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New book highlights Finger Lakes food and recipes

Skaneateles restaurants Mirbeau, Rosalie’s Cucina included

The Finger Lakes region boasts 4 million food and wine tourists a year. With an awareness and appreciation of this local gourmet success, Central New York natives Karl Zinsmeister and his children, Kate Harvey and Noah Zinsmeister, have compiled a new storytelling cookbook to share the stories and secrets of this regional flavor — including some recipes from Skaneateles.

Victory Sports Medicine hires additional law firm for Skaneateles project

Victory Sports Management officials have hired one of the state’s best land use and environmental law firms to supplement its legal team as it moves forward in its 99.5-acre ‘Victory Campus’ development project off Route 20 in Skaneateles. The firm of Gilberti, Stinziano, Heinz and Smith will join the VSM team in 2013, Lance Wardell, VSM chief operating officer, confirmed this week.

Town board approves appointments, salaries for 2013

During its first official meeting for the year 2013, the Skaneateles Town Board approved its annual resolution appointing certain town officers and employees, fixing wages and salaries and other matters.

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Skaneateles Outreach provides food baskets for holidays

One of the places where the holiday spirit shines brightest in Skaneateles is in the Skaneateles Outreach office, where donations stream in from all over the community at this time of year. Outreach is dedicated to assisting local residents who are experiencing difficulties and need assistance, and this year it will serve 120 dinner baskets and be the secret Santa to some 32 families during the holiday season, said Jacque McConnaghy, who is outreach co-coordinator along with Pat Snyder.

School district to begin major building improvements

The Skaneateles Board of Education has started discussing plans to make major improvements to the middle school and high school buildings during the next six years at what is expected to be a large price tag which will need to be approved by public bond sometime in 2013.

Around Town: New Year's Eve dining options in Skaneateles

Have plans to dine out on New year's Eve? Here's a few local restaurants and their offerings.

Town, SRCT reach agreement on YMCA assets

The Skaneateles Town Board and Skaneateles Recreation Charitable Trust have reached agreement to resolve their longstanding dispute over ownership of certain YMCA assets.

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SLWAP reviews 2012 successes, discusses green practices for 2013

It’s been a tough year for local agriculture, but there were still many conservation successes in the Skaneateles Lake watershed area in 2012, attendees of the Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agriculture Program annual meeting were told last week.

SFD to change ‘Big Money’ raffle to August casino event

The Skaneateles Volunteer Fire Department is hoping to raise more money in 2013 by changing the date and the theme of its annual ‘Big Money’ raffle to something bigger and better, and at the Dec. 13 village board meeting asked the trustees for their approval of the idea.

Reminder for local merchants from the village code enforcement office

Emergency exits and adequate paths to those exits in all village shops must be kept clear at all times, regardless of the time of year, the village code enforcement officer reminds local business owners and employees.

Contractor bids opened for new village hall project

About two dozen local and regional contractors attended the opening of construction bids for the new village hall renovation project on Wednesday, Nov. 12, to learn who is most likely to be hired for the five different contracts necessary for the work. Four of the five contracts – general construction, plumbing, mechanical and electric – had four or more bids submitted for consideration, while the fifth contract – geothermal construction – had only two. Some of the bids differed by hundreds of thousands of dollars, others by only hundreds of dollars.

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Beak & Skiff vodka striking gold (and silver and bronze)

Beak & Skiff Apple Farms recently was awarded a gold medal for its artisanal vodka at the 2012 American Wine Society Spirits Competition in Portland, Ore. — marking the fourth time in less than four months the LaFayette distillery has won awards for its signature spirit.

Village board to open and consider new village hall construction bids

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees will open construction contract bids for the new village hall project at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, and hold an operations meeting to consider the bids at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in the village office, 46 East Genesee St.

Town approves fire protection contract

The Skaneateles Town Board held a short meeting Thursday, Dec. 6, with little more than general business to attend to. The major item on the agenda was a public hearing on the Skaneateles Fire Protection Contract.

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