A look back at Salina in 2013

— As we look back on the year 2013 in the town of Salina, let’s take this time to review some key events that happened throughout this year.

Southern Wine and Spirits (the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor) located in Lyncourt, finished a nearly 200,000-square-foot expansion to their existing facility.

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neuman Communities have continued to progress on their Franciscan Villa project on Buckley Road in North Syracuse. The new building will house 96 residents, which will include sisters from the St. Anthony and Jolenta convents.

 After 15 years, the town of Salina is nearing completion of the first phase of a $12.3 million project to close and cap the former town landfill (near Factory and Rt. 11). The project was completed under consent order of the NYS DEC. An additional phase that includes construction of a $2.6 million groundwater pretreatment plant at the landfill should be completed in 2014.

 In January after 34 years of service to the town of Salina Planning Board, Nick Grillo retired.

 In February, the Syracuse Jet Association announced plans for a $6 million members-only hangar and conference center at Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

 In May, after nearly four decades working at Town Hall (in various capacities), Gen Grillo retired.

 In June, Byrne Dairy replaced its store on Brewerton Road in Mattydale with a brand new store. The new facility includes more gas pumps and a larger store with increased offerings.

In July after more than 40 years of service as director of Parks and Recreation, Jim Wemesfelder retired.

In August, President Obama's Motorcade drove through Salina on the New York State Thruway during a visit to Central New York.

Pacific Health Club (the former Bresee Chevrolet on Old Liverpool Road) opened its doors in August. The facility is a 90,000-square-foot premiere health club offering amenities such as a rock climbing wall, indoor track and an MMA training center.

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