Certainly one can understand Caneva's interest as his own family is woven into Lockport's history. According to the Dellwood Chronicles website, the Caneva family traces its personal history in Lockport to paternal grandfather Luciano who settled in Lockport in 1924.
Luciano and his wife Apollonia had six children; but only three lived to adulthood. Reno's father Carl was one of the three.
Carl married Kathryn Gillette, whose ancestors arrived in Massachusetts on the English passenger ship Mary and John. Gillette's family eventually settled in Hadley (now Homer Township) around 1855.
In the five years Caneva worked on "Dellwood Chronicles," he talked to a wide variety of sources, from Native Americans to archaeologists to local families, he said.
This last helped helped in illustration the book.
"A lot of people in town have photos," Caneva said.
In "Dellwood Chronicles," Caneva traces the history of the area from the Native American occupying the land once known as Dellwood to 1906 when Dellwood became Dellwood Park a "mini Columbia Exposition amusement park of 33 year duration," as Caneva wrote in his forward, and beyond.
But in addition to detailing Dellwood Park's extensive history, Caneva also gets into the area's geology: limestone, fossil and mounds, glacier and mammoths and moraines. He also provides a glimpse into the park's future.
"I could write another book," Caneva said. "There's so much information.