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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Home Again for the Holidays will set up on Genesee Street, saved from last-minute cancellation
Christmas has come early for a number of businesses in Skaneateles — and for residents too — thanks to a generous gift by a local downtown building owner.
The circle of purple chrysanthemums that have adorned the front Genesee Street walk of the Skaneateles Library for the past five years now encircle a rock and plaque recently installed to honor the members of the Skaneateles Garden Club for the work they do “lovingly” tending the library gardens and flower boxes.
The Skaneateles Garden Club has been an active club in the Skaneateles community since 1931 but the action isn’t always visible.
New boutique business added to Fennell Street
From elegant candlesticks to stylish picture frames, the new Elan Interiors home boutique on 37 Fennell St. is sure to offer Skaneateles residents a variety of accessories that could spice up any home décor.
The Skaneateles Lightning Swim Team will be selling fall bulbs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 1 during the Annual Skaneateles Fall Fest in Clift Park, and organizing a door to door campaign in the village.
Home accessories, unique gifts, and design consultation
Elan Interiors, a full service interior design firm, announced the grand opening of Elan Interiors Home Boutique in the Village of Skaneateles. The boutique will offer home accessories, hostess and wedding gifts, and a small selection of furniture.
Longest operating real estate brokerage in Skaneateles has new owner
As of Sept. 1, Renee Dwyer has taken ownership of the longest operating real estate firm in Skaneateles: Williams Realty. Dwyer, who has been living in and selling property in Skaneateles for 11 years, took the operational reins from previous owners Grace Snook and Janet Tardiff, who had owned the business since 1975.
Local decorative artist restores 19th century schoolhouse one warm weekend at a time
Heather Bruno-Sears found the bones of an oxen in her front yard, a 1902 Indian-head penny by her front doorstep, a handmade glass marble in the interior dirt under the window, and a 19th century cast-iron toy pull horse in her garden. She’s not a treasure hunter, an intense antiquer or a “pawn star,” but rather a lover of historic buildings who is restoring a circa 1814 one-room schoolhouse in Spafford one warm weekend at a time.