You've got to appreciate a lady like Kelley Romano.
The wife of one of Central New York's best dentists, the mother of a happy handful of accomplished kids and the owner of one of the village's most historic homes, Kelley seems to live a charmed - albeit busy - life in Liverpool.
While family is her priority, Kelley pays it forward, as they say. She applies her energies not only to her loved ones but also to the betterment of the entire community.
I first met her a decade-and-a-half ago when she worked on a committee which eventually achieved the repeal of the village's ill-advised consolidation with the Syracuse Police Department.
Later, she was instrumental in our successful effort to prevent a Wal-Mart Supercenter from ruining Liverpool. In 2008, Kelley was part of Promoting Action and Accountability in Liverpool schools, a group which monitored the management of the troubled Liverpool Central School District.
Now, continuing on the education theme, Kelley has helped establish the Drop-In Tutoring Center at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1001 Tulip St., here in the village. The center, which opened Nov. 23, mentors learners of all ages from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays.
As she attended a recent meeting of St. Joseph's Parish Council, Kelley said, "I heard that the church is looking for new ways to reach out to the community."
So she suggested an academic tutoring center, and all agreed it was a great idea.
"I wanted to do some volunteer tutoring along with the actual teaching I do on Mondays, teaching a writing course to a group of high-school students at a home-school co-op," she said. "The church has the space for teaching, the food pantry which serves the local community, and it's convenient to many families."