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(photo by djlicata@Flickr)
(photo by djlicata@Flickr)
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The Tonawandas Celebrate Canalfest

The 30th annual Canalfest is underway and runs through next Sunday. It’s the largest event held anywhere along the New York State Canal system. The eight-day event originally began on the North Tonawanda side of the Erie Canal and the following year expanded to include the City of Tonawanda on the Erie County side of the canal.

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Exciting Future For Downtown Buffalo

It's an exciting time in downtown Buffalo.  With the renovation of the Statler and Lafayette Hotels, the opening of the new Federal courthouse and big plans for the University of Buffalo's medical school to move to the city's medical corridor things are happening.  And over the weekend groundbreaking (YNN) took place for another project that's been a long question mark for the city - the site of the old Memorial Auditorium.

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Buffalo Grain Mill (cfphotographie@Flickr)
Buffalo Grain Mill (cfphotographie@Flickr)
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One Of Buffalo’s Biggest Eyesores

I see the point in saving some of Buffalo’s old buildings. The results have been amazing. Give credit to the people who have the vision….and the money to renovate these broken down buildings and turn them into gems. But what do you do with Buffalo’s old grain mills? Preservationists want them saved. For what? What can they be used for? They’re ugly, falling apart, rat-infested. They don’t give visitors a very good impression of the city if they enter from the south.

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A section of the Erie Canal in Orleans County (New York Tourism & Recreation)
A section of the Erie Canal in Orleans County (New York Tourism & Recreation)
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How Much Do You Know About The Empire State? – Dale’s Daily Data

Some trivia about the state you may not have known.
New York State has 62 counties and almost 1500 towns and villages.
It has more than 4-thousand lakes and ponds.
In terms of area it ranks as only the 27th largest state.

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Canal Fest midway (photo by Dale Mussen)
Canal Fest midway (photo by Dale Mussen)
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Final Weekend For Canal Fest

For decades the dividing line between Erie and Niagara County has been the man-made Erie Canal.  Completed in 1825 it connected the Hudson River with Lake Erie to provide an inland route between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes.  The Erie Canal converted Buffalo from a sleepy outpost into a major American city making it possible to easily distribute products from Europe to the midwest and for raw materials from the midwest to be sent east.

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