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Liberty - June 23

Jun 22, 2020

By Fran Kurpil - community correspondent

Mid June: What beautiful days in Liberty, and cool nights are perfect for sleeping. While writing this I am trying not to think too much about all our local and country-wide issues. With a big family…from infants to college level to grand and great-grands there is always lots of joy and we continue to thank the Lord.
Pandemic: It has certainly affected many people, not only healthwise, but their jobs also. Our son's job in Denver shut down, so he came back to a little house he owns in Livingston Manor. No vacation though.
He connected with his line of work which is very specialized satellite expertise and is working from his home office. His architectural degree is up in space somewhere. It's all over my head?
Neighbors: I've mentioned my life-long area before, and one of our past neighbors (can't say, “old”…ha) Billy Sedlack comes by every so often. I'm sure he has great memories of growing up on Kelly Ave., next to his Grandma and we are always glad to see him and chat a bit. Another connection was with John McGorrian who lived on Cold Spring and Kelly Ave. in the 50's. A few years ago we got a surprising letter from John's wife, Susan. They have been living in Illinois for many years but she kept a connection with her church in White Sulphur Springs. One day she got her church bulletin and caught inside was a bill mailed from our address. When John saw the return address, he was amazed…“my years ago neighbors”. So we are now pen-pals.
Guys Socializing: You know, those little social gatherings that build from morning coffee at McDonalds. I think it started with George Amaral in the back corner. He and Sam had worked at the College, so if George was holding court, others would join in and enjoy a lot of laughs. Just before the pandemic Sam and I stopped for coffee… “where is George” we laughed. I tracked him down…in that place where there is no snow-ball fun?
Hilligs Castle: What a beautiful letter of reaction from a reader regarding my reference to Otto Hillig and his castle. Eunice Freer Warner sent great memories in a letter to the editor which you will enjoy. Her Dad was Dr. Freer, Liberty Vet.
Liberty Mall: Former Sullivans. Just off exit 100. Looks like some real positives here. The County Visitors Center and also BOCES Administrative offices are both relocating to this great location. To quote Business Edge: BOCES, SCVA spur local economy with new office build-outs. The Visitor's Center will occupy the two offices on the right corner. BOCES has 14,000 square foot offices to accommodate 50 - 55 employees in variety of departments. Robert Dufour, BOCES Superintendent said that after employees arrive and are settled in, future plans may include a project whereby students construct an outdoor food court between the two Mall buildings. “It's on our to-do list” he said. Hmm...I'm remembering that great project on South Main Street…a wonderful little dining room called Serendipity totally run by BOCES students, cooking, serving. How that was missed when it closed!
Dr. Issecks: As a patient, I was notified that Dr. Issecks is retiring. We wish him the best.
Lynn Killian: Heartfelt tears to Lynn's family. At this point in my life I have lost so many close friends, but Lynn was in my daughter, Julie's, high school class…too young. Her business ability and her leadership as Chamber President were so impressive. In a little conversation with her a few months ago about the work being done at the theater building, she mentioned that her grandfather, Stuart Farrand had his Insurance office there. RIP Lynn.
Till Next Time: Let's continue to pray for normalcy in our lives and our Country. God be with us.





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