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EDITORIAL: Look out for Lyme

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States. It infects about 300,000 people a year, roughly 10 times more Americans than previously reported. The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982, making it a huge public health problem. So what should we do about it? To start, we should educate ourselves about the problem.

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Baltimore Woods Garden party

Learning opportunities and appreciation for the gardens

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Local home awarded by garden club

Decorative spirit of home awarded

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Contents of home where Clintons stayed to be auctioned off

Clinton bed among items to be on auction

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Garden club announces Streetscape winner

Howards gardens praised

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Skaneateles alternative energy tour highlights local commitment to sustainability

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.

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Skaneateles fall fest is this weekend

Oct. 4 through 6 is Skaneateles’ annual Fall Fest weekend.

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Skaneateles Garden Club gives Streetscape Award

The Skaneateles Garden Club recently announced its Fall Streetscape Award winner.

Spafford prepares for town-wide property reassessment

Each year, as the housing market fluctuates, so do equalization rates. Like many other towns, Spafford is no stranger to the highs and lows in the market, but now the town’s equalization rate is taking a hit having reached 114.55 percent.

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Borodino Hall gets new stage, fresh paint job

Anonymous benefactor, group of Welch Allyn volunteers help historic building remain viable

The Spafford Area Historical Society, which has been working for more than a decade to renovate and restore the historic Borodino Hall at the four corners in Borodino, has recently received some much needed — and somewhat unexpected — help from members of the local community. Employees of Welch Allyn volunteered their time to rebuild the deteriorated stage area of the hall while an anonymous benefactor recently paid for a complete exterior paint job on the building.

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Town board proposes law to improve property maintenance

Due to numerous community complaints about unkempt properties within the town, the Skaneateles Town Board last week proposed a new local law to allow the town to maintain structures, equipment and exterior property within town limits and bill the owner for the work.

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‘What’s Blooming?’ garden tour coming this weekend

The Skaneateles Garden Club’s 2012 Garden Tour, “What’s Blooming?” will take place in and around the village of Skaneateles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16.

Skaneateles Garden Club News

Lenore Mack was recently honored for celebrating 60 years with The Skaneateles Garden Club. A tribute written by P.J. Lemp and Ann Merrill was read at April’s annual luncheon at the Skaneateles Country Club.

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Schoolhouse Farms prepares for third year of Community Supported Agriculture program

Mother Nature can be a fickle overseer for farmers, as evidenced by early April temperatures up near 80 degrees but snow this past Sunday night. “We always joke that Mother Nature runs the roost, but this year everything looks pretty good so far,” said Richard Malcolm, owner, along with his wife Rebecca, of Schoolhouse Farms in Borodino. The Malcolms, who farm mostly by hand on about 15 acres of land on Rose Hill Road just off the four corners of Borodino, currently are planting and preparing not just for the upcoming growing season but also for their third year offering a Community Supported Agriculture program.

Skaneateles Garden Club plans spring schedule

“What’s Blooming” will be this year’s Skaneateles Garden Club’s tour on June 15 and 16, 2012. Save the date for a tour of seven beautiful gardens in Skaneateles.