Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday evening for Monday


36 degrees at 5:00 a.m.

The WKTV forecast: "*Winter Weather Advisory has been issued from 2AM to 8PM for Northern Herkimer and Hamilton Counties.*

Spring weather this evening will be short lived as our next storm system moves in late tonight into Monday. Precipitation will start off as snow with sleet mixing in during the early morning. The best chance fo accumulating snow will be across the Adirondacks. Warmer air moves in during the late morning, switching precipitation to plain rain.

A chilly airmass will stick around for the first week of spring with temperatures below normal with some snow showers."


Joseph R. Beha

1922 - 2011


John Witty

1929 - 2011


Margaret "Maggie" Hodges

1929 - 2011





"Memorial Park Elementary Celebrates Blue Ribbon Designation."

from the Syracuse Post-Standard.


"Remembering Twenty-four Years"

from the MidYork Weekly by Helen Alberding.

"On March 19 I will finish my 24th year doing the news for the Mid-York Weekly! I have done an article each week for a total of 1248!! That’s a lot of writing and trying to get news for each week’s deadline." (continued.)*


Another outdoor book from Bob Elinskas

from the Observer-Dispatch*

"Bob Elinskas of Utica has become one of the most energetic and prolific authors in Central New York. The veteran outdoorsman recently published his fourth book in six years, “Hunting Central NY Whitetails & Other Wild Adventures.” The subtitle is “A historical review of hunting New York’s most productive game country,” and that it is. “I wanted to make it just as much as history book as a hunting book,” Elinskas said, and it is, even bringing to light such old-time activities as sucker-hooking through the ice.

The book is filled with colorful stories about hunting, fishing and trapping in the area surrounding Nine Mile Swamp, between Waterville and Brookfield. Elinskas knows the territory. He grew up in North Brookfield and went to high school in Waterville, Class of 1958. He has his own memories of those days, but the book is mostly stories he collected from dozens of local residents. It’s also full of terrific photographs, including older black and whites chronicling bygone successes, and many color pictures – big bucks, big fish, and some fabulous trail-cam shots. "

*I don't know whether you are going to be able to link to these articles or not. The O-D has a new policy: no more free online access!


Not as warm as Saturday, Sunday was still bright and sunny and best friends Olivia and Brandon celebrated Springtime with ice cream cones from Stewart's!

(Thanks for the photo, Sheri Brennan.)


Sunday morning in Lake Placid

The 2011 Norton Youth National Championship Luge Races

Marissa Cornelius of Deansboro.

On the track.

"Fist pump" at the Finish!

Marissa finished seventh in a field of twelve.



On East Main Street

where an Open House took place Sunday afternoon.

A new emporium filled with glistening delights .........

Owned and operated by John Lincoln-Lovely, Proprietor.



A special letter from Peter Bocko:

"I thought your readers may be interested in an update of someone who went
through the big one in Tokyo...

Andrea and I are home in Painted Post now that Corning shut down our Tokyo
office (temporarily) following the big quake a week ago Friday. I travel to
Korea tomorrow but cannot go through Tokyo to get there. The quake was Friday
and our son Andrew, in Shanghai the previous week for a business school project,
was scheduled to arrive on Saturday for a few days of sightseeing and relaxation
with us. He got there OK, but Haneda airport was filled with exhausted and
grubby International travelers sleeping on blankets, stranded, waiting for the
flight schedules to resume. It was quite bizarre weekend to say the least, it
seemed central Tokyo was deserted. Most places were closed as inspectors
systematically looked for quake damage. We took our son to our favorite
yakitori and teppanyaki restaurants in our neighborhood and we dined alone; the
owners there were so glad to see us. Even Saturday, shelves in grocery stores
were clearing out and milk and ramen were impossible to find. Gas stations
closed almost immediately. On Monday, news of the reactors was getting
increasingly alarming and in the matter of a day almost all of expatriates
cleared out with irrational rumors that radioactive clouds heading to Tokyo.
Our company, unhappy with the quality and clarity of information available from
official sources, closed our office, told locals to work from home and offered
assistance to relocate away from Tokyo. Expatriates were recommended to work
out of our other offices in Western Japan and other East Asian countries. I was
scheduled to return Wednesday to teach a class at Cornell, and convinced my wife
to return with me. She really wanted to stay; we both felt terrible scooting
out the country while all our Japanese friends were left behind to contend with
the situation. Aftershocks continued almost continuously, several severe ones a
day. Even sitting in the lounge at Narita airport a couple hours before our
flight out, we learned that our jet, coming in from Taipei on the first leg of
the flight had to abort a landing attempt as the aftershock, which almost sent
us cowering under a table, occurred just before touchdown. One of my Taiwan
staff members, who was on that plane, saw a dust cloud rise from the surrounding
countryside of the airport after the quake. Let it be said we were relieved "to
get out of Dodge", so to speak, wife, son & myself arriving home without
inconevenience. Now that the situation is resolving we can't wait to get home
to Tokyo and are likely to miss the peak of the cherry blossoms. The meaning of
the cheery blossom festival, which is to contemplate how ephemeral life is, will
be especially poignant this year. I hope things can, someday, return to normal
for this country and people I love.

Best regards,

Pete Bocko"

Thanks ever so much, Pete!

I think that the Bockos and their friends and colleagues in Tokyo would be pleased, and even surprised, by the amount of sympathy expressed by Watervillians for the Japanese and also their admiration for the great restraint and dignity shown while coping with such an enormous tragedy.


For the past 150 years or so, Watervillians have enjoyed Summer hikes up the course of "Blair's Brook" from the "old" reservoir out on White Street to the summit of Tassel Hill.

I think it's safe to say, however, that few - if any - have taken that "leisurely" walk, so described by historian Amos O. Osborn, in the Wintertime, and certainly Jody Hildreth must be the first to spend two days in a row hiking through knee-deep snow and sloshing in cold water so that he could clean up a waterfall in order to photograph it!

-- and you can bet that he was the first to make the hike out wearing water sandals and snowshoes!

On the left, the waterfall as he found it on Saturday.

On the right - cleanup in progress on Sunday.

The results!

(Amos Osborn would be pleased!)

Winter footwear? Cool!

Thanks loads, Jody!

In early histories, Tassel was spelled with two L's - Tassell - so named for an early settler, there, named VanTassell. When the forest of fir trees was planted atop the hill in the 1930s, an area of the planting - once visible in aerial photographs - spelled out the name "Tassell."


Also in the mail .........

these half-dozen photographs taken by Alex Meszler, a 2009 graduate of WCS who is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University studying organ performance at the Strasbourg Conservatory in France, this semester.

Since his arrival there in January, Alex has been able to see quite a good deal of Europe and he's sent these photographs, taken on a recent trip to Rome, Italy, to share with you.

(He didn't identify them -- I'll try.)

One of the most amazing sights -

The Roman Colosium

Inside the colosium (or colosseum, if you prefer.)

The ruins of the Temple of Castor and Pollux at the Roman Forum.

The 19th century "Temple of Aesculapius."

(Thanks so much, Alex!)



For tickets contact Linda Hughes at 841-3912



Quilting Group *
Tuesday, March 22nd & Tuesday, March 29th

If you're a quilter who enjoys some company and has a quilt started, join the Quilting Group.

For a complete schedule of Library activities,

click HERE.


Have a great day, everyone!

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