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.
Board to hold public hearing on $2.8 million proposal Dec. 2
Skaneateles voters will be called on once again this month to approve a major community expenditure. The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Waterman school where the Skaneateles Central School District will hold a public vote on a capital project proposal.
Will be phase two of needed facility work for high school
At the Nov. 19 Skaneateles board of education meeting, Interim Superintendent of Schools Judy Pastel announced that the Skaneateles school district will propose another bond referendum for building work in May 2014.
At its Nov. 21 meeting Town Clerk Janet Aaron reminded everyone that the town transfer station will be closed on Thanksgiving and the day after – Nov. 28 and 29.
The Skaneateles Central School District has turned to its taxpayers to help suss out how to handle impending financial challenges.
Winner to serve remaining three years of Sennett's term
The village of Skaneateles will have to hold a special election in March of 2014 to fill a positions on the village board.
The village of Skaneateles board of trustees voted to approve a building renovation at its Nov. 14 meeting.
While men and women were honored on Veteran’s Day for their service to the United States, an event in Skaneateles highlighted how veterans and civilians alike can serve their country and promote peace in the world.
Sennett, Brace, Robinson Howard earn town offices
After the Onondaga County Board of Elections counted 144 absentee and affidavit ballots last week, the winners of the Skaneateles races for town supervisor and town councilor did not change.
The town of Skaneateles is preparing to unveil its new website this month. The website, which will still be found at townofskaneateles.com, was recently redesigned by Syracuse Design, a firm that has done websites for a number of municipalities and businesses in the region. Designer Frank Smith gave a short presentation highlighting the features and new design of the website at the town board’s Nov. 9 meeting.
The town of Spafford and the Spafford Fire District recently passed their 2014 operating budgets. The town budget will keep the tax rate the same while the fire tax rate will increase.
Election technically too close to call with absentee ballots yet to be counted
After the results came in at the end of Election Day last week, the Skaneateles Party candidates appeared to have won a sweep in the Skaneateles town supervisor and councilor races.
The Skaneateles Central School District will engage the public in coming months to study potential strategies to deal with its financial problems while still maintaining programs.
Fesko, Venezia win town councilor seats
Democrat Mary Bean has won the election for Spafford town supervisor. Bean received 373 votes to Republican Webb Stevens' 298, according to the Onondaga County Board of Elections website.
The village of Skaneateles is taking steps toward correcting a serious public safety issue: poor fire flow to hydrants.
Empty container drive to help Julian Ross check the top item off his 'bucket list'
For about a year, people in Skaneateles and Marcellus have been collecting bottles and cans to help Julian Ross, an 8-year old child with cancer, check an item off his “bucket list.”
Marcellus retiree’s book a culmination of a career spent covering fishing
“Fishing the Finger Lakes” isn’t just the title of J. Michael Kelly’s new book, it’s also one of his life-long passions.
The town and village boards held a joint meeting on Oct. 23 in the school district office to get back on track with a review of the town comprehensive plan that started in 2009.
CSD to hold public forum on Nov. 12 to hear ideas
The Skaneateles Central School District will soon be looking at some potentially controversial changes to deal with declining enrollment. An email sent to Skaneateles community members by Interim Superintendent of Schools Judy Pastel about the district’s intention to study grade shifting sparked public opposition in the form of an online petition last week.
At its Oct. 24 meeting the village board moved to impose a 9 p.m. curfew for Thurdsay, Oct. 31, Halloween night.
An email sent to Skaneateles community members by Interim Superintendent of Schools Judy Pastel on Wednesday sparked public opposition in the form of an online petition.
Skaneateles residents interested in learning to play piano or getting one-on-one piano or vocal instruction now have an option available without leaving town. As of Aug. 1, Stenuf Music Studio is open for business in Skaneateles. Owner and instructor Marlene Stenuf specializes in piano and voice lessons and takes students of any age or experience level.
$2.8 million project to be voted on Dec. 10
The Skaneateles board of education officially adopted a resolution to propose a $2,835,299 capital project at its Oct. 15 meeting. The proposal will be voted on by residents of the district between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Waterman Primary School.
Four honored at biennial chamber event
The Skaneateles Country Club was full of laughter and gratitude at the Citizen of the Year award dinner on Oct. 17. Four Skaneateles residents were honored at the biennial event held by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. This year’s Citizen of the Year honor went to Dr. Bob Werner, who was recognized for his work removing invasive species from Skaneateles Lake as well as other volunteer efforts mainly focusing around the lake and nearby nature.
County legislator Brian May is running for re-election unopposed. May serves the first district which includes the town of Lysander and the western portion of the town of Clay.
On Nov. 5, Spafford voters will have two choices for a town supervisor and five choices for two available town councilor seats. Learn more about these candidates and see how they responded to questions about local government.
Jones scores three times in 24-21 loss
In a showdown of the top two teams in Class C West, Skaneateles came up just short against the Syracuse Institute of Technology Central Friday night. In its final home game of the season, the Lakers lost to the Eagles 24-21 to move to 4-2 on the season, ITC is now 6-0.
Under law, the village of Skaneateles no longer has any time or size restrictions on free-standing political signs. After discussing the matter and holding a public hearing, the village voted to pass local law no. 2 of 2013, repealing restrictions on political signs, at its Oct. 10 meeting.
Supervisor, councilor election candidates discuss comprehensive plan, development town/village relations, open government
Profiles and quotes from the two candidates for town supervisor and four candidates for two town board seats in Skaneateles.
The Skaneateles town board released its tentative 2014 operating budget at its Oct. 3 meeting. The budget calls for a 4.92 percent tax rate decrease, excluding taxes levied to the special districts for fire, sewer and water services.
The village of Skaneateles celebrated its new energy efficient village hall by holding a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 3.
In the interest of further informing the public about these options Sustainable Skaneateles held an alternative energy tour and fair in the Skaneateles-area on Saturday, Oct. 5. The event, which was headquartered at the new energy-efficient village hall in conjunction with an open-house, included exhibitors ready to inform the public about alternative and renewable energy sources that are available to homes and businesses.
About 200 people gathered at the Skaneateles Country Club on Sept. 29 to be inspired by the story of the work done at the Duk medical clinic in South Sudan.
Residents of the Skaneateles school district took an opportunity on Monday, Sept. 23 to ask questions and give comments to the board of education on a proposed $2.6 million capital project.
While countless radio programs provide chatter on the latest Syracuse University sports news, there is only one place where listeners might hear James Southerland talking candidly about why he chose to wear number 43: the NAPA Syracuse Legends Show with Mike Bristol.
The Skaneateles town board took steps toward filling three town positions at its Sept. 19 meeting.
The Skaneateles school district will hold two information sessions to get feedback from the public on the scope of the $2,577,876 capital project proposed to the board of education by the facilities committee at its Aug. 20 meeting.
Gerst to take over as middle school principal, Widrick as K through 5 principal
The Skaneateles Central School District will be consolidating staff and shuffling around administrators starting in February 2014, Interim Superintendent of Schools Judy Pastel announced at the Sept. 17 board of education meeting.
Lawmakers, local groups deal with invasive species that pose threats to environment, infrastructure
Several new threatening invasive species have emerged in Central New York within the past 10 years that have caused lawmakers, government agencies and private groups to take action. These include emerald ash borers, milfoil, hydrilla and wild boars.
In response to recent events elsewhere in Central New York, the village of Skaneateles is proposing a law that will remove its 30-day restriction on political signs.
The Skaneateles town board dealt with scrutiny from a concerned resident at its Sept. 5 meeting. Skaneateles resident Jim Moore questioned the statement made by councilor Rick Keyes at the board’s Aug. 15 meeting that the board had met its legal obligation to review the town comprehensive plan in 2010.
Film to deal with aftermath of 2008 economic crisis
A couple of documentary film-makers are making a stop in Skaneateles next week and are seeking people local people interested in telling their story. Joe and Barbara Lane, along with their German sheppard Ella, have planned a cross-country motorcycle-tour covering about 3,000 miles and including stops in 50 towns to record interviews with people affected by the 2008 economic crisis.
New Skaneateles high school principal Gregory Santoro aims to continue legacy of excellence
Gregory Santoro’s path to becoming a high school principal started back when he was a 10th grade student at East-Syracuse-Minoa high school.
There were plenty of spectators on hand for the ninth annual Skinnyman triathlon held in Skaneateles on Saturday, but this year they had something out of the ordinary to cheer for. Identical twins Jack and Nolan Willis of Fayetteville and Shane Lauer, of Phoenix, Md., who are all affected by Duchenne's muscular dystrophy, competed and completed the race.
The Skaneateles village board heard a presentation from architect Bob Eggleston on the possibility of mounting the fire siren on the roof of the police department building, at its Aug. 28 meeting.
On election day this Nov. 5 the town of Spafford will have contested races for supervisor and two town board seats.
Though many of the events and increased activity in Skaneateles during the summer is a result of tourism, the Labor Day weekend events are all about the local community. As has been the tradition for more than 100 years, the Skaneateles Fire Department will hold its field days, parade and fireworks display at Austin Park Saturday and Sunday of this Labor Day weekend.
Town board, supervisor seats to be contested by third-party candidates
Town supervisor and two town board seats up for election in Skaneateles will be contested on Nov. 5.
Vote planned for December on new building improvements project pending board approval
The Skaneateles board of education discussed proposing a $2.5 million capital project for building improvements for the middle school and high school at its Aug. 20 meeting.
Skaneateles resident Colby Buell recently found out that he scored a perfect 36 on the ACT that he took last spring, a rare feat achieved by less than 0.1 percent of test takers across the country. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2012, only 781 of more than 1.66 million students earned a composite score of 36.