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Passport Day offers convenience

Skaneateles Town Clerk Janet Aaron and clerical aide Kelly Pitman were kept busy Saturday morning and afternoon as Town Hall was open for Passport Day in the USA 2010.

As Passport Day, offered through the Department of State, only comes once a year on a Saturday, Aaron said it offers an opportunity other than during the workweek to get passports for families who may have difficultly getting everyone together during the week.

"I don't get out of work until late," said resident Joyce Hall, adding that because of her work schedule it isn't often she is able to get to Town Hall before they close during the week. "It was convenient for us [Hall and friend Patricia Williams] to be able to come in. The convenience ... that's the big plus of it."

While Hall was attending the event in order to get her town transfer station sticker, Williams was there to have her passport done with intentions of a trans-Atlantic trip to Ireland in the near future.

The Saturday event is particularly important for children because in order to process children's passports both parents must be with their child, Aaron said.

Passport Day is also important because there are many new rules in place for traveling outside of the United States, some of which came into effect last year shortly before the town participated in its first Passport Day.

"With the new travel regulations, any air travel outside the U.S. now requires a passport," Aaron said. "Now more than ever before passports are required for travel."

This year, Aaron's office processed eight passports, as opposed to nine last year, but also took care of regular business. The office provided four transfer station stickers to residents, a fishing license and a dog license.

Aaron said the office also took several calls from people, making the Saturday business hours well worth being open.

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