CONGRATULATIONS TO JOEL BEYER – 2016 Key to the Locks Winner
Congratulations to Joel Beyer, winner of the 2016 “Key to the Locks” Award. Beyer recently completed a long career as locktender at the Erie Canal locks in Lockport. A volunteer selection panel drawn from the Lockport community chose Beyer in recognition of his work in helping the public learn about the Canal and locks at Lockport.
Although his position as lockmaster did not require him to be an educator or promoter of the Lockport locks, Beyer spent years working with school groups, area residents and tourists, helping them understand the history and workings of the Canal and locks. He played an important role in opening a museum at the foot of the locks, put in many hours of his own time on the upkeep and beautification of the public areas, and worked closely with the volunteers who operate the restored Flight of Five.
Beyer began working for the New York State Canal Corporation in 1974 and retired earlier this year. He had served as lockmaster since 1979.
The Key to the Locks Award was established to recognize Niagara County residents who exemplify the community spirit or promote the heritage or preservation of the historic Erie Canal.
The 2015 award honored the late Dianne Koplas, who had developed several Canal-oriented education and tourism programs. Other previous winners include Carol Schmelz, for her work in establishing the Canalway Trail through Pendleton; artist Joe Whalen, for a lifetime of showcasing the Canal through his paintings; Jeffrey Degnan, for his work in promoting the Erie Canalway Corridor; and Rosemary Bernard, for educational programs at the Royalton Hartland Community Library.
Please join us at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, as Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey presents this special award to Beyer. The ceremony will be held at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St. in Lockport. The Key to the Locks program is open to the public. Those attending can enjoy free admission to the Discovery Center and Penney Gallery following the event.
(Many thanks to David Stockton for this great photo of Beyer.)
2016 Amish Quilt Drawing
Here is a sneak peak at our 2016 Amish Quilt, to be raffled at our Oktoberfest event this Oct. 15. This handmade, heirloom-quality quilt is made in the “Irish Chain Star” pattern. It is beautifully colored in burgundy-red, white and blue. The quilt is a generous queen-size, measuring 100″ x 110 “. Tickets will go on sale soon in the gift shop at our 215 Niagara museum site, where you can also see the quilt on display. They will be $1 each or $5 for a book of six. Watch for news of when they go on sale!
PAST WINNERS OF ERIE CANAL SONG CONTEST
2013 Erie Canal Song Contest Winner is…
Congratulations Tom Callahan
2012 Erie Canal Song Contest Winner!
Congratulations Doc Stuart
– “Diggers N’ Haulers”
2011 Erie Canal Song Contest Winner!
Congratulations Joe Baschnagel
– “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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