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Town of Skaneateles to install security cameras in Austin Park

After incidents of vandalism in the past, the town of Skaneateles will be setting up four security cameras in Austin Park this year.

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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Speakers at Auburn forum call for repeal of state law reducing aid to schools

State Gap Elimination Adjustment policy shown to be inequitable, harmful to CNY school districts

Attendees of a Feb. 4 education forum in Auburn were asked to consider: “Are our children any less important than other children in New York State?”

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Skaneateles girl scouts prepare for cookie sale

Skaneateles girl scouts of all ages will be doing one of the things they are most famous for starting this week: selling cookies.

Gazella, Alive! Foundation to provide free personal training for cancer survivors

In two successful years the Ride for Alive! charity bike ride in Skaneateles has raised more than $120,000. Starting this year, some of that money will go to a local business to help the foundation with its goal of helping cancer survivors lead healthy lives.

Executive budget presentation in Skaneateles highlights education, taxes

RoAnn Destito, New York State commissioner of the Office of General Services, gave a presentation on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget proposal at Skaneateles Library on Jan. 22.

Village of Skaneateles plans to complete first phase of water project this spring

The Skaneateles Village Board voted to advertise for a bid for a water system improvement project to be done this spring, at its Jan. 23 meeting.

Skaneateles school board considers property tax exemptions for veterans

The Skaneateles School Board will make a decision next month that could potentially affect property taxes for people throughout the district. The board discussed the possibility of enrolling in a new voluntary state program allowing local veterans to sign up for real property tax exemptions, at its Jan. 21 meeting.

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Skaneateles schools, community celebrate new high school technology lab

Zoom Room including computers, camera equipment made possible by education foundation grant

Teachers, school administrators and community members gathered in Skaneateles High School on Wednesday, Jan. 22 to cut the ribbon and celebrate the opening of the school’s new Zoom Room.

Town of Skaneateles to investigate possibility of moving into village hall

Prompted by a letter from Village Mayor Marty Hubbard last week, Skaneateles town officials said they will investigate the possibility of moving the town offices into the vacant space in the new village hall.

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Skaneateles Lakeshore Baseball and Softball sells engraved bricks to fix up ball fields

Project to include refurbishing Austin Park diamonds, building concrete dugouts

A group of community members plans to fix up and improve the baseball diamonds in Austin Park this year. With the support of the community, Lakeshore Baseball and Softball plans to construct concrete dugouts at Sims Field and do landscaping work to all three ball-fields in the park used by the youth program. Rob and Scilla Gadjo have taken the lead in organizing the project and raising money to make sure it can happen.

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DEC proposes regulations to prevent spread of invasive species

New rules would govern boat launches, prohibit boar hunting

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently announced new proposed regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species at state boat launches and to aid the effort to eradicate Eurasian boars from the state.

Skaneateles school board discuses restarting superintendent search earlier than planned

At the suggestion of board member Geralyn Huba, the Skaneateles Board of Education might be starting its search for a new superintendent of schools earlier than planned.

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