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Along the Lakeshore: Horned grebes on the lake; an idea to save the county money

Water is coursing down the creek and I’ve always felt that this is a real waste. The quality of Skaneateles Lake water is excellent and requires very little treatment. I think the city could lease some of this extra water to Onondaga County Water Authority and earn credits toward the county water that Syracuse sometimes has to purchase if the level of the lake drops in August due to drought. The OCWA water from Lake Ontario is extensively treated because the Syracuse, Fulton, and Oswego wastewater has been discharged into Lake Ontario. It is then pumped to Syracuse from Oswego. All that cost could be avoided for three to six months of the year if there was a political will to solve this problem and the citizens of the county would have better water on average.

My birdfeeders had a really limited play this last fall season. In past years, a fill-up lasted five to six days. This year it’s lasting three to four weeks. David Graham says his traffic is down also, but not as much as mine. We have a few squirrels happen by. However, they are challenged by the features on my feeder that close the four doors when the squirrels,

chippies and big birds try to feed. I really miss the action at the feeders and the colorful birds flying around in the morning when they usually are most active.

I would like to thank the good soul who stopped her car and asked if I needed any help or if she could call someone for me when I tripped on an ice chunk and flopped down in front of the 110 East Lake Road mailbox. I thanked her and said I would be able to get this pile of bones up if I could get my feet organized and I did just that. I just sustained a scratch or two as a result of this cool maneuver. I’ve been very lucky that I have never suffered a serious injury from my inattentive walking.

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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