2018: A Very Good Year!

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2018: A Very Good Year!

The 1842 Enlarged Erie Canal with Towpath Trail to the left.

The 1842 Enlarged Erie Canal with Towpath Trail to the left.

As those who have followed this blog know we had a very good year in 2018. There will be more detail and photographs in the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway’s Annual Report. Just to point out some of our successes:

  • Completed a birding trail in the Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve. 
  • Played host to a Byway Leadership Training program at the historic Grooms Tavern.
  • Our Story Telling Summit was attended by 36 people from several states in the northeast and midwest.
  • The Friends of the Byway fostered a new partnership with Druthers Brewing Company a new major sponsor for the Duathlon.
  • Installed two new interpretive kiosks this year: one in Cohoes and one in Niskayuna.
  • Enhancements to our self guided cell phone tour in Colonie, Halfmoon, Schenectady, Scotia, and Waterford attracted a record number of new users.

Volunteers remain the core of the Byway’s success.  In 2018 volunteers of all ages, all backgrounds and a number of faiths donated 2,000 hours for the Byway’s events, projects, and objectives.  These hours have been valued at nearly $54,000 and a portion used as local match to grants. But they provide much more for the community as well as a great sense of accomplishment and pride for those who donate. For this we are all grateful. 

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