Finger Lakes Land Trust announces ‘greenbelt’ initiative to conserve southern half of Skaneateles Lake
The Finger Lakes Land Trust recently announced its intent to create and conserve a “greenbelt” around the southern end of Skaneateles Lake. The project will begin with a pending land acquisition and conservation easement covering about 230 acres in the town of Spafford.
Winterfest, the annual January festival run by the Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary club since 2005, continued its great popularity in the community with another successful year. The festival, held on Friday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 26, featured an ice walk, the Polar Bear Plunge, ice carving demonstrations, the Taste of Skaneateles and a scavenger hunt.
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.
After 18 years of having seasonal boat docks adjacent to the stone pier at Clift Park, the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce is proposing the installation of a new dock that would be permanent, larger, more attractive and, with an L-shaped configuration, more protective of boats from waves than the current dock.
On Oct. 18, Cornell Cooperative extension will hold a training session to teach anyone with basic computer skills how to use iMapInvasives New York, the complete invasive species database for the state. iMap reports new finds of invasive species and offers downloadable public maps which serve as an important tool for land managers, conservation agencies and municipalities.
Veterans Day in Skaneateles this year again will be marked by an American flag display and remembrance ceremony in Clift Park, coordinated by the Skaneateles Girls Lacrosse Association and the members of the high school girls lacrosse teams.
Families can fish, shoot skeet and learn all about the outdoors at the annual Sportsmen’s Days this weekend at Carpenter’s Brook in Elbridge.
Live music, country art, food, games and raffles will be featured at the annual Amberations Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Otisco Lake Community Center in Amber. The event will run from 1 to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
With fall fastly approaching, Imagine Gallery of Skaneateles will present “Wearable, Warm and Wonderful,” a new and improved fiber art exhibit as part of Skaneateles’s First Friday Art Night. Imagine Gallery will showcase a never-before-done “yarn bombing art installation,” which will feature an exterior yarn decoration of a bench, lamppost and tree outside the shop.
Every member of the Skaneateles Lake Association is special because every member has committed to be a part of an organization of citizens concerned with Skaneateles Lake — maintaining it as a supply of pure water and keeping it clear for its beauty and the enjoyment of all who live on the lake and in the lake area and all who visit the area contributing to the village economy.
Cornell Cooperative Extension will host an invasive lake species workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Skaneateles YMCA, 97 State St. The event will feature Asian clam and hydrilla identification, prevention and monitoring, and will be free and open to the public.
New additions seek to broaden audience appeal
The 33rd year of the Skaneateles Festival started off last week with a fundraiser at a lakeside mansion, an informative collaborative event at the Barrow Art Gallery and the first of five concerts at Brook Farm — and every event was filled with excited attendees.
Twin Birch dairy farm finalizes biogas generator system
Twin Birch Dairy Farm in Skaneateles has been a model New York state farm with state-of-the-art technology and a high priority on environmental stewardship for more than a decade. Recently, owner Dirk Young added a new benchmark for his business by adding a methane-powered generator, thereby making Twin Birch a totally self-sustaining farm from corn to cow to manure to electricity. This latest achievement — one of only two in the Syracuse region — will be celebrated later this month by state officials
The first annual Conservation Day on the Farm sponsored by the Onondaga County Soil & Water Conservation District will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at Rohe Farm on 4207 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. The public is invited to attend.
The annual Antique and Classic Boat Show achieved another successful year with thousands of visitors despite an early Saturday morning downpour. The 34th annual event — and the 18th consecutive one to be held in Skaneateles — which ran from 3 p.m. Thursday, July 27, to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29, offered more than 80 boat displays on water and land with participants coming from across Central New York, as well as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Ontario, Canada.