It required a workforce in the thousands to hand dig the original Erie Canal (1817-25). Today, over 125 dedicated volunteers, including Lock Tenders, Boat Tenders, Guides, Tour Leaders, Canal Ambassadors, Reenactors and Canal Clean Up & Beautification Team members transform the largest extant section of the Enlarged Erie Canal and the surrounding Locks District into a dynamic, living history experience yearly for thousands of visitors to the Lockport Locks.
When the State of New York authorized the construction of the Erie Barge Canal, Lockport was fortunate that only one of the two flights of five locks from the 19th Century was demolished in order to make room for the much larger and deeper Barge Canal Locks. The rehabilitation of the Erie Canal Flight of Five Locks has ignited a passion among Lockport citizens to make the Lockport Locks Heritage District a world-class heritage tourism attraction that complements the other outstanding architectural and cultural sites in Western New York.
Lockport area residents are invited to join the ranks of the Erie Canal Flight of Five volunteer workforce. Simply complete and submit the Erie Canal Flight of Five Volunteer Sign-Up Form to become part of our organization.
Listed below are the names of our current volunteer corps of Lock Tenders:
Mike O'Neil Robert Ortt Douglas Nagel Don Nims Jenelle Papin Tom Parks Ashley Person Jeffrey Petersen Jack Pittsley Michael Primerano Gary Proefrock Erin Reibel Josh Repp Jeff Rey Bob Corneck Steve Cotten Mike Davidson Don DuBois Rick Dunbar Melissa Dunlap Ahmed Eleshaky Jeremy Fischer Wayne Forrest John "Jack" Frost Marc Frys Dave Garlock Doug Riccobono Sr. Tim Rushlow Ed Sandell Dale Schlyer Alexander Scott Kevin Seekins Kimberly Seekins Felicia Shubbuck John Shubbuck Art Smith Greg Smith Travis Smith Trevor Smith Peter Stapell Dennis Summers Judi Szczublewski Josh Tatman Mike Trethewey Paul Trometer Rick Updegrove Dominic Vogel Ernie Way Terry Werth Kaitlyn Whitlock
Amanda Alexander Rick Annalora Mark Bannan Mark Bauerlein Katie Benden Lola Bergeron Marie Bindeman Tim Brounscheidel Aaron Carlson Dave Chatt Boyd Cooper Desire Giraneza Tom Glynn Mike Gordon Philip Gow David Guetta Nancy Haas Dennis Hadden Beth Handley Mercedes Handley Ken Handley III Chelsea Harpst Doug Hartley Scott Herald Kylie Henderson Gary Hetherly James Houghton Terry Hutchison Russell Jackman Nancy Kasprzak-Whitmore John Katalinas Cindi Kavanaugh Kayla Kisenwether Xavier Krull Michael Landers Jeff Lee Paul Lehman Lindsey Leitzel Dan Lewandowski Mike Lorenc Susan Loughen Kathryn Martin Thomas Mattocks Harry McCrea David Wielgas Kevin Wojcinski Michael Werthman William Wright Joel Yacono