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Music with meaning resonates in every heart

— For a quarter century, Notarthomas has been crafting tunes about the environment, the beauty of nature, love, socio-political issues, spirituality and rapture. The Syracuse New Times identifies him as “one of Upstate New York’s most passionate, politically articulate and visionary performers.” Visit jamienotarthomas.com.

The Folk Music Series continues on Feb. 16, with Colleen Kattau & Some Guys, March 16 with Kim and Reggie Harris, and ends on April 27 with Adam Miller paying homage to Woody Guthrie. See you there!

L’pool Plaza Liquors

Just in time for New Year’s Eve, a new liquor store opened for business. Liverpool Plaza Liquors opened its doors Sunday, Dec. 29, in the strip mall we used to call Carl’s Plaza. Of course, I‘m going back a few decades to when Carl’s drug store was the primary retailer there where the Thrifty Shopper store now stands, at the corner of Electronics Parkway and Old Liverpool Road. The new bottle shop stands at the strip’s other end, near Firestone Complete Auto Care. To contact Liverpool Plaza Liquors, dial 457-5000.

Montanaro remembered

Speaking of Old Liverpool Road, one of the pioneers of that particular boulevard of dreams has died. Frank Montanaro, who established the legendary Le Moyne Manor in the late 1940s, passed away in Syracuse on Dec. 28. He was 92.

Montanaro purchased the estate of architect Ward Wellington Ward and created Le Moyne Manor Restaurant at 629 Old Liverpool Road. Over the years he expanded the original home and added a modern motel, making it one of the most distinguished establishments in the area. Le Moyne Manor, the “House of Banquets,” was the destination to thousands of people celebrating weddings, parties, dinners, meetings, proms and holidays. Montanaro’s first-class operation also showcased some of the finest entertainers to perform in CNY. Montanaro sold his business and retired in 1992.

Two years ago the manor’s present owner, Peter Young Housing, Industries & Treatment, quit the food and hospitality biz entirely. Rev. Young’s operation is an alcohol and substance abuse treatment center which runs vocational programs to teach the under-employed skills needed to get jobs. Young, who is based in Albany, has owned the facility since 1998.

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