Tuesday, January 31, 2012


It's 31.5 degrees at 5:00 a.m. on the last day of January

The YNN Weather Forecast: "A warm front will lift into the region with area-wide flurries and light snow showers. A few sprinkles may begin to mix in by daybreak as temps climb through the 30s.

Tuesday will be very mild with clouds and spotty sprinkles lingering from the Thruway and points north. Highs will be in the low to mid 40s. Unseasonably warm weather will stick around into Wednesday with scattered rain showers. Highs will be well into the 40s.

Temperatures will gradually turn cooler in the second half of the week with fairly quiet conditions."


With forecasters predicting "possibly heavy lake effect snow," yesterday morning, I decided to do my usual errands and take a brief ride-around earlier rather than later.

At around 9:00, the view of Tassell Hill from Hanover Road looked like this.

But then the snow stopped, the sun came out, and by mid-afternoon we were
"back to square one."

A snowplow woke me up very early this morning,
but this is the depth of the overnight accumulation on my porch!

Thursday is Ground Hog Day!



I only received two replies or comments regarding the question of whether or not "The Star Spangled Banner" should be sung by everyone or just the main performer(s):

Lynne Matteson wrote: "My advice to 'Grandpa' is to look around and see the number of people of all ages who aren't singing,their arms are hanging at theirs sides, and guys have their hats on. Grandpa should proudly let the little guy sing."

Diane Bancroft added these comments: "After 30 years of music teaching, I’ve learned that the public must be taught proper protocol. They honestly don’t know – heck, most don’t even know all the words. The announcer, as the link said, should be inviting the people to stand and JOIN IN THE SINGING of our national anthem. Maybe a few 'ringers' need to be around the gym to get people going. It should not be a performance by one. Also, the key really needs to be Ab (A flat) the standard one, or nobody will be able to reach 'the rockets’ red glare!'

Thank you both!

So: now you know what to do!




The Book of the Month in February

for the Waterville Book Discussion Group will be

"A Change in Altitude"
by Anita Shreve.

A major author in terms of critical acclaim and bestseller status, Anita Shreve limns the secrets at the core of our closest relationships and the ways in which lives can turn on the axis of a single catastrophic event. Call the Library at 841 4651 to reserve a copy.

Meeting at the Waterville Library on Wednesday, February 22, at 12 noon.
Pack your lunch; coffee, tea, and dessert will be served.



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More when it happens!

Have a good day, everyone!