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New Syracuse Chiefs GM lives here in the village

— On Oct. 16, Willard Bahn, one of the village’s oldest residents, passed on at age 93. Bahn left General Electric in 1984, but he didn’t let retirement slow him down any. The Third Street resident made his presence felt here by regularly attending village board meetings.

Up until a few years ago, Bahn appeared monthly at the village hall, sharing his views on local projects in no uncertain terms. He was opinionated, but he was authoritative. After all he’d been a mechanical engineer for decades. Not only did he know physics, he also knew human nature. Willard’s thought-provoking ideas and his refreshing bluntness will be sorely missed.

Stockyard twangin’

Remember the old Poorhouse North at 500 Old Liverpool Road?

After a brief spell as Tonic earlier this year, the 1,000-square-foot club reopened recently as The Stockyard, showcasing country rock and — get this! — a mechanical bull!

A “modern country” quartet called Grit N Grace will perform there at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8.

The foursome features blonde bombshell Jackie Pop on lead vocals, guitarist Dave Brown, bassist Bob Lett and drummer Mike Oliver. Operated by Kevin Klink, the Stockyard is open just two nights a week, Fridays and Saturdays.

New Retreat hours

The Retreat kitchen now closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. The cooks keep at it until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Bon appetit; 457-6358.

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