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Mayor Michael W. Tucker said money or services to help restore the original Erie Canal locks here could result from an announcement Friday by a federal commission working on a preservation and management plan for the communities along the canal.

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission named Lockport as one of two communities to serve as host to demonstration projects in historic preservation. Little Falls is the other.

Tucker appointed a committee early this year to plan and seek funds for restoring the original Flight of Five locks to working condition. They still exist as a spillway beside the two modern steel locks. A consultant's report last year estimated that the job would cost $1.46 million.

Tucker said that there is no money attached to the federal panel's announcement but that this could change. "Whatever resources they have will go to us, first priority, for the next 12 months," he said. "Even if there's no money, I'm sure there's in-kind services we can take advantage of."

The commission said that it will send a planning team to Lockport to hold a preservation workshop next year.

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