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Lyons canal cruise weekend called big success

Folks hailing from near and far had a chance to take in the beauty and history of the state’s canal system during cruises organized by the Lyons Rotary Club and the Lyons Erie Canalway Greeters earlier this month.

According to Canal Greeter Bob Stopper, 225 people took part in Fun on the Erie Weekend, a series of six cruises offered on Aug. 9, 10 and 11. Participants came from places including Newark, Clyde, Seneca Falls, Auburn, Oswego, Montour Falls, Buffalo, Pennsylvania, New York City and even Germany, he said.

Four local two-hour cruises departed from the Lyons dock and locked through Lock 27 on their way to the Lyons Drydock area. They then returned through the lock and down to Creager’s Bridge in Galen. There, the Clyde River and the Erie Canal go separate ways to Clyde.

A late Friday afternoon two-hour cruise was available to veterans and senior citizens only.

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