Thursday, October 20, 2011

Special Events!


Kids Movies
(with free popcorn!)

11:00 a.m.

1:00 p.m.



Thursday Soccer recap:

Waterville 5, Little Falls 0

Little Falls (0-11, 0-15): Vinni Visconti 7 saves. Waterville (2-8, 4-12): Ryan Staskowski 2-1, Ryan Murphy 1-1, Ryon Bengough 1-0, Alex Nasypany 1-0, Josh Brennan 0-2, Ryan Engle 0-1. Ryan Jones 2 saves.


Class D. Football Playoffs:

Waterville plays Weedsport tonight at 7:00 @ Weedsport.






Special Thanks

to Edie Eastman, who answered last week's query about Saw Sharpening and sent me this:

"Ron's Sharpening" 9454 Paris Hill Road, Sauquoit NY ; phone 315-737-0105

The information was passed along to Lester Bugbee
who then gave it to the fellow who made the original inquiry!

Everybody's Happy!


Small Black Dog FOUND!

Kelly Karram found him on Sanger Hill Road at about 8:30.

She wrote that he is ... "Very friendly with a red bark collar. He was dirty, wet and full of burdock. He is a black terrier type with short hair similar to a Scottish Terrier. He is currently being held at Waterville Vet Clinic. "

55 degrees and drippy at 5:00 a.m.

From WKTV: "A large area of low pressure will drive our weather for the next two days. Windy this morning, with a round of showers and some thunder possible. Drying out with breaks of sunshine late this morning, followed by more clouds and showers this afternoon. Mild and breezy today with highs in the lower 60s.

Mostly cloudy with scattered showers tonight. Lows in the 40s.
Cooler and unsettled tomorrow with scattered showers. Breezy with highs in the mid 50s.
Drying out & cooling down a bit just in time for the weekend."


Marvin F. Smith

1943 - 2011


Charles R. Williams

1953 - 2011

Charlie was the driver of MPS Bus#151.
The bus garage staff has put his bus out in front of the school, today, with the black sashes on it.



Jim Cieslak sent me these four pictures that he took when Tom & Kathy Eisenhut and Marv and Sherry VanSlyke embarked on a balloon adventure Tuesday evening.

What a view!!!

Thank you, Jim!

For more information about "Airborne Adventures," click HERE.


And, from "Rusty," this great shot of a Ruffed Grouse feasting on the fruit of an ornamental crabapple tree.

There are lots and lots of berries for birds and "critters" to stock up on. These are the "hips" on the super-prickly bushes I always call "barbed wire" rose.

There are masses of Wild Grapes everywhere!


Around Town

More Pumpkins!

On Sanger Avenue.

N. Stafford.

I think I know what caused this witch to crash into the tree in front of Darcy and Jack Ruane's home ---- she must have been headed directly for the gathering of black crows on the porch!

On S. Babbott Avenue

Sure looked like purple sunglasses to me!




Tonight is Senior Night at the Jr/Sr High School for Boys Varsity Soccer. Come out and support our seniors - Josh Brennan, Ryan Staskowski, Ryan Jones, Ryon Bengough, Ryan Murphy and Cody Rockwell - and the rest of the boys varsity soccer team at their last home game tonight at 7 pm.



Tonight at 7:00: Scientific Paranormal Team

"As part of the Ghost Hunters family, this group was established in Syracuse NY with a dedication to finding scientific answers to unexplained phenomena.

Hear their thoughts on the paranormal, some of their cases, and the types of things they have classified as paranormal."



at the

The Marshall Historical Society

Town Hall 7:30

"Once Upon a Time in Deansboro"

another "old-timers' story swap"

starring you,

and steered by - me.



Even on gray days, we have some wonderful scenery.

The Deerfield Hills seen from Shanley Road.

Enjoy it!


Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Early breakfast date. Quick post!

It's Recyclables Day

48 degrees and dry at 5:30

From WKTV: "An area of low pressure develops over the next 24 hours and impacts our weather starting Wednesday. Increasing clouds Wednesday afternoon with highs in the low 60s. A brief period of rain arrives Wednesday night.

Mild Thursday with highs in the mid 60s. A thunderstorm is possible along with breaks of sunshine. Cooler and unsettled Friday with highs cooling off into the upper 50s.

Drying out & cooling down a bit just in time for the weekend."


Benefit Date to Remember!



On Buell Avenue,

at the Brunswick,

on Conger Avenue,

and on Osborne Avenue.





All Waterville Public Library Events




Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It's 44 degrees and dry at 7:00 a.m.

The WKTV Weather Forecast: "One more dry day today with a mix of sunshine and clouds. Highs again in the upper 50s to near 60.

An area of low pressure develops over the next 24 hours and impacts our weather starting Wednesday. Increasing clouds Wednesday afternoon with highs in the low 60s. A brief period of rain arrives Wednesday night.

Mild Thursday with highs in the mid 60s. A thunderstorm is possible along with breaks of sunshine. Cooler and unsettled Friday with highs cooling off into the upper 50s.

Drying out & cooling down a bit just in time for the weekend.



From WKTV: "Waterville Teen Accused of Assaulting Teacher at BOCES"



From John Savage:


"It’s been five years since a Waterville Junior Pee Wee team has swept the Tri-Valley 3B league with a perfect 7-0 record. In 2006 the Pee Wees were the first Pop Warner team in our history to go un-defeated in the regular season. Many of the players from that team are now Sophomores and Juniors on the varsity squad.

This year's Junior Pee Wees have something in common with the group that accomplished a similar feat in 2006, and that would be Head Coach Bob Piersma. Coach Piersma’s team has run roughshod over their rivals beating Canastota 12 -6, Frankfort 20 – 6, Mt. Markham 39 -6, Mid York (Hamilton area) 32 – 0, Sauquoit 12 -0, Westmoreland 13 -0, and finishing up last Sunday against Clinton 20 – 6. The Pee Wees are the only un-defeated team entering the play-offs and will be competing with three other teams for the over-all Division 3 title.

Waterville hosts Mohawk at 12 noon this Sunday at Brothertown Stadium for the first round of the playoffs. Coach Piersma claims this year’s team has been successful by benefiting from good team speed and a tenacious defense. Coach Bob’s best defense might be his “ground and pound” offensive approach which wears out opponents and keeps their offenses on the sideline. Coach Piersma is joined by assistant Coaches Mark Evans, Brian Johnson, and “Coach in Training”, John Piersma, Bob’s son and sophomore quarterback for the Waterville varsity squad (and former member of the 2006 Tri-Valley Champions) . All Waterville football fans should make a point to come out and support the young athletes this Sunday."

"The Jr. Pee Wees are: Alec Blinebry, Derek Buell, Luke Campion, Matthew Campion, Alex Dabis, Payne Desantolo, Max Elliott, Joshua Ford, Justin Henty, Darren Johnson, Nathan Johnson, Dylan Morris, Ryan Morris, Justin Piersma, Cody Spooner, Dalton Szewczyk, Joshua Vleer-Elliott and Jacob Sweifel."


From Hank Gardner, Buffalo Junction, Virginia: "Last week, while attending a conference in Panama, I met the Ambassador, Phyllis M. Powers. When I read her bio. it stated that she was from Utica, New York. While talking with her she told me that she only lived there for a couple of years. I told her that I had lived in Waterville and to my surprise she said that her father had graduated from Waterville High School. During our discussion I neglected to ask for her maiden name.*
She did say her father was born in 1930. At the conference the consultants and heads of school visited at her official residence for drinks etc. She was one of the best Ambassadors for mingling with the guests and chatting. That nice trait probably came from her father because he lived in The Huddle." (Thanks, Hank - as always!)

* In a Tuesday morning note from Hank, he has now found the Ambassador's father - David Powers - WHS Class of 1948!


Here & There

Yesterday was another gray day, and I cruised here and there looking for something unusual to take a picture of. I drove out to Camp Road, west of Sangerfield, thinking that there might be hundreds of Canada Geese on the ponds at "Bird World' -- there weren't; but there were plenty of other critters in the menagerie to look at!

Just about across the road from the fenced areas is "Vera's Pond" .........

.................. and a few feet farther along I spotted several little "ghosts" dancing in a ring around a very spooky witch!

Lacking any other photos for the day, I dug through my computer to find this 2002 montage of "Autumn on the Marshall Trail" ...................

........................... and this especially large file of Maple Leaves, in case anyone wants some bright new wallpaper!" (Click once, then click again!)


Have a good day, everyone!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday - with add-on re: Lyon's Mills.



It's 43 degrees and still dark at 6:30.

The WKTV Weather Forecast: "A pleasant start to the work week. Sun will share the sky with clouds today with highs in the upper 50s. A bit cloudier north of the Mohawk Valley. The breeze stays with us again this afternoon.

Partly cloudy tonight with overnight lows near 40.

Another dry day tomorrow with a mix of sunshine and clouds. Highs again in the upper 50s to near 60.

An area of low pressure develops and heads our way starting Wednesday. Steady rain likely late in the day Wednesday, especially Wednesday night. Showers, clouds, and breezy conditions Thursday.

Cooling off with more sprinkles and showers Friday. Drying out while remaining cool just in time for the weekend."


It didn't really rain all weekend - just whenever I went out looking for pretty pictures!

Sh0wers don't interfere with daily apple-hunting excursions by two, three or even more deer in my back yard.

Nature continues her Autumn display: these trees are on White Street.

Man- (or WOMAN-) made decorations on Babbott Avenue .............

................ and California Road.

Excerpted from an article in the Observer-Dispatch:

"Waterville 34, Cooperstown 0 John Piersma completed 7 of 10 passes for 101 yards, including touchdowns to Anthony Rice and Jim Melvin, and Dom McNamera rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries as playoff-bound Waterville (4-3) ended the regular season with a Class D East win at Cooperstown (0-7). Darien Green rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and Rice ran for 54 yards on nine carries for the Indians, who will play a Section III quarterfinal game at Weedsport on Friday night. Waterville’s Kameron Hakimi had eight tackles. Waterville 6 14 14 0 — 34 Cooperstown 0 0 0 0 — 0 First Quarter W-Anthony Rice 12 pass from John Piersma (kick failed). Second Quarter W-Dom McNamera 13 run (Rice pass from Piersma). W-McNamera 3 run (Piersma kick). Third Quarter W-Jim Melvin 25 pass from Piersma (Piersma kick). W-Darien Green 5 run (Piersma kick).


For more WCS Sports Events






Speaking of "Donations" ......

Have you sent yours, yet?


From Susan Carle Young, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this information about Anna Cleveland James - one of the many former Watervillians whom I find fascinating! She spent a good deal of her childhood in the Village and was the owner of "Illahee" - once the Eastern Star Home and now the Mack residence - for several years.

Ms. Young wrote: "Mrs. Cleveland James was my great-grandmother's second cousin, and led an exciting life, although it was not exactly the one she liked to portray in interviews. After finding your articles on "The Huddle", I was able to find a number of historical articles in the New York Times about her escapades and adventures. They are too long to write about here, and you may not be interested, but I'm attaching a copy of her obituary from the NYT just for fun."

(Click to enlarge.)

This is the first photograph I've seen of her!

Thank you, Susan!


In answer to my query about what was manufactured at the Mill at Lyon's Pond, this letter from Mary Fanning:

"My parents' - now my oldest brother's - farm on Water Street bordered on the pond and there were lots of sun fish in it." and she added, "In the late 1950's and into the 1960's, wooden pallets were manufactured at Lyons Pond. They sent a tractor trailer load out from there each week."

Thanks loads, Mary! I'll keep hunting for information on the original mill products.

Bingo! (9:15 a.m.) I "googled" "Lyon's Mills" and, after a thirty-second search, I found this entry, online, as one of two references to "Lyon's Mills" in Dick Williams' new book, "Along Oriskany and Big Creeks..."

"Downstream one mile from Solsville is Lyon's Mills and a sixty-acre pond. A sawmill turned out ebnough wood to build three hundred homes a year and was owned by Warren Lyons beteeen the 1920's and the 1940's." And that "rang a bell" in my memory: I think that it ws John Cornelius who said, at one of our summertime Old Timers' Story Swaps, that parts of pre-fabricated homes were made there! (That adds up!)

Click HERE to preview / search the book!


Another query. A gentleman who was having lunch at Joan's Diner in Deansboro, one day last week, asked if anyone knew who sharpened (circular) saw blades.

Not even Lester Bugbee had an answer! Do you?



More when it happens!

Have a great day, everyone!