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NT to participate in 'Canal Clean Sweep'

Fri, Apr 14th 2017 10:35 am

City of North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas recently announced NT will participate in the 12th annual "Canal Clean Sweep," on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.

The city will join in this event in recognition of Earth Day and in preparation for the upcoming 193rd consecutive navigation season on the New York State Canal System, as well as in conjunction with the New York State Canal Corp., Parks and Trails New York and the various communities along the 524-mile canal system.

The mayor's office and Waterfront Commission are seeking volunteer groups and individuals to meet at the large pavilion at Mayor's Park on Sweeney Street for the cleanup efforts scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

The "Canal Clean Sweep" highlights the growing significance of the Canal System and the Canalway Trail System as a recreational and tourism destination across the state (including in NT) by encouraging communities, not-for-profit organizations and volunteers to engage in cleanup and beautification activities.

"This is always a great way for the community to come together and help spruce up the area and feel good about your efforts after a job well done," Waterfront Chairman Ed Smolinski said.

This year's event is being sponsored by HUNT Real Estate ERA Wheatfield office, Walmart, as well as the mayor's office.

"I would like to thank this year's sponsors, Hunt Real Estate and Walmart for helping out, once again, as well as our Waterfront Commission and the many volunteers that come out to help keep such a vital city resource clean, beautiful and enticing for those wishing to use it for recreation purposes," Pappas said. "With the kayak docks and the bike path extension, we should see even more people enjoying the water this coming season."

Jamie Mendel-Kolb, Hunt Real Estate, ERA Niagara County Branch director, said, "As HUNT Real Estate is dedicated to serving our incredible community, we are honored to participate in this wonderful project to beautify our Erie Canal System."

She added, "We sincerely thank all the volunteers, organizations and founders involved to make this annual event a success!"

Last year, NT was one of 150 communities, not-for-profit organizations, civic groups, businesses and social clubs taking part in nearly 100 cleanup and beautification events along the Canal System and the Canalway Trail.

During this year's event, the NT Recreation and Parks Department will supply rakes, gloves and trash bags.

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