Thursday, August 30, 2012

It's Garbage Day

47 degrees and clear at 6:00

The WKTV Weather Forecast: "High pressure remains in control for today.  Sunshine plus warmer temperatures today with highs in the low 80s.  Not as cool tonight, with lows in the mid 50s.
A weak cold front will give us some extra clouds and maybe a brief sprinkle late Friday.  Temperatures will be hot though, with highs approaching the upper 80s.
Cooler, drier weather expected this weekend.
We're continuing to follow Tropical Storm Isaac as it drops heavy rainfall and causes flooding in Louisiana.  This storm system will slowly move northeast and weaken.  The leftovers of Isaac will team up with a cold front and bring us thunderstorms late Monday into Tuesday."


1920 - 2012


Today at the Library

6:00 p.m.

"Family Movie Night"

"The Hunger Games"
Rated PG-13.

(Free movie; free popcorn. Please come ten minutes early if you want popcorn!)



Cadet Brady James Carroll

"WEST POINT, N.Y. – Cadet Brady James Carroll, son of Mr. Glen Carroll of Waterville, N.Y. and Bonnie Raschella of Clinton, N.Y., completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy.
Carroll entered West Point on July 2 and has successfully completed six weeks of CBT. CBT is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years at the academy.
The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the Corps of Cadets. Areas of summer instruction included first aid, mountaineering, hand grenades, rifle marksmanship and nuclear, biological, and chemical training.
Carroll began classes Aug. 20. The West Point curriculum offers 37 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.
Carroll graduated from Waterville Junior-Senior High School. He plans to graduate from West Point in 2016 and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
The mission of the U.S. Military Academy is to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the United States Army."

Brady and his very proud dad!


News from  Deansboro:

"The Kountry Kafé is open again Friday and Wednesday nights starting this Friday with our fresh fish fry."


I have some more Email that I just need to sort out. I'll post it later on!


Here & There

I only found one painter at work, yesterday afternoon. She was on Sanger Avenue and stopped painting just long enough to give me a great big smile!


One of Humphrey Farms huge bean trucks was parked next to CVS. There must have been a bean field between there and the High School.

According t0 George Kelley, back in the '40s, lots of green beans were grown in the area but they were canned in Clinton - not at the canning factory in Waterville.  I wonder where they are processed now?


Then I went on a Hop Tour.

At the Olmsteads on Sanger Avenue.

The hop vines at the Sangerfield Town Hall look healthy enough but it's hard to tell if they will have any blossoms.

The vines at Roger and Terry Tanner's have heaps of blossoms ......

............... and I spotted his vine a mile or so west of Sangerfield on Route 20.  Just a few feet beyond my reach!

At Pete and Liz Kane's on Bogan Road.

Back at the Library.


One Last Reminder:


I've run out of time!  More later, maybe.  If not:

have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

It's Recyclables Day

51 degrees at 5:30

The WKTV Weather Forecast:  "High pressure builds in for the remainder of the week.  Clear and pleasantly cool weather today with highs in the lower 70s.  Eventually, a warmup is expected again by Thursday and Friday.
We're continuing to follow Hurricane Isaac as it makes landfall in Louisiana.  At this point, it doesn't look to affect our weather until late Sunday or Monday, if at all.  By that point, only some showers and thunderstorms will be possible.  There is also the chance that most of the rain stays to the south, across the Mid Atlantic.  We'll keep you posted."

from the blogger: 
my "relationship" with is deteriorating, this morning, and the various fonts and type sizes that you see on the blog are NOT what I've asked Blogspot to produce. 



Farmers Market in the Park
11:00 - 6:00

Concert in the Park
featuring Irish Music by Mike Hoke



Front Page Headlines from 
The Waterville Times

"Back on the Turf"

"New Deansboro Hotel Owners 
Focus On Food, Family Place"

"WCS Proposes Two-Sport Policy"

"Local Man Promoted"

"No Signs Allowed"

"Brookfielder Wins Trip"

To read more, please click HERE.



Hibiscus in the Library Garden
sent to me by Library Director Jeff Reynolds.
(Thanks, Jeff!)


Miss Paige Elizabeth Padula

Paige Elizabeth Padula participated in the 2012 New York National American Miss State Pageant held 8/23-8/25. The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rochester, NY was the site of this event now celebrating its 10th anniversary.  Hundreds of young ladies made the trip to represent their hometown competing in one of five age categories. Paige was one of 122 contestants participating in the pre-teen division which is open to 10-12 year olds. While making new friendships, contestants have the opportunity to enter many optional segments such as talent, spokesmodel, photogenic, casual wear, actress and art contest. The finale, held in the ballroom, begins with a production number with all the state finalists performing a dance routine. After contestants have donned their formal wear awards were announced. Family and friends were thrilled to hear Paige’s name announced for: Miss Personality 1st runner up (voted on by fellow contestants), Volunteer Service 1st runner up, Most Promising Model 1st runner up, Casual Wear Modeling 1st runner up and Outstanding Program Participation. This was Paige’s first experience in a pageant and returned home with many wonderful memories.  Paige is ten years old and will be entering the sixth grade this September.

Sent with great pride by Bonnie and Rocco Padula.


Here & There

It had rained Monday night and was sprinkling Tuesday morning - just enough to keep the dust down! - so the DPW had the street sweeper out.

By mid-morning the Park was being mown and the bunting had been hung on the Bandstand.

Back at the Library, three Bean Pickers were waiting to start the day. A far cry from the way beans used to be harvested!

The beans that are being harvested, now, are Green Beans - or "snap" beans - and you know what those look like.  
Soy Beans look like this:

They won't be harvested for several weeks.


If ever you hear that the blogger has gone off the road and into a ditch, you'll know what she was doing: looking at wildflowers!

Purple Loosestrife and goldenrod beside Sanger Hill Road. 

"Phragmites Communis" along Route 12

"Turtlehead," next to Austin Road near Lumbard Road. 

Right across the road from the Turtlehead, a large clump of something that I can't identify.
It looks familiar to me. The blossoms resemble those of various Nightshades, but ..... can someone tell me what it is?



Have a grand day, Everyone!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

It's 66 degrees and gray at 6:30

The WKTV Weather Forecast: "After a cloudy, wet  start, sunshine, cooler, and breezy weather takes hold today with highs in the mid 70s.  High pressure builds in for the remainder of the week.  Eventually, a warmup is expected again by Thursday and Friday.
We're continuing to follow Isaac as it heads into the Gulf of Mexico.  At this point, it doesn't look to affect our weather until late Sunday or Monday, if at all.  By that point, only some showers and thunderstorms will be possible.  There is also the chance that most of the rain stays to the south, across the Mid Atlantic.  We'll keep you posted."


At the Waterville Public Library Summer Carnival

to see more pictures, click HERE.



The formerly "lost" rooster has a new home
with lots of happy chickens!

There are more letters in my morning Email, but I need to find out additional information before I post them!



(from the Utica Observer-Dispatch)

The Herkimer County Fair's tractor pull took place 
Sunday, Aug. 19. 

* Turbo Division 11,500 pound class:  Second - Jeremy Buell of Waterville; 
* Turbo Division 15,500 pound class: Third - Jeremy Buell of Waterville.
* Enhanced Division 7,500 pound class: First - Daryl Durant of Waterville; 
* Enhanced Division 11,500 pound class First - Cody Eisenhut of Waterville; Second - Daryl Durant of Waterville.


A letter to the editor of the Madison County Courier from Gretchen Maine.



Waterville Central School District Foundation

Alumni/Community Celebration Dinner

Saturday, September 15, 2012

6:00 pm  - 10:00 pm

Under a huge tent on the beautiful lawns of the Waterville Public Library

Dinner Catered by Seymours & Served at 7:00 pm


Carved Turkey 
Vegetarian Pasta Dish 
Seasonal Vegetable 
Tossed Salad 
Lemonade, Ice Tea & Coffee 
~ Beer and Wine Sold Separately ~

$20 Per Person

Please make check payable to WCSDF and mail with reservation form to: 
WCS Foundation 
PO Box 43, Waterville, NY 13480


Make reservation and payment online at

  Reservations must be received by September 7, 2012
  To reserve a table for your class or group, call (315) 841-3852
  or email
Recognition Program at 8:00 pm


WCS Faculty Member: Stanley Dziekonski 
Community Members: Louis C. Langone & Charles Engle
Friends of the Foundation: Gruver, Zweifel & Scott, LLP
Reservation Form



Phone: ___________________ Email:_________________________________________

Number attending: _____ Amount Enclosed: $_____

Please Circle:

Community Member WCS Alum (Class of ________) O' Falls Alum (Class of ________)


Here & There

Quite a few of our ancient maple trees are playing host to a new crop of "Northern Toothed Fungus"which, unfortunately, are both damaging to the trees and are not edible.

Their appearance, however, means that it's time to look for "Puffballs."

Wouldn't I like to find a Giant Puffball like this, found by Lawrence Brabant of Whitesboro.  "Characterized as a Giant Puffball (Langermannia gigantea) the mushroom weighs in at 12 lbs with an approximate 57 inch circumference, just 10 inches shy of breaking the world record." (from WKTV.) 


I made a point of going back to the Library to see if the "contraption" that I thought was a bean-picker actually was and Yes - a great portion of the bean field had been harvested. A huge truck waited for more beans, but the bean picker device was nowhere to be seen.

Something is happening at the observatory:  possibly a new sidewalk?

Leaving the Library and turning right onto White Street, this ladder, propped against the side of the Petrie residence, caught my eye.  I think that whoever has been climbing it would much rather be working on this new home ..........

................ being constructed on Sally Road, just east of Hanover Road.


More when it happens!

Have a great day!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday Post Updated for Monday

It's Garbage Day

63 degrees and clear at 7:00

The WKTV Weather Forecast: "Some changes in the weather to start out the work week.  A cold front swinging in from the west will bring clouds, showers, and even a thunderstorm or two to the area later this afternoon.  Increasing clouds and turning humid with highs in the upper 70s.
Showers and thunderstorms linger through the overnight with temperatures bottoming out in the 60s.
Sunshine, cooler, and breezy weather takes hold tomorrow with highs in the mid 70s.  High pressure builds in for the remainder of the week.  Eventually, a warmup is expected again by Thursday and Friday.
We're continuing to follow Isaac as it heads into the Gulf of Mexico.  At this point, it doesn't look to affect our weather until late Sunday or Monday.  By that point, only some showers and thunderstorms will be possible, not the widespread flooding rainfall seen with last year's Irene."



Gallagher's Corn Stand in Sangerfield
is Open!




I received this letter from Chris and Chantal Gagnon in Oriskany Falls:  

"During the night someone dropped off a rooster in our yard!  You can imagine our surprise when we all woke up bright and early to the traditional rooster call!
After some confusion and angry neighbors calling us, asking why we got a rooster we went looking and found the little guy hiding in our blackberry bush.

We caught him and he is in a cage right now in our yard.  But we can't keep him.  We certainly don't want to see him harmed, either.  He looks like he has been in some fights.

We put a call into Spring hill farms in Clinton but we are not sure they will take him, and it being the weekend they wont return our calls till Monday probably.
So I am hoping you can maybe help us a bit and see if anyone would like him, to give a good home."

I've asked for a contact phone number or Email - in the meantime, if you want to reach the Gagnons, please send me an E-note and I'll write to them to contact you!



"Center State Soccer Allignments..." from the O-D.

on "Digital Sports,"
Click Here.


Tennis Fans: the US OPEN starts today.
Find all you want to know HERE.


From Leslie Olivera-VanWormer:
a vacation view of "Isaac" visiting Dania Beach in Florida!


Here & There, Closer to Home.

I arrived at the Library just a few minutes before noon, on Saturday. Lots of groups of parents and their children from all parts of the village were heading in that direction for the Summer Carnival and one little girl had already discovered the slide.

I'm sure that the Library staff will be posting photos, later on today, and I'll either "swipe" some or give you a link.


Yesterday I spotted a new sign in the Park.

"Cruisin into Waterville" will take place on September 15.
You'll find a complete schedule, maps, and more at their website; HERE.

This week's Concert in the Park features
Mike Hoke and Irish Music.

There are several "fix-it" jobs in progress throughout the Village. Someone was touching up the paint at La Petite Maison on East Main Street, yesterday.

This large "contraption" is parked right next to the huge bean field that nearly surrounds the Library. I'm not sure, but I think it must be a bean picker.  It's a sign of the season, for sure.

Mid-way between Solsville and Oriskany Falls, I stopped to look at the millpond at Lyon's Mills. What was left of the old dam sprang a leak, last Spring, and now the pond is barely half the size it used to be.



More when it happens!

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 23, 2012


It's Garbage Day

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

The WKTV Weather Forecast:  "Another beautiful day across Central NY with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low to mid 80s. Temperatures will once again fall back into the low 50s tonight under mostly clear skies.
Warmer air builds in for the end of the work week and into the weekend. Highs on Friday and Saturday in the mid to upper 80s with partly sunny skies. 
The next chance of a shower or thunderstorm is on Monday."


1927 - 2012



Front Page Headlines from

The Waterville Times.

"Getting Ready For Football"
"Marshall Summer Rec Popular"
"Brookfield Considers Drilling Ban"
"Former Resident Honored"
"Cost To Fix Reservoir $90,000"

To read more, please click HERE.






Saturday from 12:00 - 3:00




First United Methodist Church
401 Tower St., Waterville, NY 13480

Wednesday, August 29th   3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M
    Includes a Bake Sale

Thursday, August 30th   9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M

Friday, August 31st  9:00 .M. to 12:00 Noon


Here & There

Oh no!  Signs of Fall in Sangerfield.

Signs of something to come on the Library lawn.
(Perhaps Library Director Reynolds will tell us what!)

Rita Mack is back at work and has begun painting the "small" outbuilding behind the Mack residence on Berrill Avenue. I can't wait to see how she picks out all of the "gingerbread" detail.
There will be many more pictures of progress, you can be sure!

 - and more pictures of Linda Ford's gardens on Burkert Road, before Winter comes.

More buckwheat. This large field is next to Peck Road.

A huge hibiscus blossom in my yard.



Five years ago today.

(Click the link for more photos.)


Have a great day, everyone!