The work never stops!!!
Tom Burhyte, Tom
Erle, Carmen Zito and others continue to fine tune the
carousel mechanism. They are working closely with a team of engineers
from Hilliard to rebuild parts of the jumper and drive
mechanisms which were slightly worn. My dad, Garnet R. Lyon
always says, If you are going to do a job, do it right - or dont
do it at all. Thanks to Tom Burhyte and the Hilliard
team, this machine will last for generations to come.
and Mark Embree are back at it. They are making the final
electrical hook ups of our new 3-phase electric service to the huge
original motor that was rebuilt last year by I & D Electric.
They plan to begin work
on rewiring the cupola also.
We extend our sympathy
to Dr. Peter May and Dr. Marcelle Lawas on the loss
of their beloved pet, Bosco. Bosco, the dog, whom the tiger
was named after, had quite the life! Bosco was frequently seen (or
not) in the arm bag of Marcelle or at Peters office. Such
a spectacular little dog will be missed by many
I met this month with
Richard Polhamus and Keith Miller of Elmira
Pattern and Foundry Inc. They took me on a tour of their
amazing facility located in Elmira Heights, NY. The company was
founded in 1929 as a pattern shop under the name Elmira Pattern
Works. In 1938, the foundry division was added. They have made
casting patterns for all types of industry. In making aluminum molds,
they have a tremendous advantage as their foundry is able to produce
precision castings which lower mold costs due to
the elimination of many machining and polishing costs. They will
be designing the belly clamp/step assemblies which will be mounted
to, and under, all of the Eldridge Park animals. Almag, a supreme
aluminum alloy, will be used to create these very important castings.
We appreciate Elmira Pattern and Foundry and all
they are doing for the Eldridge Park Carousel Preservation Society.
continues to create the outer row masterpieces. Pegasus sponsored
by Ann and Gillette Welles, is his latest project. This horse
is the only other outer row horse with a peek-a-boo mane,
like the lead horse, Silver. Remember that Silver
was sponsored by Tim and Paddy Welles; son and daughter-in-law
of Ann and Gillette. What a generous, dedicated family they
foundation for the American Girl poured recently by
Edger Enterprises and Dalrymples (as
mentioned in last months update) awaits the beautiful 128
year old granite base which the future restored American Girl
will once again stand on. Bruce McMail will be assisting us with
cleaning and installing the granite monument. We must also thank
Archie Keifer, Chemung County historian for providing us
with all of the history of the American Girl which I will share
with everyone in a future update.
Andy Avery, Sue
Hamlin, and I gave our PowerPoint presentation in May to the
Elmira Rotary Club and the Elmira Lions
Club. We were warmly received
at both clubs and are scheduled to speak at many other groups in
the area. I was excited to learn that Elmira Rotary
and Chemung A.M. Rotary are planning to rebuild
the east entrance to Eldridge Park. This will include the famous
cast iron arch and the stone lions on the original stone abutments
which are still standing.
The Parker style horse
named after my father (carved by the late Dave Albrecht and painted
by our own vice-president of Artistic Interpretation, Frank Messina)
is being proudly displayed by his new foster family.Garnet
I is quite
at home at the Elmira Wegmans. They have been helping
this project since day 1
as one can see by reviewing all of
the previous monthly updates in the Archives
Page of this wonderful website.
For information about
how you can get involved in the early phase of fundraising, naming
us or read Be Part Of The Story by
The future of Eldridge
Park is in all of our hands and the possibilities are endless!!!
Lets keep up the momentum!!!