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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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Well Balanced Fitness

'Well Balanced Studio' in Skaneateles offers private and specialized classes

As of March 1, Well Balanced Studio is open for business inside 22 Jordan St. They specialize in private and semi-private Pilates and training, wellness coaching, cancer wellness, pre-and post-natal wellness and youth wellness programming. Their classes incorporate Pilates, TRX and Barre equipment.

Planning board to hear update from Victory Sports

According to a press release from the town of Skaneateles, the planning board will hear from a representative from Victory Sports Medicine next Tuesday regarding its "Victory Campus" project that is to be built on Route 20 in Skaneateles.

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Authors, farmers, entrepreneurs ‘The Fabulous Beekman Boys’ eager to visit Cazenovia

There has been a slow, steady and excited buzz permeating Cazenovia in recent weeks that can all be boiled down to the fact that the nationally-known “Fabulous Beekman Boys” — bestselling authors, farmers, entrepreneurs and recent winners of television’s “The Amazing Race” — are coming to town on Saturday, Jan. 26. The two-hour event, sponsored by the Historic Cazenovia Business District committee of the chamber of commerce, will feature Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge giving a special book signing of their “Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook” and Kilmer-Purcell’s New York Times best-selling nonfiction book, “The Bucolic Plague: How two Manhattanites became gentleman farmers: An unconventional memoir,” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Lincklaen House on Albany Street.

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Skaneateles Winterfest begins Jan. 25, offers new events

Once again, Skaneateles Sunrise spearheads Skaneateles WinterFest, the community celebration of the snowy season. The project combines entertainment, food, community service and fundraising in an event which has become an annual fixture on the village calendar, encouraging families, friends and visitors to come out and celebrate winter.

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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.