall road hazards as well?

Fall Road HazardsWatch out for these troublesome autumn surprises when you’re on the road this season:

Weather

Fall weather isn’t just pretty sunlight shining through the changing leaves – it’s hard rain, frost, and foggy mornings, too. Always have your lights on in rain and fog, but beware the use of high beams, especially in the fog. The bright lights will reflect off of the fog bank and just make your visibility tougher.

Leaves

Leaves are a danger during the fall for two reasons. The obvious reason is that they fall onto the roads and mess with your car’s traction and stability. But, the less obvious reason comes from other drivers. People love to slow down, sometimes stop entirely, to gawk at the beautiful colors all around. These beautiful views are just accidents waiting to happen; when you’re looking at the trees, you’re not looking at the road.

The Sun

Summertime gets all the credit for sunshine, but as the days get shorter in the fall, the setting sun aligns perfectly with your work commutes. The low position of the sun puts it perfectly ahead of your windshield or in your rearview. Always bring proper sun protection!

These fall road hazards might seem like nothing, but don’t take them lightly. Stay safe on the road this season!

Steet Ponte Auto Group Sponsors “It’s a Three Dog Night”

Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind will be hosting their annual fundraiser, “It’s a Three Dog Night”. The event will be held at the Roselawn Banquet Facility in New York Mills, NY this Saturday April 18 starting at 6:00 PM.

Guide Dogs

Picture courtesy of Smerikal

The event is to help offset the cost of training guide dogs for the blind and benefits Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind which is a local training school located in Cassville, NY.  This non-profit organization does it all from breeding, raising and training the guide dogs and places them with the blind and visually impaired through their program. The program they use to place the dogs with those in need is called Hometown Training and is very distinctive. The Freedom Guide Dogs’ services are available to people in the Easter United States at no cost!

To help support this wonderful cause you can purchase tickets that are $40 each or a table of eight for $280. Tickets to this event include a buffet dinner, silent auction and basket raffle. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Sponsorships run from a Naming sponsor to a quarter page ad in the program. Gold and Silver sponsors and Naming sponsors will receive a mention on TV, radio and in newspaper ads as well as a full page ad in the program book and they will receive tickets to the event. This year’s media partners for the event include WKTV, WIBX and the Observer Dispatch.

We hope to see you out at the event this Saturday April, 18 starting at 6 PM! To purchase tickets to the event click here. If you’re not able to attend but would still like to support the cause, please become a sponsor by clicking here or purchase an ad in the book by clicking here.

The Steet Ponte Auto group is proud to sponsor a wonderful cause that will help others not only in our community but in the entire Eastern United States!

Welcome to the Steet Ponte Mazda Blog!

Steet Ponte MazdaWelcome to the official Steet Ponte Mazda Blog! We are located in Yorkville, NY on Commercial Dr. Our new inventory offers a variety of Mazda vehicles such as the Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-5, CX-9 and many more! We also have a variety of pre-owned vehicles. Check out our new and pre-owned inventory for more information! We also have great monthly specials on new Mazda models. They change monthly, so make sure you check back often!

We proudly serve the Utica, Yorkville and surrounding areas of Upstate New York. At Steet Ponte Mazda we pride ourselves on our friendly staff. Our employees strive for excellence in customer service. Our staff wants to make the car buying experience a pleasurable one. We understand your vehicle is an investment and our service department will help keep your Mazda in the best condition.

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