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B'ville Visitor Center to open soon

The Baldwinsville Visitor Center, located on the Seneca River at New York State Canal Lock 24, is due to open in time for the annual carp tournament, which will be held Wednesday May 13, and will remain open through the summer season.

The center was established in 2000 under the direction of the Greater Baldwinsville Economic Development Committee and is now an arm of the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce and the village of Baldwinsville. All local retailers or community organizations are invited to be represented at the center. To do so, contact Nancy Porter at 638-1655 or e-mail nporter2@twcny.rr.com.

Last season alone, the Visitor Center welcomed visitors from 31 states, England, Canada, the Netherlands, France and Thailand (not to mention a 68-year-old walking from Syracuse to Michigan with a stroller to carry possessions). Visitors come by foot, automobile and on large cruisers and sailboats, which travel along the waterway both locally and to U.S. ports. There have also been canoers going from Albany to Buffalo and from Baldwinsville to NYC, and cyclists biking from Seattle to NYC.

More than 280 people signed the visitor logbook and many more just stopped in for information.

The Center is manned solely by volunteers who assist boaters and other visitors with their questions and information about the area and the Erie Canal. Plenty of material including maps and brochures is always available. Both individuals and groups are invited to enjoy this very pleasant volunteer experience. If interested in volunteering, call Mary Kay Hueber at 638-8739 or Jeanne Hickok at 635-2353.

Pictured is a boater's view of Lock 24 along the Seneca River in Baldwinsville. The Visitor Center is located to the right along the South Shore West Trail.

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