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Skaneateles' Dickens update

Each year the Dickens details are worked out with the village board in April. The Director of the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce, Sue Dove comes before the board each November as a courtesy visit to update the board and to keep communications open.

At the Nov. 9 village board meeting, Dove reviewed the Dickens schedule, which opens Nov. 26 at noon with a very small parade from the Fire House to the Sherwood Inn.

What is it about Skaneateles Lake and tiny parades? Borodino sports a wee one in May for Memorial Day. It, too, starts at a fire house and marches up the street a short way to the Veteran's Memorial at the four corners.

A horse of a different color?

About the only change in Dickens activities this year is that there is a new horseman. And instead of one horse drawn ride, there be a second smaller coach for hire. This will enable cozier trips, perhaps even prompt a proposal or two during the holiday season?

The Police Chief Lloyd Perkins was daunted by the additional ride. He spoke with the chief of police in Lake Placid, where they also have a second ride, and he was told it doesn't present a problem.

"It doesn't stop traffic," Perkins said, "more of a calming (influence)."

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