Lourdes Camp in Skaneateles closing due to blue green algae in water

Lourdes Resident & Day Camp in Skaneateles has been closed due to blue green algae. The camp announced Monday that camp leaders, along with the Onondaga County Health Department, made the decision to close the camp “effective immediately.” Camp Director Mike Preston said the move was made “because the camp draws water from Skaneateles Lake, the water source for camp... more

Skaneateles Lake beaches closed for third day due to algae blooms

Beaches at the north end of Skaneateles Lake remain closed for the third consecutive day because of potentially toxic algae blooms. Representatives of Clift Park beach and the Skaneateles Country Club said the beaches are closed pending the results of tests. The Onondaga County Health Department, which oversees beaches, issued a news release Tuesday saying the beaches were shut down... more

Algae toxins found at low levels in Skaneateles Lake intake pipes

For the first time this year, algae toxins have been found in the city of Syracuse's water intake pipes in Skaneateles Lake. The levels are very low — at the threshold of detection — and none of the toxins are reaching drinking water, said officials from the state Department of Health. Samples taken Monday and Tuesday show 0.3 parts per... more

Health department: Algal bloom closes beaches in Skaneateles

The Clift Park and Skaneateles Country Club beaches have been closed to swimming due to the visual presence of an algal bloom, the Onondaga County Health Department said Tuesday. In a press release, the health department said the closures in the town of Skaneateles were taken as a “precaution,” and water sampling would be conducted to confirm there are no... more

Auburn administrator to become new director of learning in Skaneateles

The Skaneateles Central School District is bringing in a new director of learning in its latest administrative change. Jennifer Whipple was appointed at a special board of education meeting Aug. 1. The role involves the director’s special education program and other related jobs. Whipple will start at the beginning of the school year. The district did not disclose her salary.... more

Testing will determine if Skaneateles Lake algae is toxic

The algae bloom that turned up on a portion of Skaneateles Lake over the weekend is considered “harmful” according to testing done by the State Department of Environmental Conservation – however whether the algae produced any toxin is not yet known. The Skaneateles Lake Association posted the results from the DEC testing on its Facebook page. The DEC says samples... more

DEC: Discoloration on Owasco Lake not harmful algal blooms

An unidentified green discoloration on much of Owasco Lake seen earlier this week is not a harmful algal bloom, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday. The DEC's Finger Lakes Watershed Hub first collected samples from the discoloration after it was reported Monday July 30. Testing performed on the samples did not find any evidence of the cyanobacteria that... more

‘It’s an addiction’: Skaneateles hosts 40th Antique and Classic Boat Show

While some people seemingly fall into the art of restoring boats, for others it appears antique and classic boat restoration is in their blood. “I’ve been coming here since I was a baby,” said Katelyn Marsden, who was showing her own first-ever restored boat — which she affectionately called her “baby” — at the Finger Lakes Chapter Antique and Classic... more

Skaneateles school district formulating safety plans

The Skaneateles Central School District's safety committee is eyeing various ways to improve safety for students and staff. The district created the Safe Schools Community Advisory Committee in April in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida in February and the incident in which the Skaneateles middle and high schools went into "shelter in... more

New Skaneateles superintendent contract details released

The next Skaneateles Central School District superintendent’s base pay is set to be less than the current leader’s salary. Lynda Quick will receive a $185,000 base salary for the 2018-2019 school year, according to her employment agreement with the district. Quick, the district superintendent and chief operating officer of the Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES in Cattaraugus County, is set for a three-year... more

Talk at CCC explores ‘explosion’ of harmful algal blooms

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry professor Dr. Greg Boyer delivered a wide-ranging presentation Thursday evening at Cayuga Community College on the topic of harmful algal blooms with a focus on what caused last year’s “explosion” of blooms on Cayuga County’s lakes. Boyer, who has been studying harmful algal blooms in some form for 45 years, started with a... more

ALGAE WATCH: City of Syracuse testing Skaneateles Lake water once a week

This summer, Skaneateles Lakes looks beautiful — and so far, no signs of algae. Despite that, the City of Syracuse, which gets its drinking water from Skaneateles Lake, is increasing its monitoring of algae. The Syracuse Water Department has developed its first-ever plan to monitor the lake. Developing a plan became a priority after last September’s first-ever algae detection. While the drinking water... more

Skaneateles High School student dies; district offers counseling

A Skaneateles High School student died Tuesday evening, and the district is offering counseling, Skaneateles Superintendent Ken Slentz announced today. Marissa Reilly would have started her junior year at Skaneateles High School in the fall, Slentz said. He said she was active in Odyssey of the Mind, an international science and problem-solving competition. "Her teammates are certainly grieving tonight as... more

12-year-old Skaneateles girl competing in Lightning Regatta

A Central New York family is making waves heading into this weekend’s 80th Lightning Anniversary Regatta at Skaneateles Country Club. At just 12 years old, Agnes Collins of Skaneateles will compete as a fourth-generation family member in this weekend’s Lightning Regatta race, carrying on a legacy established by her great-grandfather, A. Brohmann Roth, in the 1940s. Roth purchased his first... more

Derek Jeter’s jaw-dropping Upstate NY castle for sale for $14 million

Former New York Yankees shortstop and owner of the Miami Marlins Derek Jeter has listed his stunning Upstate New York palace for sale for $14.75 million, and you can take a tour of it with the photos below. The castle in Orange County’s Greenwood Lake is 12,590 sq. ft. sitting on four acres of land, including 700 feet of lake... more

‘A new beginning is on the horizon’: Skaneateles graduates make a splash

Skaneateles High School students expressed a deep sense of pride and gratitude for the Skaneateles community that raised them during their commencement speeches on Sunday. Co-valedictorian Lucas Rathgeb opened his speech by thanking his teachers — those both in the classroom and those at home, including family and friends, “who have just been with us through the thick and thin.”... more

Skaneateles school district business officials appointed to new positions

Two Skaneateles Central School District business officials will be taking on new titles with more pay and more responsibilities heading into the new academic year. Christine DeMass and Dan Silky were approved as the assistant superintendent for business operations and the director of auxiliary services, respectively, at a board of education meeting Tuesday. They will start in their new positions... more
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