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UPDATE: Historic Buffalo Heritage Carousel Finds Waterfront Home at Canalside

MI-van-andel-museum-center-carousel-armored.jpg BUFFALO, NY – “Finally, the search for a new home for the historic 1924 carousel, built right here in Western New York, is over,” Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said Friday during his State of the City speech. Brown announced that the city will make room at Canalside as land for the carousel will be transferred to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp... on 08 Feb 2016
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Judy SimkinsAt the top of my bucket list is to find a similar old barn........always looking aren't we?

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RE: Passing of Dan Horenberger. Almost as surreal as the election. I keep waiting for someone to say, "kidding!" But, that is not happening. It is still sinking in here, and will take a while. Dan was a brother to me, as well as a boss. He was family. He was "Uncle Carney" to my g/f, Cynthia's son and to many other friend's kids he would teach how to work when they became teens. Again, this is still sinking in around here. There is/was only one, Dan. No doubt his heart was strong. I would speculate a blood clot in the wrong spot. He had Vasculitis, which would swell his hands and feet. It should be noted, he may well have gotten this from exposure to chemicals used over the years in carousel restorations... for those who do such work. Respect the warnings... I was busting my ass for the past couple of years to sell/reposition an antique carousel, while Dan was still here to restore it. I think even the few other folks who still restore antique carousels would admit, Dan was the best. And as for that, PLEASE, don't fill the NCA and other FB pages with questions of what will happen with this carousel and that! Have some respect. Let things settle from this sincere tragedy in the carousel world. Myself and those closest to him will get together in due time and work out the carousel issues. For now... maybe we should just think about and respect an immeasurable loss to the carouse world… Love him or hate him or a little of both. Dan was a huge part of the mechanism that made it all go around. Dan took care of way more carousels than most of you will ever know. When he drove cross-country, he would carousel hop, often offering a simple tip to solve their problem in exchange for a coffee. I just ask that you respect the loss, and hold all of your worries about what will happen to this carousel or that to yourselves for a bit. Those closest to Dan will get together and we will sort it all out. The Supreme and other carousels will be taken care of and reunited. Maybe for now, just proper mourning for the loss. "How hard can it be?" was his favorite statement as we started a job. And we would find out just how hard. But we would overcome whatever it was... that was what Dan was best at... Still seem surreal, but we will get it done, for Dan. ... See MoreSee Less

RE: Passing of Dan Horenberger. Almost as surreal as the election. I keep waiting for someone to say, kidding! But, that is not happening. It is still sinking in here, and will take a while. Dan was a brother to me, as well as a boss. He was family. He was Uncle Carney to my g/f, Cynthias son and to many other friends kids he would teach how to work when they became teens. Again, this is still sinking in around here. There is/was only one, Dan. No doubt his heart was strong. I would speculate a blood clot in the wrong spot. He had Vasculitis, which would swell his hands and feet. It should be noted, he may well have gotten this from exposure to chemicals used over the years in carousel restorations... for those who do such work. Respect the warnings... I was busting my ass for the past couple of years to sell/reposition an antique carousel, while Dan was still here to restore it. I think even the few other folks who still restore antique carousels would admit, Dan was the best. And as for that, PLEASE, dont fill the NCA and other FB pages with questions of what will happen with this carousel and that! Have some respect. Let things settle from this sincere tragedy in the carousel world. Myself and those closest to him will get together in due time and work out the carousel issues. For now... maybe we should just think about and respect an immeasurable loss to the carouse world… Love him or hate him or a little of both. Dan was a huge part of the mechanism that made it all go around. Dan took care of way more carousels than most of you will ever know. When he drove cross-country, he would carousel hop, often offering a simple tip to solve their problem in exchange for a coffee. I just ask that you respect the loss, and hold all of your worries about what will happen to this carousel or that to yourselves for a bit. Those closest to Dan will get together and we will sort it all out. The Supreme and other carousels will be taken care of and reunited. Maybe for now, just proper mourning for the loss. How hard can it be? was his favorite statement as we started a job. And we would find out just how hard. But we would overcome whatever it was... that was what Dan was best at... Still seem surreal, but we will get it done, for Dan.

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George P. NowackHow very sad. He is missed already.

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Paulie LeadbetterRoland, I can only wish you and yours peace during this difficult time.

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John KavanaghI am shocked! Stunned! It is surreal.

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Bruce R PierWell said Roland, well said.......

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Darrell JabinSorry for your loss.

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Tracey Torsey ChristmanPerhaps tonight, he is visiting with the two Charles, or Marcus, or Gustav, and learning all the original tricks of the trade. God needed someone to run that grand Heavenly carousel. And He had to take the best.

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Reggie MartinWell said. It is still hard to believe. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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Judy SimkinsHe was like a LEAD HORSE on the big carousel we all share here online! A true loss.

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Roland HopkinsI'm thinking he is chatting with John Daniel, who was already chatting with John Ringling, the greatest showman ever, And, add Bill Mangels for sure, as Dan was really the best when it came to the mechanism. He really did keep them all going 'round more than anyone knew.

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Jim ShulmanRock, what a nice piece you wrote re: Dan. He truly was a decent person. Even though we had not used Dan to restore the mechanism for the Berkshire Carousel, on one of his trips back east he stopped at the workshop. As you stated, he gave the folks some great pointers and was very gracious. I have been following him on FB and just amazed at his collection of the jeep vehicles and that he brought them all to Illinois ! May my condolences and thoughts be shared with his family. Thanks again. Jim

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Ron PetersonShocked, is all I can say, worked on some projects with Dan , great man, will be missed...

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Barbara MangelsWhat a nice tribute... to all that knew him - so sorry for your loss...

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Bill MannsI will miss him, he was a good man.

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Ken Weavera wonderful tribute you wrote about dan. he will be greatly missed in the carousel community. his legasy will be revolving for a long time. barbara and ken.

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Jean BennettThanks Rock.

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Margaret FranklinWHAT??? Oh nooooo! :'(

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Vickie StaufferHe always answered an email about carousel question, no matter how trivial, and offered more advice than needed, a different angle of looking at a problem, or some humorous comment. He will be missed. Thanks for posting Rock.

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Marlene IrvinSo sorry for this loss to the carousel community. I met him several times at Marianne Stevens home. Another sorely missed.

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Richard ConcepcionSo sad, and he was only two weeks younger than me, which is to say we were exactly the same age

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Bill MannsWasn't Dan John Daniel's son ? (joke)

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Lise Liepmanstill trying to process this news - Dan was such a part of the fabric of so many lives, so many carousels. A unique man who will be very missed

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Just a few from a great collection of carousel horses and animals up for auction on Saturday, November 12th in Union, Illinois.  Check out the full collection at www.donleyauctions.com

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Luann SheridanAny idea who owns the collection???

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Paulie LeadbetterI had GREAT results from these shippers... Just sayin' ;)
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