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Russ Tarby

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Seneca Savings moving to Route 57

For the past 66 years, villagers have banked at Seneca Savings at 105 Second St. On Monday, Aug. 31, it will open a new location on Route 57 in the town of Clay.

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LPL trustees tap Glenna Wisniewski as new director

Five weeks after new director Dan Golden unexpectedly resigned, the Liverpool Public Library Board of Trustees has appointed another director.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Ramada to be razed; Hampton Inn to be built

A landmark hotel in the town of Salina for the past half century, Ramada Syracuse at 1305 Buckley Road, is closing for good on Sept. 7.

Parking lot becomes a pool

Over the past several years, drainage problems at the intersection of Pearl and Salina streets in the village of Liverpool have repeatedly resulted in flooding the Young and Franklin employee parking lot.

Pipe OKed

Village board approves developer’s plan to install drainage pipe on Basin Block

At a special noon meeting on Monday, Aug. 3, the village of Liverpool board of trustees voted in favor of granting a revocable license agreement to Constine LLC to grant use of a 15-foot strip of land on the Basin Block to install a storm drainage pipeline along a 40-foot strip of village-owned property.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: B.J. robs Nichols Liquors then drifts into the mist

Small world, I guess. The last Wednesday in July, I met a man who said his name was B.J. He was hanging out on the fringe of an audience of 300 at the Skiffle Minstrels’ concert at Johnson Park. Attired in grunge fashions – checked shirt, tattered jeans and scuffed cowboy boots — B.J. bummed a cigarette from a bystander and listened quietly to the Western swing tunes like “Fort Worth Jailhouse” — just a tall, lanky loner with a scruffy beard and tattered ball cap.

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Gate approved

County Parks will place a card-activated gate lift at the base of Vine Street

At its July 20 meeting, the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees approved an Onondaga County Parks plan to install a “Card-Activated Gate Lift” at the entrance to Onondaga Lake Park at the base of Vine Street.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Old-fashioned ice cream and an old-fashioned phone

Last Oct. 24, after a long wait, Stewart’s Shops finally came to Onondaga County when the doors swung open at 7667 Morgan Road, just north of Liverpool. Now there are 332 Stewart’s Shops located across Upstate New York and Southern Vermont, with three-quarters of the shops selling gas, as they do at the Morgan Road location.

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Cross-lake swim falls short

Water’s good, but Wells was swimming against the tide

Liverpool man-about-town Sean “Josey” Wells wanted to be the first person to swim across Onondaga Lake since 1940. He’s been talking about it since the ice melted in April. When the 40-year-old finally got the opportunity to make the mile-long swim, however, he fell short less than halfway across.

LPD’s Unger honored

Navy vet named Police Officer of the Year by local PBA, Elks

Within the past year, Liverpool Police Officer Gerald E. Unger helped save two lives. Over his six years with the LPD, Unger has consistently earned praise from his superiors for his interrogation skills and for his willingness to take extra steps to solve a case and make arrests. Last month his efforts also earned him two prestigious local awards.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Historic village photos now among Images of America

For 11 long months, from February to December 2014, Dorianne Elitharp Gutierrez and Joyce M. Mills examined thousands of historic photographs of the Liverpool area and chose well to fill the 128-page paperback “Around Liverpool,” issued June 22 by Arcadia Publishing as part of its well-known series, “Images of America.”

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Salina Judge Andy Piraino cares for his clerks

Salina Town Justice Andy Piraino cares for his clerks, Jackie, DeBrenda, Sherri and Nancy. The longtime judge doesn’t want anyone messing with their minds or pressuring them for advice or information that they’re in no position to offer.

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Golden leaves LPL

On Sept. 3 last year, Dan Golden was appointed executive director of Liverpool Public Library. On Thursday, July 2, he resigned after less than 10 months on the job.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Carole left SU’s ivory tower to manage L’pool’s cool café

Baking inspires Carole Brzozowski. After three decades working at Syracuse University, Brzozowski left the ivory tower of academe last year and returned to her bakehouse roots here in the village. Now in her late-50s, Brzozowski’s enjoying her new job as manager of the Café at 407 at Ophelia’s Place, 407 Tulip St.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: You know it’s summer when they’re rockin’ at The Retreat

The popular dinning and drinking establishment on the corner of Vine and First streets hosts Prime Time with soulful singer Paul Valentino, who lives in Liverpool, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, and again on July 7.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: ‘Refined’ tattoos offered at village’s Artisan Chair

Turns out the Artisan Chair is a tattoo studio, but one that promises “refined ink and distinguished art.” No, this isn’t your granddaddy’s tattoo parlor. You won’t generally see clipper ship images, tigers, anchors and daggers at the Artisan Chair. You’re more likely to choose an abstract colorscape or a tree of life complete or a lovely portrait of your favorite movie star, athlete or pop artist.

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Village of Liverpool updates noise ordinance

At its May 18 meeting, the Liverpool village board of trustees concluded a public hearing about proposed Local Law B to amend the village noise ordinance Under Section 258-6 of the village code.

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Liverpool election a sure thing

Mayor White, Trustee Hebert and newcomer Christina Fadden Fitch all unopposed in village election

Politics can be unpredictable, but not here in Liverpool. For most of this young century village candidates have run unopposed, and that’s the way it will be when voters cast their ballots June 16, at the Village Hall.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Community Chorus to showcase student singers

When it performs its annual concert this coming weekend at Liverpool High School Auditorium, the Liverpool Community Chorus will welcome a handful of youthful vocalists to the stage.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Heid’s food trailer due at Jazz Fest; new tram due at OLP

Heid’s of Liverpool, our world-famous hot dog stand, now operates a handy-dandy new mobile food trailer that peddles franks and snappys at area festivals.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Local Dems line up to replace Assemblyman Sam Roberts

It looks like it’ll be a dogfight for the Democratic Party nomination to replace Assemblyman Sam Roberts. Or maybe a catfight.

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Village celebrates three decades of free concerts

Liverpool is the Place marks milestone on June 15 at Johnson Park

After five years spent renovating Johnson Park, the amphitheater on the village green was christened in the spring of 1985 with a concert by the Liverpool Community Chorus. Now more than 680 concerts later, the group that books the shows, the Liverpool Is the Place Committee (LITP), celebrates its 30th anniversary with 24 performances, from rock to country to big band, scheduled from June 1 to Aug. 19.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: ‘Adult’ ice cream a delicious, slightly decadent dessert

Looking for a cool confection with a little kick? You’ll find one at the Kandied Kernel shops on Old Liverpool Road in Liverpool and Route 11 in Cicero. Famous for its multi-colored gourmet popcorn products, the Kandied Kernel started selling homemade ice cream earlier this month.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Local rock’n’roller now a poster boy for hearing aids

We first saw him rocking onstage with the Stompin’ Suede Greasers, but before long he was fronting his own hard-working combo, the Todd Hobin Band. That aggregation, first formed in 1974 in Potsdam, became one of the most popular rock acts working the Thruway Circuit.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Village Renaissance man remembered

During the first weekend of April more than a dozen vehicles, many with out-of-state license plates, parked as near as possible to the corner of Fourth and Vine where Dr. Bob Pastel lived for decades in a big old brick-and-mortar home surrounded by overgrown bushes and a small forest of trees.

Fadden Fitch eyes L’pool village board

More than three dozen village Republicans gathered at Liverpool Village Hall for their annual caucus on the evening of April 27, and they unanimously endorsed three candidates to run in this year’s village election on June 16. Two of the candidates — incumbent Mayor Gary White and five-term Trustee Dennis Hebert — will seek re-election, while the third candidate — Christina Fadden Fitch of Hiawatha Trail — was nominated for run for the trustee seat now held by Bob Gaetano.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: First Street barber shop to become an antique shop

Dave Detlor’s Lakeview Barber Shop closed a couple of weeks before Christmas last year after Dave was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma.  Now the building at 221 First St. has been sold to Holly Koenig of Jamesville. Koenig plans to transform the place into an antique shop, reported Realist realtor Ed DeLong, who lives in Liverpool. DeLong brokered the cash sale which is scheduled for closing this week.

L'pool trustees approve budget

On April 13, the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees approved a 2015-16 village budget for $2,378,894, calling for an increase of $70,000 in spending. The tax rate will rise by 1.64 percent, but the annual sewer-fund assessment will be reduced from $150 to $130 per year.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: ‘Geeked up’ stoners filling local emergency rooms

This month, Central New York’s hospital emergency rooms have been inundated with people experiencing negative reactions after ingesting so-called synthetic marijuana. Upstate University Hospital’s emergency room saw upwards of 30 such patients last week, and the problem has also been noted right here in the village.

Gaetano declines re-election bid

Fadden-Fitch seeks GOP nod for open L’pool trustee seat

Three-term village of Liverpool Trustee Bob Gaetano has decided against seeking a fourth term in order to spend more time with his family. Christina Fadden-Fitch, a six-year member of the village Zoning Board of Appeals, is actively seeking the nomination of the Village Republican Committee for the open seat in the June 16 village election. Trustees serve two-year terms and are paid $4,000 annually.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: You don’t have to be Jewish to love klezmer music

The classic advertising campaign put it this way: “You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s real Jewish rye.” And when it comes to food for the soul, you don’t have to be Jewish to love klezmer music.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Santangelo’s rolls out award-winning meatballs

Liverpool has long been known for its hot dogs and hamburgers. Heid’s has ruled the frankfurter field, and ground beef patties made the scene at the fondly remembered Tarbe’s Grill and now at Village Burger (which coincidentally does business at a former McDonald’s location). Anyhow, on March 29 we were all reminded that Liverpool’s also a meatball mecca.

Pill problem

Forum at L’pool library looks at prescription drug abuse

Prescription drug abuse among Central New York youth is an escalating crisis, according to Joyce Abold, vice president of the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Advisory Council.

ConsensusCNY forum steers clear of school districts

Despite the high burden school taxes place on many Onondaga County taxpayers, the recently established ConsensusCNY commission will focus instead on modernizing the county’s general-purpose governments.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Seneca Savings vacating the village

For the past 56 years, Seneca Savings has done business under one name or another at 105 Second St., here in the village.

L’pool officer turns routine traffic stop into big bust

Liverpool Police Officer David Sturtz was on patrol when he observed a vehicle apparently speeding in the southbound lane of Oswego Street shortly before 5 p.m. Friday, March 13.

Here comes the sun

Salina councilors consider saving money with solar power

Twenty years ago, solar power grabbed the attention of consumers frustrated by decreasing supplies of oil and natural gas and encouraged by the lower cost of photovoltaic (PV) systems which convert sunshine into electricity. Since the year 2000, worldwide growth of photovoltaics has averaged 40 percent per year, and now the Salina Town Board is thinking about taking the town solar.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: The first car to roll through the village: a Hupmobile!

The first automobile ever to roar down the muddy streets of the village was driven by Dr. Charles Schamu, a dentist who lived and worked on Third Street.

Village sewer tax reduced

Public hearings set April 13 to discuss village budget, noise concerns

If the Liverpool board of trustees approves its proposed budget for 2015-16 as expected, spending will increase by more than $70,000 and the tax rate will rise slightly, by 1.64 percent. On the other hand, the annual sewer-fund assessment will be reduced from $150 to $130 per year. “So it’ll be a wash for our taxpayers,” said Mayor Gary White.

Feedback wanted on modernizing local government

‘Consensus’ forum March 31 at Salina Town Hall

Most Central New Yorkers pay taxes to the federal government, the state, the county, their town, their village and their school district. All of those entities provide needed services, but there is some overlap and occasional duplication of services. In order to address such issues, a 19-member commission on local government modernization called Consensus has been formed and is now conducting public forums, including one at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Salina Town Hall.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Rap video an artistic statement or a terrorist threat?

In February, after this year’s Sammy nominees were announced and he wasn’t on the list, local rapper Jamie "Powder Jay" Cheeseman posted a video on YouTube, a rap song called “Ill Wishes.” In that performance, Powder Jay railed against the Sammys judges and allegedly threatened to burn down the Palace Theater and physically attack Nowak. The “Ill Wishes” video included an image of a pipe bomb.

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Dangerous duality: Wilson gives bravura performance in B’ville Theatre Guild’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde’

When you see this musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” you’ll be impressed by the visual recreation of Victorian London, the pitch-perfect singing often rendered in tight harmonies and the rousing 14-piece pit band. What will most impress you, however, will be leading man Henry Wilson in the dual role of the gentle Dr. Jekyll and the violent Mr. Hyde.

Heavy ice and snow wreak havoc on village buildings

Winter may be winding down but not before doing some last-minute damage. At least four buildings in the village of Liverpool suffered roof damage over the past couple of weeks as temperatures rose and melting snow and ice became a hazard, according to village Codes Enforcement Officer Bill Reagan.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: School superintendent wants to hear from you on Monday

We should all give thanks for Dr. Mark Potter. A few years ago, the longtime Liverpool educator replaced Nick Johns as superintendent of the Liverpool Central School District, and he has been a breath of fresh air all the way around. I’ve even heard a few members of the teachers’ union praising Mark’s open-door policy, pleasant personality and transparent management style.

Not your father’s regatta

USRowing Masters Regional Championships set to race June 28 on Onondaga Lake’s new seven-lane course

The second annual USRowing Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Masters Regional Championships hosted by the Syracuse Chargers Rowing Club Sunday, June 28, is unlikely to attract the same kind of crowd that flocked to the IRA races all those years ago.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Heroic bouncer Lawrence Gabriel is an aspiring boxer

Lawrence Gabriel, the hero of McAvan’s shooting incident, has plenty of friends here in Liverpool. They were singin’ his praises down at The Cobblestone the day after he helped remove a man firing a handgun at McAvan’s Pub, 1217 W. Fayette St., in Syracuse, in the early morning hours of Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1.

Sound levels: Public hearing set April 13 to discuss village noise concerns

Have you ever had to call the cops to quell a loud party next door? How about that summer night when the guitar players turned their amps up to 10 at the nightclub down the street? Next month, the village of Liverpool’s board of trustees wants to hear your story. The trustees are considering possible changes to the village noise ordinance and have scheduled a public hearing on the matter for 7 p.m. April 13, at the Village Hall, 310 Sycamore St.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: New trapper in town, minus the fee

When all this snow starts to melt next month, the familiar odor of skunks will befoul our neighborhoods, and woodchucks will begin burrowing under porches and sheds. But take heart -- there’s a new trapper in town.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: L’pool jazzman organizes regional talent search

Opportunity comes knocking for singers, songwriters, composers and instrumentalists to polish their talents with a new, free music program. The Onondaga County Public Library MasterClass offers a workshop and a session for anyone 12 years old and older interested in getting feedback from local music professionals and performing at a finale concert.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Neediest children, oldest adults deserve our help

They say you can judge a society’s worth by the way it treats its neediest children and its oldest adults. With its schools, playgrounds and parks and its clean and caring senior-citizen facilities, Liverpool measures up admirably.

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