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June 22, 2021

Fran Kurpil
Posted 6/22/21

Hello everyone, welcome to our Liberty Column from Fran DeFilippi Kurpil…It certainly has been a beautiful few weeks with the awakening of Spring, flowers blooming and the birds singing. We …

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June 22, 2021


Hello everyone, welcome to our Liberty Column from Fran DeFilippi Kurpil…It certainly has been a beautiful few weeks with the awakening of Spring, flowers blooming and the birds singing. We have a bird bath in the backyard and it is fun to watch them splashing in the water. It is not a quick dip on a hot day, but a real, “aah, this is great”.

Liberty Library: I attended a group gathering last week at the library that was well attended. The guest speaker was Martin Hersh, our elder law and estate planning lawyer. It is wise to use his expert advice with regard to wills and protecting our personal properties. Any meeting with Marty makes it all easy. Next month, July 12 at 10:30 a.m. the guest speaker will be Dr. Joyce Garber, Psychotherapist. Her topic will be, “So What Else Is New?” I can’t imagine, so will be glad to hear.

Teenage Library Assistants: Marjorie Linko, Library Director has hired part-time Library Pages to help with shelving books, assisting with Children’s programs, outside gardens, program set-up, creating flyers and other general library duties. She said, “they are great Liberty High students and we enjoy working with them and mentoring them in their first jobs.” I can’t imagine any better idea, and in the past Summers students have volunteered for our clean-up projects in the Village. Our love to our Liberty Central School Staff and students. One more Little Love Note: The piano in the Panebaker Auditorium has been dedicated to Mr. Hamblin as a tribute to his dedication and passion for music and teaching his students. That is so beautiful. I hope the great concerts of instruments and voice will continue when school opens. My husband and I never missed one. Great job Mr. Hamblin. Of course, going back to Mr. Siegel. Our best thanks.

County Campus At Sunset Lake: John Liddle, Commissioner of The Department Of Health and Family Services, reported a recent up-beat, internal gathering of over 300 employees for a bit of a Fair. A chance to meet and greet each other and when the food trucks showed up, it certainly was a great day. We are blessed to have this facility in our area for the benefit of so many who need the care. It is a beautiful place with such devoted workers. Our daughter, Julie Burns, comes on Sundays to bring Holy Communion to those who want the Sacrament.

Liberty Heights at Shoprite Mall: Our grandson, Garrett Diehl was invited to Thomas Etess’s birthday party at this great place last Saturday. Thomas’s Mom made a great choice as the boys loved playing on the trampolines, and Garrett won lots of little prizes when they played games. The moms raved about having this local place for the kids to enjoy and apparently the Moms had fun also along with cake and ice-cream. I’m sure the owner of this business will have a busy summer.

Main Street Liberty: I’ll just do a little verbal ride down the street to fill in those who read the Democrat from out of the area. Starting up North Main by the Catholic and Methodist churches, the Liberty Market is a beautiful full grocery store, then the great-expanded Library. Across from the Library is the new Laundry business..a beautifully built, big building with a full parking lot. Down a bit is Lapolt Park and the Senior Center and Parks and Recreation offices. We passed the Police Department and Village Offices. Across the street is the beautiful Town Office mansion. Along the North Main stretch are many, longtime businesses, such as Liberty Press, Floyd and BoBo’s bakery and coffee shop, Liberty Fitness, a beautiful Salon next to the magnificent former bank building which now has a full grocery store on ground level and upstairs, professional offices. More notable businesses are Barbanti Real Estate, the Baptist Church and the wonderful Town And Country, a real land-mark business. I have to skip down a bit to fill in about great progress on the Liberty Theater building. The restored, antique windows on the top level are worth slowing in traffic to stare at, beautiful proof that Bruce Davidson is doing a top-notch job of restoration. On the street level a lot of work is in progress and looking great. I know building supplies are difficult to get right now and interior work will be a big project, but with Bruce’s determination, it will get done. Due to print space, I have to skip down to the former Bus Stop area. The buildings have been taken down so it is now a big empty lot, next to the fenced, community garden that is surrounded with flowers and home grown vegetables.

Thank You: From me, to various friends who tell me they love the Liberty Column. A nice note of thanks from Tom Katz when I mentioned his work. I had a sweet card from Martha Scoppa saying she enjoys the column. Thank you Martha…yes, “keep the faith”…onward to a beautiful Summer here in our home town.

As usual, I am happy to include any good news, email frankurpil2@yahoo.com.


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