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Port Henry erects tourism kiosk

PORT HENRY - The village of Port Henry has recently installed a Lakes to Locks Passage Waypoint Community kiosk.

The project was funded through a National Scenic Byways grant, administered by Lakes to Locks Passage, with matching funds provided by the town of Moriah.

John Tromblee and the Port Henry public works crew installed the kiosk near Mac's Market.

The third panel of the kiosk is a community bulletin board which will be managed by Janet Denney, for the Moriah Chamber of Commerce.

Barb Brassard, Brandy Saxton and Joan Daby worked with Virginia Westbrook, coordinator of the Champlain Valley Heritage Network to develop the text and collect the pictures seen on the kiosk.

"As a Waypoint Community of Lakes to Locks Passage, Port Henry serves as the hub for the town of Moriah and the surrounding hamlets," explained Janet Kennedy, executive director of the Lakes to Locks program. "This kiosk, as well as the staff at the Iron Center, are prepared to meet and greet the Byway visitors to the region and direct them to the sites, attractions, and businesses that will make their travels enjoyable. This kiosk is just one of the planned improvements that are being implemented by Champlain Valley communities in preparation for the upcoming Champlain Quadricentennial in 2009."

Lakes to Locks Passage is designated as an All-American Road in the collection of Americas Byways, dedicated to furthering the appreciation, stewardship and revitalization of the natural, cultural, recreational and historic assets of the communities along the interconnected waterway of the upper Hudson River, Champlain Canal, Lake George, Lake Champlain in New York State. Over the past few years Lakes to Locks Passage has brought several million dollars of National Scenic Byways grant funds to the communities along the Byway, contributing to the economic revitalization of the region.

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