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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Kimberly Hall keeps her cool in court

On Feb. 10, the Onondaga County Magistrates Court Clerk’s Association recognized Kim Hall’s efforts by swearing her in as one of its officers at its annual meeting at Bellevue Golf and Country Club. The ceremony was conducted by none other than Judge LaValle himself.

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Corner house tanning salon, hair stylist move in at 514 Oswego St.

The building with the Corinthian-columned porch at 514 Oswego St., at the corner of Vine Street, has been extensively renovated under the direction of new owner Sohyla Ziaie. 

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Consensus kicks door open to future tax relief

After a year and a half of study, the Consensus committee to modernize local government in Onondaga County recommends merging the county and the city of Syracuse. Such a dramatic consolidation would likely save a few bucks here and there, but the average property taxpayer here would see little change to their annual levies. Maybe if they squint.

LIVERPOOL: Villagers invited to weigh in on proposed Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru

If Liverpool residents are concerned about the possibility of Dunkin’ Donuts building a new restaurant in the village, they should mark their calendars for Monday, Feb. 29.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Sheriff supports a sane approach to addiction

For decades, police considered people who used illegal drugs as people who needed to be arrested and jailed. Now, finally — thanks to forward-thinking law-enforcement leaders such as our own Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway — police are starting to see addiction as an illness rather than a crime.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Get syncopated Sunday at the library!

One of the most versatile keyboardists in Central New York, Dave Liddy has lent his talents to a wide array of popular combos including the Moss Back Mule Band, Blueprints, Out of the Blue, Stringbee and The Merry Pranksters.

Dunkin’ Donuts plans to build on Seneca Savings spot in Liverpool

New England donut entrepreneur Ed Wolak has set his sights on the village of Liverpool.    Wolak’s ESW Realty, LLC, sent architect Bob Abbott to appear before the Liverpool Village Planning Board on Dec. 28 to describe the company’s plan to build a Dunkin’ Donuts shop at 105 Second St., the former location of Seneca Savings Bank.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Village Cemetery links past to future

Like it or not, we’ll all spend a lot more time buried in the cemetery than we ever spent above ground. That being the case, it behooves us to keep our village graveyard well maintained and convenient for visitors.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Long arm of the law reaches robber in Massachusetts

John W. Putnam was 35 years old when he showed a knife and robbed Nichols Discount Liquors at 301 First St., shortly before 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3. By the time he was apprehended more than three months later in Brockton, Mass., Putnam had turned 36. His birthday was Sept. 21. During those few days he lived in Liverpool in late July and early August, Putnam told people that his name was “B.J.”

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Teenager’s toxicology report points to pot

It was the week before the New York State Fair opened over across the lake, but Conner Vittore, an 18-year-old Mattydale man, was already celebrating. For reasons unknown, Conner came to Liverpool that warm and wet evening, and he was still here after midnight. Shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, Conner was walking in the westbound lane of Second Street in the village, near the 400 block. What the heck was he doing in the middle of the road in the middle of the night? The teenager may have never seen what hit him: a westbound 2003 Cadillac Deville driven by 70-year-old Dean Cubic of Liverpool.

Livin' in Liverpool: Mickey Mouse Club meets weekly at The Retreat

And you thought cartoon characters were just for kids! Maybe you’ve seen those older fellas on Friday afternoons at The Retreat sitting around a table decorated with a plastic lunchbox in the shape of Walt Disney’s big-eared Mickey Mouse.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: The sound of phantom gunshots spurs 911 calls

No wonder — when sudden explosive eruptions reached the ears of Liverpool-area residents on Nov. 30 — the listeners immediately assumed that firearms were being discharged nearby.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Village gal broke the bagpipe band barrier

Ah, the sound of the old sod! My Nov. 11 column describing bagpipe music as the village soundtrack struck a chord with Stephanie Backity Rodelander, who was born and raised in Liverpool and now lives in Raleigh, N.C.

Liverpool: Tulip Street neighbors worried about proposed Meyer Manor Apartments

Two dozen residents of the Tulip Street area north of the Thruway attended the Nov. 16 meeting of the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees to express their concerns about a 130-unit apartment complex proposed for their neighborhood.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: LaMont’s death marks end of an era

When Val LaMont died during the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 16, his passing at age 86 marked the end of an era.

Liverpool: Village scrutinizes solicitors

Last month, the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees authorized Mayor Gary White to engage the services of Accurate Background Investigations to improve the village’s oversight of itinerant vendors of merchandise, solicitors and canvassers.

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Homage to the Haudenosaunee

Skä·noñh – Great Law of Peace Center opens with festivities Saturday

The French Fort was erected in 1933 at 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway and was reinvented 60 years later as the Sainte Marie among the Iroquois, a recreation of the 17th century Jesuit mission. The site now re-emerges as Skä·noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, which celebrates the culture of the Haudenosaunee, the Six Nations, composed of the Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora Native American nations.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Former Hicks house for sale

One of the most spectacular 19th century buildings in the village —the columned cobblestone edifice erected by Liverpool businessman Jonathan Hicks in 1854 — is now for sale.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Bagpipers bring music back to the White Water Pub

The brazen peal of bagpipes rang out on South Willow Street from the White Water Pub last Thursday evening. The melodic buzzing could be heard distinctly throughout the village business district.

Liverpool: Drainage issues mitigated at Young & Franklin parking lot

The corner of Pearl and Salina streets looks appreciably drier these days. At the Oct. 19 meeting of the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees, Mayor Gary White reported that drainage issues in the southeast corner of the village have been mitigated.

Every great meal deserves a great presentation

As a veterinarian, Holly Koenig watched over the health of countless felines and canines, tending to broken bones and bellyaches. As a longtime collector of vintage china, however, Holly steered her career from dogs to dinnerware.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: A Greaser passes, but the Strangers rock on

When drummer Larry Luttinger was a teenager, he’d hoof it from Liverpool High School directly to Rick Scappichio’s house on 3 Jay Path in Bayberry to jam and rehearse.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Lady of the Lake hopes to return to legislature

Fourth District Onondaga County Legislator Judy Tassone rose to the occasion last year by voting against construction of the Lakeview Amphitheater. Over the objections of Tassone and Fifth District Legislator Kathy Rapp, who also lives in Liverpool, the county went ahead and built the amphitheater on the western shore of Onondaga Lake. It opened Sept. 3 with a concert by country superstar Miranda Lambert.

Liverpool to receive county reimbursement grants

Money to fund stage roof at Johnson Park, sewer improvements

At a specially convened Oct. 8 meeting, the Liverpool Village Board authorized Mayor Gary White to sign two intermunicipal agreements with Onondaga County and a letter of understanding with the Onondaga Earth Corps, a group recommended by the Department of Water Environment Protection in support of the county’s Save the Rain campaign. In all, the county reimbursement grants amount to more than $245,000.

Livin' in Liverpool: Historic Hetnar home to be sold at public auction

One of the few remaining homesteads along the village’s main street is scheduled to be sold at public auction on Nov. 2.

Livin' in Liverpool: The trouble with the truth

Last week Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to town to ballyhoo any number of pie-in-the-sky state-funded projects here in Central New York. In fact Cuomo poured $77.8 million into our area on Wednesday in the form of grants, tax credits and construction incentives to preserve jobs, boost local colleges and increase regional tourism.

Villages hire new auditors

Liverpool, North Syracuse vote to hire Bonadio Group

After Certified Public Accountant Mike Koagel passed away Aug. 24 at his Syracuse home, his accounting firm partner, Donald Vincentini, decided to cut back on his work load. That decision left two longtime clients of Koagel & Vincentini CPAs — the villages of Liverpool and North Syracuse — looking for new auditors.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Patriotic murals set for Legion Post 188

The village business district is due for a refreshing bit of beautifying. Liverpool American Legion Post 188 Commander Ken Palmer appeared at last week’s village board meeting to share the post’s plans to commission murals to be painted on the sides of its building at 205 Cypress St.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Traffic delayed as two prime corners get makeovers

Road work is impacting traffic at both the northwest and southeast corners of Galeville. Paving at the intersection of Buckley Road and Seventh North Streets to the southeast began Sept. 14, and the same day work crews started digging at the corner of Old Liverpool Road and Electrics Parkway to the northwest.

Salina, Liverpool to hold rare joint meeting to discuss ‘overlaps’

Over the past several years, drainage problems at the intersection of Pearl and Salina streets right on the edge of the village have repeatedly resulted in flooding the Young & Franklin employee parking lot. More than a dozen properties outside the village boundary receive village services without paying villages taxes. Those properties are located in the town of Salina. Overlaps such as these will be in focus at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, when the Salina Town Board hosts a rare joint meeting with the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees at the Town Hall on School Road in Galeville.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Clay Fall Festival is this Saturday

Star-Review columnist Dorothy Heller will be among the many local folks celebrating the Clay Fall Festival, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Clay Historical Park located behind the Immanuel Lutheran Church at 4939 Route 31, in the hamlet of Clay next to the rail road tracks.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: We were ‘Jive Talkin'’ back in ’75!

Forty years passed in a flash, but I can still remember the sounds of 1975.

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Hiring in process

New part-time police officer on tap in village; new assistant court clerk hired

At its Aug. 17 meeting, the Village of Liverpool Board of Trustees heard a request from Police Chief Don Morris to consider hiring a new part-time officer. The candidate is John Linnertz, a retired Syracuse Police detective sergeant.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Why was auto accident victim walking in the road?

Shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, an 18-year-old Mattydale man was walking in the west-bound lane of Second Street in the village, near the 400 block. The teenager, Conner Vittore, was struck by a west-bound 2003 Cadillac Deville driven by 70-year-old Dean Cubic of Liverpool.

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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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