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What a treat it is for the residents of Skaneateles to have the Laker Limo!

Last month when I worried about driving my husband, Cliff, to a needed medical appointment at Crouse, our doctor said, "Didn't I help you raise money when the Limo first started?"

Of course, Mary Kate! This is the purpose of the Limo!

We were picked up by George Newton, the driver, and Noel Gettman, the escort, for a pleasant ride to Syracuse in the 2009 Dodge Caravan. Returning, we picked up another Skaneateles resident they had driven to Fairmount earlier in the day.

The 70 volunteers are usually on duty only once a month and are eager to have their day filled. They take refresher courses annually in preparation for their assignments.

This service was dreamed up in 2002 by Joyce Edwards and Sue Moran, then chairpersons of FISH. They saw a need for transportation to Syracuse as well as Auburn for seniors and disabled people. Although we met with the Onondaga County Office for Aging and a representative of the New York State Department of Transportation, there was no funding available at that time. So the fundraising began, which resulted in the purchase of a ten-passenger van with two wheelchairs. That vehicle will soon be replaced by a 2012, ten-passenger (Two wheel chair) shuttle bus. The 2009 Dodge Caravan will be used for smaller numbers of riders.

Now the Laker Limo operates in cooperation with the town of Skaneateles and is a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Council of Onondaga County.

It's so easy to schedule a ride. Just call 685-3030 at least two days ahead, leave your name and number, and the scheduler will return your call. For those riders interested in contributing to their trip, the suggested fee is $2 for trips in Skaneateles, $3 to Auburn, and $5 to Syracuse. It is free for the economically challenged.

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