“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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Skaneateles Town Board discussed two potential future projects to improve the park in Skaneateles Falls, at its Feb. 20 meeting.
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.
The Spafford Town Board authorized the hiring of a new attorney and code enforcement officer at its Feb. 13 meeting.
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.
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.
The Skaneateles School District will not adopt property tax exemptions for veterans this year.
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.
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.
The Skaneateles Town Board further discussed the prospect of moving the town offices into 26 Fennell St., during its Feb. 6 meeting.
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?”
Skaneateles girl scouts of all ages will be doing one of the things they are most famous for starting this week: selling cookies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Police Chief Lloyd Perkins will remain in his position through the end of 2014.
Under new leadership, the Spafford town board discussed a number of changes in personnel and policies at its Jan. 9 reorganizational meeting.
Along the Lakeshore column from the Jan. 8 edition.
Skaneateles lacrosse coach recognized by National Federation of High Schools
A Skaneateles lacrosse coach has received a national recognition for her accomplishments. Bridget Marquardt, varsity girls lacrosse coach for Skaneateles High School, was recently named a National Federation of High Schools Regional Coach of the Year.
About 40 people gathered at Spafford town hall on Jan. 1 to witness newly-elected town officials take the oath of office. Town Supervisor Mary Bean greeted everyone in attendance and said the big turnout on New Year’s Day is a great start for her two-year elected term.
Two-hour delay extended to full-day
The Skaneateles Central School District cancelled classes for Jan. 7 due to cold weather.
The new members of the Skaneateles Town Board took their places for the board’s first meeting of 2014 on Jan. 2. The meeting included the board’s annual resolution setting appointments and salaries. The board also introduced the new town attorney and gave an update on the code enforcement officer position. Taking their seats on the board for the first time were Town Supervisor Mary Sennett, Town Councilor Claire Robinson Howard and Town Councilor Connie Brace.
The Skaneateles Village Board discussed its plans for the village hall parking lot and the future of two vacant spaces on the property at its Dec. 30 meeting.
Town supervisor-elect Mary Sennett and town councilors-elect Claire Robinson Howard and Connie Brace took the oath of office at town hall on Dec. 18.
Two community members addressed the Skaneateles school board on Dec. 17 to express concerns about making students chose between music and science classes in the middle school.
Several outgoing town officials were recognized for their service to the community at the town board’s final meeting of the year on Dec. 19. As of Jan. 1, Town Supervisor Terri Roney, Town Councilors Rick Keyes and Steve McGlynn, Highway Superintendent Jim Card and Code Enforcement Officer Debbie Williams will all be leaving their positions.
The newly elected town officials in Spafford will hold a ceremony to be sworn in to office and a brief meeting on Jan. 1.
Education Foundation and Soderberg Foundation announce partnership to aid STEM programs
Two local non-profit groups recently announced their intention to partner up to provide funding to the Skaneateles schools for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs. The new partnership brings together the Skaneateles Education Foundation (SEF) and the New Jersey-based Elsa and Peter Soderberg Charitable Foundation.
Cold weather, heated walkways, fighter planes
Along the Lakeshore column from the Dec. 18 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
The Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agricultural Program held its annual meeting on Dec. 9 at the First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles. The event included an annual report from Mark Burger, the Onondaga County Soil and Water District executive director, a panel on renewable energy and the presentation of the 2013 Environmental Steward Award to Mike McMahon of E-Z Acres farm in Homer.
Though most of the characters in Dickens Christmas have sung “now bring us some figgy pudding” from “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” many of them had never tried the dessert, until this year. New this year, festival goers have the chance to sample some authentic figgy pudding made by Michele Chandler of Puddings Matter.
The village board of trustees will operate with four members for the first three months of 2014. Mayor Marty Hubbard announced that he would not fill the impending vacancy on the village board at the board’s Dec. 12 meeting.
The referendum for the schools to spend $2.8 million on new roofs and other facilities work passed Tuesday.
The Skaneateles School District will look into new academic offerings to give its students more options and further prepare them for college.
Groups urge shoppers to buy ‘cruelty free’ gifts
A group of about 12 animal rights activists stood on the sidewalk on Genesee Street outside of Skaneateles Furs last Saturday, Dec. 7, to encourage holiday shoppers to buy “cruelty free” gifts.
Skaneateles town officials last week expressed concerns about a decision made by the village planning board on drainage in Austin Park.
Annual Wal Mart shopping spree event benefitted 15 local non-profits
While a “shopping spree” may sound like something a contest winner would get, Skaneateles students recently participated in a spree to help less fortunate people. For the 14th consecutive year, Skaneateles Middle School Student Council Holiday Shopping Spree was held yesterday. Fifty-six total students split into 15 groups, each with a chaperone, spent $13,200 on gifts at the Camillus Wal Mart.
ChronicleMe allows people to post secrets, funny stories anonymously
Anthony Richichi launched his social media website ChronicleMe (chronicleme.com) in October. The site allows users to anonymously post personal secrets in a safe environment.
Dry hydrants will offer water source to firefighters while fire flow is poor
In response to recent concerns about poor pressure to fire hydrants in the village of Skaneateles, local officials have come up with a temporary solution. The village has developed a plan to install several “dry hydrants” to give local firefighters the ability to fight fires, if need be, while the village water has less than sufficient flow to some fire hydrants.