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Trustees kick in $5,000 of village money for vintage clock

— “It used to be that no one would mow their lawns before 10 a.m. on Sundays,” Gruenberg noted. Now that many homeowners hire landscapers, she said, the workmen go to it whenever it suits them.

Nonagenarians

Longtime Third Street resident Willard Bahn, who used to be a regular visitor at village board meetings, turned 93 on June 10.

And Tulip Street resident Ken Hurst, a former village businessman and active member of American Legion Post 188, will celebrate his 94th birthday on July 5.

Southern Gothics

Local contractor Allen Lamont, who lives in Liverpool, noticed that I alluded to novelist Thomas Wolfe in a recent column. We chatted about it over cocktails at the Limp Lizard last week and Al noted that Wolfe was part of the pantheon of great Southern writers including Tennesee Williams, Eudora Welty, Harper Lee and Truman Capote. Al’s also a fan of Mississippi novelist William Faulkner, author of “The Sound and the Fury.”

Grateful grandma

I neglected a couple fascinating facts in last week’s column about Retreat waitress Cindy Crooks who’s retiring at the end of this month.

For one thing, in the late-1970s while on a temporary leave from The Retreat, Cindy worked briefly at Murphy’s Trackside while my dad, Liverpool’s own “burger king,” Russ Tarby, flipped ground chuck in the kitchen there. Cindy’s son, Jeff, recalls munching on cheeseburgers while he did his homework in a booth next to Murphy’s pool table.

A few years later, Jeff took a job at The Retreat for a while, and nowadays his son, also named Jeff, works there as a waiter.

“So we’ve had three generations working here,” Cindy said.

Her last night at The Retreat is Thursday, June 27, and a retirement party is planned from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 30, at The Cobblestone, at the corner of Tulip and First streets.

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