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North Syracuse Village Justice Robert Bertrand, right, and designer Diane Lewis Ware examine the newly refurbished village seal while Mayor Mark Atkinson looks on. Bertrand’s late wife, Debbie, designed the original seal in 1986.

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North Syracuse unveils newly refurbished village seal

For some 27 years, the village of North Syracuse seal adorned the front of village hall. But the effects of 27 winters, summers, springs and autumns took their toll, and the wooden sign began to fade. “The sun hits this site pretty good, so it gets pretty weathered,” said Mayor Mark Atkinson. “We knew we had to do something to bring it back.” On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the village unveiled the newly restored sign. The seal depicts the plank road that once ran through the village, the first in the country; that road is now Route 11. The road, once made of hemlock, served as the inspiration for L. Frank Baum’s Yellow Brick Road in the “Wizard of Oz” books. Also on the seal is the structure that now serves as the North Syracuse Community Center — a former functioning trolley station — as well as a trolley car being pulled by horses. Along the bottom are the words “Yesterday’s Road to the Future” along with the village’s year of incorporation, 1925.


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