Friday, March 30, 2012

Sunny and bright, but a brisk 27 degrees at 8:00 a.m.

Friday was mostly gray with alternating rain or snow showers.
The display of Adirondack Chairs in front of Morgan's was the only constant bright spot on Main Streeet.

It seems that a great many villagers had been watching buds open on the pink and white magnolia in front of Bert and Art White's home on White Street. Last week the flowers had nearly bloomed in the Springlike temperatures, but Tuesday night's frost has left petals brown and bedraggled.



Food sense sign-ups

Registration for April’s Food Sense program will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, at the Waterville Public Library, and 3 p.m. on April 6 at the Schoolhouse Apartments; Oriskany Falls registration will be from 3 to 6 p.m. on April 5 at the C.W. Clark Memorial Library. Items may be picked up from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on April 20, at the Southgate Ministries Church, Main Street, Waterville; and 4 to 5:30 p.m., the same day, at the Oriskany Falls United Methodist Church.





1:00 on Saturday, April 7
at the Harding Nursing Home
for youngsters from Pre-school age through Elementary School.



5:30 p.m.

Grace Episcopal Church

1854 - 2012

If you have read the inside pages of The Waterville Times, you will know by now that, after 158 years, the doors of Grace Episcopal Church will close, forever, following a service at 5:30 P.M. on Saturday, April 7th. To many in the Village and surrounding community, myself included, this is particularly sad news.

Photo: the large Tiffany window was given by Miss Henrietta Page Tower in loving memory of her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Charlemagne Tower in 1897.

I will post more of the church's history later this weekend.


For your convenience


Trout Season Opens Tomorrow!

Painting by Osborne Mayer, Waterville. 1883 - 1959.

They'll be all dressed up and waiting for you!


Have a good weekend, everyone!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Today is Garbage Day It's 38 degrees and gray at 7:45

(But I'm at home; no new surprises, this morning, ; no repeat trip to the ER! I like it, alot!)

From WKTV: "A cool, cloudy, unsettled start to our Thursday in Central New York. Some flurries are possible on the hilltops early, but accumulations are not expected. A few peaks of sunshine later today with highs near or slightly above 40°.

Decreasing clouds tonight with a hard freeze. Overnight lows in the low 20s.

Sunshine early Friday, followed by increasing clouds. Cool, with highs in the upper 30s to near 40°.

The next weather maker will be an area of low pressure sliding to the south on Friday night. There's the potential for light snow, especially south of the Mohawk Valley Friday night into early Saturday. We'll keep you posted on the details as they become available.

Seasonably cool this weekend, with sunshine Saturday and showers Sunday.


The little yellow blossoms of Coltsfoot drew my eye to the steep banking, just south of the underpass on Route 12.

Pulmonaria, sometimes called "lungwort' or "Pearl,"is a very old-fashioned garden plant that comes back every year to a few spots in my yard.



Read all of the front page


from this week's issue of
The Waterville Times.



You can find all of next weeks Sports Events right HERE.


This Evening at the Library
"Family Movie Night" at 6:00 p.m.


SouthGate Ministries again will host Senior Citizen Day
(age 55 and up)
on Friday March 30th from 11:00 - 2pm.

Lunch will be served at noon (lasagna, meat & meatless).

Come spend the day with us!


I'll be out and around early, today, and will try to find some more views to share with you!

Have a Good One!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Recyclables Day
It was 40 degrees and sprinkling at 7:00 a.m.

At about 7:45, a dramatically loud thunder storm rolled through the area!

WKTV's Weather Forecast: "Pockets of sleet and freezing rain north and east of Utica are creating for slick spots early this morning. Expect some icy spots for the morning commute. An expected changeover to rain is expected after sunrise.

An area of low pressure swings through today, bringing us some much needed rain. Scattered showers throughout the day, with high temperatures ranging from the 40s north of the valley, 50s in the valley, and near 60 south of the valley.

Showers tomorrow night may mix with a few wet snowflakes over the higher elevations by early Thursday morning


Jeffrey S. Seidsma, Deansboro
1961 - 2012


You don't have to go far to find more signs of Spring: park benches are out all along Main Street and, in the park, the picnic tables have each received a new coat of "springlike" green paint!

The Village has one side of the bulletin board to advertise the DPW's first Green Waste Pickup on April 17.

Please note that all clippings must be in dumpable containers and larger pieces - branches, etc. - should tied in bundles.

Nothing left loose will be collected!

Springtime Hours! Now Open

Monday through Thursday 4:00 - 8:00
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 - 8:00

There's a beautiful Spring bouquet on the front door of Jim and Nancy Morgan's home on Stafford Avenue.

The forsythia bush at the front door of the Suba residence on Berrill Avenue / Hanover Road is in full bloom......

............ and Easter Eggs, which appear to have bounced directly from the Easter Basket on the front door of Bonnie Bechy and her daughter Joanna's home on Babbott Avenue, have landed - perfectly spaced - on the shrubbery in front of the porch!


Out in the country, a great many farm fields have already been turned and tilled and - perhaps - planted.

I could see lots and lots of little hepatica blossoms close to Fuess-Cleary Road, but was surprised to see that there are enormous patches of wild LEEKS farther back in the hardwoods.

This is the link to a video that was a big hit last year. Two twelve-year-olds show you how to harvest leeks and then make honest-to-goodness Leek Soup!

Try it --- you'll be glad you did!!!

Next to the "dip" in the road there are large mats of evergreen Myrtle leaves and a few eager blossoms are definitely rushing the season!





More about the very well-founded rumor that PsB, barely home from "rehab" at Harding Nursing Home, had to be taken to St. E's by ambulance both Tuesday AND Wednesday m0rnings:

Yes; it's true!

But No! it isn't that I've had a "relapse" or that I'm especially keen on riding in ambulances or hanging out in the Emergency Room for three or four hours at a time! I have woken up both mornings having really ratty allergic reactions to something-or-other. On Tuesday, one half of my tongue was so swollen that it was making it difficult to swallow and threatening my airway. I took two Benedryl tablets and phoned Dr. Chabot's office at 9:00 to ask for further advice. I was told "You are to go to the Emergency Room. Do not pass go; do not collect $200; WE are calling WAVAC to get you!

O.K. - they mean business! That's trip #1.
(Yes - I did walk to the ambulance under my own steam!)

At the ER, I was given a good dose of something-or-other and the swelling was all gone in an hour. The Dr. determined exactly which of my meds was causing trouble and told me never, ever to take it again! O.K. I can deal with that.

Trip #2.

I certainly wasn't prepared to wake up this morning at 3:30 with my upper lip and part of my right cheek doing the balloon-business, but it was. Took two Benedryl. (Can't hurt; might help!)
Waited. By 4:00 I decided that "This is not really going very well!" Should I drive myself to St, E's. (I mean -- good grief: WHAT will villagers think if the ambulance makes another well-publicized appearance on Buell Ave.??????) But driving after taking Benedryl is always risky and being threatened with what might be swollen eyelid and impaired vision before I reached the hospital, I did opt for safety even if it has caused more "talk."
Different MD; much the same treatment as yesterday (although it hasn't subdued ALL of the swelling, yet) and a different "culprit" med has been removed from my daily pill pack.

I have prescriptions for a couple of things that SHOULD help me stave off more such dramatic events, but - if they don't do the trick - I'm darned glad that I, and everyone else around Waterville, can rely on WAVAC to get me where I need to go - safely! (Thanks loads, guys!)


Have a good day, everyone!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Blogger's Back!

--- at home in the Hollow, at least,amazed to find the Blue Scillas (about three weeks early!) and little white violets as well as a few early daffodils in bloom!

I'll get out and about in the blog car, tomorrow, but - in the meantime - my friends Ron and Margaret Bornick, who live high on a hill overlooking Clinton, sent me this picture of their two forsythia bushes (with an added remark from Ron about getting ready to mow the lawn!) (Thanks!)

Thanks, as well, to another friend who must have been driving very slowly along Fuess-Cleary Road and spotted the tiny white blossoms of Hepaticas. I looked back in the blog to see when they generally bloomed: the earliest that I found was March 30th and usually more around April 6th or 10th.

A week ago now, of course, we were basking in Summer Sunshine, but this week's temperatures are a different story, entirely. It's only 38 degrees, now, at 3:30 on Monday afternoon.

WKTV's Weather Forecast: "A chilly day today, with a mix of sunshine and clouds and temperatures only in the upper 30s this afternoon. Windy conditions today, with a west breeze at 15-25mph with gusts over 40mph at times.

A widespread killing frost will take place tonight, with lows in the teens and single digits.

Sunshine continues on Tuesday. It will still be chilly, with highs near 40. Clouds and the chance of a rain shower on Wednesday.

Partly sunny, seasonable weather continues into the end of the week and weekend."


I was in "rehab" at Harding Nursing Home over St. Patrick's Day and one of the great delights was being able to see a number of local members of the Johnston School of Irish Dance who performed there one afternoon. Missy Brouillette, whose daughter, Claire, is one of the dancers, sent me these pictures to pass on to you:

There's Claire, the second from the left with the white headband.

And here she is, again, with the Tower twins, Sarah and Rachel (or Rachel and Sarah!)

It was grand to see the dancers having such a good time and knowing exactly where their next steps will take them!

Thanks loads, Missy!)

To learn more about the Johnston School of Irish Dance, please click HERE.

To learn more about "rehab" at Hardings, just follow the blog: I can't say enough wonderful things about all of the people, there, in one sentence - or even a long paragraph - but will certainly be praising them for days and weeks to come!




Family Movie Night Thursday March 29, 2012 6:00 PM

Get ready for Easter with your family by bringing them to the library to see just how the bunnies manage to bring Easter joy to millions of kids!


Coming to the Library on April 1st ........

Peepapalooza! *
April 1st - April 30th
For all ages. Get yourself a whole heap of Peeps and create a favorite scene or character from a book!
The one rule is that all characters in the diorama must be played by Peeps. Dioramas will be accepted and displayed throughout the month of April .

To see last year's entries, please click HERE.


More tomorrow, after I've done some exploring!

Have a good evening, everyone!

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Yay! Fever's gone and I seem to have avoided the more bothersome features of the "flu!"
So -barring any other interruption to the schedule - I should get back to Whiskey Hollow sometime tomorrow! (Fingers crossed!).

A second "fly in the ointment," which occurred sometime Saturday morning, was that I lost Internet connection and couldn't post or even Email and THAT was far more frustrating than having a fever! It's back, now - obviously, but all in all, I'll be very glad to get home and rest up!


Saturday, March 24, 2012

No Worries

For everyone waiting for iMac blogging complete with pictures, I just wanted to give a quick update of why that hasn't happened as of yet!

Mom was all set to be released home on Thursday, but on first-morning vital signs, she was running a fever. There's been a nasty creepy-crud stomach bug going around the nursing home, and they didn't want to let her loose with that being a potential threat. So, thankfully she didn't get the actual crud, but they want to make sure the fever is completely gone before they send her home. Hopefully tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Partly cloudy and 77 degrees at 5:30 Wednesday afternoon.

The forecast from WKTV : "Clear skies and quiet tonight with lows in the low 50s.
A bit cooler Friday, with highs near 70.Cooler still this weekend with the chance of showers on Sunday with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s.

More sunshine, really mild, with highs in the upper 70s again on Thursday."


Special Announcement from Kelly Falk

Attention all Girl Scouts and Leaders (past and present) their families and the public:

We are celebrating the 100th Birthday of the Girl Scouts at the

Waterville Historical Society

On Saturday, March 24th at 2:30 P.M.

Refreshments will be served.



Gasoline Prices as of Wednesday afternoon

Stewart's $3.99/9

Nice 'n Easy. $4.01/9

Have a nice evening, everyone!
This contraption is completely out of control this morning, but here are a couple of news bits. I will look for more later this morning. and tomorrow morning I'm going home to my iMac!! Yay!


Village Justice: Robert McNamara. 97

Trustee (two positions)

Sean Campbell. 80
Scott Wlodhouse. 72
Delmar Barnes. 34

According to the Weather Channel, it was 73 degrees at 7:30 and I can see for myself that the sun is shining it's brightest !

WKTV Weather forecasts "More sunshine, really mild, with highs in the upper 70s again on Thursday. A bit cooler Friday, with highs near 70.

Cooler still this weekend with the chance of showers on Sunday with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s."

Monday, March 19, 2012

weekend events

It's the first day of



I can remember several years when, on the First Day of Spring, we would have had to dig down through two feet of snow to find a bit of grass, much less see crocuses or little pink and white English daisiesbloomin or watch robins searching for worms, but this year - and for the past week or so - we've been able to do all those things, and more.

According to the WKTV Weather Forecast it's 55 degrees in Waterville, now (at 7:00 A.M.) and high daytime temperatures in the seventies will continue through Thursday!






Friday at 6:30
Family Night Movie

"The Muppets"


Saturday at 11:00 A. M,
Kids' Movie Matinee

"Gift of the Night Fury"

(Sequel to "How to train your Dragon")



Friday from 9:00 P.M. - 12:30 A.M
Club Monarch, Yorkville

Live music featuring
"Fast Eddie and the Rusty Nutts"
And Johnny Phoenix

Several NY Yankees, Mickey Mantle and other sports items will be auctioned off.

Proceeds benefit Don Brown's
Organ Donor Awareness Trip in April.



Municipal Hall

Saturday 8:30. - 1:30


Hamilton Indoor Farmers Market,

At PARRY'S, A Modern Day General Store, 100 Utica Street, Hamilton,

20+ Vendors featuring local produce, meat, dairy, baked goods, candles, pet items, crafts, etc.



Sponsored by the Waterville Firemen's Auxiliary

SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 4:30. - 7:30 P.M.

Adults $6.00, Children 6 - 12, $4.00,
5 and under, FREE.

All proceeds benefit the Residents' Council
Harding Nursing Home.


Charles L. Bacon

Mr. Charles L. Bacon, 83, of Waterville, NY, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2012, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare in New Hartford. A complete obituary, under the guidance of Heintz Funeral Service, Inc., Utica, to appear in Wednesday's paper.



Gas Prices as of this morning

Stewart's $3.97/9
Nice'n Easy. 3.98/9


S. U. Basketball, having beaten Kansas 75 to 59 on the 17th,
Will meet Wisconsin in Boston
At 7:15 on Thursday.


More when it happens


When you tell me about it!

Have a great day, everyone!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday afternoon - Looking Ahead

It's 77 degrees and sunny at 4:30 Sunday Afternoon

The Weather Forecast from YNN

(Sometimes these links work; sometimes they don't!)

As of Sunday afternoon.





Village Board Meeting at 7:00





The Vernal Equinox

From the Farmers Almanac



Wednesday Movie Matinee at 1:00. "The Descendants."

Making Sushi * Thursday, March 22nd @ 6pm

Sign Up | In this hands on program Makiko Filler will teach you how to make sushi. After the program you can take your
creations home to share with your family or you can sit and eat them at the library before you leave!

Youth Art Month
Throughout the month of March kids of all ages can create their own original artwork to either take home and enjoy
or hang it on our Children's Room Walls. While you're here check out the Waterville School Art Exhibit through April 14th.


Hot Topic


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James J. Babcock, Oriskany Falls

1922 - 2012



As of Sunday afternoon, gas prices locally were:

$3.99/9 at Nice 'n Easy in Sangerfield

$3.97/9 at Stewart's on W. Main Street


Three days 'till iMac blogging!

Have a good week, everyone!