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Lyons hopes to make history

This Erie Canal community got an early Christmas present, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that a large portion of its downtown, park square and adjacent neighborhoods are being recommended by the state Board for Historic Preservation for placement on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

The Lyons Downtown Historic District, containing 256 properties, is one of 23 designated for 2017, said Cuomo.

“These nominations will help communities across this great state preserve the historic landmarks and sites that shaped New York’s rich heritage,” Cuomo said. “By recognizing the very fabric of our cities and towns, New York is shining light on important sites and resources in every region, while supporting community development and encouraging residents and visitors alike to experience the diverse history and culture found in every corner of the state.”

Joan DeLaro, who heads Lyons Main Street program, which was heavily involved in the coordination of the state application, was thrilled with the news.

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