###Contact: Teresa Mitchell (315) 646-1000
Sackets Harbor, N.Y. - The Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, NY, has announced its summer hours. The three-story, nine room interpretive center at Ray and West Main Streets on the Sackets Harbor village waterfront will be open daily 10 am to 5 pm from July 1 through Labor Day, and thereafter Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Columbus Day. Special events include the July 15th 10th Anniversary celebration of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center as a travel and tourism attraction. The 10am-5pm event includes free admission, giveaways, gift shop discounts, refreshments, and the opportunity to win prizes. On Friday, July 30, at 6:30pm decorated soldier, retired U.S. Army Colonel and military historian David Fitz-Enz will present the "Heroes of the War of 1812" in the Discovery Center's third-floor former ballroom. Fitz-Enz, a 30-year army veteran, earned the Soldier's Medal for Heroism, the Bronze Star for Valor with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal, and three-leaf Legion of Merit honor. The $5 admission fee benefits the educational programming of the Seaway Trail Foundation. On Saturday, July 31 from 1-3pm, Fitz-Enz will sign copies of his books: "Why a Soldier," "The Final Invasion," "Old Ironsides," and "Redcoats' Revenge" at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center at Ray and West Main Streets overlooking the Sackets Harbor village waterfront. For more information, call 315-646-1000 or check the website at http://www.seawaytrail.com/. The Seaway Trail Foundation operates the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center in the former Union Hotel built in 1817-18 and today owned by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.