Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In Memoriam


1933 - 2014


Monday, October 20, 2014


It's Garbage Day.
34.9 degrees and dry at 5:00 a.m.

The TWCNY Weather Forecast:
"Quiet and Seasonable Start to the Week, Becoming Very Unsettled.

We have a cold start on this Monday across the area with spots as chilly as the upper 20s. Most areas remained in the 30s. Despite a cold finish to the weekend, we have a seasonable day with highs back in the 50s. A light breeze will be little problem for most today and the risk for a quick passing shower is low. 
A low pressure system to our west arrives tonight and brings developing showers overnight. These showers will continue on and off for the next few days becoming more intense at times as this system sits off to our east and continues to throw moisture in our direction for the rest of the work week with raw conditions. 
Improvements look to arrive for the weekend.


This is what it looked like at the summit of McCauley Mountain in Old Forge, yesterday morning. Although there were a few snowflakes in the air here in Waterville, they disappeared very quickly and "Autumn" proceeded at its usual pace.

There are still some beautiful splashes of color - this scene is from Lumbard Road near the Clinton Rod & Gun Club ......

.............. and here's the view from the top of the Sally Road Hill.

The leaves of Quaking Aspen are golden, now.
The characteristic flutter of aspen leaves is the result of stems that are flat in cross-section rather than round. This adaptation gives them strength in the vertical direction while allowing them to twist flexibly in the wind. 

Berries on Bittersweet vines have opened .......

................ and Winged Euonymus shrubs, sometimes called "Burning Bush, are aflame.

 New decorations have appeared at Bonnie Bechy's home on Babbott Avenue ......

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



In case you missed the Saturday blog post,

"Soldier Surprises Daughter during Waterville High School Football Game."
from WKTV.



Village Board Meeting Monday at 7:00


Green Waste Collection on Tuesday.


WCS Sports

The WCS Girls' Soccer Team plays Little Falls at Home on the 22nd. (Tentative: 6:00 p.m.)


Modified Volleyball Begins on Monday.



- Monday -

High School Homeschool ART at 1:00


- Tuesday -

Movie at 4:00


Craft2gether at 7:00 p.m.

Do you knit, crochet, bead, sew, stitch or do any other kind of handcraft? 
If you're crafty, this is the group for you. 
Chat, snack and meet your neighbors while you work on your craft, share your ideas and get another crafter's perception. 
Bring any project you're working on, or come just to be inspired. 

All levels of experience are welcome. 


-Wednesday -

Book Discussion Group at 12:00


Elementary and MS Homeschool Art at 1:00


Drop-in Craft "Spiders" 2:00 - 5:00.
All Ages can come to the library anytime during regular library hours to make a spider out of a paper cup.

(Speaking of Spiders: 
see some new photos by Jody Hildreth, below!)



Hallowe'en Festival on Friday the 24th
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Kids of all ages can come to the library in their costumes for games, face painting, a costume contest and a magic show!
Magic Show begins at 7pm.


A special note to all of you from Amanda Briggs:

The Waterville Public Library buys many thousands of new books, movies, and CDs each year. We're proud to now offer you weekly email alerts showing you the newest books, DVDs, CDs, eMagazines, eBooks and audio books that we purchase each week. We hope you'll enjoy hearing about the many exciting bestsellers, movies, music, and recorded books almost the very moment they arrive at the library.

Whenever you spot something of interest, you'll be able to click instantly, reserve it, and check it out at your convenience. And of course, like everything else in the library, this service is free!

Wowbrary users give it rave reviews:
I love the new service ... This is an awesome site ...
It's a wonderful tool ... I think this is a great service ...
I like it a lot! ... Thanks for offering this service!

To get started and see what the emails look like, just visit www.wowbrary.org. You can quit the weekly emails any time you wish.

Our library is excited to offer this new service. We hope you will enjoy it and the library's many new books, movies and music.



Creekside Community Outreach Center
  Open Tues. 10-4  Fri. 10-6  Sat. 10-4

Sat. Oct.18 from 10-2pm. 
This will be held at the Oriskany Falls United Methodist Church. You may use the side door across from the Village Market. If you have coats to donate they can be brought in to the thrift store up until Friday. Saturday they can be taken directly to the church. Take advantage of this great opportunity to stay warm this winter!


The annual Rotary Halloween Party 
begins 6:30 PM on Thursday Oct 30th at MPS,
 following the pumpkin lighting.  
It is intended for children in pre-K through grade 5.  
There will be goodie bags, games, apples, cider and donuts, 
and music by Don Brown.  
Parents are welcome to watch and admire the costumes.  
The event ends at 8 PM. 


Speaking of Spiders!

Top to bottom: 
Marbled Orbweaver
Garden Orbweaver
Garden Orbweaver's underside
Jumping Spider

Thank you, Jody! The photographs are beautiful, but I'm just not sure about the subjects!


Hot Topic!

All of the improvements that have been going on along both East and West Main Street.
They have been made possible by the
New York State Homes & Community Renewal
New York Main Street Program.

The recipients of the grants:
 John Brouillette for  136 East Main, 110 East Main and 116-122 Main St, 
Robert Card; 126 East Main St. 
Dawn and Dean Eisenhut; 114 Main St. 
Tom Eisenhut; 103 East Main St. 
Tom Morgan; 108 West Main St. 
Fa Zhang; 134 East Main St.

William Strohmeyer, 111 E. Main Street,

received the downtown grants as well.  The first grant allowed him to do the initial re-construction of the Businessware Consulting building when he first moved in, and this latest one paid for the painting and east wall construction.



Receiving such grants has not been as simple as it sounds.

Property owners have been required to:

1. submit proposals that included detailed descriptions of proposed improvements, the costs involved AND two separate bids.

2. prove that they, themselves, were financially capable of covering 100% of the costs involved.

3. the proposed projects were then reviewed by the agency and SHPO (the New York State Historic Preservation Office) who set specific guidelines.

4.  Only after the completion of the projects,  all costs  paid by the owner and all guidelines met will the New York Main Street Program provide Grant Funds in reimbursements of up to 75% of the total costs.

My Thanks to Joanne Treen for phoning to tell me that the building shown in this picture and currently undergoing major refurbishments is the Main Street Liquor Store building, owned by Dawn and Dean Eisenhut.  Work continues, too, on the front of the building around the doorway.



The sides of the new Sangerfield Township Salt Barn appear to be complete.

A third residential building has been added to Mike Tower's development next to Madison Street.




When writing about the "Home for Homeless Ladies," last week, I gave the erroneous impression the the residents' occupancy was free, made possible by the Tower trust  -  it was not!

The ladies, although without safe, comfortable homes in which to live, were far from penniless. Over the years entrance fees and monthly charges varied, but in general they were no less than and probably comparable to those that might be charged in what we call "upscale" Assisted Living establishments today.  


The old "Broomcloset Photos" of the Great Nine Mile Swamp Exploration were enjoyed by so many blog readers that I've been digging out more prints dating back to the early 1970s.

Coming next week - pictures taken at a Rotary Club Halloween Party in the gymnasium of the Stafford Avenue School


 Have a good day everyone!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Rest in Peace, Billy.


1953 - 2014


Thursday, October 16, 2014

3.8" of rain!

Just in, from Lou Langone at the Waterville Wastewater Treatment Plant on Route 315:

"We have a rain gauge that we check and record at 8:30 every day and so far we have gotten about 3.8” of rain in this 24 hour period!" 

Thank you, Lou!

It's Recyclables Collection Day

64 degrees at 5:00 a.m.
and, after unusually heavy downpours throughout yesterday afternoon and evening,  the rain has finally stopped .....

or not!!!!!  Radar at 7:00 a.m.

The TWCNY Weather Forecast:

"Early Rain/Late Day Breaks of Sun, Cooling Down for the Weekend

"It is a wet start to the day with periods of steady rain still working into the area with tapering rain for the morning and just a few lighter showers into the afternoon. It will still be mild and above average with most areas holding into the upper 60s and low 70s. Not as breezy.
The next few days we start the drop off in temps with highs sliding in the 60s and 50s. But a cold front for the weekend does us in with air getting as chilly as the 40s by Sunday.
Next week looks to rebound for now back into the 50s and even 60s. 



Front Page Headlines from

"A Wilde And Funny Night"
"Tanks Removed From Putnam Street Site"
"Girls Basketball Coming To BCS"
"WCS Soccer Reunion"
"Meeting For Dairy Farmers"
"Scary Tales On Tap"

To read more, please click HERE.


Here & There

Many of the recent "make-overs" are visible from Main Street, 
but here's a rainy-day view of the back of one of the buildings on West Main Street
where extensive improvements are being made.
(I don't know which building it is: Main St. Liquors? or The Slaughtered Lamb Pub?)

A few days ago I had a nice long conversation with Mr. Stanley Gethel, known to his neighbors and many acquaintances as just plain "Stanley," the owner of what many of us refer to as "the Home for Homeless Ladies" on Putnam Street.

Ever since he began working to repair and restore the building he has been collecting bits of information about it: he knows that it was built by George Putnam in the 1860's. 

Putnam built nearly all of the homes on the street but saved this one for his own family's residence. In the 1880's, presumably when the Putnams moved into their new home on the corner of East Main Street and Stafford Avenue (now the Swanberg Home) the house was sold to Alonzo Tower and his wife. After Alonzo died, his wife and their son, George continued to live there.  Mrs. Tower has been credited with installing the elegant Victorian decorations that many of actually remember and a social note in The Waterville Times recounts all of the details of an elegant dinner party and dance for 150 people held there, once!

George Tower and his mother remained there until her death in the 1920s and, then, his own, in 1932. In his will, he left $1,500 to the Presbyterian Church as well as $150 to the Waterville Cemetery Association. All of the balance of his estate was left to endow a charitable corporation to be known as "the Waterville Home for Homeless Ladies" which opened in 1934. Operation of the Home ceased in the mid-1970's and the building was sold and its contents actioned off in March, 1976. 

I was involved in the operation of the Home for a year or two and had a few stories of my own to add to Stanley's collection, but was taken completely by surprise by a question he asked:

"Why were the women 'homeless' and where had they come from?"

This is what he - and, I imagine, many others who are new to the community and/or who are much younger than I  - was picturing .....


No: the contemporary word "homeless" and the images it evokes just aren't applicable, here. The ladies who made their home there were what one might have called "gentle ladies." Sometimes  they were spinster ladies who could no longer maintain a birthplace or family homestead by themselves, some were widows who either had no offspring with whom they could live in their older age, or who preferred the company of their peers.

At the Home for Homeless Ladies they lived in safety and comfort surrounded by Victorian elegance.  Supervised by a Board of Directors, there was always a full-time matron (I remember Lucy Carter, who cooked the ladies' favorite meals, served "silver tea" in the afternoon and kept the rooms filled with greenery and fresh flowers) and a day-time housekeeper (the wonderful Louise Greene, who set the gold standard for efficiency and kindness.) 

Although there are several of us who wish that the Home was still in operation, we certainly wish "Stanley" and his family a long and happy life here in Waterville.


Yesterday's Favorite photo - on Gridley-Paige Road. 



Where in the world is Glen Carroll?

I wonder if he knows that Jack Rienzo is there, too!!!


from Jody Hildreth, in his garden.

Top to bottom:  Monkshood, Yellow-jacket on Monkshood, Pink Poodle Echinacea, Anemone, and "a Golden Orb Spider that appears every Fall."

(Thanks for those wonderful, super-close-up views, Jody!)




 - Thursday -

"Superhero Club" at 6:00

Ages 5-10 | Sign Up
This month kids can dress up as their favorite superhero and we'll have a Superhero Costume Contest! After we'll run through an obstacle course!
October: Costume Contest

-Friday -

Movie Matinée at 1:00



-Saturday -


The Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society (MVAS) 
will be hosting star gazing on Sat Oct 18th from dusk to 11PM 
at the Barton-Brown Observatory, 
Waterville Public Library 206 White Street Waterville, NY




(Click to Enlarge.)



from the Waterville Historical Society.

Originally published in The Waterville Times and welcomed by 
"At Home in the Huddle" in order to ensure the greatest possible readership.

To the Editor:

There is only one organization collecting and preserving the history of the greater Waterville area. The Waterville Historical Society’s mission is to preserve local history and artifacts, and interpret them with entertaining and educational exhibits and programs. Like many organizations today, we are faced with declining membership, reduced revenues, and rising costs.  We need a concerted effort by the community to continue this essential public service. We are calling on the general public to support the Society through memberships, financial donations, and participation. Please bring or send your contributions and suggestions to the Society or pick up a membership form at 220 East Main Street, Waterville, open Wednesdays from 10 am to 4 pm.

To further this effort, the Board of Directors is establishing an Advisory Board of community members to assist in maintaining a viable and sound organization, especially in the areas of fundraising, finance, and planning programs and special events. We need people with varied talents, experience and backgrounds. If interested, please call 315-841-4018 or contact any Board member.

Get involved in your community’s history and help preserve our past for the future. Thank you!

Waterville Historical Society Board of Directors
Joseph W Falk, President
Patricia Ford, Vice President
Donna Green, Treasurer
Carol Wood, Secretary
Doris Stephan, Archivist
Kent C. Cole, Director
Debbie Conway, Director
Rev. Kirk Hudson, Director



Brothertown Music Boosters 
are conducting a 
Can and Bottle Drive on  
Sat. Oct 25 from 9:00am to noon. 

Please place bagged cans and bottles  
where the teams can pick them up. 
For large amounts, pick up can be  
arranged by calling 877-5684 or 861-7613; 
or bottles and cans may be  dropped off at Nickelback 
(please specify they are for Music  Boosters). 

We are raising funds for the WCS Music Dept. trip to Disney  in July 2015. All contributions are appreciated!



Tuesday's blog post.



A Question from the Blogger:
Are there any trained Geologists in the area?


Have a good weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Happening in Sangerfield - photo fix!

Sorry!  I was trying to post really fast, sitting in the Nice 'n Easy parking lot, using my iphone. It should have been easy, but I just couldn't get the image to stay where I put it!

So - here it is:

Sections of the 16' walls of the salt barn are being installed.