Forty years ago we had no Twitter. No cell phones. No iPods. No email. Now that we have those things, and more, you might think it would be easier to stay in touch with all those folks you knew back in the day. But no, things have only grown more complicated. Joe Pirro, an alumnus of Liverpool High School Class of ’74, found out the hard way. He and a determined committee of 10 are planning a 40th reunion for this coming June. “In the early 1970s, computers were the size of tractor trailers,” Joe remembers. “The computers ran off punch cards. Flash forward to today when six out of 10 people own a smartphone.” Here are more of Joe’s thoughts on creating a catalyst for reconnecting:
The effects of weather on the lake
Along the Lakshore column from the Nov. 27 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
In 2007, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a Consent Order for Floradale Road and Viking Place. The Consent Order requires Onondaga County to repair and improve the Electronics Park Trunk Sewer which was originally built in 1948. After careful consideration, the county legislature approved the funding to construct certain improvements to the trunk sewer and the surrounding system. Two phases were scheduled with cost estimates at $10 million. Phase I addressed the connection issues. It was necessary to eliminate the cross connection between the two trunk sewers and rehabilitate up to 50 manholes to eliminate the inflow and infiltration that has contributed to the overflows. An 18-inch diameter pipeline was added to convey wet weather flow from the Electronics Park Trunk Sewer directly to the Liverpool Pump Station’s 2.3 million-gallon storage tank.
Can you see Lee Harvey Oswald as a Frank Sinatra fan? If so, you’d probably enjoy Doug Brode’s new novel, “Patsy!” The 346-page book paints a decidedly different portrait of the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy. While Warren Commission investigators found the 24-year-old Oswald a sullen, self-involved ne’er-do-well who listened to classical music rather than to saloon singers, Brode’s Oswald revels in the fantasy world of the silver screen. He’s fascinated by the macho man image adopted by Sinatra. He’s thrilled when – as a serviceman deployed overseas – he happens to meet John Wayne. All the while, this starry-eyed “Patsy” is being “run” by a shady CIA operative named George who manages Oswald’s intelligence career through the Marines, to his “defection” to Russia and all the way through to Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas.
Show of sportsmanship in state soccer final a teachable moment
Jerry Mackey was, no doubt, elated that his Oneonta girls soccer team had just won the state Class B championship on a windy, wet Sunday night at SUNY-Cortland. But before he could celebrate with the girls he coached, he had a more important task at hand.
Beginning of winter, some thoughts on eggs
The sun is bright and the snow is new and white, glistening in the sun. We’ve had lots of early snowfalls in the past and I recall a minor snowfall as early as Oct. 15. We even had 6 to 8 inches on Election Day some years ago.
Help the holidays are on the horizon! Shopping! Food! Stress! Arggh but once again we are here to soothe your pain with some great ideas to ease your holiday hassles including a class on putting together a holiday newsletter with Microsoft Word; chances to catch up your sewing/knitting projects away from prying eyes; a session on ereaders in case you’re shopping for one and a special book fair at Barnes and Noble with great local entertainment.
Three of four voters neglected to cast ballots in Onondaga County on Election Day 2013. Voter apathy makes a mockery of the democratic system, as one-fourth of us determine who will lead all of us. We already know that one percent hold the majority of wealth and influence in this country, many people say, so why bother to vote.
When I first met Vince Cook, I was working part-time as a server at the Market Diner in Syracuse. Vince was sitting alone, drinking coffee and reading a book on editing. He told me that he and his wife Terri were writing and publishing a book. He didn’t tell me the topic at that time, nor did I ask.
Boat hoist repair, bird sightings
Along the Lakeshore column from the Nov. 13 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
After the Syracuse Chiefs baseball club suffered significant financial losses last year, the board of directors replaced longtime General Manager John Simone in mid-October. The ballclub’s new GM, Jason Smorol, lives in Liverpool. Smorol, 44, and his family reside on Balsam Street here in the village. From 2002 to 2004, Smorol served as general manager of the Auburn Doubledays. Under his leadership the Single-A team’s attendance rose at Falcon Park while it won three division titles in the New York-Penn League. Syracuse is that much closer to The Show. It’s a Triple-A team playing in the International League, one level below the major leagues. Smorol recently managed accounts for Hilti Inc., a construction supply manufacturer, but he previously worked for minor-league ballclubs in Watertown, Batavia and Staten Island.
Mr. Lemon getting old, boat museum
Along the Lakeshore column from the Nov. 6 issue of the Skaneateles Press.
Preventing damage to the lakeshore, the USS Slater
Along the Lakeshpre column from the Oct. 30 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
We lost two prominent players in the local entertainment scene recently. Liverpool musician, teacher and concert coordinator George Miller, who lived in Liverpool his entire life, died Oct. 6. He was 76 years old. And comedian Big Mike Goss died Oct. 3. He was 60 years old.
Climate change, a northwest passage
Along the Lakeshore column from the Oct. 23 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
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