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Roadside ditches in Owasco Lake watershed need work

The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program assessed more than 100 town and county roadside ditches in the watershed totaling just under 10 miles. More than five miles, the program determined, are high priority to be stabilized. Ditches, especially when not properly maintained, are one of the culprits for transporting sediment and nutrients into water bodies. Kathryn Vellone, an assistant watershed inspector,... more

Skaneateles school district to hold forum on children’s media consumption

The Skaneateles Central School District wants to open a dialogue with parents about their children’s time in front of screens, in light of the ever-expanding media landscape. A forum on students’ media consumption will be held Wednesday night at the Skaneateles High School auditorium. Christopher Casler-Goncalves, principal of State Street Intermediate School and Waterman Primary School; Kelly Whitney, chief product... more

Panel calls Skaneateles Lake algae bloom ‘serious wake-up call’

A large crowd of concerned residents gathered in the Skaneateles High School auditorium on Oct. 4 to discuss the recent algae bloom in Skaneateles Lake. The event, put on by the Skaneateles High School Environmental Club, included short lectures and a panel discussion. The algae bloom, which appeared in mid-September, raised concerns of potential health risks to those using the... more

Harmful algae blooms subject of upcoming Skaneateles talk

A panel of local officials and researchers will discuss harmful algae blooms on Skaneateles Lake from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 in the Skaneateles High School Auditorium. Speakers will include two SUNY ESF professors, Robert G. Werner and Gregory Boyer, who also work with the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program on testing bloom samples for toxins. Werner will... more

New toxin found in Owasco Lake algae blooms

A new toxin has been found in algae blooms in Owasco Lake, the Cayuga County Health Department said. In a news release, the department said a previously undetected toxin, homo-anatoxin, was found in algae samples near Indian Cove and Buck Point. The department has previously found a more common type of toxin, microcystins, in the lake. "Both of these HAB... more

Officials release latest toxin results for Skaneateles, Owasco Lake water

Toxins from harmful algal blooms are still showing up in water from Skaneateles Lake, according to the latest test results released Thursday from the state Department of Health. However, officials said the addition of chlorine is keeping toxins out of customers’ tap water. In a joint statement from the Onondaga County Health Department and the city of Syracuse’s Department of... more

Skaneateles school superintendent says drinking water is safe

The drinking water in Skaneateles’ schools is safe, according to a statement sent out to parents and community members of the Skaneateles school district from Superintendent Ken Slentz. This comes after Skaneateles Schools announced on its Facebook page Wednesday that it was shutting down drinking fountains in order for the Department of Health to conduct tests for toxins from blue-green... more

Lafayette man drowns on Skaneateles Lake

State Police are investigating the drowning of a Lafayette man on Skaneateles Lake. Investigators say it happened around 8:25 a.m. when the man, identified as 38-year-old Joshua D. Sharpe, and a friend were fishing in a boat about 80 yards from shore. Troopers say Sharpe ended up going into the water to swim and at some point he swam underwater... more

Harmful algal blooms continue to be found in Cayuga County-area lakes

Harmful algal blooms continue to be found in area lakes, but there is no indication that public drinking water has been negatively impacted. The Cayuga County Health Department on Friday said that, out of an abundance of caution, the Auburn and Owasco water treatment facilities had activated their carbon treatment systems to mitigate the chances of toxins getting into the... more

Longtime clerk takes on incumbent Skaneateles town supervisor primary

After more than 20 years as town clerk in Skaneateles, Janet Aaron said she is ready to take on a new role in public service: town supervisor. On Tuesday, Aaron will face incumbent James Lanning in a Republican primary election. The winner will become the GOP candidate on the ballot in November. Aaron already has the Independence Party line secured... more

Ultimate Goal facility in Marcellus to change hands

Dylan Donahue, left, 24, and brother Collin, 28, are part of a four-person group closing a deal to purchase the Ultimate Goal family sports center in Marcellus. The facility is in its 22nd year of offering sports and fitness programs to thousands of participants every year. The original ownership group included Robert Medina, Patrick Dooley, Ted Kinder, Tom Farneti, Earnie... more

Skaneateles considers parking fee for out-of-town boaters

The town of Skaneateles is considering charging out-of-town residents a fee for parking in the town’s boat launch parking lot, according to town officials. Public access to the popular Skaneateles Lake is limited to three launches – the Skaneateles town launch, a state launch and, at the far southern end, a town of Scott launch. If Skaneateles adopts the parking... more

Skaneateles boat show draws boaters from around the country

Dave Blum owns 13 boats and 13 dogs. He brought one of his boats, a 12-foot 1956 Penn Yan Swift, and three of his dogs, all English Setters, to the 39th annual Antique and Classic Boat Show Sunday in Skaneateles. Blum, who made the trip to the Finger Lakes region from Bergen, New York, said most of the boats he... more

Skaneateles’ Kyla Sears named US Lacrosse’s National Player of the Year

Skaneateles’ Kyla Sears was named the Epoch/US Lacrosse National Player of the Year Thursday. Sears, who missed her entire junior year and a part of her senior season with knee injuries, led the Lakers to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D championship last spring. The Citizen: Read More more

Aurora, Skaneateles restaurants win Wine Spectator awards for selections

Wine Spectator magazine’s 2017 Restaurant Awards have recognized two Cayuga County-area restaurants for their wine selections. The Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora, and its wine director, Erin McElhinney, received an Award of Excellence. For more information about the restaurant, visit innsofaurora.com or call (315) 364-8888. The Krebs, 53 W. Genesee St., Skaneateles, and its sommelier, Jared Stafford-Hill, received a... more

Visitors pick flowers, hang out at lavender festival in Skaneateles

The first time Betsy Hogan and her family came to the Finger Lakes Lavender Festival, her senses were immediately flooded by the area’s sweet aroma. “It was pretty intense and overwhelming (and) wonderful, in a great way,” Hogan said. “You just kind of walk in and it’s like there’s amazing perfume in the air.” Hogan spoke Sunday at the tenth... more

Court docs: Skaneateles boat accident victim was sucked under boat by propeller

The victim of a boating accident on Skaneateles Lake was dragged under a boat by a propeller that left gaping wounds in his arm and leg, according to statements given by witnesses. Kyle Crosley is still recovering at Upstate University Hospital, but friends tell us he is doing well, considering the severity of the injuries he suffered. Crosley was in... more
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