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The twin cities - the City of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda - are in separate counties, but they are joined by bridges, a Canal Fest and a harbor on the Erie Canal. In January, the two cities will apply jointly for a state Canal Corporation grant to improve harbor tourism. The statewide competitive grants range from $250,000 to $1.5 million. City of Tonawanda Mayor R…

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The City of Tonawanda sits as a nexus between two great bodies of water - the Niagara River and the Erie Canal. Now two recreation projects in the Tonawandas that would improve both trails and docks on the combined waterfronts are being considered for Niagara River Greenway funding. "This would really make a huge difference in the city,"  City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick…

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The City of Tonawanda Common Council is eyeing a $1 million plan to improve the city's public waterfront docking facilities. Four municipal dock locations would be upgraded if the city obtains the necessary funding. They are located on the Erie Canal, along Young Street, where local vendors provide kayaks and paddleboard rentals, and along the Niagara River in Niawanda …

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Low bridge, everybody down It's a song everyone who lives along the Erie Canal knows, but the boats that navigated the canal can be viewed only in a history book. Not anymore. The 88-foot "Lois McClure," a replica of an 1862 sailing canal boat, will be on display in area canal communities for the next two weeks, beginning Thursday in Medina. The boat will stop …

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A ferry to carry pedestrians and bicyclists between Grand Island and the City of Tonawanda will launch in early August, the first such service in 80 years to offer passengers a leisurely way to cross the upper Niagara River there. "We will be like the Uber on the water," said Niagara River Cruises owner and boat captain Robin Hoch. The $15 round-trip ferry service wi…

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The inscription is almost unreadable, letters covered by moss and soil, stone worn away by years of rain and wind. The tombstone, a tall obelisk, is on a tiny hill in the Cold Springs Cemetery in Lockport, a monument so forgotten a tree limb obscures its peak. Stare hard enough, and you realize the epitaph begins with these words: "The first ideas of the Erie Canal .…

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On June 28, Buffalo artist Paul Lloyd Sargent loaded his 19-foot, open-hulled boat with a trunk full of toxic waste and set off from Silo City for a two-week adventure along the historic Erie Canal. Most nights during the journey, he docked his boat – nicknamed the “Sarge Barge” – in some picturesque canal town and slept on board in a green sleeping bag, his only company …