City crime encroaching on the village

— Sunoco A-Plus for sale

Speaking of the Sunoco A-Plus at 500 Oswego St., that prime village property is up for sale.

Local realtor Eddie DeLong is accepting offers for the commercial parcel that sits conveniently on the corner of Oswego and North Cypress streets. DeLong represents an owner who’s also selling a gas station in Westvale, at the corner of Terry Road and West Genesee Street.

For information on these properties and their prices, contact Ed DeLong at Realist Real Estate, 927 Seventh North St.; 451-5419.

Guinness-braised short ribs!

After the kitchen closed at The Retreat on the night before the SU-Duke game, head chef Todd O’Hara made a beeline for the Guinness Stout tap behind the bar where he filled a plastic bucket.

“Hey, Todd, is that for medicinal purposed or for culinary purposes,” I asked.

“I’m making Guinness–braised short ribs,” he informed me.

Next night I ordered the ribs, and they absolutely melted in my mouth. The meat practically fell off the bone, tender and juicy.

As a beverage, stout’s coffee-roasted flavor can be intimidating, but as a recipe ingredient, stout rules! Bravo, Todd…or, as I should say, sláinte!

Slow Supper Sunday

Speaking of slow-cooked meals, the Café at 407 hosts a Slow Supper Sunday at 6 p.m. Feb. 16, to benefit Ophelia’s Place. The four-course meal will feature fresh ingredients including local greens and cheeses complemented by New York State wines and craft brews, and chef Laura Hahn is cooking up a special soup. Tickets cost $75; 451-5855.

Meanwhile, live music continues at Café at 407, at 407 Tulip St. Bluesman Chad Bradshaw performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, and folksinger Larry Hoyt entertains there at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

Colleen remembers Pete

Colleen Kattau’s music has been described as “power and beauty steeping in a fine tea.” Liverpool Public Library’s Seventh Annual Folk Music Series continues with Colleen Kattau & Some Guys playing a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St.,

A bi-lingual singer/songwriter and fervent anti-war activist, Colleen’s songs deal with immigration issues, militarism and feminism. Her newest CD, “In My Name,” features 11 tracks with titles such as “Peace-Loving Nation,” “Word Bomber” and “Mama Don’t Allow No Hydrofrackin.’”

Colleen will dedicate Sunday’s performance to the late Pete Seeger whose life embodied the spirit of love, justice and the connection between food and music and clean water, earth and air! The theme of this year’s folk series is Protest Songs - Music With Meaning.

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