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Thursday July 31st, 2014
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The Jamestown Red Raider Football Team will hold a "Future Raider Football Camp" on Monday, July 28th to Thursday, July 31st from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Strider Field, 195 Martin Road, Jamestown. Students ages 6-13 are invited to a football camp designed to develop fundamental football skills. This camp is open to all area football players between ages 6-13. The cost of the camp is ...
July 31st – Randy Graham – Rainbow the Clown The concerts are provided free of charge through the generous sponsorship of the Town of Chautauqua and Village of Mayville. All performances will take place around the gazebo at Lakeside Park
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Friday August 1st, 2014
Second Annual Doggone Good Yard & Bake Sale will be held August 1 & 2 in the Learning Center at 7540 N Gale St, Westfield 9 AM to 4 PM.  A HUGE Sale with something for everyone.  NCCR saves the lives of approximately 250 dogs and p
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Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue will hold the Second Annual Doggone Good Yard and Bake Sale August 1& 2, 2014. The Sale will be held in the Learning Center at 7540 North Gale Street in Westfield. Doors will open at 9:00 AM. A HUGE sale with something for everyone! This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. The dogs awaiting adoption will directly benefit from ...
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Saturday August 2nd, 2014
Opem Meadows United Methodist Church will hold a rummage, bake, craft sale with chicken and biscuits lunch. Sale will be held on August 2nd from 9:00am to 3:00pm with lunch served starting at 11:00. Event will take place at the Open Meadows United Me
Second Annual Doggone Good Yard & Bake Sale will be held August 1 & 2 in the Learning Center at 7540 N Gale St, Westfield 9 AM to 4 PM.  A HUGE Sale with something for everyone.  NCCR saves the lives of approximately 250 dogs and p
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Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue will hold the Second Annual Doggone Good Yard and Bake Sale August 1& 2, 2014. The Sale will be held in the Learning Center at 7540 North Gale Street in Westfield. Doors will open at 9:00 AM. A HUGE sale with something for everyone! This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. The dogs awaiting adoption will directly benefit from ...
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  You can learn how to make artistic photographs with your iPhone at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s iPhoneography workshop on Saturday afternoon, August 2, 2014. Instructor Cathy Panebianco took this stunning Dragonfly photo with an iPhone. Jamestown, NY – If you wonder if your iPhone can give you better, more interesting photographs than ...
The Hanover Chamber of Commerce is again sponsoring a Village Wide Yard Sale. The date will be Saturday, August 4, 2014 for any resident in the 14136 zip code area. The regular sales will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. Reduced prices will be offered during the “Bunches of Bargains” and will take place from 3:01 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Those homes participating in the ...
Reservations required before July 26th. For more information, contact Sid Lewis @ 814-899-1892
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When: Saturday, February 16th, 2013 thru Sunday, February 17th, 2013

WNY Train and Toy Show Attracts Collectors, Hobbyists, and History Buffs

HAMBURG, NY -Those interested in railways, depots cars, or WNY railroad history won’t want to miss the Western New York Railway Historical Society’s Winter Train and Toy Show, February 16 and 17 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.

According to event chairman, Stephen Kocsis the show is the largest in the region and expected to attract 5,000 attendees as well as vendors from the Northeast to the Midwest. Now in its tenth year, it follows The Greater Buffalo Train and Toy Show in November, which has been on-going for more than thirty years.

Kocsis says the event helps to raise funds for the WNY Railway Historical Society, which was founded in 1980 and dedicated to the preservation of the “rich railway heritage of the WNY region.” The group recently found a home in the Heritage Discovery Center, located in South Buffalo, where it shares space with The Steel Plant Museum and Lighthouse Society.

According to Ed Patton, director of museum development for WNYRHS, the center is “about preserving our industrial heritage.” Quoted in Buffalo Rising Online, Patton said, “For the railroad and steel plant museums, it represents the dedication of so many people committed to preserving the importance of the railroad and steelmaking heritage of the region. While these industries are now a past memory, the Heritage Discovery Center will preserve them for future generations.”

While the show itself promotes the hobby of train collecting and retirees who, Kocsis says, “May have had their first train set in the 1950s,” it is also a favorite with kids who enjoy the popular children’s television series, “Thomas and Friends.”

Kocsis says nearly 400 tables of model trains, supplies, videos, collectible toys, dolls, miniatures, cars and railroad memorabilia will be on display. In addition, several large operating layouts, will be shown including an “O” gauge (commonly used for toy trains and model railroading) as well as “N” scale, which will be on exhibit by the Gowanda and Buffalo Model Railroad club.

Various historical groups will also participate at the show, “so there is a wide range of interests covered,” says Kocsis. “Equally important, is to grow the interest of future generations in our railway heritage, to keep the hobby vibrant and have an event where kids of all ages can gather and play with trains of all sizes.”

“Thomas” play tables and “Skittles” the Clown will also be available for the enjoyment of the kids attending. Where else, says Kocsis, “can you spend a day with your family for only $7 (kids under 12 are fee) and see so many operating train layouts and interesting items for sale?” With their parent’s help, kids can find a hobby that might last a few years or a lifetime, says Kocsis. There are many groups at the show where they can learn more about local history as well.

The WNYRHS Winter Train and Toy Show takes place on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a complete list of events, visit www.wnyrhs.com.
 

CONTRIBUTOR: Patricia Pihl
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