After 119 years, the Liverpool Historical Society has given up the ghost. Established in 1894 by local teacher Anna O’Neill, the LHS disbanded in September. The society had its roots in the Chautauqua movement, an adult-education crusade spawned at Lake Chautauqua in the Southwestern corner of the Empire State. The movement, spurred by its most popular speaker William Jennings Bryant, became immensely popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the early 1890s, O’Neill had apparently attended lectures at Chautauqua and spread its gospel to Liverpool where she created historical society to encourage self-education among women. Members were required to present short programs on topics regarding local history.
On Labor Day, Patrick J. Oneill from Massena left his 2-year-old black Labrador locked inside a vehicle parked at the State Fair. Temperatures hovered at a hundred degrees. More than four hours passed. Concerned fairgoers and a State Trooper made a valiant effort to save the animal, a female named Ali, but their first aid came too late. Oneill, 66, was charged with animal cruelty and failure to provide sustenance, a misdemeanor under the Agriculture & Markets laws. Turns out he was already accused of mistreating 22 horses he owned in Massena.
Baldwinsville resident Erin Scala just returned from a week, Sept. 6 through Sept. 13, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Below, the athlete chronicles her experience.
Stories at Cornell, B'ville highlight troubling issue
Cornell University, academic bastion, Ivy League stalwart, producer of so much talent in so many fields – the school has every right to feel proud about its place, both as an institution and as the source of so much pride within the Ithaca community. And while sports are important for the Big Red, it tries hard not to reflect the larger ugliness that surrounds big-time college athletics and has been profusely documented everywhere you look.
As identity theft continues to be a major problem, it has become increasingly important to make sure your information remains private. Identity thieves can use information, such as your Social Security number, causing sometimes irreversible damage to your credit and your future. As the father of a teenager, the current trend of child identity theft is very alarming.
For many years, 207 Oswego St. — which looks more like Old Liverpool Road to me — was the site of Ponderosa Steakhouse. Whenever my brother and his family visited from the West Coast, they’d enjoy digging deeply into Ponderosa’s all-you-can-eat buffet. A few years later, it became Wisteria, a Chinese restaurant, and in 2009 Juanita’s Mexican Kitchen relocated in from Syracuse’s North Side. Later that same year, another venerable North Side business, Squadrito Foods, moved into a storefront on the west side of the building.
The county legislature’s Ways and Means Committee received a detailed presentation from New York State’s Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF) on new legislation pertaining to the Basic STAR exemption. What we learned is simple: All homeowners receiving Basic STAR benefits must register with DTF by Dec. 31 in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and beyond. Senior citizens already receiving Enhanced STAR benefits are not impacted by this new legislation.
The Democratic and Republican committees in the town of Cicero offer some insight into how they select their candidates for office. This column is for informational purposes only and is not intended to endorse one candidate over another.
On Sunday afternoon, Aug. 18, the ashes of music legend Richie Havens were scattered across the field where the Woodstock Festival took place in 1969, now the site of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The Day of Song and Remembrance Honoring Richie Havens was produced by my friend, Frank Malfitano, the founder and artistic director of the Syracuse Jazz Festival. The memorial celebration was free and open to the public. More than 1,000 fans, family members and friends attended, according to the Associated Press.
For Jenni Schaefer, denial was a way of life. For years, she thought of herself as “almost anorexic.” Eventually, after studying biochemistry at Texas A&M University before moving to Nashville to play music, she was suffering the effects of a full-blown eating disorder, which she called Ed. That “almost anorexic” label was just a dodge, she realized, a devious self-sabotage. Her courageous chronicle of her journey, “Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too,” became a breakthrough best-seller. Schaefer emerged as a leading light in the recovery movement.
Attention home owners! If you have ash trees in your yard this is an important announcement. For the past several years, the Environmental Protection Committee has been monitoring the migration of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).
American Diner owner Mike Tassone is not one to keep his opinions to himself. His diner’s menu spices its fare with quips and comments decrying the evils of too much government. Last week, a red-lettered sign went up outside the building’s west wall facing the railroad tracks where they cross Old Liverpool Road: “Repeal NYS S.A.F.E. Act “Honor the Second Amendment. “scopeNY.org.”
Thoughts from a week covering the PGA Championship
Golf tournaments are simple, right? Tee off on Thursday, continue Friday, position yourself on Saturday and see who wins Sunday, isn’t that the general idea? Well, yes, and no. True, the structure doesn’t change much, but at every event, especially the big ones, there’s a full week of activity, and the recently completed PGA Championship that Jason Dufner won at Oak Hill in suburban Rochester was no exception.
The new president of the Liverpool Public Library Board of Trustees is Natalie Scavone and the new vice president is Tim Dodge. Scavone works as principal of alternative education at Cayuga-Onondaga Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Auburn, and Dodge is director of research and media relations at Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York, Inc. Dodge is also a published author. Scavone and Dodge take over this month for the outgoing president, Mark Spadafore, and the vice president, George Alessio, who both stepped down from their executive positions after many years of service but remain as members of the board. Joe Spado Sr. continues as the board’s secretary and Larry Dunstone continues as financial advisor. The other library board member is the former village mayor, Marlene Ward.
Week-long coverage of PGA Championship can be found here
It’s been quite a major season. From Adam Scott shedding his Lytham demons in the rain at Augusta, to Justin Rose fulfilling his teenage promise 15 years later at Merion, to Phil Mickelson delivering a final-round masterpiece at Muirfield to snatch the one title he thought he’d never win, the show has always delivered.