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Marcellus sisters open Blooming Gals

Sisters open flower shop

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Chamber welcomes new businesses

New businesses flourish in Skaneateles

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New and favorite Hydrangeas and more featured in class Sept. 13

Fall is for planting, and the hottest plants out there are hydrangeas.

Skaneateles chamber seeks new executive director

The Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking a new executive director as current Executive Director Susan Dove steps down from the position she has held for 17 years. Dove is beginning a new chapter of her career with the acquisition of the former Colonial Motel, to be launched in June as “Skaneateles Inn on 20.”

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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.

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WCNY-FM offers special radio service for blind and visually impaired

For more than three decades, WCNY-FM has been serving the blind and visually-impaired residents of Central New York with a special radio service called READ-OUT.

Riddler’s in Skaneateles to close, will become F. Oliver’s

Located in the heart of Skaneateles, Riddler’s News, Confections and Tobacco store will be closing in March of this year. Riddler’s is known for selling nostalgic candy, newspapers, lottery tickets and tobacco products, along with various toys, souvenirs and trinkets.

Caregivers in crisis: New York ranks 48th in support for family caregivers

The lack of available help from senior care agencies is just one of the reasons New York state was ranked 48th in a 2011 national report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation out of 50 states with regard to support for its family caregivers. Caregivers also face extensive waiting lists for adult day care programs and rehab facilities, a lack of support for in the work environment, limited or no access to transportation and inadequate informational resources regarding care options for their loved ones. And with the Baby Boomer generation moving into their golden years, the problem is only going to get worse.

HOPE for Bereaved to celebrate 35 candles

For its 2012 Celebration of HOPE dinner, a mom donated a large basket filled with toys to its silent auction in memory of her 6-year-old son, “Motorcycle Mikey.” He died after a 17 month battle with cancer. Mikey’s Mom and 7-year-old brother Parker came to HOPE for one-on-one counseling and attended our support groups.

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Saving 81: Local officials, business leaders launch campaign to keep elevated highway

A large group of politicians, citizens and businessmen and –women have launched an initiative to encourage the state to keep a 1.4-mile stretch of Interstate 81 as it is instead of turning it into an arterial boulevard. Savei81.org revealed itself at a press conference on Thursday, Aug. 1, in downtown Syracuse, where supporters spoke out against the New York State Department of Transportation’s proposal to turn I-81’s viaduct stretch, the elevated portion of the highway that runs through the central business district, into an arterial boulevard through the city with stoplights and cross streets, something the group said would irreparably damage the city’s economy by creating a backlog of traffic. The group also issued a press release after the conference outlining its goals.

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Sidewalk sales, music, magic offered at Curbstone Festival

Skaneateles’ Curbstone Festival and Sidewalk Sales return July 18 through 20 along Genesee, Jordan and Fennell streets. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event, featuring more than 30 merchants, is organized by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Skaneateles restaurant gets a new name

Joe’s Pasta Garage changed to The Garage

In the nine years since Jamie and Kristin Hunt bought and took over Joe’s Pasta Garage on Jordan Street in Skaneateles, the name had become a misnomer – and they decided to do something about it. On June 28, new signs were put up on the exterior of the building displaying their new name: The Garage.

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Public hearing for Loveless Farm delayed

Proposed 18-house development in Skaneateles seeking planning board approval

The public will soon have a chance to give input on a proposed 18-home development on West Lake Road in Skaneateles. The town planning board will hold a public hearing to get comments on the proposed development sometime this summer.

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Whispering Winds Motel under new management

Whispering Winds Motel, located at 4221 E. Genesee St. in Sennett about one mile from the village of Skaneateles, was sold this May for a price of $305,000.

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Investment advisory firm Genesee Capital Advisors opens in Skaneateles

Genesee Capital Advisors, a new independent investment advisory firm located at 9 East Genesee St. in Skaneateles, opened on May 10. The firm provides a wide array of wealth management services, including discretionary investment management and fiduciary services for foundations, endowments, individuals and families.

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