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If we ever needed a Hot Stove, now is the time

— The Hot Stove’s doors will open at 5 p.m. Friday, with dinner following at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $40 for adults and $20 dollars for kids 12 and younger. For a table of 10, the cost is $400. For tickets, visit the NBT Bank Stadium ticket office or call Greg Dietz or Erin Stancick at 474-7833.

By the way, Jason Smorol will discuss new ticket pricing and other Chiefs developments at 7 p.m. Feb. 24, at Liverpool Public Library; lpl.org.

Last year’s honorees

This year’s Hot Stove honorees have yet to be announced, but last year two local guys were recognized. In 2013, Cicero’s Tom Leo and Liverpool’s Ron Gersbacher were honored. Leo, was the winner of the Jake Meyers Great Guy Award. Leo had served as both a writer covering the team for the Syracuse Newspapers and served as the team’s official scorer. Two months after he won the award, Leo died of cancer on the opening day of the Chiefs 2013 season.

Ron Gersbacher won the 2013 President’s Award. Also known as Ron Wray, the Syracuse Music Authority, Gersbacher has served as team historian since 1985 and has been a member of the Chiefs board of directors since 1997. He was team president from December 2006 through November 2011.

Missing maple

Have you noticed that the big maple tree’s missing from out in front of the White Water Pub, at 110 S. Willow St.? Yeah, a buzzsaw took it down just before Christmas.

Oh, well, now the pub has three more parking spaces, and owner Mary Kay Manns won’t have to worry about raking all those leaves off her front patio ever autumn.

Herbal medicine

It looks as if New York state may finally join the 21st century by approving medical marijuana. It’s about time reason prevailed over outdated drug-war rhetoric.

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