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  • NY Forward Grant Committee Invitation for YOU!

    < Back NY Forward Grant Committee Invitation for YOU! Deborah Fenn May 13, 2024 Did you know ECRT is an important part of the initial NY Forward grant proposal to uplift and stimulate community growth in West Falls? Please consider attending the West Falls NYF Public Workshop #1 on May 20th. The Workshop will be held in the Aurora Waldorf School (525 W Falls Rd, West Falls, NY, 14170) from 6 – 8 pm. The West Falls NY Forward (NYF) Local Planning Committee (LPC) wants to know your thoughts on how you would like to see the NYF program help revitalize the Hamlet. The LPC will hold an Open Call for Projects from June 12th to July 17th, 2024. However, prior to that call, the LPC will be hosting a Public Workshop to gather insights and feedback from the community on what types of projects you would like to see submitted and how those projects can impact West Falls. We would love for you to see what's being planned and to lend your voice to the conversation , please consider attending the West Falls NYF Public Workshop #1 on May 20th. The Workshop will be held in the Aurora Waldorf School (525 W Falls Rd, West Falls, NY, 14170) from 6 – 8 pm. This workshop is an open house format with various engagement boards and planning exercises, so feel free to stop by at any time during those hours that work for you. If you are unable to attend this event, there will be an online feedback form available as well as a public survey for residents to provide feedback. Until the official website is operational, stay up-to-date with the plans and meetings via the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WestFallsNYForward . Previous Next Home About Explore FAQs Latest News Join Us Contact Search Events Photos More © 2024 Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, Inc. Board Member Login

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    < Back May is Mental Health Awareness Month Deborah Stellrecht May 1, 2024 Step out in nature to nurture your mental health More and more, research is uncovering the significant benefits of getting outside in nature for our mental health. This is especially vital for the 1 in 5 people who suffer from anxiety or depression. The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) and Mental Health America have excellent resources for you to help yourself and the people you care about to enjoy better mental health. Take time this month to assess your mental health and take action to improve it. (Hint: Walking, running or riding on the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail is a great way to start!) Previous Next Home About Explore FAQs Latest News Join Us Contact Search Events Photos More © 2024 Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, Inc. Board Member Login

  • Come and see us at WNY Equifest 2024!

    < Back Come and see us at WNY Equifest 2024! ​ Mar 16, 2024 Meet other riders and learn more about the equestrian-friendly parts of the trail. ECRT Board Member and Equestrian liaison, Lisa Rood, and other ECRT volunteers would love to see you! Be sure to purchase one of the great reusable bags that Lisa makes from repurposed feed bags - super durable and unique! https://www.the-fairgrounds.com/p/calendar/wny-equifest Previous Next Home About Explore FAQs Latest News Join Us Contact Search Events Photos More © 2024 Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, Inc. Board Member Login

  • Spring Trail Walk in East Concord

    < Back Spring Trail Walk in East Concord Mary Carol Dearing Apr 13, 2024 Explore the Rail Trail in East Concord Mary Carol Dearing, leader of the Springville-Concord Friends of the rail trail, will lead you on a southbound walk on the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, an out and back walk of 3-4 miles, depending on the group's interests. Meet in the Shamel Milling parking lot on Genesee Rd in East Concord for a 9:30 am start. Rain or shine, so dress for the weather and wear sturdy boots/hiking footwear. Register at https://EastConcordTrailWalk.eventbrite.com . Previous Next Home About Explore FAQs Latest News Join Us Contact Search Events Photos More © 2024 Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, Inc. Board Member Login

  • West Falls Easter Egg Hunt

    < Back West Falls Easter Egg Hunt Lisa Rood Mar 23, 2024 The Easter bunny is coming to visit the rail trail in West Falls on Saturday, March 23rd! Register your little ones to have fun on the trail, collect Easter eggs, and have their photo taken with the Easter bunny! Egg supplies are limited, so please sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/easter-egg-hunt-tickets-842837679187 . Previous Next Home About Explore FAQs Latest News Join Us Contact Search Events Photos More © 2024 Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, Inc. Board Member Login

  • Murray Covello

    Board of Directors Executive B oard: President: Mary Brummer, DVM, Orchard Park Veterinarian, Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center (Retired) mbrummer@ecattrail.org Vice-President: Gary Koeppel , Orchard Park Praxair, Associate Director of Pipeline Engineering (Retired) gkoeppel@ecattrail.org ​ Treasurer: John Landi , Orc hard Park Business Data and Analytics Manager at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP jlandi@ecattrail.org ​ Secretary: Gerald Reger , Hamburg CPA, Sole Proprietor – Professional Accounting and Consulting Services (Retired) Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo – Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer (Retired) Dopkins & Company, LLP – Partner (Retired) jreger@ecattrail.org ​ Directors: Robert Ballard , Town of Boston Past Vice President: WNY Snowmobile Club of Boston rballard@ecattrail.org ​ Michael Conway , Orchard Park Past Executive Director: Mahoning Valley and Adirondack Economic Development Corporations mconway@ecattrail.org ​ Murray Covello , Orchard Park Praxair – Global Supply Systems Leader (Retired) Past Board Member and Board Chair of Greater Buffalo Chapter of American Red Cross (Retired) mcovello@ecattrail.org Paul Cramer , Orchard Park Managing Director: Broadcast Solutions, Veritone, Inc. pcramer@ecattrail.org ​ Tom Grogan , Orchard Park (Retired) Brock, Schechter, & Polakoff, LLP CPAs tgrogan@ecattrail.org ​ Howy Holmes , Orchard Park President, Friends of Birdsong Highway Contractor (Retired) hholmes@ecattrail.org 716-983-3605 ​ Kathleen McCrone , Orchard Park Marketing and Account Management (Retired) kmccrone@ecattrail.org ​ Antonio Miceli, Orchard Park Senior Project Manager – Buffalo Construction Consultants, Inc. amiceli@ecattrail.org ​ Dale Morris , East Aurora Director of Geographic Information Services (Retired) Erie County Department of Environmental Planning dmorris@ecattrail.org ​ Steve Musso , East Aurora FinPro- COO (retired) Past Board Member and Treasurer of The Graycliff Conservancy (Re tired) smusso@ecattrail.org ​ Lisa Rood , Boston Former Town of Boston Supervisor Current Chair of Boston Zoning Board Consultant for Older Adult Programs - Hamburg United Methodist Church lrood@ecattrail.org Jeff Sellers , West Falls Five Star Bank, Real Estate and Facilities Manager jsellers@ecattrail.org Jim Slominski , Orchard Park Appeals Officer, Internal Revenue Service (Retired) Trustee of WNY Railroad Historical Society Railroad Historian for ECRT jslominski@ecattrail.org ​ Deborah Stellrecht , West Falls Finance and Website Manager, St. George Church, West Falls Communications/I T Support, Highmark BCBS of WNY (Retired) dstellrecht@ecattrail.org ​ Dorothea Wattles , Colden Educator – Orchard Park Schools dwattles@ecattrail.org Lauren Weber , Orchard Park Attorney, Phillips Lytle LLP lweber@ecattrail.org ​ Marc Romanowsk i , Orchard Park Partner, Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC Environmental/Brownfields, Land/Use Zoning, Energy, Municipal, Administrative and Litigation Attorney mromanowski@ecattrail.org ​ Francis Hogenkamp , Orchard Park Optician, Owner & Administrator of Hogenkamp Optics in Orchard Park Orchard Park Village Board member for 20+ years Major fundraiser for restoration of the Orchard Park BR & P Train Depot fhogenkamp@ecattrail.org ​ Director s Emeritus: ​ Rick LeFeber , Cattaraugus County Executive Director Cattaraugus LDC (Pat McGee Trail) cldc@netsync.net Deb Fenn , Aurora Communications executive and history teacher. (Retired) ECRT Past President dfenn@ecattrail.org

  • Francis Hogenkamp

    Board of Directors Executive B oard: President: Mary Brummer, DVM, Orchard Park Veterinarian, Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center (Retired) mbrummer@ecattrail.org Vice-President: Gary Koeppel , Orchard Park Praxair, Associate Director of Pipeline Engineering (Retired) gkoeppel@ecattrail.org ​ Treasurer: John Landi , Orc hard Park Business Data and Analytics Manager at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP jlandi@ecattrail.org ​ Secretary: Gerald Reger , Hamburg CPA, Sole Proprietor – Professional Accounting and Consulting Services (Retired) Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo – Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer (Retired) Dopkins & Company, LLP – Partner (Retired) jreger@ecattrail.org ​ Directors: Robert Ballard , Town of Boston Past Vice President: WNY Snowmobile Club of Boston rballard@ecattrail.org ​ Michael Conway , Orchard Park Past Executive Director: Mahoning Valley and Adirondack Economic Development Corporations mconway@ecattrail.org ​ Murray Covello , Orchard Park Praxair – Global Supply Systems Leader (Retired) Past Board Member and Board Chair of Greater Buffalo Chapter of American Red Cross (Retired) mcovello@ecattrail.org Paul Cramer , Orchard Park Managing Director: Broadcast Solutions, Veritone, Inc. pcramer@ecattrail.org ​ Tom Grogan , Orchard Park (Retired) Brock, Schechter, & Polakoff, LLP CPAs tgrogan@ecattrail.org ​ Howy Holmes , Orchard Park President, Friends of Birdsong Highway Contractor (Retired) hholmes@ecattrail.org 716-983-3605 ​ Kathleen McCrone , Orchard Park Marketing and Account Management (Retired) kmccrone@ecattrail.org ​ Antonio Miceli, Orchard Park Senior Project Manager – Buffalo Construction Consultants, Inc. amiceli@ecattrail.org ​ Dale Morris , East Aurora Director of Geographic Information Services (Retired) Erie County Department of Environmental Planning dmorris@ecattrail.org ​ Steve Musso , East Aurora FinPro- COO (retired) Past Board Member and Treasurer of The Graycliff Conservancy (Re tired) smusso@ecattrail.org ​ Lisa Rood , Boston Former Town of Boston Supervisor Current Chair of Boston Zoning Board Consultant for Older Adult Programs - Hamburg United Methodist Church lrood@ecattrail.org Jeff Sellers , West Falls Five Star Bank, Real Estate and Facilities Manager jsellers@ecattrail.org Jim Slominski , Orchard Park Appeals Officer, Internal Revenue Service (Retired) Trustee of WNY Railroad Historical Society Railroad Historian for ECRT jslominski@ecattrail.org ​ Deborah Stellrecht , West Falls Finance and Website Manager, St. George Church, West Falls Communications/I T Support, Highmark BCBS of WNY (Retired) dstellrecht@ecattrail.org ​ Dorothea Wattles , Colden Educator – Orchard Park Schools dwattles@ecattrail.org Lauren Weber , Orchard Park Attorney, Phillips Lytle LLP lweber@ecattrail.org ​ Marc Romanowsk i , Orchard Park Partner, Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC Environmental/Brownfields, Land/Use Zoning, Energy, Municipal, Administrative and Litigation Attorney mromanowski@ecattrail.org ​ Francis Hogenkamp , Orchard Park Optician, Owner & Administrator of Hogenkamp Optics in Orchard Park Orchard Park Village Board member for 20+ years Major fundraiser for restoration of the Orchard Park BR & P Train Depot fhogenkamp@ecattrail.org ​ Director s Emeritus: ​ Rick LeFeber , Cattaraugus County Executive Director Cattaraugus LDC (Pat McGee Trail) cldc@netsync.net Deb Fenn , Aurora Communications executive and history teacher. (Retired) ECRT Past President dfenn@ecattrail.org

  • Jim Smolinksi

    Jim Smolinksi ECRT relies on board member Jim Slominski for his deep knowledge and dedication to preserving railroad history. A current trustee of the Western New York Railroad Historical Society and chair of the Orchard Park Depot Committee, Jim became involved with ECRT due to a primary interest in preserving the integrity of the former Buffalo-Pittsburg Railroad right-of-way. He recalls what happened in Hamburg when the Buffalo & Susquehanna line was discontinued: “The right-of-way was completely obliterated. Today, you’d be hard pressed to find any intact sections of original corridor.” A lifelong resident of Orchard Park, from a very early age, Jim grew up near train tracks. “I was fascinated with anything that had to do with trains. When we lived on Liberty Drive off Taylor Road, I could watch trains come and go from our family room.” The Orchard Park Depot Committee was formed by like-minded railroad buffs in 1980 with a common desire to restore the depot and its storied surroundings. Jim joined in 1981 and has been an active member ever since. The hard work of restoration began in the early 1980s when then depot owner, Ed Burke, expressed interest in donating the site to the organization. In the decades following, everything from new wiring and plumbing to exterior restoration projects were undertaken with support from generous individual donations and from the efforts of local legislators. Most recently, Scott Bieler, CEO of West Herr Automotive Group, provided funds enabling significant renovations to both the interior and exterior of the site. The depot is now dedicated to his family. One very large project remains: restoring and retiling the roof, a project that could cost up to $1,000,000. “We also need to find a company with the skills and the will to undertake this hands-on, labor-intensive project.” Jim graduated from Canisius College with a degree in accounting. Prior to graduation, he participated in a work-study cooperative program with the IRS. Upon graduation, he began a 34-year career with the IRS advancing from a revenue agent to that of an appeals officer and finally as a liaison to the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. During the course of his career, Jim was a member of the IRS instructor cadre, worked closely with the IRS litigation division, served on a number of task forces and authored various training books and procedural manuals. An ECRT board member since 2012, Jim is delighted with the trail’s noticeable, significant progress over the past four years or so. “I can’t wait for the new section to open up connecting the trail to the depot. It will have an enormous, positive effect on the Village. You’ll see people using the trail on a regular basis to come to the Village to visit the library, to shop or to attend events. I predict we’ll see a lot more interest in and activity around depot which, of course, we welcome!” The Orchard Park Depot Committee is always looking for people interested in volunteering. “My wish list would include new members willing to help with events and interact with visitors to the depot. And if you have a background in construction, maintenance or any of the trades, we’d welcome your time, skills and support!” May 1, 2023 Written by: Deb Fenn Previous Next < Back Home About Explore FAQs Latest News Join Us Contact Search Events Photos More © 2024 Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, Inc. Board Member Login

  • Jim Slominski

    < Back Jim Slominski Jim Slominski has been a member of the ECRT Board since 2015 and serves as its Historian. He also is a Trustee of the Western New York Railway Historical Society (WNYRHS) and Co-Chairman of the Orchard Park Depot Committee. Jim became involved with ECRT due to his desire to save the railroad right-of-way from destruction by nature and/or man. He believes that the establishment of a rail trail is the best way to do so. During his association with ECRT he has served as a liaison between ECRT and the WNYRHS arranging for the cooperation between, and benefit of, both organizations. Jim retired from the IRS after a 34-year career advancing from Revenue Agent to Appeals Officer and finally as a liaison to the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation for the Northeastern part of the Country. Previous Next Home About Explore FAQs Latest News Join Us Contact Search Events Photos More © 2024 Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, Inc. Board Member Login

  • ECRT Events

    Events Oct 5, 2024 EA2EVL Fondo 2024! Sign up today for EA2EVL Fondo 2024! Read More Jun 1, 2024 Orchard Park Trail Walk Celebrate National Trails Day with a walk on the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail! Read More Apr 13, 2024 Spring Trail Walk in East Concord Explore the Rail Trail in East Concord Read More Mar 23, 2024 West Falls Easter Egg Hunt The Easter bunny is coming to visit the rail trail in West Falls on Saturday, March 23rd! Read More Mar 16, 2024 Come and see us at WNY Equifest 2024! Meet other riders and learn more about the equestrian-friendly parts of the trail. Read More Mar 5, 2024 Visit us at IF4 2024 in Springville ECRT will have an information table at the International Fly Fishing Film Festival in Springville, NY on Tuesday, March 5th. Read More Home About Explore FAQs Latest News Join Us Contact Search Events Photos More © 2024 Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, Inc. Board Member Login

  • Orchard Park Trail Walk

    < Back Orchard Park Trail Walk Deborah Stellrecht Jun 1, 2024 Celebrate National Trails Day with a walk on the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail! We will start at the historic Orchard Park Train depot and go as far as Ellicott Road in Aurora (a distance of 3 miles), then turn around and come back - for a total distance of 6 miles. Plan on 1.5 hours for the complete walk. For those who prefer a shorter walk , You can turn around at Jewett-Holmwood Rd instead, for a total distance of 2 miles. Be sure to wear sturdy footwear. Families with kids! There will be a little scavenger hunt available for the kids on a short stretch of the trail near the depot. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Upon your return to the depot, finish your celebration of the trail with an ice cream treat. We hope to see you there! (Rain or shine) Register by May 30th at https://NTDWalk2024.eventbrite.com ! Parking is available at the depot and at the ECRT Bank Street lot . After your Trail Walk and ice cream, you're all invited to Sprague Brook Park for the Brews Blues & BBQ party hosted by our friends at 42 North Brewing Company for some great food, drink and music! Previous Next Home About Explore FAQs Latest News Join Us Contact Search Events Photos More © 2024 Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, Inc. Board Member Login

  • Robert Ballard

    < Back Robert Ballard ​ Previous Next Home About Explore FAQs Latest News Join Us Contact Search Events Photos More © 2024 Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, Inc. Board Member Login

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