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Apathy will be America’s undoing

— The new sub shop, which specializes in cheeseburger and chicken cutlet subs, has revitalized the old Burger King location at 508 Oswego St. Two cherry-red Prius hybrids stand ready to make deliveries. Study the cornucopious menu at empiresubshop.com, then call in your order at 461-1233.

Of course, Eric Will

As guitarist and bandleader of the regionally popular Southern Comfort Band, Eric “Will” McLean has played hundreds of benefit shows over the years.

“He has always been there for people in need,” noted bassist Ray Hare. “Now it’s our time to thank Eric for all his hard work and dedication.”

McLean, a former Liverpool police officer, recently underwent open-heart surgery and the medical bills keep piling up with no relief in sight.

So five bands will join forces from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, in a fund-raising performance at American Legion Post 787, at 5575 Legionnaire Drive, in Cicero. The quintuple bill features TJ Sacco & The Urban Cowboys, Ferguson & Rogers, Flat Face &The ShempDells, Tom Gilbo & The Blue Suedes as well as Eric’s own Southern Comfort Band.

Back in the 1960s, McLean formed combos such as The Country Squires and The Memphis Beat. He played lead guitar with the Jesse Derringer Show and started Southern Comfort in 1986. McLean also plays lead for the Blue Suedes, CNY’s top Elvis tribute band.

Sunday’s suggested donation is $15; 676-3475 or 437-1370.

Christine’s classic rock

The day before, two cool classic rock bands, The Dreamers and Str8 On, will play a benefit for Christine Gemmell, at the Simon Parise VFW Post 9596, in East Syracuse.

After more than a decade of receiving treatments and dialysis, Gemmell needs a kidney transplant. The fund-raiser begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Parise VFW, 6996 East Taft Road. Admission costs $15; 687-6714.

Old lake resort photos?

Local historian Joyce Mills needs a little help. She’s upgrading her presentation about the amusement parks and hotels which dotted the Onondaga Lake shoreline at the turn of the last century.

“If anyone has any old photographs of the parks that they would like to share with me, I’d be happy to give them credit and include their photographs in my new lecture,” Mills said. She will speak at Liverpool Public Library on March 20.

Email your historic photos to Joyce at retired627@twcny.rr.com, or call her at 652-5594.

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