Friday, October 17, 2008


It's Garbage Day!

40.6 degrees and cloudy.

From WKTV: "After some low clouds and fog start Friday, a mix of sun and clouds will be the rule, though the afternoon will be nice. It will be breezy and cool with highs struggling to reach the lower 50s. A few clouds will filter in Saturday night, capping our overnight lows in the upper 20s to low 30s. Then, a nice looking weekend is expected. Saturday will be mostly sunny with some high clouds. Sunday looks good, with sunshine as well. Highs on Saturday will top off near 50 and in the mid to upper 50s on Sunday. "


It was soggy, much of yesterday, but the stump is gone and perhaps today someone will appear in the Park to start building the form for the concrete foundation of the Bandstand.

There's a Hallowe'en doorway at the corner of Putnam Street and Barton Avenue.....

..... and, on E. Bacon Street, these friendly creatures have returned to Joan's front lawn.


If you dare accept her invitation,

here are details about visiting her Haunted House
at Alcotts' Greenhouses on Route 20.


Children: $3.50 OR $5.00 and pick out any Pumpkin you want!
Adults: $5.00, OR $7.50 and pick out your pumpkin, too!

(The "Pumpkin Package" really is a good deal, because pumpkins are priced up to $8.00!)

HOURS: Daily from 9:00 - 5:00 for "Little Spooks"

7:00 - 9:00 on Friday & Saturday Oct. 17 & 18
October 24 & 25.

Phone 841-4600 for more information.


Whereas there are still bright pockets of red and orange here and there around Waterville, the gold of poplars predominates hillsides over toward Brookfield....

.............. and looking down from the end of Tubbs Road toward Bailey Lake.

Harvest on Hanover Road.


You've heard - or heard of - them: right?

The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 28 albums, including their latest, Campaign and Suffering . They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard 4 times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

----- and they'll be at the Stanley on Friday, October 24th

Meet one of "the Steps."

His name is Evan Casey and he's Tracy Olivera's fiancé.


And mark your calendar NOW for this


that will take place on November 5th!

(click to enlarge!)

Recognize anyone?

(That links to a Utube site which has decent sound but
really poor video. You'll know him, 'though, when you see him on stage!)

(Click here, please!)



It was another late night! Next game: Saturday at 8:00.


Have a good weekend, everyone!

Thursday, October 16, 2008


It's Recyclables Day, and a

balmy, rainy 56.7 degrees.

Yes: the blog is late: VERY LATE!

When it's a matter of baseball, I at least know who won; last night it was politics and all I learned is a lot more about Joe the Plumber than I knew before the debate! I'll be completing the blog in an hour or so, but right now

- first things first -



from her husband, children and grandson!


Yesterday was a pretty exciting day!

It began with an early-morning 'phone call from General Contractor Mike Tower to Dale Meszler of the Memorial Bandstand Committee; Dale relayed the news to DPW Superintendent Jamie Bechy and - by midmorning - a section of the Park nearest Park Place had been fenced off.

Vendors arrived soon after 10:00 and began setting up for their regular Wednesday Farmers' Market.

It was sunny and dry ...........

......... and Mike and the excavator
(you see, I've learned NOT to refer to it as a "diggy!)
began making room for the foundation of the Memorial Bandstand.

Watching him work, I kept thinking that my son-in-law would certainly like to have one of those machines to play with! What an awesome Christmas present that would be!

By 3:30 a considerable area had been excavated to to a depth of exactly four feet.

But then ....... a stump: a very large unyielding stump slowed progress.

Mike may or may not be back, today, to tackle the problem.
Here's a picture taken around 1875 showing several trees.
I bet he's found the remains of one of them!


Elsewhere ............ the sky was perfectly blue,
and I stopped on VanHyning Road to admire this view.

Sumacs everywhere are still magnificent.

Another golden maple - this on Brothertown Road - made a pretty picture.

I've been watching for this: there are two clumps of Monkshood on Bogan Road: one across from the Trevasani home and this, South of the little old house that used to belong to Mrs. Schwender. The plants aren't very large - the stalks are about two and a half feet tall - but the blue is so intense that the flowers seem to jump right out at the passerby.

I've been tempted, over the years, to snip just one tiny stalk to take with me but never have because the sap of the plant is very poisonous. To learn more, click on the image!


For Today

From WKTV: The storm system responsible for the soggy weather this morning will push to the east of CNY as the day wears on. As a result, we expect rains to end from west to east by later this morning. Clouds will hang tough through early afternoon but some breaks of sun will develop for mid to late afternoon. With a breeze, it will feel cool through the day. Temperatures will top off around 60 degrees by midafternoon.
Partly cloudy skies will be the rule for tonight but with saturated grounds we expect a good bit of fog after midnight. Temperatures will be considerably cooler tonight than last night. Lows will be in the 30's.
After a foggy start for your Friday, a mix of sun and clouds will be the rule. It will be breezy and cool with highs struggling to reach the lower 50's."


Tonight's Movie at the Waterville Public Library
"Indiana Jones - Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"



While you're there.......
Recently-added Stars honor:



Have a Great Day, Everyone!

There's going to be a big ballgame, tonight, but I'll try to get up on time tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


It's 40.5 degrees.

From WKTV:
"Sunshine will dominate the day Wednesday.Temperatures won't exactly be cold, but we will miss the 70s. Highs should be in the mid 60s, with perhaps a few upper 60s mixed in. A weak wave and another cold front will begin to cross the region Wednesday night and Thursday, bringing plenty of clouds and a period of showers. The rain should begin around daybreak Thursday and end by Noon. Thursday may not see much, if any sunshine though, and highs will be in the mid to upper 50s. Some chilly air will filter in behind this system, keeping temperatures in the mid 50s for highs and overnight lows in the 30s with patchy frost Friday and Saturday."



11:00 - 6:00
in the Park



Kathy Marriott sent me this picture of Mrs. Midlam's Kindergarten Class on a Trip to the Firehouse, last Friday, as part of Fire Prevention Week activities.


It's working!
The reason that the Main Street Committee selected ornamental pear trees for West Main Street was because they have such beautiful Autumn colors.

(Too bad they weren't planted on East Main Street, too!)

Everyone notices the bright red trees, first, but the golds are just as beautiful.

These are in front of the Karram residence on Tower Street ............

.................. and these form a golden tunnel on the Uncas Road trail to Black Bear Mountain.

Here's a view from the summit.

(My thanks to Barb McNamara for the photographs!)

On Bogan Road South.

She's waiting for you!

(at Alcott's Haunted House!)

(Details tomorrow!)



I just scrolled backwards. I think that the first time that I noted the price of gasoline was on March 26th. Then, it was $3.33.9

Another "Ouch!"

Next game: tomorrow night at the Tropicana.


Have a great day, everyone!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


from both Brother Bob and Mom

and all your family and friends in Waterville!


It's Garbage Day!

49.8 degrees clear except for a few puffy clouds.

From WKTV: "We're nearing the end of this delightful stretch of weather that's been with us since late last week. After a quiet, clear night tonight, we're looking at another beautiful start to the day Tuesday. Sunshine should dominate through a few high clouds, boosting temperatures into the 70s by early afternoon. With less high cloudiness, we could see highs in the mid or upper 70s tomorrow afternoon, but for now, we do think some clouds will hang with us. Still, low to mid 70s is reasonable. A weak cold front will pass through late in the afternoon, bringing a period of clouds and a slight chance of a shower.
Clouds will decrease through Wednesday morning, with only an isolated shower possible off Lake Ontario. Temperatures won't exactly be cold Wednesday, but we will miss the 70s. Highs should be in the mid 60s. A weak wave and another cold front will begin to cross the region Wednesday night and Thursday, bringing plenty of clouds and a few showers.


I received the following E-mail, yesterday, from John L. Savage, Proud Parent and Retired Head Coach Waterville Pop Warner!
He wrote:
I wanted to pass along that our Waterville Junior Midget Pop Warner team is one game away from an un-defeated season and Tri-Valley league title. For the core group of players this would be their second League Title in three years – in 2006 our Junior Pee Wees went undefeated and won the D3 Junior Pee Wee title at 9 and 0.

Yesterday’s game was a key victory as our team beat the Ilion Angels 28-0. Ilion was the first place team in our rival Division 3A. The boys finish up their regular season at home this Sunday at 2pm at Brothertown Stadium against Canastota. It would be great to have the community come out and support the team.

The team’s Head Coach is Greg Jones.

Following is a summary of their season thus far:

Home Away

Clinton 6 Waterville 25

Mohawk 0 Waterville 30

Waterville 24 Westmoreland 0

Waterville 24 Mt. Markham 0

Sauquoit 0 Waterville 29

Ilion 0 Waterville 28


In WCS Varsity Football,

it was Waterville 25 - 13 over N.Y. Mills, last Friday night.


Hockey Fans!!

UC Hockey starts Saturday. Click HERE for schedule and info!


Next to Grace Church

Everywhere you look, you can see Autumn Foliage at its best!

View east from Daytonville Road.

Harvesting soy next to Daytonville Road.

Sally's flowers - still bright at the corner of Hanover and Shanley Roads.

Down the hill, on Shanley.

The "find" of the day .........

......... a "Farm Stand" just a little way up the Shanley Road hill from Route 315!


Only when the sun is bright will you find these


on the north side of Route 28 not even half a mile beyond Uncas Road, E. of Eagle Bay on Route 28.





Have a Great Day, Everyone!