Schenectady, N.Y. - WHAT: Press conference announcing grants awarded to Capital Region organizations by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Awardees include American Locomotive Company Heritage Museum in Schenectady, Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, and New York State Bicycling Coalition based in Albany. Photo opportunity of Big Check presentation. WHEN: January 18, 2013; 10:00 am WHERE: Proctors (Schenectady Heritage Area), 432 State Street, Schenectady WHO: Congressman Paul Tonko will join officials from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, grant recipients, and Proctors Theater to present big checks and announce the grants. MORE: The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is awarding $45,800 in grants in 2013 to assist organizations with telling the story of New York's legendary canals through education, recreation, and preservation projects. Nine organizations from Albany to Buffalo will receive funding, including three in the Capital Region:  American Locomotive Company Heritage Museum, Capital Repertory Theatre, and New York State Bicycling Coalition. Details to be announced on Friday, 1/18/13 ABOUT THE ERIE CANALWAY: The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor spans 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York, encompassing the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego, and Champlain canals and their historic alignments, as well as more than 230 canal communities. Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission and the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund work in partnership to preserve our extraordinary heritage, to promote the Corridor as a world class tourism destination, and to foster vibrant communities connected by the waterway.

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Contact: Jean Mackay Director of Communications and Outreach Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor P.O.Box 219 Waterford, NY 12159 (518) 237-7000 ext. 222 http://www.eriecanalway.org/