New leadership on library board

— The new president of the Liverpool Public Library Board of Trustees is Natalie Scavone and the new vice president is Tim Dodge.

Scavone works as principal of alternative education at Cayuga-Onondaga Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Auburn, and Dodge is director of research and media relations at Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York, Inc. Dodge is also a published author.

Scavone and Dodge take over this month for the outgoing president, Mark Spadafore, and the vice president, George Alessio, who both stepped down from their executive positions after many years of service but remain as members of the board.

Joe Spado Sr. continues as the board’s secretary and Larry Dunstone continues as financial advisor.

The other library board member is the former village mayor, Marlene Ward.

Clock in progress

Contractors have started work on the base for the new vintage clock at Washington Park Point at the intersection of Oswego and First streets.

The placement of a Victorian-style timepiece at Heid’s Corner is the brainchild of local businessman Jack Fisher.

Donations were accepted from dozens of area businesses such as Charles Heating and Air Conditioning, Heid’s of Liverpool and Nichols Supermarket. Hundreds of individuals also contributed $50 each and will be recognized with engraved bricks placed at the base of the clock tower.

Last month, the village board of trustees showed its support for the project by kicking in $5,000 from a federal “multi-modal” grant administered through New York state.

For more information about the Liverpool Clock Campaign, email liverpoolclockcampaign@gmail.com, or call Bridgette Plessas at 652-3773.

Old First clock

While the new old-fashioned clock will be a welcome addition to the village, the really old clock atop the steeple of Liverpool’s First Presbyterian Church at Oswego and Tulip streets first went up in 1862.

In those days, the village government paid $25 annually in rent to the church for what was then considered “the village clock.” During the early part of the 20th century, the clock fell into disrepair, but it was reclaimed during the 1979 sesquicentennial. At that time, church members raised money to renovate the clock, and it has told time accurately ever since.

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