Thursday, July 31, 2014

It's Garbage Day
54 degrees and dry at 5:30 a.m.

The Weather Forecast from TWCNY:

"Few Showers and Storms, Unsettled the Rest of the Week.
We have the continued risk for a few showers and storms. During this time period, scattered showers and storms will be a part of our forecast but there will also be breaks in the action and intervals of sun. Temperatures will once again be below average today with highs in the low and mid 70s.
Temperatures should warm back up to more seasonable levels by Friday as highs return to the low 80s. Unsettled weather will stick around into the weekend with highs remaining in the lower 80s."



Front Page Headlines from

"Band In The Bandstand"
"Trucking From Point A to B"
"Storm Damage"
"Scholarship Offered"
"Real Estate Announces New Hire"
"New Faces at BCS"

To read more, please click HERE.


New Views

Those of us who often travel through Hanover have been watching the growth of a new section of stone wall being built by Dave Sullivan at the top of Grant Hill.

Back in the Village, new windows are being installed in the "Buell Block"  ......

.............  "Celebrations on Tower," the popular new banquet venue, has a new look .......

.............. there's a bright new basket bouquet on Suzette's Madison Street door .......

.............. and there will no doubt be a new diesel fuel pump at Nice 'n Easy in Sangerfield replacing the one that was "wiped out" in a "hit and run" accident by a tractor trailer on Tuesday morning.  (I was told that although the driver did not stop, there was video evidence that provided all the information needed to locate him.)


Friends and blog readers Ron and Margaret Bornick of Clinton attended an MVAS picnic on the Library / Observatory grounds a week or so ago and Ron followed up that visit with a letter to me suggesting that the Lally Memorial Garden, located behind the Library, deserved to have its picture taken for the blog.  

He was right!

(Thanks, Ron!)



From "At Home in the Huddle," July 30, 2006:  

"... shaded by the new pergola behind the library, I watched Ed DeSanctis of Royal Landscape and his nephew put the finishing touches on a "pondless waterfall!" To the East of the building, stone masons have constructed a classic, curved stone wall bench.
Follow either of the winding walkways and see for yourselves how nice this is becoming!"



There's Still Time....

Waterville Pop Warner
Football & Cheerleading Registration

Thursday; July 31st (meet & greet @6 pm)
(5:30 – 7 pm)
@ Waterville HS Football Field

Football & Cheerleading Registration Fees:
Flag Football & Cheer:    $60.00 per player
Tackle Levels (including Cheer) - $70.00 per player

*ALL YOUTH AGES 5 years to 13 years of age are welcome to participate*

(Per National Pop Warner & Tri Valley Guidelines)





Family Craft: Build a Birdhouse

Ages 4 & up (with their parents or guardian) | Sign Up
This summer you can come to the library for family fun activities!

It's a great way to spend some quality time together. Stop in anytime between 5-7pm to participate. 



10:30 a.m. "Story Hour"

1:15 p.m.  "Once Upon a Time in Waterville"
The Old-timers' Story Swap

What to expect this week: 
-Happy pastures (meat)- plan your weekend BBQ needs!
-Kids market (produce, flowers & baked goods)... grown right on Paris Hill! 
-Stoltzfus products (cheese, yogurt & milk)- with milk coming from Jason and Nathan's dairy right up on Hanover!
-North Star Orchards (berries, apples, potatoes, tomatoes)- do we have to say more......great produce.....
-Sugar Top Farm (local maple syrup)- from trees tapped up on Hanover.....
-Ma Ma Rella’s Italian Marinara Sauce.....Bernadette makes a great sause for those of us that appreciate a great taste!
-Candy Confections...what a wonderful selections of goodies for dessert.....
-Promise Land Farms (meat & bbq)- sadly has a conflict this week and will not be joining us....
-Heidelberg Bakery (Bread)---- oh... what great fresh bread
- Mosher Farms- freshly picked bi-color sweet corn and raspberries!
Weather depending, we think a few more artisans may be showing up their "wares" as well.
Support local farmers and artisans, save time, fossil fuel and eat healthy! See you this Friday PM!


LEGOS at 3:30



Concert: Nick Piccininni
Friday, August 8th @ 6pm
Stay for the end of the Farmer’s Market, and hear local musician Nick Piccininni, an amazing multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and entertainer. Weather permitting, the performance will be in the back garden. Lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, dancing children, and more welcome. Get more info about Nick @










220 East Main Street

Waterville NY 13480
(315) 841-4018

Wheelchair accessible


Bus Tours $10 per person, first paid basis. Almost sold out!
Please call 315-841-4018 for reservations.
Tours leave at 9 AM, 10:30 AM, 12 noon, & 1:30 PM.
Air-conditioned, wheelchair-accessible bus.
CHICKEN B-B-Q ($9) & Hot Dog Meals ($5) from 11 AM.


Coffee Shop
Donuts, coffee, popcorn, soda, water, lunch tables

Bake Sale
Pies, cakes, cookies, brownies, fudge, & other delicious 
home-made goodies

Gift Shoppe
Loomis Gang & Waterville books, videos, & souvenirs

1864 Civil War Exhibit
Loomis, Eastman, Brainard, & Sangerfield Exhibits
Hop Cellar: Hop Exhibit & Video, lunch tables

FREE PARKING in Village lot behind Firehouse


That's the weekend that history hounds and anyone who hungers for Chicken BBQ wait for and, if you want to, you can avail yourselves of Chicken Dinner Take-outs three times:

At the Waterville Historical Society at 11:00 on Saturday

In Deansboro at Marshall Day an hour later, at Noon,

and on Sunday at Noon at the Paris Hill Fire Department's 
Annual Chicken BBQ in the "barn" behind Three Steeples Church!


Summer's Best

I've gone into "Artist Mode" and will be "off" for a week or so.
Lots of old barns and blossoms to be drawn and painted.

That's my sort of vacation!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday with Monday update



It's Garbage Day
64 degrees and soggy at 7:00 a.m.

The TWCNY Weather Forecast:

"A Wet and Rainy Monday, Much Cooler and Windy.
Today will be a windy and unseasonably cool with periods rain. We may run into some localized/poor drainage flooding issues due to periods of heavy rain. Temperatures are only expected to top out between 65 and 70 degrees.
As low pressure lifts to the north, a drier air mass will temporarily build back in Tuesday but it won't be much warmer with highs in the low 70s. 

A few showers return to the forecast for both Wednesday and Thursday and after dealing with below average temperatures through the better part of the week, highs should get closer to 80 degrees by Friday."




"The joy of the harvest...... so gratifying after months of waiting and anticipation...... and knowing that this grain will end up in wheat flour pancake mix..."  John Brouillette.

(Thank you, John.)



At the Library


"Kids' Movie Matinée" at 11:00 A.M. 



"Pitch Club" at 2:15


Storyteller Robin Bady at 6:00 p.m.!

"Come to the library to hear fantastical stories told by the one and only Robin Bady! Robin is a very popular children's storyteller from New York City. Make sure you stop in to catch her singing and playing her guitar while she weaves you into fantastic stories."



"Kids' Movie Matinée" at 11:00 


All-day "Drop-in Craft"

Ages 5 & up
Kids can stop in anytime today to make sand art!



- from the Utica Observer-Dispatch



- from Vicki Sabol.........



9:00 A.M.  The fifth annual 4-mile Ruth Allen Memorial Run and Fun Walk.
For information and registration please click HERE


From Yvonne Durant Brady

Exhibits in the Town Hall in Deansboro
open from 10:00 - 2:00

Special MHS 20th Anniversary Souvenir Map 
of Marshall Township by PsBrown.

11" x 17" Prints  -  $10.00

....... from Sue McConnell .....

Games for the children with prizes
Bouncy House
Chinese Auction 
with money going to the fundraiser at the elementary school 
 "blessings in a backpack".
Chicken Bar BBQ 
by the Deansboro Fire Department at noon
Hot dogs & Hamburgs 
by the Boy Scouts
Bake Sale 
by the Congregational Church in Deansboro

Cotton Candy & Popcorn



This letter and three photographs from Virginia Keith:

"Yesterday, I was driving down Post Street just this side of the Marshall line when I came upon a stopped truck in my lane where the driver was pointing toward a field on the left.  I pulled up next to him and asked what was up.  He said he had just witnessed lightning hitting two trees and that they were both completely engulfed in flames for some time and now the centers are completely gone.  Sure enough. Here are photos:"

"JJust past the McConnell Farm and Maxwell Road, on the left, heading North."  (Pretty amazing!  Thank you, Virginia.)


From Lynne Moore, this photograph and query:

"I was enjoying a very nice day reading in my quiet backyard last evening when this  bird  flew  directly overhead  and soft landed
right there in front of me.  It  seemed  to have a slightly injured right wing. Looked  to me like a seagull  or a near relative. I thought  you might be able to find out if it really 
is a seagull."  

I don't think there can be any doubt about it: here's a "Google Images" shot of a young Herring Gull.

The poor thing really is a little bit off course, but you were lucky to have it visit and stand still long enough for you to take its picture.


From Doris Stephan, for the Waterville Book Discussion Group:

for Wednesday, Aug. 27th.

The African Queen by C. S. Forester
A fast-moving tale and a very good yarn...Mr Forester again and again proves himself a master of suspense - New York Times Book Review

Call the Waterville Public  Library at 841 4651 to reserve a copy of the this best seller. Then pack your lunch and come to the Meeting Room at the Library at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 27th.  Coffee, tea and dessert will be served.

"A classic story of adventure and romance - the novel that inspired the legendary movie starring Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart." the film based on the book.   John Huston's adventure yarn was spruced up for its 50th anniversary in  2001 -and is still a ripping, gripping yarn."


Don't Forget!

Waterville Pop Warner
Football & Cheerleading Registration
Wednesday; July 30th
(5:30 – 7pm)
Thursday; July 31st (meet & greet @6 pm)
(5:30 – 7 pm)
@ Waterville HS Football Field

Football & Cheerleading Registration Fees:
Flag Football & Cheer:    $60.00 per player
Tackle Levels (including Cheer) - $70.00 per player

*ALL YOUTH AGES 5 years to 13 years of age are welcome to participate*

(Per National Pop Warner & Tri Valley Guidelines)


in answer to readers' queries ....

It looks like a rose, but it's called "Flowering Raspberry." Although the fruit does look as if it might taste good, it doesn't.


Several Ordinary Ferns

Other than "Ostrich" .....

.............. and "Christmas Fern" ......

...... probably the most common is "Sensitive Fern."

"Royal Fern" is abundant along the banks of the Sangerfield River

 in Nine Mile Swamp ....

.......  and "Bladder Fern" grows in all the nooks and crannies of the "Horsebone Limestone" around the Forge Hollow Caves.


I keep hoping that I'll spot some tiny 3" fronds of "Maidenhair Spleenwort" growing there, too, but I never have ....

............. although there are a few patches of 6" tall "Ebony Spleenwort" just off the side of the Marshall Trail.

There's really nothing prettier than patches of "Maidenhair Fern" in shady, moist woods ....

...... and finding rare bits of "Polypody" growing on old stumps in woods near the Village reminds me of Adirondack hikes and finding it spread like green blankets on top of huge rocks, there.



There will not be any blog posts between
July 31 and August 7. 
If you have any announcements of events that will take place during that time, please let me know before this coming Thursday.

Thank you!