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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 Trading Post - 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.

  • HOUSEKEEPING - 2/2/19 - Tony did dishes and emptied trash. Caryl and Joe reviewed boiler repairs. Steve checked for leaks on second floor.
    2/7/19 - Tony did dishes. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped floors.
    2/9/19 - Tony did the dishes and mopped floors. Don picked up mail and took cans/bottles. Nestor and Jeff removed the broken refrigerator to the dumpster. Our working refrigerator was moved next to the stove. Jeff scrubbed the floors. Mike and his moving crew brought in the newly donated glass door refrigerator. Steve rearranged shelving in the kitchen.
    2/12/19 - Tony did the dishes, collected the trash and mopped the floors.
    2/14/19 - Tony did the dishes, collected trash and cleaned surfaces. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped floors. Don picked up the mail.
    2/16/19 - Tony did the dishes, collected trash and cleaned surfaces. Nestor took old furniture to dumpster. Diane restocked restrooms and janitor closet with bathroom tissue on second floor. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the bar room.
    2/19/19 - Tony did the dishes, collected trash and cleaned surfaces. Barb & Don cleaned our new refrigerator.
    2/21/19 - Tony did the dishes and collected the trash. Our contractor cleaned restrooms and mopped floors. Erica swept floors. Marty repaired sticking door to the Bar Room and found problem with the PA system. Jeff and Adam placed sandwich boards in Boiler Room.
    2/23/19 - Tony did the dishes and cleaned surfaces. Tom picked up Lehigh Valley PA locomotive models the Williamsville Depot. Steve hung a sign in the Bar Room. Joe got new refrigerator running.
    2/26/19 - Tony did the dishes, collected trash and cleaned surfaces.
    2/28/19 - Tony did the dishes, collected trash and cleaned surfaces. Our contractors cleaned restrooms and mopped floors.

  • ROOM 160 COMPLEX - 2/2/19 - Joe and Ron planned all the work in Room 160, painting, floor cleaning and cabinet work.
    2/5/19 - Barb washed the office walls and swept the floors. Jeff removed paper and hanging items from the walls. Nestor moved out unneeded furniture.
    2/7/19 - Jeff removed nails and wires from walls and spackled all holes. Nestor moved out more unneeded furniture and set up new HDC office. The main water supply to the HDC is located in the Room 160 Complex conference room. Recent changes required a new access door to the pipes. The new access panel will be easily removable for inspections and repair. Nestor and Jeff built new framework over the water pipes.
    2/9/19 - Jeff sanded all the patched holes.
    2/14/19 - Contractor hired clean all the floors will be in Tuesday at 10:00am to give an estimate and schedule a cleaning date.
    2/16/19 - Nestor and Ron finished framing in the water access pipes in the conference room.
    2/19/19 - Barb & Bob met with the cleaning contractor to get the price on doing all the RM 160 floors.
    2/23/19 - Jeff & Nestor placed new plywood in Rm 160.
    2/26/19 - Jeff primed all the patched holes. Jeff & Nestor taped the office for painting.
    2/28/19 - Marty fabricated the wood top for the pipe case.

  • NYC WOODEN CABOOSE - 2/9/19 - Don Owens informed us that our NYC caboose move to the HDC is on track. Moving date is still TBD.

  • LIBRARY - 2/2/19 - Ed & Diane worked on library projects. Jeff worked on magazines, Steve on HDC archives.
    2/5/19 - Ed, Mike, Pat, Jan & Chris worked on library projects. Jeff worked on the magazines.
    2/9/19 - Ed and Diane worked on library projects. John and Brian worked on NKP archives. Steve worked on HDC archives.
    2/12/19 - Mike, Jan and Pat worked on library projects. Jeff worked on magazines.
    2/14/19 - Bob worked on ELHS archives. Joe S. worked on ELHS archives and getting ready for our February 16th Train Show. Steve worked on HDC archives.
    2/16/19 - Diane, John B, and John S. worked on library projects.
    2/19/19 - Diane, John, Ed, Jan, Pat and Chris worked on library projects. Bob worked on ELHS archives.
    2/23/19 - Diane worked on library projects. Steve K worked on archives. Steve M scanned photos for his new Buffalo Railroad book. Jeff worked on magazines.
    2/26/19 - Mike, Pat, Jan & Chris worked on library projects.
    2/28/19 - Bob worked on ELHS archives.

March 2019
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.
  • BGS MEETING - 3/2/19 - The Buffalo Geology Society held their public meeting.
  • WATERKEEPERS MEETING - 3/5/19 - The WaterKeepers sent their contract photographer to document Area A shoreline as construction will begin soon.
  • STEEL PLANT MUSEUM - 1st WEDNESDAY EVENT - 3/6/19 - The Steel Plant Museum of WNY and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeepers presented the "Buffalo River History Panel." David L George-Shongo, Jr. from Seneca Iroquois National Museum, Tim Bohen, Author of "Against the Grain," and Ed Patton from WNY Heritage Discovery Center lead a very entertaining presentation to over 90 people!
  • TALL SHIPS MEETING - 3/7/19 - The Tall Ships Committee held a planning meeting of over 60 local law enforcement officials (FBI, City, Sheriffs, Border patrol, Coast Guard, etc.) for their July 4th festival. Leslie was host and served refreshments.
  • WNYRHS MEETING - 3/7/19 - The WNYRHS Board of Trustees held their monthly business meeting.
  • BGS MEETING - 3/7/19 - The Buffalo Geology Society held a Board meeting.
  • AREA "A" MEETING - 3/7/19 - Joe and Ed met with RiverWorks going over lease arrangements and building construction budgets.
    3/23/19 - Don O. met with the President of the Land Conservancy and two staffers. They toured the DL&W highline.
  • PLANNING MEETINGS - 3/9/19 - Don Owens was selected by the Land Conservancy to judge the best plans proposed for the DL&W Highline and has it ranked in the best five. Joe met with Earl Ketry from RiverWorks and has finalized the building locations and parking areas for Area "A."
  • MUSEUM TOUR - 3/12/19 - The Steel Plant Museum conducted a museum tour for a busload of residents of a Senior Adult Services Center.
  • MUSEUM TOUR - 3/14/19 - Don Owens gave a special tour to the Aurora Historical Society Director.
  • BLA MEETING - 3/14/19 - The Buffalo Lighthouse Association held their Board meeting.
  • FINANCE MEETING - 3/16/19 - A meeting of the Finance Committee was attended by Don, Barb, Joe, Jim, Cindy & Caryl.
  • St PATRICK'S DAY PARTY - 3/16/19 - Leslie & Joe Kocsis hosted a St Patricks Day party for HDC volunteers. A good time was had by all.
  • SPM BOARD MEETING - 3/19/19 - The Steel Plant Museum held their monthly Board meeting.
  • TRAIN SHOW MEETING - 3/21/19 - A meeting of the Train Show Committee was held attended by Art, Caryl, Don, Barb and Marty.
  • WNYRHS PUBLIC MEETING - 3/21/19 - The WNYRHS held their March Public Meeting. Society member, Geno Dailey, gave a well received program covering a "Coast to Coast" Amtrak trip he completed in October 2018. New president Caryl Youngers lead the meeting and Barb O. sold refreshments.
  • HDC BOARD MEETING - 3/26/19 - The Heritage Discovery Center Board held their monthly business meeting.
  • BGS MEETING - 3/28/19 - Ron met with the President of the Buffalo Geological Society and his staff. They have battery lights now in the DL&W boxcar and are in no hurry for power to be installed. Also they appreciate the height of boxcar as it makes loading heavy items much easier into their high-bed truck. They had over 4,000 people attend their March show at the Agri-Center. Their members like our meeting site and the safe, nearby parking. They will bring in another group they are associated with to have meetings at the HDC.
  • VOLUNTEER MEETING - 3/28/19 - A meeting on Volunteerism was held Thursday attended by Don O., Barb O., Caryl Y., Cindy T. and Luke Topolski.
DONATIONS - We have received the following donations of artifacts and supplies. Our sincere thanks to all our loyal supporters:
  • William Wachob - donated 94 Lionel Hallmark Christmas tree train ornaments sold between 1996 and 2018. The donation also included many "limited edition" pieces. Thank you William!
  • Keith Ambrose - donated many SB Railway news clippings, two switch keys and an employee tag. Thank you Keith!
  • Don and Barb Owens - donated two cases of water, a case of soda, hand soap, paper towels & scent packs. Thank you Don & Barb!
  • Noel Varela - donated a container of Coffee Mate. Thank you Noel!
  • Smokin Joes Trading Post - donated a portable food serving steam table for banquet service, a huge commercial ice making machine which will be scraped and two 20 ft. containers also loaded with scrap steel. Thank you Smokin Joes!!!
  • Mike Pietrocarlo - donated the use of his truck and picked up and delivered all the donations from Smokin Joes. He also delivered three 30-yard dumpsters of metal scrap, motors, etc. to be scraped and a 4'x8' sheet of stainless steel for the benefit of the HDC for a total of $9000. He also donated 17 sections of shelving and two 20-ft containers of metal scrap from Smokin Joes plus a large commercial ice maker to be scrapped (placed in Area A). Thank you Mike!!!
  • Ron Dukarm - donated a new snow shovel, ten feet of duct-work for the SPM area, floor tiles, floor cement and flooring tools for the Rm. 160 Complex. Thank you Ron!
  • Steel Plant Museum - donated 40 envelopes of SB Railway accidents reports. Thank you SPM!
  • Dave Skoney - donated four wood chisels, a screwdriver and four sanding discs. Thank you Dave!
  • Caryl Youngers - donated 250 feet of communications wire. Thank you Caryl!
  • John Blest - donated a Soo Lines 1892 calendar booklet. Thank you John!
  • James Michalowski - donated 24 hard cover books, 22 soft cover books & videos. Thank you James!
  • Don Williams - donated a can of coffee and a jar of coffee creamer. Thank you Don!
  • Kevin Walters - donated and delivered 600 pounds of Portage Bridge turn buckles and connecting rods. He also donated two complete signal platforms, a ladder base, five sets of railroad cross-bucks and a NKP junction signal box. Thank you Kevin!!!
  • Rich Carlson - donated eight railroad books, an 18"x34" framed locomotive photo and a plaque. Thank you Rich!
  • Stephen Philip Romanowski - donated four railroad books and seven battery-powered South Buffalo Railway lanterns. Thank you Stephen!
  • Ron Dukarm, Don Owens and the Steel Plant Museum - contributed a total of $1,300 to purchase the 14' Portage Bridge piece from a southern tier scrap yard for display on the front lawn of the HDC. Thank you ALL!
  • Noel Varela - donated three pounds of coffee. Thank you Noel!
  • Smokin Joe's Trading Post - donated two 20-ft containers of metal scrap plus a large commercial ice maker to be scrapped. (placed in Area A). Also two wheelchairs, four metal storage cabinets and four carts. Thank you Smokin Joe's!!!
  • The Davies Family - Jerry, Candy and Cindy Davies donated their father's NYC artifacts including photos, news clippings, six spikes, seven railroad keys, a switch lock & NYC postcards. Thank you Davies Family!

WORK ACCOMPLISHED
  • BUILDINGS & GROUNDS - 3/5/19 - Jeff and Nestor installed new HVAC duct work in the SPM.
    3/7/19 - Tony shoveled the walks. Our contractor plowed the parking lot. OSC removed the pipe bridge connecting the Guardhouse and the old Buffalo Color Machine Shop. The two I-beams were left standing as we requested.
    3/14/19 - Tony picked up debris on the grounds around the HDC building.
    3/23/19 - Adam got our back-hoe started. He restacked the "Jersey Barriers" and moved some items into the Hospital Building. Barb contacted Waste Management and ordered a weekly pick-up of the dumpster for the summer months.
    3/28/19 - Waste Management emptied our dumpster. Mike moved the forklift to Building #75 to do some work in the building. Don Williams will remove a trashed couch, chair and table top for disposal on Saturday.
    3/30/19 - Don Williams and Nestor loaded old furniture and debris & took to the land fill. Mike P. cleaned out more debris from Building #75.

  • HOUSEKEEPING - 3/2/19 - Tony did the dishes and collected the trash. Don picked up the mail.
    3/5/19 - Tony did the dishes and collected the trash. Leslie brought in food and set out tableware for Wednesdays Law Enforcement meeting. Nestor removed all the stored items in the Bar Room to Room 160. Ron restocked the restrooms.
    3/7/19 - Tony did the dishes and collected the trash. Nestor removed tables from the Meeting Room. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the floors. Jerry and Jeff replaced all the tables and set up the Meeting Room.
    3/9/19 - Tony did the dishes and collected trash and mopped the floors. Barb swept the floors, dusted surfaces and restocked the restrooms.
    3/12/19 - Tony did the dishes, collected trash and mopped the floors. Nestor removed trash from the second floor.
    3/14/19 - Tony did the dishes and Barb restocked the restrooms and washed the blinds. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the floors.
    3/16/19 - Tony did the dishes
    3/19/19 - Tony did the dishes and mopped the floors. Jim Slominski delivered the last of the Society Store inventory. Joe & Leslie cleaned up the Kitchen and Meeting Room after the St Pat's party.
    3/21/19 - Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and the floors. Nestor moved trash to the dumpster.
    3/23/19 - Steve mounted six more of our wooden railroad logo plaques donated by Bob Griffiths in the Meeting Room. Adam removed the trash out to the dumpster. Tony did the dishes and cleaned the counters.
    3/26/19 - Tony did the dishes and cleaned the counters.
    3/28/19 - Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the floors. Tony did the dishes and cleaned counters.
    3/30/19 - The Buffalo Geology Society started to place displays in their display case. Tony did the dishes and cleaned counters.

  • ROOM 160 COMPLEX - 3/2/19 - Jeff did trim painting in Rm 160.
    3/5/19 - Jeff did more painting in Rm 160.
    3/9/19 - Jeff and Nestor started painting walls in the Rm 160 complex.
    3/12/19 - Jeff did more painting in the Rm 160 complex.
    3/14/19 - Marty L. painted in Room 160.
    3/16/19 - Jeff painted more in the Rm 160 complex.
    3/19/19 - Jeff started removing painter's tape in the Room 160 complex.
    3/21/19 - Marty did more painting in the complex.
    3/23/19 - Nestor complete more painting in the Room 160 Complex. Barb washed the window frames in Room 160.
    3/26/19 - Nestor and Jeff painted more walls in the Room 160 complex.
    3/28/19 - Marty removed old and broken floor tiles from Room 160.
    3/30/19 - Marty V. laid over a dozen new floor tiles in Room 160 and Nestor did patching and painting.

  •  PORTAGE BRIDGE  - 3/19/19 - Society member, Kevin Walters, has made arrangements with the steel scraper of the Portage Bridge to reserve for us the last remaining pieces of the 1875 bridge structure. One is 14 feet long, and 18" by 30," weighing approximately two tons. He will only hold it a short time before he scraps it out. He is willing to sell it to us at scrap price: $1,100. We believe this piece would make an excellent artifact/artwork to display in front of our building. It represents both railroading and steel-making. We are seeking to raise funds for the purchase and transport of these historic artifacts.
    3/23/19 - Ron Dukarm, Don Owens and the Steel Plant Museum contributed $1,300 to purchase the 14' Portage Bridge piece from the scrap yard for display on our front lawn of the Heritage Discovery Center.
    3/27/19 - Kevin Walters purchased the remaining pieces of the bridge from the scrap dealer and arranged transportation. Marty L. and Nestor A. unload the artifacts from the tilt bed truck in the HDC parking lot. For safe keeping, Marty L., delicately placed them into the guardhouse. Many thanks to Barb, Kevin, Nestor and Marty for managing this project on such a short notice.


  • MECHANICAL - 3/9/19 - Mike repaired a flat tire on the backhoe, tuned up the engine, replaced battery cables and got it running.
    3/28/19 - Adam & Marty L. worked on our Grove crane.

  • LIBRARY - 3/2/19 - Bob, Mike M & Dave S. worked on ELHS archives. Ed, Diane & John worked on library projects. Steve K. worked on HDC archives. Ron & Steve M went over photo documentation for Steve's new Buffalo Railroad book.
    3/5/19 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Pat, Jan and Mike worked on library projects.
    3/9/19 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Diane, John and Pat worked on library projects. Steve worked on second floor archive cataloguing.
    3/12/19 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Diane, John, Chris, Jan, Mike S. and Pat worked on library projects. Ed arranged for a demonstration of a high-tech scanner. Members of the WNY Library Resources Council were invited.
    3/16/19 - Jim, Donna and Diane worked on library projects. Steve worked on HDC archives.
    3/19/19 - John, Chris, Pat, Mike, Jim, Donna and Diane worked on library projects.
    3/21/19 - Jim and Donna worked on library projects. Steve worked on HDC archives. Mike Militello worked on ELHS archives.
    3/23/19 - Jim, Diane and Donna worked on library projects. Steve worked on HDC archives.
    3/26/19 - Jim, Mike, Pat, Jan, and Donna worked on library projects. Steve worked on HDC archives.
    3/30/19 - Jim, Donna & Diane worked on Library projects. Bob worked on ELHS archives. Steve worked on HDC archives.

April 2019
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.
  • STEEL PLANT MUSEUM - 1st WEDNESDAY EVENT - 4/3/19 - Over 40 peole had a great time as the Steel Plant Museum hosted a road trip through history as we took a look at the Pierce Arrow Factory in Buffalo!
  • STEEL PLANT MUSEUM - NEW EXHIBIT - 4/3/19 - "Green Steel: The Environmental Impact of the Steel Industry." This exhibit is looks at the environmental side of the steel industry, how it affected the lake, the towns, and the people living and working nearby.
  • WNYRHS BOARD MEETING - 4/4/19 - The WNYRHS Board of Trustees held their monthly meeting.
  • BGS MEETING - 4/6/19 - The Buffalo Geological Society held their monthly public meeting.
  • BGS BOARD MEETING - 4/11/19 - The Buffalo Geological Society Board of Trustee's held their monthly meeting.
  • MUSEUM TOUR - 4/11/19 - The Steel Plant Museum conducted a tour of the Museum for a group of disabled visitors.
  • BIGS MEETING - 4/20/19 - The Buffalo Irish Geneological Society held their annual "Gathering of the Clans". Over 25 people attended. Lectures and computer hands-on instructed attendees on genealogy research were led by Ed and Donna.
  • SPM BOARD MEETING - 4/23/19 - The Steel Plant Museum held their monthly Board meeting.
  • MUSEUM TOUR - 4/25/19 - The Steel Plant Museum conducted a tour of the Museum for a group of disabled visitors from the ARC of Erie County.
  • HDC BOARD MEETING - 4/30/19 - The Heritage Discovery Center Board held their monthly business meeting.

DONATIONS - We have received the following donations of artifacts and supplies. Our sincere thanks to all our loyal supporters:
  • Ron Dukarm - donated $400 to cover the cost of emptying two trailers, three cases of soda, a case of water, 10 gallons of gas and three gallons of antifreeze. Thank You Ron!
  • Jerry Bower - donated a container of coffee and a stack of Styrofoam cups. Thank You Jerry!
  • Hugh Guillaume - donated a prospectus booklet on the Buffalo & Susquehanna Railroad from 1904 and four telegrams sent to the Buffalo & Susquehanna Railroad. He also donated 59 Port Colburn trolley photos, 18 steam & rail diesel car photos, six post cards, five railroad booklets, 20 railroad books, five railroad coupon bonds, three magazines, two pictures, four photo albums, a NYC switch inspector report and 100 US Geological Survey maps dating from 1897. Thank You Hugh!
  • Dave Dustman - donated a book on the "South Buffalo Railway." Thank You Dave!
  • Bob Snyder - donated two NYC excursion posters. Thank You Bob!
  • Greg Gee - donated 30 boxes of railroad magazines and books. Steve K. and Nestor A. brought two truckloads to the HDC. Thank You Greg and Steve and Nestor for your help!
  • John Blest - donated a Western Union sliding rate calculator. Thank You John!
  • Don & Barb Owens - donated a set of keys for the HDC. Thank You Don and Barb!
  • Joe Sullivan - donated a book on Ireland. Thank You Joe!
  • Kevin Walters Jr. & Sr. - donated photos, plans and historic information on the Erie Railroad Portage Bridge and secured a donation from CSX of the NYC Frontier Yard "Hump Signal." Thank You Kevin and Kevin!
  • Tom Gould - donated 20 museum quality models of WWII aircraft. Thank You Tom!
  • Anonymous - donated four NYC coffee cups, an ERIE Railroad engineers exam book and an Elesco Lighting service manual. Thank You!
  • Dave Young - donated a G&W calendar, a book "Transit Maps of the World", a book "New York City Subway Tracks," two cases of soda, a pack of paper towels, tissue and toilet paper. Thank You Dave!
  • Lynn Heintz - donated a signal flag from the Himrod, New York NYC Station, a signal cone, four stamped railroad hand tools, four marker lamps, two metal letters from the NYC Batavia, New York station, a picture that lights up, 11 books, a ream of NYC stationary and a stamp collection and album. Thank You Lynn!
  • Buffalo Geology Society - donated a NYC Railroad, New York City visitor pamphlet, eight coffee cups and a dozen boxes. Thank You BGS!
  • Tom Stackhouse - donated a new book on Pullman Porters. Thank You Tom!
  • Buffalo Irish Geneological Society - donated lunches to all HDC volunteers. Thank You BIGS!

WORK ACCOMPLISHED
  • BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS - 4/2/19 - AREA A - Mike P. and his crew started scrapping out the donated Smokin Joe's commercial ice maker. The WaterKeepers' photographer took preconstruction photos of our shoreline. RiverWorks contractors were working in Building #75. OSC's Tom Wagner was informed of all our activities in Area A.
    4/4/19 - Nestor A. policed the grounds for trash around the HDC building. Mike P. and his crew continued scrapping out the ice maker and continued to scrap out electric motors from the two 20-foot containers. RiverWorks contractors removed unused piping and brackets from roof in Building #75.
    4/11/19 - Marty L. and Don O. removed loose floor tiles from the back entrance of the Don Owens Center so new tiles can be laid. Nestor and Tony unloaded a truckload of wood from the Orchard Park Depot and placed it in the Guardhouse.
    4/16/19 - The Medaille College Fieldhouse erected in AREA E, now has a roof. The Fieldhouse is next to our Elk Street parking lot which was recently purchased by Medaille College. Clean-up of the demolished Machine Shop Building in AREA C next to our Guardhouse continues by Ontario Specialty Contracting.
    4/13/19 - Erica worked on the HDC gardens. Nestor brought a truckload of records from the Orchard Park Depot and placed them in the Hospital Building. Steve brought a truckload of records from Orchard Park and placed them in the Archive Building. Kevin Walters Jr. and Sr. prepared plans to bring the Norfolk Southern South Park Avenue bridge signals from NS yard to the HDC.
    4/18/19 - Tom Gould, Ron D., Nestor A., Steve K., Steve G., Jacob, and Mike P. and his crew cleaned out and reorganized two of the storage trailers to free up space for artifacts from the Orchard Park Depot. More work needs to be done. Tom G. removed high value items to his trailer which he brought.
    4/19/19 - Nestor A., Steve G., Mike P. and his crew continued to empty and reorganize the two storage trailers. Enough trash and rubbish was removed to fill a dump truck, and a run was made to the landfill. More aircraft models were removed to the Hospital Building. Work will continue on Saturday. Our goal is to have one trailer empty to receive the last of the artifacts from the Orchard Park Depot.
    4/20/19 - Mike P. and his crew, Nestor A. and Marty V. cleaned out more debris from the storage trailers and restacked the remaining items. They then opened the D&H boxcar and removed three large electric projector screens to HDC back hallway. Marty L. and Adam P. worked on the Grove crane and made a list of needed fluids and parts. Don Williams picked up all the metal scrap from the trailers and took it to the scrap yard. Mike P. took a truckload of garbage to the landfill.
    4/23/19 - Caryl Y., Mike S., Dave M., Bob S., Nestor A. and Jerry S. unloaded Caryl's truck of storage items from the Orchard Park Depot. A load of trash was taken to the landfill by Mike P. Artifacts were placed in the Hospital Building. Dresser records were placed in the Archive building. Don Williams took metal scrap from Area A to scrapper.

    4/25/19 - Erica did more gardening out front. Tony picked up trash around the building. Jeff worked on lawn mowers. Nestor and Jeff restacked Portage Bridge parts in Guardhouse and cleared space.
    4/27/19 - In Rm 206 (designated for the ELHS) Nestor A. and Jeff S. moved out all storage items which went to the Tool Rm, Hospital Building, Rm 160 and the Guardhouse. Two more tables were set up for magazine sorting in Rm 205. Floors were cleaned and all the trash was removed.

    4/30/19 - Jeff S. moved 1,000 magazines into the Rm 205 conference area for sorting. Nestor A. removed damaged file cabinets from the conference area. Boxes were moved from the open area and placed into rooms not assigned for ELHS space. The floors were swept.


  • ROOM 160 COMPLEX - 4/2/19 - Nestor moved furniture out of the Room 160 Complex for floor cleaning.
    4/6/19 - Barb washed the windows in the Room 160 complex.
    4/9/19 - Barb washed the blinds in the complex. Nestor removed more furniture.
    4/13/19 - Nestor cleared out the remaining furniture from the Room 160 complex.
    4/16/19 - Our contractor and Bob C. scrubbed the floors in the Rm 160 complex and applied two coats of wax.

    4/19/19 - Steve K. moved the base of a conference table into the conference room and hung closet doors.
    4/20/19 - Nestor brought in two desks. Mike P., Nestor A., Marty L., Jeff S. and Tony M. moved a large conference table top into the Conference Room from the second floor. Jeff placed 12 conference chairs around it. Jeff moved all the paint buckets and tools left in the room to the Tool Room.
    4/27/19 - Nestor A. moved the key cabinet into the security office. Jeff and Nestor moved a credenza and chairs into the reception area.

  • HOUSEKEEPING - 4/2/19 - Tony did the dishes, collected the trash and cleaned the counters.
    4/4/19 - Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the floors. Tony did the dishes, collected trash and cleaned the counters. Steve K. restocked the restrooms and fixed the back door.
    4/6/19 - Tony did dishes and cleaned the counters.
    4/9/19 - Tony collected the trash. Nestor cleared out the back entrance so floor tiles can be cleaned.
    4/11/19 - Barb vacuumed the carpets. Tony did the dishes and collected more trash. Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the floors. Marty L. straightened out and bolted display cases in the Meeting Room to eliminate gaps between the cases.
    4/13/19 - Tony did the dishes and collected trash. Steve packed up the magazines in the Meeting Room.
    4/16/19 - Tony did the dishes and collected the trash. The Church scrubbed and waxed the corridor floors on the second floor. We provided the Church with floor tiles and glue to replace the loose/broken tiles by their main entrance.
    4/18/19 - Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the floors. Steve K. and Jeff S. moved magazines out of the the Meeting Room. Tony collected the trash and did the dishes.
    4/19/19 - Steve set up the Meeting Room for tomorrow's "Gathering of the Clans" event, including two projector screens.
    4/20/19 - Nestor and Tony reset the Meeting Room after the Clan event. Tony did the dishes and collected the trash.
    4/23/19 - Tony collected the trash and did the dishes.
    4/25/19 - Our contractor cleaned the restrooms and mopped the floors. Barb mopped the corridors and started to set up a "Go Fund Me" account for Portage Bridge display. Tony collected the trash and did the dishes. Marty started to repair and hang our large projection screen in the Meeting Room.
    4/27/19 - Tony collected the trash, swept the floors and did the dishes. Ron and Tony reset the Meeting Room. Ron & Nestor brought a truckload of wood from Orchard Park Depot.

  • SPM/BGS EDUCATION PROJECTS - 4/16/19 - The Steel Plant Museum is proposing an education project for children. Proposal has been sent to the WNYRHS Board for consideration. The Buffalo Geology Society today proposed an education project for children whereby dump truck loads of fossil material would be dumped on the grounds and children would sort through it for fossils. Remains would be used for fill.

  • VINTAGE RAILROAD SIGNALS - 4/16/19 - Kevin Walters Jr. and Sr. informed us that they have secured three more vintage railroad signals. One is a Nickle Plate Railroad two head unit located in Portland, New York. The other two are being donated by CSX from the "Hump" in Buffalo's Frontier Yard. Thank You, CSX! They also plan to pick up the South Park Avenue Bridge signals from Norfolk Southern. The signals should arrive by the second week of May.
    4/25/19 - Kevin Walters Sr. and Jr. went to Frontier Yard and watched the CSX Signal Crew load the vintage New York Central "Hump" signal onto their flatbed trailer. They then brought it to the HDC and helped unload the signal. Many thanks to CSX and Kevin Sr. and Jr.
    4/30/19 - Nestor, Kevin Sr & Kevin Jr went to Portland, New York to dismount a NKP signal which was donated to us. When transportation is arranged it will be moved to the HDC.

  • ERIE CABOOSE at RIVERWORKS - 4/13/19 - The Eagle Scout group notified us that they are ready to paint our Erie Railroad caboose in the "Riverworks" complex and requested advice on brand and type of paints and that they need a stencil for the "ERIE" logo.

  • LIBRARY - 4/2/19 - Jim, Donna, Pat, Jan & Mike S. worked on Library projects. Mike M. worked on ELHS archives. Hugh worked on NYC archives. Jeff worked on Magazines.
    4/4/19 - Hugh worked on NYC archives. Jeff worked on Magazines. Steve worked on HDC archives.
    4/6/19 - Jim, Donna, Ed, Diane and Jim worked on library projects. Steve worked on HDC archives.
    4/9/19 - Jim, Donna, Ed, Pat, Jan and Mike worked on library projects. Peter worked on archives. Hugh worked on NYC records.
    4/11/19 - Ed worked on library projects. Hugh worked on NYC records.
    4/13/19 - Ed, Jim, Donna, John and Diane worked on library projects.
    4/16/19 - Ed, Jim, Mike, Chris, Pat, Jan and Diane worked on library projects. Hugh worked on NYC records.
    4/18/19 - Ed, Jim, and Donna worked on library projects. Hugh worked on NYC records. Steve worked on HDC archives.
    4/20/19 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Mike, Jan, Pat & Diane worked on library projects. Jeff worked on magazines. Bob worked on ELRRHS archives.
    4/23/19 - Ed, Jim, Donna, Mike, Jan, Pat & Chris worked on library projects. Jeff worked on magazines. Hugh worked on NYC archives.
    4/25/19 - Hugh worked on NYC archives. Nestor took file cabinets of Dresser material to the Map Room.
    4/27/19 - Jim, Donna, Diane and Mike worked on library projects. Steve worked on HDC archives and Jeff S. on magazines.
    4/30/19 - Jim, Donna, Pat, Jan & Ed worked on library projects. Steve worked on HDC archives, Jeff on magazines and Hugh G. on NYC archives.

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