Skunks seen through the lens of history

— And careless humans often exacerbate the problem. On Sept. 17, for the second month in a row, a resident complained about skunks to the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees. Elaine Toth, who lives on Tulip Street, said the animals have proliferated there because a neighbor “puts out food for them 365 days a year.” The animals are “negatively impacting my property,” she said.

Wildlife experts strongly discourage feeding skunks.

Village taking action?

Mayor Gary White told Toth that, at their Aug. 20 meeting, village trustees had informally agreed to consider hiring a village trapper next spring when the board develops its 2013-14 budget. Presently, villagers must rely on the Salina town trapper, who is already overwhelmed with calls from all over the town.

On Toth’s recommendation, the trustees will also consider revising the village code to prohibit feeding wildlife, except birds; and to require that trash bags be enclosed inside secure containers because the sharp-toothed carnivores routinely tear apart plastic bags.

Just as it was in Frank Gleason’s day, in another few months the unmistakable odor of skunks will signal the start of spring here in the village.

Thanks to Village Historian Dorianne Elitharp-Gutierrez for sharing her copy of Frank Gleason’s fascinating diary.

Rebecca recommends

Our favorite barista, Rebecca Van Cott at Café at 407, recommends purchasing a deck of City Dining Cards. The 50 cards guarantee you $10 off purchases of $30 or more at restaurants such as The Retreat, the Limp Lizard Lounge, appeThaizing, Pier 57, Avicolli’s and, of course, the Café at 407.

When you buy a $20 deck of City Dining Cards at the café, $10 goes directly to Ophelia’s Place. “They make great holiday gifts,” Rebecca reminded.

For info, visit citydiningcards.com.

Steps and pepperoni

The Village Mall had a new steel stairway installed during the first week of October, after its old cement stairs had collapsed.

Gino & Joe’s was slated to open Monday, Oct. 15, at the corner of Old Liverpool Road and Electronics Parkway; 451-3177.

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