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Syracuse trumpeter appears on screen in ‘Lincoln’

— In addition to his work in area big bands and jazz ensembles, Stockham leads an authentic Civil War brass band based in Syracuse, the Excelsior Cornet Band; excelsiorcornetband.com.

I’d like to bring the seven-piece Excelsior Cornet Band to Johnson Park this coming summer. Not only does the band perform authentic 19th century military music, Stockham also explains the role of Union and Confederate musicians during the War Between the States, as well as offering background about the tunes.

If you or a business you know would like to sponsor the Excelsior’s performance here this year, contact me at russtarby@aim.com, or call the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce at 457-3895.

I stopped over to Gentile’s Pizzeria at at the corner of Long Branch Road and Route 370 recently for one of their stupendous steak sandwiches. The food was fine, the sandwich spiced by delicious pickled onions, but the squeaky door made for a rather rude welcome.

Another place with a squeaky door is the Liverpool Post Office on North Cypress Street. I know the U.S. Postal Service, like the rest of us, is facing serious budgetary constraints these days, but I would think they could afford a squirt or two of WD-40.

Sean “Josey” Wells, who lives in Liverpool on First Street, rang the bell for the Salvation Army during this recent Christmas season. Often stationed in Camillus, Josey was one of the Army’s top earners last month.

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