Saturday, June 30, 2012

Saturday Special


1933 - 2012



Special Event

You'll see familiar faces with familiar names both on stage and in the audience at the Hartford Players Youth Theater productions of Shakespeare's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at 2:00 this afternoon (Saturday) and then again this evening at 7:00  at Grace Church, 6 Elizabeth Street in Utica, across from the Raddison.

The PLOT: two of Shakespeare's most stubborn wits, Beatrice and Benedick, bicker and banter amidst a tale of love, and hearsay. Rounded out by a rag-tag, no-nonsense team of clowns, a sly villain and a pair of young lovers, "Much Ado About Nothing" explores every spectrum of love and loyalty.

THE BRAVE ACTORS:  Renee Schapiro, Nick J. Murphy, Mike Jennings, Kristen Morgan-Davie, Sarah Sterling, Amanda Thomas, Jeff Percacciante, Dan Hopkins, Casey Rice, Ryan Mason, Nick Jarmak, Zach Robison, Mary Dziekowicz, Emily Hopkins, AnnaRae Martin, Acadia Gilchrist, and Ryanne Solinsky.

DIRECTED BY: by Jordan Jones


ASSISTED by Rusty Ritzel.

TICKETS :$12 for adults, $10 for Students and Seniors and will be sold at the door.


from the Madison County Courier.
  from WKTV.


to Larry Hitchcock,

newly-named President of the Waterville Rotary Club!


The WKTV Weather Forecast:  "Most of the weekend looks dry and pleasant.  The jet stream will linger over the Northeast for most of next week, keeping the very hot weather away.  Seasonable temperatures expected as we approach the 4th of July."

It's 64 degrees and sunny at 8:00 a.m.


Add-ons or new posts as events warrant. 

Have a Super Day, Everyone!

Thursday, June 28, 2012



It's Garbage Day!

67 degrees and sunny at 7:30

WKTV's Weather Forecast:  "Beautiful summer weather arrives over the next few days.  Sunshine today with high pressure in control of our weather.  Less breezy and warm, with highs in the low to mid 80s.  The humidity stays low today.

A disturbance slides through tonight and may kick off a round of thunderstorms after midnight.  Overnight lows in the low to mid 60s.

Hot on Friday and Saturday, but not as humid it was with last week's heat.  Highs in the upper 80s to near 90.  An isolated thunderstorm is possible on Saturday afternoon.  Dry weather prevails Sunday with highs in the mid 80s.

The jet stream will linger over the Northeast for most of next week, keeping the very hot weather away.  Seasonable temperatures expected as we approach the 4th of July. "


At the Library

Family Movie Night at 6:00 p.m.

Here and There 


 On Lumbard Road, near the dugway.

 On East Bacon Street in Waterville.
(I don't think those are "puffballs," but ....?)

Pink and red geraniums at the Mizener / Browne residence shone like jewels in the afternoon sun. 


 I spent several hours at the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute yesterday enjoying the special exhibit:


The Sidewalk Art Show opens tomorrow.

Don't forget to look for Jody's photograph of the hummingbirds! 


Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


It's Recyclables Day

56 degrees and sunny at 6:30 a.m.

The Weather Forecast from YNN: "Today will be pleasant with plenty of sunshine and seasonably mild temperatures.  It will be breezy with highs in the upper 70s to near 80.  A warm front will pass overhead tonight with partly cloudy skies.  Lows will be in the mid to upper 50s.  Tomorrow will be warm and more humid with mostly sunny skies.  Highs will be in the mid 80s.

A weak system will pass just to our south Thursday night into early Friday morning with the threat for a scattered shower or thunderstorm.

High pressure will quickly build in Friday with skies turning mostly sunny and temperatures remaining quite warm.  Highs will be well into the 80s.

Hot and humid conditions will develop into the weekend.  Saturday will be mainly dry with highs well into the 80s to near 90.  An isolated thundershower can’t be ruled out, mainly for areas south of Rt. 20.  There will be a better chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms on Sunday."

in the Park 11:00 - 7:00


 - this announcement from Southgate Ministries:  "Hart to Heart Ministries will be visiting SouthGate Ministries church on July 6th & 7th @ 6:30pm and Sunday, July 8th @ 10:00am.  They minister in the love and power of God for the glory of God.  You can learn more about them at their web site @  To learn more about our church, visit"




Congratulations to Stephanie Tabolt of Waterville who received the Distinguished Nursing Student Award from The School of Science and Technology at Morrisville State College.

Front Page Headlines from

"Congratulations! Class of 2012
"Waterville’s 2012 Commencement"
"Brookfield’s 2012 Commencement"

"Madison’s 2012 Commencement"
"Section Three Champions!"
"Marshall Considers Permit Request"

"Brookfield Will Count Dogs"
"Village of Waterville"
"Village of Oriskany Falls"
"Town of Sangerfield"

from the Little Falls Times.

from the Madison County Courier.

Not all "wildflowers" grow on the ground:

Linden trees throughout the village .....

............ and Staghorn Sumacs that turn dark red in the Fall are all in full bloom and are so crowded with honey bees that the trees themselves seem to hummmmm.


Yes -  the first of the"Turk's Cap" lilies, protected by both Law AND Nature, are in bloom in the deep shade and on the far side of deep ditches that border Loomis Road.


Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

53 degrees and moist at 5:30 a.m.


The WKTV Weather Forecast: "Another day stuck under an upper level low.  Continued clouds, some sun, and scattered showers.  Breezy again today with highs near 70.  Scattered showers end this evening.  Lows overnight into the low 50s.

The chance for early showers on Wednesday, especially north and east of Utica.  Gradual improvements in the weather, with a return to sunshine by the afternoon.  Highs in the mid 70s.  Drying out on Thursday and warming up into the low to mid 80s.

By late-week, there are some signals for another warm-up with some areas possibly flirting with 90."


1930 - 2012


 Here and There


Daylilies with Crown Vetch and Yellow "Bedstraw" on Kemp Road.

 Pink and white Mallows are starting to bloom.

 Country roadsides are bordered with Wild Parsnip.
(No - not edible. Pretty in bouquets, but can cause a rash.)

Wild Sweet Peas - right on schedule! 


Growing six or even eight feet tall in moist areas along Valley Road
between Oriskany Falls and Solsville.

This plant has been used for centuries as a medicine for various ailments, a flavoring for teas, and the stem was made into candy.
However  - parts of it are quite poisonous, but I've never really known which parts, so have never experimented with any of it!

Viper's Bugloss

Stalks of pretty blue flowers - so nice to look at but
too prickly to pick! 

Today's search:
"Turk's Cap" Lilies 
hiding in soggy woods.


Have a great day, everyone!

Monday, June 25, 2012

It's Garbage Day

61 degrees at 5:45

The WKTV Weather Forecast: "Expect unsettled weather with cool air and showers at times through at least Wednesday. Rain chances will gradually dwindle by mid-week as the upper low slowly migrates through the region.

By late-week, there are some signals for another warm-up with some areas possibly flirting with 90°

Also, a side-note, we continue to monitor "Debby", which as of this update is still a fairly weak Tropical Storm in the Gulf of Mexico. The computer guidance models continue to struggle with "Debby". As of right now, "Debby" is drifting to the north across the Northeast Gulf of Mexico and appears to be taking aim on the Florida Panhandle, which is a shift from the computer guidance Sunday morning. Right now, "Debby" poses NO threat for us in CNY."


1927 - 2012


Saturday morning at the High School.

The blogger had no one in her family graduating, so did not try to attend the graduation, but Patty Louise, Editor of The Waterville Times, was there and took nearly 150 photographs which she has posted on The  Waterville Times Facebook page!


Brothertown Scholarship Fund Awards Presented.

The Brothertown Scholarship Fund recognition dinner, catered by Michael's Fine Food & Spirits, was held on June 14, 2012 at Waterville Junior Senior High School.  Scholarship President Brian Bogan, Treasurer Roger Tanner and donors in attendance personally recognized the students receiving the designated awards.  The scholarship total for 2012 was $15,400.

Mr. Bogan explained the history of the scholarship program and the dollar amount and number of students receiving scholarships since the program's inception.  All WCS collegebound seniors are eligible for a Brothertown Scholarship Award.  Applicants are required to fill out a simple application available in the Guidance Office.  At the dinner students are given a certificate and after the first semester of college, students submit their college transcript to the Guidance Office and receive their check by mail.

New awards for this year included: Korean War Veterans Award ($300), Adrian "Pal" Staring Award ($250), Jill Heidel Memorial Award ($250), Ruth Allen Memorial Award ($150), Earle Ford Memorial Award ($200), Dave Chernoff Memorial Award ($150), Deansboro Library and Reading Center Award ($150) and Philip Suters Memorial Award ($700).

The evening concluded with congratulatory remarks by newly appointed Superintendent of Schools Charles Chafee.

See photos of the Award Winners!



Observatory Update from Jeff Reynolds:  

"The Roof Rolls -- under it's own power!!!  Major milestone.  Thanks to all of you for helping us to get this far.  The stars are getting closer by the day!"


In response to my queries last week about 1: the "summer camp" at the southern end of Bailey Lake Road  -  nothing.

2:  Mowing lawns at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday -  this must not be a big problem.  I received two letters - one from a resident of Sanger Avenue who wrote, "I’m up at daylight, so I don’t care.  At 8 a.m. the grass is wet.  So who is it that’s mowing wet grass?  The cut won’t be as good and there will be clumps all over the lawn.   Tsk, tsk.  Not smart.  Wait until at least 10-11, mow dry grass, and make the yard look good.  Then the sleepers won’t be disturbed either!"

A second resident - this time from the eastern part of the village - wrote that it had always been her understanding (and suggests that there might even be an ordinance) that there shouldn't be any disruptive noise before 8:00 on ANY day of the week. There seem to be more problems with barking dogs and children on dirt bikes (and lack of consideration) in that part of the village.

I should emphasize that I was not the one complaining about any of my neighbors! It's always pretty quiet here in the Hollow 'til noontime - especially on Sundays.


Here and There

Hop Vines in the village are, for the most part,  growing at least as well as these and some have even reached the tops of their poles.

But I took a ride, yesterday, to see how the vines in the new hop yard at the Forward Farm on Water Street were doing and was immediately disappointed and discouraged!  The tallest may have been no more than three feet tall.

I really had expected the vines, even though they were all newly planted, to have been much taller, but found the same situation at the Mosher hop yard.

It's time to take another rode over to Foothill Hops in Munsville.

The thousands of trees in the black walnut plantation on Tower Street have all filled out nicely and many are about 6 feet tall.


My ride took me through Oriskany Falls where I stopped to admire the several window-box planters at Tallman's Diner.

Another stop to look at the "stick work" fences that surround the vegetable garden at Gary and Mary Ann Ford's home on Route 12B.  You can see more of Gary's "Whimsical Woodworks," including Adirondack-style tables, chairs and hat/coat racks, by clicking HERE and watching for a special decoration to appear on the new observatory!


Back in Waterville.

The Plourde residence on Tower Street.

A new bouquet on Suzette's front door.

Rambler Roses and Clematis on a White Street arbor.

The front door of the old Methodist church.

At the Corio's, also on White Street.


So many temptations at
"Fresh Picked" Antiques, in the old Allen Acres vegetable stand.


at the Library this week

Family Movie Night
6:00 p.m.
(Please arrive ten minutes early for popcorn!)


Coming to Elmwood Avenue

Something having to do with this! 



Have a great day, Everyone!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Today is the last day of school!

Students in Grades  K-6 will be dismissed at 11:20 

It's garbage day.

66 degrees at 6:00 a.m.

 Officially, Summer began at precisely 7:09 p.m., yesterday, but it arrived in Waterville several hours before that:


It was 90 degrees at Noon. 

The WKTV Weather Forecast:  "Hazy, hot and humid conditions continue today, with highs in the low 90s.  The heat index will approach the mid 90s in many areas.A cold front will sweep through late tonight, bringing perhaps an isolated thunderstorm.  Overnight lows only in the upper 60s.Scattered showers and thunderstorms earlly tomorrow, especially south and east of Utica.  Cooler, drier air beings to move in, with highs in the low to mid 80s.Beautiful weather expected this weekend!Much cooler, unsettled weather early next week.  Highs likely not getting out of the 60s by the middle of the week." 


at the Farmers Market in the Park

Sue Tice was there with a too-tempting display of her own baked goods!  I left with two pumpkin-spice cookie sandwiches with a creamy filling:  by the time I got home, there was just one left, and that's in the freezer.

The folks from Longview Farm in Deansboro  were there, as always, with a full display of fine-looking fruits and vegetables.  I asked, and was told that: "We'll have corn from Maryland next week!"

I believe that there will be four or five more participants in the weekly-on-Wednesday event, and will list them as soon as I have the information. 



In Sangerfield, right next to Route 20, Day Lilies and Hollyhocks are in bloom. 

There are several huge old catalpa trees in the area and they're easy to spot, now, covered as they are with big bunches of white blossoms.

White blossoms will show you where Elderberry bushes grow, too.

By mid-afternoon my car's thermometer read 93 degrees on the outside and I decided that I'd stay in the 68-degree air-conditioned interior a little longer, so I drove over Lewis Road South to see the view of Sanger Hill.

Heading East on Canning Factory Road to check out plants in a favorite swampy area, I passed this poor old house. I'm always surprised to find it still standing, and smile to think that my grandfather would have said:  "Now there's a fine fixer-upper for you!"



From Brian Stone  -  "There is a new sign at the Van Hyning Road entrance on the towpath. There are also posts put in at intervals all along the path. The sign was put up by Nicholas Scoones. The posts are going to have plaques put on them identifying trees and plants along the trail."

 (Blogger's note:  I believe that Nick Scoones has been working on this as an Eagle Scout project.  Thanks, Nick!  And thank you for the mail and the photo, Brian!)


From Jeff Reynolds, yesterday's photographic "progress report."

(Thanks, Jeff!)


at the Library
"Today from 3-7 stop into the Waterville Public Library to see construction trucks, tractors and fire trucks up close! You can even climb on them! After you can come inside the air conditioned library and enjoy a Popsicle, lemonade & donuts."
"Old-timers' Story Swap"
1:30 p.m.
  I have some more "In the Mail" and news items to add, but will wait until it's more comfortable to be indoors than out. 
Have a good day, everyone!