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HDC News 2018

News Updates - 2018

January 2018
By Ron Dukarm

ARCHIVE COLLECTIONS - As we continue to expand our archive collections and library, we now have over 6,000 square feet devoted to storing all the artifacts, books and photographs in our collection. The Buffalo Irish Genealogy Society, "BIGS" has just released an index of over 4,500 New York Central Employee Records that they have compiled from the archives of the WESTERN NEW YORK RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Click the link to look at the index and see if you can find any relatives. They are now working on records from the Erie Railroad. They have entered over 30,000 RR employees into our data base and are working on adding another 20,000. We have erected more shelving in the library and now have maxed out our space. We had to take half the space from our conference room to house all our new collections.

VOLUNTEERS - We conclude 2017 by logging in over 6,400 hours of recorded volunteer time at the Heritage Discovery Center. You can probably triple this when you add in all the time spent at Society projects at the: Orchard Park Depot, Williamsville Depot, Hamburg Work Site, Medina Railroad Excursion activities, Two Train Shows and all the time spent by Officers, Board members, Committee Chairmen and dedicated members working at home on reports, finances, phone calls, Railway Flyer, etc. Our special thanks go out to Don Owens who made 100 Lee Street possible and to Barb Owens who oversaw the maintenance of a 24,000 sq. ft. building for the past 7 years and kept it in such a condition it could pass a GI inspection.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH - The Heritage Discovery Center continues to host local community events and has become the meeting place for all of our affiliate partners.
  • WNYHDC BOARD MEETING - 1/3/18 - The WNYHDC Board of Trustees held a planning meeting.
  • SAFETY MEETING - 1/3/18 - The The Heritage Discovery Center Safety Committee held an organizing meeting.
  • BGS MEETING - 1/3/18 - Don met with members of the Buffalo Geological Society regarding new exhibits at the HDC.
  • CONSTRUCTION MEETING - 1/3/18 - Ed met with a contractor to secure cost estimates on a new 5,000 sq. ft. building in Area A.
  • PERMIT MEETING - 1/3/18 - Ed met with City of Buffalo building officials at City Hall to start a permit process for building construction in Area A.
  • TTCS MEETING - 1/9/18 - Ed and Ron met with the President of the Toy Train Collectors Society. Upcoming events were discussed and flyers placed for upcoming shows.
  • ERIE COUNTY MEETING - 1/9/18 - Ed and Ron met with an Erie County Representative from the Dept. of Environmental Planning who requested an update on all proposed HDC projects and copies of plans for coordination of various governmental agencies.
  • DEVELOPMENT MEETING - 1/18/18 - Ed and Ron continued discussions with two interested companies who approached us about construction projects. Ed met with construction contractor to tour site and secure bids. Ron prepared site plans.
  • WNYRHS PUBLIC MEETING - 1/18/18 - Joe Kocsis conducted our bi-monthly public meeting featuring Society Membership "Multimedia Night." Many great scenes of WNY were enjoyed by all.
  • HDC BOARD MEETING - 1/23/18 - The Heritage Discovery Center Board of Trustees held held their monthly business meeting.
  • SLOW ROLL MEETING - 1/23/18 - The SPM met with the SLOW ROLL Buffalo  bicycle group about organizing an event for Labor Day at the HDC. Up to 2,000 participants could attend. Leslie Kocsis will coordinate.
  • POWER POINT PRESENTATION - 1/25/18 - Ron completed a Power Point presentation for Earl Ketry for presentation to various government entities on Waterfront Trains-Trolleys-Trails.
  • AREA-A POWER POINT PRESENTATION - 1/27/18 - Joe, Ed, Earl and Ron met on a presentation to be presented to City, County, State officials and various waterfront concerned organizations entitled: "Waterfront Trains, Trolleys & Trails."
  • BGS MEETING - 1/27/18 - Joe met with Buffalo Geological Society officials on the procedures for placing displays in the D&H boxcar.
  • NEW SPM CURATOR - 1/27/18 - Don Williams announced the appointment of Jennifer K. Weber as the new Curator of the Steel Plant Museum. Jennifer will take over from Deirdre Reynolds who has done a superb job for the Museum for the past two years, and has opted to advance her museum leadership career with a new opportunity in Niagara Falls. Jennifer comes to us well-qualified, with a BA from SUNY-Geneseo and an MA in Museum Studies from UB. She also has considerable museum experience both locally and in DC. Welcome to the Heritage Discovery Center Jennifer!
  • AREA-A KAYAK PROPOSAL - 1/30/18 - Ron met with the President of "Adventures in Fitness, Inc." who explored the possibilities of running a Dinner and Wine Tasting kayak tour(s) to the HDC and installing a kayak launch in Area A.
  • NEW NEIGHBOR - 1/30/18 - Today, Michael Damico president of  "M/ilesports," of Hamburg, announced he is working on a venture with businessman Jon Williams' of South Buffalo Development LLC. Together, they announced the building of a soccer field and field house on Area E, next to our Elk Street lot. The Buffalo news offered this report.  Sports promoter leads charge for downtown athletic complex. The athletic fields and field house will be located on "Area E" property next to our Elk Street lot. Almost all the land around the HDC has been purchased for development.
DONATIONS - We have received the following donations of artifacts and supplies. Our sincere thanks to all our loyal supporters:
  • Ron Dukarm - The HDC received a huge generous donation of $15,000 and a case of water & soda. Thank You Ron!!!
  • Mike Pietrocarlo - donated 5 wood top, steel-legged work tables, 24, 3-ring binders, a 18 boxes of office supplies for the Library, 4 steel handicap signs and a stack of ceiling tiles. He also donated three tower computers, screens, hard drives, key boards, cables and one large commercial laser printer. Jim S., Jerry B. and Ed P. assisted Mike in unloading. Thank You Mike!
  • Don and Barb Owens - donated a case of toilet tissue and two cases of soda. Thank You Don and Barb!
  • Dave Young - donated five railroad books, 14 railroad pamphlets, a hat badge, models and a plaque. Thank You Dave!
  • Rich Carlson - donated a slide projector, 2 slide trays & 100+ slides of WNYRHS activities. Thank You Rich!
WORK ACCOMPLISHED
  • BUILDINGS & GROUNDS - 1/3/18 - Ed shoveled the back entrance. Our snowplow contractor cleared the parking lot.
    1/5/18 - Steve K. salted the back entrance. Our snowplow contractor cleared the parking lot.
    1/9/18 - Mike P. started up our backhoe and plowed the entrance to  Building #75.  Mike P. took delivery of two tractor trailer loads of restaurant equipment which were placed in Building #75.
    1/11/18 - A water leak was detected in the Pump House. Ken Vaughn called the City Water Dept. to do a shut off. Two more tractor trailers were delivered from Tom Gould and placed next to the previous six in the north lot.
    1/16/18 - Noel shoveled back entrance. Tony Shoveled front walk.
    1/18/18 - Tony shoveled the front walk, Ed shoveled the Archive entrance and the SPM crew shoveled out the back entrance. Our snowplow contractor cleared the parking lot. Joe defrosted the back entrance door lock.
    1/20/18 - The SPM shoveled out the back entrance. Tony Shoveled the front walk. Nestor and Steve shoveled out the Guardhouse and placed the speeder trailer in front of door for pick up by the Scout Group.

  • HOUSEKEEPING - 1/4/18 - Tony mopped the floors. The HDC Board contracted restroom and floor cleaning to a private firm.
    1/11/18 - Our new cleaning contractor cleaned the restrooms and halls. Tony washed the dishes and collected trash. Barb removed bottles/cans and trash from the building, and refilled empty hand towel dispensers.
    1/18/18 - Our new cleaning contractor cleaned the restrooms and halls. Tony washed the dishes, and collected the trash.
    1/20/18 - Tony did the dishes. Nestor put trash in the dumpster. Steve and Donna removed office supplies from the hallway and took them to the library.
    1/25/18 - Tony M. did the dishes and removed the trash. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and swept the floors. Nestor moved ceiling tiles and supplies into the Archive Building.
    1/30/18 - Tony did the dishes. Ed conducted a back-flow valve inspection with the City inspector. Nestor & Tony shoveled the front walk.

  • DISPLAYS - 1/6/18 - Steve K. emptied a display case for the Buffalo Geological Society.

  • EAGLE SCOUTS - 1/25/18 - The Eagle Scouts picked up the speeder trailer from the Guardhouse to take it to a heated garage to continue work on it.

  • LIBRARY - 1/4/18 - Jim, Donna, Pat and Ed worked on Library projects.
    1/6/18 - Jim, Donna, Diane and Ed worked on Library projects.
    1/9/18 - Jim, Donna, Pat, Jan and Ed worked on Library projects. Dave worked on ELHS archives.
    1/16/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Chris and Pat worked on Library projects.
    1/20/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna, John and Pat worked on Library projects. John Slater worked on NKPHTS archives and Steve on HDC archives.
    1/23/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna, John, Diane, Chris and Pat worked on Library projects. The Library Committee held a business meeting.
    1/25/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Bob, and Pat worked on Library projects.
    1/27/18 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Diane, and Pat worked on Library projects. Steve worked on HDC archives.
    1/30/18 - Ed, Jan, Chris, and Pat worked on Library projects.

February 2018
By Ron Dukarm

COMMUNITY OUTREACH - The Heritage Discovery Center continues to host local community events and has become the meeting place for all of our affiliate partners.
  • WNYRHS BOARD MEETING - 2/1/18 - The WNYRHS Board of Trustees held their monthly business meeting and held their election of officers.
  • SLOW ROLL MEETING - 2/6/18 - Joe & Leslie met with representatives of the SLOW ROLL Buffalo  bicycle group about a possible biking event at the HDC in the Fall.
  • WRG TOUR - 2/8/18 - Members of the Westfield Railfan Group were taken on a tour of the Museum and Library by Ed P. and Jerry B.
  • BGS BOARD MEETING - 2/8/18 - The Buffalo Geological Society held their monthly Board meeting.
  • IGS MEETING - 2/10/18 - Ed hosted a meeting of the Iroquois Genealogy Society, featuring decedents of Mary Jamison.
  • PGS MEETING - 2/10/18 - Ron and Ed met with representatives of the Polish Genealogy Society who are exploring the possibility of moving to a new site.
  • TSC LIGHTHOUSE MEETING - 2/13/18 - Mike and Ed met with representatives of the Tall Ship Committee planning a visit of the tall ships this summer.
  • BAILEY AVE BRIDGE MEETING - 2/13/18 - Ed and Ron were in discussions with the contractors replacing the Bailey Avenue Lift Bridge concerning securing a section of the old lift bridge mechanism.
    2/15/18 - Ron met again with contractors about procedures to save the lift mechanism from the bridge. Preliminary approvals have been received.
  • TREASURER MEETING - 2/15/18 - Tom S., Don O. & Barb O. worked on Treasurer reports.
DONATIONS - We have received the following donations of artifacts and supplies. Our sincere thanks to all our loyal supporters:
  • Mike Pietrocarlo - donated 15 picture frames, 6 binders, 10 peg boards, 2 pedestals, 3 trash cans, a bucket of cleaning tools, 6 mannequins, 12 mahogany coat hangers, a map cabinet, 12 metal folding chairs, a box of plastic bags and an iron. Thank you Mike!
  • Peter Gores - donated 14 Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train consist lists. Thank you Peter!
  • Will County Historical Society - of Lockport Illinois, donated an 1854 NY State map of canals and railroads. Thank you Will County Historical Society!
  • Barb Owens - donated a box of contractor bags. Thank you Barb!
  • Bill Zoske - donated two hardcover books: "Steam & Trolley Days" & "Rochester, Syracuse & Eastern." Thank you Bill!
  • Carl Ambuske - donated a professional reciprocating saw and a circular saw. Thank you Carl!
  • Nicole Pohancsck - donated a scan of a large format group meeting of Pennsylvania Railroad car knockers in 1917. Thank you Nicole!

WORK ACCOMPLISHED
  • GROUNDS - 2/8/18 - Our snowplow contractor cleared the lot.
    2/10/18 - Tony shoveled the front walk. Our snowplow contractor cleared the parking lot. Nestor shoveled and salted the back entrances.

  • HOUSEKEEPING - 2/1/18 - Tony did the dishes, picked up the trash and shoveled the front walk. Our cleaning contractor cleaned the restrooms and swept the floors.
    2/8/18 - Tony shoveled the front walk and washed the dishes and collected some trash.
    2/13/18 - Nestor helped the members of the Buffalo Geological Society load displays for an off-site event.
    2/15/18 - Cleaning contractor cleaned restrooms and floors. Tony washed the dishes. Joe checked for ceiling leaks.

  • DISPLAYS - 2/6/18 - Bob Snyder changed out a display cabinet.

  • EAGLE SCOUTS - 2/10/18 - The Eagle Scout group finished their work on our speeder trailer and returned it to the Guardhouse. Steve completed the necessary paperwork. Thank you Scouts!

  • LIBRARY - 2/1/18 - Ed worked on Library projects. Peter worked on archives.
    2/3/18 - John B. and Diane B. worked on Library projects. Steve K. worked on archives.
    2/6/18 - Pat, Jan, Chris and Ed worked on Library projects. Peter worked on archives.
    2/8/18 - Ed worked on Library projects.
    2/10/18 - Ed and Diane worked on Library projects. Rusty R., Bob C. and Joe S. worked on ELHS archives and getting ready for our February 17th Train Show. Steve worked on HDC archives.
    2/13/18 - Ed, John, Chris, Jan and Pat worked on Library projects. Dave worked on ELHS archives.
    2/15/18 - Don and Nestor set up Don's office with a desk and moved some book cases.

Contact Us: Orchard Park - 716-662-7002     Williamsville - 716-633-7002
WNYHDC Inc., 100 Lee Street, Buffalo, New York  14210 - 716-821-9360
All Donations to the Heritage Discovery Center are Tax-Deductable!

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