Bruce L. Young
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Long Island Antique Power Association
Hello to all! Can you believe it? The end of another year and it seems to go by so fast. It’s been a year of ideas and participation of so many members that is allowing us to expand and grow. Having ideas and making improvements that just wasn’t possible in years prior, to this we say Thank You! Our members are amongst the greatest people and I’m so honored to know you all. To see the look and the drive of men and women participating in this organization that was founded a quarter century ago has been absolutely wonderful. There are so many hours dedicated not for a paycheck, but for the satisfaction of seeing this organization grow and evolve which has become a bigger and better.
We started off the last quarter of 2016 with The Riverhead Country Fair. This has always been a wonderful fair for us with great exposure. This year so many members came out and braved the inclement weather by bringing out there equipment for display but unfortunately Mother Nature was stronger and with the wind and rain it was cancelled. Thanks to Susie and Bruce Young and the other Country Fair committee members who made a $1000.00 donation to the Power Association for that day.
We are continuing to make improvements to our facility. Additional grand stand seating was added to the existing grand stands to meet the growing size of the truck pulling events. The guard rails were also extended. Club member Chris Bonne’ donated an oil fired hot air furnace for the barn; our intentions are to make it more comfortable for monthly meetings and working on club equipment during the winter seasons. Electric services have been run to the following locations, Power Association sign by Sound Ave to aluminate for all to see. Service was also ran from the building to the split rail fence by the windmill for the small engine guys and then to the windmill so we can light it up during events and the holidays. Pride Industrial Equipment donated an Oliver Tractor with a snow plow, equipment that had been sitting idle for some time but has to be evaluated to see if it’s worth restoring. Pete Cassone from Cassone Leasing donated some items, one being a Ford 9N that is to be restored and auctioned off by the club and storage containers to house equipment that we currently have in the barn that runs. This allows us to have additional room to work on pieces of equipment over the winter months. Breezy Hill Farms had asked to borrow our Hay wagon twice during their fall weddings, and they made 2 donations to the Power Association for the use of it. Our truck pulling events each month seem to be a home run for us at the Power Association. Each event brings in more and more members and spectators through social media and word of mouth. We have grown upwards of 300+ spectators and over 20+ trucks/tractors pulling at each event. Unfortunately with our October show we had to cancel due to inclement weather. To my surprise, a lot of the members had called Steve and I hoping it was still on but due to the rain and wind which had been getting heavier by the minute we had to cancel it. While we returned phone calls we were both shocked that the members were so disappointed, but for the safety purpose we had to. It all comes down to that there is nothing on Long Island like it for the average working man and gal to do, so they look forward to that one time a month to come out, have a great time and hang out with friends. Then when November came everyone was ready and anxious to get pulling with a great turnout. We designed Power Association t-shirts to commemorate these events which turned out to be a big seller; Mike and Annette Mecuri had coffee, tea and hot chocolate available which were also great as the night got colder. I would like to say a special thanks to all that make this event a success and would also like to thank Rob and Paul Watral for the use of their light tower and front end loader, North Fork Asphalt for the use of their light tower and we also purchased our own light tower from All County Amusements which George Venth and myself worked on and got up to speed to use in our parking lots.
In the Engine Room progress continues with the setup of our Ruston Hornsby Engine. The engine came from Brunswick Hospital in Amityville; it’s a 65hp motor that was made in the 1930’s. On the last weekend of November a few of the members got together, Steve Barker, Dieter Lund, Thomas Lund and Nelson Mangan along with Power Association friend Bobby Pflueger who was kind enough to use his large forklift lifted into place the 8 ton engine flywheel into place. Also with that use of the forklift organized other engines and components in the Engine Room.
The saw mill is still buzzing along, pardon the pun! Bill Pfeffer and all the guys put 110% of their effort into this mill practically on a weekly basis. The mill has a new smaller blade has been easier to operate with more precise cuts. They receive orders from club members and the general public for a variety of requests, everything from custom work to making boards for decking on trailers. Being one of two mills on the island still operating it’s a pleasure to see and appreciate what it can do.
This year’s Christmas Party for the Power Association as for many years in the past, we’ve been graciously invited to the Foster's Home to gather during this joyous time of year. We would like to send out a heartfelt Thank You! For these wonderful years and memories you have graciously hosted to The Power Association. The Officers and Directors of the Power Association would like to wish everyone a
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Joe Venth, Vice President