Monday, April 30, 2012


It's Garbage Day

28 degrees and clear at 6:00 a.m.

From WKTV:  "Warmer weather will finally arrive here as we head into the week.  For today, sunshine gives way to a few afternoon clouds.  Highs in the low 60s.  Less windy compared to the weekend too!

Clouds with rain arrives tonight.  Lows in the mid 40s.

Clouds with showers early tomorrow, followed by some sunshine.  Highs in the mid 60s.  Warmer weather still by Wednesday and Thursday, with highs in the mid to upper 70s.  The chance for an isolated thunderstorm both days. 

Showers and thunderstorms on Friday with drier weather by the weekend.


 Yesterday was bright and sunny, but the high was only around 45 degrees. 

One of my favorite views.

(It's a large file and makes great "wallpaper.")

I think that it's been too chilly for Morels to grow, but I've been told that the "Fiddleheads" are especially fine.


May Apple leaves have been unfurlurling like little umbrellas.

Apple Blossoms everywhere!

Watch for the ornamental Crabapple trees at the point of the Park to bloom!

(Does anyone know when the four trees were planted and whether or not they were "memorial" trees?)


"Growing" on more and more front lawns: 

There are more and more Colleen Emerson signs and, now,  many new signs placed by - or on behalf of - write-in candidate Jamie Decker.


Here are your new calendars.

To copy and save, just click on them and then  go up to "file" and  'save' the images to your desktop. 





Make a note right now!
The "Movie MatineƩ" at 1:00 on Wednesday will be:



A note from Joe DeVecchio, who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, and was "visiting" Waterville by way of Google Earth.......


He pointed out to me that there are NEW views of the Village on Google Earth and that now you can see the Memorial Bandstand in the Park.

I spent quite a while enjoying the sky-eye view of the village, too, and was delighted to see what the Library and its Gardens look like!

The photograph shows the solar panels, on the side lawn, but is not recent enough to indicate that the construction of a new building, quite near them, is under way.

Rotarian-carpenters - including Library Director Jeff Reynolds -  were on site Saturday afternoon  putting the beams in place.

(I'm sure that even though there has been no "formal" announcement, a great many people who live nearby know what the building will be used for.  I'll wait until the Library gives me the go-ahead to tell you!)



Two items of local interest.

From the O-D:  "State Focused on Plans to Improve Energy Grid."

Montgomery Experience camp hosts "Plant a Tree Day" 



A reminder.


Tomorrow is May Day!


Have a good day, everyone!


Saturday, April 28, 2012

R. I. P. Jane Hughes


1915 - 2012


Friday, April 27, 2012

R. I. P.


1922 - 2012


Thursday, April 26, 2012


It's Garbage Day

30 frosty degrees and clear at 6:18

WKTV's Weather Forecast:   "Not much of a break in the weather here in Central New York today.  We'll get some sunshine early today before clouds and rain arrive this afternoon.  Highs in the upper 50s.

Another round of cool weather drops in overnight.  Rain and snow showers with overnight lows in the mid 30s.

Clouds and a cold wind are expected for Friday with a few sprinkles or flurries possible.  Gradual improvement in the weather should start this weekend.  Sunshine both weekend days with highs near 50.

A significant warmup in the forecast for early next week.  Temperatures will climb into the 60s on Monday and Tuesday.

The National Weather Service is hosting a Skywarn Training Class tonight at 6:30pm at the Oriskany Airport.  It's free and open to the public.  Registration is required by sending an email to or calling 607-729-1597 EXT 4."  



Family Movie Night 
Movie: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked


First United Methodist Church
Thursday from 9:00 - 5:00 
Friday from 9:00 -  noon.



sponsored by Brothertown Music Boosters, 

Nickelback Redemption, Route 12, 
Waterville, 9 a.m. to noon.



T-BALL, Coach, Pitch and Minor League


Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at "Roc's"

Free small soft cone with registration.
Please bring copy of birth certificate and $25 registration fee. 
Ages 4 - 12 as of April 30th.

For more information, please call Jody Barnes at


Hamilton Indoor Farmers Market
Saturday, April 28th, 8am - 1pm, 

at PARRY'S, 100 Utica Street, Hamilton, 

Featuring 20+ Vendors with locally produced beef, chicken, dairy, greens, vegetables, maple & honey products.  Also available are pet items, crafts and baked goods.



There are two pretty, new flags on East Main Street.......

.......... but the wind was determined to keep me from taking proper pictures of them.

Wind Chimes and more Wind Chimes on White Street:
and the wind was just what they wanted!


This is only a small portion of the border  - filled with tulips, hyacinths and ground phlox - in front of the Timlake-Tilbe residence.

This was just a tiny shrub when it was planted next to Grace Church in memory of John Zweifel, a long-time sexton at the church.

Springtime view in the Park. The flowering Crab Apple Tree was planted by members of the Tower Foundation in memory of Mildred "Billie" Woodman.


The following is excerpted from "In Timely Manner," a column published in the Waterville Times.

On May 17, 2006  -  "Flowering crabapple and redbud trees are putting on fine displays......."

Yes - everything IS early this year, and even more so in Deansboro and Clinton because, as anyone who has ever ridden their bicycle uphill all the way from Deansboro can tell you,  Waterville's elevation is noticeably higher - and the air that much colder -  than either of those communities.

You can see for yourself, without having to get your bike out, by going to TopoQuest:   

Waterville - 1,237 ft. above sea level.
Deansboro - 795'
Clinton - 600'

May is getting to be just as busy as December.
It's time for me to give you next month's calendars, isn't it?

That will happen later today or tomorrow!

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"Madison Matters" meeting tonight


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It's Recyclables Day

37 degrees and clear at 6:00 a.m.

WKTV's Weather Forecast:  "Another unsettled day in the works in Central New York.  Clouds this morning will give way to at least some sunshine this afternoon.  Scattered rain and snow showers.  Highs in the upper 40s.  Partly cloudy skies tonight with patchy frost and lows in the low 30s.

A break of sun early Thursday, followed by another round of rain.  Highs in the mid 50s.

Cooler, but finally drier by Friday."

Although there has been some snow in the air, there hasn't been any accumulation anywhere round Waterville.  I've just been checking some of the area "webcams," and the one at Barnes Corners is the only one that shows snow on the ground.

There are two things to be said in favor of rain: 
  • 1.)  I think the farmers will be happy, and 
  • 2.)  it's good for growing morels. (A particularly delicious wild mushroom!)


I confess:  yesterday was so dank and dismal that I didn't spend any time at all looking for pictures to show you. Instead, I spent most of the day digging for some history and that, I think, begins much like putting one foot into quicksand!  Before you know it, both feet are mired and you're sinking  deeper and deeper into the search.  But I promise; there will be pictures of something, tomorrow!



WCS Student Micaela LoConte named one of thirty O-D
"Teen All-Stars"

from the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

Here are the front pages headlines from
The Waterville Times.

"Brookfield - Town of Champions"

"Three Budgets are Adopted"
Waterville hold the line on taxes 

"O'Falls Rates Up"

"WCS Budget Raises Taxes up 2.77%"

"Races Set for Board Elections"

"Town of Sangerfield"

"Madison Co. Law Day"

To read more, please click HERE.


Waterville Seniors will play Bingo 
at Harding Nursing Home
at 2:00 p.m. 2 p.m. 



Marshmellow Madness  3:30 P.M.

Ages 5 & up | Sign Up

Make Peeps S'mores, Peeps Bracelets & eat Rice Krispie Treats topped with Peeps!
Contact: Amanda Briggs    841-4651  




from Jody Barnes:

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Saturday morning from 9:00 - noon.



 Saturday and Sunday

Trenton Falls by Currier and Ives.


Have a good day, everyone.

Back tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday morning


35.8 degrees and gray at 6:15 a.m.

From WKTV:   "Good Tuesday!  A mix of rain and snow will greet many folks heading out the door this morning.  A storm system will park itself overhead today, bringing plenty of unsettled weather.  Occasional rain and snow showers this afternoon, with even some graupel (aka 'soft hail') possible.  Highs only in the upper 40s with a 15-20mph breeze.

More rain and snow showers overnight, with little accumulation.  Lows in the mid 30s.

Cool, wet weather continues into the middle of the week.  Highs will stay in the 40's and 50s."



Thursday, April 26th @ 6pm
Family Movie Night 

Movie: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Thursday, May 3rd @ 7pm
"Behind the Scenes" of the Glimmerglass Opera House

Glimmerglass Festival's Director of Production, Abby Rodd, will tell you about repertory theatre at the Glimmerglass theatre - including four productions of the 2012 season: 
Aida, Armide, Lost in the Stars & The Music Man.

 Saturday, May 5th @ 11am
Ages 4 & up | Sign Up
Mother Daughter Tea 

Mothers and Daughters are invited to join us for a tea in their honor. 
Refreshments and crafts are included all for free.
Waterville Central School District
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012, 8:30 am - 8:30 pm 

One applicant's signs have appeared throughout the community.


Also making their appearance .............

.........  flowering quince - this at the Pestos' on Babbott Avenue .......

.............. and Yellow Magnolias. This is just south of the old Depot in Deansboro.

The Redbud Trees that were planted about 25 years ago in the open space at the top of Buell Avenue by the late John Zweifel are blooming, but they really need some pruning and clearing!
(I'd do it, but I can't reach!)


 View from Lewis Road.


I just found this Blogspot list of people who read "At Home in the Huddle" and 
the countries in which they live.

I wonder who the ones in Russia, Slovenia, Brazil, Columbia and Germany are and wish that they'd send me "Hello!" Emails
The following is a Letter to the Editor that I sent to The Waterville Times. It will probably appear in this week's issue, due out today, and I'd like you to read it, too!

To the Editor:

 “How ARE you?” It's a question that we all ask, automatically, when we see someone we know in places like the Post Office parking lot or in Foodking or Morgan's or even at the pharmacy counter in CVS.  The usual reply, of course, is,  “Just fine, thanks! How are you?”  and that usually takes care of that!
But then there are people like me! I've taken to using that greeting as an opportunity to launch into a five- or ten-minute recitation about my own recent medical adventures.  (Many of you may have heard my extended answer, before, but I don't want to miss a single chance to praise the Harding Nursing Home and everyone there!)
For years I've read in Dottie Ruane's column in The Waterville Times that “So-and-So is in Hardings for 'rehab,'” and have never really known just what “rehab” meant.  Now I do.
When I was released from St. Elizabeth's Hospital, on the 1st of March, I had been there for nearly two weeks, flat on my back, and on a diet of broth, Jell-O and Italian ice. I could barely stand up by myself, I was hooked by cable to an oxygen tank and was exhausted by the whole experience.  Anyone could tell that there was simply no way that I could take care of myself at home, alone.
That is why, for me and for others who find themselves in the same condition and/or situation, professional  rehabilitation is almost a necessity!
It was sheer good luck that there was a vacancy at Hardings, right here in Waterville, where the staff knew exactly what to do to turn me back into an independent person.  One of the first and best things I noticed was that everyone there smiled! (That, alone, was great medicine!)  Within a day or two the nursing staff had me up on my feet and had gradually weaned me off oxygen, completely; the dietician had added more and more real food to my meals (and yes -  the food is good!) and over the next couple of weeks Allison Tredwell - the Physical Therapist / Rehab Director, challenged and urged me and my legs to do more and more work.  (I never realized how much was involved, at first, in using a “walker,” and then relearning how to climb stairs!)
When I was discharged from Harding Nursing Home I had mixed feelings about “going home.” Excited - yes, but also sad to be leaving all the wonderful people that I'd met there. I told them that I would be writing a public “Thank You” to send to The Waterville Times and to publish, here,  that would serve to tell readers about the "rehab" program at the Harding Nursing Home and how much it had helped me. It's taken longer than I thought it would because my first draft was three pages long - probably the written equivalent of my ten-minute verbal answer to the question, “How ARE you?”  The short answer, is: “I'm just dandy, thank you, and I owe it all to 'Hardings!' ” 
 I don't want it to sound as if I'm not indebted, too, to my daughter, Allison, her husband, Rick, and their son, Iain, as well as the hundred-and- fifty or even more people who sent me Get Well cards and Email messages and flowers and who brought gifts.  Without all of your thoughtfulness, visits, generosity, prayers and good wishes and encouragement the Harding team might have had a less eager and cooperative patient, but you made me smile and feel ever so much more determined to get better, back to the Waterville world and back to the blog too!

Thank you, everyone!

Philippa Brown
Learn more about Harding Nursing Home.


Have a good day!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Weekend Special


It's 45 degrees and gray at 4:30 on Sunday afternoon.

WKTV's Weather Forecast:  "By the late (Sunday) evening  another round of rain is slated to return as a storm system develops along the frontal boundary. Rain will be steady and heavy at times throughout the overnight and into Monday morning. Lows drop back to near 40 degrees.

Soggy start to Monday with steady rain tapering off to scattered showers. Any snow will be well off to our west, closer to Jamestown and Buffalo. Temperatures will once again be in the low 50s.

Cool, wet weather continues into the middle of the week.  Highs will stay in the 50s."

I don't really want to cause a panic, but ACCUWEATHER is predicting
a "powerful, cold storm" along the northeast.


Earth Day Weekend Village Cleanup

Even before I reached Municipal Hall, where Rotarian Lou Langone was registering volunteers,
I passed two smiling groups on White Street.

I didn't think that there had been so many children, before .................

..... but Amanda Briggs explained that many of the girls were members of Brownie Scout Troop #931 and that some of them had brought their parents, brothers and sisters along to help, too! 

They found plenty of junk along the roailroad tracks.

 A volunteer holds a trash bag for Rotarian Deb Conway who was cleaning up the hillside next to the sidewalk over the culvert on West Main Street.

Rotarians Sue and Bill Getman also knew where to find the most - and heaviest - trash:
Sue was out on Madison Street, beyond Jack Prior's place........

............. and I found Bill north of the village, beyond the crest of the hill before Daytonville Road, working his way back to a waiting pickup truck that already had a couple of bags in it. 

All of the junk that was collected filled the dumpster behind the Fire House.

If you see any of the Rotarians or the Brownies, 
please thank them for all of their work!


For a special Earth Day greeting from Google, click HERE.

Now in Bloom

Norway Maple blossoms - one of the sweetest flowers to put in a bouquet.

The blossoms on the ornamental Pear Trees along West Main Street must be sweet, too - bees and bugs of several varieties were making the trees "hum."

Clumps of little Grecian Wind Flower bloom on the side lawn of Bill O'Dowd's home.

"Bleeding Heart" is starting to bloom at the house on the corner of Barton Avenue and White Street 
and the leaves of another variety of Dicentra, called "Dutchmen's Britches," make feathery carpets in  countryside hardwoods. 








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Have a great day, everyone.

I'll be out of town tomorrow morning, but will be back on Tuesday.