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2017 “KEY TO LOCKS” AWARD TO HONOR LOCKS RESTORATION INTERPRETER DAVID CHATT

David M. Chatt has been named the winner of the 12th Annual “Key to the Locks” Award.  A volunteer selection panel drawn from the Lockport community chose Chatt in recognition of his work in helping to bring the 19th century Flight of Five locks to life once again.

David Chatt, in white t-shirt and yellow gloves, helps demonstrate the restored Flight of Five locks last year.

David Chatt, in white t-shirt and yellow gloves, helps demonstrate the restored Flight of Five locks last year.

Since the restoration of part of the Erie Canal Flight of Five, Chatt has spearheaded the effort to interpret the Lockport locks to the public through locktending demonstrations. He has served as the chief volunteer on the project by recruiting, training, scheduling and supervising more than 125 volunteers to operate the 19th century locks and provide commentary to onlookers.

Chatt has worked closely with the Locks Heritage District Corporation, the Niagara County Historical Society, the NYS Canal Corporation and several other organizations to help develop and improve the public presentation of Lockport and Erie Canal history.

Chatt is a native of Lockport and lives in the town with his wife Jeanine. He is an engineer at Mahle, Behr, Troy, Inc.

Lockport Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey will present the award to Chatt at 3:30 p.m, on Saturday, May 13, at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St. in Lockport. The public is invited to attend.

The annual “Key to the Locks” Award was established to recognize persons in Niagara County who exemplify the community spirit or promote the heritage or preservation of the historic Erie Canal. The “Key to the Locks” Award is sponsored by the Erie Canal Discovery Center.

Past “Key to the Locks” Award winners are: 2006, Michael W. Tucker and Robin Brock; 2007, David Kinyon; 2008, Jane Whitmore; 2009, Clinton J. Starke; 2010, Becky Burns; 2011,  Joseph A. Whalen; 2012, Jeffery Degnan; 2013, Carol Schmelz; 2014, Rosemary Bernard; 2015, Dianne Koplas; and 2016, Joel Beyer.

The “Key to the Locks” ceremony is open to the public. Those attending can enjoy free admission to the Erie Canal Discovery Center and Penney Gallery following the event.

 

2017 AMISH QUILT DRAWING – Get Your Tickets Now!

2017 Quilt pic

Wouldn’t you love to take home this beautiful handmade Amish quilt? This gorgeous keepsake can be yours!

The quilt, made in the Country Rose pattern, will belong to a lucky ticket holder in this fall’s Oktoberfest quilt drawing, Saturday, Oct. 21. The winner will be drawn at our annual Oktoberfest. Quilt ticket sales will benefit the History Center. The quilt is a queen-size – 97″ x 112″ – and promises lots of coziness! Get your tickets now at the History Center’s 215 Niagara St. site. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for a book of six.

Don’t miss out on what could be the prize of a lifetime. This year’s lovely quilt is exceptional, with a floral design and pastel tones that would please many discriminating decorators and accent a variety of color schemes.

Our past winners have often told us the quilt came just in time for the change of seasons from nippy fall to cold and snowy winter. Maybe this year it’s your turn to enjoy snuggling with this handmade treasure, sure to grace your home as it keeps you warm!

 

PAST WINNERS OF ERIE CANAL SONG CONTEST

2013 Erie Canal Song Contest Winner!

Congratulations Tom Callahan

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2012 Erie Canal Song Contest Winner!
Congratulations Doc Stuart

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– “Diggers N’ Haulers”

2011 Erie Canal Song Contest Winner!
Congratulations Joe Baschnagel

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– “Heading West To Buffalo.”

2010 Erie Canal Song Contest Winner!
Congratulations Doc Stuart Shaprio
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2009 Erie Canal Song Contest Winner!
John C. Mahoney and Patrick A Gordon
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