Thursday, December 29, 2011

It's Recyclables Day

(Tomorrow is Garbage!)

It's 16 degrees, white and sparkly at 7:00 a.m.

About 2" of "puff."

WKTV's Weather Forecast: "Quiet weather (Thursday) with sunshine followed by clouds. High temperatures in the upper 20s. A series of weak but fast moving storms will give us several chances for light snow heading closer to 2012. Light snow and rain possible Friday, Sunday, and Monday."

You can see what the weather's like in other locations by checking Area Webcams.

For instance, there is Snomobiling in Old Forge!

Skiiers and 'Boarders check I SKI NY for trail conditions at centers like Wood's Valley.



From The Waterville Garden Club Newsletter,
a partial list of winners of the Christmas Lighting contest.

"Best of the Best overall - 1st. (tie) Mr. and Mrs. Rob Verdon , Mr. and Mrs. John Pumilia
"Best of the Best" doorway; 1st. Ms. Bonnie and Joanna Bechy,
"Overall" category; 1st. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Harding,
"Doorway" 1st. Mrs. Elaine Barth,
"Most Creative" ; Mr. and Mrs. Rick Peglow,
"Businesses"; 1st. Uptown hair salon.

For more results, please see next week's issue of The Waterville Times.


From the Waterville Rotary Club Newsletter

Meetings for tonight (the 29th) and January 12th are cancelled.

On the 22nd,
Members, friends and family, enthusiastically led by Santa’s helper, Kirk, caroled at Harding Nursing home to an appreciative audience.

Waterville Rotarians will meet with Oriskany Falls Rotary on
January 11 at the Copper Turret in Morrisville.
Members will tour the Sheila Johnson Design Center at Morrisville College following the meal and a short program.


From Clinton/Kirkland Historian Dick Williams, an E-letter about a book he had just read and which organist Alex Meszler had discovered, as well, about a year ago. Dick urged me to read it, saying that it had a great deal of interesting information about 19th century Waterville in it.

Alvinza Andrews was an early Sangerfield settler. In 1804 he married the daughter of Col. David Norton, who kept a tavern in the building that now houses Michael's Fine Food & Spirits. In 1834 Andrews founded a business in Waterville for manufacturing Pipe and Parlor Organs. His home was on the corner of (now) E. Main Street and Barton Avenue and his work shop was in the next two buildings - a home that was taken down to make room for the Fire House and the former Waterville Public Library / now Historical Society. His son, George Norton Andrews, 1832 -1904, grew up in the business and in 1852 father and son moved the factory to Utica. By 1860 the Andrews factory had gained a reputation far beyond its home territory and had installed as many as 300 organs in cities as far away as Pau Pau, Michigan, and Washington, D.C.

One such instrument - called the "Ely Organ" is in the Methodist Church in Deansboro and, as of a year ago, was still used every Sunday!

Oddly - and unfortunately! - it doesn't appear that there are any copies of this book available at either the Waterville Public Library or the Waterville Historical Society. (They - and you - can learn how to acquire copies HERE!)


Just as Alvinza Andrews added to the growth and prosperity of Waterville, so did John A. Berrill, who operated a foundry here in the 1830's - 40's. According to the 1896 obituary of his successor, inventor Backus Beardsley, the foundry was located "where the Park is now." (I think that that's an error and that the foundry was actually next to Big Creek on land now occupied by Stewart's.)

Berrill invention seen on Ebay ........

The description reads: "ANTIQUE WALLPAPER GLUE BLENDER or SMOOTHER with HAND CRANK GEAR DRIVE! Embossed on hopper edges is 'BERRILL No.2, WATERVILLE, NY', To the best of my knowledge, it was made over 80 years ago. It measures 17 inches high, hopper is 8 1/8 inches diameter, it weighs 17.2kg. Pictures show condition well, as GOOD, with heaps of appeal!"

There's just one little problem: the item is located in Australia and, although the current bid is something like $49.00, shipping is estimated to be $366.o0! To read more, click the image!



At the Library

Also this evening at 6:00




Hamilton Indoor Farmers Market
Saturday, December 31st, 8am - 1pm,

At Parry's, 100 Utica Street, Hamilton
Over 20 Vendors, including produce, meat, honey, maple, crafts & more.




Have a good weekend, everyone.

See you next year!

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