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Salina declares May 1 as 'Silver Star Banner Day'

The Salina Town Board approved a proclamation to declare May 1 "Silver Star Banner Day" Monday night. Silver Star Families of America is an organization that assists wounded or ill soldiers and their families.

Town Supervisor Mark Nicotra read the proclamation aloud at the Salina Town Board meeting before the board unanimously approved the action.

According to the Silver Star Families of America website, the organization aims to "set aside May 1 as Silver Star Service Banner Day as a day to honor our heroes across the states together."

Servicemen qualifying for the Silver Star include Purple Heart recipients, victims of friendly fire and those who suffer from post-traumatic stress, Agent Orange symptoms, and Gulf War syndrome.

Later in the meeting, the town board considered comments on approving liquor licenses for two properties in the area, including both an inside and outside bar for the Caddy Shack Tavern, 402 Old Liverpool Road.

"We've had no issues with them in the last couple of years," Nicotra said.

The board members less recognized the other property that is located at 3504 Brewerton Road.

"I knew the previous owner, but I have no idea when they're opening," said board member Chris Benz.

Both licenses were approved, although the board agreed that it would take a minimum of six months for them to be approved by the state.

Town Engineer James Trasher gave a bit of surprise good news before the end of the meeting. He asked for approval of a form to change a work orders on a piece of construction the board approved last year.

"It was originally priced at $13,000," Trasher said. "The new estimate is actually $9,850. We're saving $3,000."

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