Thursday, November 27, 2014

It's Thanksgiving Day!


It's 28 degrees and the snow has (mostly) stopped.


It's exactly 6" deep on my front porch railings, but a little more on the ground.


Route 12 between New Hartford and Waterville was closed last night, due to blowing and drifting snow, but reopened at around 6:30 this morning.

All of the shrubbery and trees are "frosted," and it really is lovely outdoors!

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Have a very special day, everyone!

Sunday, November 23, 2014










I happened to be at the Car Wash when Tom was putting up Savanna's sign: it was 19 degrees and blowing!  
He deserves a Cheer!

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It's Garbage Day.
54 degrees and windy at 6:00 a.m.

The TWCNY Weather Forecast:


"Windy and Warm Today, Watching Storm East Wednesday...

A warm front produced a period of rain late last night and very early this morning.  In it's wake, a broad, at times gusty, south-southwesterly flow will blow in near record warmth today!  We should also see some sun develop with just a few spotty sprinkles/shower this morning and again late in the day with a cold front.  Highs today will make the mid to upper 60s for most!!  The record high in Syracuse today is 70° set back in 1931, which will probably be safe, but I don't think we will be too far off that record.  Get out and enjoy it, because late today/early tonight a fast moving cold front will shift the winds to more of a westerly direction, and the air will chill down to more seasonable levels for Tuesday, but at least we will see some sun on Tuesday.  A limited amount of lake rain and snow changing to just snow will develop late tonight into Tuesday east-northeast of Lake Ontario, with minor accumulations of snow expected across the Tughill.  Highs Tuesday will be in the 40s. 
Our attention turns to a coastal system on Wednesday and Wednesday night, which could have potential impacts on us locally, and especially for those traveling to the east of Central NY and along the East Coast.  Stay tuned for updates over the next couple of days.  Thanksgiving Day will likely feature some snow, especially later in the day into Thanksgiving night.  A strong cold front will be the culprit for the snow later on Turkey Day, as it will likely zip through with a burst of snow followed by a brief period of lake snow Thanksgiving night into early Friday.  Some at least minor accumulation is probable for Turkey Day through early Friday.  Highs will be in the low to mid 30s Wednesday and Thanksgiving, while we will likely struggle to get out of the 20s Friday with a brisk wind to boot."



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Here & There



At the Post Office on Friday afternoon.


Almost Finished!
Cheers to the WCS Art Club, too!



The Fire House is decorated. Watch for the DPW to be putting the huge wreaths on the Victorian Lamp Posts today or tomorrow.



Wreaths for every style!



On East Main Street, refurbishments are moving right along
and it's looking good.



Out next to Osborn Avenue, Snowmobile Trail Markers are up.

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IN THE MAIL

From Skip Foppes, this beautifully enhanced photograph of West Main Street before the 1929 fire that destroyed all of the buildings between the brick Candee Block and Big Creek.

Although the Partis Meat Market may have been established in the basement of the corner building in 1906, by the time this picture was taken Mr. Partis had expanded his business and moved to West Main Street.  This, probably, was where the photograph of the "Christmas Display" was taken. 



Thank you, Skip!
About the red line: artists and photographers are a bit "touchy" about their work. Embedded watermarks and lines like this are there to preclude reuse of images especially for someone else's financial gain. "Look but don't Lift!"

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COMING EVENTS

WATERVILLE CENTRAL SCHOOL

- Monday - 

MPS Photo retake day - 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

- Tuesday - 

Emergency Drill, Early Dismissal

-Wednesday - 

Thanksgiving Recess.



School Closed until next Monday.

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WCS SPORTS


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Now in Progress



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THE ANNOUNCEMENT
you've been waiting for!


THE 2015 MUSICAL PRODUCTION CAST LIST

Tony : Eddie B.
Riff : Brett S.
Action : Sierra M.
Diesel : Andrew T.
A-Rab : Tyler R.
Big Deal : Aidan Y.
Baby John : John B.
Anybodys : AnnaRae M.
Graziella : Shannon S.
Velma : Emily B.
Bernardo : Michael F.
Maria : Tessa H.
Anita : Rylee M.
Rosalia : Kristen E.
Consuela : Jessica A
Fancisca : Rachel O.
Chino : Ceinwen G.
Pepe : Acadia G.
Lt. Schrank : Kaylee O.
Officer Krupke : Indy N.
Doc : Katelynn W.
Glad Hand : Ryanne S.
“Somewhere” Soloists: Kaitlyn R., Shannon S., Lizzy E.

Jet Boys
Eddie B.
John B.
Lily F. (may be a girl)
Delaney H. (may be a girl)
Sierra M.
Paige P. (may be a girl)
Tyler R.
Brett S.
Andrew T.
Cassidy W. (may be a girl)
Aidan Y.

Jet Girls
Emily B.
AnnaRae M.
Kaitlyn R.
Shannon S.

Shark Boys
Cheyenne E.
Michael F.
Cienwen G.
Acadia G.
Isaiah S.
Ryanne S.

Shark Girls
Jessica A.
Kaelyn B.
Lizzy E.
Kristen E.
Shayna G.
Tessa H.
Rylee M.
Rachel O.
Adrianna Z.
  
Dance Captains
 Eddie B. & Shannon S.

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AT THE LIBRARY

- Monday -
There are no special events at the Library today.

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- Tuesday - 

"Craft2gether" at 7:00 p.m.

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 - Wednesday - 

"Drop-in Craft" 
All ages can stop into the library to make a Paper Bag Turkey!

"Kids' Movie at 1:00"


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- Thursday - 

Today is Thanksgiving.
The Library will be closed until next Monday.




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SPECIAL EVENT



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Coming Saturday, December 6 AT 6:00 P.M.

FREE MOVIE FOR ALL
sponsored by Southgate Ministries

127 E. Main Street, Waterville.




A STORY OF  FAITH, FAMILY AND FREEDOM.

An intergenerational story of a grieving father
inspired by his grandson to take a stand for

Faith and Freedom. Rated PG.


FREE ADMISSION -  FREE POPCORN & DRINKS.

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WISHING ALL OF YOU 





Saturday, November 22, 2014

In Memoriam

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1933 - 2014

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thursday morning update

It's 26.8 degrees at 6:30 a.m.
No snow overnight.

"We dodged the bullet!"

I don't think that anyone, anywhere, has missed news stories about the super lake-effect snow storm that struck Buffalo and areas east of Lake Ontario in the last 48 hours. As much as SIX FEET of snow has fallen. The city of Pembroke, about 20 miles ENE of Buffalo, received 76 inches in 24 hours, and there's more on the way.

Here are just a couple of the many pictures posted on the WeatherChannel's website.





But here in Waterville, the sun has been shining, the temperature rose to a bit above freezing and the ground is bare except for little bits of snow lingering in shady spots. The closest we came to seeing "white stuff" was this dense layer of fog that filled the Oriskany Valley between Grant Hill and the top ridge of West Hill, on Monday.


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Looking Ahead, The Thursday a.m. Weather Forecast from TWCNY:

"Lake Snow Continues, Cold and Windy for ALL.
We are still tracking heavy lake snow off of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and areas impacted with heavy snow earlier this week are going to be dealing with more. Northeast of Lake Ontario there will be a band of snow bringing a localized 1 to 2 feet from today into tomorrow morning. areas within the band outside of the highest amounts can expect near a half a foot. Across the rest of the state a few flurries at best otherwise just cold and windy, same as the past few days.
The winds shift and the snow showers shift more southeast of the lake and we could see a few inches tomorrow morning or snow with continued cold and blustery conditions.
Ready for a change up, warm temps return for the weekend and highs will climb into the 50s. "



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IN THE NEWS

Front Page Headlines from
THE WATERVILLE TIMES

"Another Prized Evening"
"Assessor’s Office Outlined"
"Brookfield Discusses Straw Poll Results"
"Pop Warner Teams Make It To Regionals "
"A Whoville Christmas"
"Village Of Oriskany Falls News"

To read more, please click HERE.

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IN THE MAIL


From Gil Condon, upon seeing the photograph of the
Partis Meat Market Christmas Display in the Monday blog post:

"I don't remember ( Dementia setting in) the market, but do remember that Ms. O'Toole (not sure of her name) had a shop where Ed Carter Jewelry moved in ... her and her Bro lived up on Babbott and walked the trip several times a day. The IOOF had the corner bldg.,,which might have burned down. One butcher has a sharpening rod hanging from his waist .. I still have one too... "

Thanks for your note, Gil.  Every little bit of History helps!

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WCS SPORTS


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AT THE LIBRARY

- Thursday - 

"Superhero Club" at 6:00 p.m.
Ages 5-10 | Sign Up
Kids can dress up as a superhero and join us each month for a superhero activity.
November: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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- Friday - 

Movie Matinée at 1:00


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-Saturday -

Family Movie at 6:00


Enjoy a free movie on the big screen with your friends and family!
Come 10 minutes early for good seats and popcorn.

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COMING EVENTS

Thursday, November 22 
Village of Waterville Planning Board
PUBLIC HEARING
7:00 P.M.
"to receive public comment on the proposed planned development project at 381 Putnam Street, Waterville. The meeting will take place at the Village Municipal Hall, 122 Barton Ave. Waterville."

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In Deansboro

MARSHALL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Thursday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m.


Historian Dick Williams
"The War of 1812"

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- Friday -
AT THE LIBRARY

"ARTIST'S RECEPTION"


Works in Gouache (opaque watercolor) by Pamela Brown.
Artist's Reception Saturday, November 22, from 11 - 2.

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TBT

Every time that I sit down to write a grocery list I automatically picture the items, knowing exactly where to find them --- in Garrett's Foodking!



How I miss going there and seeing so many familiar faces smiling at me!

Charlie Gaiser, Rick Garrett and Dottie Ruane
taken (I think) the day that Charlie retired.

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FOR THE RECORD


Have a good weekend, everyone!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Early Monday Update









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It's Garbage Day
33 degrees and very light snow at 5:30 a.m.



The TWCNY  Weather Forecast:

"Chilly and Wet, Bitter Cold with Lake Snow.
We are watching a system bringing us mainly rain for today. There are some elevation snow/rain showers and a winrty mix which could lead to a few slick spots and sloppy roads, but all should be pretty manageable for the most part. Highs only in the 30s to near 40 which is below average for this time of year.
Starting tonight a strong push of cold air arrives and this will bring in highs only in the 20s and it will fire up the lakes. Areas east of Lake Erie and lake Ontario will get snow coming in over a couple of feet by mid week. The rest of us just a few snow showers and flurries.
Cold air continues to finish the week with hopes of a warm up into the weekend and next week."






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- In Memoriam - 

Patrick J. Doyle

1949 - 2014

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IN THE NEWS

"Eight Area High School Students Receive Good Citizen Awards."
- from WKTV.

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Here & There



A new sign appeared in the doorway of the space right next to the Good Times Bar on West Main Street.



How clever of the Zwahlens, in Sangerfield, to have chosen a house paint that could well be called "Ginkgo Leaf Gold"!



Colors elsewhere are drab. 
This is the sunflower field in Stockwell that was so bright and cheerful when Sharon Stiles took its picture in September.



Dry stalks of Phragmites looked a little bit like Q-tips, yesterday morning.



Having a little bit of snow makes it easier to see the "steps" in Dave Sullivan's newest stone wall at the top of Grant Hill.



There was a loud gaggle of Canada Geese on the pond next to Madison Street, on Sunday afternoon....



......... but a thin skin of ice was forming on the pond at the foot of Grant Hill, serving to herd the Mallard Ducks into one small corner.

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COMING EVENTS

AT WCS

- Monday - 
Musical Auditions

- Tuesday -
Musical Auditions continue

Parent/Teacher Conference Half Day Grades K-8 Only
Board of Education Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

- Wednesday -
Musical Auditions continue
Sr. Citizen's Breakfast
MPS Cafeteria - 9:00 a.m.
Parent/Teacher Conference Half Day Grades K-8 Only

WCS SPORTS


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AT THE LIBRARY

- Monday - 

There are no special events today.

- Tuesday - 


Movie at 6:00

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"Craft2gether" at 7:00

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-Wednesday -



"Kids' Movie" at 1:00

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Craft: "Glove Monsters" at 3:30
Ages 6-12 | Sign Up
Bring in one or two stretchy gloves and we’ll turn them into monsters.

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COMING EVENTS

Thursday, November 22 
Village of Waterville Planning Board
PUBLIC HEARING
7:00 P.M.

to receive public comment on the proposed planned development project at 381 Putnam Street, Waterville. The meeting will take place at the Village Municipal Hall, 122 Barton Ave. Waterville.
  
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MARSHALL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Thursday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Historian Dick Williams
"The Civil War"

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Waterville Historical Society
Parade of Lights

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

The Watervile Historical Society has lined up an evening of entertainment following the annual Parade of Lights on Friday, Nov. 28th. 

The Waterville Historical Society  Choraleers will be singing Christmas carols on the front steps of the Historical Society at 220 East Main Street.
Visitors are invited to drop in to Barton Hall, either before or after your visit to Santa at the Firehouse next door, to enjoy hot mulled cider, warm pretzels, hot pop corn, and cookies.  Pull up a chair and join a sing along with the Choraleers for some musical entertainment.  See the exhibit of photos of old Waterville, leaf through our alblum with the collection of vintage postcards of Waterville, and view the continuing exhibit of the Civil War in the year 1864. Get some early Holiday shopping done at the Society store.  There is a wide variety of items for sale, something for every age.  

Be sure to ask for your free Waterville Historical society pencil to take home as a souvenir of your visit here.  See you after the parade! 

From the WHS Archives
"Partis Meat Market Christmas Display"

(Blogger's note:  According to the late Edward Partis of Rochester, Herbert Partis came to Waterville from England in 1906 and opened his meat market in the basement of the building at 101 Main Street. I believe that that must be where the Chinese Restaurant is, now, on the corner of Main Street and Buell Avenue. Long-time residents will remember that long before the parking lot was filled in by the present owner of the "Buell Block," Tom Eisenhut, there was a ground-level entrance to that lower floor and while the first floor was Ed Carter's Jewelry Store the space below was frequently used for bazaars and "White Elephant Sales" by the Eastern Star.)

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FOR THE RECORD

The same day that my “Letter to the Editor” regarding the Village Board’s purchase of a two color electronic display board for the Park appeared in the Waterville Times and on this blog I began to receive telephone calls and Email messages not only echoing my opinions but also raising concerns about the Village Board’s actions on other items/topics.
 
The two complaints common to all responses were:
1. The manner in which the Mayor and/or the four Trustees make decisions.
First, I hope that it is generally understood that THAT is why we elect and pay them - to make decisions.
I have searched the internet but have not found any definitive list of rules to be followed by Elected Officials of Small Municipalities in the State of New York, but I think that does not mean that they are expected to make things up as they go along.
Most of the decisions that they are required to make have to do with money –primarily, grants/reimbursements from outside sources or the taxes paid by Village residents and property-owners.
It is all too easy for tax-payers to forget that those monies do NOT belong to the elected officials themselves. Of course the Village electorate expects that all decisions made will be made in the best interest of the entire Village of Waterville, and not just for its temporary betterment for a week or a year or two, but for the long-term, even unforseeable future.
Such decisions are not always easily made and often require individual research using extensive material gained from the Village Clerk/Treasurer’s Office.  He/she is responsible for providing that information, if possible, but does not have a vote and is not responsible for telling the elected officials what their votes should be.

2.  Lack of information made available to the public before decisions have been made.
The best way to find out, of course, is to attend regularly scheduled meetings of the Village Board. The dates are shown on the calendars that accompany Water/Utility Bills and on the Village Website Calendar.

The next Village Board Meeting will take place 
Monday evening at 7:00.

Another meeting of importance will take place on Thursday, November 20th at 7:00 when the Planning Board (David O’Brien, Chairman) will hold a Public Hearing "to receive public comment on the proposed planned development project at 381 Putnam Street, Waterville."
This has been a very contentious topic causing considerable public debate about “apartment buildings” vs. “green space.” Opinions have been formed by many individuals’ ideas of ”what is best for the public good.”  The land is currently zoned “Industrial Use.”  That, at least, needs to be changed – either to "Residential,"  “Planned Residential” or “Always Green.”
Members of both camps know that the property in question does not belong to the members of the Planning Board or the Mayor and Village Trustees, but to the taxpayers who have something in the vicinity of $200,000.00 invested in the land there!
This will be one of the most weighty decisions that the Planning Board and then the Mayor and Trustees will have to make.  Either way, the results will last a long, long time. 

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KEEP WARM, EVERYONE!