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Old Erie Canal is in ‘desperate condition’

Posted 2/17/22

Late in January, a letter was submitted to the Daily Sentinel by Isaac Paz, from Sherrill, NY. It was part of a class assignment. The teacher was Ken Regner. I totally agree with Isaac’s …

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Old Erie Canal is in ‘desperate condition’

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Late in January, a letter was submitted to the Daily Sentinel by Isaac Paz, from Sherrill, NY. It was part of a class assignment. The teacher was Ken Regner.

I totally agree with Isaac’s observations and remarks about the desperate condition that the Old Erie Canal along Route 46 is in. I suspect that this canal runs along Route 46 in both Oneida and Madison County.

I noted the shape it was in a couple of years ago on a return trip from Oneida. I believe there is a trail along what is left of the old tow path. It is a total disgrace. It seems like in this day and age, that something could be done to dress up this historic “area” into a more desired space, other than for the local mosquitos.

There must be organizations that could gather a bunch of citizens who could do a couple of days of work. There must be grants out there that could be applied for. What about welfare recipients to earn their benefits? What about work crews from Oneida County Jail or state prisons in the area; Church groups — scout troops — BOCES — school groups? Something certainly does need to be done. I challenge you to take a ride along Route 46 South, and see for yourself the condition it is in. Actually, this also goes for the Black River Canal along State Route 46 North to Boonville. You can’t even find the Five Columbines any more! There are fallen trees, grown up water weeds, and algae. And as Isaac pointed out, I am sure it is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Not only should these areas be cleaned up – but there should be a couple more historical markers. This area is rich in history and it is fading away. Future generations will never know what this area contributed to American history.

 

— Charlene Rouillier,

Lee Center

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