Sunday, August 2, 2009

Erie Canal Book Review in the Wayne County Star

Reprinted from the Star

Chamber Grateful for Help with Erie Riders

Wednesday, July 29 2009

To the Editor:
I wanted to take the time to thank everyone who helped out last Tuesday when over 500 bikers rode through Lyons. I would like to personally thank Sean Dobbins for the donation of water, Patty Alena for opening Peppermint Building and giving tours, we had over 50-70 visitors. Also I would like to thank Jack McCranels who was everywhere around Lyons helping bikers with directions and places to go,Stephanie Knarr for making up restaurant handouts and passing out water all day long. Kyra Yon for the Goal Chaser’s who handed restaurant guides on the corner of Water and William street.I would also like to thank John Groves who came from Seneca Falls to help out passing out water and information in front of Dobbins Drugs. John has been working on Erie Canal restoration now for 20 years. I would also like to thankRuth Rosenberg Naparsteck who was the Historian for the City of Rochester for 25 years and now has republished Peter Spier children’s illustrated book The Erie Canal. Ruth was at the corner Hotchkiss building handing out water and showcasing this wonderful children’s book. Proceeds from the sale of this book will help fund the Hotchkiss building and Mural Mania. 
We had bikers from Maine to China, Yes, we had a visitor from China who gave Patty Alena peppermint from China. The bikers all said we had the best hospitality of their trip to date. One of the riders was Duncan Hay from the National Park Service, who took photos of the G.Winston Dobbins Park and newly completed Peppermint mural. The bikers were very impressed with our village and murals.

—Mark DeCracker

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