When I was a kid in the 1950s and ’60s, we used to buy caramel-covered popcorn at the Karmelkorn Shoppe in downtown Syracuse. In 1986, Dairy Queen bought the franchise which had been founded in 1929 in Casper, Wyoming, by Bill O’Sullivan. A Karmelkorn Shoppe later opened at the Carousel Center mall. Now that the mall has morphed into Destiny USA, Karmelkorn’s no longer there. But the Kandied Kernel is.
The town of Cicero has been very busy making improvements to Riverfront Park, located on the Oneida River in the hamlet of Brewerton
One of Liverpool’s most popular restaurants went dark temporarily the night of Oct. 30 as Heid’s shut down so that its staff could pay respects to owner John Parker. Parker, who has owned the hot dog hotspot since 1995, lost his battle with cancer Oct. 26.
For nearly 20 years, the town of Clay has been working on fixing up the Three Rivers site where the Seneca, Oneida and Oswego rivers meet. “It’s been a long process,” said Clay Town Board member Naomi Bray, who has made it her mission to see the project to fruition. “It gets frustrating. But it’s definitely an ongoing process.” The town is ready to move into the next stage of that process with a meeting to be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, in the meeting room at Town Hall, 4401 Route 31, Clay. The meeting marks the next phase of the execution of the Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant received by the town in the early 2000s.
For its 2012 Celebration of HOPE dinner, a mom donated a large basket filled with toys to its silent auction in memory of her 6-year-old son, “Motorcycle Mikey.” He died after a 17 month battle with cancer. Mikey’s Mom and 7-year-old brother Parker came to HOPE for one-on-one counseling and attended our support groups.
The Liverpool Planning Board wants the village to consider retaining ownership of at least one of two village-owned pieces of property on the basin block. Bounded by lower First Street, South Willow Street and Lake Drive, the block is the site of ongoing development.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new apartment complex in Lysander will take place at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 8278 Riverknoll Crossing in Baldwinsville. Baldwin Real Estate Corporation, a Rochester-based affiliate of The DiMarco Group, has recently completed Radisson’s newest apartment community.
Jack Fisher found inspiration in the Sunshine State. “The idea for the Liverpool Clock Campaign started several years ago when a town clock was erected near the house my wife, Kay, and I own in Jupiter, Fla.,” said Fisher, the president of John E. Fisher Construction Company on Wetzel Road in Clay. “When we came home for the summer to Syracuse, I noticed a similar clock in the village of East Syracuse and decided to try to get support around a beautiful monument like this for the village of Liverpool.” Last month, a two-sided “Howard Street” clock was erected on a brick foundation at Washington Park Point at the intersection of Oswego and First streets, facing Heid’s Corner. Manufactured by the Verdin Clock Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, the Victorian-style clock was installed by a Fisher Construction crew.
A large group of politicians, citizens and businessmen and –women have launched an initiative to encourage the state to keep a 1.4-mile stretch of Interstate 81 as it is instead of turning it into an arterial boulevard. Savei81.org revealed itself at a press conference on Thursday, Aug. 1, in downtown Syracuse, where supporters spoke out against the New York State Department of Transportation’s proposal to turn I-81’s viaduct stretch, the elevated portion of the highway that runs through the central business district, into an arterial boulevard through the city with stoplights and cross streets, something the group said would irreparably damage the city’s economy by creating a backlog of traffic. The group also issued a press release after the conference outlining its goals.
Fleet Feet Sports Syracuse, voted Best Running Store in America, is expanding its business in Central New York and will open a second store on Route 31 in Clay in addition to its current location on Bridge Street in DeWitt. “Our decision to open in Clay was based on the continued sales growth we see from Baldwinsville, Clay, Cicero and northern portions of Liverpool,” said Ed Griffin, who co-owns of Fleet Feet Sports Syracuse with his wife, Ellen. “Our new store will allow us to better serve customers in these locales and also make it more convenient for our customers who travel to see us from Fulton and Oswego and Watertown. At the same time we will be able to help out many events in the northern suburbs and provide more opportunities for our growing staff.”
Bounded by lower First Street, South Willow Street and Lake Drive, the block that is already home to four restaurants will soon see significant development. The former site of an Oswego Canal basin, the block is zoned for mixed-use, both residential and commercial. Its commercial residents include the Limp Lizard Barbecue, 201 First St., appeThaizing, 105 First St., the White Water Pub, 110 S. Willow St., and the Barking Gull at the corner of South Willow and Lake Drive.
The congregation of the Liverpool Community Church, which has occupied the historic Zogg building for 10 years, has decided to sell the property. The 85-year-old brick building stands at 800 Fourth St. in the village of Liverpool. Originally constructed in 1928 to become home to the junior and senior high schools, the structure’s adjacent ball fields stretch two blocks north to Sixth Street. The entire property is bounded by Birch, Fourth, Hickory and Sixth streets in the center of the village.
Despite oppressive heat, continual rainfall and spotty participation, “Mark Wednesday” marches on under the direction of the Greater Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. The sidewalk-sale promotion kicked of June 26 and continues from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 14.
At the heart of the village of Liverpool, there’s a little café with a big mission. The Café @ 407, located at 407 Tulip St., opened in 2009 as a way to help fund Ophelia’s Place, a support and resource center for individuals and families impacted by eating disorders. The café’s sales of food and coffee provide a good portion of the money to help the center function. Now, to better serve that mission, the café is looking for your help to complete a necessary expansion. “We definitely underestimated what we would need [when we built the café],” said Mary Ellen Clausen, founder of Ophelia’s Place. Clausen stepped down as executive director in 2012 to become its funding director. When the café opened, it used donated equipment, including a residential refrigerator and stove with only three working burners. Since then, it’s become a community hotspot, necessitating an upgrade to its facilities.
At its June 10 meeting, the DeWitt Town Board voted unanimously to pass a resolution which reinforces the idea of looking towards other options for the I-81 project instead of redirecting traffic east of the city of Syracuse on I-481. In May, state officials said they had narrowed the “feasible” choices for the interstate to either rebuilding the bridge that runs through Syracuse or replacing it with a street-level boulevard, similar to Erie Boulevard, and rerouting highway traffic around the city.