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From the SLA: The end of a season is the beginning of the next

By Fran Rotunno

The Milfoil Team has finished up the work of rolling up and picking up 5 acres of matting that were put down this year. The good news is that the mats remain in good condition and are able to be reused again next year. The work plan for the summer was facilitated by great weather for the Milfoil Team with warm weather and few stormy, windy or rough water days. Their work continues now with getting the boats and equipment cleaned, winterized and any necessary repairs made.

This week we have received a notice of the presence of Hydrilla in the south end of Cayuga Lake. This rapidly growing invasive vegetation is one we absolutely do not want to find its way into Skaneateles Lake. While we continue to have our Invasive Species Monitoring Stewards on duty at the State Boar Launch on weekends for another week or so, our funding does not allow us to continue them 7 days a week or continue them at other launches. Our signs are up at each launch and we hope they will be effective at getting everyone who comes to launch to stop and before launching and sure their watercraft and trailer are clean, drained and dry of all animal and vegetable material and mud. Of course, even better, it would be great if all would learn to take the time to do so before they come to launch.

Many or our readers are beginning to get the exterior of their homes ready for the winter season. It is time to “batten down the hatches”. That is even more important for any of those whose “back yard” is the lake front. We should not be fooled into thinking the low lake level means we do not have to move things off the shore line and secure them from movement back to the shore (or the lake) by wind and rain or wave action. We have already had a “contact us” message this week about a raft that broke away and a request for any help we could give in locating it. It is wise to identify your ownership of any items you leave in the lake (e. g. mooring buoys) or equipment that you leave anywhere that the lake waters or wind could “reclaim” them to the lake. Good neighbors will generally get things back to you, but some identification helps to ensure that. We still have “Alex” as we have named him, a black metal silhouette of a dog on a spike with a spring who bounces around our “beach” and helps keep the geese away.   We put him on the “lost and found” section of our website 3 years ago, but no one has claimed him. He does not eat much, does not have to be cleaned up after, and does a pretty good job and we would miss him, but still if someone claims him we are happy to return him.

Please thank the following persons whose additional donations have supported the Milfoil Boat: 9/12/16 Karen & Paul Black (2015 donation), 9/13/16 Greenfield Lane Association (2015 donation), 9/14/16 Deborah & William Delaney (2015 donation), Cate and Sally, Janet & Donald Frank, 9/15/16 Annette & Peter Becker (2015 donation), Mary & Paul Torrisi, William & Barbara Dean, George Ann & Edwin Bock, 9/16/16 Jackie & Steve Miron

Please thank the following persons whose additional donations have supported the Invasive Species Monitoring Stewards: 7/20/16 Deb & Jim Tifft, 7/21/16 Mary & Michal Hearn, 7/22/16 Jeanne & Kenneth Hutton, 7/23/16 Darcy & Douglas Sedgwick, 7/24/16 Susan & James Solomon, 7/25/16 Virginia & Jeffrey Stannard, 7/26/16 – 7/29/16 Donations to the Hardy Fund made by an Anonymous Donor, Kristopher Scholl, Jennifer & Bill Mayo, Ellie & Chet Benoit, Robert J. Congel.

There are a number of additional individuals have made donations this year to support the work of the Milfoil Boat and Team. Those donations will be funding our early operations in 2017. In order to be fiscally responsible we must have those funds on hand in order to contract for the work we will do next year. The donations of these individuals will be specifically noted in our columns in the summer of 2017.

Please join us for 2016 at or call 315-685-9106 and we will mail you a 2016 member registration form.

Source: Skaneateles Press





The Beautiful Lake and Quality of the Water…the tagline for many,many rentals

We have started to get a variety of inquiries on our “contact us” tab on our website, Some are from those who want to tell us about weed location that they think is milfoil or have concerns about something someone has done on lakefront property that “is not good” for the lake. Early in the spring we get inquiries from young people looking for employment as Lake Stewards. Some of the inquiries are quite unique including one from a young woman whose grandmother was listing her property for sale and wanted to know if the SLA could provide confirmation that the property included lake rights. We follow up on all the inquiries including in one case finding a job for a young man for whom we had no Steward position, but we did know landscaper who needed help. But, the most telling inquiry came to us recently from a woman who had rented a place for a week on the lake and contacted the SLA via the website to find out if it was safe for her children to swim in the water…did we have blue-green algae?

That inquiry prompted me to do some research on the various Skaneateles vacation rental sites on line. I knew there were many, but I was a bit surprised to find out how many. I reviewed many of them and was not surprised to note that each included the fact that the property was on or near “beautiful Skaneateles Lake” or the ad spoke to property being on or near the “clear beautiful water of Skaneateles Lake”. I recognized some of the properties and know they are beautiful, but certainly from the photos I could see they all had a certain charm and all of them sold “Skaneateles Lake” as part of what the experience of renting the property would include. I was pleased to recognize that a few of the properties are owned by those who are annual members of the Skaneateles Lake Association, but certainly not all of them.

It seems that if a property owner recognizes and advertises beautiful Skaneateles Lake and its clear water as a major amenity of a property, that that every one of those owners would see being an annual member of the SLA as a small cost of doing business.

As the Board of Directors of the SLA begins to develop our work plan for next year (matting and hand harvesting milfoil and maintaining Stewards at the major launch sites) that planning is done in consideration of the monies we have to fund the work plan. We look to all who live on the lake or have lake rights; all who generate income from property because of the amenity of lake frontage, lake access or just being in the lake community; all who use the lake for recreation; all whose businesses thrive because people come to this lake community to live, rent or just visit for the day; and all who love the lake to be annual members of the Skaneateles Lake Association. You can join the SLA at or by calling 315-685-9106 and asking for a member registration form to be mailed to you.

Please thank the following persons whose additional donations have supported the Milfoil Boat: 8/22 Marie and Joseph Grasso, Anna Marie and Carl Gerst, Ann Hinchcliff, Julie & Joe Scuderi; 8/23 Elsa & Peter Soderberg; 8/24 Deborah & Gary Hind; 8/25 Margaret Tourville, Debra Hurley & Ira Goldberg; 8/26 Kimball & James Kraus; 8/29 Cookie & Jack Helmer, Helen & Keith Simonelli; 8/30 Julie and James Moore; 8/31 Anonymous, Shadowlawn Lake Corporation, Patricia & David Stone; Mary Marshall; 9/1 Carrie Lazarus & Dave Birchenough; 9/2 Salli & Jim Tuozzolo; 9/6 Maggie & Ed Dienst; 9/7 Barbara & Myron Egtvedt, Deborah & Marty Hubbard, Jill & Todd Marshall, Norma & David McCarthy; 9/8 Jerry Gebo & Bill Rosenthal; 9/9 Carol & Alex Protasiewicz, Barbara Benedict & Duncan Wormer, Elet & John Callahan, Mandana Barn (Heather & Tim Carroll.

Source: Skaneateles Press