Thursday, November 17, 2011

It's Garbage Day!

37 degrees and dry at 7:00

The forecast from WKTV: "A big cool-down in the works for (Thursday) and Friday. The air will be cold enough to generate lake effect snow showers. With an anticipated westerly wind, most of the snow showers are expected to occur north of the Mohawk Valley. The NWS has issued a lake effect snow watch for Northern Oneida and Lewis Counties for late Thursday and Thursday night.

Warming up and drying out just in time for the weekend. Aside from a brief shower late Sunday, the weekend is expected to stay dry.


My Email indicates that, as a result of Carolyn Bostick's article in the Observer-Dispatch, there are several new Blog Readers :


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"Heroin Ring Busted in New Hartford." from WKTV.

Similar article in the Observer-Dispatch.

For more news from the Village of Waterville and the Waterville Central School District, click for The Waterville Times!



Rainy and gray.

There's plenty of water in the pond at the foot of Grant Hill, but there was no sign of activity!

In the village, "friendship" lights are making their appearance -
at the Bogans' on Babbot Avenue ............

............ the Neff home on Berrill Avenue ...........

.......... Joan Albert's on East Bacon Street.........

........... Dick Hughes' on Sanger Hill Road ........

................ and in "Whiskey Hollow."




7:00 p.m. at the High School

Last year I went hunting in the digital archives of The Waterville Times for early press releases about the contest. The most informative that I found was that of 1873 --- 138 years ago --written just as the "new "Union School" at the corner where the Municipal Hall now stands was ending its first year.

There was great anticipation for the competition between the two "literary" societies - the Whittier and the Irving, with all of the students belonging to one or the other - and Putnam Hall was "filled to overflowing" with villagers eager to hear original compositions, orations and even - on one occasion - to witness demonstrations of what must have been synchronized calisthenics!

(First prize in oration and declamation, at the end of the year, was a Webster's Unabridged Dictionary; in Calisthenics, the winning society was presented with "the silver dumb-bells.")

The evening was referred to as a "reunion" of the two societies, but I could not learn when they had actually originated. "The Grammar and Academic departments of the school are divided into two literary societies known, respectively, as 'the Whittier Society' and 'the Irving Society.' These societies assume charge of rhetorical exercises (debates) on every Friday afternoon, each in competition with the other and each acting as critics of the other." May 8, 1873.



The Marshall Historical Society at 7:00 p.m.

Guest speaker will be Jack Henke
on the topic of recording oral history.



Family Movie Night * Thursday, November 17th

6pm | Free Movie. Free Popcorn.| Movie: Cars 2


Kids Movie Matinee

11:00 a.m. on November 19

"Winnie the Pooh"



Hunting Season Opens at Sunrise on Saturday!


Whether you're hunting or just walking on a woodsy trail,

Please Dress Safely!

Orange is "in"!


Have a good weekend everyone!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


It's Recyclables Day

40 degrees and dry at 5:30

The weather forecast from WKTV: "A mostly cloudy start to the day, but the weather looks to turn a bit unsetttled. An area of low pressure sliding up a cold front will bring some light rain to parts of the area by this afternoon. Highs in the low to mid 50s. Mostly cloudy tonight with lows in the upper 30s.

A big cool-down in the works for tomorrow and Friday. The air will be cold enought to generate lake effect snow showers. With an anticipated westerly wind, most of the snow showers are expected to occur north of the Mohawk Valley. The NWS has issued a lake effect snow watch for Lewis County because accumulations are possible across the Tug Hill Thursday and Thursday night.

Warming up and drying out just in time for the weekend. Aside from a brief shower late Sunday, the weekend is expected to stay dry."


I missed all of the action (of installing the wreaths on our Victorian lamp posts) but the results of the DPW's day's work are worthy of applause!


Also New

Construction has been under way for the past week or so - even during the snowstorm! - on an addition to one of the houses at the top of the Buell Avenue hill.



From Lynn and Darin Cope, this great photograph of their daughter, Keely, who completed her 2011 snowmobile drag racing season winning 21 first place finishes along with 5 second place finishes. Keely raced in many parts of the Northeast such as Snow Bash in Ohio, NY, the Albany area and all the way up to Epping, NH, racing alongside many seasoned professional racers.

Keely and her chief mechanic - "Dad."

There was a message for Keely that came with the picture: "Congrats Keely! your grandpa Albert would be so proud of you! We are already looking forward to your race season next year! We are so proud of you…………….Love, Mom and Dad and Katie (Rita)"


Also in the Mail


Considering her relative youth, Yvonne Durant Brady is one heck of a good historian! She's worked with Marshall Township Historian Dorothy McConnell for several years and is now researching the history of the Kirkland Town Library. To that purpose she's searching for a photograph of Ruth Strickland Allen, who was President of the Board of Trustees of the Kirkland Town Library when she passed away in 1923. Allen was survived by two daughters, Elisabeth and Jane, and a stepson, John B. Allen. All regular archival sources having failed to resolve the search, Yvonne hopes that there may be some descendants still living in this area who have a family photograph of Mrs. Allen. Please Email me, if you can suggest someone to contact, and I'll let Yvonne know!



Just a mere six months from today!

Have a good one!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

SPECIAL! Scroll for info Add-ons!

It's 52 degrees.

The rain that began yesterday afternoon has stopped.

The weather forecast from YNN: "Remaining Mild with Brightening Skies Today

Chilly Weather Returns Thursday. High pressure will temporarily build in today with morning clouds and spotty drizzle giving way to at least some sun into this afternoon. Temperatures won’t be as warm as yesterday, although still well above average with highs in the 50s to near 60. Tonight will be partly to mostly cloudy with lows in the 40s.

A cold front will swing in around midday tomorrow with the threat for a passing shower or two. Temperatures will begin to turn more seasonable with highs in the low to mid 50s.

Chilly conditions will settle in on Thursday with scattered rain and wet snow showers developing, especially east of Lake Ontario. Highs by then will only be in the lower 40s. Temperatures will remain on the chilly side Friday with highs in the low to mid 40s. Any lake effect early will give way to increasing sun.

Our rollercoaster ride with our temperatures as of late will continue for the foreseeable future with milder temperatures returning by the weekend."


Before the rain started and the day turned definitely gray, the last of the needles on
larches /tamaracs were the brightest spots in countryside views.

There's a new Autumn wreath on Suzette's Madison Street door ..........

.................... and hundreds of new "arrivals" landed on the pond and in the adjacent corn field behind Jack Prior's house.

On one side of Tower Street, Christmas lights were bright in the mid-afternoon gloom ...........

................ while, across the road at the Pumilias', the "lighting crew" worked in the rain!



The Jr/ Sr High School Prism Concert
will take place
tonight at 7 pm at the Jr/Sr High Auditorium.

It was previously canceled when the Jr/Sr High School had an emergency early closing.



At 6:30 p.m. - "Holiday Cards & Gift Wrap "

Save some money, and create unique cards and gift wrap this holiday season.
We'll provide some supplies and ideas to create some samples to get you started.

At 6:30 p.m. - the ongoing series of classes "Beginner's Knitting."

At 7:00 p.m. - Knit2gether

Bring in your current project and join us at our knitting group where you can relax, chat and knit with fellow knitters.
Knitters of all skill levels are welcome to come.
If you need help with a project we have experienced knitters at our group almost weekly.



I now have a reply to a query I made yesterday re: the Deadline for signing up for the
Sr. Citizen Breakfast at MPS on the 17th.


(Thanks to Sheri Brennan)


Enjoy Your Breakfast!


Prize Speaking Event at 7:00 Thursday evening!

Just received (11:15) from Vinny Elacqua and Karen Cronkhite - Advisors

"This year, there are ten students competing in three categories.

In the category of Literature and Poetry the following contestants will perform the following pieces:

Mary Lourdes Erlichman will perform the poems "Famous" by Naomi Nye and "Eagle Poem" by Joe Harjo.
Kate Brown will perform an excerpt from Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne
Skye Payne-Penias will perform the Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" and Maya Angelou's "Phenomenal Woman"

In the humorous category:

Kenna Williams will perform an excerpt from Mark Twain's "Eve's Diary"
Anna Rae Martin will perform RD Fahey's "The Wizard of Oz"
Anthony Rice will perform Dane Cook's "The Sneeze"
Chloe Keating will perform Tina Fey's "The Rules of Improvisation"

In the Dramatic Category:

Bernadette Erlichman will perform Schiller's "Mary Stewart Pleads"
Zach Brown will perform an excerpt from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum"
Cassie Perrin will perform "Little Match Girl" by Hans Christian Anderson

During Intermissions the following student musicians will perform:
Ed Brennan
Eli Olmstead
Jared Wentrick


I want to thank you for all of the congratulatory Emails and phone messages that you sent me, yesterday! I even heard from two of my "medical professsionals" whose offices are in New Hartford!


Have a great day, everyone!

Monday, November 14, 2011


It's Garbage Day

53 degrees and dry at 6:30 a.m.

The WKTV weather forecast: "A disturbance today will bring us mild weather, clouds, and rain showers this afternoon. High temperatures climb into the lower 60s. Steady rain builds in this evening and early tonight as a cold front passes by. A thunderstorm is possible as well. Lows in the upper 40s.

Partly sunny and pleasant tomorrow, with highs in the upper 50s. The chance for light rain showers on Wednesday as a cold front passes through. Highs in the lower 50s.

A big cooldown is expected late in the week. At this point, the weather looks cold enough to generate lake effect snow showers and flurries on Thursday. Drier weather by Friday.

Another warm up is possible by next weekend."


But Oh! What a day it was on Friday!

"Snow Causes Havoc..." from the Observer-Dispatch

From WKTV: "Tractor Trailors Jackknife Due to White-out Road Conditions."

I had been out of town for lunch and came back to Waterville by way of Clinton - not because it was storming, then, but just because I felt like it.

There were a few flakes of snow in the air as I drove down Route 12B to Deansboro. Once on Route 315, however, I seemed to run headfirst into a "squall" of turkey-feather-sized wet snowflakes, falling so thickly and fast that the countryside disappeared and the pavement was covered with enough deep slush to convince me to slow the blog-car to about 20 mph and turn on my hazard lights for the first time this year.

I'd have liked to have taken a lot of pictures, of course, but prudence demanded that I keep both hands on the steering wheel until I'd reached my driveway.

The old willow tree had protected ground and chairs beneath it from much accumulation ......

...................... but the front of my house looked like a Christmas card!


Perhaps it was that snowstorm that put some people in the mood to decorate, or perhaps the balmy days that followed prompted them to hang outdoor Christmas lights early. At any rate, a couple of homes on Putnam Street and on West Bacon are all ready for December!



WCS is NOT on the

In the Observer-Dispatch. "Your Town: Waterville Blog Captures Village Life."

I was surprised! When O-D writer Carolyn Bostick first contacted me by Email, she wrote that she'd like to do a feature story about Waterville, and I, with the help of some blog-readers, began making a list of pertinent facts about Waterville's history, architecture, population, schools, and so forth and I put together a collection of photo files to send to her. However - when she actually reached me by telephone and I asked her what she would like, she had only one request: "Tell my about your blog!"

Thank you for that nice article, Carolyn, and Thank You, Jody, for your kind words!



From Diane Marceau and the Parade of Lights Committee

"Please join us at the firehouse after the parade for live entertainment, where John Savage will be playing your favorite Christmas carols while you wait to see Santa & Mrs. Claus. You can preview some of John’s talents at his website: Please contact a committee member if you are interested in setting up a booth."

The 23rd annual Parade of Lights will be Friday, November 25 at 6:30 p.m.



138th Prize Speaking Contest

sponsored by the Waterville Rotary Club

WCS Auditorium,
Thursday at 7:00 p.m.


Special Events At the Library

Bake-off * Wednesday, November 16th
3:30pm | Ages 8-14 | Sign Up at 841-4651
Bake something yummy all by yourself (parents can only help with the oven parts) and enter it into our contest!

Family Movie Night * Thursday, November 17th

6pm | Free Movie. Free Popcorn.| Movie: Cars 2



Sunset at 4:30, yesterday.

View of Sanger Hill from Fuess-Cleary Road.


Have a great day, everyone!

Tomorrow is Green Waste Collection!