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DELAYED: White deer tours at depot won’t start until November

The hope and expectation was that tours would begin by mid-October.

On Tuesday, Seneca White Deer, Inc., announced that the start of those widely-anticipated bus tours at the former Seneca Army Depot would be delayed.

“We had hoped to start our tours in mid-October, but it looks as though we won’t be able to start until early November. We’re pushing ahead on all fronts to be able to provide tours this fall. When the leaves drop is the best time to see the deer and the bucks have their most impressive antlers,” said SWD President Dennis Money.

Money said in a press release that finishing touches and regulatory approvals are being sought for the program.

Money said that SWD will announce the opening of the reservation booking on their new website senecawhitedeer.org, as well as the Seneca White Deer, Inc’s Facebook page and in a special edition electronic newsletter.

SWD plans to start booking reservations a couple weeks prior to the first tour through its website. Several tours a day will be offered on Thursday through Sunday each week.

Tours will start at the John and Josephine Ingle Welcome Center on NY Route 96A, about 10 miles south of Geneva. Twenty-five passenger tour buses will take visitors into the former Depot, which has been closed to the public for more than 70 years. Each narrated tour will last about 90 minutes and will make stops at several locations in the former Depot.

In other news at the former depot, Jim Petropoulos, of Geneva, was named the Tourism Operations Manager for the organization.

His primary responsibility will be management of SWD’s program of guided bus tours of the former Seneca Army Depot. The tours are expected to continue year-round once they begin in November.

Money added, “It’s great to have Jim on board with us. His natural talent and skills will be a huge help getting our tour program off the ground.”

The organization also says they are actively seeking volunteers who will help with tours this fall. Those interested in helping can contact Seneca White Deer at senecawhitedeer@outlook.com.

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