Thursday, February 17, 2011

34 degrees at 7:30 a.m.! Yay!!!!



WKTV's forecast: "Above normal temperatures over the next two days before colder weather returns for the weekend. For today, temperatures will warm into the lower to mid 40s across the area. Mostly cloudy with the chance of a brief sprinkle this afternoon.

Cloudy tonight with a rain shower possible. Temperatures hover a few degrees above freezing.

Very mild on Friday, with highs approaching 50. Rain showers, followed by breezy conditions in the afternoon. All areas in Central New York will see another snow melt over the next few days, so be prepared for ponding on the roadways especially on Friday.

Cold weather does return for the weekend, with highs settling back into the 30s. Windy with a spray of lake effect A few snow showers are possible on Saturday and also later in the day on Sunday."


Full Moon!

From the Farmer's Almanac:
"Full Snow Moon – February Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult."


Sandy Martin sent me an update on the recent activities of "The Colorful Bonnets," who met for their Christmas party at the Village Hall.

"A potluck luncheon was enjoyed and Secret Pal Christmas gifts were exchanged. The arrangements were made by Sandy, Nancy and Lurena.In January they again met at the Village Hall. This time a soup and chili lunch prepared by Gail and Carolyn was the menu of the day.
After lunch new secret pal names were drawn for the year and boardgames and friendly card games were enjoyed. February's meeting is to be held at the Huddle on the Main and is being
planned by Laurena and Elaine. It sounds like a wonderful experience awaits!!"




Waterville Central School @ Morrisville - Eaton High School High School Gym

6:00 PM
Sherburne Earlville High School @ Waterville Central School Waterville H S Gym

7:30 PM
Sherburne Earlville High School @ Waterville Central School Waterville H S Gym

(This is a biggie! Be there!)





Story Hour at the Waterville Public Library

Ages 2-5*

Bring your child to the library for reading, crafts, snacks, fun and friends! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

*Younger children are welcome to join us for the story & snack.
After they are free to play with the other younger children or they can color.



Point and Shoot Photography 10:30 AM Contact:

If you're interested in learning more about your point and shoot camera
to take better pictures, use effects, and more
this is the workshop for you.

Taught by Judith Kemp-Barnes of Petite Progressions Photography.

Space is limited. Stop in, call, or email to Sign Up.

Jill Getman 315-841-4651 -



Join us in your snow gear for snow sculpting, obstacle courses, snow coloring and more! *You can also bring your own snow building supplies.


Yesterday's Photos

More "housekeeping" by the Village DPW!


There were plenty of snomobilers out and a dozen or more were taking a break at "Michael's" in Sangerfield.

It was so warm and Springlike that I went on a search for Pussy Willows! (I KNOW that it's really too early, but I just drove and drove and looked and looked and FINALLY: there they were! Just a few, and (predictably) on the far side of a very deep ditch fulled with very cold water! But at least there's hope!!

My travels took me from Hanover down to Dicksville on Shanley Road, where I stopped to see if there was any activity in the far-off heronry: nope. (I know, it's too early for that, too!)

It's too early to tap maples trees, too, but this little Camp Road sugar house is always pretty.

There were two swans at Birdland. I wonder if they are Adam and Eve, from Taylor Pond at Colgate?

New additions to the Birdland menagerie: curly-horned sheep? or goats?

And on the other side of Camp Road, more sheep or goats including a couple of babies!


Somewhere in this picture - in the dark area - is a really huge bird.

Either an immature or a Golden Eagle that was feeding on carrion next to Water Street, he flew off before I could get full control of my camera and - instinctively, I'm sure! - made for the first area of camouflage he could find! Fifty feet away: freshly-spread manure!


About Amos Parker, the very tall soldier
whose grave is west of Oriskany Falls.

In the past few days, I've received several very informative letters about Amos Parker from Mark Barnes, Stella Cieslak and Judy Engle. Judy wrote: "Amos needs to have proper attention paid - he should be known for much more than his height. 'The Colonel's Hat,' a Town of Augusta historical text from 1977 contains more information about him." She is sending me copies of several pages and also writes that: "A new printing of 'The Colonel's Hat' has just been done and the books are available from Limestone Ridge Historical Society members. "

I intend to follow through on THAT and will also read more from a source that Mark Barnes sent me: an account of Gen. Lafayette's visit to Utica on June 10, 1825:

"Lafayette Visits Utica"

"Many old soldiers of the Revolutionary army, some of whom had been with the General at the siege of Yorktown, had gathered from all over the county. Towering head and shoulders over the crowd was Amos Parker of Augusta—the tallest man in the continental troops, so history records. It was this lean giant of a man who saved Lafayette’s life at Yorktown by disobeying an order, when he saw the General was in imminent danger of being shot by the enemy. Tried by court-martial but acquitted, Parker had come home without honors to resume life as a farmer, and his meeting with Lafayette in Baggs Tavern was, perhaps, the most affecting scene among the heart-tugging events of the day. After the private interviews and the public reception, the troops passed in review before the General who received their salute standing, head bared, on the steps of the Tavern."

So much to read; never enough time!!

When I get more information put together, I'll add it to "Heaps of History."


Have a great weekend, everybody!

(and a great Vacation, too!)

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