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Off to the Ozarks!

Another change on the village business scene took place this month as Salt City Signs closed its shop at 101 Lake Drive after owner Mike Cook (previously known as Mike Bearup) and his wife, Cheryl, decided to move to Flippin, Ark.

That's right, Flippin, Ark.!

It's not a joke or a euphemism for the F-word, but the actual name of town in the Razorback State where the Cooks will operate a campground named Heart of the Ozarks.

While he was here, Mike organized annual Halloween festivals in Washington and Long Branch parks. His heavily decaled pickup truck was a familiar sight rolling down village roads.

Heart of the Ozarks will be a much different sort of business for the experienced sign-makers. They'll run an RV park, campgrounds, log cabins, a country store, a boat launch and a propane tank exchange. They'll even help issue hunting and fishing licenses.

What about the Clark murder?

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office certainly deserves applause for its swift and efficient effort to solve the murder of 20-year-old Jenni-Lyn Watson last month. Undersheriff Warren Darby was a particularly strong and sturdy presence throughout the search for the aspiring ballerina and the arrest of her longtime boyfriend who's charged with her Nov. 19 murder.

Now we can only hope that deputies will renew their efforts to solve the slaying of 39-year-old Mark Clark who was shot to death on April 21, 2008 in the bedroom of the house he rented at 109 Cleveland St., in the village.

The fact that this callous crime remains unsolved is not only disappointing. It's a disgrace.

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