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— “I have a boat that I dock at the [OLP] marina,” Roberts said. “So I’m in Liverpool a lot.”

Roberts, a freshman member of the state legislature’s lower house, will run for re-election in November. He’s being opposed again by Republican Bill Sharon, a Syracuse attorney.

Because of redistricting, Roberts and Sharon will run in the new 128th Assembly District, which includes parts of Syracuse and the towns of Salina, DeWitt and Onondaga.

Two years ago, Roberts rolled over Sharon, Conservative Party candidate Christina Fadden Fitch (who lives in Liverpool) and the Green Party’s Michael Donnelly to win an open seat vacated by longtime incumbent Democrat Joan Christensen. In that race for the 119th Assembly District seat, Roberts buried Sharon by taking 51 percent of the vote to the Republican’s 27 percent.

Ramblin’ man

Like the title of the old Hank Williams tune, Bill Knowlton is a “Ramblin’ Man.”

The retired Air Force officer who lives in Liverpool up on Meyers Road will host his 40th Bluegrass Ramble Picnic from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Dwyer Memorial Park, on Little York Lake, near Preble.

His annual picnic staged beneath a large tent features nearly 20 performers and bands such as the Salmon River Boys, the Delaney Brothers, the Atkinson Family, and Diamond Someday showcasing Liverpool’s own Dick DeNeve on Dobro and songwriter Shirley Stevens.

Admission is free, and food and beverages will be available for sale.

Knowlton – a member of the Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Fame – presents his “Bluegrass Ramble” radio show every Sunday from 9 p.m. to midnight WCNY-FM 91.3 and online at wcny.org.

New biz news

The Bombay Thai is now open at the former Subway and KFC location, at 702 Old Liverpool Road; 457-4466. The buffet luncheon goes for $7.95.

In the village, there’s a new new-age shop at 101 First St. Pure Wellness has hours by appointment only; 451-2522. Pure Wellness replaces the homeopathic center called Entirely You.

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