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Santa rides into Johnson Park without Curry

— For decades every December when Santa Claus rolled into Johnson Park atop a shiny red Liverpool Fire Department truck, it was Vietnam veteran Garrey Curry who made sure old St. Nick was properly portrayed. Curry has been helping Santa here ever since 1972.

For the past few years, however, Garrey has been fighting the effects of various maladies, and for the first time this year – when American Legion Post 188 celebrates the season at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in the center of the village – he’ll forgo the fire truck ride and the annual appearance at the park.

Instead, one of his colleagues from the American Legion Post 188, Gary Collins, will don the crimson costume and carry that sack of sugary goodies on his back.

Collins has some big shoes to fill…and I don’t mean Santa’s.

Frog legs at Euclid

A few weeks ago, I waxed poetic about Bayberry Seafood serving frog legs, but come to find out the reptilian delicacy is also available at the Euclid Hotel.

Everybody always says that frog legs taste like chicken but, truth be told, the flavor’s far closer to alligator. Just ask the “Swamp People.”

USA Today skips L’pool

A Liverpool murder case was covered in “The Nation’s Newspaper,” USA Today, on Nov. 18, but Liverpool wasn’t even mentioned.

Instead, the item about Nicole DeJaynes being indicted for second-degree murder in connection with the death of her newborn daughter last January, was datelined Syracuse, which is indeed where the indictment came down and where the accused mom remains in jail.

New village constable

The Liverpool Police Department has hired a new officer, former Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputy David Sturtz. A nine-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, Surtz also served in Iraq as a captain in the U.S. Army and is a member of the North Syracuse Fire Department.

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