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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

Property donation to help Finger Lakes Land Trust protect Skaneateles Lake

Property donation to help Finger Lakes Land Trust protect Skaneateles Lake
The Finger Lakes Land Trust announced Monday that six acres of donated land in the towns of Niles and Sempronius will be permanently protected in order to help preserve Skaneateles Lake’s water quality. The piece forested hillside in the Skaneateles Highlands areas will be kept free from development as part of the Land Trust’s work to secure land near Bear... more

Ryan McMahon outlines agenda, answers lake questions at Skaneateles town hall meeting

Ryan McMahon outlines agenda, answers lake questions at Skaneateles town hall meeting
On a snowy Thursday night in central New York, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon faced questions about water quality and outlined a few of his top priorities during an hour-long town hall meeting. Many of the questions asked during the open forum focused on the health of Skaneateles Lake. Harmful algal blooms were present on the lake this year, which... more

Thousands of gallons of sewage discharged into Skaneateles Creek

Thousands of gallons of sewage discharged into Skaneateles Creek
Heavy rainfall and snow melt caused an estimated 858,000 gallons of partially treated sewage to discharge into Skaneateles Creek Sunday night over an 11-hour period, according to the NY-Alert system. Discharging the sewer overflow took place around 9 p.m. Sunday night. Sewer overflow includes discharge from sewer systems bringing stormwater runoff, domestic sewage and industrial wastewater into the treatment facility, according... more

WEEKEND EVENTS: Holiday Tree Lighting, Christmas Musicals & Dickens Christmas arrives in the Finger Lakes (November 30th – December 2nd)

WEEKEND EVENTS: Holiday Tree Lighting, Christmas Musicals & Dickens Christmas kicks off the first weekend of December
Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is in! This weekend, get out and explore the Finger Lakes to discover some of the holly jolly events taking place. Feeling chilly outside? Head over to the warm Syracuse Stage to enjoy the story of Buddy the elf. Need those family photos with Santa as soon as possible? Join him in his winter wonderland... more

Well-known chef from Skaneateles sentenced for fatal Cayuga County crash

Well-known chef from Skaneateles sentenced for fatal Cayuga County crash
A well-known Skaneateles chef will spend up to 13 years in prison for drunkenly driving and killing a 25-year-old Auburn man in Cayuga County. Stephen S. Landon, 53, of 792 Britcher Road in Skaneateles, was sentenced to between 4 1/3 and 13 years in prison for first-degree vehicular manslaughter, according to Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann. Landon also received... more

Skaneateles run ends in state semis with loss to Batavia (full coverage)

Skaneateles battles Batavia in NYS semifinals today at 3 pm (preview)
Skaneateles’ perfect season has come to an end, as the Lakers lost 54-49 to Batavia in the Class B state semifinal on Saturday. “Coach , am I good? I’m ready to go inside. I’m ready for bed.” These were the exact words from Batavia senior running back Ray Leach after speaking with media following the game. Batavia relied heavily on... more

Usher in the holidays with Skaneateles Sings and Shop Skaneateles

Usher in the holidays with Skaneateles Sings and Shop Skaneateles
Two community events complement the season-long celebration of Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles. On the evening of November 30th, the community will gather for Skaneateles Sings. The program starts at 6PM at the Skaneateles Library, with Father Christmas and Mother Goose greeting children and posing for photos. At 6:30PM, the Rev. Becky Coerper, senior pastor at St. James Episcopal Church, will... more

Skaneateles defeats Chenango Forks, 27-26, on last play

Skaneateles defeats Chenango Forks, 27-26, on last play
With around thirty seconds remaining in the Class B state quarterfinal, Skaneateles head coach Joe Sindoni stood by the referee and tapped his shoulders twice, calling his final timeout. The Lakers trailed by five points and Skaneateles senior quarterback Pat Hackler trotted over to Sindoni. Before Sindoni could open his mouth, Hackler demanded that the ball be in his hands.... more

Town of Skaneateles approves 2019 budget, lake monitoring funds increased

Town of Skaneateles approves 2019 budget, lake monitoring funds increased
The town of Skaneateles voted to approve the final budget for 2019 during a regular board meeting Monday night. Prior to opening a public hearing on the proposed preliminary budget, Budget Officer Bridgett Winkelman gave an overview of the 2019 budget. “The town board has worked very hard to meet the needs of the residents with fiscal responsibility always in... more

Skaneateles gets revenge on Cazenovia behind Hackler’s 4 TDs

Skaneateles gets revenge on Cazenovia behind Pat Hackler’s 4 touchdowns
Earlier this week, in preparation for Saturday’s rematch against Cazenovia, Skaneateles coach Joe Sindoni sat his team down in the film room. Instead of showing them highlights of this current iteration of Cazenovia, he rewound the clock to 2016, replaying the 51-0 Cazenovia win over Skaneateles in the first round of sectionals. “This group was formed by a very bad... more

‘Perfect fit’: DIY craft, party business opening in Skaneateles

‘Perfect fit’: DIY craft, party business opening in Skaneateles
While working as a social worker in Denver, Laura Kowal would use party planning, do-it-yourself craft projects, Pinterest and more as a way to de-stress and relax. Now, Laura and her husband, Marc, are combining those passions together to open Board & Brush Creative Studio, part of a national chain, in Skaneateles. Set for a grand opening this Saturday, the... more

Creative cakes: Decorated baker opens business in Skaneateles

Creative cakes: Decorated baker opens business in Skaneateles
Baking isn’t just baking for Stacey Lorraine. It’s a three-tiered tower of artistry, engineering and toil. Lorraine, 31, is the owner of The Cake Shop, a new custom cake studio located in the former Creekside Books & Coffee in Skaneateles. But it’s not the kind of place you walk in with a sweet tooth and walk out with sweets: Lorraine’s cakes are... more

Skaneateles man sentenced for DWI crash in Auburn he claims not to remember

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A Skaneateles man was sentenced in Cayuga County Court Tuesday for a crime he previously said he doesn’t remember committing. In September 2017, Michael DeMarco, 40, went through a DWI checkpoint in Auburn and then fled from the police — initiating a short, high-speed chase which ended in a collision with another vehicle at the intersection of Arterial East and Seymour Street.... more

Skaneateles fire truck runs off road while responding to call

Skaneateles fire truck runs off road while responding to call
A Skaneateles fire truck was involved in a single-vehicle accident early Monday morning on Benson Road while responding to a reported residential fire. There were no injuries when the fire truck ran off the road while responding to the call on Hencoop Road in the town of Skaneateles, according to Fire Chief Daniel S. Evans. The accident occurred shortly after... more

Town of Skaneateles approves tentative 2019 budget; introduces local law

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A tentative budget for 2019 was approved during a town of Skaneateles regular board meeting Monday evening. “It’s a work in progress, but it’s a good swing for the first time,” said Budget Officer Bridgett Winkelman. The 2019 tentative budget proposes total town appropriations of $4,380,904, which is about a 14.5-percent increase from last year’s total town appropriations of $3,825,486.... more
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