Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Mike Riley, Canal Historian and Trail Boss for the Heritage Park, explained the importance of the historic sites in Montezuma that tell the dynamic story of the evolution of the New York State Canal System.
Along for the walk were Park Design Committee members Paul Baker, Dan Randolph, and Stan Longyear, Town Board member, Tom Fitzsimmons, the Assemblyman's Communications Coordinator, Louise Hoffman Broach, and myself.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Fifty years after the Viet Nam War started, three former Montezuma Ex-Marines who served in the war. Rich Vanderwalker, now living in Texas, Dan Randolph and Stan Longyear work together to install the posts for the park's new kiosks. For these guys, service work has gone on to help out their communities. Denny and Dustin, highway department employees, worked with them to install the posts at the two trailhead entrances at High Street and Chapman Road yesterday.
The kiosks are being funded by the Cayuga County Creating Healthy Places program.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
|Mike Riley explains how the Richmond Aqueduct carried the Erie Canal waters over the Seneca River at the August 11th Canal Splash Tour in Montezuma|
Tour explores canal's relationship with town
Thanks to Mike Riley for leading another successful Canal Splash event and to everyone that came out for the tour!
Friday, August 10, 2012
|Exchange Hotel at the junction of the Erie and Cayuga-Seneca Canals is subject of a new mural in Montezuma being painted by Muralist Dawn Jordan.|
environmental concerns, and the preservation of historic resources in Cayuga County.
Mark DeCracker of Lyons, and creator of Mural Mania encouraged Montezuma to join with other communities along the Erie Canal to share the visual story of New York State Erie Canal history. Today it is hard to visualize what Montezuma looked like during the early Erie Canal era. MHS is providing the town with the mural to reconnect with its sense of heritage and place, and to share its important story with others. The original Erie Canal that joined with the Cayuga/Seneca Canal in 1828, and flowed through Montezuma have long been filled in. Gone are many the businesses that lined the canal streets. Since almost all of the original buildings with businesses that served the canal and community no longer exist, there wasn’t even a place to paint the mural. When Joe Verdi, owner of A-Verdi Containers learned of the dilemma, he generously donated a 8’ x 20 ‘ container to paint the mural on.
|Dawn painting the mural under her homemade awning.|