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Liberty - March 2

Fran Kurpil - Community Correspondent
Posted 3/1/21

Hello everyone: It's Fran DeFilippi Kurpil. I'm including my maiden name because since I've been writing this column, I've had some contacts from the old days.

Our Son: Back from years in the big …

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Liberty - March 2


Hello everyone: It's Fran DeFilippi Kurpil. I'm including my maiden name because since I've been writing this column, I've had some contacts from the old days.

Our Son: Back from years in the big city of Denver, Mike and his wife, Lesli, miss “things to do”, so he is now often planning family activity. For Valentine's Day he made reservations for our family dinner at Kasos Greek Restaurant in Roscoe. Sam and I had vacationed in Greece years ago and loved seeing the murals of Santorini on the walls that Mrs. Kasos had painted. Our big family filled the side room which felt like we were in our own home. The Greek food was great. Moussaka, Spanakopita, plus all kinds of tasty dips. A garlic dip called skordalla was one, plus tzatziki and several others were shared. Our son-in law, Donnie Jones had a shrimp dish. You don't have to have Greek as the menu is large...burgers, etc. and save some room for baklava, kataifi or galaktoboboureko. Ha, ask no questions…they are traditional favorite deserts. Yum. Our conversations with Mr. and Mrs. Kasos, the delicious food and time with family added to precious memories.

St. Peter's Food Pantry: I spoke to Father Ed Bader, our dear Pastor who said that the Pantry is open every Sunday from 9 to 12, providing food for needy families. It is located in the lower level of what was St. Peter's school, on Lincoln Place. We thank Father Bader and all the volunteers who work on this project.

Shoprite: I don't need to go grocery shopping in this weather thanks to my girls, but I did make a quick, masked trip just before Valentine's Day. I was given a nice surprise gift package by Shoprite, a red-heart card, a Chap-Stick and price-off coupon. A very nice gesture on their part. It seemed like the special love-spirit was alive and well that day. One worker told me she remembered my Sammie when she worked for Unity Ambulette. Patrick, my checker was smiling and chatty and said he came from Roscoe. I told him my daughter was the Pharmacist in Roscoe and he said... “I'll tell her I met her Mom”. So it was obvious that the Staff must have all gotten their Valentine's chocolate that morning. So, thank-you to all.

Jeff Sanitation: Sitting paying bills. I have to thank this company for providing a self addressed envelope. Little things mean a lot. Always great service even in this weather.

Shovel Off Your Flat Roof: My son-in-law, Stefan Gieger and grandson, Cameron saw the great piles of snow on the flat roof of our garage patio and raked it down so it wouldn't be a problem. Then I saw on TV where many roofs had collapsed. Special thanks to Stefan and Cameron for their fore-site and muscle.

Liberty Supervisor: Frank Demayo was very pleased that Medicine Shoppe provided over a hundred vaccines recently at the Senior Center. It was the second shot for most. I heard how well it was all handled and people are so thankful.

Ice Fishing Contest: Frank said that James Guara and Parks and Rec does an amazing job of organizing events like this. It was a great success. I'm sure it was just what the kids needed. They don't mind the cold and learning how to ice-fish is great, plus a contest adds to their excitement.

Pete Feinberg: After all my last kudos to my former co-realtor, I learned he had a knee replacement and is now recovering. Stay off the ice, Pete.

Local News Channel: Someone recently lamented the way Spectrum NEWS no longer has reporters in Sullivan County the way they once did. When daughter Cindy was a County Legislator, I remember the reporter recording from Gieger Farm on a local farm issue. Even further back, I was recorded on my back porch by a reporter regarding a local hunting accident. Mr. Sanders had been shot and killed in his own woods in Parksville by a poaching hunter. Our Sammie had taken the young Sanders daughter to the Senior Prom, so we were more than heart-broken about her Dad. Mike actually ran that tape here last week, watching me speak of the terrible tragedy, probably in 1983? It ran on Tracy Baxter's nightly news program. Maybe it's time for Sullivan County to get their own TV show.

Buzz Aldrin: I just read this fascinating story actually written by Buzz. It tells of his act of faith prior to the lift-off of Apollo in July 1969. He said many of those in the NASA program trusted that what they were doing was part of God's eternal plan for man. In talking with Dean Woodruff, the Pastor of his church near Houston, they made plans for two special communion services, one to be held just prior to Buzz leaving for Cape Kennedy, the second would take place two weeks later, Sunday July 20 when he and Neil Armstrong would be on the surface of the moon. Buzz wrote that the first liquid poured on the lunar surface was wine and the food was bread specially prepared by his Pastor. This story is in the Guidepost of July 2020 and there is a picture that says: PRECIOUS CARGO: The communion chalice that Buzz packed in his personal kit to the moon. Just reading that account brings a peaceful aura to me, ever grateful to Buzz.

Bye for now. The next Liberty column in two weeks...on Tuesday, March 16. God bless us all.


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