Dave Detlor packs up his scissors

— The Battle of the Bulge raged for five long, cold weeks in December 1944 and January 1945, as a major German offensive launched through the densely forested Ardennes. It was the biggest battle on the Western Front. American forces suffered 89,500 casualties including 19,000 killed, 47,500 wounded and 23,000 missing.

“There’s nothing you could compare it to, that’s for sure,” Dave said. “It gave you a discipline that you might not have had. You still seemed to do things in an orderly manner.”

Customers concerned

Dave is doing what he can to stave off his sickness. Meanwhile, guys like Tony DiRubbio have to find someone else to cut their hair. For 42 years, DiRubbio came all the way from Skaneateles to have Dave craft his coiff. Former Liverpool chiropractor Doug Rosenkrantz, who lives in Cazenovia, was also a loyal customer. Other Lakeview regulars, like Ed Egloff Jr. from Galeville and Joe Romano and John Landers from the village, all miss Dave’s deft touch with the clippers.

The shop may be shuttered, but Dave and Ceaira are still receiving mail at 221 First St., so friends can drop him a card or letter. The zip is 13088.

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