Liverpool With his smoothly shaven head, Luther Everson vaguely resembles Lex Luthor, Superman’s arch-enemy.
But our Luther, who works at Bayberry Service Center on Route 57, cares more about carburetors than Kryptonite.
I don’t know what those Hollywood casting directors were thinking, but Luther himself would certainly have been a better choice to portray Luthor than a fey Kevin Spacey who played the villain in “Superman Returns.” Liverpool’s Luther makes Michael Rosenbaum’s Luthor in “Smallville” look absolutely wimpy.
But let’s be clear, there’s nothing at all villainous about our Luther. He simply happens to share a name and a haircut with Superman’s Luthor.
Not only is Everson a master mechanic working with Bayberry Service owner Matt Rahalski, Luther is a U.S. Army veteran of Desert Storm. Between tune-ups he recalls “eight months of sitting around the desert before we finally saw some action.”
And, by the way, he pronounces his last name with a short E.
“Not Eeeverson, like the museum,” he insists.
Railroad crossing update
Liverpool’s county legislator, Judy Tassone, is still on the railroad crossing case.
Earlier this year, CSX, a Class 1 railroad which runs freight trains up and down the East Coast, alerted the village of Liverpool that it plans to temporarily close the railroad crossing on Old Liverpool Road for repairs. Problem is nobody from CSX would tell us when and for how long.
During early-October, Tassone met with U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer in Syracuse where she discovered that other area municipalities were getting nowhere with CSX. Schumer, a Democrat, must’ve shaken some information out of the railroad giant because last week Tassone, a Republican, learned that CSX would do some touch-ups here over the weekend before completing the bulk of the work late next spring.
By the way, Tassone is gearing up to run for a third term as 4th District Onondaga County Legislator. She anticipates another challenge by former Democrat legislator Dave Stott.