Thursday, June 23, 2011

School's Out!

It's Garbage Day.

65 and overcast at 6:00


Oh no: not again!

(Click for latest radar.)

The WKTV Weather Forecast: "A large storm passing northwest will keep showers and thunderstorms in the forecast for the next several days. For today, another unsettled afternoon with numerous showers and thunderstorms. Thunderstorms today could be locally strong, producing gusty winds. Locally heavy rainfall is also expected in some of these thunderstorms. We'll keep you posted if any storm turn severe or cause flooding.

Showers and thunderstorms tonight with overnight lows only in the low 60s. More thunderstorms are likely again tomorrow.

Cooler on Saturday, but still unsettled. Drier weather finally arrives on Sunday with a return to sunshine and pleasant weather.

A bit of a warmup expected for early next week. Temperatures could push the upper 80s by Tuesday!"



Congratulations, Jamie!



It rained in the village .......

.............. and it rained out in the country.

The little pond at the foot of Grant Hill really needed it ...........

............. but I'm not sure that the corn did.



Elderberry bushes are blooming ...........

............ the first of the mustard brightens fields .........

............. the tulip tree in front of the Coffmans', south of CVS, is in bloom ...........

.......... and Morgan's Sidewalk Showroom is bright in any weather!




Teen Movie Night Tonight

6pm | Movie: Red Riding Hood. Free Movie. Free Popcorn.


The Scholastic Book Fair starts Monday.

Books are the perfect gift to celebrate the end of the school year,
so stop in and see what Scholastic has to offer this year.
You can find books starting as low as $2.
Money made will go towards the Children's Library.

Truck Show * Thursday, June 30th


Visit the library parking lot to see tractors and trucks up close.
Inside the library we'll have face painting, mini trucks to play with, a truck craft and refreshments.



CLASS OF 2011 !

Graduation will take place on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.


Mr. Woodman's Funeral will take place
at 11:00 on Saturday at Grace Episcopal Church.


A reminder: there will be NO TAIZÉ service
next Monday at Grace Church.

The next will be on July 25.


Have good weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rain in the forecast.


It's Recyclables Day.

66 degrees and overcast at 6:00.

Thunder starting at 6:20:
brief blog post because I'm old-fashioned and
turn my computer OFF during electrical storms!

From WKTV: "A storm system arrives from the west (Wednesday), bringing plenty of wet weather starting (in the) afternoon. Some embedded storms are possible as well.

Click the image for the latest radar view.

"Showers and thunderstorms will stay in the forecast from Thursday through Saturday. Not all of those days will be washouts."



in the Park.



Brookfield Little League


for the 4th year in a row.




On Fuess-Cleary Road.

The Brouillette Farm on Brouillette Road.

Done for the day.

Ready for the barn.



Babbott Avenue.

On Main Street.


At the top of "Livingston Hill," another surprise: Chinese Dogwood!



Wild Sweet Peas

About a week early.


Tom said it for both of us, so do it!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It's Summer!

"Summer arrives today and our weather will look just like it as well! A mix of sunshine and clouds today with highs in the low 80s. A slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm south of the Mohawk Valley later today.

Increasing clouds tonight with overnight lows only in the lower 60s.

A storm system arrives from the west tomorrow, bringing plenty of wet weather starting tomorrow afternoon. Some embedded storms are possible as well.

Showers and thunderstorms will stay in the forecast from Thursday through Saturday. Not all of those days will be washouts."

It's 54 degrees and clear at 7:00 a.m.



At the Ashforths, on East Bacon Street ..........

......... on Route 315 near Deansboro, where an ancient Catalpa Tree is bloooming.

Catalpa blossom.

A surprise! Just off East Bacon Street behind St. Bernard's, the first Wisteria Vine that I've seen in this part of the state!


Flags were flying, yesterday, and runners were out, many of them getting ready for
the Boilermaker, just 19 days away, on July 10.


The Route 20 Road Challenge Event on June 25 :
The Yellow Brick Road 5k Run/Walk (Chittenango)

For information: Steve Waite, 315-687-7114,


Bill Vetter & Co. are painting the Grace Church Rectory.

I came upon Kevin Kelley of the Village DPW putting two new announcements
on the bulletin board in the Park.

Here are all the details.

Click image to enlarge.




Knit 2gether * Tuesdays at 7pm

For all of the want to be knitters, beginners, advanced or anywhere in between. This is a weekly meeting where you can come relax, chat and knit with fellow knitters.

Teen Movie Night * Thursday, June 23rd

6pm | Movie: Red Riding Hood. Free Movie. Free Popcorn.












Music at the Bandstand



A note for newcomers to the blog:

if type appears in bright blue, it's a "link" to more information.

Click on it and magic will happen!


Have a great day, everyone!

Monday, June 20, 2011


Richard S. Woodman, 97, of Waterville, NY passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at the Harding Nursing Home. Mr. Woodman was born June 29, 1913 in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late Charles E. and Agnes Garner Woodman. He graduated from Tenafly High School (NJ), received his B.A. from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD in 1935 and his Juris Doctorate from the New York Law School in 1938.
On April 20, 1940, Richard married Mildred L. “Billie” Bartlett in Haverhill, MA. She predeceased him on January 17, 2004. In 1943, Richard joined the U.S. Army where he served as an Officer in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and in the Judge Advocate General’s Department during World War II.
Mr. Woodman was well known throughout Central New York for his 73 years as a practicing attorney, his business leadership and his dedication to community service. He touched the lives of many people and he will be fondly remembered as a true gentleman and a consummate country attorney, always well dressed and always polite.
In 1938 Mr. Woodman joined the law firm of Wing & Wing in New York City. In 1942, he moved to Waterville where he practiced law through May, 2011, first with Attorney Harold Fuess, and later with William Getman. Mr. Woodman was a Member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association; and the Oneida County Bar Association, where he served as President in 1987. He also served the New York Bar Association as a representative to the House of Delegates, a member of the Probate,Trust & Estate Committee, and Fellow of the New York State Bar Foundation. In addition, Mr. Woodman was the Attorney for the Town of Sangerfield and the Waterville Central School District. In January, 2010, Mr. Woodman’s professionalism was honored with a cover photo and feature article in the New York State Bar Association’s magazine, “Senior Lawyer.”
During his career, Mr. Woodman served on the Boards of Directors for several prominent businesses, including the Oneida National Bank, Norstar Bank of Upstate NY, the National Bank of Waterville, the Waterville Savings & Loan Association, and the Central New York Abstract Company, where he was also President.
In addition to his professional and business leadership, Mr. Woodman’s life was distinguished by his commitment to community service. He was Co-Trustee of the Edward S. Barton Fund, Treasurer of the George W. Tower Foundation, President of the Waterville Rotary Club, and recipient of Roses for the Living Awards from both the Waterville and New Hartford Rotary Clubs. He also was active in the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Socially, Mr. Woodman was an active member of the Fort Schuyler Club in Utica, where he enjoyed lunch with his friends almost every day.
Mr. Woodman is survived by two daughters: Odiorne W. Beebe of Great Falls, VA, Jill B. W. Sisson, and son-in-law, Gary R. Sisson, of Morrison, CO.; two granddaughters: Kristin Adkins and Brooke Woody; and four great grandchildren: Sage and Cadell Adkins, Owen and Keira Woody. He was predeceased by two brothers, Robert G., and John Woodman (an infant), and son-in-law, Stephen G. Beebe.
Services will be held 11:00 am Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Grace Episcopal Church, 201 East Main St., Waterville, where Mr. Woodman was a long-time member. Internment will be at Waterville Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Community Memorial Hospital, 150 Broad St., Hamilton, NY 13346.

Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home


Part II

It' 78 degrees at noon.

WKTV's Forecast; "Another gorgeous day is expected across Central New York today. Sunshine and a few high clouds will once again be the rule. High temperatures today climb into the upper 70s to near 80.

Another clear and refreshing night with temperatures falling into the 50s. Turning warmer and more humid tomorrow. Temperatures climb into the lower 80s.

A storm system approaches from the west, bringing the chance for showers and thunderstorms later in the week."



From Gail Prentice, for Grace Episcopal Church:

"Due to several scheduling conflicts, I'm sorry to inform you that we have to cancel this month's Taize Service at Grace Church, Waterville.

We look forward to seeing you at the July 25th service."



Father's Day

It was a nice, warm, sunny day and, judging by the crowded parking lot at "Michael's" and jam-packed driveways at many residences in the community, a great many family gatherings and pool parties took place, yesterday.

Others enjoyed treats at "Roc's" ...........

.... went paddling, picnicking or fishing at Chittening Pond ..............

............ and swung golf clubs at the Sangerfield Golf Course and the
Green Acres Driving Range.

All fine pastimes, I thought, for a special day.


This, however, surprised me:

Lots of dads were mowing lawns!

Doug Plante, next to Conger Avenue .......

....... Bob Treen, by Route 315 ........

............... Bud Dorr on Madison Street ...........

............... and Karl Davis on Sanger Avenue were just a few.


Haying, of course, was in progress up in Hanover.


When I came home from my afternoon "rounds" I found photographer Jody Hildreth, who is also a dad, taking pictures in my yard.

He was focused on a hole high up in a dead tree where Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were trying their best to satisfy the appetites of a chorus of chirping youngsters, heard but not seen in their woodsy nest.

He wasn't pleased with the afternoon light, so turned his attention to a mailbox farther back in my yard.

Yes; it's a regular mail box. The kind with a front door that opens and closes and a flag-thing that goes up and/or down. It has a use ---- at least it always has: it's a great place to store small gardening tools - trowels, dandelion diggers, etc.! Right now, however, it's being used for something else.

A pair of Carolina Wrens, who usually build their nests in my kitchen window boxes or back porch hanging plants, have finally learned that whereas those locations tend to leak, the mailbox doesn't!

Special Delivery --- Mom (or Dad) brings home a tasty morsel for the kids.

The door is open just enough for the parents to get in and out, comfortably.

Jody opened the door all the way and took some quick pictures of the babies. Only two show here, but he thinks there are five, all together.

And then he closed the door, again.

Thank you, Jody!


Enjoy the wonderful weather!