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98 dedicated for veterans in Orleans and Genesee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 May 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – Former State Assemblyman Charlie Nesbitt, left, joined State Assemblyman Steve Hawley and State Sen. George Maziarz for the unveiling of a sign this afternoon that notes Route 98 is the Genesee and Orleans Veterans Memorial Highway. Another sign near the Genesee-Wyoming border in Alexander will be unveiled Friday morning.

POINT BREEZE – A new sign, proclaiming Route 98 as the Genesee and Orleans Veterans Memorial Highway, was unveiled today near the Point Breeze exit off the Lake Ontario State Parkway.

Several veterans and local and state officials gathered for the unveiling of the sign near the entrance of the Orleans County Marine Park.

“It’s a great tribute to the veterans,” said State Assemblyman Steve Hawley.

Another sign will be unveiled in Genesee County on Friday morning near the Genesee/Wyoming border. Hawley said he will push the state Department of Transportation to put up additional signs in Genesee and Orleans counties besides the first two.

State Sen. George Maziarz is pleased the signs are up before Memorial Day.

“We’re honoring the men and women who did not come home,” he said. “This is just a small way to say thank you.”

This is the second state route to be dedicated to veterans in Orleans County. Route 104 has signs in Jeddo and at the eastern edge of Murray declaring it as the American Legion Memorial Highway in Orleans County.

Paul Fulcomer, director of the Veterans Service Agency, said the designations are appreciated by veterans.

“It’s always nice to see a veterans’ memorial highway,” Fulcomer said.

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley speaks at the dedication.