‘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

Police: Skaneateles woman was drunk when she crashed into unoccupied police van

Police investigating a pair of burglaries in Marcellus Tuesday apprehended the man believed to be responsible — and also arrested a driver who crashed into a police vehicle parked at the scene. The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that at about 5:36 p.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to a South Street home in the village of Marcellus... more

‘It’s out of control’: Skaneateles Swap Shop closes until further notice

After nearly a decade of operating successfully, the Skaneateles Swap Shop is closed until further notice, town officials said. The town of Skaneateles runs the Swap Shop at the Skaneateles Transfer Station, where residents can take their trash and materials for recycling. The Swap Shop is designed for people who have usable items they don't need anymore, said Skaneateles Town... more

Skaneateles interim principal promoted to role at Waterman Primary School

The principal of Waterman Primary School in Skaneateles should look familiar to district students. Patrick Brown, the Skaneateles Central School District's longtime kindergarten- to 12th-grade reading and humanities coordinator and the interim leader of State Street Intermediate School and Waterman Primary School since April, was appointed as the Waterman school principal at a district board of education Thursday night. Brown... more

Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce seeks new executive director as Tara Lynn resigns

The Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that Executive Director Tara Lynn plans to resign at the end of August to spend more time with her young, and growing, family. The chamber is accepting applications to find a successor for Lynn, who has been with the chamber for four years, said Sandi Mulconry, the president of the chamber’s board... more

Skaneateles school superintendent resigns to take another job

Skaneateles superintendent Kenneth Slentz resigned Wednesday, the school district announced. Slentz will be taking a job at another school district, though Skaneateles withheld the name of the district until it announces it has hired Slentz, the district said. He had worked at Skaneateles for four years, having left his post as Deputy New York State Education Commissioner to come to... more

Skaneateles girls lacrosse’s section title streak snapped

Skaneateles’ streak has come to an end. The Lakers fell behind early and couldn’t keep up with the Spartans’ offense, as No. 3 Skaneateles fell to No. 1 South Jefferson, 12-5, in the Section III, Class D girls lacrosse championship at SUNY Cortland Tuesday. The Lakers had won the section title and made a trip to the state final four... more

Skaneateles school district holds budget hearing

Just one person had questions following the public budget presentation at a Skaneateles Central School District Board of Education meeting Tuesday night. Fran McCormack asked about different line items in the budget. McCormack said after the meeting she felt she isn’t seeing enough fund increases related to instruction. District Superintendent Ken Slentz, business administrator Christine DeMass and others presented the... more

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
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