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In tough canal year, 3 days’ reprieve

Boaters get chance to sail to winter harbors

Heading to home ports----Heavy boat traffic at Lock 12 in Fort Hunter on Saturday. Seven boats were seen in the locks at this time. The locks are open this weekend after a lengthy closure of the lock system in recent weeks.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Heading to home ports----Heavy boat traffic at Lock 12 in Fort Hunter on Saturday. Seven boats were seen in the locks at this time. The locks are open this weekend after a lengthy closure of the lock system in recent weeks.
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One by one, four boats cruised into Lock 11 in Amsterdam on Friday morning, taking advantage of a brief re-opening on the Erie Canal that’s been plagued with closures this year. The canal system, particularly in the Capital Region, has undergone intermittent shutdowns because of severe weather at the start of the navigation season, during the middle of the season and then most recently when a massive hole was discovered beneath the center pier of ...


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