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Along the Lakeshore: Aug. 21

More thoughts on Loveless farm and Tim Green

Tim got interested in establishing a dream football program like the one that existed when he was in high school at Liverpool. I must say that he succeeded in getting it going and I really enjoyed the Friday nights under the lights at the high school. The work he started has been carried on with great success with the sectional championship won in the last campaign.

I think he took a bad rap for some lighthearted joshing with some players at a football camp that he sponsored at the Skaneateles field in the summer. It certainly sounded like something Bart Simpson might say in fun. If one really was going to try to recruit a football star, it would have been undercover and no one would ever know about it.

All things considered, I think Tim has contributed a lot to our lives here in Skaneateles. I am just not excited about turning one of the last agricultural sites into a bunch of houses on land that should be left as it is. He certainly doesn’t need this project to feed his family.

Maybe some way might be found to shift the direction of this plan. Tim has put some effort into preserving and painting the barn and he has kept the usable buildings in good repair. Maybe the sugarhouse could be rebuilt and the maple forest rehabbed. Then we could have a functioning agricultural museum right on West Lake Road.

The Historical Society has received lots of big farm equipment that we will never be able to exhibit in our limited space on Hannum Street. There are also farm relics out there that would come rolling in to such an adventure. There is a world of restored tractors in our area just trying to find a home after the enthusiast has grown old or lost interest.

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.

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