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May 2, 2012

Seaway Trail group promotes War of 1812 walks

SACKETS HARBOR — The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is promoting a series of walks along waterways in western Pennsylvania and Northern New York as the nation commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

A national organization — the American Volkssport Association — has given its approval to walks in nine Seaway Trail communities from Erie, Pa., to Ogdensburg in northern New York. Walking enthusiasts who complete 3.1-mile and 6.2-mile Seaway Trail walks can earn AVA credits and special pins.

Seaway Trail officials say they expect Volkssport groups from across the nation to visit the War of 1812 sites along Lakes Erie and Ontario, the Niagara River and the St. Lawrence River.

The 518-mile Great Lakes Seaway Trail extends across parts of New York and Pennsylvania but does not include the Champlain Valley. The Battle of Plattsburgh, won by the Americans, is widely viewed as the event which precipitated an agreement between the U.S. and Great Britain to end the conflict.

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Online: Great Lakes Seaway Trail: http://www.seawaytrail.com

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