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Village trustee takes on a new task

You'd think Bob Gaetano already has enough responsibilities to keep him busy.

Earlier this month he re-retired. He had worked as principal at Liverpool Middle School for a decade before initially retiring and then accepted an interim position last year as one of the principals at Liverpool High School.

A longtime volunteer for Onondaga County Parks at Salt Museum, Bob is both a liturgical lay minister and a eucharistic lay minister at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church.

He serves as a trustee for the village of Liverpool. In fact, he's running for a second term in the upcoming June 17 village election. He's unopposed.

Bob also has a house and family on Birch Street.

So you might well deduce that he's got enough things to keep him occupied, but-as a personal favor to lifelong friends - Bob has agreed to accept to new responsibility. He's now the village "marriage officer."

A couple months ago, after he researched Section 11 of the New York State Domestic Relations Law, Bob's colleagues on the village board officially appointed him as marriage officer.

"It's for one day," Bob said at the time, "one ceremony only."

More recently, however, after spending time with the lucky couple, Bob thinks he may make marrying a regular part of his retirement routine.

Romano-Clement matrimony

As the newly appointed village marriage officer, Bob plans to wed a young Liverpool couple on Saturday, July 2, here in the village, at the bride's family home on Cypress Street.

"I've known the young lady, Jolee Romano, literally since the day she was born," Bob said, "and I met the young man, Oakley Clement, in April."

Jolee is an artist while Oakley works in his family's construction business where he plies his trade as a carpenter.

Bob was impressed by the couple's eagerness and earnestness.

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