Archive for August, 2016

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip- LaFarge Quarry – Niagara, NY – August 27, 2016

Buffalo Geological Society Field Trip to LaFarge Quarry in Niagara, NY on August 27 at 7:30am. Entry at 8am. No late arrivals, but you can leave at any time. Must exit quarry by noon.

The quarry is located at 8875 Quarry Rd, Niagara, NY just north of the intersection of Lockport Rd. and Miller Rd. The quarry entrance is at the end of Quarry Rd. Please drive in to the parking area before the office building.

Hard hats, steel toed shoes, Reflective safety vest or shirt, eye protection, and long pants are required. Gloves are recommended. Must be 18 years old or older.

Expect to find crystals of Calcite, Dolomite, Selenite, Fluorite, Sphalerite; also few fossils have been found.

Questions, please contact Don Lapham at 716-438-3794 or 716-481-6438 24 hours before the dig.

Buffalo Geological Society Continuing Ed Meeting – August 31, 2016- Eggertsville, NY

Buffalo Geological Society Continuing Ed Meeting is August 31 at 9am at Sweet Home Masonic Hall, 641 Sweet Home Road, Eggertsville, NY 14226. Doors will be open until 9am, if you arrive after that, use the doorbell to gain admittance.

Topic – What causes color variations in minerals of Western NY and Southern Ontario

Penn Dixie Engineering Workshop and Dig For Kids – September 10, 2016- Hamburg, NY

Penn Dixie is featuring a hands-on workshop for kids on engineering plus a fossil dig on September 10 from Noon to 4pm.

In recognition of National Grandparents Day, all grandparents are admitted free for this program. No other discounts or passes will be accepted.

Non-member children $10; Non-member, non-grandparent adults $9. Member children $5; Member adults FREE. Astronomy-only admission is $4.

Pre-register to save $1 per ticket

In a guided workshop, children will learn about circuitry and the inner workings of a flashlight. They will then make a flashlight using their knowledge of a complete circuit with batteries, wire, brads, plastic bottles, cotton balls, and other household materials.

Children will leave with their own flashlight to search for critters at night. This program is designed for ages 8-13, but younger and older children are welcome to join. Fossil collecting expeditions and nature tours will also take place during the program and our experts will be on site to identify geological treasures.

For those who wish to stay for the evening, our Mars, Saturn, and Scorpius program will begin at 6 pm with sunspot viewing. After sundown, we’ll be searching the night skies for the visible planets as well as the M13, M57, and M27 nebulae.

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Penn Dixie 2016 Events

Penn Dixie offers the opportunity to collect fossils plus there are astronomy, birding, cross country skiing and other events.

Fossil Collecting- Adults 9, Children 3-12 – $7, children 2 and under are free.

March 19-26


Monday – Saturday – 9am to 5pm -Sundays 10am to 5pm

June 11 – Sepember 6 – Monday – Friday – 9am to 5pm

Special Events

May 21 – 9am to 5pm- Dig with the Experts- Generated $32,000 in tourism dollars

June 5 – 1-4pm – Children’s Day

June 12 – 8:30am to Noon – Penn Dixie Nature Cruise

June 26 -11am – 4pm-Trucks and Bikes Event

August 13 – 5-11pm – Mid Summer Night Adventure

September 10 – Noon t0 4pm – Engineering Workshop and Dig for Kids (free for grandparents)

October 8 – 9am to 4pm – Earth  Science Day

November 3 -6-9pm – Penn Dixie Fundraiser

Speakers- $5 for non-members

February 18 – 7pm – New Horizons to Pluto -at Gateway Exec Office, 3556 Lake Shore Rd. Blasdell

March 16 – 7pm – 20 Years of Collecting Dinos in South Dakota – Gateway Exec Office

April 21- 7pm – Geology of National Parks by Phil Stokes

May 20 – 7pm – Fossil Fish of the Lost Lake, Wyoming  by Joe PaleoJoe

Astronomy Events

March 26 – 7:30pm – Jupiter in the  East, Pleiades M45, Orion’s Nebula M42

April 9 – 7:30pm – Bee Hive Cluster M44, plus Jupiter in the East

April 20- 7:30pm – Williamsville North Planetarium Show

May 9 – 7am to 3pm – Transit of Mercury

May 14 – 7:30pm – Jupiter, Leo the Lion, 77% full Waxing Gibbous Moon and the Bee Hive cluster M44

June 11 – 7:30pm – Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Globular cluster in Hercules

July 30 – 7:30pm – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn

August 13 – 5pm-Summer Nights Adventure

September  10- 6pm -Saturn, constellation Scorpius, Mars, 61% Waxing Gibbous Moon

October 8 – 7pm – Venus, Saturan, Mars, and more

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Buffalo Geological Society Picnic- September 17, 2016- Williamsville, NY

The Buffalo Geological Society Picnic is September 17, 2016 at the North Forest Pavilion in Williamsville behind Tops on Main Street. It is a potluck but the club provides hot dogs, rolls and soft drinks.

It starts around 12:30, and we eat around 4pm. Bring a dish to share and your own cups, plates, silverware, table cloth. You can bring minerals and fossils to show, swap or sell and share great stories.

The Tops address is 5274 Main Street and Union in Williamsville- the BGS Picnic 2016 in on Forest just north of Main Street.


LaFarge Quarry Open House – August 6, 2016- Lockport NY

LaFarge Quarry Open House is August 6 from 10am to 2pm at 400 Hinman Road. FREE. Visitors will be taken by bus to view the quarry and blasting sites. Great fun.

Also, here is excerpts from the Buffalo News Article. Read the entire article.

The existing quarry yields 1.5 million to 2 million tons of stone a year, but only about a two years’ supply is left, according to operations director Tony Distefano. That estimate includes the so-called Murphy property: 9.1 acres on the north side of Hinman Road, for which the City of Lockport granted mining permission earlier this year.

The existing quarry, which has been in business for more than 70 years, originally was known as Frontier Stone, but it was sold and resold a few times. Lafarge took over the 300-acre property when it acquired Redlands Quarry in 1997. The latter name still is being used by Lafarge in its filings with the DEC.

The new quarry may last as long as 50 years, Galdenzi said. Distefano said about two years after it’s open, the primary stone crusher will be shifted to the new site, but a covered conveyor will be built over the road to move the stone to the processing equipment at the old quarry.

Although asphalt is the main product made from stone at Lafarge’s quarry, the quarry has other uses. Last week, trailers were hauling giant boulders away for use in a breakwall project in Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.

A driver secures some large rocks destined for use in a breakwall project in Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.