Friday, August 1, 2008


It's 60.8 degrees

WKTV predicts that: "On Friday, we should remain rain-free. An isolated shower cannot be ruled out entirely for parts of the Adirondacks, but we really aren't expecting anything. We should see sun and clouds, and it should be pleasant, with seasonable highs in the low 80s. Clouds will slowly increase tomorrow night ahead of our next weather maker. A storm system will travel across the Northeast on Saturday, bringing widespread showers. The question marks we have are regarding whether or not we see areas of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms. For now, we feel the worst of this system will pass to our south, but we are not expecting a very nice day for Saturday either way.
Our computer models continue to prevent any sustained heat from moving into the Northeast next week. We'll dry things out Sunday, with just a chance of showers at this point."

It's an August tradition: celebration of the Eucharist Sundays at 4:00 at the historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Paris Green.

From the History of the Town of Paris, chapter 41. "The Episcopal church was erected in 1797. That, too, was a very plain structure, and unpainted. In 1818 it was removed to the west of the church lot, and the present structure was erected. Val Piece was the builder, assisted by his brother; also by Roderick White and others. Russell Brooks, Eli Gilbert, and the Saxton boys did the plastering."

If you check the August Events Calendar on The Times website you'll get a good idea of just how busy things are at the Waterville Public Library!
I received this E-note from Amanda Briggs, yesterday: "Could you mention in your blog about our Carnival? It will be held on August 16th from 12-3pm. We will have a bounce house, games, prizes, food, crafts, face painting, juggling and more! All to benefit the library.
We'll also have a picture of the latest Ralph Murray painting that he donated to the library to . This year's painting has a person painted in it, something I'm told is very rare. I'll email you that picture when Jeff takes it." (I'll be watching for it!)


A few days ago, when I was at Sharon Stiles' "fingernail palace," the subject of this intriguing sign - marking the edge (or end) of civilization - came up: "Where is it?" and "What does it mean?"

It's on Route 12 just north of Hubbard's Corners, next to a little dirt road - an extension of Ford Road - "X" marks the spot. The red line, on the map above, is just a small section of a line established in 1768 at the Treaty of Fort Stanwix. The line was intended to indicate the boundary between Indian lands and British Colonial settlements.

The pale, shaded area was set aside from Oneida Indian lands for the Christian Indians of New England who named it "Brothertown." Soon after the Revolutionary War, however, the direction of "the line" was moved and it ran, roughly, due south and allowed colonial expansion into communities like "Hanover," "Daytonville" and "the Huddle."


For history buffs: a Civil War Encampment at Erie Canal Village.


Smile-makers: a field of striped corn behind the old Allen Acres building .......

and a reminder to see if the sunflower field south of Vernon Center is as magnificent now as it was two years ago!


Back to where we were two months ago.


Have a Great Weekend, everyone!!

Thursday, July 31, 2008


It's Garbage Day!

62.8 degrees.

misty / foggy

WKTV predicts that there's a "chance of storms will stay with us into Thursday...hit or an upper level system lags behind the cold front that will sweep through Thursday morning. By Thursday evening, this storm should be out of here, and we'll see improving conditions for Friday.
Major forecast headaches are expected as we go into the weekend. Saturday now looks like a stormy day. A storm system and upper level system will drag across the area, bringing what we think will be fairly widespread showers and a chance for a few thunderstorms. Then, the big changes take place. Rather than heat and humidity surging toward us, we're seeing signs that a large upper level storm system is going to park itself over the Northeast into Monday, bringing us cooler than usual conditions, along with scattered thunderstorms."


John Peterson sent me this good news, yesterday:

"Hi Y'all; Dano got home from Iraq yesterday as planned in good spirits and
health. Had a good flight and is home resting and playing with Kids, dogs and
his new J D mower. Thanks for all the prayers and well wishing. We are
greatly relieved.
John & Elaine. "


Riding around, yesterday ......

Jumbles of color - on Babbott Avenue South.

On Madison Street, at the Fosters' .....

......... and the Murphys'.

Even the new townhouses have a "garden" of Queen Anne's Lace!


For the Record.


From this morning's O-D:

Rear Admiral Willis C. Barnes

(This is something I wanted to do - for "Bill.")
Please click.


Have a good day, everyone!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


It's Recyclables Day!

53 degrees.

WKTV: "For Wednesday, we see a return of warmth and humidity. Highs will surge into the mid 80s and humidity will make it feel a bit uncomfortable. As a storm system begins to approach later Wednesday, it's possible we see a few storms. But a big change since yesterday has been the fact that we expect this system to slow down considerably, and we may not feel direct impacts until after Midnight and on Thursday.
As it approaches, we will see a period of showers and thunderstorms. Some of these storms could be on the strong side with locally heavy rain. We'll keep you posted with more details as we get closer. At this point, we think the most unsettled timeframe will be from Midnight Wednesday night into midday Thursday." (I hope they're right!)



11:00 - 6:00.




featuring "Stage Road"

6:30 - 8:30


However --- as of yesterday afternoon, there were still some Frontier customers who were waiting for reliable telephone service and some who had NO internet service at all, and that included The Waterville Times! It's an electronic world (even in Waterville!) so when you pick up or receive your copy of this week's newspaper, you can thank Kristi Kosmoski for her ingenuity!


(Click image for more information.)

Waterville Book Discussion Group is reading
The Widow's War, by Sally Gunning.

Meeting will take place at the library on
Wed, Aug 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Call the library to reserve a copy.

(Click the image to go to Glimmerglass.)


This posting is especially brief because some "fix it" work is being done, here in the Hollow, and I'm paying more attention to that than I am to the rest of the village!

As to "the 'Pod' " that was parked outside of the old Subway Sandwich Shop on Main Street on Monday ---- I can't tell you what it was doing there, but it's gone now, anyway.


Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tuesday morning

It's 59 degrees with some overcast.

Internet connection is sporadic: on at 5:10; but off a few minutes later until 6:05.
I'm typing fast so that I can post this before there's another lapse!

The weather forecast from WKTV:
"On Tuesday, we do expect a (gasp!) storm-free day! Sun and clouds will dominate. Temperatures will top off in the low 80s, and humidity will be comfortable. Tuesday night should be dry, but there will be a subtle increase in humidity overnight. This will lead to our next set of forecast issues Wednesday. As humidity surges in from the south, and as a cold front approaches from the N & W, we will likely see the development of afternoon and evening showers and storms. Depending on a few factors, some of these storms have the potential to be locally strong to perhaps severe."


An article in this morning's O-D says that the Waterville Post Office may be renamed for Cpl. John P. Sigsbee.



Here is a "Death Notice" which was originally intended for The Waterville Times but arrived too late for publication:

Willis Clifford Barnes, Rear Admiral, USN, Retired (Age 87) on July 26, 2008 of Roanoke, Va. and long time resident of Vienna, Va. Most loved husband of Marjorie L. Barnes of Waterville; loving father of Barbara B. Smith, Thomas R. Barnes, and David L. Barnes; beloved grandfather of six grandsons. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 2nd, at St. Bernard’s Church, Waterville, NY. A graveside service at St. Bernard’s cemetery will immediately follow.
Arrangements by Kloster Northrup & Bentz Funeral Home, Waterville.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donation to:

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, or simply NMCRS
875 North Randolph Street, Suite 225
Virginia 22203-1977



Spikes of purple Vervaine and fluffy bunches of Joe Pye Weed are showing up in moist fields and ditches. Who was "Joe Pye?" Legend says that he was a Native American herb doctor in the Massachusetts Bay Colony region and he used a special plant to ease the discomfort of a common disease known as typhus, or typhoid fever. So, the plant was commonly identified by early settlers as Joe-Pye-Weed.


These two views are for John Nagy!
(Fresh air for the eyes!)

In Hanover.

View west from Daytonville Road.



11:00 - 6:00.



featuring "Stage Road"

6:30 - 8:30




The Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society invites the public to an evening of stargazing, weather permitting. Members will share their telescopes with the public at Glimmerglass State Park, 1527 County Highway 31 in Cooperstown, N.Y. on Saturday, August 2, beginning with a program at 8:30 pm. Faith Thompson will present, “Celestial Fireworks: Supernovae!”

Contact Person: Perry Pezzolanella---797-3477


Have a Great Day, Everyone!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Monday - 3:30


We're Back in Contact with the World!!


And here are the Harding Picnic Pictures that I promised!

You could tell from Tower Street that something special was going on! The front lawn was filling up fast, when I got there.

Look! A taxi!

Around the bend in the driveway, tents and more tents!

A waitress waiting to take an order .........

........ and someone winning at Blackjack!

A special sort of currency was in use .........

which, when cashed in, gained players some candy!

Elvis was there ..........

lots of the partyers wore fancy sun visors .....

...... and Uncle Sam himself gave a smiling salute!

Enjoying themselves completely were the senior Mrs. Harding ........

...... and the Hudsons.
Kirk hollered to me, "She's coming home next week!"


And the BBQ chicken was delicious!!


This was yesterday:

today it's at $4.10 and 9/10.

I received this Email from Les Risley a few days ago:


"I just filled up for $3.84 a gallon!!! Who would have thought THAT a good deal in Ocala, still 3.95 in Dunnellon. Haha!"

The Yankees won on Friday and Saturday, but lost to the Sox, last night, 9 - 2.


Have a nice evening, everyone!

Monday afternoon

As of 2:00 P.M., hundreds - or thousands - of Frontier customers were still without telephone AND internet service! Banks are closed; ATM's are Offline, and there are lots and lots of angry people!

I'm back at the Nice 'n Easy in Sangerfield especially so that I can add this update and let all of you who are trying to either phone or send E-mail to folks around here -- the outage is fairly widespread, but "they're working on it!"

I've also been trying to relay information between Tom Barnes, in Connecticut, and The Waterville Times --- unfortunately, the newspaper has already been "put to bed," but it's important to the Barnes family that all of you know that our fine old friend, Willis Barnes, passed away last Saturday in Roanoke, Virginia, at the age of 87.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; daughter Barbara Smith of Roanoke; son Thomas and wife Bonnie of Canton, CT.; son David and wife Amy of Gaithersburg, Md., six grandsons and cousin Leah Schwertfeger of Utica, New York.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 2nd, at St. Bernard's Church, Waterville, NY. A graveside service at St. Bernard's cemetery will follow immediately.

As soon as I have the full obituary I'll post it here and I'm sure that it will also be in the Utica O-D.

Monday a.m.

Once again, Frontier is "out!" and this greeting comes to you courtesy of the Nice 'n Easy minimart in Sangerfield, N.Y.! (They must have Roadrunner!)

It's Garbage Day!

A nice sunny morning; overnight rain has stopped.


After our wicked weather over the weekend across portions of Central New York things will still be a tad unsettled for the week ahead. An upper level trough of low pressure has parked itself across Eastern Canada, allowing for chances of showers and thunderstorms as weak troughs rotate through around the upper-level storm. A batch of showers or thunderstorms will develop this afternoon, but we should see some sun today as well. Highs will be near 80.
Quiet weather will return for tonight and tomorrow. Overnight lows will be in the upper 50's with tomorrow's high temperature within a few degrees of 80. Another cold front will approach on Wednesday with perhaps a few more showers or storms. This front will cross the area on Thursday with a better opportunity for numerous thunderstorms.


I had a dandy time on Saturday ...........

........and I'll post photographs later on (when Frontier get's back!)


(To be continued...........)

Have a great day!