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Hanover hails state dining car marker

OBSERVER Photo by Anthony Dolce Hanover Town Board members, from left, include: Ed Schintzius, Lou Pelletter, Bernie Feldmann, Wayne Ashley, Town Clerk Tim Crino. Supervisor Todd Johnson is in the center.

SILVER CREEK — The town of Hanover has recently placed a new historical marker within the Town limits. The marker rests right outside the town hall, and is placed there in recognition of the various diner cars that Silver Creek is known for. Originally the marker was going to be placed at the original Ward Dickinson Dining Car on Central Avenue, but there wasn’t enough room.

“It designates the six dining car companies we had in the village of Silver Creek,” said town Deputy Supervisor Lou Pelletter. “Ward Dickinson being the biggest one.”

Now, there aren’t as many dining cars around as there used to be, but one still stands that was made in Silver Creek. Town Historian Vince Martonis designated all the dining car companies as historical markers, including the Ward and Dickinson car.

The car has also been under construction by Pelletter, and he’s hoping the fruits of that labor can be seen during the upcoming Grape Festival weekend. While he won’t be doing the walking tours like he planned on, he was planning on opening Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.

“If there’s enough people, I will be open longer,” Pelletter said. “It’ll be people’s opportunity to see what a 1930s era diner would look like.”

Pelletter said the last steps are fixing it up with a bit of paint before it is ready to go. They also received a donation for a ramp, commemorated by a small plaque for the person who donated the ramp. Silver Creek Mayor Jeff Hornburg commended Pelletter for his time and effort in renovating the dining car.

“It sat idle for years and years,” Hornburg said. “I stopped in there daily while he’s down there to converse with him, and he’s been working diligently and doing a heck of a job. I appreciate everything he’s done.”

In other town business, the Town Board set the Boat Launch fees for 2022. The boat launch and/or fish cleaning is set at $10 per day, with the season pass set at $100 or $50 after July 31. Additional passes are available at no fee if each trailer registration has the same name as the first trailer registration season pass. The sticker has to be attached to the left side of the trailer, between the hitch and winch. Kayak, canoe, or any other non-motorized watercraft will remain at $3 each, with the season pass remaining at $30.

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