Canaseraga Creek Crier
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From the Editorial Staff
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Oliver & Son, Dick & Connie Radde, Sierra Inn, Southern Tier Concrete Products and
Wilson's Beef Farm.
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|CCWP AWARDED GRANT
An article in the first issue of the Canaseraga
Creek Crier described the Canaseraga Creek Watershed Project and its purpose. The
name, incidentally, is a geographical description and does not pertain specifically to
Canaseraga Creek. Briefly, the project involves the Towns of Burns and Grove and the
Village of Canaseraga in an effort to plan improved community levels of living (roads,
sewer, etc.), encourage economic development and develop tourism.
On December 1, 1999, a $4,000 grant was awarded the area for the
purpose of hiring a consultant. The consultant will help create an economic development
and ecotourism vision of the Canaseraga Creek Watershed in the Towns of Burns and Grove,
which includes the Village of Canaseraga. This project is funded in part by the Rural New
York Planning and Preservation Grant Program administered by the New York Planning
Federation with the support of The J. M. Kaplan Fund and The Andy Warhol Foundation for
the Visual Arts.
Interested citizens from all three municipalities, attending CCWP
meetings since September, have laid the foundation for the development of the
"vision," or master plan, which the grant will fund. Ideas that have been
discussed include development of hiking and snowmobile trails, both through state land and
unused railroad beds; development of historic sites within the area; and the preservation
of historic buildings. Other ideas resulting from the meetings include the formation of a
garden club, initiating an annual fall festival, and the Canaseraga Creek Crier
(which has become a reality).
The CCWP continues to meet each month. The next meeting is
January 17, 2000, 7 pm, at the Canaseraga Fire Hall. Interested parties are encouraged to
attend to listen to on-going discussions and contribute their ideas. Allegany County
Legislator Bill Dibble, who was responsible for writing the grant in September, chairs the
meetings. His continued interest has been instrumental in both obtaining the grant and in
the leadership discussions held at CCWP meetings.
The Canaseraga Creek Crier will continue to provide
information on future developments of the Canaseraga Creek Watershed Project.
Fire Safety Tips
from Canaseraga Fire Chief Steve Kenyon
Most fires are caused by carelessness. Matches or
lighters left lying about tempt children to experiment with fire. Overloading electrical
outlets is another major cause of fire. Improper or loose wiring, careless smoking or
careless emptying of ashtrays is another cause of preventable fires. Most businesses and
homeowners carry fire insurance. Insurance does not prevent or offer protection against
fire. The best means of protection is PREVENTION.
Do You Know?
Under the Adopt-A-Highway Program, who has adopted the longest stretch of highway in
New York State and where is it located? --Answer next month
The Canaseraga Creek Crier will include a monthly
listing of events to which the public is invited. If you have an event you would like
included, please contact Connie Radde at 545-6750 afternoons. Deadline is the 15th
of the month prior to the month the event will be held (i.e., by January 15 for February
Clubhouse Ministries Tuesday evenings
at 6:30 P.M. For age 4 through 6th grade, at the Wesleyan Church on State Rd.
70. An evening of activities and Bible study followed by refreshments. Held every week
when school is in session.
Preschool Story Hour Essential Club Free Library. The
sessions are held every other Monday beginning January 10. Call 545-6443 for details.
Canaseraga Creek Watershed Project (CCWP) January 17, 7
pm, Canaseraga Fire Hall.
Roast Beef Dinner February 12 at the American Legion.
Tickets available at the door.
ESTABLISHES COMMITTEES AT DECEMBER MEETING
At its meeting on December 13,
the Canaseraga Creek Watershed Project agenda listed committees aimed at specific goals.
Several persons who attended the meeting will be involved, and other interested
participants are being sought. Following is a description of the various committees and
the name of a contact person or persons. If you are interested in joining an established
committee or heading a committee that does not yet have membership, please call or write
the contacts shown below.
|Canaseraga Creek Snowmobile Club
||To establish trails in the
watershed under the auspices of the Allegany County Snowmobile Federation, which funds all
||To create a Fall festival which
would draw people from all over. Plans are for a parade, band competition, craft sales,
horseshoe tourney and many other activities and events.
|Canaseraga Creek Garden Club
||To help beautify the watershed
area by promoting gardenscapes in and around the Village; sponsoring Christmas decoration
(607) 545-8922, or
|Canaseraga Creek Crier Newsletter
||Although this is the second issue
of the newsletter, staff will be needed on a continuing basis.
|Canaseraga Walking Tour
||The purpose is to show off
buildings and homes with historic or interesting architectural features and to develop a
map for a walking tour.
PO Box 41
Canaseraga, NY 14822
|Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern
RR Recreation Trails
||To develop the abandoned railroad
bed for walking, hiking and/or biking.
PO Box 41
Canaseraga, NY 14822
From the Corner of my Kitchen
by Vivian Baker
2 Eggs, well beaten
1/4 Cup Milk
2 Tbsps grated Onion
1 Tsp Salt
Dash of Pepper
2 Tbsps Flour
2 Cups finely shredded raw potato
Stir together in the order given. Drop by tablespoon onto well-greased griddle or
skillet. Bake 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Serve with applesauce. A
great accompaniment for roast or ribs!
Then and Now
Senior Citizens News 1977
The Senior Citizens
Annual Christmas dinner was held Sunday, December 18, 1977 at 12:30 pm (sharp) at the
American Legion. Even though it was a cloudy, rainy day it didnt dampen
anyones spirit--everyone wore smiles. The annual event is sponsored by the members
of the Legion, Legion Auxiliary, Fire Company, Lions and Lioness. A traditional Christmas
dinner of turkey and all that goes with it was served. The food was prepared to perfection
and beautifully served. Approximately 85 people attended the dinner with 5 dinners taken
out to those unable to attend by the members of the Loins Club. They also picked up those
senior citizens that did not have transportation and later returned them to their homes.
The (gift) from the Lioness of a living plant, to each senior citizen, delighted both
women and men. Mr. Gaby was at the organ, playing music as only he can. Later Mrs. Curtis
Butler played Christmas carols and after the dinner, they combined their talents at both
the organ and piano and several senior citizens enjoyed dancing. The senior citizens of
Canaseraga and the surrounding areas wish to thank everyone who helped make it a big
success and will be looking forward to the (next) one in 1978. Thank you for those who
helped prepare the meal and anyone who in any way made it such great day for the senior
citizens. --Irene Harvey (This clipping was found by Elizabeth Gates who
currently organizes the dinner)
Senior Citizens News 1999
Citizens Annual Christmas dinner was held on Dec. 12, 1999. The traditional turkey
dinner with all the trimmings was served at 1:00 PM at the American Legion. Approx. 127
dinners were served in the dinning room. The Lions Club delivered 47 take-outs to those
unable to attend. The Girl Scouts sang Christmas carols and Mr. Gaby played the organ. The
dinner is still sponsored by the Legion, Legion Aux., Fire Co., Lions, and Lioness. Door
prizes were donated by all the organizations involved. A good time was had by all. On a
personal note, I enjoy greeting the Senior Citizens that attend the dinner, it gets me in
the Christmas mood. Just a little history--it was started in the late 1960s or early
1970s. The first dinners were cooked in private homes and then brought to the
American Legion to be served. Can anyone guess the Santas that have been at the Legion in
the past? If anyone has anymore information about this event, send them to the Canaseraga
Creek Crier. - Cathi Kenyon
Informed New Yorkers Read The Crier
The Sports Report
Rawleigh tops 1000 career points!
Congratulations to Jake
Rawleigh for topping the 1000 point plateau for his varsity career. In scoring 32 points
against Greenwood in the championship game of the Andover Lions tournament, Jake became
only the fourth player in Canaseraga history to top 1000 points, joining Bill Archer,
Vinnie Morris and Tony Morris on this very distinguished list! Congratulations again Jake
and good luck the rest of the season.
Speaking of the boys basketball team, this year should once
again prove to be very exciting. At press time the team was 5-1 and playing with a lot of
confidence and heart. The Indians are led bye Senior Co-Captains, Jake Rawleigh (25 ppg),
Mike Owens (18 ppg) and Corey Phillips (18 ppg). All three of these players play
completely different styles of basketball, which will make it tough for teams to match up
Jake is an adept 3 point shooter, but this off season he worked
hard on strength conditioning and his ball handling skills which has greatly improved his
game. Corey is an excellent rebounder with a great jump shot, but his quickness is his
biggest asset. Corey will score most of his baskets on the fast break beating every down
the floor to score easy baskets. Mike is a good ball handler who is at his best taking his
man off the dribble. Mike may prove to be the emotional leader of this team. Sophomore
Jared Henry brings much needed stability at the point guard position. He is a great
defender with quick hands, the team will look to him to create a lot of turnovers and get
the fast break started. The rest of the team includes Gary Paine, Greg Hakes, Eric
Kaczmarek, Rod Ellerstein, Jeff White, Justin Braun, Brandon York and Chris Garling. All
of these players will be looked to to provide quality minutes off the bench this year.
I would like to take a brief moment to mention the Canaseraga
Girls varsity team. Coach Mark Corso has a very young squad, but after suffering a season
opening loss, his team is now on a three game winning streak and should only get better as
the season progresses. Look for more on the Girls team in next months Crier.
It would be worth the trip to see either of these teams play, so
check your schedules and go root for Canaseraga Indians Basketball!
If you have any questions or suggestions for the Crier sports
column email them to TheCrier@mailcity.com or mail them to Canaseraga Creek Crier,
PO Box 41, Canaseraga, NY 14822.
From a Horses Behind to the Moon
The US Standard railroad gauge (distance
between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That's an exceedingly odd number. Why was that
gauge used? Because that's the way they built them in England, and the US railroads were
built by English expatriates.
Why did the English people build them like that? Because the
first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and
that's the gauge they used. Why did "they" use that gauge then? Because the
people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building
wagons, which used that wheel spacing. Okay!
Why did the wagons use that odd spacing? Well, if they tried to
use any other spacing the wagons would break on some of the old, long distance roads,
because that's the spacing of the old wheel ruts. So who built these old rutted roads?
The first long distance roads in Europe were built by Imperial
Rome for the benefit of their legions. The roads have been used ever since. And the ruts?
The initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagons,
were first made by Roman war chariots. Since the chariots were made for or by Imperial
Rome they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing.
Thus, we have the answer to the original question: The United
States Standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches derives from the original
specification for an Imperial Roman army war chariot. Specs and Bureaucracies live
forever. So, the next time you are handed a specification and wonder what horse's behind
came up with it, you may be exactly right. Because the Imperial Roman chariots were made
to be just wide enough to accommodate the back ends of two war horses. When we see a Space
Shuttle sitting on the launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides
of the main fuel tank. These are the solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by
Thiokol at a factory in Utah. The engineers who designed the SRBs might have preferred to
make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the
launch site. The railroad line to the factory runs through a tunnel in the mountains. The
SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than a railroad track,
and the railroad track is about as wide as two horse's behinds. So a major design feature
of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was determined by the
width of a horse's behind.
|Way Back When
From the Canaseraga Times
October 12, 1935
BANKER KNEW THE VILLAGE IN THE OLD DAYS
W. Windsor Recalls The Woodburning Engines of the Erie
Times have changed in Canaseraga-yes
indeed-since William C. Windsor, veteran banker, insurance man and attorney came to town
several years go. The village has changed but not as much as the Erie railroad which
brought him to Canaseraga as a youth, when he accompanied his father who was coming here
to make his home. Canaseraga's grand old man was discussing the matter the other day and
his eyes sparkled as he reminisced. At the time, Canaseraga was one of the most important
towns on the Buffalo division of the Erie. Important in more ways than one-for not only
was there plenty of business for the railroad here even in those early days-but this was a
fueling station as well.
When the passenger train pulled in bearing Mr. Windsor and his
father, they were surprised to see the conductor, as well as the brakemen, leap off and
joining the engineer and fireman, began pulling cordwood from an adjacent pile in a house
by the side of the tracks and stowing it away on the tender. For those were the days of
the wood-burning locomotive of the pre-Civil War type, and by the time the train got to
this place, it was time to get out and load up. The locomotive had the inverted bell
shaped smoke stack from which the smoke billowed forth as the firemen heaved the dry wood
in the firebox to build up steam for the upgrade northwest. It was quite a sight for young
Windsor, as it also was for many a village youngster at the time. In those days,
woodbuyers took the wood which was cut and hauled in by the farmers, and did a nice
business supplying It to the railroad.
There are a few such locomotives left in use, even in these days.
The editor, to whom Mr. Windsor was discussing days of long ago, rode on three such trains
where the locomotives burned wood. One was in Honduras, one in Costa Rica and one in
Columbia, South America. The former one gave him particular cause to remember as a live
ember puffed out of the smokestack, flew back and struck him. Writer Unknown
Swain in the Town of Grove
Swain was founded by
Samuel Swain in 1852. Samuel Swain bought many acres of land in our valley. He settled
Swain and then proceeded to name or settle Nunda, Barkertown and Whitney's Corners, which
is now Garwoods. He then proceeded further to Canaseraga, Poags Hole and into Dansville.
Many of the earliest settlers of our region were squatters,
interested only in hunting, fishing and trapping. When more useful settlers purchased the
land, the squatters were forced to take up other plots and other trades. Swain ended up
being a logging town.
Swain is also known as the burial place of the Ossian Giant. His
name was Fred Decker. More about the history of the Ossian Giant in the February edition
of the Canaseraga Creek Crier. Marilyn Weidman
CCWP Steering Committee Attends County Meeting
On December 15, 1999, Mayor
C. Allen Phillips, along with Cathi Kenyon, Gary Gilbert, Kevin Mahany, and Patty Nobles
represented the Canaseraga Creek Watershed Project Steering Committee at the Allegany
County Planning Board meeting. Plans for a community revitalization project were discussed
with the board, and ideas for the future were presented.
The Genesee Ensemble Theatre presents the musical
School House Rock Live! at the Dansville HS Auditorium January 28, 29 &
30. For tickets ($7 reserved, $6 general admission), call (716) 335-7913. Dont
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