Saturday, April 23, 2011

Weekend Update

It's 37 degrees and raining at 6:30

WKTV's Weather Forecast:
"Rain early Saturday as a storm system passes north and west of Central New York. Most of the wet weather ends by Saturday afternoon, with nothing more than a shower lingering around.

Easter Sunday looks generally quiet. A mix of sunshine and clouds with just a chance of a brief shower.

Warmer weather is likely by the middle of next week."


who turned two years old on the 21st!



It's been wet and cold!

On Wednesday afternoon the sun shone for about half-an-hour. Roger and Archie made the most of it, watching the world go by on Main Street.


On Thursday, two discouraging things happened:

it snowed.........

............... and gasoline hit the four-dollar mark.



"Building Leveled after Fire in Deansboro"
from WKTV

"Landowners join together to prepare for hydrofracking"
the Observer-Dispatch.



A "thank you!" from Deb Conway, who wrote:

"The Rotary Clean-up last week was a huge success. We beat the rain and picked up 26 bags of trash, three tires, a trash can lid and a variety of other items too large to fit in a bag.
Sixteen people, some Rotarians and many community members, came out to help. The dumpster at the Village Hall was filled to the brim."


Sad news, from Fred Ashforth:

Fred and JoAnne Ashforth, Waterville, mourn the death of a family member.

Lt. Nathan H. Williams

Lt. Nathan H. Williams, formerly of Oswego, a Weapons Systems Operator in the US Navy, died Wednesday, April 6, 2011. His F-18 Hornet crashed in a training accident at Lamoore Naval Air Station in Lamoore, California. He was 28. Nathan is the son of Fred’s cousin Alan Williams and Gay Williams of Oswego.


A Special Announcement

from Colleen Emerson

"I will be sitting at the corner of Stafford Ave. and Putnam St. on Monday April 25th from 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm. It will be an open discussion on what is going on in the Waterville school district. I do have permission from the owner that lives on the corner to sit there. So please feel free to stop bye and talk with me. Thank You, Colleen Emerson"




The Annual Rotary Club Easter Egg Hunt

at Harding Nursing Home

starts at 1 PM

for grades preK - 5.


(An interesting History of Easter Eggs.)


Historian Richard Williams,

author of "Along Oriskany and Big Creeks,"

will be doing a book-signing at "The Huddle on Main"

on Saturday afternoon from 1 - 3.



History and Traditions


The April Taizé Service

will be held at Grace Church, Waterville

at 7:00 pm on Monday, April 25th.

Bring a friend!



Me, Easter 1944. From my mother's notebook.

Happy Easter to All of You!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

40 degrees & rain at 7:30 Tuesday





Daffodils and Hellebore are finally blooming!


It's Springtime on Madison Street


I received an E-note from Gary Orendorff letting us know that:

"Roc will open up tomorrow night ( Wed 4/20 ).

He will be open 4pm to 8pm and open all day Friday for Fish Frys.
He will be adding more hours when the weather gets better."


From the O-D: Named to "2010-11 All-Mohawk Valley Girls Basketball Team" JESSICA ZOGBY



CSC II first-teamer was the Indians’ leader in points and rebounds, averaging near double-double in both categories with 9.7 points and 9.9 rebounds.



Lego Week! * April 18th - 23rd
Turn off the TV and stop into the library for thousands of legos! What will you build?


Story to Screen Book Club * Thursday, April 21st
5:30pm | Ages 8-12 | Sign Up

Read the book and then watch the movie. April Book: Hotel for Dogs


Kids Movie Matinee * Friday, April 22nd

1pm | Free Movie. Free Popcorn.
Movie: Yogi Bear *Come early to get good seats

Friday Flick * Friday, April 22nd

7pm | Movie: The King's Speech

(Blogger's note: I have not yet seen "The Conspirator," but - with that in mind - I think that "The King's Speech" may be the very best movie that I've ever seen!)


Check out the windows of "This-n-That" on West Main Street!


Good Friday, April 22, 2011:

A community Stations of the Cross @ 10:00 A.M.

This will begin at the Methodist Church, then process to the Harding Nursing Home and onward to the other churches in the community, ending at St. Bernard's on Stafford Ave. This event began in 1968 and continues into its 43rd. year.


Legion Good Friday Fish Fry

The Annual Rotary Club Easter Egg Hunt

at Harding Nursing Home

starts at 1 PM on Saturday for grades preK - 5.


Historian Richard Williams,

author of "Along Oriskany and Big Creeks,"

will be doing a book-signing at "The Huddle on Main"

on Saturday afternoon from 1 - 3.



From Les Risley - published in Ocala Star-Banner:

Donald Doyle Jackson

1938 - 2011

"Donald Doyle Jackson, passed away on April 16, 2011 with his family at his side. His family fulfilled his dying wish, to see his daughter get married, by his bedside hours before he passed. This dedication to him is evidence of the legacy that Don leaves behind. Don was a true family man who was known to take vacation time from work to do projects at his children's homes. He enjoyed grilling, playing horseshoes, and family gatherings. He had recently enjoyed several fishing afternoons and a hunting trip with his sons. Don was born to Elmer and Anne Jackson on November 19, 1938 in Utica, New York. He was raised and lived in Waterville, New York prior to moving to Ocala in 1979. Don is survived by his truly devoted wife of 47 years, Sandy; his daughter Jennifer and her husband Jerry Schad; his son Sean and his wife Kendrea; and his son James & his wife Dawn Marie, all of Ocala. His favorite job was Papa to six grandsons- Michael, Ryan, Cody, Carter, Campbell, and Collier, all of Ocala. He is also survived by his sister Joan and her husband Stanley Krawiec of Chesapeake, VA and his sister Marilyn Seeber of Virginia Beach, VA. Don's brother Roderick Jackson and Paul Jackson predeceased him. There are also several extended family members and friends that will grieve for his loss. Viewing will be at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home, 910 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala on Tuesday April 19, 2011 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mass services for the funeral will be held at Our Lady of the Springs Catholic Church on Wednesday April 20, 2011 at 11 a.m. Graveside services immediately following Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donation to Hospice of Marion County, 3231 SW 34th Ave, Ocala, FL 34474 to honor the exceptional care they provided Don and his family."



The Tuesday afternoon weather forecast from WKTV: "Showers will continue this evening as a warm front approaches. Heavy rain, perhaps even a rumble of thunder are expected early tomorrow morning as the front lifts north. Temperatures will be warmer after the frontal passage, with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s.

Cooler weather arrives again on Thursday, with more wind and a chance of flurries. Sunshine and nicer on Friday, with highs returning to the mid 50s.

Easter weekend looks seasonable with a chance for rain showers both Saturday and Sunday."



Back in a few days!


More when it happens!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Do you Remember?

Forty years ago yesterday - on April 17th, 1971 - a particularly memorable event took place: "The Centennial Ball" was held in the "old" high school - now the Stafford Avenue Apartment building.

The Waterville Times, April 22, 1971

"Another page was added to Waterville's history Saturday night as some 500 persons attended the Centennial Ball, celebrating the date of incorporation of the village.
Sponsored by the Waterville Centennial Inc., the Ball took place in the Waterville Central School.
Both gymnasiums were decorated for the occasion with hundreds of crepe paper streamers forming canopied ceilings & drapes. Enormous "picture" panels of over-sized paper flowers lined the lower walls; lengths of Victorian "wallpaper" with a hop vine motif bordered the f r o n t of the spectators' gallery and sections of wainscoating; scarlet and gold signs reading "100" hung on basket- ball backboards, and potted palms around the edge of the dance floor lent a further Victorian touch to the Ballroom.
In the smaller of the two gymnasiums, a wall of mirrors reflected images of the dancers, most of whom were dressed in Victorian attire."

Charles and Mary McLean, honorary chairpersons of the Centennial Celebration, led the grand promenade.

Here, they switched partners with the Centennial Committee co-chairmen, Beverly and Stuart Allen.

The McLeans greeted guests and watched as couples waltzed to music by Spiegle Wilcoxx and his band. (I remember that Mr. And Mrs. Richard Woodman won first place in the Waltz contest.)

The Centennial Ball was just the first of many Centennial activities, most of them taking place throughout an entire week in mid-August. They included a performance of the famous melodrama, East Lynn, various contests in beard-growing, pie-eating, and greased-pole climbing and culminated with a parade which lasted nearly two hours and drew (by traffic count) 10,000 viewers.

Proceeds from the Celebration came to something over $1,200.00, and that sum, by vote of the Committee, was given to the Historical Society for the purpose of microfilming all existing copies of The Waterville Times.

The practice of microfilming each years' issues is continued by the Historical Society, and the microfilms have now been digitized and can be searched and viewed - along with many other historical writings and digitized photographs - at the Waterville Public Library.

Thinking ahead: What activities will take place ten years from now to mark the Village's Sesquicentennial?


Two Obituaries .........

from the Utica Observer-Dispatch:

Joan M. McLaughlin

1932 - 2011

Mrs. Joan M. McLaughlin, 78, of Bogan Rd., passed away Friday, April 15, 2011, at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Utica. She was born in Utica on December 14, 1932, a daughter of the late Frank and Ray McCarthy Best. She graduated from Waterville High School and attended Keuka College. On December 27, 1951, in Waterville, she was united in marriage to Clifford (Bud) McLaughlin. Mrs. McLaughlin was a homemaker and a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Surviving are her husband, Clifford (Bud) McLaughlin; her children, Diane and David Clapp of Waterville, Mike and Janet McLaughlin of Whitesboro and Brian and Nicole McLaughlin of Nashville, TN; and her grandchildren, Colby Clapp of Waterville, Colleen McLaughlin of Albany, Jaclyn McLaughlin of Whitesboro and Matthew, Bradley and Scott McLaughlin, all of WV. Also surviving are her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jeanette and Bob McCredy of Sherburne, Joan and Carter Stevenson of Waterville and Sandra McLaughlin of Norwich; and a nephew, Steven Langone of VT. She was predeceased by a sister, Margaret (Peggy) Langone; two sisters-in-law, Beverly Doyle and Arlean McLaughlin; and a brother-in-law, Spencer McLaughlin. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 10:30 AM from the Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville, and at 11:00 AM from St. Bernard's Church, Waterville, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be held in St. Bernard's Cemetery, Waterville. Friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Monday evening, April 18, 2011, from 7-9 PM. Contributions in Mrs. McLaughlin's memory may be made to the Waterville Volunteer Ambulance Corps.


Raymond W. Morgan, Brookfield

1925 - 2011

Raymond W. Morgan, 86, of Church St., passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at his home. He was born March 21, 1925, in Waterville, a son of Winfred and Anna Whalen Morgan, and was educated in Waterville schools. Ray joined the U.S. Army in 1946, near the end of World War II, and was discharged in 1947. He rejoined the Army in 1949 and served in the Korean Conflict until 1952. On December 29, 1951, he was united in marriage to Josephine Jennings in St. Bernards Church, Waterville. Theirs was a loving union of 51 years until she predeceased him on February 25, 2003. Ray was a machinist at Kelsey-Hayes until his retirement in 1985. His favorite past time was tinkering with and restoring old Wheel Horse tractors. He was a member of St. Bernards Church. Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Mark Button, of Hubbardsville; grandchildren, Briana Button, of Rome, and Brice Button, of Hubbardsville; a sister, Margaret Morgan, of Waterville; a brother-in-law and his wife, James and Midge Jennings, of Brookfield; his close friends, Ray Whitford, of Brookfield, and Bill and Jean Bender; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by twin children, Barry, in 1973, and Betty Anne, in 1998; a sister, Anna Tarbox; and two brothers, Harold and John Morgan. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, April 18, 2011, from the Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville, followed by interment in the Brookfield Rural Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Monday from Noon until 2 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a contribution in his memory to the Brookfield Fire Department, Brookfield, NY 13314 or to St. Bernards Church Building Fund, 199 Stafford Ave., Waterville, NY 13480. To send a condolence, or sign the Book of Memories online, go to:


Later today, looking back 40 years.