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Ophelia’s Place is much more than a café

— Sad passings

Two of the village’s most revered father-figures recently passed on.

Dave Henes, who lived his entire 91 years in Liverpool, died Feb. 27. Dave served in the U.S. Army during WWII, was a life member of both the Liverpool Fire Department and American Legion Post 188 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was retired from New York Telephone. He attended Liverpool First United Methodist Church and was a member of the Historical Association of Greater Liverpool.

In earlier years, when his son George was still alive, Dave became a Boy Scouts leader, and taught countless village kids how to cast a good fly fishing line.

Don Condon died March 4. A U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, Don was a talented carpenter. He was a former village trustee and village building inspector. For decades, Don remained active at St. Joseph the Worker and at the American Legion Post 188.

He and his wife, the lovely Jean Ellen White, raised seven children who have gone on to have 21 children of their own. At his wake at Maurer Funeral Home on Route 31 last week, his family displayed his cherished chromatic harmonica above his folded hands in his casket. Don’s friends, Pete and Brenda Brown remember him singing at their wedding. “There was a vacancy in the choir upstairs for a great tenor,” the couple wrote in the funeral guest book.

Both Don and Dave were buried at Liverpool Cemetery right here in their beloved village.

Weekend-long hooley

The big parade drew thousands down city last Saturday, but you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day again this weekend, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 16 and 17, at the White Water Pub at 110 S. Willow St.

Chef Larry Pavese is cooking up potato and leek soup, boxty (potato pancakes), colcannon, soda bread, shepherd’s pie, corned beef with carrots and cabbage and Irish cupcakes care of Li’ Jo’s Cupcake on First Street., all for $7.50. For the same price, you can wash the grub down with a pitcher of green beer!

On Sunday — the real St. Patrick’s Day! — White Water owner MaryKay Manns expects some 250 Irish Road Bowlers after they finish competing that day down at Onondaga Lake Park. Bagpipers will welcome the bowlers to the bar with some rousing Celtic tunes.

For pub info, call 314-7398, or visit whitewaterpubliverpool.com.

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