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Stuck on canal, boaters find ‘oasis’ in Amsterdam

Couples glad setback came in city’s Riverlink Park

Rhonda and Wayne McManus of Athens, Ala., wait for the Erie Canal to re-open while moored at Amsterdam's Riverlink Park on Wednesday.
Rhonda and Wayne McManus of Athens, Ala., wait for the Erie Canal to re-open while moored at Amsterdam's Riverlink Park on Wednesday.
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The closure this week of the Erie Canal won’t dim the spirits of Wayne and Rhonda McManus. The Alabama couple, on the water since 2008, is traveling back to that state and not scheduled to arrive home until the fall. “It’s a home on the water, for all practical purposes,” said Wayne McManus, a retired air traffic controller who said the 44-foot Gulfstar “Help Me Rhonda” takes 500 gallons of gas and 250 gallons of ...

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