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— Liverpool Mayor Gary White rang me up last Friday morning asking that we clarify the source of the village’s recent donation of $5,000 to the Liverpool Clock Campaign spearheaded by contractor Jack Fisher.

Village trustees voted to contribute leftover money from a federal “multi-modal” grant administered through New York state. The $305,677 grant had been delivered to Liverpool in 2001 to as part of a transportation improvement program at Washington Park, White explained, and some $29,000 remained unspent. Since the Victorian-style timepiece is planned for the eastern end of the park, the trustees deemed it appropriate to make the donation from the remainder of the Washington Park Capital Project Fund.

As to future maintenance of the clock, White said that Fisher’s continued sales of commemorative engraved bricks at $50 a pop should create a fund to pay for upkeep.

Syracuse brassman Jeff Stockham spent two weeks in New Brunswick in May 2012 as music consultant and instrument-furnisher for the historical film “Copperhead,” which is now playing at the Manlius Art Cinema.

Stockham overdubbed cornet parts for the movie’s soundtrack. “Copperhead” was directed by Ron Maxwell whose credits include the Civil War films “Gettysburg” and “Gods & Generals.”

Starring Jason Patric and Peter Fonda, “Copperhead” focuses on Upstate New York families fractured by the violence of the Civil War.

Last year, Stockham had a bit part as a bandsman in Steven Speilberg’s Academy Award-winning film, Lincoln.

Stockham’s Civil War brass band, the Excelsior Cornet Band, will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Monday, July 8, at Johnson Park in Liverpool.

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