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Why is Syracuse nicknamed the Salt City

Discover the industry that created the City of Syracuse and supplied the entire nation with salt! Explore the site of an original boiling block where brine (salt water) was turned into what was then considered one of the country’s most precious commodities. See the actual kettles, wooden barrels and other equipment that were used in this fascinating process which came to an end in the 1920′s.

The museum, located on the shore of Onondaga Lake, is full of dynamic exhibits and artifacts. Constructed from timbers taken from actual salt warehouses, it provides an old time rustic experience during your visit.

Gift shop, operated by the Friends of Historic Onondaga Lake, visitor information center and picnic areas on location.

The Salt Museum at Onondaga Lake Park invites school groups to learn about the history of salt production in Syracuse. Local historical interpreter and character actor Scott Peal has created an entertaining and educational tour designed for 4th-7th grade classes. Students will be placed in the role of “Reporter,” to investigate within the Salt Museum answers to such questions as: “Why is Syracuse nicknamed the Salt City?”, “What were the two types of salt producing methods used during this era?” and more.

Posted: Friday, May 18th, 2007 @ 11:02 am by Curt
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Sainte Marie among the Iroquois

Sainte Marie among the Iroquois is a re-creation of the French Mission that once stood on the shores of Onondaga Lake from 1656-1658. Browse the museum and learn about the 17th century culture of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), the French and their meeting here. Visit the Interpretive Center and converse with the costumed interpreters about daily life in the 1650′s. Demonstrations in carpentry, blacksmithing, cooking and other unique activities are available. Call 453-6768.

Posted: Friday, May 18th, 2007 @ 10:59 am by Curt
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Methodist Church annual Memorial day Chicken Bar B Q

Chicken Bar-B- Q

Date: May 28, 2007
Skaneateles United Methodist Church annual Memorial day Chicken Bar-B-Q.
Take out or eat in.

26 Jordan Street

May 28, 2007
11:30 am until sold out

Contact InformationSUMC office 315-685-5963 or skanumc@aol.com
Chicken Dinners $7.00
Chicken Halves $4.50

Posted: Friday, May 11th, 2007 @ 2:32 pm by Curt
Filed under: Blog Skaneateles,Events in CNY


OPeration Auburn

What is Operation Auburn?

It is becoming ever clearer that people are the key to the future of our city. By participating in this outreach, you are assisting not only the City of Auburn, but the residents that make up our community in getting the attention of people in your life who would like to take advantage of opportunities at home.

Affordable homes, highly regarded schools, educated workforce, life in Auburn is REAL. SMART. EASY. 

Did you catch the August 2005 issue of Outside Magazine? Auburn made it on the list of eight honorable mentions for BEST PLACE TO LIVE.

“This trout-fishing haven of 28,000 near upstate New York’s Lake Owasco is staging a RENEWABLE ENERGY revolution. In 2003 the City retrofitted its 75-year old municipal building with a geothermal heating system designed to cut CO2 emissions by 58%.”

Outside Magazine
Smart solutions growing smart companies.

The heating and cooling units that made this system possible were designed and built at the McQuay facility on Tech Park Blvd. These Water Source Heat Pumps that are used in geothermal installations now account for 30% of the product sales that come out of the McQuay facility in Auburn.

Cost of living here is easy to take.

The 2000 census reported that our median family income was 90% of the national average at $44,973. Keep in mind that the average cost of a single family home in 2000 was $75,000 and the average cost of a home nation wide was $150,000. Average families in Auburn have 40% more disposal income that other average Americans.

Real neighborhoods supporting families.

Remember our community assets; a local daily newspaper, local radio stations, museums, community college, libraries, community and civic organizations, churches and strong local support for social services through the United Way, low crime rate, walkable neighborhoods, proximity to larger urban areas four seasons, great water and no or little commute. Auburn is one of those best places where everything comes together – challenging work, a built-for-the future workforce, and a way of life that is so real, you just can not beat it.

Auburn, New York, where it all comes together for a work-life balance that is

Posted: Thursday, May 10th, 2007 @ 3:14 pm by Curt
Filed under: Blog Skaneateles


 Its All Here Syracuse

ItsAllHereSyracuse.com and the Syracuse branding campaign were created by 40 Below, an independent group of volunteers who strive to make our community a better place to live, work and play. (more…)

Posted: Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 @ 2:11 pm by Curt
Filed under: Blog Skaneateles