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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

A Good Neighbor to the Lake

Fran Rotunno Fish

Hopefully, most of our readers are fortunate enough to have a good neighbor. The person who watches over your property if you are away, waters your plants, brings chicken soup when you are sick and knows how to jump start your car. You may even be lucky enough to have one who sends his/her teenager over to shovel your walkway.

The mission of the Skaneateles Lake Association is to promote environmentally and aesthetically sound regional management of Skaneateles Lake and its watershed. The simple way of saying that is that it that our mission to be a good neighbor to our lake. As an association we do that with programs whose goal is to maintain the lake’s ecology for those who drink the water, those who fish, those who swim, those who enjoy recreational boating and those who simply enjoy the view of our beautiful lake. We also do it by keeping our eyes on the lake and ears to the ground for other potential threats to the lake ecology.

We accomplish our mission predominately with the funding from our annual member registrations and there is no way that we can do what we do without them. We also accomplish our mission by education of the public regarding the actual and potential threats to our lake ecology. The articles in this newspaper and our recently distributed newsletter are out there to ensure that all of us who love the lake stay vigilant.

While the Skaneateles Lake Association aims to be a good neighbor to the lake, we have found more and more that our programs and educational articles are promoting individual good neighbors to the lake, as well. On our website we have a tab entitled “contact us” and it is getting more and more use over the past year. Good neighbors to the lake alert us to concerns about milfoil patches, dead fish along the shoreline, “scum” in the inlet in the village, collections of loose weeds on the shoreline and, of course foam and algae. We follow up on each of them – some of them turn out to be harmless and some of issues that require our focus. These good neighbors, who have eyes on the lake, are important part of our effort to meet our mission and we thank each of them for their vigilance.

Please join us in being a good neighbor to the lake first by joining the Skaneateles Lake Association each year and second by keeping eyes on the lake.   Use the “contact us” tab on our website if you see anything of concern. It is a LONG LAKE and we need eyes on the whole length of the lake.

You can join the Skaneateles Lake Association and become our mission by going to SkaneatelesLake.org 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: 6/6 Margaret & Angelo Scopelianos; 6/9 Barbara Conner: 6/10 Katherine & Ben Tarentino, Beth & Bob Filiczkowski, Beth & David Dobrzynski, John Osborne; 6/11 Linda & Bruce Kenan, Ellen Brown & Carl Schramm: 6/12 & 6/13 Ellen Brown & Carl Schramm; 6/16 Susan & Curt Andersson; 6/17 Chancea & Donald Sundman; 6/20 Frank Suits; 6/21 Lynn & Gardner McLean; 6/22 Patience Brewster & Holly Gregg; 6/23 Mary & James Fox; 6/24 Jonathan Lee, Erica & Ken Byrne, Alexandra & Richard Nicklas.

Steward Sponsors: 5/27 Mary & Paul Torissi, 5/28 Jacqueline & David Eng, 5/29 Carol and Douglas Low, 5/30 Susan & Douglas Jakes, 5/31 Caroline & Jim Scully, 6/1 Joseph & Jane Kite, 6/2 Lynn Bonniver, 6/3 – 6/5 Rob Kiltz, 6/6 Patricia & Steve Fore, 6/7 Carol & Tom Fletcher, 6/8 – 6/9 Marybeth & William Gleason, 6/10 – 6/11 Mary Marshall, 6/12 Mary & Paul Torrisi, 6/13 Beverly & Dave Jones, 6/14 Kate & Mott Pooley, 6/15 Barbara & Richard Evans, 6/16 Tacie & Roland Anderson, 6/17 Lisa Letizia & Paul Florek, 6/18 Martha & William Cole; 6/19 Allison & Andrew Hider; 6/20 Peg & Mike Kelly

Source:  Skaneateles Press

Potentially Harmful Algal Blooms

Submitted by Paul Torrisi, M.D.

Recently a few of us from the Skaneateles Lake Association (SLA) attended the regional meeting of all 11 Finger Lakes at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y.

In addition to learning that we’re the only lake with an established lake wide Eurasian Milfoil Control Program paid for with annual dues and donations to SLA, it was clear that individual residents on other lakes are “on their own” paying substantial sums for annual cleanup on their own waterfronts! This is obviously a “helter skelter” situation with no long term benefit to their lakes, despite some representatives boasting larger dues paying memberships than SLA! Ours exceeded 700 in 2015, due to Fran Fish’s tremendous effort as Membership Chair – still only a MINORITY of those who live on the lake and in the watershed!!

We also have the most comprehensive and established Invasive Species Stewardship Program, under Dr. Buzz Robert’s direction. In fact, our Lake Steward Program serves as a regional model, and helped The Finger Lakes Institute secure over $500,000 from the DEC recently. This grant will be used to set up similar programs aimed at Invasive Species control and educating boaters on neighboring lakes, benefiting the entire region. This will ultimately help protect Skaneateles Lake by decreasing the transmission of invasive species to our lake!

Now to the subject at hand, i.e., potentially harmful algal blooms. We were also surprised to learn at this meeting of the Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance (FLRWA) that Skaneateles Lake was one of the only lakes that, to date, has not reported any toxic blue-green algae blooms! These are actually caused by a type of bacteria known as cyanobacteria which can thrive and grow in more nutrient rich waters. They usually appear as various shades of blue-green, looking like pea soup or even spilled paint, thus the name. These blooms of cyanobacteria can occur any time of year, but most often during the warmer summer months. Some types produce toxins that can be very dangerous to both humans and animals.

Potential health effects range from skin rashes, allergic reactions, and gastrointestinal symptoms to liver damage, seizures and neurological impairment! If one sees such a bloom it should be reported to the county health department immediately, and assumed potentially toxic, avoiding direct contact.

Our neighbor, Owasco Lake, reported over 15 confirmed cyanobacteria blooms in 2015, leading to water use restrictions or even beach closures!

This is a potentially dangerously harmful situation that we would like to avoid, if possible. Please add your name annually to SLA’s list of dues paying members to help keep our waters clear and pure! Go to the website at SkaneatelesLake.org or mail dues/donations to SLA, PO Box 862, Skaneateles, and NY13152.

Source: Skaneateles Press

News from the Skaneateles Lake Association

In a few days our 6th year as the Skaneateles Lake Association will begin its efforts to keep the water of Skaneateles Lake Association clear and pure.

Our Milfoil Team is in place and the pontoon workboats are ready to go with the motors purchased last year with a grant from the Onondaga County Legislature. There are new banners on the boats, donated by one of our members. The banners will let everyone who sees the Milfoil work boats know what their purpose is and also encourage all those who see the boats out on the lake to join the SLA in order to support the efforts of the Milfoil Team. Our Milfoil work boats are moored without charge at the Skaneateles Marina again this season…a generous donation from the Marina.

The Invasive Species Monitoring Steward Team is ready to start work at the New York State, Town of Skaneateles and Town of Scott Launches on Memorial Day weekend. We are starting this year with five stewards. They are all seasoned stewards who also worked last year. Later in the summer we will add a few new stewards who are high school students who can continue to work when our college student stewards go back to college.   The Stewards have an even more important role this season. As in the past they will ensure that all watercraft and trailers are clean, dry and drained before launching into Skaneateles Lake, but they will also ensure that all who come to launch know that it is now NYS law that watercraft and trailers be free of all vegetable material before being launched into any NYS body of water. You will see our SLA Stewards, in their new khaki uniform shirts and caps, at the launch sites starting early in the morning when the fisherman start to arrive.

The Skaneateles Lake Association has finalized its plans for its annual meeting. The meeting will be held on Sunday, July 10th from 5 pm to 7 pm on the waterfront of the home of Elsa and Peter Soderberg at 118 E. Genesee Street. More details are available on our website at SkaneatelesLake.com.   The SLA Board has received commitment from a number of local establishments to donate the “treats” for the annual meeting and we will be reaching out to all our local food/restaurant vendors to join in.

The generosity of the member who donated the Milfoil boat banners, the Onondaga County Legislature, the Skaneateles Marina and our community food/restaurant vendors means that we are able to use our annual member registrations working to keep the waters of Skaneateles Lake clear and pure. Their generosity is important, but we can only continue our work with increased membership from all those who live on the lakefront, live in the lake community, enjoy the lake for recreation, have a business that thrives because of the lake and all those who just love the lake.

Memberships in the SLA are rolling and thus membership extends for 1 year from the date of the prior membership date. Because we have a rolling membership we send our annual renewal notices out in the early part of each quarter. But, members do not have to wait to get a renewal notice letter. To join at any time during the year, you can go to SkanaeatelesLake.org and click on the “Membership/Support” to join for the first time or rejoin for 2016. You can also call 315-685-9106 and ask for a member registration form to be sent to you.

On Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 5 – 6:30 pm At the Skaneateles Library the Finger Lakes Land Trust, the Skaneateles Lake Association and the Skaneateles Festival are sponsoring an informative workshop on tax-advantaged ways to build charitable gifts into your financial plan. The workshop is being presented by John Hinchcliff, a Trusts & Estates Attorney at Miller Mayer. RSVP by May 30th by calling 607-275-9487 or on line at info@flt.org

In a few days our 6th year as the Skaneateles Lake Association will begin its efforts to keep the water of Skaneateles Lake Association clear and pure.

Our Milfoil Team is in place and the pontoon workboats are ready to go with the motors purchased last year with a grant from the Onondaga County Legislature. There are new banners on the boats, donated by one of our members. The banners will let everyone who sees the Milfoil work boats know what their purpose is and also encourage all those who see the boats out on the lake to join the SLA in order to support the efforts of the Milfoil Team. Our Milfoil work boats are moored without charge at the Skaneateles Marina again this season…a generous donation from the Marina.

The Invasive Species Monitoring Steward Team is ready to start work at the New York State, Town of Skaneateles and Town of Scott Launches on Memorial Day weekend. We are starting this year with five stewards. They are all seasoned stewards who also worked last year. Later in the summer we will add a few new stewards who are high school students who can continue to work when our college student stewards go back to college.   The Stewards have an even more important role this season. As in the past they will ensure that all watercraft and trailers are clean, dry and drained before launching into Skaneateles Lake, but they will also ensure that all who come to launch know that it is now NYS law that watercraft and trailers be free of all vegetable material before being launched into any NYS body of water. You will see our SLA Stewards, in their new khaki uniform shirts and caps, at the launch sites starting early in the morning when the fisherman start to arrive.

The Skaneateles Lake Association has finalized its plans for its annual meeting. The meeting will be held on Sunday, July 10th from 5 pm to 7 pm on the waterfront of the home of Elsa and Peter Soderberg at 118 E. Genesee Street. More details are available on our website at SkaneatelesLake.com.   The SLA Board has received commitment from a number of local establishments to donate the “treats” for the annual meeting and we will be reaching out to all our local food/restaurant vendors to join in.

The generosity of the member who donated the Milfoil boat banners, the Onondaga County Legislature, the Skaneateles Marina and our community food/restaurant vendors means that we are able to use our annual member registrations working to keep the waters of Skaneateles Lake clear and pure. Their generosity is important, but we can only continue our work with increased membership from all those who live on the lakefront, live in the lake community, enjoy the lake for recreation, have a business that thrives because of the lake and all those who just love the lake.

Memberships in the SLA are rolling and thus membership extends for 1 year from the date of the prior membership date. Because we have a rolling membership we send our annual renewal notices out in the early part of each quarter. But, members do not have to wait to get a renewal notice letter. To join at any time during the year, you can go to SkanaeatelesLake.org and click on the “Membership/Support” to join for the first time or rejoin for 2016. You can also call 315-685-9106 and ask for a member registration form to be sent to you.

On Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 5 – 6:30 pm At the Skaneateles Library the Finger Lakes Land Trust, the Skaneateles Lake Association and the Skaneateles Festival are sponsoring an informative workshop on tax-advantaged ways to build charitable gifts into your financial plan. The workshop is being presented by John Hinchcliff, a Trusts & Estates Attorney at Miller Mayer. RSVP by May 30th by calling 607-275-9487 or on line at info@flt.org

Source:  Skaneateles Press

 

 

 

 

2015 Membership Report and 2016 Membership Campaign Status

 

The Skaneateles Lake Association is starting its 6th year after emerging from its predecessor organizations.  Our mission to promote environmentally and aesthetically sound regional management of Skaneateles Lake and its watershed remains the same.  What we must do to achieve that mission has evolved from milfoil removal and milfoil growth control, to the prevention of the introduction of other invasive plant and animal species and investigation of other potential threats to the clear lake and pure waters for which the lake has long been known.

In 2011, the Skaneateles Lake Association evolved from its predecessor organizations and its board planned a funding program which focused on annual membership fees generated by a broad membership base of lakefront and lake rights owners, businesses that thrive on the lake setting, the entire Skaneateles Lake community that is enhanced by the lake and all those who enjoy the lake for a wide range of recreational activities.

With the introduction of an annual membership campaign the SLA membership began to slowly grow. After starting with 293 members in 2011, our membership grew to 705 members in 2015.  What was especially important about our growth in 2015 is that 140 people/families/business/organizations joined the SLA for the FIRST TIME.  It is also significant that 125 of those 705 members joined the SLA every year since 2011!  These sustaining members are the backbone of our financial stability and our ability to continue all of our efforts.

The first focus of our 2016 campaign is to regain the all of the 2014 members who did not renew their annual membership in 2015. Individual letters have been sent to each of them asking them to “jump aboard” again in 2016.  .  Our 2nd membership effort for 2016 is focused on renewal of the memberships registered in the first quarter of 2015.  Letters were sent by mid-February requesting renewal of those memberships. Memberships in the SLA are rolling.  Membership extends for 1 year from the date of the prior membership date.  Because we have a rolling membership we send our annual renewal notices out in the early part of each quarter.  But, members do not have to wait to get a renewal notice letter.  To join at any time during the year, you can go to SkanaeatelesLake.org and click on the “Membership/Support” to join for the first time or rejoin for 2016.  For those who find it easy, there is a membership application on the back of each of our newsletters.  Finally, you can also call 315-685-9106 and ask for a member registration form to be sent to you.

The SLA is planning its 3rd annual meeting to be held on Sunday, July 10th from 5 pm to 7pm (location to be announced at a later date).  This event has been an informative and fun gathering of those who love our lake.  Please save that date on your calendar and join in this special event.

For those of you who have lakefront or lake rights property, this is the time of the year when the combination of increasing lake water level and spring storms can play havoc with the waterfront. If you can, it is a very good time to check your waterfront and anything you might have left on it.  Make sure all items are secured and, if you chose, identified in some way.  If you should lose (or gain) any item remember to use the “contact us” tab on the SLA website to give us the details and how to reach you and we will post the item on our “Lost and Found” list.

Source:  Skaneateles Press

 

Skaneateles Artisans event slated to support lake association efforts

Supporting the work of the Skaneateles Lake Association is primarily done through the funds that come from our Annual Membership Campaign. This year 610 members have joined to support our work related to milfoil growth control and the prevention of the introduction of other invasive species into the Skaneateles Lake water.  The funds from those memberships are the backbone of our ability to plan for and contract for the work we do.

During this season there are two other smaller ways that members of our lake community can help to financially support the SLA.

On Saturday, Dec. 5th, the Skaneateles Artisans Gallery will be featuring the SLA as the nonprofit recipient of 10% of any sales from the work of the 100 participating artists who display their works at the Gallery.  Located in the lower level of the old Stone Mill building, the Gallery is a treasure chest of great art for you, your home or for gifts.  Teresa Vitale and the artists who display there recognize that our beautiful lake is not only a drawing card for potential customers, but also an inspiration for many of their artists.  Thus, supporting the SLA is a natural for these artists.  You can visit SkaneatelesArtisans.com for the posting of this benefit day and, of course, more information about the Gallery.  Please visit Skaneateles Artisans that day and hopefully find something that is perfect for you, your home or someone on your gift list while you help support the SLA.

You can also help support the SLA through AmazonSmile. When you do your shopping at Amazon, just indicate that you want the Skaneateles Lake Association to be the recipient of the AmazonSmile donation credit.

If you have not yet, joined the SLA for 2015, you can still do so and include your membership fee and any additional donations in your charity deduction for 2015. There are 3 easy ways to join the SLA.  You can:

Go SkaneatelesLake.org and register as a member; or

Call 315-685-9106, ask for a registration form to be mailed to you, complete the form and mail it with your check to the Skaneateles Lake Association P. O. Box 862  Skaneateles, NY 13152; or

Use the registration slip on the bottom of this summer’s SLA newsletter, complete the form and mail it with your check to the Skaneateles Lake Association P. O. Box 862  Skaneateles, NY 13152.

One last word, from the SLA, if you live on the lakefront or have lakerights and have not “battened down the hatches”, DO SO NOW! The wicked lake action in October did plenty of damage and that was with the lake level quite low.  The Spring lake level makes the potential for loss and damage much worse.

Source:  Skaneateles Journal