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A matriarch’s passing has a message for us all

— “With deepest sympathy, Rick & Donna.”

Tillotson service Aug. 24

Speaking of the dearly departed, the memorial service for the late Floyd Tillotson — the former mayor of Liverpool, 1977-1981 — will to be conducted on Friday, Aug. 24, at Maurer Funeral Home in the village. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. and will be concluded by a brief service at 6 p.m.

Tillotson, 87, died July 11, at his daughter’s home in Brownsville, Kentucky.

Orleans co-founder dies

Guitarist Larry Hoppen — who performed at Johnson Park on June 20, 2011, as part of the band Orleans — died July 24 in Florida. He was 61. The cause of his death remains unknown.

Hoppen grew up in Greenport, N.Y., graduated from Ithaca College in 1971, lived in Woodstock for 28 years, and was living in Florida at the time of his death.

In 1972, Hoppen co-founded Orleans which recorded hit songs such as “Dance with Me” and “Still the One.” The band’s appearance here last year marked the first time the Liverpool Is The Place Committee booked a national act as part of its summer concert series at Johnson Park.

Longtime LITP program director Mike Casale befriended Larry and Lance Hoppen when he hired them in the fall of 2009 to play a benefit concert at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. That performance raised $7,500 for the Spina Bifida Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Hoppen’s family hopes to keep the good vibes alive.

“Since Larry’s passion was feeding hungry people,” said Hoppen’s widow, Patricia Smith Hoppen, “his friends and fans can honor his memory by making a contribution to their local food bank in his name.”

Liverpool Is The Place hosts its annual John Denver Memorial Food Drive Concert featuring folksingers Alan Taylor and Two Feet Short at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Johnson Park. Concert goers are asked to donate a non-perishable food item to be delivered to the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry.

Shine on brightly

By the way, did you notice that the village looks a little brighter now at night?

That’s because on the evening of Monday, Aug. 6, Mary Kay Manns flipped the switch on the spotlights in the faux lighthouse atop her new White Water Pub, at 110 S. Willow St.

So next time you stop in for a cold one, don’t forget to bring your shades.

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