Saturday, February 26, 2011

Aversa C. Mason


Aversa C. Mason

1922 - 2011


Friday, February 25, 2011

Fri. afternoon ANNOUNCEMENT

(Yes. It's still snowing!)

The Boys Varsity Basket ball game has been postponed

till tomorrow night in Oriskany at 7:30pm.


For those of you who plan on seeing "Megamind" at the

Waterville Public Library,

I just checked and Travis told me that

"Nothing's canceled here!"

Enjoy the show!

31 degrees and foggy with light snow beginning at 6;30 A.M.

It's Garbage Day


(Click the image for update.)

From WKTV: "Winter storm warnings in effect for all of Central New York*

A fast but powerful storm system will bring heavy snow to Central New York. The snow begins this morning from south to north, falling heaviest between 8AM-2PM. Snowfall rates in most areas will be over 1" per hour at times. That rate is enough to cause poor visibility and difficult driving conditions.

Snow winds down throughout the afternoon and evening. Total snowfall will average between 6-12" for most areas. Lesser amounts will fall north of the valley, with heavier amounts south of the valley. See the snowfall map on the right for details.

Snow ends this evening, with partly cloudy skies overnight. Some sunshine early Saturday before a weak distrubance brings a much lighter snowfall to the area Saturday night.

Another storm is in the cards for Monday. This one looks to start out as a mix of sleet and freezing rain, changing to plain rain by the afternoon.

Quieter weather heading into the middle of next week."

Also, please note that I've added - which I really like! - at the TOP of the
"Link" column on the right-hand side of the page.



Waterville 74, Weedsport 45

WATERVILLE - Jessica Zogby scored 23 points and pulled in 13 rebounds, and Waterville went on a 39-15 run in the second and third quarters on the way to a 74-45 Section III Class C2 girls’ basketball quarterfinal victory over Weedsport.
The point and rebound totals were season highs for Zogby. Jenna Fallon added 16 points for the Indians, Kate Buell had 13, and Siobhan Fitzgerald scored 10.

Waterville will play Mohawk in a semifinal game Tuesday or Wednesday at a neutral site.

Weedsport 15 11 4 15 — 45
Waterville 18 21 18 17 — 74
Weedsport (9-10): Gabby LaForce 11, Kaitlyn O’Connell 2, Brittany LaForce 16, Sarah Scida 4, Allison Chase 9, Elizabeth Chirco 1, Davianna Blasi 2. Totals: 16-7-45.
Waterville (13-5: Jenna Fallon 16, Katrina Jones 2, Katie Buell 13, Dylanne Hodge 6, Siobhan Fitzgerald 10, Kristen Kochanowski 2, Jessica Zogby 23, Kayla Batson 2. Totals 31-7-74.
3-point goals: Weedsport 6 (G.LaForce 3, B.LaForce 2, Chase). Waterville 5 (Fallon 2, Hodge 2, Buell).


Champions: Waterville (8-0, 12-1).

First-team all-stars: Shawna VonMatt, Waterville, 181.9; Kiamesha Philhower, Sherburne, 176.2; Jessica Hofmeister, Canastota, 164.1; Tricia Kellogg, Waterville, 155.7; Mandi Laclair, Sherburne, 155.4
Second-team all-stars: Jackie Gruchacz, Cooperstown, 150.5; Megan Eastman, Waterville, 149.5; Rachael Fort, Cooperstown, 143.9; Samantha Race, Cooperstown, 141.5; Ashley Peck, Waterville, 139.7.
High game: Shawna VonMatt, Waterville, 257. High series: Kiamesha Philhower, Sherburne, 626, Shawna VonMatt, Waterville 626.



This morning's O-D. notes the death of

Aversa Arlene Clark Mason, on February 24, 2011.

Arrangements by Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, Waterville.



(Click to enlarge.)


More later, maybe!


Thursday, February 24, 2011

More Winter Weather?

Maybe Yes: Maybe No!

It's 13 degrees at 6:30.

Click the image for details!


I received a brief "sympathy note" from someone in Florida, yesterday, saying:

"It's 80 degrees here! Sorry!"

I wrote right back urging caution against the dangers of
sunburn and heat stroke!











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Friday Family Movie Night

Bring the whole family and even some friends to watch

Free Movie. Free Popcorn. Time: 6:30 PM


Hither and Yon

Following the scent - of Spring!

At Liseli Haines' home on Austin Road

From atop Grant Hill, looking West.

Corn Rows in Hanover.


Don't Forget!


at the North Brookfield Fire House!



Creeping Up!


Have a good day and a good weekend!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New add-ons. Temp now up to 6.4!

............... but WKTV predicts "warming," later today.

"Another sunny day is expected for (Wednesday.) As the high pressure ridge edges to the east, winds will turn southwesterly. This will allow for high temperatures to climb about 10 degrees above what we saw (Tuesday.)

Clouds increase by Thursday with the chance of some wet snow or rain showers late. A larger storm system may impact our weather by Friday."

Last Saturday's storm - into which I did NOT venture - took down another tree in the St. Bernard's Cemetery.

My thanks to Jim Cieslak for this photo.


from Frances Ditch: the North Brookfield Fire Department is having a



dinner $8.00 and half $5.00


These two letters, from Gil Condon and John Peterson, about "Mayer's Woods:"

"The woods were quite a playground in the 40's and 50's....kid engineers built a dam across the creek and had a rope swing from a tree over the pool. The woods were also used for " Capture the Flag" ,,, No adult supervision , Waterville's Jungle Rules prevailed ( big kids look-out for little kids) ...,,

I think it was the Baptist Minister that had a Ski Plane ,, he used that snow covered bean field in winter,, would take us kids for a plane ride...

Respectfully : gil condon


(and from John.) "It might interest some old timers, we had a beautiful little swimming

hole in the creek behind the car wash years ago, I had many good cooling off

swims in the summer during my school years back there, living on White St it

was an easy walk or bike ride and kids from all over the area would gather

and swim and even camp out there in those days. I remember Charlie or Bob

Daley blowing a can of beans up putting them in a fire and not venting the

can first. Lots of other stories to remember of the place.

(he added:)

I wonder if our initials are still on the big beech tree, it was when my kids were there, but that is now nearly 30 yrs ago."


When I typed in "13480" I found that no funds came to that zip code but a DOT project near Deansboro had received $555,672. Was that the archaelogical "dig" that took place near the bridge, last summer?


Jody Hildreth found water AND ice on his latest trek to "Turkey Falls."
I asked him if he had seen any turkeys -- I was once told that the falls got its name because that is where the Brothertown Indians used to go to hunt them -- and he replied:

"Funny you should ask! I did not SEE a turkey today, but they saw me! On my way out there were fresh turkey tracks on the ridge - their tracks went over my tracks as I went down to the falls."

Elaine Mushtare spotted a a bird of a different feather - a barred owl - dozing in the bright sunshine, yesterday afternoon, in her Osborn /Avenue yard!

(Thanks for those great photos, Elaine!)


One of the events that was canceled because of last Saturday's storm was the "Snowfest." I had a note from Jill Getman, however, in which she wrote:

"If only there hadn't been such 'blow your hat off' winds! Sadly not a soul showed up. If the weather agrees with us this coming Saturday I will still put out spray bottles to color the snow, some snow sculpture supplies, and will gladly make hot cocoa since we hate to see a good party get missed."


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Q. A blog reader wonders who she should contact re: AYSO sign-ups.

(Within half an hour, I had this reply:)

AYSO sign ups:

Even though we did a Registration, individuals can contact Joan Stedman @ 404-1732.

Forms are available online at

(Thank you, Joan!)



Babbott Avenue

Fuess-Cleary Road

Masses of Mallards

Shadows at Shanley & Peck.

Ford Road shed.


Tomorrow is Recyclables Day

and Garbage Collection is on Friday.

Next week: back to normal!

I am thoroughly enjoying my "vacation" and am getting lots of things done. I've even done a heap of ironing and have given some shelves and cupboards a good cleaning. Most especially, I've been going through "tons" of papers ---- forty-plus years worth --- sorting and scanning, scanning, scanning and tossing, tossing, tossing as well as setting aside heaps of hard-copy material to take to the Historical Society for them to either save or toss.

I am opting to resign from the appointed position of "village historian." I'll keep playing with history, for sure, but even though there are perks, and it's a paying position, don't want the "official" responsibilities expected of a New York State Public Historian. If you're interested, check with the Village for details!



an Assistant or Apprentice or Substitute Blogger

so that I can take more real vacation time this Summer!

(It doesn't pay $$$, but gets you lots of nice new friends and is a hugely-appreciated public service! Blogging is really very easy and it would be a great project for a family or a group of pals. )


Enjoy the sunshine!