Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday - with afternoon Add-on!

Special Pop Warner news  from John Savage:

"I just found out that the play-0ff game between the Waterville and Ilion Jr. Midgets will be at Brothertown Stadium on Sunday at 2:00 P.M."    (Thanks, John!)


It's 27 degrees;
starry clear with a bright crescent moon.

The WKTV forecast: "Friday looks amazing. Sunshine dominates from start to finish. We'll see highs near 60 degrees. Get out and enjoy if you can. Clouds increase overnight Friday into Saturday morning. Saturday will start off dry though. As we go into Saturday afternoon, rain will begin to develop from west to east. Rain should become heavy at times toward evening. Thunderstorms are also possible. Another thing you will notice is wind. Wind, especially on the hilltops will become quite gusty Saturday evening, and could become strong at times, especially if any thunderstorms roll through.
Rain should begin to wind down overnight Saturday night into Sunday. Sunday should be a nice day. We expect a decent amount of sunshine, with highs well into the 50s."


WCS Girls' Varsity Soccer meets Thousand Islands at 4:30 at the Clayton Rec Soccer Field

WCS Boys' Varsity Soccer plays Tully at 7:00 this evening at Brothertown Stadium.




TODAY from 5:00 - 8:00

at the Waterville Public Library

Kids can wear their Halloween costumes
and play games,
do crafts, hear stories
and watch a Magic Show at 6pm.


Halloween Crafts

10:30 am
Ages 2-12

Remember to Sign Up Today!


"The Capitol Steps"

with Evan Casey

tonight at 8:00 at the Stanley


Utica College Pioneers
open their season tonight at the AUD.


This is going to be good!

(Do you remember what the folks at 188 Sanger Avenue did last year?)

If YOU need ideas, click HERE!


Yesterday -in the Park

Ray Drake was building the forms for the concrete foundation walls of the Memorial Bandstand.
"Whitey" Brown said, "They're going to pour on Monday!"



Milkweed seeds are flying!

If Sports Illustrated were published by cattle,
these girls would be models for the Swimsuit Issue!

The water was cool, but the beach was filled with bathing beauties sunning themselves!


Now's the time!

Wild grapes are sweetest after the first real frost and these are just waiting for someone to pick them and turn the sweetness into jam or jelly! There are several trees covered with vines right next to Daytonville Road just a bit north of the Eastman Cemetery.



Next Game: Saturday at 8:00 in Philadelphia.
Will any of the Terry Meadows "Rays" fans be seen sporting "Rayhawks?"

(That's a "Mohawk" haircut spray-painted or dyed blue!)


Pancake breakfast
Madison United Methodist Church,
7 to 11 a.m.

Knoxboro Autumn Festival,
Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.,
at Knoxboro Community Church.
Events include a wagon ride, poetry contest,
apple pie contest, chili cook-off
and games.
include cider and donuts.

Have a Great Weekend, Everyone!

Thursday, October 23, 2008



32.7 degrees and foggy



(from her older sister!)


Great thanks to Nicki Suba who took time, last night, to write:

"reporting on the double wins for Waterville Indians' Varsity Soccer Teams:

4:30 p.m. Girls - 1-0 at Bishop Ludden (goal made with 17 seconds left in the game by senior, Jessica Specht)
7:00 p.m. Boys - 4-0 against Sauquoit at home
I was in attendance for the all of the girls' game and about 3/4 of the boys'. Can't remember who scored from the boys' team because I was too pumped from the girls!!!"

Details on WKTV: Waterville Beats Rival Sauquoit


At the Waterville Public Library - there were fifty-three stars on the "Veterans' Wall" and although the "blue" is filled, there's plenty more wall space and lots and lots more stars available for your use!

It was really a miserable, bone-chilling cold day yesterday, but the DPW was out with the street sweeper and the orange leaf-vacuum truck.

There was nothing happening in the Park in the morning .............

... but Ray Drake was there in the afternoon, getting ready to install forms for the walls of the bandstand foundation. Today's forecast sounds better:

WKTV predicts that: "Thursday will start off with lingering clouds but any clouds that are around early in the morning will diminish by mid morning and near noon. With the sunshine, highs will be a bit milder with temperatures in the low 50s. Sunshine will continue into Friday with even milder temperatures. Highs will reach the mid 50s Friday afternoon."



I haven't heard any prognostications about what to expect this Winter: have you?

Are woolly-bear caterpillars telling us anything?

All of the fruit/berry trees, shrubs and vines have been full - that's supposed to mean something!


On Putnam Street, the Barneys have a pretty Autumn display .......

.......... and on Fuess-Cleary Road, the woods are filled with gold-leaved beech trees.

South of Sangerfield, it looks as if refurbishments are being made to this wonderful old homestead which was probably built by one of the Terry family around the time of - or before - the Civil War.



Ghost Hunter Stacey Jones

at the Waterville Public Library at 6:30.


Have a Great Day, everyone!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wednesday with Add-on!

And now we know ..........




Here's an E-mail that I just received from Nicki Suba that explains what happened!!

"I am emailing to update you on the girl's varsity soccer match that DIDN'T occur last night at Bishop Ludden High School. A hearty gathering of Waterville fans and parents made the trip to cheer on our team only to be sent home instead. The game was postponed by the officials due to inclement weather. Strangely, the weather forecast yesterday predicted steady rain and 30-40 degree temperatures all day big surprises there. For those of us who made the trip and were very displeased with the outcome, we wonder why they waited until everyone made the trip to decide to cancel. Other teams held their games...Suspicious folks in the crowd ponder if it was a tactical move on the part of the Syracuse crowd to lessen the impact of the Waterville fans on the game. I hope Waterville fans are not discouraged and bite the bullet to make a second trip to support our girls tonight. The game starts at 4:30 at Bishop Ludden...just enough time to catch the whole game and slip back to catch the boy's game at 7 p.m. at home...I know I will!"

It's Recyclables Day!

35.2 degrees.
It's been raining, but there's no precipitation, now.

If there has been any snow in the area, it hasn't come to "Whiskey Hollow."



today in the Park

11:00 - 6:00


From WKTV: " ........ some leftover flurries or sprinkles are expected in the morning, along with a stiff, cold breeze. High temperatures will reach the mid 40s, but wind chills will remain in the 30s. We should see the overcast break up a bit through the afternoon and it may be chilly, but pleasant during the late afternoon.
We expect sunshine and milder temperatures both Thursday and Friday. Highs will be near 50 Thursday and into the mid 50s Friday. Saturday will feature increasing clouds ahead of our next weather maker, a storm that will produce our next shot at rain Sunday. Behind this storm, even colder air than we have now is expected to move in, and with that our first lake effect snow event of the season may begin to unfold."


In this morning's Observer-Dispatch:

Informational forums on the NYRI proposal will take place at 1 and 6 p.m. today in the theater at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica. Each forum will be followed by public statement hearings at 2 and 7 p.m.


There are some amusing new residents on East Bacon Street!


There was activity at the "Quick Stop" on the corner of Stafford Avenue and E. Bacon ......

..... and exciting progress in the Park!

General contractor Mike Tower, left, and Village Codes Enforcement Officer "Whitey" Brown watch as Jay Drake of Drake Construction builds the form for the foundation of the Memorial Bandstand.

The big "cement truck" arrived around 3:30 .........

.............. and concrete was poured into the new base.

What's next? We'll have to keep watching!


I received a telephone call yesterday morning confirming that


for the United States Air Force Band of Liberty performance

on November 5th


at the WCS District Office at the High school.

And I have a new (old) picture of one of the Band members - Blair Raker:

Now do you recognize him?

Senior Airman Blair B. Raker, a native of Waterville, New York, is a trombonist with the United States Air Force Band of Liberty's Concert Band, Ceremonial Marching Band and Liberty Big Band.

Airman Raker is a 1994 graduate of Waterville Central School in Waterville, New York. While in high school, he was selected to be a member of the New York All-State Jazz Ensemble in 1992 and 1993. Airman Raker went on to study music at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York in Potsdam, New York. In 1999, he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Performance. In 2000, Airman Raker went on to pursue graduate studies in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas.

Prior to enlisting in the Air Force, Airman Raker performed with the Tony- and Emmy Award-winning show Blast!, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Northern New York, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, the Disneyland Band, and numerous salsa, jazz, and pop groups.

Airman Raker's principal teachers have been Diane Prentice-Bancroft, John Garvey, Karen McWatters, Thea Wheeler, Wayne Davison, Dr. Mark Hartman, Bret Zvacek, Jimmy Clark, Vern Kagarice, and Joey Sellers.

Airman Raker enlisted in the United States Air Force in January 2006 and received his initial assignment to Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts as a trombonist with the Band of Liberty.

His hobbies include playing backgammon, tennis, racquetball, surfing, and numerous card games.

In May 2004, Airman Raker married his lovely wife, Joyce. The Raker family welcomed their first son, Miles, into the world in January 2007. The Rakers currently live at Hanscom Air Force Base.


I also had a call from Waterville Historical Society President Joe Falk telling me that there are still a few tickets left for the annual "Victorian Tea," which will take place this year on December 6th. The Society building on White Street will be open today from 10:00 - 4:00, if anyone is interested!




I haven't received the score from last night's WCS Girls' Varsity Soccer Game: I'll post it as soon as I can.

The WCS Boys' Varsity Soccer team meets Sauquoit this evening at 7:00 at Brothertown Stadium.



at the Harding Nursing Home
this evening at 6:30.

(Please call 841-4156 to register!)



Ghost Hunter, Stacey Jones here Thursday, October 23rd @ 6:30pm. Stacey will talk about her experiences ghost hunting and share some video and sound clips from ghost hunting.

Last year the room was packed, so get there early.


Have a great day, everyone!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008




from your "twin" sis!

Route 315, just south of California Road.

Yesterday may have been the last for bright foliage!

The Village DPW was out "vacuuming" heaps of leaves that had been raked to the curbing.


This morning it's 43.3 degrees and raining.

The WKTV forecast: "After midnight and toward tomorrow morning, a storm system is going to move in from the west. That will bring a period of widespread rain to the region. Rain may fall heavily at times just after daybreak tomorrow and there could be a few thunderstorms as well.
Rain should begin to taper off to more intermittent showers during the afternoon. But at the same time, cold air is going to be rushing into the region a few thousand feet up. As we get deeper into the afternoon, it may begin to get cold enough to see some of that rain mix with or even change over to wet snow. This would be mainly true on hilltops south and west of Utica.
On Tuesday night, it will get cold enough for snow to begin to mix in almost everywhere. Most of the precipitation will be confined to areas south and west of Utica. As a result, if there is going to be any snow accumulation, that would be the main area of concern. In the Mohawk Valley, we should only see perhaps a few flakes mix in. On the hilltops on either side of the Valley, a slushy coating is possible, at or above 1,200'. On the Tug Hill and in the Adirondacks, it may also turn cold enough for some wet snow mix in and accumulate lightly."

This "Harvest Witch" made a safe landing in Oriskany Falls, but ..........

...... but once again this poor creature flew straight into that darned tree in front of the Ruanes' home on Route 12!



"Emotions on display at first NYRI hearing" is the headline of a story on WKTV's website.

"NYRI a 'tragedy for the area' speakers say." An article in this morning's O-D includes a schedule of upcoming public hearings.

Also in the Observer-Dispatch, the obituary of former Watervillian Jacqueline Faye Carrese.




Just cruising around, yesterday afternoon - this view of the quarry in Oriskany Falls as seen from Brothertown Road South.

On an old maple on Fuess-Cleary Road, a group of "Artist's Conk" - Ganoderma Applanatum.


The World Series starts tomorrow evening at 8:00 in Philadelphia!

We know that some Terry Meadows residents will be watching, along with a Florida-based fan --- Les Risley --- who wrote:

"Was always a Red Sox fan growing up with a brother and dad who were Yankee fans; but must say NOW am proud to be a Tampa Bay Rays fan; they have earned it. Of course have a problem with it being the Phillies they are facing!!! (not really) Spring training will be fun!!!!"



from John Savage!

"A nice crowd of fans showed up Sunday afternoon to support the Waterville Eagle Junior Midgets as they closed out their 2008 regular season with a convincing 34 – 6 win over second place Canastota. The undefeated Eagles are 7 and 0 and will face Ilion in the first round of the Tri-Valley League play-offs at a time and location to be determined (we are hoping for a playoff game at Brothertown Field!).

Waterville already beat Ilion in week six of the regular season 28 – 0, however the Eagles only scored once in the second half, partly due to defensive adjustments made by Ilion’s coaching staff. The re-match should be exciting – I will provide the time and location once we hear from the league." (Thanks, John!)


WCS Girls' Varsity Soccer meets Bishop Ludden in the Sectionals today at 6:30 at Bishop Ludden.

Boys' Varsity Soccer meets Sauquoit in the Sectionals tomorrow at 7:00 at Brothertown Stadium.



and also


at the Harding Nursing Home
at 6:30.

(Please call 841-4156 to register!)


Have a Great Day, Everyone!

Monday, October 20, 2008


It's Garbage Day!

26.8 degrees and starry-clear.

WKTV predicts that:
"We'll see some sunshine (Monday) morning, followed by increasing clouds throughout the afternoon. Highs will be a bit warmer too, near 60 by the afternoon.
A cold front will approach Monday night and Tuesday morning. We may see some showers ahead of the front, and they could move in as early as late Monday night into Tuesday morning. Rain will accompany the cold front initially, but as the front passes through temperatures will go from upper 40s in the morning, to low 40s and upper 30s by afternoon and evening. All in all, Tuesday looks nasty. Lake effect will build in Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, and by that point, temperatures will be cold enough for a rain/snow mix in the valley, with a very wet snow in the hills. No accumulation is expected at this point.


On White Street

Maple leaves remain bright .......

In front of Mrs. Staring's, on White Street.

............. and oak leaves are trying to be even brighter!


Sumacs and other shrubbery in the middle of a corn field mark the location, just south of Route 20 across from the Pleasant Valley Grange, of the Buckley Family Burying Ground. Although there are several stones there, the only one that has been readable is that of Ezra Buckley who died in October of 1843.

Thank You!

in memory of LeRoy L. & May D. Harding


If it weren't nearly impossible for a person to tie a string around their own finger, I'd have done it to make sure that I remembered to post this important message about Alzheimer's Disease:


will sponsor an informal educational forum about



at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22nd at 6:30.

This is an opportunity for anyone who wants to know more about how to treat and manage Alzheimer's Disease and other related dementias.

The speaker will be Lisa Casler, FNP (a Family Nurse Practitioner with Bassett Health Services)

Please call the Harding Nursing Home to register:

(Refreshments will be served.)


When you drive along East Main Street, today, take a close look (if you can!) at the newly installed brackets on the "Wheeler Block."

Elegant, aren't they?


Have you been to Oriskany Falls, lately?

Mabel Bushee told me about these new banners:




It's been a wonderful season for Sox fans, but now the flags on Madison Street will come down and various baseball caps packed away.........


....... an E-note sent late last night from Don Hazard tells me that "there is joy in Mudville tonight!" (He means "Terry Meadows.") That's Great!


All I know is - as soon as I've put the garbage out, I'm going back to bed!!
Late nights and early mornings don't go well together!

Have a good day, everyone!