Middlesex Heritage Group to host Seneca Heritage Day on September 1

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Middlesex Heritage Group to host Seneca Heritage Day

Middlesex Heritage Group will address the issue of clean water and watershed protection during its annual Seneca Heritage Day from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 1 at Overackers Corners Schoolhouse on state Route 364 and North Vine Valley Road in Middlesex.

“The critical issue of clean water and the protection of our watersheds is of critical relevance to those of us living in the Canandaigua Watershed region and in the Greater Finger Lakes,” said David Charland, MHG vice president.

Jason Corwin will discuss “Protecting our Vital Waters” and screen his documentary, “Defending Ohi:yo’.” Corwin, a filmmaker and executive director of Seneca Media and Communications Center, will explain the Seneca Nation’s opposition to a projected proposal that would allow for the transport, treatment and release of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing into the Allegheny River.

The Seneca Nation’s Allegany Territory is located 65 miles downstream from the project. Fracking water from Pennsylvania contains high levels of radiation. Although fracking is legal in Pennsylvania, it is illegal in New York state and not authorized on sovereign Seneca Nation lands.

Bill Crouse and the Allegany River Dancers — in full regalia — will share traditional Hodinohso:ni’ music and dance. Peter Jamison, manager of Ganondagan State Historic Site, will serve as master of ceremonies. Ice cream sundaes will be served, with pies available for purchase.

The traditional bonfire on Bare Hill signifying the Ring of Fire surrounding Canandaigua Lake will commence at dark after the afternoon festivities.

MHG coordinates and partially funds Seneca Heritage Day to honor and remember those people who lived in and walked the hills and valleys of what is now called Middlesex. The group is a volunteer organization that records and disseminates the history of the area through meetings, a newsletter and community events.

Admission is free. Visit bit.ly/2tPEgwA for information.