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Veterans museum proposed for Wayne building

A Wayne County building that was to be developed into the Erie Canal Cultural Center many years ago could soon be the home of a new military museum.

Next Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors is expected to set a July 16 public hearing on a proposal to transfer the failed center on the shores of the Erie Canal to an organization that wants to convert the site into the Wayne-Finger Lakes Veterans Memorial Museum.

It’s the brainchild of state Assemblyman Brian Manktelow, R-130 of Lyons, who began working on the project while serving as Lyons town supervisor.

“I’m driving the project forward,” said Manktelow, an Army veteran who said he was inspired to start the museum in Lyons after seeing one in a small town in Iowa while visiting his son at college. “I’ve got some really good ideas there. Our children and grandchildren will never forget who our vets are.”

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