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Lansing Bicentennial Minutes

By Louise Bement
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Lansing Bicentennial Minute The Erie canal opened this area to markets on the east coast. To handle the trade warehouses were built at Collins Point, Nortons, Myers Point, Lansing Station, Lake Ridge, Atwaters, King Ferry, Aurora, and Union Springs.  One can still find the foundations of these large warehouse if they know where to look.
By Louise Bement
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Lansing Bicentennial Minute The mystery of Myers Road is solved. No one knew when the road was improved by the sweeping curve through the sand pit.  This was because the road was built by the county but turned over to the town. "Lansing News", published by the Town of Lansing in 1985 reports that in the fall of 1985 "that portion of road through the old gravel bank is being turned over to the town upon its completion. Relocating the road eliminates the dangerous curve at the bottom of the road. A plus for the town is the income being generated from the sale of the gravel in the old bank."
By Louise Bement
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Lansing Bicentennial Minute In 1856 Senator William H. Seward introduced a bill in congress that the United States should take possession of any guano islands outside the jurisdiction of foreign nations. (Guano was a good source of fertilizer needed by our farmers.) America quickly claimed dozens of islands in the Caribbean and Pacific. During World War II several islands, including Johnston and Midway, were important military bases.
By Louise Bement
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Lansing Bicentennial Minute A big project in 1985 was the enlargement of the too small box culvert and the elimination of a dangerous narrow curve on Holden Road. The result was a straightening of 400' of road. The project was paid for with consolidated Highway Improvement Funds (Chips). Also this year 1.3 miles of DeCamp Road was paved with stone produced by the screening plant. Projected projects for the year included rebuilding Buck Road from 34 to Conlin, resurfacing of Buck Road from Conlin to Brickyard Hill, and the resurfacing of Triphammer Terrace and Armstrong Road.
By Louise Bement
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Lansing Bicentennial Minute In 1984 the Highway Department started installing wire baskets filled with gabion stone along the south creek bank in Lansing Park in an effort to stop the erosion of the bank. A gravel bar was also removed in the middle of the creek which should lessen the threat of flooding in the spring. The Highway Department also put up new playground equipment purchased by the Family Forum. Included in the project were swings, a merry-g-round, a slide, and a fun house.

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