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Boaters Set New Record in Lyons

Posted by Stephanie Knarr 0 Comments
Story and Photos by:  ROBERT STOPPER, Lyons

 “Overnight docking” in Lyons set a new record during the 2014 Erie Canal Boating Season- over 300 boats. Boaters arrived from 35 states, 209 communities, France, New Zealand, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. Thirty four (34) overnight vessels were from Canada.

Visitors on the canal by day
New York State “overnight” boats totaled 115, with the highest numbers from the Ithaca and Watkins Glen areas.  Pennsylvania was well represented with 20 “overnight” boat dockings. Many of those boats had launched at Watkins Glen.


Boaters are frequently surprised when they stop in Lyons- they are welcomed to the Lyons community by a member of the Greeters, a group of 16 volunteers who meet the newly arrived tourists and welcome them to Lyons and the Erie Canal.   The greeters do more than just say, “Hello and Welcome”. They encourage the boaters to sign a registry located at the fire station just a few steps from the dock. At the fire station, boaters have access to free showers and rest rooms.

Greeters have escorted the visiting boaters on tours of the community, assisted them in purchasing groceries and necessary repair parts for their boat, escorted them to historical Locks E 56 and E 54,  photographed them standing in Clinton’s Ditch,  helped move “chase” cars, and even provided emergency transportation to the Syracuse and Rochester airports.

Not only did the 2014 boating season set a record for overnight boaters, it was the first season when many boaters arrived at the dock and knew greeters by name- they were return visitors from previous years.

Erie Canal Dock at Night
 It was also the first season of “See-you-soon” phone calls. Boaters like Dennis the Menace and Runaway Ron called and said, “We are leaving Detroit at the moment.  .… Will see you in a few  days.” And they did…! Like so many boaters, they promised to return in the spring.


Be they from the east or be they from the west, docking overnight in Lyons with free Wi-Fi is a welcome stop for many boaters.  The number of “overnight” dockings is increasing rapidly. The number of “overnight” boats in 2009 was 103. This past year, 2014, the number of “overnight” boats was 305- indeed a new record! 

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PLease Help Us Support Our Veterans

Posted by Books, ETC. of Macedon, NY 0 Comments
Nov 22 - Annual Macedon American Legion Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale: On Saturday, November 22 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the American Legion Post at 76 Main Street, Macedon. The auxiliary seeks to fund projects that help servicemen and women and veterans in this area and abroad. A few of the projects include wrapping presents for the Canandaigua VA Hospital, hosting parties and buying Christmas presents for the Bickford House Veterans Home in Macedon, sponsoring a high school delegate to Girls State and donating to veterans causes such as Honor Flight, Warriors Family Assistance Program and Zion House. Please come and lend your support.

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Standing Room Only for "The Songwriter's Playground"

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Story and Photos by:  STEPHANIE KNARR

The Clyde Public Library hosted an evening of musical talent performed by participants of The Songwriter's Playground".  The program was lead by singer/songwriters, John and Nancy Bryan.



Lyrical pieces were written be each participant including two group pieces and then professionally recorded.

CD's of the two group songs were presented to each musician as they were introduced to the audience.


Musical pieces were performed by the following:

Sage Brandt, Cheryl Bonnell, Amy Bullard, Olivia Bullard, Joe Cimineri, John Cordon, Bernie Prosser, William Pulver, Brittni Weaver, Patty Youngman, Barb Mittak and Megan Mittak.

This workshop was made possible by funds received from Finger Lakes Community Arts, Robert G. Boehmler Foundation and the Clyde-Savannah Public Library.


John Bryan (Guitar) and Nancy Bryan (Vocals)

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Newark Observes Veteran's Day

Posted by John M. Zornow 0 Comments
Clear skies and warm temperatures were the backdrop for Newark's annual Veteran's Day observance. 

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Shaman Drumming at Books, ETC.

Posted by Books, ETC. of Macedon, NY 0 Comments
Nov 20– Shaman Drumming: on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 PM, Shaman Drumming at Books, ETC. Reverend Beverly Owen will lead participants in drumming and finding their animal guide. She will also lead in a meditation. Come and enjoy this special “magic.” This group is free and open to the public at Books, ETC. 78 W. Main St., Macedon NY. For more information call John Cieslinski at 585-474-4116 or email books_etc@yahoo.com.

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Harder Family Honored

Posted by John M. Zornow 0 Comments
In spite of less than ideal weather, there was a good turnout for the dedication of Ken and David Harder Park last Thursday. The park is located at the west end of West Shore Blvd., adjacent to the Erie Canal trail.

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