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Christmas on the Canal is Back

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It was a struggle, but Christmas on the Canal is back.

Sunday night we take a look at how the tradition in the Village of Spencerport celebrated its 18th year.

The event that's been a staple in the village since 1996 was technically canceled two months ago.

Some wanted the name changed after the village received complaints that it was sponsoring a religious event with taxpayer dollars. And so in October, when the Village of Spencerport and the Town of Ogden pulled the funding, it was up to community members and the event committee who cherish the tradition to keep it going.

"This has really brought awareness to our community that we almost lost our Christmas event so we're happy that the community would not let it end and they kept it going for us and they came through in a big way with donations, support, more volunteers," said Elaine Spaziano, event founder.

Spaziano hopes their story inspires other villages and towns with funding cuts to rally together and raise needed money as a community.

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