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Pizza pioneers: Skaneateles family celebrates 30 years of food business

At the turn of the century, Valentine Wellington was making sandwiches for workers on his Skaneateles farm when he accidentally spilled some sauce on the bread. Rather than toss the dough, the young farmer sprinkled some fresh cheese on top, creased the edge and slid it into the oven. Thus, the first local pizza was formed — or so the... more

Town of Skaneateles leads watershed plan

The town of Skaneateles became the sponsor of a state grant application to map the Skaneateles Lake watershed and its sources of nutrient loading at a town board meeting Monday night. Called a Nine Element Watershed Plan, or a 9E Plan, it will model what kinds of pollutants are in the watershed, where they are coming from and where practices... more

F. Oliver’s in Skaneateles closes, but new Auburn-area store on the horizon

Specialty foods retailer F. Oliver's has closed its location in Skaneateles but hopes to have a presence in Auburn within the year. A Facebook post on Jan. 12 announced the closing "with great sadness," and included a link to a blog post with more information on the plans to shut down the 4 Jordan St. store, which sold olive oil,... more

Officials seek pollution mapping plan for Skaneateles Lake

Local officials and stakeholders are working on many projects to address harmful algal blooms in Skaneateles Lake, and one could be a pollution mapping diet similar to one being created for Owasco. The town of Skaneateles, the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, the Skaneateles Lake Association, and other officials are in discussion with the state Department of... more

Aurora, Skaneateles featured in Vogue magazine wine guide

A Jan. 19 guide to Finger Lakes wine in Vogue magazine heavily features wineries and restaurants in Aurora and Skaneateles. The travel guide is provided by Thomas Pastuszak, wine director at the New York City hotel and restaurant NoMad. “There’s no other region in the U.S. that really focuses on Riesling the way that Napa has Cabernet or Chardonnay, the... more

‘It’s already a community’: Skaneateles fitness studio under new ownership

A Skaneateles fitness studio has transformed Sandy Pine’s life in more ways than one. The 37-year-old Sennett woman became the new owner of Gazella Training, Fitness & Yoga starting Jan. 1, a career change for the former special education teacher. She’s taking over for former owner Reem Jishi, who moved to Florida but still works with Pine as a consultant.... more

Skaneateles native, 24, helps lead President Trump’s drug policy office

In May 2016, Taylor Weyeneth was an undergraduate at St. John’s University in New York, a legal studies student and fraternity member who organized a golf tournament and other events to raise money for veterans and their families. Less than a year later, at 23, Weyeneth, was a political appointee and rising star at the Office of National Drug Control... more

Major flooding in Cayuga County; Port Byron among hardest hit

On Friday, as warm air held on in the Finger Lakes — several communities in Cayuga County were hit hard by flooding. While the National Weather Service reported that an ice jam along the Seneca River caused flooding from Montezuma to Port Byron and Weedsport, the excessive rainfall did not help matters. As of 10:30 am on Friday, the river... more

Influenced by New York’s minimum wage law, Skaneateles Mark’s Pizzeria becomes Mike’s

Mike Harvard started with Mark’s Pizzeria in Skaneateles as a delivery driver in 1999, and now his name adorns the sign of his pizza business. The Mark’s location in Skaneateles quietly opened as Mike’s Pizzeria late last month, with a new logo to match. Harvard, who had co-owned that Mark’s location with Jamie Schneider since 2003, said they made a... more

Skaneateles church granted $5,000 for stained glass restoration

St. James Episcopal Church, located at 96 E Genesee St., Skaneateles, is one of 17 locations to receive a “Sacred Sites Grant” from The New York Landmarks Conservancy, a private non-profit organization. The grants, awarded to historic religious properties in New York state, totaled $279,000. The $5,000 Conservancy Grant awarded to St. James will help fund stained glass restoration. The... more

Dickens Christmas gives Skaneateles economy holiday boost

The village of Skaneateles’s streets were filled with people Sunday, some picking up last minute Christmas presents or walking their dogs while others enjoyed some caroling from the village’s Dickens Christmas performers. Many Skaneateles small business owners agreed that the Christmas season is one of the busiest for the lakeside village and the annual Dickens Christmas celebration draws visitors from... more

Model now regrets controversial ads for Skaneateles Furs, which is closing soon

The model who posed for a controversial billboard and ads in 2008 for the soon-to-close Skaneateles Furs store said she now regrets her decision to model for the business. Melissa Hornung Devrient, 50, who’s now living in Lexington, Ky., and who is visiting in Skaneateles this week, told NYup.com she’s now an “animal advocate” and initially didn’t quite understand the... more

Skaneateles Furs to close after 34 years in business

Skaneateles Furs will be closing its doors as the shop’s owner plans to retire after more than three decades in business. The building, located at 36 E. Genesee St. in the village, is owned by The Village Teasel, Inc., based in Rochester. The building’s owner could not be reached for comment. The fur shop, owned by Eloise Luchsinger, has been... more

At Skaneateles agricultural meeting, former TV meteorologist warns about climate change

Former TV weatherman Dave Eichorn talked climate change Tuesday at the Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agricultural Program’s annual meeting. His message to the crowd? Climate change is happening, and the Northeast does not have the infrastructure to handle upcoming changes. “We need to start thinking in the back of our minds now about preparing for rapid, abrupt changes in weather, and... more

Cayuga, Onondaga county fire departments extinguish Skaneateles house fire

Multiple fire departments from both Onondaga and Cayuga counties put out a fire at a residence in the town of Skaneateles Tuesday morning. The fire occurred at 1787 Russells Landing, also known as Fire Lane 50, a one-story home overlooking Skaneateles Lake. The home is just south of the hamlet of Mandana. Cayuga, Onondaga county fire departments extinguish Skaneateles house... more

Skaneateles CEO says employee tried to extort him to hide her $89,000 embezzlement

A Skaneateles business owner said in court today that a former employee tried to extort him when he learned of her $89,000 embezzlement. David Rossi, chief executive officer of Empire of Empire Technical Associates, gave a statement at the sentencing of his former employee Julie McGinn. McGinn admitted in September to stealing $89,000 from Empire. At her plea hearing, she... more

Cayuga County business leaders tell Katko: Tax reform would help workers

At a roundtable discussion Monday, a group of central New York business leaders explained to U.S. Rep. John Katko how tax reform would benefit them — and their employees. The meeting, held at Progressive Expert Consulting in Syracuse, featured 20 business leaders from the Syracuse area. Two panelists were from Cayuga County: Joanne Cross, owner of Cross Filtration in Moravia,... more
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