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HDC News 2019

News Updates - 2019

January 2019
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 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.

VOLUNTEERS - We conclude 2018 by logging in over 6.800 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.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH - The Heritage Discovery Center continues to host local community events and has become the meeting place for all of our affiliate partners.
  • STRC MEETING - 1/3/19 - The HDC hosted a meeting of the South Towns Rail Committee, exploring trains to Jamestown, attended by Ed Patton and Joe Kocsis.
  • BSRHS MEETING - 1/5/19 - The HDC hosted a meeting of seven officers the Buffalo & Susquehanna Railroad Historical Society, planning their annual convention at the HDC in early August. Representing the HDC were: Joe Kocsis, Ed Patton, Ron Dukarm, Steve Kocsis and Hugh Guillaume.
    1/10/19 - We received the Buffalo & Susquehanna Railroad Historical Society meeting minutes, a revised convention schedule and work/speaker assignments for our staff.
  • GREY LINE MEETING - 1/5/19 - Ed P. met with the owner of Grey Line Tours and set up arrangements for bus line excursionists to tour HDC this coming summer.
  • AREA A MEETINGS - 1/5/19 - Our attorney has reviewed the contract with WaterKeepers and Joe Kocsis has signed it for the installation of docks, and a kayak launch targeted to begin in March.
    1/12/19 - Joe K. and Ed P. attended a pre-construction meeting with RiverWorks and contractors on the site plan for Area A.
    1/26/19 - Joe K. and Ed P. met with investors looking to establish a kayak business in Area A. Design parameters were discussed along with a business plan.
  • SENIOR CITIZENS TOUR - 1/15/19 - The Steel Plant Museum hosted a tour of senior citizens from the Orchard Park Quaker Heights Assisted Living Center.
  • WNYRHS PUBLIC MEETING - 1/17/19 - The WNYRHS held their public meeting. A full house was present for Trustee elections. Following was members' slide night. Elected were: J Kocsis, R Dukarm, D Lawton S Kocsis, B Owens and D Mallory. Joe K. conducted the meeting and Leslie served refreshments.
  • BIGS SYMPOSIUM - 1/19/19 - The Buffalo Irish Geneological Society hosted a symposium on interpreting DNA and its relationship to genealogy. Ed P. and a DNA expert conducted the session.
  • SPM MEETING - 1/22/19 - The Steel Plant Museum conducted their monthly Board meeting.
  • BOOK PROJECT MEETING - 1/26/19 - Ron D. and Ed P. met with Steve Meyers who is doing a new book on Buffalo Railroads. Photos were reviewed for selection for the book.
DONATIONS - We have received the following donations of artifacts and supplies. Our sincere thanks to all our loyal supporters:
  • Ron Dukarm - donated a case of soda and a heat tape for the Pump House. Thank You Ron!
  • Hugh Guillaume - donated two hand-drawn maps of the Buffalo Waterfront from the Paul Pietrak Collection. Thank You Hugh!
  • Don Williams - donated a container of coffee creamer and a pound of sugar. Thank You Don!
  • Don and Barb Owens - donated a container of coffee. Thank You Don and Barb!
WORK ACCOMPLISHED
  • BUILDINGS & GROUNDS - 1/3/19 - Elk Street Lot - Don Owens informed us that sale negotiations for the lot are continuing with the Medaille College Sports Complex. They inquired if a caboose could be placed on the property.
    1/5/19 - Don informed us that a firm offer has been received from Medaille College for the Elk Street Lot and the WNYRHS Board is in process of approving it.
    1/12/19 - Nestor A. and Steve K. installed a new heat tape in the Pump House. Steve Koenig informed us of Norfolk Southern's plans for the former NKP yard. Salt was spread near the rear door.
    1/22/19 - Jeff shoveled the front and back entrances and salted. Our contractor plowed the parking lot.
    1/26/19 - Jeff shoveled the snow at the entrances and spread salt. Tony did the dishes. Steve consolidated engineers furniture into one room for removal next week. Joe requested a Winterization Check List for the HDC for next year. Caryl and Joe reviewed boiler repairs. Our contractor plowed the parking lot. Joe and Ed met with the Steel Plant Museum to discuss planned upgrade of high speed internet and Wi-Fi for the HDC.

  • HOUSEKEEPING - 1/3/19 - Tony did the dishes and cleaned countertops. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the floors. Barb and Tom picked up and delivered the mail.
    1/5/19 - Tony did the dishes and emptied the trash. George Specht removed the wheels from the baggage cart for repair. Nestor A. and Jeff S. removed cardboard and trash from the second floor and also moved furniture and ceiling tiles to the Hospital Building. Ron D. met with Mike P. to plan the installation of two, 42 inch glass doors to be installed for the new ELHS space on the second floor. Mike also delivered panels for a third stall in the Ladies Room.
    1/8/19 - Tony did the dishes and took the trash to the dumpster. Mike delivered the lock & key from the Orchard Park storage unit.
    1/10/19 - Tony did the dishes, cleaned counters and shoveled the front walk. George brought in the baggage cart wheels he straightened and installed them on the cart. Don Williams is checking on our used oil stored in the south entrance with a view to recycling it. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the floors.
    1/12/19 - Marty and Adam checked the drainage in the restrooms. Don Williams will recycle used oil stored in the south hallway. Barb picked up the mail and cans/bottles for recycling. Steve replenished restroom supplies.
    1/15/19 - Tony did the dishes and cleaned countertops. Ed P. and Donna S. set up AV equipment and rehearsed with the featured speaker for the BIGS DNA symposium planned for Saturday.
    1/17/19 - Al repaired a water leak. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the floors. Leslie stocked supplies for the WNYRHS public meeting. Tony did the dishes and cleaned surfaces.
    1/19/19 - Nestor shoveled the back entrance and spread salt. Barb secured a copy of our current elevator inspection certificate.
    1/24/19 - Jeff replaced stained tiles in the Library and SPM areas. Barb picked up the mail.
    1/26/19 - Barb notified us that she renewed the cleaning contract for 2019.

  • BUILDING #75 - 1/17/19 - Contractors began trenching work inside the building.

  • OP STORAGE UNIT - 1/3/19 - Mike P. brought the final truckload of furniture, file cabinets and records from our storage facility in Orchard Park and delivered them to the Hospital Building. The storage unit is now empty.

  • LIBRARY - 1/3/19 - Jim, Donna, Pat, Mike and Ed worked on library projects. Jeff worked on the Magazine Project.
    1/5/19 - Jim, Donna, Diane, and Ed worked on library projects. Jeff worked on Magazines. Steve K. worked on archives. Hugh G. catalogued NYC archives.
    1/8/19 - Jim, Donna, Pat, Mike, Jan, Chris and Ed worked on library projects. Jim had two computer technicians in to upgrade our system.
    1/10/19 - Hugh worked on the NYC archives and Jeff on Magazines. Jen escorted a researcher using SPM files in the Library.
    1/12/19 - Jim, Donna, Ed and Diane worked on library projects. Bob worked on ELHS archives. Steve worked on HDC archives.
    1/15/19 - Jim, Donna, Ed, Mike, Pat, Chris, Jan and Diane worked on library projects. Jeff worked on Magazines.
    1/17/19 - Jeff worked on Magazines. Peter worked on archives.
    1/19/19 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Diane, Pat and Mike worked on library projects.
    1/22/19 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Jan, Pat and Mike worked on library projects. Jeff worked on Magazines. Peter worked on archives.
    1/24/19 - Ed, Jim & Donna worked on library projects. The computer consultant was in to do upgrades on our workstations.
    1/24/19 - Ed & Diane worked on library projects. Jeff worked on Magazines. Steve worked on HDC archives.

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.
  • HDC MEETING - 2/2/19 - The Heritage Discover Center Board held their monthly business meeting.
  • WNYRHS BOARD MEETING - 2/7/19 - The WNYRHS Board of Trustees held their monthly business meeting and held their election of officers.
  • BGS BOARD MEETING - 2/7/19 - The Buffalo Geological Society held their monthly Board meeting.
  • OSC MEETING - 2/7/19 - Ed and Ron met with Tom Wagner of Ontario Specialty Contracting and covered several topics of mutual concern about Areas A & B.
  • RAILROAD BOOK MEETING - 2/9/19 - Ron D. met with author Steve Meyers on selecting photos for his new Buffalo Railroad book.
  • DEVELOPER MEETING - 2/14/19 - Ron met with a representative of Savarino Enterprises who is rehabbing the old St. Stephens Church into an apartment complex and wishes to place railroad historic photos in their public areas. Sample photos will be researched.
    2/21/19 - Ron prepared pricing and sample photos for Savarino Enterprises for their rehabilitation of St. Stephens Church into apartments.
  • CLYC MEETING - 2/20/19 - Barb hosted a Board meeting of the China Light Yacht Club.
  • BSRHS MEETING - 2/23/19 - Joe, Steve, Ed & Leslie attended the Buffalo & Susquehanna Railroad Historical Society Symposium Committee meeting that is planning this year's convention at the HDC. Programs, schedules, menu's and train excursions were confirmed.
  • HDC MEETING - 2/26/19 - The Heritage Discover Center Board held their monthly business meeting.
  • SPM BOARD MEETING - 2/26/19 - The Steel Plant Museum held their monthly Board meeting.
  • AUCTIONEER MEETING - 2/26/19 - Mike & Ed met with an auctioneer to price our roller/wheel/motor inventory for sale at auction or on eBay.
  • TSC MEETING - 2/28/19 - Ron met with Mike Vogel planning the room setup for the Lighthouse and Tall Ships meetings on March 5th and 6th.
  • FINANCE MEETING - 2/28/19 - Barb and Marty attended a Finance Committee meeting.
DONATIONS - We have received the following donations of artifacts and supplies. Our sincere thanks to all our loyal supporters:
  • Paul McGrath - donated two large boxes of railroad books, magazines and railroad paperwork. Thank you Paul!
  • Don and Barb Owens - donated a can of coffee and a case of water. Thank you Don & Barb!
  • Ron Dukarm - donated a case of water, three cases of soda, a 4'x8' piece of finished plywood, two gallons of paint, one gallon of primer, two rolls of tape, a hammer, a set of 8 screw drivers and two computer cables. Thank you Ron!
  • Mike Pietrocarlo - sold some donated items and secured $1,000 for the HDC. Thank you Mike!
  • Smokin Joe's - donated three portable sandwich signs, a 30" x 48" glass door refrigerator, a chrome shelving unit, a 30" x 60" table, 10 rubber mats, a box of office supplies and 8 "Jersey Barriers." Jeff and Adam unloaded the concrete barriers next to Pump House. Thank you Smokin Joe's!
  • Tom Stackhouse - donated a railroad book. Thank you Tom!
  • John Slater - has arrainged that we will be donated a NKP signal that was removed from the mainline in 1947. Delivery date TBD. Thank you John!
  • Bob Griffiths - donated 25 wooden railroad logo plaques and will send another group. Thank you Bob!
  • Anna Marie Falkner - donated two Pennsylvania Railroad passes from 1924 and 1927. Thank you Anna Marie!
  • Steve Meyers - donated a pound of coffee and two cases of soda. Thank you Steve!

WORK ACCOMPLISHED
  • BUILDINGS & GROUNDS - 2/2/19 - Jeff shoveled snow at entrances and spread salt. Our contractor plowed the parking lot.
    2/14/19 - Our snowplow contractor cleared the lot and picked up the dumpster trash. Don Owens salted the parking lot. Jeff S. shoveled the front walk and found a problem in the SPM heating system. Jeff also took all the trash from the Archive Building and Rm 160 to the dumpster. Ontario Specialty Contracting employees began working on the old Buffalo Color Ice House removing steel appendages from the roof.
    2/19/19 - Jeff S. and Tony M. shoveled the front walk. Our contractor plowed the parking lot. OSC started demolishing the old Buffalo Color Machine Shops.
    2/21/19 - Adam P. filled the brake fluid in our Grove deck crane and also checked for wind damage on Areas A & B. He found corrugated sheet panels blown off of Bldg 82, parking stakes were blown over, the grill of the Jacobson gang mower blown off and flat tires on both the crane and the backhoe. Don & Barb Owens took staff & visitors on a tour of Areas A & B.
    2/26/19 - Nestor A. checked the roof of the HDC for wind damage. Jeff & Nestor removed a damaged HVAC duct from the SPM.
    2/28/19 - Our contractor plowed the parking lot. Don O. shoveled the back entrance.

  • 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-Deductible!

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