Drunk driver in fatal Fleming crash charged with vehicular manslaughter

The investigation into a fatal Fleming accident that happened on March 3rd is continuing — but a Skaneateles man now faces multiple charges — including first-degree vehicular manslaughter. Stephen S. Landon, 53, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with first-degree vehicular manslaughter, two counts of vehicular assault, aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated. Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould... more

Sheriff: Criminal charges pending in fatal accident in Fleming, alcohol a ‘contributing factor’

Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould reports that alcohol was likely a factor in the crash that killed one, and resulted in four others being sent to Upstate Hospital. He says the investigation remains active, and identified those involved in the crash. Stephen S. Landon, of Skaneateles was traveling north in a 2016 Honda Accord, which crossed the center line and... more

Skaneateles grad lands new job in Trump administration after resigning drug post

A 2012 graduate of Skaneateles High School has landed a new job in President Donald Trump's administration, only weeks after he resigned under pressure from a White House office overseeing the federal response to the opioid crisis. Taylor Weyeneth, 24, has started a new job at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he will focus on opioid... more

Owasco, Cayuga, Skaneateles lakes’ harmful algal bloom summit kicks off

Skaneateles, Owasco and Cayuga lakes took the spotlight Monday at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in the second of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's four harmful algal bloom summits statewide. The summits are part of a $65 million proposal in the state budget to fund watershed plans for 12 priority lakes across the state at $500,000 each. Remaining funds are... more

‘Shelter in Place’ lifted at Skaneateles school, Gould says Cato-Meridian incident ‘non-malicious’

A pair of incidents at Cayuga County area schools left a district and middle school on lockdown Thursday morning. While the two incidents are not related, parents first received a message that the Cato-Meridian School District was being placed on lockdown after ammunition was reportedly found inside a backpack. That lockdown was lifted shortly thereafter, but a second incident had... more

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
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