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  • DeCracker earns ‘Out of the Box’ award for Trail of Hope

  • On June 11, Assemblyman Robert Oaks (R,C-Macedon) presented a resolution to Mark DeCracker of Lyons who was awarded the Parks and Trails NY’s “Out of the Box” Award for his role in creating The Trail of Hope, a handicapped accessible trail at the Lyons Community Center. State Senator Michael Nozzolio also sponsored the same resolution for DeCracker in the Senate.

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  • On June 11, Assemblyman Robert Oaks (R,C-Macedon) presented a resolution to Mark DeCracker of Lyons who was awarded the Parks and Trails NY’s “Out of the Box” Award for his role in creating The Trail of Hope, a handicapped accessible trail at the Lyons Community Center. State Senator Michael Nozzolio also sponsored the same resolution for DeCracker in the Senate.
    The Out of the Box Award recognizes DeCracker’s leadership and his creativity, as well as his ability to inspire others to donate time, talent, and materials to make the Trail of Hope, a Trail Works, Inc. project, a reality. The trail is a handicapped accessible path at the Lyons Community Center that allows everyone, including those who use wheelchairs, to navigate the beautifully landscaped area.
    DeCracker has been an advocate for the Erie Canal, and for towns and villages along the waterway in Wayne and Cayuga counties since the mid-1980s. He was the founder of Erie Restoration Interests Everyone in 1985 and promoted concerts and other events along the canal – including the Wedding of the Waters from Lake Ontario and the Hudson River in 1991.
    He has been president of the Lyons Chamber of Commerce and the impetus behind Mural Mania, which has brought dozens of professionally painted murals to villages and towns throughout Wayne County and in Port Byron and Weedsport in Cayuga County. He also enlisted help from many community organizations, businesses and even Golden Artist Colors of New Berlin, NY, which made large donations of paint for some of the murals.
    DeCracker and the late Noel Dobbins developed vacant land along the canal at the lock in Lyons into a pocket park (complete with a mural) in 2007 in memory of Dobbins’ father, Winston, a beloved community member and historian. With Trail Works, Inc. members and other volunteers, DeCracker has organized countless clean ups at old canal locks throughout Wayne County and along many hiking trails.
        
    Mark DeCracker is a retired occupational therapist with the state in the office of OMRDD and has involved many of his clients with his projects. He and his wife, Dianne, own the Peppermint Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Lyons. They have three daughters and two grandsons
     
    “I am proud to tell you that for several decades, Mark has been a tireless advocate for promotion of the Erie Canal, murals in our communities, accessibility for people with disabilities, tourism, local business and many other community projects,” said Assemblyman Oaks. “He is vital force in Wayne County and beyond.”

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