Friday, June 27, 2008


It's 61 degrees with thin overcast.

From WKTV: "On Friday, we see a mix of sun and clouds. Conditions in the atmosphere are unfavorable for storms, but there could be a few that develop south of Utica. Generally, a quiet day is expected, with warm and slightly humid conditions and highs in the 80s." Click HERE for details.

Tomorrow is Graduation Day at WCS!

CONGRATULATIONS *********************
to all the members of the

and also to

Jim VanWormer

who will "graduate" into retirement after thirty-five years of "school" in Waterville!


Sandy Martin has just sent me E-mail to report that "The Crimson Bonnets held their June meeting at a new Diner called Seymour's Diner & Grill on route 233 in Westmoreland. Twenty six of the 30 members attending. Sandwiches and salads were enjoyed along with wonderful pies and desserts. Caroly Harris and Patricia Ostrander hosted this meeting. Pat made red hat decorations for each member. There was also door prizes of plants won by five of the members. A new member Norma Emerson was officially welcomed.

Anyone looking for a different place for lunch should try out Seymour's, the food and service were great.

July's meeting will be held on Thursday, July 31st at Cavallo's in New Hartford and will be hosted by Joan Howard and Bev Prye. Members are reminded to RSVP by July 24th."

Thank you, Sandy!

The first of the "Turk's Cap" lilies are blooming in the dark woods next to Loomis Road.

A beautifully set "Gazing Ball" on June Stetson's front lawn in Stockwell.

(From Wikipedia) Gazing balls originated in 13th century Venice workshops where they were hand-blown by skilled Italian craftsmen. King Ludwig II of Bavaria is said to have adorned one of his palaces with Classical and Romantic statuary and lawn balls. Thereafter, they became a fixture of European gardens and are associated with Victorian English gardens in particular.


A mirror ball is alleged to bring prosperity to those who own one and, alternately, to ward off evil spirits, particularly witches.


Hummingbirds, of course, are supposed to bring good luck!

Jody Hildreth has brought more pictures!

Look at how much "the kids" have grown!

See those little white dots that appear to be falling toward the camera lens?

(Ah, yes: it's the legendary "poop shoot!")

For some unknown reason, the mother hummingbird got upset with Jody's presence yesterday, and, when her own admonitions did not drive his camera's flash attachment away, she went and (apparently) summoned the male hummer who came and zipped back and forth in front of Jody and gave him the hummingbird equivalent of a good "talking to!" That's the first we've seen of the male - it's nice to know that he takes an interest in his family's welfare and is not terribly far away!


The hummingbird family lives on the North side of my kitchen. Now - right next to my back door on the South side - I have another nest: a pair of Carolina Wrens! There are three or four eggs in the nest and there will probably be another three there before the mother begins incubation.

This photograph is from National Geographic: I expect that we'll soon be seeing some by Jody Hildreth !


Two years ago ........


"My, how time flies......."

Have a great weekend, everyone!!

Thursday, June 26, 2008


It's Garbage Day!

60 degrees and raining.

From WKTV: "after a few morning clouds and showers, we should break out into sunshine. Conditions will quickly become favorable for strong thunderstorms. However, there may be one or two ingredients missing tomorrow afternoon, in which case we would stay dry for much of the first half of the day. We do expect storms to fire in western New York by mid-afternoon and spread eastward through the evening. Any storm could have heavy rain, hail and strong winds, but that remains to be seen. Stay with us for a full update .
Storms will clear the area tomorrow night, as a weak, but noticeable area of high pressure will build in, allowing for a dry and pleasantly warm Friday."


Blooming on roadsides:

Wild Sweet Pea.

At feeders:

Goldfinches and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.

Gilbertsville photo by Jeff Reynold's dad.


A new "guest" at the John Nagy residence on Route 12B.

Photos by Sandy Nagy.

I'm aware that some houses in "Whiskey Hollow" are in a "100 year flood plain" - the Nagys are starting to wonder if the new beaver pond will reach "flood" depth any time soon!


Yesterday was a perfect Summer Day.

There were more vendors and more shoppers at the Farmer's Market .....

......... and no place for me to park!

Sanger Avenue doorway.


Cutting - in Hanover.

"Make Hay While the Sun Shines!"

Tedding - on Upper White Street (or Reservoir Road.)

Baling - on Hanover.

Curious - in Sheep Skin Hollow.


(This is why I'm late, this morning!)



Have a Great Day, Everyone!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


It's Recyclables Day.

50 degrees and clear.

WKTV predicts that: "a gorgeous day is expected with sunshine from start to finish. Highs will be near 80 degrees. Nothing more than a few high clouds are expected throughout the day.
A warm front will pass through Wednesday night and Thursday, which will usher in warmer and more humid air, along with more unsettled weather. Showers and thunderstorms are possible, both Thursday morning (mainly south of Utica) and Thursday afternoon and evening."


Hanover View

It's really Summer

and it will be a perfect day for


11:00 - 6:00

in the Park.

Worth noting:

It went down!!!

(It was $4.21.9 on the 22nd.)


Also down ........

......... one of the two hop poles at the Historical Society!

The Society is always open on Wednesdays from 10 - 4.
Mr. Falk and friends will no doubt have the pole upright, again, by evening.


Tinker Hollow Hill

Speaking of history ............. was "Tinker Hollow" named for a family named "Tinker" or because a "tinker" (or tinkerer) lived there?

Old schoolhouse
near the corner of Tinker Hollow and Stone Roads.

Was this the "school-house in Tinker Hollow?"

The Waterville Times; March 6, 1863

From the same issue but - apparently - in re: another incident!


From The Waterville Times, June 25, 1858:

HOP The hop vine in southern portions of Oneida and northern portions of Madison Counties never looked better at this season of the year. The growth is very strong and vigorous and, thus far, the fly has not yet made its appearance.


Hurrah! - Ice Cream!

ICE CREAM will be "served up" in the Parlor of the American every Saturday evening 'til further notice. A. Benedict.

Editor's note: Ice Cream, that great luxury in Summer, may be obtained every Saturday evening at the American. The parlor will be open to the public and the attentive host will spare no pains to satisfy the cravings of the lovers of Ice Cream.

The Ladies of the 1st Presbyterian Society of this village will give their second annual Strawberry Festival, on the grounds of Mrs. R. Tower, on Thursday evening July 1st. A band of music has been engaged for the occasion. A display of fireworks and a balloon ascension will add to the festivities.

On Wednesday we had an interview with the Mayor of Deansville who assured us that there will be "tall times" in his city on 3rd July. Many of our citizens will uncork their patriotic spirits on that auspicious occasion.

The trial of Grove Loomis, against whom eight indictments are pending, did not come off at the recent session of Circuit Court and Court of Oyer & Terminer. He is to be tried at the Adjourned Term, which commences on the 17th of August, providing he does not "turn up missing."

PDF file #502; 1855-1860.
(If you'd like to read more, I'll be glad to send you the file.)


Have a great day, everyone!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


It's 53 degrees.

Still drippy after nightime showers.

From WKTV: " As we go into Tuesday, a mix of sun and clouds will greet us to start the day. But, we should see numerous showers and storms begin to develop in the afternoon. We're not going to see widespread severe weather, but again, we could be dealing with some small hail and heavy downpours. Skies finally clear out at night, as lows fall back into the 40s and 50s."


This cloud - a cumulonimbus or "thunderhead" - was far to the northeast of Hanover.

We had plenty of sunshine and work continued at the Briggs residence on E. Bacon Street.

Boilermaker flags are flying.

Nineteen days to go!


If you are anywhere near the Waterville Public Library - even if you don't want a book or a video - take just a few minutes to enjoy the very special Howard Lally Community Garden.

It's a treasure!


Here's another treasure. This one's on Burkert Road.



Tomorrow is Recyclables day



in the Park

11:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

See you there!


Have a Great Day, Everyone!