My Aunt Mary Jane died last month at Oswego Hospital. After living in Galeville for five decades, she spent her final months at a Port City nursing home. She was 88 years old. Born Mary Jane Korthas in 1924, she had married my mother’s brother, Ed Egloff, sometime after World War II.
With his smoothly shaven head, Luther Everson vaguely resembles Lex Luthor, Superman’s arch-enemy. But our Luther, who works at Bayberry Service Center on Route 57, cares more about carburetors than Kryptonite. I don’t know what those Hollywood casting directors were thinking, but Luther himself would certainly have been a better choice to portray Luthor than a fey Kevin Spacey who played the villain in “Superman Returns.” Liverpool’s Luther makes Michael Rosenbaum’s Luthor in “Smallville” look absolutely wimpy. But let’s be clear, there’s nothing at all villainous about our Luther. He simply happens to share a name and a haircut with Superman’s Luthor. Not only is Everson a master mechanic working with Bayberry Service owner Matt Rahalski, Luther is a U.S. Army veteran of Desert Storm. Between tune-ups he recalls “eight months of sitting around the desert before we finally saw some action.” And by the way, he pronounces his last name with a short E. “Not Eeeverson, like the museum,” he insists.
With his smoothly shaven head, Luther Everson vaguely resembles Lex Luthor, Superman’s arch-enemy. But our Luther, who works at Bayberry Service Center on Route 57, cares more about carburetors than Kryptonite.
There’s never a lack of action as two dozen characters scurry and scuffle across the ample stage at the new CNY Playhouse in an uproarious revival of “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” now playing at Shoppingtown Mall
Diamond Someday, a lively local bluegrass band fronted by guitarist-singer Shirley Stevens, often opens its shows with a line from “Old Chunk of Coal,” the Billy Joe Shaver song which explains the band’s name: “I’m just an old chunk of coal, but I’ll be a diamond someday.”
When Kathy Kellish promises an “old-fashioned Christmas celebration,” she’s not kidding. In this case, “old-fashioned” means all the way back to the Renaissance.
When it came to kids with broken musical instruments, Brownie was a soft touch. As an amazingly versatile musician and a repairman par excellence, Brownie knew the joy that a person derives from playing a well-tuned instrument. Everyone knew that he’d often repair instruments for children at no cost simply to encourage their love of music. Richard “Brownie” Brown passed away on Nov. 15 at Sunnyside Nursing Home in Kirkville. He was 88.
The Cobblestone will add a new 31-by-7-foot deck along Tulip Street. The new brick deck will be located in front of the addition that opened in 2004 as a roof-topped outdoor patio. That outdoor room was recently enclosed when weatherproof windows were installed.
For thousands of years, this special season has promised peace, and for the past four decades the Syracuse Peace Council has risen to the occasion by hosting the annual Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival.
At the Nov. 19 meeting of the Liverpool Village Board, Mayor Gary White reminded trustees that, in an effort to save money, they should consider lengthening their terms of office. The four trustees and the mayor currently serve two-year terms. White invited residents to voice their opinions on the matter via a simple, one-question survey on the village website, villageofliverpool.org.
As a four-month trial period comes to a close, village leaders have expressed satisfaction with its shared-services agreement with its new part-time police chief. At the Village Board’s monthly meeting on Nov. 19, Mayor Gary White and Trustee Jim Rosier, the board’s liaison with the police department, both praised Police Chief Don Morris who is serving as a part-time chief here while continuing as the full-time chief in East Syracuse. Morris works 20 hours a week in Liverpool and 40 in East Syracuse.
When the second annual First Night celebration was staged last New Year’s Eve at Onondaga Lake Park, some 7,000 Central New Yorkers — including hundreds of young families enjoying a non-alcoholic holiday alternative — turned out to ring in 2012. Instead of being inspired by hope for the New Year, however, many attending families were outraged when main-stage headliners the New Boyz, a rap act from Southern California, delivered a suggestive and profanity-laced performance.
Shirley and Mike Martin planned to open their new business – Jo’s Li’l Cupcakes – on Election Day, but they needed a few extra days to complete the interior renovation of the shop that had long housed Chris’s Flowers Etc. at 141 First St., in the village. The ovens went into overdrive and the doors swung open on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Mike’s contractor brother, Jeff Martin, gave the room a wide-open feel complemented by a couple tables and a few easy chairs and a rock’n’roll décor accentuated by electric guitar imagery and a tabletop collage of concert tickets. Comfort is a bonus at Jo’s Li’l Cupcake where the namesake confection gets top-billing. Every day the Martins bake 15 different colorful cupcake varieties from orange to pumpkin to peanut butter. They sell them for $1 each or $5 for a six-pack.
Back in October 2005, Norm Andrzejewski formed Operation Southern Comfort to help rebuild homes on the Gulf Coast which had been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Andrzejewski, who lives in Liverpool, assembled OSC’s army of volunteers, and together they rebuilt hope among Louisianians while rebuilding homes, one at a time. Seven years later, the effort continues down South and last week, after Superstorm Sandy blasted the East Coast, Operation Southern Comfort became Operation Southern/Northern Comfort. “A small group of volunteers went down to Staten Island and New Jersey last weekend to take some goods and supplies for Sandy’s victim,” Norm said. “They’ll also try to identify organizations for us to partner with.”
Mark Allnatt's band will play a handful of gospel numbers such as his song, “Goin’ Up to See My Lord,” at the American Legion in Marcellus Sunday.
“Don’t Talk to the Actors” – a 2007 comedy by Buffalo-born playwright Tom Dudzick – opened Nov. 9 as the first full-length show staged by the newly named Central New York Playhouse at Shoppingtown Mall in DeWitt.
Old-timers recall driving down North Geddes Street and marveling at the Heaphy Man.
When residents visit the Village Hall at 310 Sycamore St., they’ll see a distinctive miniature Asian elm tree planted there Oct. 26 as a memorial for baby Isabella Marie.
B’ville Theatre Guild stages Neil Simon’s crotchety comedy
Drawing on one of its strengths – its deep pool of experienced comic actors – the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild breathes new life into Neil Simon’s old show-biz warhorse, “The Sunshine Boys,” now running weekends through Nov. 11.
For decades I mistakenly believed that Onondaga Lake Parkway had been built under the auspices of the Works Project Administration, President Franklin Roosevelt’s ambitious public employment program designed to take the sting out of the Great Depression. And I’m not the only one. Thousands of visitors to the county’s most popular park are officially misled to credit the WPA for the park’s creation. Markers there make the WPA claim look like gospel. Turns out it’s sheer bunk. “The signs there are wrong,” says local historian Joyce Mills, “and it annoys me.” Mills, who lives in Liverpool, has meticulously researched the origins of the Onondaga Lake Parkway which opened along with park land and athletic facilities in 1933. Roosevelt’s WPA wasn’t established until 1935
If you’re consciously downsizing your consumption of sweets, Jo’s Li’l Cupcake might become your new favorite bakery. Shirley and Mike Martin plan to open their new business on Election Day, Nov. 6, at 141 First St., in the village of Liverpool. On Oct. 22, the Liverpool Village Planning Board approved the Martins’ site plan for Jo’s Li’l Cupcake shop. The couple will set up four tables with four chairs each for a maximum seating capacity of 16. The site plan showed more than 20 available parking spaces including 15 on the property and others on the street. That location, 141 First St., formerly housed Chris’s Flowers Etc.
This past summer, CSX alerted the village of Liverpool that it plans to temporarily close the railroad crossing on Old Liverpool Road. CSX wouldn’t say when and wouldn’t say how long Old Liverpool Road might be closed for repairs. After discussing the situation at the July 30 village board meeting, Liverpool Mayor Gary White contacted 4th District County Legislator Judy Tassone and asked her to make the county Department of Transportation aware of the CSX plans. Old Liverpool Road is a county road. “The county DOT wasn’t getting anywhere with CSX,” Tassone said last week, “so I met with the staff of U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer to let him know about the problem.” During the week of Oct. 9, Tassone and a handful of local mayors met with Schumer personally at the Hanley Federal Building, down city. Turns out other area municipalities are also running into brick walls with CSX, a Class 1 Railroad which runs freight trains up and down the East Coast. “Several of the mayors spoke up and said they couldn’t get anything done with CSX,” Tassone said. “Sen. Schumer said he’ll look into it.”
As they informally discussed the possibility of extending terms for trustees and the mayor, village of Liverpool trustees showed no enthusiasm for longer terms themselves. They suggested, however, that doubling the mayor’s term from two to four years might be a good idea. Presently the four trustees and the mayor each serve two-year terms of public service. Mayor Gary White introduced the topic at the village board’s Oct. 15 meeting.
Formidable blues double bill Sunday in Cazenovia
Celebrating 50 years of making music, Hammond headlines a great double bill also featuring guitarist-singer Mark Hoffmann at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in the Catherine Cummings Theater, located at 16 Lincklaen St. in Cazenovia.
Before winter finally puts the beasts to sleep, let’s consider our aromatic pests – the skunks – one last time. Looking through the lens of history, it turns out that polecats have plagued the village of Liverpool for more than a century. Sycamore Street resident Mike Romano recently reminded me to check out “A Village Diary: Frank S. Gleason, 1857-1923.” In his entry for Friday, Oct. 12, 1894, the diarist noted that “A Skunk has caught 11 of my chickens & I have to set a trap for him tonight.” The next night Gleason’s trap snapped shut on a big black-and-white. Frank failed to chronicle how he disposed on the animal. A burly and busy shopkeeper, Gleason lived at 314 First St. with his wife, Carrie, and children Sherm, Susan and Helen.
At its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, the Village of Liverpool Board of Trustees will discuss the possibility of lengthening the terms of office for the mayor and the four trustees. All five presently serve two-year terms, but Mayor Gary White would like the board to consider lengthening the terms to four years each. The village justice currently serves a four-year term.
It’s easy to see who Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is. He’s a fat cat. He’s a rich kid born sucking on a silver spoon. As a former executive for Bain & Co., he’s a tool of big business. President Barack Obama Jr., a Democrat, is nowhere near as transparent. Often accused of being a “socialist,” Obama clearly has leftist leanings nurtured in Hawaii by an early tutor, crackpot unionist Frank Davis Marshall and continued by Saul Alinsky, a Chicago-based community organizer who wrote “Rules for Radicals.” On the surface, Obama looks like a licentious liberal, but take a gander at his campaign contributors, and you’ll see a president beholden not to the little people but to big bucks. Of the top 10 companies with employees donating money to Obama’s campaign, three are big banks: JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The president’s other major contributors include employees from big companies such as Microsoft and Google. Obama clearly favors Wall Street over Main Street.
Carrie Roseamelia, a resident of Galeville, was unanimously elected chairwoman of the Town of Salina Democratic Committee on Sept. 18, at the Comfort Inn on Buckley Road. She replaced outgoing Chairman Robert Judd, a union official who lives in Mattydale.
The Kennedys to showcase new pop sound Saturday in Caz
For more than a decade and a half, Pete and Maura Kennedy have been making music that recalls the jangly guitars of 1960s bands such as The Byrds and The Hollies.
Ever since Burger King closed its restaurant at 7589 Oswego St. late last December, residents have been hoping for Tim Hortons Café and Bakeshop to open up there. The Canadian coffee shop chain applied to take over the prime village property, and the village planning board gave Hortons its full approval.
In honor of John Lennon’s 72nd birthday, Kellish Hill Farm will veer from its usual country and folk sounds to present an authentic British Invasion rock concert for the first time ever with “Joey Molland: Badfinger, Beatles & Beyond – An Acoustic Autobiography.”
Ever since the attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, the village of Liverpool has been paying more than $600 annually for terrorism insurance. At their Sept. 17 meeting, however, village trustees said enough is enough. As a possible target of terrorists — either foreign or domestic — “the village of Liverpool is not exactly high-profile,” said Trustee Dennis Hebert, who lives in Liverpool on Third Street. “And what defines terrorism?” Hebert asked. Glancing at the insurance policy, Mayor Gary White said federal or state authorities can declare as terrorism any “violent act committed to coerce policy.”
For the second month in a row, a resident’s complaint about skunks opened the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees meeting on Sept. 17. Martha Ours, who lives on Oswego Street, said the animals have proliferated there because a neighbor “puts out food for them 365 days a year.” The animals are “negatively impacting my property,” she said. For five nights in a row this summer, Ours witnessed several skunks seeking food outside her neighbor’s house just before dusk. Wildlife experts strongly discourage feeding skunks. The sharp-toothed carnivores will routinely tear apart plastic trash bags.
When the Southern rock band Alabama Shakes took the stage at Paper Mill Island that evening, however, peace and quiet was the last thing on their mind. One of the tracks on the band’s debut disc says it all: “Goin’ to the Party.” The July 29 party grew louder and louder prompting village Water Foreman Chuck McAuliffe to ask the band’s sound engineer to bring down the music’s volume to comply with the village noise ordinance. Village Engineer Tim Baker told the Baldwinsville Village Board of Trustees at their Aug. 16 meeting that the roadie responded not by lowering the sound but by turning it up.
Former Sinatra pianist leads quartet Friday at 11th annual Jazz’N Caz festival
Nowadays, Vincent Falcone plays piano for some of the brightest stars of show business. Not only does he flat-out rock on the 88s, Falcone also organizes the material and conducts the band.
Kristin Kronafel mixes a marvelous mojito, but she also rolls out a hot poultice massage. The Retreat barmaid now works a second job as a licensed massage therapist at Garbo’s Salon & Spa, 732 S. Crouse Ave., on the Syracuse University Hill. While standard therapeutic massages remain popular, Kris takes her hands-on work to new levels with hot stones, green tea and lavender linen wraps and detoxifying mud wraps. Besides relaxing muscles, Kris polishes skin with a pomegranate sea salt body scrub and detoxifies skin with a caffeine-infused sugar scrub. Sounds delicious! Then there’s the hot poultice massage. Kris uses a moist-hot herbal ball from Thailand to decrease inflammation and release tension or spasm in muscles. “The scent of the steamed herbs is very relaxing as well,” she says. Prices range from $40 for a standard 30-minute massage to $95 for the hot poultice treatment. Eight-dollar add-ons — such as hot towels, aromatherapy and hand or foot paraffin wrappings — are a real bargain. Garbo’s hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; 422-6007; GarboSalonandSpa.com.
Swing fans will flock to the 11th annual Jazz’N Caz fest at Cazenovia College, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22, at the Catherine Cummings Theatre, but the festival kicks off informally at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, on the lawn at the Brae Loch Inn with a blues-rock band named Gent Treadly.
My brother, James, and his wife, Kathy, flew in from California over Labor Day weekend. During their stay, I introduced them to the village’s newest nightspot, the White Water Pub on South Willow Street. After ordering cocktails, we sat at an outdoors table happily basking in the glow of the full moon. Our evening reverie was cut short when a nauseating skunk smell suddenly fouled the fresh night air. We scurried into the indoor bar-room to escape the stench.
Having served as Liverpool’s chief of Police for more than eight years, Don Morris resigned from the LPD in 2007 to take over as chief of the East Syracuse Police Department. On Aug. 31, Morris returned to Liverpool as its part-time chief replacing Chief Bill Becker.
Noise pollution comes in all forms. Here in the village, we endure the shrieking of train whistles where the railroad crosses Old Liverpool Road. Our ears have become inured to the rumble of semi-trucks on our roads and the roar of jet planes overhead. The howling of Harley-Davidsons and the shrill sirens of emergency vehicles — one a sound of engine pleasure, one a sound of personal pain — both turn our idyllic village into a cauldron of cacophony. Yes, thundering vehicles can be vexing, but the noise that really annoys me now is the one emanating from all the squeaky doors.
It has been a long, hot season for the Syracuse Chiefs. Literally. The Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals must’ve played four-dozen games in 90-degree weather or worse. While the heat wave lingered, the Chiefs’ bats often went cold, and the pitching proved inconsistent. New skipper Tony Beasley arrived in town with an impressive winning record over his six-years as a minor-league manager, but — unless the team wins seven of its final nine games — 2012 will not be among his winning seasons.
In August 2008, several Third Street residents appeared before the Liverpool Village Board to complain about skunks inundating the neighborhood. Mayor Gary White, who was then a trustee, acknowledged the problem. “Typically skunks are nocturnal,” White said then, “but now we’re seeing them out in bright daylight, which makes me worry about rabies.” As they’ve done for decades, however, village officials urged the troubled residents to utilize the trapping program administered by the town of Salina. It cost $16 for each resident to have traps set. In April 2011 in two separate incidents, Liverpool Police officers shot and killed two skunks which had been behaving strangely in village yards in broad daylight. One animal was dispatched behind a house on Oswego Street, while another was killed a few blocks away on Sixth Street. Now, skunks have infested Second Street.
Cast as a “mayoral groupie,” actress Peggy Sundberg will personify any number of real-life ladies who dated Lee Alexander, a married man who served 16 years as mayor of Syracuse, from 1970 to 1985.
One of the most popular songs of 1942 was “Jukebox Saturday Night,” as performed by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, vocalized by Marion Hutton and the Modernaires. Teenagers across the country danced to Al Stillman’s lyrics: Moppin’ up soda pop rickies To our hearts’ delight, Dancing to a swingeroo quickie, Jukebox Saturday night... One of those teenagers was Floyd Tillotson who lived in Liverpool where he worked at Heid’s.
One of the most successful businessmen in the Liverpool area, Joseph J. Janowski, has been elected to the Syracuse Chiefs board of directors. The Chiefs baseball club — which is playing in its 52nd season of community ownership – is the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Janowski’s membership on the Board of Directors of the Community Baseball Club of Central New York, Inc. took effect in April and was officially announced by the ball club last week. Janowski is the managing general partner of the Bayberry Plaza and Clay Medical Center. He replaces Jay Wason Jr. on the Chiefs board.
The passing of a family member can rock a person’s very foundation, even when that ultimate end is expected. One of the village’s most prominent families – the Hursts – lost their matriarch last week. Shirley Moyer Hurst died calmly and quietly Thursday, Aug. 9, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. She had lived to the ripe old age of 87.
A cloudless sky and a cooling breeze made for a perfect day for a boat ride on Tuesday, July 24, as the Emita II set sail on Onondaga Lake. Departing the dock from Dutchman’s Landing on Seneca River, Capt. Dan Wiles guided the double-decked tour boat past Kline Island and into the center of Onondaga Lake. Hosted by the Greater Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, the casual cruise drew 48 passengers as four crew members took drink orders and answered questions about Mid-Lakes Navigation, Co. Ltd., which owns the Emita II, 65 feet long and 22 feet wide.
The Salt City Brass will perform a free concert from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, as part of the 2012 Liverpool Is The Place summer concert series at Johnson Park; 457-3895.
One of the area's longest-running summer festivals and one of our newest summer she-bangs will both strike up the band on Sunday, Aug. 5.
Baldwinsville resident John Johnstone treasures many memories of his eight-year Major League Baseball career. For instance, as a member of the San Francisco Giants in 2000, he recorded the first win ever for the home team at its new downtown ballpark, Pac Bell Park (now known as AT&T Park).