Site photography courtesy of Matt Champlin

The Work and Planning is Ongoing

Fran Rotunno Fish

The Skaneateles Lake Association Milfoil Crew has completed the component of the 2016 season plan that involves laying down 5 acres of matting on large, defined milfoil patches. The areas that were matted this year were defined by a survey of the lake done by Bob Werner last year during the late summer and early fall. While the boat Bob uses to do the survey is equipped with a camera and instrumentation that facilitates the survey, he also checks areas of concern that have been brought to our attention by good neighbors to the lake who keep their “eyes on the lake.” In between the time the mats have all been put down and the time they can begin to be rolled up (approximately 8 weeks), the Milfoil Team does hand weeding in areas around the mats and other areas of the lake where the lake bottom does not facilitate the use of matting. There are areas on both the southwest and east side of the lake that are being hand harvested this year. About 8 weeks after the first mats were put down the Milfoil Team begins to roll them up in the order they were put down so that each area is matted for approximately 8 week. After the mats are all rolled up the team goes back to each site and picks up the rolled mats using the pontoon boat that specifically equipped for lifting the wet, very heavy rolled mats.

Right now Bob Werner is surveying the lake to identify large areas of milfoil that should be matted next year….the work of controlling milfoil is continuous and so is the work for planning that control. Later this summer and in the fall and winter, the SLA Board of Directors will be meeting to plan what the milfoil control work plan will be next summer given our financial status. The Board will also be discussing the ongoing efforts and need for new efforts to get more and more people who benefit from this lake to be members of the SLA. It is predominately the ANNUAL membership dues that drive the scope of our work plan. In the past we have repeatedly reached out to all lakefront owners and owners with lake rights. We are pleased to have increasing support from those who just love the lake and value the quality of the lake water as a source of drinking water. However, we know that far too many are not and have never been members of the SLA despite the fact that they benefit from the lake as lake front/lake rights owners, regular recreational users of the lake or businesses which thrive because this beautiful lake is an incredible source of customers both for what they sell and what services they provide


You can join the Skaneateles Lake Association and become our mission by going to to complete your registration and pay your annual dues or you can use the form in our recently mailed newsletter. If you would like a registration form mailed to you please call 315-685-9106 and leave a message with your name and mailing address.

The SLA thanks the following individuals and organizations for their additional donations in support of the Milfoil Boat and the Lake Stewards:

Milfoil Boat Sponsors: 6/27/16 Sidney Devorsetz; 6/28 & 6/29/16 Beecher Graham & Jonathan Brodock; 6/30/16 Ann 7 Gary dower, Margaret Bersani, Ann & David Lee, Patricia & William McAvoy; 7/1/16 & 7/5/16 – 7/8/16 & 7/11 -7/12/16 The Kaufman Foundation; 7/13/16 Sharon & Steve Songer, Eleanor & Ben Ware, Maureen & Joseph Wilson, Robert Scheer; 7/14/16 Johanna 7 Gianfranco Frittelli; 7/15/16 Nancy Douglas, Barbara & Jed Delmonico; 7/18/16 Deborah & Richard Hole, Deborah & James Tifft, Joan Christy & Tom Bersani, Noreen & Michael Falcone; 7/19/16 Candace & John Marsellus; 7/20/16 Jason Slottje; 7/21/16 Janet & William Davis; 7/27/16 Louisa & John Cohlan; 7/25/16 Donna & William Davis; 7/26/16 Hobbitt Hollow Farm, Alice & Ned Houser, Ursula & David Hutton, Lynn Lenihan; 7/27/16 Lake Farms LLC, Carol Krumhansl & Jeff Roberts, Lisa and Michael Wetzel, Carolyn Kay & Donald Babcock; 7/28/16 Amy & Christopher Neumann; 7/29/16 Rochelle & Mac Cummings; 8/2/16 Libby & Arnie Rubenstein; 8/2/16 Marjorie & Kenneth Blanchard; 8/3/16 Christine Larson & Vincent Dupolis; 8/4/16 Lynn Cleary & David Duggan.

Steward Sponsors: 6/21 Barbara & William Dean; 6/22 Mary Socci & Peter White; 6/23/16 Finger Lakes on Tap; 6/24/16 Christine & Robert Pierce; 6/25 & 26/16 Taci & Roland Anderson; 6/27/16 Mary & Paul Torrisi; 6/28/16 Paula & Edward Conan; 6/29/16 Jacqueline & Charles Giancola; 6/30/16 Patty & Marvin Langley; 7/1/16 Jean & John Vincent; 7/2/16 Robert Parsons; 7/3/16 Ann Kilian; 7/4/16 Kathyrn & Robert Flagliarone; 7/5/16 Suzzane & David Nagle; 7/6/16 Sharon & John Paddock; 7/8 – 7/12/12 Contributions to the David Lee Hardy Fund from Sandra Attleson, The Hardy SFamily, Margaret Sennett, Mary and Frank Szczech, Deborah and Jim Tifft, Marianne Lont, Nancy Murray, Patricia Orr, Mary Sennett & Robert Leiss, Mary & Paul Torrisi, Barbara & Robert Amsler

Source:  Skaneateles Press

Annual Meeting, fun and informative

Fran Rotunno Fish

Annual Meeting Attendees Gather for Speakers

                                               Annual Meeting Attendees Gather for Speakers

The few short rainfalls came to an end, the sky opened up with the sun and over 200 members of the Skaneateles Lake Association gathered on the waterfront at the home of Elsa and Peter Soderberg on Sunday, July 10th for the SLA’s third annual meeting. Full time residents, summer residents and week-enders, new residents, newish residents and legacy families gathered with one common thread…a love of Skaneateles Lake and a willingness to be a part of and support protecting it.

Those who attended enjoyed the long, south view down the lake, as well as, a wide variety of treats from many of the Skaneateles restaurants and food vendors. A wide selection of appetizers from the Sherwood Inn, Roasted Brussel Sprouts from Gilda’s, hot roast beef sandwiches from the Lake Side Pub, Johnny Angel’s heavenly burgers, Doug’s famous cole slaw, meatballs from Moro’s Kitchen, stuffed mushrooms from Rosalie’s Cucina, sushi from the Blue Water Grill, fried green tomatoes from the Mandana Inn, Antipasto Skewers from Joelle’s French Bistro, pizza from Valentine’s and juicy, sweet fruit from TOPS were all donated by owners who recognize that beautiful Skaneateles Lake is a foundation for drawing customers. Other refreshments, both food and drink, were donated by members of the SLA Board of Directors.

All who attended had the opportunity to share their stories of the lake and their love of the lake and there was lots of just “catching up” with old friends and meeting new people.

The formal part of the meeting was informative on all the issues with which the Skaneateles Lake Association has long been involved, as well as, a new issue not know to as many of those attending. Bob Werner gave an update on milfoil removal, matting and overall status emphasizing the progress that has been made, as well as, the reality of it being something that will continue to take effort to control. Bill Dean spoke on the type of algae found in the lake from spring to fall and also on foam and its relationship to biological activity in the lake. Buzz Roberts gave a report on the efforts of the Invasive Species Monitoring Stewards and the SLA’s expanded coverage of the most active launch sites around the lake. Fran Fish reported on the status of our membership whose annual dues are the major component of our funding. She noted that the current membership, those who have joined in the last 12 months, is 729 and that over 250 of those had made donations beyond the annual dues. She noted that the donations that exceed annual dues keep the SLA financially stable as they “cover” the hundreds of lakefront and lake rights owners who are not and have never been SLA donors. She challenged all present to reach out to their friends and neighbors who were not members and encourage them to join.

Our county legislator, Mike Plochocki, was present and spoke about the extreme importance of Skaneateles Lake to tourism. Last year Mr. Plochocki presented the SLA with a check that was used to purchase a replacement motor for one of the milfoil boats. As a result Skaneateles Town Supervisor Jim Lanning’s efforts, the SLA was pleased to receive a check for $7000 from Mr. Plochocki that will be used to cover the cost of the enhanced Invasive Species Monitoring Steward coverage. Following presentation of the check Supervisor Lanning outlined the efforts that the Town was funding to monitor Shotwell Creek and the possibility of building a retention basins to reduce sediment flow into the lake.

Featured speaker, Robert Duckett, local forester, arborist and naturalist and lover of our lake and Caroline Marschner, an Extension Associate for Invasive Species with the New York Hemlock Initiative of Cornell University spoke on the threat of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid to the water of Skaneateles Lake.  They noted the importance of the Hemlocks, so common in the Finger Lakes, for filtering water and preventing erosion of steep slopes. They also noted that the Hemlocks provide shade for temperature sensitive tributaries. Duckett and Marschner described the monitoring efforts that are a part of the Hemlock Initiative and both the insecticidal and biological controls being used and the considerations to be taken in their use. All who attended came away with an understanding that this infestation has real implications for our lake and that owners of woodlots in a region of known infestation need to start planning to manage this pest.

The Skaneateles Lake Association 2016 Annual Meeting could not have occurred without the gracious hospitality of Elsa and Peter Soderberg. We also thank our members Don Plath, Jason Slottje, Joan Thomsen, Steve White, Janet Dippold, Elaine DuBois, Patty Orr, Kathy Gorr, Ann Killian, Matt Delmonico, Peg Kelly, Mike Kelly, Salli Tuozzolo, Mary Menapace, Jo Werner, Patty Weisse, Larry Weiss and Kati Weiss for their assistance. We could not have done it without them.

Source:  Skaneateles Press