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Skaneateles arts group accepting grant applications

Skaneateles arts group accepting grant applications
The Skaneateles Area Arts Council is now accepting applications for its 2019 grant awards. Individuals and groups within a 15-mile radius of the village of Skaneateles are eligible for the grants, including artists, choral groups, museums, schools, theaters and other nonprofits committed to the arts. The application deadline is May 31. The council has awarded more than 90 grants since... more

Elephant and the Dove: Inside the new Mexican restaurant in Skaneateles

Elephant and the Dove: Inside the new Mexican restaurant in Skaneateles
The decor at Elephant and the Dove is as enticing as anything on its menu. The new Skaneateles restaurant, opening Thursday, takes its visual inspiration from the Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. It also takes its name from the husband and wife, who were described as “an elephant and a dove” due to the contrast between their statures:... more

Historic value of village of Skaneateles home subject of contentious planning meeting

Historic value of village of Skaneateles home subject of contentious planning meeting
A public hearing on proposed changes to a village of Skaneateles property owned by well-known local businessman Adam Weitsman saw arguments from two teams of lawyers and experts and nearly 20 town or village residents. Weitsman, who owns The Krebs restaurant in the village and Upstate Shredding, a scrap metal recycler, has proposed demolishing the home at 61 W. Lake... more

DEC: We need to get the walleye out of Skaneateles Lake

DEC: We need to get the walleye out of Skaneateles Lake
What’s it going to take to rid Skaneateles Lake of walleye, which were illegally stocked? Or, should the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which manages the fishery, even bother? That was the subject of a heated discussion at a “State of Skaneateles Lake” meeting held last week at Homer Elementary School. Emily Zolleg-Horan, an aquatic biologist with the DEC’s Region... more

Skaneateles school board considering different tax levies

Skaneateles school board considering different tax levies
The Skaneateles Central School District Board of Education is considering three different possible tax levies. The district discussed the three options at a board meeting Tuesday. The three options are 2-percent, 2.68-percent — which the district recommends the board choose — and 3.22-percent, which is equal to the district's tax cap given by the state. Cuts under the 2.68-percent option... more

Parents, students upset with Skaneateles school district’s sports medical reviews

Parents, students upset with Skaneateles school district’s sports medical reviews
The Skaneateles Central School District Board of Education was packed with people Tuesday night arguing against a district athletic policy for determining if middle school students can compete at the high school level. Four middle school students were recently determined to have not reached the physical maturity requirements for junior varsity lacrosse by Dr. Gail Keenen, the district medical director... more

Skaneateles Aerodrome, other CNY airports split $1.5 million for projects

Skaneateles Aerodrome, other CNY airports split $1.5 million for projects
Four central New York airports will receive state funding for improvements, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. The largest grant in the region was awarded to Oswego County Airport, which will get $865,000 to build a new aircraft hangar. Syracuse Hancock International Airport will receive $338,000 for the construction of a new airfield equipment storage facility. The state will give $211,000... more

New owner of Skaneateles restaurant wants to preserve its legacy

New owner of Skaneateles restaurant wants to preserve its legacy
In 1996, shortly after Rosalie’s Cucina first opened in Skaneateles, Marc Albino applied to work at the Tuscan-style restaurant. He didn’t get the job. Albino then enrolled in cooking school. After graduating, he returned to Rosalie’s, where he started as a sous chef in 2003. Why did he want to return to a place that had initially rejected him? “It’s... more

Skaneateles’ Hamlet Committee kicks off, selects chairperson

Skaneateles’ Hamlet Committee kicks off, selects chairperson
Skaneateles' Hamlet Committee held its first meeting Monday night and agreed on the committee's chairperson. In December, the town of Skaneateles voted to officially form a seven-member Hamlet Committee to function as an advisory committee to the board. Town board member David Badami previously said one of the committee's tasks will be helping decide what development does, and does not,... more

Tractor trailer veers of road, crashes near lake in Skaneateles

Tractor trailer veers of road, crashes near lake in Skaneateles
A tractor trailer driver was extricated from his vehicle’s cab after veering off East Lake Road and colliding with trees in Skaneateles Friday. Onondaga County 911 said the first call reporting the accident came in at 1:10 p.m. The accident occurred on East Lake Road in the town of Skaneateles, between Pork Street and Coon Hill Road. The tractor trailer... more

Even with frigid temps, racers ready for snowmobiling event at Skaneateles Ski Club

Even with frigid temps, racers ready for snowmobiling event at Skaneateles Ski Club
The Cooks Rec Hill Race is underway at the Skaneateles Ski Club. The winter. so far, has brought some challenges to the event because of the limited amount of snowfall in Central New York. Even with Thursday’s winter blast, there was not enough snow on the ground to host the event. Snow makers needed to be used to make Friday’s... more

Skaneateles moves forward on project to replace Austin Park bathroom

Skaneateles moves forward on project to replace Austin Park bathroom
The town of Skaneateles voted to move forward and explore options to replace the bathrooms at Austin Park, housed in a 1960 building last updated in 1993, during a regular meeting Monday night. “It’s just outlived its usefulness,” said Gene Laforte, the labor crew leader for the town’s Parks Department. “We get a lot of favorable comments on the park,... more

Cayuga County year-end sales tax report: Auburn excels, towns, villages lag behind

Cayuga County year-end sales tax report: Auburn excels, towns, villages lag behind
The final sales tax numbers for Cayuga County’s multiple municipal governments show a strong year for the city of Auburn, but a weak performance by towns and villages in the area. As a whole, sales tax receipts in Cayuga County reached $46.27 million, up from $45.67 million in 2017. The increase was driven primarily by a strong performance in Auburn,... more

Skaneateles businesses grateful to Dickens Christmas events for sales boost

Skaneateles businesses grateful to Dickens Christmas events for sales boost
Charles Dickens and his cast of over 50 characters caroled their final holiday tunes Monday. The Dickens Christmas events in Skaneateles wrapped up after five weekends of horse-drawn wagon rides, live music and performances put on by the Dickens team. Carolers spread their holiday cheer outside shops and businesses on the corner of Jordan and Fennel streets. Because of the... more

Town of Skaneateles votes to approve Hamlet Committee members

Town of Skaneateles votes to approve Hamlet Committee members
The town of Skaneateles voted to confirm six members to Skaneateles’ first Hamlet Committee during a regular village board meeting Monday. The idea behind the creation of the Hamlet Committee, said town Councilor David Badami last week, is first and foremost because the town and village’s join comprehensive plan calls for it. While committee members were just confirmed Monday, the... more

Annual meeting highlights farmers’ work to protect Skaneateles watershed

Annual meeting highlights farmers’ work to protect Skaneateles watershed
Farmers from across central New York gathered in Skaneateles Tuesday to discuss the Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agricultural Program’s work in 2018 to protect the lake. Founded in 1994 by the city of Syracuse, SLWAP is a voluntary program that works with farmers within the Skaneateles Lake watershed across parts of Cayuga, Cortland and Onondaga counties to protect water quality. At... more

Skaneateles celebrates 25 years of Dickens Christmas

Skaneateles celebrates 25 years of Dickens Christmas
The annual Dickens Christmas festival, a lakeside holiday tradition in Skaneateles, has been going strong for a quarter century. More than 50 characters from “A Christmas Carol” still dress up and interact with residents and visitors around town every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Organizers said the event brings more than 20,000 visitors to the village each year. The cast includes... more
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