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Irish Jack Murphy crosses his final finish line

— Murphy’s Trackside

After finally retiring from racing, Jack and his wife, Delores, took over the old Steve’s restaurant and turned it into Murphy’s Trackside. Of course, Jack had a special affinity for “tracks,” and the bustling beer joint was located adjacent to the railroad tracks which still run through the village.

In the late-1970s, my dad, Russ Tarby, worked in the kitchen at Murphy’s Trackside. Not only did I enjoy visiting my dad when he flipped burgers there, I also dug the live music that Delores booked, including such aptly named bands as Freewheelin,’ The Mercurys and Reckless Drivin.’

While the bar and grill did well for all concerned, Jack remained an important cog in the area auto-racing community. He served as a pit steward for and later president of the International Supermodified Association even while holding down a day job as a heavy equipment operator. He also provided methanol for the race cars at Oswego Speedway and wherever ISMA cars were running.

In 2000, Jack was inducted into the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Internationally known motorsports writer Norris McDonald summed up Irish Jack Murphy’s life this way: “He was a hard-charger to the core and a wonderful contributor to the sport of supermodified auto racing.”

‘Beneath the surface’

Five teens who live in Liverpool, Amanda Hebblethwaite, Penny Lane, Nicholas Peta, Emily Stott, and Lexi Bruening, have created a fantastic video that won the New York State Library’s 2013 Teen Video Challenge. Chosen from three dozen entries from across the state, the winning clip, “Alice in the Maximum Potter Games,” vividly reminds teenagers that reading fiction can be fun.

Fueled by a ghostly guitar-driven rock’n’roll soundtrack, the hyperkinetic video depicts four girls who individually choose books from the library shelves: “Harry Potter,” “The Hunger Games,” “Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment” and “Alice in Wonderland.” As the girls read their books, they’re magically transported into the plots.

To view the video, visit summerreadingnys.org/teens/teen-video-challenge-winners-2013/.

Submitted by Liverpool Public Library, The winning video was chosen for its creative and interpretation of this year’s theme, “Beneath the surface.” An awards ceremony is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Liverpool Public Library’s Carman Community Room at 310 Tulip St. Liverpool; lpl.org; 457-0310.

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