The night Scott Cassidy whiffed Barry Bonds

Now, all these years later, kickball's making a comeback. And it's not just for kids anymore.

The Syracuse Adult Kickball Association will open a new field later this month at the Ajemian property that had been considered as a possible location for a Wal-Mart Supercenter. It's far better that the former golf-driving range is being reconfigured as a diamond in the rough, dubbed the Syracuse Kickball Park.

The adult co-ed summer kickball season starts there, at 7192 Oswego Road (Route 57) June 27. For info, dial 563-SAKA, or visit syracusekickball.com/.

Fr. Charlie says thanks

The Rev. Father Charlie Major, who's retiring after 34 years here, says his final Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church this Sunday June 5. When I interviewed him a couple weeks ago he pointed out several people who he especially appreciated during his three-plus decades here.

"Outreach Minister Terry Cardinal has been here the whole way," he said. She's been great. Part of her genius is that she's very respectful of people, especially the needy." Specifically, he lauded Cardinal's efforts to establish and maintain the church's food pantry.

Likewise, he praised former music, liturgy and religious education director Joan Workmaster. "She was a real crackerjack," the outgoing pastor said. "We were all tremendously enriched by Joan's presence."

Fr. Charlie also mentioned a dozen or more families of faithful parishioners and the guidance he received from former Pastor Tony Keefe.

With Fr. Charlie in retirement, St. Joe's will now be joined with Galeville's Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish.

Charcoaled chicken Saturday

Speaking of local churches, the Liverpool First United Methodist Church will serve chicken barbecue dinners for $9 each from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday June 4, on the back lawn at 604 Oswego St. Everyone knows where that is - it's the church with the purple door!

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