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Forty years later, from rotary phones to Facebook

— After checking off the instantly recognizable faces, the committee posted the photos on their class Facebook page and asked for other classmates to help out. Not surprisingly, the majority of the alumni had changed considerably from 1974 to 1994. This exercise wound up being fun for a lot of the participants. It pulled some “lurkers” out of the shadows to chime in. After many days of playing pin-the-name-on-the-graduate, everyone was finally identified.

Email and Facebook

The goal of this 40th reunion planning committee is to reach out and invite as many ’74 grads as possible. The challenge is to get a hold of the classmates far enough in advance to allow flights to be booked, rooms to be reserved and personal schedules cleared in time to attend. The truth is we need your help. We ask that if you know any 1974 Liverpool graduates, their parents, or their siblings, you let them know about the reunion.

Please pass along the contact info below. Even if circumstances prevent them from joining us, by having their email address will give us a chance to reconnect and enjoy seeing photos from the upcoming magical evening — email LHS1974reunion@gmail.com, or visit us on Facebook “Liverpool High School NY Class of 1974.”

Ethnic eateries

Basil Leaf Ristorante has risen at the old Fresno’s location across from Sweetheart Corner, at the junction of West Taft Road and Route 11. Chef Billy Stamboly, a proud native of Utica, keeps diners satisfied with his tasty array of Italian specialties. The dinner menu features no less than eight veal dishes along with seafood, chicken, beef, pizza, plenty of pasta and, of course, Billy’s Utica greens; 214-0340.

Here in the village, Ascioti’s To Go is coming soon to the old Squadrito’s location in Ponderosa Plaza. The Ascioti family also operates a landmark meat shop in Solvay; asciotismarket.com/‎

Meanwhile, Moe’s Southwest Grill plans to take over the former Friendly’s location on Route 57. There’s already one in Cicero at 5663 West Circle Drive; 214-0130.

‘The Education Station’

WCNY-TV and FM celebrated its grand opening Oct. 30, at its new facility at 415 West Fayette St. down city. Everything’s sparkling new and divinely digital, but we’ll still miss having the public broadcaster on Old Liverpool Road where its first telecast originated on Dec. 20, 1965.

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