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Sure sign of spring: robins’ eggs in Christmas wreath

— When former Liverpool Mayor Jon Zappola and his family returned from a recent sojourn in the Sunshine State, he went to remove the Christmas wreath from the house, and discovered a mother robin had laid five eggs in a nest she’d fashioned in the wreath.

No wonder the Zappolas’ holiday wreath will remain up for a while on their First Street home!

A former baseball coach and art teacher, Zappola now serves as chairman of the Liverpool Village Housing Authority, which oversees the House at 807 that has provided affordable housing for elders since 1999. The House at 807 on Oswego Street currently has two vacancies. If you’re interested in an apartment there, visit house-at-807.org,‎ or call 457-1334.

Auditors impressed

At the March 17 meeting of the Liverpool Village Board at which the proposed $2,437,648 village budget was discussed, Trustee Dennis Hebert went out of his way to thank Village Clerk Mary Ellen Sims and Mayor Gary White for their work on the village budget every year.

The village’s finances are annually audited by Koagel & Vincintini, a private auditing firm based in Camillus.

“The auditors found our financial situation very clean, and our reserves are perfectly in line with what is required by New York state,” Hebert said. “We’re fiscally sound. Mary Ellen Sims and Mayor White are responsible for our good audits. It should be noted.”

DeFrancisco puts dukes up

Have you ever wanted to see a politician take it on the chin?

Well, you’ll have a chance to witness just that at an unusual fundraising dinner at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, Electronics Parkway in Liverpool, at 6 p.m. April 26, when State Sen. John DeFrancisco will continue his fight to help at-risk youth by actually stepping into the boxing ring with none other than Syracuse Sports Hall of Famer Boxing Coach Ray Rinaldi. The two will be the main attraction for the fundraising event that will bring together community figures and local politicians who want to help end the violence and truancy plaguing Syracuse.

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