Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wednesday afternoon for Thursday


According to NYSEG, about 110 customers - including many on Buell Avenue - suffered "an interruption in service" during the night that lasted about two hours. I think that was from about 10:00 p.m. to midnight and of course, now, several clocks, the microwave, oven, and the most essential coffee pot are just blinking at me!

Seussical Pix: please see note below!


At 7:00 a.m. on Thursday morning it's 25 degrees.

The snow appears to have stopped at the 4" mark.

WKTV's morning weather forecast: "Cloudy and chilly start to Thursday with scattered snow showers across the Southern Valleys. Snow showers will be spotty throughout the day with mostly cloudy skies. It will turn breezy and remain cold with high temperatures only in the low 30s.

Breezy and cold weather will last through Friday with a few snow showers and flurries. Below average temperatures are expected to last into the weekend with partly sunny skies.


This is NOT what we wanted to see!

Snow on West Main Street ............

.......... and Putnam Street, and on all other streets in the village.

That makes the sight of bright Spring decorations at Joan Albert's home on E. Bacon Street and ......

.............. at this residence on Conger Avenue even more welcome!


Out at the southern end of Osborn Avenue there's still a lake where there shouldn't be one.

Next to Madison Street, there's ice where there should be nothing but water!

Early yesterday afternoon I saw a Great Blue Heron rise from Big Creek. Here's another, slouched in the pond behind Scott Moon's, looking totally discouraged.
Who can blame him!

In a pasture next to Osborn Avenue there was a large gathering of starlings. There's nothing very exciting about seeing starlings, but - trivia for the day - I learned recently that the name of such a flock of starlings is, actually, a "murmuration." That makes them almost exotic!



Gasoline is still $3.69/9


No, I'm not going to the Musical this evening. I've learned that no matter how many pictures I take, NONE of them will be any good! Plus, I have a head cold of the variety that requires constant mopping. No need to share that, unnecessarily!

But --- if anyone has any photos that they're willing to share, that would be greatly appreciated!

Thursday morning note: YES! Jody Hildreth has been taking photographs - and sent me a sneak peek - but Ms. Daniluk, the director, asks that they not be published until after the Saturday performance!


Drive carefully, and

have a nice evening, everyone!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday night for Wednesday (updated 6 AM Wed.)




Google Image photo

If anybody has lost and is looking for a black chicken, it seems to be
hanging out on East Bacon St. in the vicinity of the elementary school



It's 28 degrees at 5;45 Wednesday morning.

WKTV's latest forecast: "A Winter storm warning is in effect for Chenango County. A winter weather advisory is in effect for Oneida, Otsego, and Madison County.

A late season snowfall is in the cards today, tonight, and early tomorrow as a storm system passes by. Snow is expected to begin in the Mohawk Valley between 9-11AM. Snow begins an hour or two sooner to the south, and an hour or two later to the north.

Snowfall rates will be primarily light, but snow will add up through the course of the day. Most areas a few inches on the ground by evening. Snow continues tonight. See the map at right for specific amounts for your area.

Cold temperatures and snow showers linger into the end of the work week."



Ignoring the immediate forecast, Tom has his sidewalk showroom ready for Spring!

Check inside for seeds and other good stuff.


On the Road, Again!

Don Brown is getting ready to set out on his annual crusade to promote organ donor awareness. On Friday, there will be a benefit party to help fund his trip. The party is at Club Monarch in Yorkville and will be from 8:30 pm to 12:30 am. Uptown and Downtown DJ's will be playing music for dancing and there will also be live tributes to Phil Collins, Elvis Presley, and Broadway. Donations can be made at the door. For more information, contact Don Brown at 841-8296.



If you're on Facebook, search "The Waterville Times" and go to "Wall Photos."


To read this week's front-page headlines, click HERE.




and Family Photo Night.

The only time when cameras of any sort will be allowed!



"This and That"

Coming soon to West Main Street!


Have a Great Day, Everyone!

It's Yo-yo Season

"Up" it's Spring; "down" it's Winter; "stalled," it's just cold and gray --- like yesterday, after the mushy morning snow had melted into mud.

I didn't take ANY pictures at all, and can't promise that I will today, either.

It's 34 degrees and gray at 7:00 a.m.

Here's WKTV's forecast: "Clouds will stick around during the early morning but sunshine makes a return by mid morning. A mix of sun and clouds today will help temperatures climb into the low 40s by the afternoon. Unfortunately, this will be our warmest day this week as a chilly airmass will stick around for the first week of spring.

Late tonight into Wednesday, a low pressure system will pass to our south but will bring some snow showers across the area on Wednesday. We will be keeping an eye on the storm track because if it moves further north, we have the potential for some steady snow.

Cold temperatures and snow showers linger into the end of the work week."



from WKTV.

I'm afraid that that could be catching! Think Spring, Summer, green fields, sunshine and flowers!


(Photo by "Rusty" - 2008.)

More Later

Have a Good Day!

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!