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Liberty - April 27

Fran Kurpil - Community Correspondent
Posted 4/26/21

Hello Everyone: It's Fran DeFilippi Kurpil here to spread the good news about my home town. It has been an incredible month, but then again, when you have a big family and are lucky enough to have …

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Liberty - April 27

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Hello Everyone: It's Fran DeFilippi Kurpil here to spread the good news about my home town. It has been an incredible month, but then again, when you have a big family and are lucky enough to have them close by, every month is great.

Family Birthdays: From our great-grandson, Austin Brandt's first, to great-grandpa, Sam Kurpil and Veronica Gieger who share a birthday, a lot of candles and cake. I'd never heard of a smash cake. That is a memory beyond words. Give the little guy his own cake, covered in whipped cream....you get the picture. He likes cake...ha.

Frank Demayo, Supervisor: Words from our Supervisor said the Board is taking to heart the dumping and litter on our roads and is taking aggressive action. Surveillance cameras will be placed in key locations with signs that will advise of fines up to $1,500 and/or up to a year imprisonment. “We will look to actively prosecute violators”. Volunteer Pick-Up Program is in effect till June 30. Town stickers can be obtained at Town Hall to put on your bags for free disposal at the transfer station of debris collected from town roads. Call Nick: 845-292-5111. The word from the Supervisor's Office is, “If you see something, say something. Don't put yourself at risk. However, if a picture can be taken of a perpetrator, please send it to the Supervisor”.

A Note From A Friend: Susan McGorrian keeps in touch from Illinois, and today as I sat to write, she sent an e-mail, a nice note from her brother-in-law, Robert Stewart, who lives in Colorado, and subscribes to the Democrat. He was in LCS Class of ‘61. He mentioned that he likes my Liberty column. So Robert, I will try to keep painting a nice picture of the town you still connect to. I'm sure you enjoy the Sports reviews from years back at Liberty High that is now a feature in the Democrat. I have to add a mention of the work being done on the Liberty Theater building for those like Robert who are not driving Main Street these days. The beautiful, original windows on the upper level have been replaced and work continues on the store fronts through the great money and work investment by Mr. Davidson.

At one time, many years ago, apparently we had wealthy builders along our main streets here in Liberty who used brick and stone. Today long-time owners like Krug brothers still maintain their corner building that once had Hall's Jewelery, Scipione Tailor, on the upper level and other shops. Constant praise is due to the owners of the most beautiful Town & Country store in the center of town. Hopefully Summer months will let us get out shopping and supporting our local businesses.

Community Garden: I had a call from Etta Barbanti regarding the Community Garden. She is looking for volunteers to help with planting and maintaining the beautiful, vegetable and flower garden down on South Main Street by the bus stop. It is such an inviting, fenced area that is already looking great with early daffodils. Etta said that some beautiful, outdoor chairs have been donated and so what could be more inviting than a place to sit among blooming gardens. She was hoping for some strong man power. How about an encouraging call: Etta: (845) 796-6048. Thank you, Etta, we certainly appreciate your constant involvement.

Eric Bradley: It was heart-warming to see videos of a welcoming group at Eric's home as he arrived home from the hospital after losing his leg. His youth, determination and friends will certainly help him grow stronger since the terrible accident on Chestnut Street as he worked loading a village truck. We are with you, Eric. God bless.

Creative Custom Display & More: A new business in White Sulphur Springs. Check the web-site to see the display units they have for your business. They have the expertise to create the best display possible to emphasize your products, such as paparazzi jewelry or other numerous gifts. We wish them the best.

Spring: I'm sure we are all happy. Forsythia is in full bloom and my daffodils are exceptional this year. The lilacs will be budding soon. I saw an interesting article in The Manor Ink, the youth-driven paper. It said, “got a green thumb, or maybe you've never really tried planting a garden or growing flowers”. The Livingston Manor Free Library has an interesting program that might interest you. Throughout the months of April and May the Library will hold a seed swap. Bring in some favorites and choose a few different ones to take home. Library staff will provide bags, labels and “green conversation”. I love it.

Another Month till Memorial Day. I'm remembering our great Liberty High School Band that helps us remember the day.

God bless everyone and our Country.

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