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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.

Village of Skaneateles retains Perkins as police chief for 2014

Skaneateles Police Chief Lloyd Perkins will remain in his position through the end of 2014.

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Spafford to hire attorney, code officer

Under new leadership, the Spafford town board discussed a number of changes in personnel and policies at its Jan. 9 reorganizational meeting.

Marquardt named a coach of the year

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.

Along the Lakeshore: catching a cold, beagling, new recliner

Along the Lakeshore column from the Jan. 8 edition.

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Spafford officials take oath, talk about goals for 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.

Skaneateles schools cancels classes Jan. 7

Two-hour delay extended to full-day

The Skaneateles Central School District cancelled classes for Jan. 7 due to cold weather.

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Skaneateles town board discusses goals for year, introduces new attorney

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.

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Skaneateles village board discusses future of parking lot, vacant building space

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.

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Skaneateles electees prepare to start terms, take oaths

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.

Skaneateles school board addresses curriculum changes

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.

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Outgoing Skaneateles officials recognized

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.

New Spafford officers to be sworn in on Jan. 1

The newly elected town officials in Spafford will hold a ceremony to be sworn in to office and a brief meeting on Jan. 1.

Two foundations to raise up to $250,000 for Skaneateles schools

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.

Along the Lakeshore: Dec. 18

Cold weather, heated walkways, fighter planes

Along the Lakeshore column from the Dec. 18 edition of the Skaneateles Press.

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Skaneateles-area farmers discuss renewable energy at agricultural program meeting

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.

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Toronto woman brings real figgy pudding to Skaneateles

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.

Skaneateles mayor to not fill board vacancy

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.

Skaneateles bond referendum passes

The referendum for the schools to spend $2.8 million on new roofs and other facilities work passed Tuesday.

Skaneateles schools considers new class offerings

The Skaneateles School District will look into new academic offerings to give its students more options and further prepare them for college.

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Animal rights activists hold protest on Genesee Street

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.

Town expresses concern about Austin Park drainage

Skaneateles town officials last week expressed concerns about a decision made by the village planning board on drainage in Austin Park.

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Skaneateles students spend $13k on gifts for charity

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.

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Skaneateles native receives financial backing for social media website

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.

Skaneateles to use reservoirs for firefighting

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.

Skaneateles CSD puts facility project bond to public vote Dec. 10

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.

Skaneateles BOE plans capital project referendum for May 2014

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.

Skaneateles transfer station to be closed two days for Thanksgiving

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.

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Skaneateles community brainstorms ideas for district’s future

The Skaneateles Central School District has turned to its taxpayers to help suss out how to handle impending financial challenges.

Village of Skaneateles to hold special election in 2014

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.

Skaneateles village board approves building renovation

The village of Skaneateles board of trustees voted to approve a building renovation at its Nov. 14 meeting.

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Speakers discuss peace through public service

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.

Results hold in Skaneateles town races

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.

Town of Skaneateles prepares new website

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.

Spafford passes town, fire budgets

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.

Skaneateles Party candidates hold big leads in supervisor, councilor races

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.

CSD plans to engage community, study solutions for fiscal woes

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.

Bean elected supervisor of Spafford

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.

Village of Skaneateles takes steps to address fire flow issue

The village of Skaneateles is taking steps toward correcting a serious public safety issue: poor fire flow to hydrants.

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Skaneateles, Marcellus raise money for family in need

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.”

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