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>Historic homes group to host preservation talk

Members of the Angola Historic Homes Association will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Friday in the Community Action Organization building at Main and Mill streets in the village.

Guest speaker Carey Maines, founder and head of the Richmond Avenue History Project in Buffalo, will talk on historic preservation goals and methods that have worked on Richmond Avenue and can work in historic villages in Erie County.

The Historic Homes Association is a group of homeowners in the Angola area interested in researching, preserving and promoting the history and architecture of the village, including its old homes, business buildings and public spaces. The village, a bustling train stop in the 19th century, was incorporated in 1873 and contains many examples of Colonial, Victorian, farmhouse and early 20th century architectural styles.

The public is invited. For more information, send an e-mail to or mail to P.O. Box 102, Angola, NY 14006.


>Numbers to call available for railroad complaints

Town of Hamburg officials have announced a series of railroad phone numbers for residents to call if they have complaints about trains.

The numbers are in response to complaints voiced at a March 1 meeting involving railroad officials and the town's effort to establish a quiet zone barring the sounding of train horns.

Residents calling with a complaint -- such as a blocked crossing, malfunctioning gate or excessive horn sounding -- are urged to obtain as much information as possible, including the exact location, time and date and, if possible, locomotive number, according to Councilwoman Kathleen C. Hochul.

For CSX Transportation, the emergency number is (800) 232-0144, and the non-emergency number is (877) 835-5279.

For Norfolk Southern Railroad, the emergency number is (800) 453-2530. The non-emergency number is (215) 448-4215, where callers are directed to leave a message.

Buffalo Southern Railroad, which operates a single track through the town, has a local number: 992-4979.

If residents feel the railroad has not been responsive to a concern, they are advised to contact the Federal Railroad Administration at 551-3955. However, callers to that number Tuesday were also told to leave a message.

In the event of an emergency, residents can also call 911.

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