nys-canal-corporation-logo-2-6-06-flat-lo.jpgWaterford, N.Y. - The New York State Canal System is opening earlier than expected this year and canal enthusiasts won't want to miss it. Canal Corp Director Brian Stratton will be joined by local officials and Erie Canalway Executive Director Beth Sciumeca to officially open the canal at Lock 2 in Waterford on Saturday at 10 am. This year's event will celebrate the annual opening of the canal for the 188th time, as well as the tireless efforts undertaken to restore the eastern Erie after last year's tropical storms Irene and Lee. The public is welcome to join the opening celebration and to see the first boats of the season move through the locks at the Waterford Harbor Visitor Center at 10 am.