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Conference outlines the future of the canal system

by Nicole Reitz

The 14th New York State Canal Conference, co-presented by the New York Canal Corporation and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, will be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Oswego.

The Canal Society of New York State is a group of men and women who have joined together to study canals and their history. Founded in Buffalo in 1956, the society’s goal is to promote an interest in the canal system, past and present, and to encourage preservation of canal records, artifacts and sites.

This year’s conference will be held at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center and will include panels and presentations of major issues for the canal system. International speakers and regional experts from Kentucky, Ohio and New York will be on hand.

“As a community, we are proud to host the 2012 New York State Conference in a location Where the Water Never Ends,” said Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the Port of Oswego. “The canal has played a significant role in shaping the economy of the City of Oswego, and New York State as a whole.

“The conference will show how we continue to depend on the recreational and commercial activities of the waterway, and will outline development opportunities that will enhance our economic fortunes for the future,” Daniels added.

Sunday, Sept. 30 will showcase Oswego with a variety of activities, the CNY Great Pumpkin Festival at Washington Square Park, re-enactment of a Civil War Battle at Fort Ontario Historic Site, and an Oktoberfest celebration.

The Oktoberfest celebration will feature German and American food from 4 to 9 p.m. at the conference center, followed by music from Fritz’s Polka Band from 6 to 8 p.m., and concluding with a light and fireworks show over the Oswego River.

The opening plenary session, Monday, Oct. 1, will be presented by Daniels on the economic impact on the Port of Oswego.

Monday’s reception and dinner will be at the Bayshore Grove banquet facility on the shore of Lake Ontario. The dinner features a keynote address by James Clifton, who is from the United Kingdom’s Tourism Enterprise Group.

Tuesday morning will include more breakout sessions.

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