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Joanie ignores ex-commissioners’ advice

— Mahoney, Bernardi, Bush and Skahen are all Republicans.

Skahen knows more about Medicare than he does about the Salt Museum. For three years he was director of long-term planning at Van Duyn Home & Hospital.

Despite his lack of experience in the field, Skahen will surely do the best he can for county parks, but we’ll never know how much better things could be had a true parks professional been hired.

Who, for instance?

How about Bob Ellis, the longtime director of operations at Onondaga County Parks who won the 2010 New York State Recreation and Park Society Award for Outstanding Service?

A 36-year veteran of County Parks, Ellis has overseen Oneida Shores and Jamesville Beach parks and coordinated special projects. At the helm of Onondaga Lake Park for more than 25 years, Ellis supervised the transition of the park into one of America’s Top Ten Heritage Parks with more than 1.3 million visitors annually. Ellis also served a dozen years on the town of Lysander Parks and Recreation Commission, including four years as chairman. Just sayin.’

Because Onondaga County Parks has its headquarters in the Griffin complex at Onondaga lake Park and at 106 Lake Drive in the village, Liverpool residents have a more-than-passing interest in the department’s staff and operations.

Upcoming projects which Lansley and Skahen will oversee include capital improvements at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, High Forest and Onondaga Lake Park including an extension of the pedestrian trail along the lake’s western shore.

The crestfallen former commissioners – Geraci, Johst and MacLachlan – might consider the wise words of Miss Manners: “It should make it easier to refrain from offering unrequested advice to realize how unlikely it is to be followed."

Riposo in F’ville Sunday

Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Fame saxophonist Joe Riposo, who lives in Liverpool, will lead a quartet performing a free Motto Musicale concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13, at Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., in Fayetteville.

The quartet’s program will focus on the work of notable jazz saxophonists including Cannonball Adderly, Jimmy Heath, Phil Woods, Charlie Parker and Syracuse’s own Sal Nistico. For concert info, call 637-6374, ext. 328, or visit fayettevillefreelibray.org.

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