Commentary: Livin' in Liverpool: May 26

Near-record voter turnout at lone polling place

Well, shut my mouth!

I and dozens of other residents of the village, of Galeville and of Pitcher Hill had been loudly complaining about the Liverpool Central School District's sudden decision to limit voting to a sole polling place way out in Clay, rather than the usual five polling places scattered around the big district.

But when voters turned out May 18 to approve the 2010-11 school budget and the 2010-11 Liverpool Public Library budget, they did so in near-record numbers, myself and plenty of other naysayers included.

Some 3,704 voters pulled levers that Tuesday at the lone location in the gym at Liverpool High School.

That's the highest turnout since 3,760 residents voted in 2002, According to figures provided by LCSD Assistant Superintendent Kevin Nuzzo. The next-highest budget-vote totals were 3,571 in 2008 and 3,209 in 2004.

Last year, 2,953 votes were cast, 2,568 in 2007, 2,149 in 2006 and 2,523 in 2005.

The lowest turnout over the past 11 years was in 2003, when just 1,452 voters pulled the curtain behind them.

The February 2009 special referendum to approve renovation of the high-school stadium drew nearly twice the annual average for May budget votes. With the stadium proposition on the ballot, 5,158 voters came out

Civil War vets remembered

When you follow the Memorial Day Parade to Liverpool cemetery Monday, make sure to check out the new headstones being installed for veterans of the Civil War. Former Town of Salina Councilor Jim Keib -- who's fascinated by the War Between the States -- is coordinating the effort here to honor that's war's local vets.

Cheese-steaks and cheesecake!

And if your stomach starts rumbling at Monday's parade, hop over to Pizza Villa at 409 Tulip St at the corner of Oswego Street. Val Scordo and her staff now serve desserts as well as delicious subs, slices, garlic knots and calzones.

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