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Skaneateles: Looking back at what 2009 brought us

Twelve months seems like a long time when we first enter January. But, before you know it, December is wrapping up and a new year is upon us.

As we at the Skaneateles Press said goodbye to 2009 and hello to 2010, we also buckled down and searched for some of the top stories that graced our pages in the last 12 months. Not all of the stories we chose are news stories -- some are features and human interest stories -- but all were headlines you read.

Here are our Top 10 of 2009:

10. On Aug. 22, volunteers with the Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary offered their assistance to the Skaneateles Historical Society. The Rotarians and other volunteers moved historic memorabilia from the old cooler storage room at the Creamery to the new cooler, which was the first part of the expansion project to be completed.

9. In June and July, the fight against milfoil was heightened and the "Milfoil Fighters" came out of the woodwork to introduce Milford the Milfoil Monster. The monster was used to gain awareness of the invasive lake weed and the problems it can cause if not eradicated in a timely fashion. During a press conference, Mayor Bob Green announced The Great Monster Hunt, which ended Labor Day weekend.

8. On March 31, Skaneateles music students were treated to a lesson of a lifetime as they learned some tips from Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Mark Wood. Wood spent time with large groups of orchestra and band students teaching them various techniques before leading them in an evening performance for the community.

7. "Dress My Nest" host Thom Filicia spent an evening with guests on April 30 at Anyela's Vineyards to celebrate breast cancer survivors and to raise awareness of the disease. The proceeds were donated to Positively Pink Packages, a non-profit that was started by Fayetteville resident and breast cancer survivor Jennifer Tom.

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