People bicycle along the Erie Canalway Trail, a multi-use trail for pedestrians, bicyclists and cross-country skiers. The 360-mile trail runs from Buffalo to Albany; the mostly flat trail includes both on-road segments and off-road trails. Each year, more than 1.6 million people visit the canal system, which includes 57 locks, 20 lift bridges and 114 dams. CSEA members who work at the New York State Canal Corp. maintain the trail and canals. See Page 12 for more. (Photo by Ove Overmyer).

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Ove Overmyer is an award winning photojournalist and writer who has promoted the virtue of working people and the value of public service throughout his career. His work has been published by many well-respected international media outlets, including PBS Moyers & Co., Steward Update UCS Worker Institute Cornell ILR, CBS News, The Weather Channel, SCI-FY Channel, Associated Press and LOGO-TV. Before joining the CSEA Communications Department staff in 2015, Overmyer was a CSEA member employed by the City of Rochester and an officer of the union for more than 18 years. He covers a 14 county area of Western New York and lives in Rochester, NY.

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