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Nominations sought for Key to the Locks award

The Erie Canal Discovery Center and Niagara History Center are seeking nominees for the 13th annual “Key to the Locks” award. The award recognizes a Niagara County resident who exemplifies community spirit or promotes the heritage or preservation of the historic Erie Canal.

Nomination forms are available at the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport, or online at The deadline is March 9. All nominations come from the public and will be reviewed by a selection committee. For more information, call Ray Wigle at 434-7433.

The 2017 “Key to the Locks” award was given to Dave Chatt for his work interpreting the restored Flight of Five Locks to visitors. The 2018 “Key to the Locks” will be presented May 12 at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St., Lockport.





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