Along the Lakeshore: The water fowl feeding hole

This morning the population was about 30 percent of yesterday’s group. The same species were present, but in smaller numbers. I could happily sit beside my slider window, watching them doing their thing and just not do very much else.

Sue had her knee replacement on Monday, Feb. 10. Hopefully there will be some action in the duck hole next week when she is at home. She is doing well, but the first six days are the worst. My two knee replacements are 13 years old this year and they have been excellent. Some folks don’t have such good luck.

The reach of the Skaneateles Press is amazing. I got a call from Charlene Wackerbarth in Bend, Ore. She just lost her husband and she wished to describe her feelings about her loss and say that she knew how much I must be missing Mr. Lemon.

She was married to Carl Dunn, a Colgate graduate who grew up in Skaneateles. He took an ROTC commission in the Air Force, but he died of natural causes after a few years of service. Charlene lived with her mother-in-law on Leitch Avenue for some time and worked in real estate for J. Frank Havemeyer. She later married Ralph Wackerbarth. A few years ago, they purchased one of the camps at 5 Mile Point and totally rebuilt it into a nifty summer home.

She said that she has subscribed to the Press over all these years and she feels it keeps her tied to her roots. Hopefully we’re going to meet for lunch at the Hilltop, as she fully intends to come back to 5 Mile Point this summer.

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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