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Skaneateles CSD superintendent candidate forum planned for May 5

The Skaneateles Central School District will hold a special meeting next week at which the public will get a change to meet a candidate for the superintendent of schools position.

Skaneateles hires second constable for boat launch security

The town of Skaneateles will employ two peace officers starting this year. The Town Board voted to appoint Charles Augello as its second town constable at its May 1 meeting.

Along the Lakeshore: Reflections on landslides and geology studies

Along the Lakeshore column from the April 30, 2014 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

COLUMN: Saying goodbye to Skaneateles

I am writing a personal column this week (something I have seldom felt comfortable doing) to announce that this will be my last full edition as editor of the Skaneateles Press.

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Skaneateles natives take finished documentary film on tour

'The Long Bike Back' includes scenes shot in Skaneateles

More than five years after their cross-country bike tour made a pit stop in their hometown of Skaneateles, brothers Pearson and Pete Constantino were back in the area last week to screen the documentary film that tells their story.

Four to vie for two Skaneateles school board seats

When the April 21 deadline passed four residents of the Skaneateles Central School District had submitted petitions to run for the Board of Education.

Skaneateles mayor, trustee disagree on tax increase

Board adopts 2014-15 budget by 4-1vote

The Skaneateles Village Board voted 4-1 in favor of adopting the proposed operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year at its April 24 meeting. The general fund budget will be $2,780,177. Of that, the village will raise $1,500,835 from property taxes, a 1.93 increase from the current year.

Skaneateles school board announces name of superintendent candidate

Kenneth Slentz, of state education department, to be interviewed

After conducting an interview, the Skaneateles Board of Education decided to advance its candidate for the superintendent of schools position. Board President Kathryn Carlson announced at the board’s April 22 meeting that the candidate is Kenneth Slentz, deputy commissioner in the Office of P-12 Education for the New York State Education Department.

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County stocking program, rich waters make Onondaga County popular for trout fishing

Due to a unique county stocking program, naturally bountiful waters and plenty of public access areas, Onondaga County has become celebrated over the years for its trout fishing.

Skaneateles CSD faces lawsuit over alleged sexual assault incident

Skaneateles Central School District has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court earlier this month over an alleged sexual assault incident that occurred last year at the high school.

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Spafford faces tough decisions on future of buildings

The Spafford town leaders are in the process of dealing with both short term and long term decisions regarding its building needs. In addition to dealing with a roof replacement and minor repairs to the town hall, the Town Board board must make a tough decision about the future of the highway department garage.

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Documentary featuring Skaneateles natives to be screened at Syracuse film festival

'The Long Bike Back' featured in Syracuse Spring Fest

A documentary film chronicling a local duo’s cross-country bike trip will be screened in Central New York for the first time this Friday.

Skaneateles officials optimistic about release of Stauffer Chemical site

Skaneateles town officials are optimistic that the former Stauffer Chemical Company property will be released for development this year.

Skaneateles BOE adopts $30 million budget

The Skaneateles Board of Education voted to adopt its 2014-15 operating budget and spending plan at its April 8 meeting.

Village of Skaneateles makes annual appointments

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees voted to approve its annual resolution with committee and other appointments at a reorganizational meeting held Monday, April 7. Mayor Marty Hubbard makes the appointments, with the approval of the village board.

Village of Skaneateles corrects billing errors; announces more detailed utility bills

Village officials took time to address recent emails, letters and calls expressing concerns about electric bills, at the April 10 Village Board meeting.

Skaneateles BOE to interview candidate for superintendent before regular search

Board appoints search consultant

The Skaneateles Board of Education is back on the path toward finding a new superintendent for the district. The board voted to appoint Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES District Superintendent Bill Speck as search consultant for the superintendent hire, Tuesday. The board also agreed to interview a particular candidate early at Speck’s recommendation.

Skaneateles to start monthly ‘Re-Market’

Starting this summer, Skaneateles residents will have a chance to buy and sell used items in a garage-sale-type setting in Austin Park. The new “Re-Market” will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Saturday of the month, starting May 3, in the Austin Park Pavilion parking lot.

Town board to hold work session April 7 to discuss possible town hall move

The Skaneateles Town Board will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7 to further discuss a possible town hall move.

Village of Skaneateles proposes budget with 1 percent tax rate increase

The village of Skaneateles has released its tentative operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Skaneateles CSD gets more state aid, is able to balance budget

The Skaneateles School District will not need to make cuts or raise taxes above the state cap to balance the 2014-15 operating budget.

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Skaneateles open house highlights technology use across disciplines, unique programs

The halls and classrooms of Waterman Primary School were buzzing with activity on March 26 as Skaneateles teachers and students from all grades exhibited science, technology, engineering and math programs.

Skaneateles schools now accepting petitions for two school board seats

The window to circulate petitions for candidates for the Skaneateles Board of Education is now open.

Village prepares operating budget

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees voted to publicize a public hearing for its tentative budget at its March 27 meeting.

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Developer proposes 21-house subdivision in village

Project originally approved in 2008

Originally approved in 2008, a subdivision plan is again before the village planning board this year. The housing development, originally called Waterford Village and now being called Hidden Pond, includes adding two new roads off of East Street across from Skaneateles Middle School, according to village records.

Skaneateles school board approves agreement to share business manager with Weedsport

The Skaneateles Board of Education voted in favor of entering an inter-municipal agreement with the Weedsport Central School District to share business manager services, on March 18.

Spafford passes law hiring town constable

The Spafford Town Board held a public hearing and voted to pass a local law to use the services of a town constable at its March 13 meeting.

Skaneateles CSD officials discuss preliminary budget, two referendums

Budget still $223,918 short, board to discuss options on April 1

The Skaneateles Board of Education discussed the three referendums the district plans to put up for vote this year at its Feb. 18 meeting.

Skaneateles town board plans hamlet meetings

The Skaneateles Town Board announced that it will hold four hamlet meetings in coming months to communicate and get feedback from residents.

Stokes-Cawley wins Skaneateles village trustee race

Ramsgard write-in campaign falls short

Carol Stokes-Cawley was elected the next trustee for the village of Skaneateles on March 18.

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CNY Flyers to host first sled hockey tournament at Skaneateles YMCA

The CNY Sled Hockey Flyers will host its first ever sled hockey tournament March 21 through 23 in Skaneateles.

Numbers show community center to be only a small part of increased Skaneateles power bills

In response to questions from village residents, village officials again addressed the matter of high power bills for Skaneateles, at its March 13 meeting.

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After missing his visit, former Cazenovia resident receives signed letter from President Obama

After just missing her chance to wave to the president as he drove by last year, a former Cazenovia woman recently received something even better: a signed personal letter sent straight from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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After missing his visit, Skaneateles woman receives signed letter from President Obama

After just missing her chance to wave to the president as he drove by last year, a Skaneateles woman recently received something even better: a signed personal letter sent straight from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Skaneateles CSD budget estimated to be $223,900 short

The Skaneateles School District’s current estimates have it short of breaking even for its 2014-15 operating budget, Interim Superintendent of Schools Judy Pastel said at a March 4 school board work session.

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Long-time Skaneateles man receives Purple Heart he originally turned down

“Thanks,” was all Richard Faulkner felt he needed to say when asked if he wanted to say a few a words to the crowd gathered at Bluefield Manor in Auburn on March 8. Faulkner was presented with a Purple Heart medal, the U.S. Military’s recognition for veterans wounded in combat, an honor he originally refused following his service as an airman in World War II almost 70 years ago.

Town working on 5-year plan for Skaneateles Falls development

Town officials are working on a five-year plan for development of the Skaneateles Falls hamlet as well as nearby areas. The Town Board discussed some of the projects proposed in the plan, including improvements to Skaneateles Falls Playground and a “rails to trails” project, at its March 6 meeting.

Stokes-Cawley prepares for unopposed Skaneateles village race

When Carol Stokes-Cawley made the decision to run for the vacant trustee position in the village of Skaneateles, it wasn’t because she wanted to start a career in politics, it was out of interest in getting more involved with the community.

Skaneateles officials weigh pros and cons of possible town hall move

Skaneateles town officials weighed pros and cons, expressed opinions and discussed options for a possible relocation of the town offices at a work session held on Feb. 24.

Village of Skaneateles awards bid for East Street water project

First phase of project to improve water pressure to be completed this spring

The Skaneateles Village Board voted to award the bid for its East Street water system improvement project, at its Feb. 27 meeting. The bid was awarded to Elbridge-based Highlander Construction for $232,750. They were the lowest bid out of 14 applicants, Village Mayor Marty Hubbard said.

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Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry continues to serve community

Local fire departments, boy and girl scouts, church congregations, postal workers, bakeries and rotary clubs all have one thing in common. All these organizations contribute donations to the Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry. Operating for more than a decade, the food pantry is a local success story, demonstrating how a community can come together to help its less fortunate members year after year.

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Board targets Skaneateles Falls park for possible projects

The Skaneateles Town Board discussed two potential future projects to improve the park in Skaneateles Falls, at its Feb. 20 meeting.

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Skaneateles school board to discuss sharing administrative services with Weedsport

The Skaneateles School Board will discuss entering into a contract with the Weedsport Central School District to share business manager services at its next meeting.

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Spafford hires attorney, plans for building repairs

The Spafford Town Board authorized the hiring of a new attorney and code enforcement officer at its Feb. 13 meeting.

Cold temperatures will mean higher power rates for local customers

Skaneateles officials discuss rate increase

While a snowy winter means more time and money is spent clearing the roads, an especially cold winter will have a significant impact on home power bills. Local officials discussed an anticipated rate increase on upcoming power bills at the Feb. 12 village board meeting.

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Skaneateles High School vies for ‘Battle of the Fans’ honor

Facebook vote to be held Feb. 18-21

Skaneateles High School has been named one of three finalists in a “Battle of the Fans” competition. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) is holding the contest this year for the first time ever and will announce the winner on Feb. 21.

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Skaneateles CSD defers decision on veteran’s tax exemptions

The Skaneateles School District will not adopt property tax exemptions for veterans this year.

Skaneateles village election to be uncontested

Carol Stokes-Cawley to be next trustee

Carol Stokes-Cawley will be the only name on the ballot for the village of Skaneateles’ special election to be held March 18.

Town of Skaneateles to sell extra mulch; save old railroad bridge

After stockpiling mulch for several years at the transfer station, the town of Skaneateles has more than it knows what to do with. “It’s something that we just keep compiling year after year. We never seem to be able to get rid of it,” Highway Superintendent Allan Wellington said.

Skaneateles Town Board addresses concerns about potential move

The Skaneateles Town Board further discussed the prospect of moving the town offices into 26 Fennell St., during its Feb. 6 meeting.

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