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Power Authority Helps to Sponsor ‘Paddles Up Niagara 2007’

Contact:
Paul DeMichele
914-390-8186
paul.demichele@nypa.gov
                                                                     

June 21, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority will help to sponsor “Paddles Up Niagara 2007” on Saturday, July 28. The day-long program will take place on the Niagara River in the vicinity of Beaver Island State Park and will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Kayak and canoe enthusiasts will participate in a non-competitive, 4.8 mile paddling event after a traditional Native American Departure Ceremony at noon. The program will also include a “Paddle Fair” in which paddle-sports retailers and company representatives will be on hand to give the public an opportunity to try out canoes and kayaks.

“We are very enthusiastic about our involvement with this program,” said Power Authority Chairman Frank S. McCullough, Jr. “It was a huge success last year and we hope even more people will be drawn to the beautiful area this year.”

The event was first held in July 2006 in a campaign by the Niagara River Greenway Commission to connect people with the Niagara River. About 140 people in 116 canoes and kayaks participated.

To learn more about Paddles Up Niagara, please visit the Niagara River Greenway Commission at www.niagaragreenway.org or contact Rob Belue at (716) 773-5361.

 

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