Volunteers prep for Ontelaunee Park train station dedication
Ignoring the heat wave, some eight members of the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society fulfilled their mission on a hot Saturday in July.
Under the protective shade of the big barn in Ontelaunee Park, they dipped their brushes into buckets of linseed oil cut with turpentine and went to work applying it to an old wagon that was likely made in Stein’s Corner decades ago.
Willard Snyder was pleased with the work.
“The historical society is hysterical about the turnout,” he said with a jovial smile. “It was fantastic.”
Justin Arifaj couldn’t agree more.
“This was an excellent turnout. A lot of times, it’s just me, Willard and Neil (Oswald),” Arifaj said.
In under two hours, the wagon’s patina was revealed under the light coating and the volunteer crew moved it into the shelter of the barn, satisfied with their work.
They lingered in the barn a few minutes, flashing back to the past.
“This train ran around the old pool,” said Dale Phillips, pointing to a train’s skeletal frame. “My wife [Becky Snyder Phillips] donated this barn to the historical society.”
With the train station complete, the historical society is looking forward to its dedication scheduled for 5 p.m. Aug. 16.
“There’s a potluck dinner following the dedication,” Warfel said. “It should be well attended.”