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Father Charlie to retire from St. Joe's in May

The Rev. Charles M. Major, known to his parishioners as Father Charlie, will retire as pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church on May 30.

Having arrived at St. Joseph's in July 1977, Father Charlie has shepherded the local congregation for nearly 34 years. He's 78 years young.

Founded in 1890, the church has stood at the corner of Sixth and Tulip streets in the village since 1958.

A native of Eastwood, Father Charlie is a former associate pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church is Syracuse and former teacher at Bishop Ludden High School.

Besides his role as St. Joe's pastor, Father Charlie serves as chaplain at West Side Manor and Birchwood Health Care Facilities in Liverpool and is a trustee of Loretto. He is also the longest-serving member of the Liverpool Clergy Association.

In his well-earned retirement, the white-haired priest is sure to have more time to indulge his favorite hobbies, golf and bridge.

Unshackle Upstate

Brian Sampson, the executive director of Unshackle Upstate, confirmed his organization's strong support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed 2 percent property tax cap.

"The property tax cap is the essential hammer that will drive the nail of change in New York state," Sampson said. The Rochester activist addressed 94 members of the Liverpool and Baldwinsville Chambers of Commerce Feb. 10, at Mohegan Manor in B'ville.

Tattoo truth

One of The Retreat's lovely barmaids, the fair-haired Morgan Farrell, has some Chinese calligraphy tattooed on the back of her neck. When she turns her back to you and flips her tresses up off her shoulders, you can see the dark blue image at the top of her spine.

What's the translation? "Crazy beautiful," she says with a smile.

Can't argue with that!

Cool tunes at caf

Kanjira, the eclectic combo featuring Liverpool vocalist Tamaralee Shutt, will perform its fetching blend of rock, jazz and world music, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday Feb. 18, at the Caf at 407 at Ophelia's Place, 407 Tulip St., in the village business district.

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