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Liberty - June 9

Fran Kurpil - Community Correspondent
Posted 6/8/20

June 9 - Hello everyone! It's Fran Kurpil…I'm hoping you are all doing ok in spite of this world turmoil. It was said my column was mostly about my family. Bear with me while I thank God for my …

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June 9 - Hello everyone! It's Fran Kurpil…I'm hoping you are all doing ok in spite of this world turmoil. It was said my column was mostly about my family. Bear with me while I thank God for my cousin and Town of Liberty resident Tom Mungeer's great appearance with Steve Ducy on Fox News yesterday. Tom, as head of the Police Benevolent Association, spoke in support of our Police who risk their lives to keep us safe. These are such tough times for law enforcement, and I'm sure his emphasis on them is so appreciated.

John Liddle, Deputy County Manager: He said the Liberty School is concerned that they may not get the State Aid they are expecting and may need to make cuts during the school year, but we should all be proud of their hard work to maintain the educational programs while keeping the tax rate flat for another year. John also was happy about progress of the County Recovery Group which is a sure blessing for our businesses.

County Recovery Group: Working with the Visitors Assoc., IDA, Partnership and the County Chamber, the emphasis has mostly been in helping small businesses get access to capital so they can pay their bills until they can reopen. Several small businesses will be reopening at the start of Phase Two, June 9.

Hillig's Castle: Anyone who remembers the Liberty mountain with the castle owned by the famous local aviator, Otto Hillig, will be so happy to hear that the present owner plans on restoring it. If they take down a lot of trees, we will be able to see it like old times, I hope. Dolores Thompson Gadshian has posted on People Who Come From Liberty, some really great pictures of the original construction. James Rampe's posted pictures of Andrew (Dutch) Rampe and Andrew Rohrback, his family builders working on this piece of local history. If you Google Hillig's Castle you can see some more recent pictures by Emil Miller. My husband said when he attended the one-room schoolhouse up near Kurpil Road, his teacher, Mike Schmidt, took the class on a hike to the castle. A long, long time ago...yes.

Liberty Museum And Arts Center: Twenty-five years since the wonderful opening and ribbon cutting. So much actual hard labor went into saving the abandoned building and making it into a Village landmark and great venue for local artists' works. Robert Dadras, President will be announcing the planned programs soon. Musical concerts, school exhibits, chili contest, poet's original work are just part of what will take place when things get back to normal and the doors are open again.

Spring Clean-Up…June 11, 12 and 13. At the Town Highway Department out at 2791 St. Rt. 52. Town Barn has installed a dumpster for free use.

Happy Birthday Wishes: To Bea Grafmuller who recently celebrated 90 years. I think she has the key to looking and acting 70. You should have seen her square dancing at St. Aloysius Hall last year. Good health, Bea. I hope we can soon get back to Sunday Mass in Church.

Also...Happy 21st Birthday to our grandson, Rudy Gieger. He was very excited recently to be accepted at Chiropractic College and able to continue his study of sports medicine at Seneca Falls.

Summer Flowers: I'm certainly enjoying all the beautiful wild flowers that my grandchildren are bringing and an absolutely gorgeous arrangement made by my friend, Joseph at Hillside and brought to me by our son Mike and his girlfriend, Lesli. Beautiful thoughtfulness.

Till Next Time: Stay safe, keep in touch. God bless us all and God Bless America.

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