Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's Garbage Day.
30 degrees and clear at 6:30 a.m.

TWCNY's Weather Forecast:

"Windy & Warm Today, Tonight Showers Return.

Today will be a nice day and quite warm, the only problem it will be windy.  Expect a blend of sun and clouds.  HIghs will be in the low and mid 60s.

Showers return to the forecast heading into Thursday night as a cold front works through.  In the wake of this front, dry weather and slightly cooler temperatures build back in on Friday with highs in the upper 50s.

Warmer air builds in over the weekend with highs in the 60s. "



WCS Sports

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Stoltzfus Family Dairy, Creative Shepherd Farm
Happy Pasture Farm, Promise Land Farm & BBQ
Quarry Brook Farms, Szarek Greenhouses/Szarek Farms LLC/Three Goat Farm CSA, Heirloom Meadows
Mean Dawg's Mustard, And others..........................


Sugar Top Farm Maple Syrup, Waterville, NY

Syrup fresh from the evaporator the old fashion way.
 Taste test at the Market!!!!!

Got Bibb? 
Again this week.... Fresh, Boston Lettuce (bibb) grown by Z's Nutty Ridge Farm.

Starting April 10th, the Market can began to accept benefits received through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


At the Library

"American Girl Club" at 6:00 Thursday

Ages 5-10 | Sign Up
Girls can bring a doll (it does not need to be an American Girl) 
and we’ll make a craft and listen to a short story. 
April: Flowers & Butterflies


On Friday

Movie Matinée at 1:00
"A Star is Born"


Family Movie at 6:30

"Bring your family and friends to the library to see the latest installment in the Tinkerbell movie series! Arrive 10 minutes early for popcorn."


"Peepapalooza" April 1 - 28

 All Ages

Get ready to create chapters of chicks! Books of bunnies! 
Get yourself a whole heap of Peeps marshmallows and create a depiction of a favorite scene or character from a book. 
Dioramas will be accepted and displayed in the library April 1-28; 
awards for all age levels. See library staff for more information.


For many more Movies and Special Events at
The Waterville Public Library,
please click  HERE.


Riding Around

On Putnam Street, at the Falks'.

The first of HUNDREDS of 
Crocuses / Crocii on the lawn of Stockwell Farm have just begun to bloom! Worth taking a rode down Frog Park Road!


Just one more thing .......

It took me a while, but I finally found the editorial "follow-up" to the 1857 Waterville Times article, "A Singular Discovery!"

(I really had expected more and suspect that you will be as disappointed as I, but, all-in-all, it really was a pretty good April Fool's Day joke!)

THE  SINGULAR DISCOVERY - – the article in last week’s Times, entitled “Singular Discovery,” was intended as a burlesque upon a romantic tradition which is been more or less current among our citizens for more than 30 years.
It is said that a Mr. Walker lost a crowbar while at work on the highway in the manner described in our article. Indeed the substantial accuracy of the incident seems to be well authenticated, and has been more or less the subject of conversation for many years.
The incident gave rise to the belief in the minds of many that there was a subterranean passage under the brook which was constructed in an age, and by persons now unknown. We believe, however that the matter has heretofore been so thoroughly investigated by the curious as to set the subject to rest. There is no probability that there is, or ever was a subterranean passage across the gulf.
If Mr. Walker lost his crowbar in the manner claimed, it is probable it disappeared in one of the numerous race-ways which have from time to time been built in "The Hollow."

And now .......

It's Spring Break!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It's Recyclable Collection Day
37 degrees and gray at 7:30 a.m.

The TWCNY Weather Forecast:

"Chilly Today, Big Warmup Coming!

As an area of low pressure continues to pull away to the north and east, we'll be able to tap into drier conditions todaywith more in the way of sun. However, temperatures will be running a good 10 degrees below average with highs between 40 and 45.

Luckily, this chilly air mass isn't expected to stay in place for too long and temperatures should recover into the low 60s on Thursday under a partly sunny sky.

 Wet weather returns to the forecast heading into Thursday night as a cold front works through but showers look to pull away from us on Friday. In the wake of this front, temperatures will still end up at or above average with highs in the 50s/near 60 degrees right through the weekend."


1992 -2014



Front Page Headlines from

"The 2014 Baby of the Year"
"Fun in the Mud"
"Antiques On The Agenda"
"Scholarship Fund Seeks Donations"
"Find A Dress For Free"

To read more, please click HERE.



(In case you missed this yesterday afternoon.)
From Brenda Knoeller:

 "A pair of prescription sunglasses has been found on Main Street and they are brown with  pink hearts on the back of the bows.    The owner can stop by the Village office to pick them up."


From Linda Rauscher:

"The WCS Class of '69 will be holding their 45th class reunion this summer.  
The event will be held on Saturday, July 12 at 6 p.m. at the White Eagle Lodge in Hamilton.  We're having trouble finding mailing addresses for all who graduated that year.  If anyone out there can help us spread the word through family or friends, it would be appreciated.  Please contact Linda Sanderson Reilly-Rauscher at for details or with missing addresses."


Here & There

Blog readers who have spent the Winter in places where  there are always leaves on trees and the grass is always green may have a hard time appreciating the beauty that we , here in Waterville,  find in scenes like these, in which the colors are mostly muddy, grungy brown but look  wonderful to us because - there's almost no snow! 

Looking ESE toward Tassell Hill from Hanover....

....  and WSW, to the icicle-clad quarry north of Oriskany Falls and the hilltop windmills beyond Solsville.


Cleanup has continued, in the Village, and now it looks as if the street sweeper has been along West Bacon Street.

No small project: wintertime covers have been removed from all 96 hydrants.


New decorations:  the Easter Bunny at Joan Albert's ......

..........  and a pretty Spring pinwheel on this Madison Street doorway.

Waiting for ......

............ an "Opening Soon" sign at Roc's!

........... and wondering what the DEC "Trout Truck" was doing parked at Nice 'n Easy!




Sports Booster's Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
MPS Recital Concert at 6:30 p.m.


At the Library

"Walking Group" at 6:00 p.m.




"At the Waterville Indoors Farmers’ Market, we are working to increase the entire community’s access to fresh local foods. 

That is why we are pleased to announce that starting this Thursday, April 1Oth,  we can began to accept benefits received through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)."


Craft Show at the N. Brookfield Fire House
Saturday from 10:00 - 2:00


49th Annual Palm Sunday Ham Dinner
at the Deansboro Fire House.


The Marshall Parks and Recreations Department will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt that will take place behind the Deansboro Town Hall at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday April 19. 

Kids will be divided up depending on age. 
The Easter Bunny will be there so we would encourage the kids to bring a basket along to collect filled eggs. 

There will be a special GOLDEN egg to look for also!

And then .......

The Bunny will make a hopping fast dash over to Waterville and the Annual Rotary Club Easter Egg Hunt at noon
on the grounds of Harding Nursing Home!




The Waterville United Methodist Church's


Sunday, May 4, noon - 'til sold out!



Special Opportunity Announced!


Here is your chance to own an authentic reproduction of 
A Squirrel Hunter's Powder Horn. 

The set includes a leather Pouch, made and antiqued by Mr. Gary Elsenbeck of Lee Center, and a custom pouch knife made by Brian Barker.  

Similar items are highly collectible and sell for hundreds of dollars.  This is not only a collector's item, it is a work of art.
Chances sell for $2 each or 3 for $5. They are available at the Waterville Historical Society on Main Street, open Wednesdays 10 to 4, or by calling 315 841 4018, or ask any Society member.  Drawing will be at the Society's annual meeting on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. 


Should the CDC be notified?

From what I can gather, more and more area residents are showing signs of seasonal Springtime maladies whose primary symptoms are a feverish eagerness to clean houses and grounds, to buy new sneakers and (in some cases) bright lycra outfits and add an hour or two of outdoor exercise to their daily routines, or to even abandon all regular routines and simply pack their suitcases and seek "treatment" by leaving cabin and community for a week or so!

My personal form of "self-medication" has been the acquisition of a new iPhone - and I love it!  (Just think - at MY rapidly advancing age I can even "text"!)

Although I used the iPhone to take the pictures for today's blog post I will not be throwing away my old Olympus Camadia because, although the phone shots are good, the process of getting iPhone photos through my computer and onto the blog is much more time-consuming.  Fun for other pictures, 'tho!


I'll post a small before-vacation wrap-up tomorrow.  
Is there anything that I've forgotten or that you want to add? Remember: I won't be back until the day that WCS classes resume - April 22.

Have a good day, everyone!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Sunglasses found on Main Street.

Are they yours?

They are prescription sunglasses.

 They are brown with pink hearts on the back of the bows.    

The owner can stop by the Village office to pick them up.

Monday, April 7, 2014



Hazy blue sky and bright at 7:00 a.m.

The TWCNY weather forecast:

"Still Seasonable and Warm, Showers Return Late Today.

Today will start off with quite a bit of sun, but look for clouds and showers to build from south to north during the afternoon. Rain will be steady at times evening and overnight.

 Rain will tend to be a bit more scattered in nature Tuesday, but expect a cloudy, breezy, damp day. Wednesday will be breezy and cool with an isolated shower possible south of the lake and over the higher elevations. After a cold night, temperatures will soar to near 60 Thursday afternoon."



From WKTV.

From The Observer-Disparch.

For lots and lots of photos, click HERE!



From Lawrence Gilley, this link to the Marshall Historical Society's website where you will find another link to this month's Newsletter.

(Yes - I will be the speaker at the April 24th meeting, explaining that my husband and I had nothing whatsoever to do with causing this little valley in Marshall Township to be named "Whiskey Hollow" - but naming those who did, and when!)


Here & There

Last Thursday and Friday the DPW did quite a good deal of Spring Cleaning around the Village, but the Street Sweeper must have missed the north side of West Bacon Street, leaving plenty of roadside grit for residents there to shovel and sweep.

Scott Woodhouse finds an easier method to tackle the problem in front of his home on Madison Street  ......

.............. and, on Sanger Avenue, Kevin Bancroft used a power-driven rake to clean his lawn.

I enjoyed the perfect Spring day with a Sunday afternoon "ride in the country," starting on Route 12 south of the Village where I couldn't help but slow down and look at the display at "Fresh Picked" Antiques in the old Allen Acres building.

The snow is nearly gone from hillsides. This is the view looking westward from the top of Grant Hill.

Although quite a distance from the road, I could see several dozen Canada Geese lounging in the sun on the shrinking ice cover at the pond next to Sally Road.

Best "find" of the day was this clump of snowdrops that I first spotted about forty years ago growing in an obscure location next to the old Chenango Canal Towpath.



WCS Sports


At the Library

There are no special events at the Library on Monday.


Tuesday, April 8, 6pm

"Positive Discipline Workshop" & Story Hour

Join Megan Barella, certified positive discipline parent, to learn about this approach to parenting.  

At the same time, children ages 4 & up are welcome to join in on a special Story Hour while they wait for their parent(s).





On Wednesday, April 9th, leave the cooking to Moe's Southwest Grill in North Utica! 
15% of the night's proceeds (5-8pm) will support the
Waterville Musical Production 
(a non-profit organization).



"A  Craft Show will be held at the North Brookfield
Fire House on April 12 from 10am to 2pm.  Come and
see what the local Artisans have crafted for you."

The artisans are from Leonardsville, Brookfield, North Brookfield,
Hubbardsville, Waterville, etc. and have quite a variety."



Sunday from Noon - 3:00
at the Deansboro Fire House.


Next Week Special Events


 The annual Community Stations of the Cross Service and Walk begins at 10 a.m. at the Methodist Church and continues across the village.



Free for all who attend

- Lots of Prizes and Refreshments - 

- DJ -

Gym will be open on Sat AM 
so that items may be dropped off (sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, clothes etc.)

Permission Slips with parents contact info needs to be turned in by April 25.


The "Old Timers" and I want to take this opportunity to extend our condolences to Nicki Suba and her family on the death of her father, our friend Donald "Don" Hazard.



Along with the School District, I will be taking "Spring Recess" from April 14th through the 21st.

If you have any announcements for events that will be taking place during or just after that time period, please send them to me right away!

Back on Wednesday morning.  Have a great Day!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

It's Garbage Day.
29 degrees with blue sky and bright sunshine at 7:00 a.m.

The TWCNY Weather Forecast: 

"Bit Cooler but Nice Today,  Showers Return Friday.

Today starts bright with skies becoming partly sunny, quiet and cooler than average with highs in the 40s and some spots sneaking into the 50s.

A well developed system will approach from the west on Friday with unsettled conditions lingering into the first half of the weekend. During this time period, temperatures should end up at or below average with highs in the 40s to near 50 degrees.  

Dry weather and sunshine return on Sunday with high temperatures close to 50 degrees".



From the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

From the Mid-York Weekly.

From the Observer-Dispatch.


Seasons have changed in the Sidewalk Showroom!

Bikes are out .......

.............. gone are cold weather clothes ......

............... and Stafford Avenue neighbors sit outdoosr in the sun for their afternoon chat!

This is more like it!   Blue sky and bare fields in Hanover.

The Great Blue Heron are back, fishing above the little waterfall next to Gridley-Paige Road .......

...............  the ice at the Caves in Forge Hollow is nearly gone.....

......  and Aconite is in bloom at the Felhner-Peach residence in "Dicksville!"

It really is SPRING!

--------  COMING EVENTS  -----------


PTA meeting Thursday at 6:00
Elementary All-county Festival on Friday and Saturday.



 At the Library

Thursday at 6:00 - "Spring Fling Story Hour"

Ages 3-8 | Drop In
Spring is in the air! As buds pop and flowers bloom,colors wash away winter’s gloom. Celebrate the wonder that spring brings with stories and activities.


Friday Movie Matinée at 1:00


Another Event to Add to your Calendar

April Book Discussion Group -  April 23.

This month, the Waterville Book Discussion Group will read the classic "Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins.  After lunch and discussion we will watch the BBC filmed version of this classic novel. 

Generally considered the first English sensation novel, the "Woman in White"   features the remarkable heroine Marian Halcome and her sleuthing partner, drawing master Walter
Hartright, pitted against the diabolical team of count Fosco and sir Percival Glyde. 
A gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness and mistaken identity, Collins's psychological thriller has never been out of print in the more than 140 years since its publication in 1859.

Bring your lunch, we will supply coffee, tea, dessert, discussion and a the the meeting Room at the Waterville Library at noon on Wednesday April 23rd.



Tomorrow is your last day to register online for the
Daniel Barden Highland Mudfest!


(You may register in person Saturday morning.)


New Event

Saturday, May 18 from 1:00 - 6:00 at the Sangerfield Legion.


Have a grand weekend, everyone!