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May 12, 2014

Village of Lewiston set to honor 'Harmonica Dean'

Niagara Gazette — A beloved Lewiston musician, instrumental in the creation of a well-attended annual concert series, is receiving a memorial in the village’s Hennepin Park.

Family and friends of Dean Germele, better known as “Harmonica Dean,” petitioned the Lewiston Village Board to create a memorial at the annual home of his beloved summer outdoor concerts, Blue Mondays, where he’d take the stage and perform to the delight of the gathered crowd.

The board agreed, unanimously agreeing to cast a blue light on a tree in the park.

“We feel this tree would be a fitting tribute to his memory,” Tim Henderson, of the Lewiston Council on the Arts, said. “He was the one who pumped life into the gazebo when no one was there.”

Germele, along with his band, Harmonica Dean and the Blue Lights, entertained thousands of fans throughout the U.S. and Canada before he passed away this past February. Several of those observers sat at the decision table Monday, including Trustee Victor Eydt.

Eydt said he always made a point to attend the shows “Harmonica Dean” played, enjoying the atmosphere the concerts created.

Mayor Terry Collesano also spoke highly of the memorial effort, though he shared a story that paid a backhanded compliment to Germele. 

Collesano said his brother reinvested in music after hearing the harmonica at a Blue Monday show and kept going with it much longer than anyone in the family hoped for.

“He was so inspired, he picked up the harmonica he hadn’t played for years,” he said. “We couldn’t get him to shut up.”

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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