I met the remaining Mr. Davis several times because he delivered eggs to my son who lives on the road that leads to the farm. Mr. Davis has been working on this project for several years and spends all his time these days promoting it. A substantial heritage grant has been secured from the state of Connecticut.
This is the sort of project which should have been established for the Loveless farm. It wasn’t done because the immediate neighbors didn’t realize that the Lovelesses were so very anxious to sell the property and move on. Family members had been on that land for five generations, not back to the 1600s but certainly to the early 1800s.
Also, everyone, including Gaylord Loveless and surrounding neighbors, believed that Tim Green was going to use the property as a game reserve as he stated. He owns other properties to the west and no one imagined that houses might be built on the steep slope on the eastern side of Route 20 and that the sugar maple forest or “sugarbush” would be clear-cut and bulldozed into building lots.
Hopefully the community can come together to find some approach that will conserve this property. The view looking east from 41A should be protected, as well as the active agricultural field which can be seen from the east side of the lake all the way to Rickard Road. It is time to take a stand, as almost all the land on the lakeshore has been developed for housing, with little concern for the points mentioned above.
So talk up the issue with your neighbors and friends, attend any hearings, and take up a pen to write to the town government and the planning board. The town board has been slow to formally adopt the new master plan that was developed with help from the Notre Dame School of Architecture. The new master plan would be helpful with this issue.
Joseph Spalding is a long-time Skaneateles resident who enjoys sharing his observations about the Skaneateles lakeshore and community. He can be reached at 685-6937.