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

How a beautiful day on Skaneateles Lake ended with man severely injured, friend arrested

With the temperature hovering at about 80 degrees, Sunday was a perfect day to be out on Skaneateles Lake. But for seven friends, a lake outing would turn grisly leaving one gravely injured and another charged with vehicular assault. Court papers filed in the Town of Skaneateles Court give a look at what led to the accident in which a... more

Man charged for boating accident that critically injured friend on Skaneateles Lake

A Cortland County man has been charged for a boating accident that critically injured a man on Skaneateles Lake Sunday. The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office says Erich Lindhorst, 28, of Cortland was allegedly under the influence of alcohol while operating the 19-foot boat that struck his friend. As he entered Skaneateles Court Monday, Lindhorst remained silent when asked if he... more

Man airlifted after ‘boat propeller’ accident on Skaneateles Lake

A boating accident on Skaneateles Lake resulted in one man being airlifted to Upstate University Hospital with serious injuries on Sunday. The incident happened shortly after 5:30 pm in the area of the cove near the Skaneateles Country Club, according to scanner traffic. Reports indicate that a man in his 20s suffered “a lower traumatic injury sustained by a boat... more

Skaneateles 9-year-old wins Food Network grilling show

Raegan Frash, a 9-year-old from Skaneateles, out-grilled her competitors on Monday night’s episode of the Food Network show Kids BBQ Championship and walked away with the $10,000 grand prize. Frash beat three other kid grill chefs with her Hawaiian-themed sausage dog sandwich topped with grilled peppers, onions and pineapple in the first round and her over-the-top clambake in the finale.... more

Skaneateles school district hires new administrator

The Skaneateles Central School District approved Steve Musso’s appointment as Student Wellness, Activities and Athletics director. Musso — who has been the director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics for the Phoenix Central School District since 2015 — was approved by the board of education at a board meeting Tuesday night. The director position was one of several new jobs... more
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