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Buffalo Geology Society Reading Group – March 30, 2016 – Eggertsville, NY

Geology Education Form Reading Group is March 30 at 1pm a the Sweet Home Masonic Hall, 641 Sweet Home Road, Eggertsville. The topic is Meteorites, Shatter Cones and Cone-In- Cone Structures.

Glen LaPlaca Presentation – Dinosaurs in South Dakota – March 16, 2016- Blasdell, NY

Glen LaPlaca, owner of Past & Present Fossil and Rock Shop, will do a presentation on the Dinosaurs in South Dakota on March 16 at 7pm at the Gateway Building Auditorium, 3556 Lake Shore Road in Blasdell/Hamburg. Free for Penn Dixie members, $5 for everybody else.glen laplaca -dinosaurs of south dakota blasdell ny - march 16-2016

Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show- April 2-3, 2016- Hamburg Fairgrounds, NY

The Buffalo Geological Society Gem Mineral and Fossil Show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds is April 2-3 with the focus on Crinoids. While normally it is in March, the Shrine Circus is coming to town and using the facilities, so it was moved to April this year.

This year there will be a dinosaur and its baby skeletons at the show. Dave Roeder will be there to answer questions.

Demonstrations, mini mine, crystal jewelry, rock crystals, fossils, beads, gold panning, flint knapping, sand in bottle making for kids and something for everyone. Free parking.

Adults are $5 and children 12 and under are free as well as scouts in uniform. A two-day pass is $7.

Held in the Market and Grange Building.

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Penn Dixie Announces New Executive Director

The Hamburg Natural History Society-Penn Dixie Board have hired Phil Stokes as their new Executive Director to replace Jerry Bastedo who served in this position for almost 13 years and previously as a co-founder and first President of the HNHS.

Phil grew up in WNY and completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees at SUNY at Buffalo Geology Department before working on his PH.D. in Geosciences with a minor in Teaching and Teacher Education at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

BGS Meeting – Loren Babcock Speaker- March 4, 2016- Buffalo, NY

Buffalo Geological Society Meeting on March 4 at 7:30pm will feature Loren Babcock speaking about the Preservation of Fossils in the Cambrian of the Great Basin. The talk will be about the spectacular, mostly spiny trilobites that we have been getting in recent years from the Cambrian of Utah, and their implications for understanding early Paleozoic marine ecosystems. FREE.

Meetings are held at Parkside Lutheran Church at Depew and Wallace Streets in Buffalo.

LaFarge Quarry Lockport- Update – March 11- Offers Bond to City If Water Pipline Affected

March 11 – Lockport requested permission to apply for state grant that would pay part of the cost of replacing the brittle last 2 miles of the city’s century old drinking water supply line from the Niagara River. The grant would cover $2 of 5 million with the remainder being borrowed on a 30-year bond.

LaFarge Quarry indicated that would cover 600 feet of the 2 miles with a bond and are making a presentation to the Council next month. Alderman Abbott indicated they have to replace the waterline whether LaFarge is there or not. Based on this, things are looking up (opinion) that LaFarge will eventually be able to explore expanding on the other side of Hinman Ave. LaFarge Quarry March 11-2016

February 12LaFarge Quarry in Lockport is offering a bond to the City of Lockport if its blasting ruptures the water supply pipeline when it extends its operation across the street from its current location.

The City’s engineering firm, GHD will report to the Council on the issue in two weeks. However, the counsel said that city will not settle for LaFarge putting up repair money – the parts and pipe would have to be on site and the city would have to be sure it has 24 to 72 hours of water on hand.  The extension on the south side of Hinman Road is critical if the quarry is to remain open.

LaFarge Quarry – Lockport– Buffalo News Article of Feb 12

East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show – August 12-14, 2016- West Springfield, MA

East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show is August 12-14 at the Better Living Center at the Eastern State Exposition, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA.

Hours – 10-6pm daily

Admission is $6 for aduls and kids 12 and under are free.

What you’ll find at this year’s show:

This event brings together vendors, miners, artisans, and crafters from around the world – including Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Morocco, Madagascar and more – who sell everything from 50-cent tumbled stones to $50,000 museum-quality mineral specimens. About 200 retail and wholesale vendors are on-site who sell mineral specimens, fossils, gemstones, beads, jewelry, meteorites, crystals, geodes, decorator items, and lapidary supplies and equipment.

east coast mineral and fossil show - august 2016- springfield ma

Western Mass. Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show – April 16-17, 2016

The Western Massachusetts Mineral Show is  April 16-17 while the East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show in Springfield is August 12-14, 2016.

The Western Massachusetts Mineral Show presented by The Connecticut Valley Mineral Club has moved dates and location versus last year. The Show dates are April 16-17 (vs. the previousl March 19-20) and is now located at the Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell Street (Route 9) in Hadley, MA.

Admission is $5 and kids 12 and under are free as well as scouts in uniformm. Features minerals, jewelry, fossils, gems, rock and lapidary tools.

Saturday – 9:30-5pm

Sunday – 10am to 4pm.

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Buffalo Geological Society Meetings

Buffalo Geological Society Meetings are held on the first Friday of the Month at 7:30pm from October through April featuring a speaker on a topic of geological interest. Meetings are held at the Parkside Lutheran Church at Depew and Wallace Streets in Buffalo (near the Zoo off Parkside).

All meetings are open to the public and are FREE.

Membership is $15 for individuals and $20 for families.

Upcoming Events Include:

May 1- Member Banquet at Salvatore’s

August 1 – Picnic

May – September – Field Trips

PBS – Life’s Rocky Start – January 13, 2016 at 9pm

PBS will feature Life’s Rocky Start on January 13 at 9pm. Learn more