Thursday, January 27, 2011

This is much better!

It's Garbage Day


27.7 degrees!

The WKTV forecast: "Lake effect snow showers and flurries will be the rule over the next two days. Clouds and snow showers will last through the majority of today, with accumulations of less than one inch for most areas. Temperatures hld steady in the upper 20s with a bit of a breeze this afternoon.

Light snow showers tonight and tomorrow, again with little accumulation.

A clipper system rolls south on Saturday, bringing a few flurries to the area. Colder weather returns early next week, with highs in the upper teens to lower 20s.


The DPW has spent the past two days removing snowbanks from both sides of Main Street

........... and folks like Mr. Wright on White Street keep up with the occasional flurries that leave fresh accumulations of a few inches.

The temperature reached the mid-thirties, yesterday afternoon, and Maggie took her people out for a walk ............

........... and Charlie and Scout were strolling with their mistress on Elmwood.

At 5:06 p.m. it was still light (sort-of!) on Main Street .................

.............. and a group of snomobilers was reconnoitering in the field next to Osborn Avenue.


(Two fun letters!)

"What a great site. My Mom turned me on to this and it has really brought back a lot of memories. I was wondering if you could give a shout out to a few people I went to school with a long time ago, that I think of from time to time and more often now that I’ve found this site. I’m not really sure who’s around anymore, besides Tom Morgan, who remembered me, when I last visited. I know I’ve forgotten a few names, but here’s a few that I remember.

Tim Snyder (bowgadude buddies)
Tom Snyder
Mark Ruane
Tom Morgan
Ed Manion
Mike McGlaughlin
Teddy Ford (Peanut)
Larry Schmidtt
R0nny Mahar
Greg Doyle
Myron Bancroft
Sherry Jackson
Darla Budlong
Nancy Barnes
Susan Staley
Debbie King

Thanks for all the great memories y’all. I’m hopin we get a chance to catchup one of these days. Maybe you could invite me to the next reunion.

Jim McManus"


And, along the same line ..........

"Dear Huddleblogger,

Could you please assist me in obtaining information with regard to upcoming Waterville High School reunions (2011 in particular).

I am not sure who would be good contacts with regard to schedule, activities, locations. Maybe you could help with this inquiry.

I went to Waterville schools many years ago, and am planning to attend the 2011 reunion activities.

Thanks for any help.
Tim LeClair"

If someone will send messages and information to me I'll be glad to pass them along to Jim and Tim!


Clothing giveaway

from 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28

and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 29

in the basement of St. Bernard's Church, located on Stafford Avenue in Waterville.

There will also be small household items, bedding, kitchen items, shoes and toys. Sponsored by the Waterville Food Pantry, Waterville Senior Citizens and the Social Action Committee of St. Bernard’s Church, the event is open to the public and there is no limit on the quantity of items people may take away.



Game On @ Your Library

Thursday afternoons 3:00 - 5:00
Ages 11-18
Play video games on our 12 foot screen! Bring your own system
and games or you can play our Game Cube or PS2. Bring your friends!
Game ratings must be T or under.



There are no games scheduled for today, but you can see the
schedule for Friday and Saturday games by clicking right HERE!



The Legion is having January fish frys every Friday.
The time is 4:30 to 7:30.

$9:50 for for the fish dinner
and $5 for the mac and cheese dinner.


Have a good day, everyone!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

It a lot warmer, this morning!

Yesterday afternoon WKTV's meteorologists predicted that: "Clouds move back in with widespread light snow arriving later this evening and continuing overnight. The clouds will prevent temperatures from tumbling overnight, and in fact we'll likely see readings rise into the teens by daybreak."

They were right: it's 18.9 degrees at 7:00 A.M.

Today's forecast: "Light snow fell overnight, producing a light accumulation. Some slick spots for the morning commute. Light snow will exit most of the area this morning with a return to mostly cloudy skies. Lingering lake effect snow north of the Mohawk Valley, with perhaps another inch or two of accumulation. Temperatures climb into the upper 20s to near 30 by late this afternoon.

High pressure noses in for a bit on Wednesday. A mix of sunshine and clouds with highs again near 30 degrees. A storm passing to the south may bring a few extra clouds Wednesday night along with some lake effect on Thursday."



From Jeff Reynolds, a cold-looking, but lovely view that he labeled,
"Source of the Susquehanna. Sunset, 22 January."


Patty Ford has sent me a slew of photographs that she took last Saturday during the Eastern Region Cub Scout Gold Nugget Derby which was sponsored by Pack 23 and took place at the Oriskany Fall’s Firemen’s Field.

"The Gold Nugget Derby is a fun outdoors event for all Cub Scouts. A Gold Nugget Derby is reminiscent of the days when many of the early settlers put down the plow and grabbed a pick ax and headed to Alaska to strike it rich. Dog Sleds replaced the horse and wagons as the main form of transportation. The Cub Scouts participated in many fun Alaskan themed events which include some of the following activities: Panning for Gold, Iditarod Race, Whale Fishing, Anything but a Sled Race, Big Foot race, Alaskan Golf, Snow Sculpture, and Polar Bear Tug."

The "Anything But a Sled" course was on the hill behind the Fire House and the rules clearly stated: "No snow boards!"

Getting ready for the "Big Foot Race"

Totem Pole Snow Sculptures

Totem Prizes for each event were crafted by Mr. Mark Mowrey, left.

The Food concession was supplied by members of Troop 108.

Ultimate Golf!

A young fisherman lands his whale!


Thanks, Patty!



In yesterday's O-D there was an article by Lisa Kapps titled "Dining that's Worth the Drive."

Now - I know Lisa and I tend to read whatever she's written, whether it's about Waterville or not. In this piece she DOES mention Waterville, but I'm not sure that I agree with her statement - especially the very first word:

"Inexplicably, Waterville has become a foodie destination of sorts, with three top-notch restaurants within walking distance of each other.
Le Petite Maison, located at 148 E. Main St. in Waterville, has been serving up great French food for years.
Michael’s Fine Food and Spirits, located at 7672 Route 20 in Waterville.
At the newest, The Huddle on Main, you’ll find new, exciting twists on favorite dishes. It is located at 135 West Main St.'

- and/or the business about the three restaurants being "within walking distance of each other."

We'll talk about it, sometime............... over dessert!


Unless something unexpectedly exciting happens, I may spend a couple of days away from the computer. It's a struggle, but I need to do that, now and then!

Have a great day, everyone!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Faucets are dripping: YAY!!!

It's starry-clear and there doesn't seem to be any wind blowing.

It could have been worse!

(And, for all I know, it could be several degrees colder up in Hanover or Paris!)

My digital indoor / outdoor thermometer reads minus-8.1.

The temperature will probably fall a couple of degrees before it rises, again.

(I imagine the folks in Millers Mills are gleeful!)


Several area schools - including Madison and Hamilton - are on a
2 hour delay

Click Here for the latest list.


It's Garbage Day


The forecast from WKTV: "Record cold temperatures this morning. Temperatures range generally between -10 and -30. Sunny skies today will bring temperatures into the single digits by this afternoon. Winds are expected to be on the lighter side. Clouds move back in tonight with widespread light snow. A general 1-3" is expected by daybreak, with perhaps another 1-2" early Tuesday."


A reminder that "Collections of gently used CLEAN clothing, toys, household items for the Great Annual Give-away will continue through Wednesday January 26th. Please leave items in the designated area in the basement of the Church. We will not accept any computers, exercise equipment or Televisions."


The give-away opens Friday, January 28, 9-12 & 4-6 and Saturday January 29th 9-12. "
The giveaway is held in the basement of St. Bernard's Church, 199 Stafford Avenue.



You can find the latest updates of the

at "Digital Sports."


The Waterville Public Library's


for the rest of the month.

(The library's Amanda Briggs is looking for LEGOs and new or like new
board games for kids & teens.




A year ago now, snomobilers were being asked to stay off the trails because there wasn't enough snow to ride!


The Marshall Highway Dept. had moved snowbanks back next to Daytonville Rd. to make room for more snow!


Have a great day, everyone!

I'm not going to be in any hurry to get out and around,
but if you have to go outdoors, bundle up good!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday morning look-see.

Plastic "Adirondack Chairs" - left out just because I enjoy the "overstuffed" look
they get this time of year!

AM Weather report: Remembering that the forecast was for something like minus-8 degrees, this is a real "heat wave" because it's "up" to plus 9.5 degrees at around 7:15.

Of course tonight could be a different story, and the forecasters are still going with "minus 16 f."

"Paperwhites" just opening this morning!



In the O-D:
Waterville 59, Sherburne-Earlville 49
Twin brothers Jared and Jordan Henderson combined for 43 points, including all 13 of Waterville’s fourth-quarter points as the Indians – a perfect 15-for-15 from the foul line -- won a nonleague CSC crossover. Jared scored 11 of his 25 points in the last quarter, going 9-for-9 from the line. Jordan added 18 points and six steals.
Sherburne 14 6 16 13 — 49
Waterville 16 18 12 13 — 59
Sherburne-Earlville (6-4): Randy Briggs 4, Cameron Yerton 18, Paul Romanenko 7, Branden McDaniel 7, Cole Hodges 8, Ethan Johnson 2, Sean Caton 3. Totals: 19-5-49.
Waterville (7-4): Jake Murray 4, Jared Henderson 25, Jordan Henderson 18, Matt Scarlett 2, Greg Elliott 8, Nick Zielinski 2. Totals: 18-15-59.
3-point goals: Sherburne 6 (Yerton 5, Romanenko); Waterville 8 (Ja. Henderson 4, Jo. Henderson 4).
JV: Sherburne-Earlville won.

At this point, Digital Sports shows NO GAMES scheduled before Wednesday, January 26th.

Waterville Central School
@ Oriskany High School

January 26

Oriskany High School
@ Waterville Central School
Memorial Park Elem. School

AT THE LIBRARY Monday Lego Club 3:00 - 6:00

All Ages
Stop into the library on Mondays anytime between
3-6pm to build with legos and mega blocks!
At the end of each month we will have a building competition.

Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.
Children 5 & up may be dropped off.


A note from Amanda Briggs, at the Waterville Public Library:

"The library is looking for LEGOs and new or like new board games for kids & teens. If anyone would like to donate any, they can bring their donations into the library to Jill Getman or myself."


Jody Hildreth is greatly relieved to know that the "spider" seen hanging upside down in one of his cave photographs has been identified by a professional* a common, ordinary 'Harvester' - or 'Daddy Longlegs'. "It is probably using the cave to overwinter."

*Trivia for the day - what is a spider "professional" called? Answer: an Arachnologist. And the only reason I know that is because the word is explained in the movie "Salt,' which I watched last night!


From Gil Condon, who saw a picture of the old barn on the Barnes Farm on the blog a few days ago and sent his own photo labeled "Home of the Big Fellas," and wrote:

"That Barnes barn was built by me granddad and his Bros.about ??? ago. It was called the Horse Barn. A second barn sat close by and was called the Cow barn. Across the road and down in the field was the Red barn. I wanta bring my metal detector up someday and explore for plow blades etc. I was born in the house, same one as present, 74 years ago on a sub-zero Feb morn. Dr Battles ( RIP) got up there somehow!"

He also sent this photo of "a Home of the Lepricons, up White Street a ways."

(Great thanks, Gil!)


......... from Cathy and Sarah Burbules-Sexton who've been visiting Seattle Washington and took time to investigate the history of Alki Point - one of the very earliest settlements, established in 1851 as a commercial outpost by a Charles Terry from Waterville!

Terry, born in Waterville, N.Y., in 1830, sailed for Panama at age 19. He crossed the isthmus by mule train and headed north to the California gold rush.

He met up with his brother, Lee, who had preceded him, and together they traveled the coast of Oregon for a while with what came to be called The Denny Party.

Sarah wrote: "In the aforementioned diorama, Charles Terry is the figure hunched over at upper right with a barrel on his shoulder! Other that this, he wasn't mentioned in the museum, but I read the chapter about him in the book 'Sons of the Profits' and it explained that the 'towns' he and Arthur Denny founded battled each other for dominance -- despite an early advantage it said, Denny's Seattle beat out Terry's New York/Alki Point."

Charles started out with barrels of pork, gallons of molasses, 800 pounds of hard bread, a case of boots and shoes, materials for clothing, hickory shirts, window sashes and window glass from passing ship captains. He hurriedly built a tiny cabin visible to passing ships and opened a store right at the tip of "Alki Point."

In 1853, the Terry brothers and John Low hired Arthur Denny, a surveyor, to lay out a town site at Alki, which they named "New York" after the Terrys' home state. In these early days, an anonymous pioneer with a sense of humor modified the name of New York by appending the Chinook word "alki" -- which means "by and by."

Days after Terry's store opened, the first edition of the first Puget Sound newspaper, The Columbian, was printed in Olympia. Its rudimentary press, which is now on display at Seattle's Museum of History & Industry, later printed the early Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

An advertisement that appeared in early newspapers for Charles Terry's "New York Cash Store" read:

"Chas. C. Terry and Co., thankful for past favors, take this opportunity to inform their numerous friends and customers that they still continue at their well-known stand in the town of New York on Puget Sound, where they keep constantly on hand and for sale at the lowest prices, all kinds of merchandise usually required in a new Country."

Arthur Denny's granddaughter Roberta Frye Watt wrote: "Charles Terry was now the dominating figure on the peninsula. Due to his salesmanship, New York-Alki began to hum, many immigrants stopping there in preference to coming to Seattle. With unlimited energy, this young man of 23 was shaping the wilderness into what he believed was to be a great city."

Lee Terry, lonesome for female company, returned to New York and left his claim for his brother.


Another "New York."

The Statue of Liberty, a small replica of the original "Liberty Enlightening the World" in New York City, was a gift from Reginald H. Parsons and the Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America in 1952.

Great Thanks to Cathy and Sarah for the pics and letter!

The photos were taken and sent from Sarah's iPhone.
(Would Charles Terry have believed that?)

Also in my morning mail was a personal note from an old friend from days in Topeka, Kansas - photographer Bill Snead, who's worked for the Washington Post, New York Times, National Geographic, Associated Press, and on and on..... In this particular note, which included a picture taken on what he calls an "eye-phone," he remarks about that sort of technological progress, writing: "the damned thing is 5 mgs. Cameras we started using on newspapers and mags were 3.7 mgs."

(I wish I could say that I understood and appreciated that bit of information, but ........ I'll take his word for it!)


Now 8:55. Temp down to 8.1 degrees.

(at 9:15 it's 7.2!)

Have a good day, everyone --- stay warm!!!