Thursday, June 2, 2011


Today is Recyclables Day

Garbage Collection is tomorrow.


It's 57 deliciously cool degrees at 5:00 a.m.

WKTV's forecast: "From above average temperatures to below average temperatures in just one day here in Central New York. A cool, dry Canadian air mass has settled into the area. Temperatures will only be in the low 60s this afternoon with mostly cloudy skies. Gusty northwest winds will continue again this afternoon, picking up between 15-25mph. A sprinkle can't be ruled out in the Adirondacks and higher elevations.

Skies gradually clear out this evening and the winds die out. This sets the stage for a chilly night with the potential for patchy frost in the Adirondacks. Overnight lows will fall into the 30s.

Warming up with sunshine on Friday. The outside threat for showers and thunderstorms over the weekend. Otherwise sunny with highs in the upper 70s."


Yesterday was the fourth "scorcher" in a row. These "girls," keeping cool in a duck pond next to Brouillette Road, had a good idea!

Looking frosty --- Black Locust trees are in bloom.


My oriental Poppies always open on June 1 ........

(please click!)

.............. and that's when I start looking for poppies scattered here and there in the field of rye next to Edie Eastman's home on the way to Deansboro!



"Once Upon a Time in Waterville"

an "old-timers'" story swap

Friday morning at 10:15 at the Waterville Public Library.



From Sandy Martin, this "social note" --

"The Colorful Bonnets May meeting was held at the Blue Dragon Cafe in Clayville. The meeting was hosted by Carol and Mary Lou. The menu consisted of a cup of Broccoli and Cheese Soup, a Sagittarius Wrap with turkey, roasted red pepeers, apples, cranberries and spinach, with Red
Velvet cupcakes for dessert. All was homemade and cheerfully served.

The cafe also sells artwork, pottery and jewelry and is a very interesting place to visit. After lunch games were played to award prizes of spring flowers. It was a beautiful day and a wonderful time was had by all.

June's get together will be at Paolo's Finish Line Cafe & Shoppes at the Finishing Line in Utica and will be hosted by Milly and Irene."

(Thanks, Sandy!)


I understand that the Blunts, from Long View Farms in Deansboro, were there much of the day, but when I stopped by, at 4 o'clock, the Park was empty.

For Vendor information, please call: Deb Atkinson at 861-2097


Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Farmers Market in the Park 11:00 - 7:00

It's 70 degrees and thundering at 5:30.

First things first!


The WKTV forecast: "A cold front arrives (Wednesday), bringing us the chance for showers and thunderstorms during the morning and early afternoon. Once the front moves through, skies become mostly clear by late afternoon and evening. Highs in the low to mid 80s.

Much cooler by Thursday and Friday. Dry and partly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s. It will be breezy on Thursday as well, with winds between 20-30mph. Warming up again into the 80s as we head into the weekend."


updated story in the O-D.

"Brookfield Wins First Ever Class D Title"
from WKTV.

From WKTV. Click to enlarge, please.



A Memorial Day Photograph
from Cathy Marriott

Morgan Marriott, MPS 6th Grade Student giving the Gettysburg Address at the Waterville Memorial Day Ceremony with her Great Uncle Bob Winfield in the background.


From Terry Tanner, who wrote:

"Sunday morning I saw this in the road and could NOT figure out what it was … going around in circles in the middle of Center Road … when I realized what I was looking at I grabbed my camera! A man driving by stopped also .. and after we stopped laughing he grabbed his gloves and rescued the poor woodchuck!! The can was stuck on its head so tight he doesn’t think it could have gotten it off itself."



The thermometer passed the 90-degree mark.

Nothing was moving on Main Street.

Even the "whirlygigs" in Morgan's sidewalk showroom were still.

No one was painting at the Historical Society, but now we know what color the building will be: the same as it was, but brand new!

On Lewis Road, hay dried in the hot sun ............

............ and a dozen or more heifers lay in the shade of an old maple on Sally Road, looking more like Dalmations than Holsteins.


Rhododendron are blooming all around the village ......

.......... on Barton Avenue and .........

On Putnam Street.


They're also in bloom in Rusty and Joan's garden, a bit south of Waterville ........

........ along with flowering trees .......

......... and purple iris.

Rusty included this shot of a Tiger Swallowtail, enjoying the lilacs.

Thanks, Rusty!


Weather Update

6:00 a.m. The line of thunderstorms has moved East.

WKTV has revised its forecast: "Storms that rolled through early this morning have now passed to the east. A cold front may kick off more storms again before noon. Turning much less humid and cooler this afternoon, with highs in the low 80s.

Cool tonight with clear skies and lows in the upper 40s to low 50s. A chilly Thursday, with highs struggling to reach the low 60s.

Warming up with sunshine on Friday. The outside threat for showers and thunderstorms over the weekend. Otherwise sunny with highs in the upper 70s."

Have a good day, everyone!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Brookfield Baseball Special!

"Brookfield Baseball Keeps on Winning!"

from the O-D, Tuesday at 6:52p.m.

Farmers Market? Yes!

In case any of you were wondering -- I was, so I emailed Brenda Knoeller at Municipal Hall and got an answer this morning.


Brenda wrote: "Deb Atkinson has taken over the farmers market. The first day of the market is tomorrow, June 1, 2011 from 11am-7pm*.

It may be a slow start since Deb just took over last week. If there is anyone interested in putting up a booth at the market they may contact her at 861-2097."

* Note new closing time!

Now it's Summer!

It's Garbage Day.

60 degrees and partly cloudy at 6:30 a.m.

WKTV's forecast: "Hazy, hot, and humid weather today with temperatures climbing into the upper 80s. Some places in the valley could briefly hit 90! Dry, sunny weather continues today.

A cold front arrives tomorrow, bringing us the chance for showers and thunderstorms. These don't last all day, and will be gone by the late afternoon. Highs in the low to mid 80s.

Much cooler by Thursday and Friday. Dry and partly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s. Warming up again into the 80s as we head into the weekend."


Temperatures over the weekend hovered around the 90-degree mark, each afternoon, and there were some very impressive "light shows" (electrical storms) at night.

All in all, it was HOT!

But remember when it was like this ..............

and the temperature was 10 degrees?
We swore that no matter how warm it became in "summer" we wouldn't complain?

Just enjoy it!


Memorial Day

I've learned, over the past few years that although I'm tall, I'm just not tall enough to take good pictures during Memorial Day Exercises, and so I don't even try.

If there are any blog readers who were successful and are willing to share digital images, just send your JPEGS along for posting. (Thank you!)


Elsewhere ......

"Pinxters" and Yellow Flag are in bloom .............

............. and there are pink and yellow ponds of "Gilleyflower" and Buttercups next to Loomis Road.

A Summer guest at the Hildreths' - a six-spotted Green Tiger Beetle!


The "Brookfield Beavers" have reached the Class D finals and meet N Y Mills at 4:30 this afternoon!



Steve lives in Deansboro and is the current owner of the "old" Village Hall / Historical Society building where the Hop Vines have just been tied up.

There are also new Hop Poles lying next to the Hop Yard at the Waterville Public Library - I suspect that members of the Historical Society are responsible!


Sherburne Earlville High School
@ Waterville Central School
SE Lower Baseball field


Sherburne Earlville High School
@ Waterville Central School
MS/HS Softball field



A botanist / blog reader wonders if there is any "Giant Hogweed" growing in this area.

It is NOT something that you want, because it's very much like poison ivy only worse!

We do have plenty of a close relative - "Angelica" - growing in swampy areas, but there's a great difference in the leaf structure.

Angelica is tall, but its leaves are only slightly raggedy along the edges: Giant Hogweed leaves are sharply serrated and even look as if they will hurt!

Don't Touch!



It will be a slow week, but ......


Friday, June 3, at 10:15

at the Waterville Public Library.


For your June calendar


Of Tractors, Farm Equipment, Lawn & Garden, Motorsports, Construction Equipment, & Autos

Saturday, June 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Madison County Fair Grounds, Brookfield




Book and Film of the Month


Bring your lunch; desert, coffee and tea provided.
Call the library at 841 4651 to reserve a copy of the book.

Or, just drop in for the movie.

Never Let Me Go (2005) is a science fiction novel by Japanese-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro. It was shortlisted for the 2005 Booker Prize (an award Ishiguro had previously won in 1989 for The Remains of the Day), for the 2006 Arthur C. Clarke Award and for the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award. Time magazine named it the best novel of 2005 and included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.[1] It also received an ALA Alex Award in 2006. It was made into a film directed by Mark Romanek in 2010.



Gasoline is $3.95.9 in Sangerfield.

This is what is was three years ago now!

Have a good day, everyone!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Two special early morning greetings ......



Parade at 9:00

followed by Memorial Day Exercises at Monument Park.

The Civil War Monument in Monument Park

The lower - granite - portion of the monument was set in place in 1899 and the bronze Civil War Soldier added in 1904.

Toward "the point" of Monument Park stands a smaller monument placed there by the Clifford J. Fulmer Post of the American Legion as a Tribute to those who served in the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War and in Vietnam.

Clifford J Fulmer

("Waterville's First Hero," Fulmer had enlisted when he was 17 and was killed during a major campaign in France just after he had turned 19.)

Robert Blair - Killed in Action
Royce G Cook - Killed in Action
Edward Crowe - Missing in Action
Delos Tuffey - Killed in Action
Francis Tuffey - Died in a Prisoner of War Camp in the Philippines
Elwyn (Max) Wilbur - Missing in Action
Harry Madsen - Missing in Action
Stanley Chrzanowski -Killed in Action

Leslie Jones - Missing in Action

William Reese

John Sigsbee - Killed in Action



Every year, the Clifford J. Fulmer Post places nearly 600 new flags at the gravestones of veterans who are buried in local cemeteries.

St. Bernard's Cemetery





A 15' x 18' American Flag hangs in a peaceful grove next to the Cornelius residence on Route 12B south of Deansboro. Doug Cornelius' nephew, John Sigsbee, was killed in action in Iraq in January of 2008.


Have you hung your flag?