Next year, where will village put its piles of snow?

— Contestants will register a guess as to when the snow piles on the 100 block of First Street finally melt away. “When will these big snow piles disappear,” Hennigan asked.

Contestants will enter the date he or she thinks the snow mountains will be fully melted, along with name and contact numbers, and drop the entry in a box at Village Hall or at Nichols, 327 First St. Deadline for entries is April 15.

The winner will receive a $150 Nichols gift card. “Perhaps there would be other fun-loving merchants who would like to add to the winner’s booty,” Hennigan hinted. If interested, give him a jingle at 457-2151.

Why not the lake?

Why doesn’t the DPW simply dump the snow into Onondaga Lake?

The federal Environmental Protection Agency recommends against placing plowed snow in waterways. It contains pollutants derived from salt, motor oil and trash. The EPA also urges state and local governments to include snow disposal restrictions in storm-water management plans.

The lake sure seems like a convenient option, but expediency is no excuse to dump snow in water, said Anthony Iarrapino, an attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation. The pollution problems are so severe, he said, that it should be considered only if there’s really no other option.

Lizard’s live music

Co-owner Scott Schimpf keeps the good times rollin’ at The Limp Lizard BBQ, 201 First St.

A talented bass guitarist, Schimpf knows the music business backward and forward. When he’s not fingering his four-string or smoking ribs in the kitchen, Scott books the live bands that entertain at the Liverpool Lizard.

This week, Hold the Air blows into the BBQ at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 27. Shawn Halloran entertains Friday night, March 28, and the Hip Replacements dance like Druids on Saturday, March 29. You’ve got to love that band name: The Hip Replacements!

Admission is always free at the Lizard, and the Southern-style vittles are finger-licking good; 451-9774.

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