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Dr. Robert Werner is 2013 Skaneateles Citizen of the Year

Dr. Robert Werner

Dr. Robert Werner

The list goes on and so do the awards and fellowships. But, it all boils down to passion, dedication, and commitment. He has given generously of his time and expertise to keep our lake, not only beautiful, but safe and clean. Milfoil is no longer a big threat, preventative methods are being taken to address situations, before they become big problems.

Milfoil eradication, Dr. Werner’s pet project, has been underway since 2007. Milfoil is a floating aquatic plant that grows and spreads quickly. If allowed to spread unchecked it threatens to clog the lake making it unsafe for boaters and swimmers. The milfoil was initially pulled out by hand by divers. Today, the methods of eradication have become more sophisticated and much more effective. This project has been very successful through the efforts of Dr. Werner and others.

Dr. Werner strongly feels that the Skaneateles community has been instrumental in providing support for the Lake preservation projects through donations, large and small. It takes a lot of people, who care, to make it work.

The “Citizen of the Year Award” is presented to someone who works, without praise or pay to better the life of the community in which he or she lives. Bob Werner indeed fits the bill.

Dr. Werner will be honored by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board and our community at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Skaneateles Country Club. If you would like an invitation mailed or emailed to you please call the Skaneateles Chamber office at 685-0552. The cost of the event is $42 per person.

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