Thursday, May 21, 2009


Because the weather forecast for the weekend is "iffy," I'm going to do some outdoor work and traveling today and tomorrow and so ..................



Happy 17th Birthday, tomorrow!

and also



who will be 90!

It's 55 degrees and clear


The WKTV forecast: "Warming up tomorrow. A bit unsettled for the weekend.

High pressure situated in the Atlantic will direct warmer temperatures into CNY from the southwest over the next 24 hours. For tonight, skies will be clear. We'll see temperatures fall back to near 50.

Plenty of sunshine is on the way for tomorrow with afternoon temperatures reaching the mid 80's.

Clear to partly cloudy skies are on the way for tomorrow night with lows 50-55.

On Friday a cold front will appraoch from Ontario. This front will cross the local area in the afternoon. There is the chance for a brief shower or thunderstorm, but most of the day will be dry. Expect high temperatures to reach about 80 degrees.

This front will stall just to the south of the area over the weekend. Waves of low pressure moving along the front will kick off rounds of showers and thunderstorms in the Mid-Atlantic. The front will be close enough to allow for a few hit or miss showers and thunderstorms across CNY but at this point none of the weekend days, or Memorial Day, looks to be a washout. A better chance for more numerous showers and thunderstorms will arrive by the middle of next week."


Did we believe that West Main Street would ever look as tidy as this?

This is what we were dealing with four years ago!

But now, Waterville is one of the best-looking little villages around!

Although Memorial Day is being celebrated early, this year, there's a rush to finish paint-ups and plantings because that's what we always do!

The DPW has delivered the "tubs" and the members of the Waterville Garden Club
will have all of them planted by Monday.

Fr. Tom Servatius has everything ready for the front porch display at the rectory ...........

.......... and a sizable "hop yard" is already growing next to the driveway.

A little "vest pocket garden" on White Street.

Paint brushes are being wielded on West Bacon Street and at sveral other properties throughout the village.



from The Waterville Times.

(Click to enlarge image.)

Click this image for the story of our Civil War Monument.

Please click this picture of Jack Youngs to look at last year's Memorial Day pictures.



Have a Good Weekend, Everyone!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


42 degrees and clear

It's Recyclables Day!


I saw "Jo" Tuttle and Claude Earley, yesterday ---




according to the Utica Observer-Dispatch

Waterville Central School District

Board: Two seats, three-year terms
Roberta Williams: 478
Elizabeth Kenny Barnes (incumbent): 203
Craig Tilbe: 356
Polly Belfield: 135

2009-10 budget ($14,864,961, no tax hike):
Yes: 429
No: 157

Bus proposition:
Yes: 363
No: 198

You can find a complete list of all area school budget voting results in this morning's O-D or click here for WKTV's coverage.

Madison Central School District's Budget was
defeated by 18 votes.


WKTV's Weather Forecast: "Feeling more like summer here for the next two days.

A frontal boundary to the north will lift north today, taking away any leftover clouds with it this morning. A southwesterly wind flow around the back side of this area of high pressure will circulate warm air into the Northeast over the next few days.

A cool but frost free start to the day. Sunshine is on the way after a few morning clouds and temperatures will climb to near 80 degrees. Skies remain clear tonight with overnight lows near 50.

The mild southwesterly wind flow will continue into Thursday as well, where high temperatures will climb into the mid 80's. Humidity levels are expected to be low, so this will not feel like the traditional 'hot and humid' summer day.

A cold front will approach on Friday with just the slight risk of a shower or storm. Temperatures will still be on the warm side with afternoon readings slated to be near 80.

Over the weekend, the cold front that moves through Friday will put it's breaks on and stall south of us. This front will serve as a focusing mechanism for showers and thunderstorms. On Saturday, the front will be far enough south to keep us dry. The front will ripple a bit further north on Sunday and Monday, giving us the chance for showers and thunderstorms. The weekend is not expected to be a washout."

Fields of alfalfa and either oats or rye next to Route 20 are bright green ..........

............. and the "first cutting" took place, yesterday, on Fuess-Cleary Road.

In the village, the Sweeper was on White Street ......

............ while Conger Avenue, Putnam Street and Barton Avenue were being resurfaced.


"Resurfacing" of a different sort - new siding - is being installed at
this home on E. Bacon Street .......

........... and also, here, on Barton Avenue.


Suzette has redone the wreath on her Madison Street door.

This pretty doorway is on Elmwood Avenue.

Flags are always "in style" and this year old-fashioned buntings are hung over the Smiths' Stafford Avenue doorway .........

........... and on porch railings at the Burback residence on Sanger Avenue.


I hang oranges on an old willow tree outside my kitchen window for the Baltimore Orioles, but they also appeal to chipmunks, nuthatches and this Red bellied Woodpecker.


This sad notice appears in today's Utica Observer-Dispatch:

"Holmes, Dorothea, 75, of Bridgewater, died May 16, 2009. Arrangements by Nunn & McGrath Funeral Directors, Utica." The full obituary is available by clicking HERE.


The sun's shining! Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009




It's 30.6 degrees ; sunshine on frost!


From WKTV: "Finally, some much needed warm spring weather will build in over the next several days. Record cold temperatures this morning! Our overnight low broke the record low for the date, which was 31 degrees back in 1932. Widespread frost has been reported all across the region. It is very unusual to have frost this late in the season. With a warmup arriving this week, it's very likely this will be the last frost for the Mohawk Valley for the season. High pressure overhead will weaken and shift to the east. It will allow for plenty of sunshine this morning and afternoon, before some clouds from an advancing cold front move in later on in the day. Highs will be much warmer than yesterday, in the upper 60s to near 70. This cold front will drop in from Canada, but will put its breaks on and stall just to the north of us. Skies will average partly cloudy tonight with overnight lows not as cold, in the mid 40s. Warm air will continue to steam into the region tomorrow and Thursday. Sunshine both days, with highs near 80 tomorrow, and well into the 80s on Thursday. Humidity levels expected to be low, so this will not feel like the traditional 'hot and humid' summer day. A cold front will move on Thursday night, with the chance of a shower or storm. Cooler weather Friday and into the Memorial Day weekend with highs in the low 70s."


Even though it's chilly, the village looks ready for Memorial Day.

Flags have been placed on telephone poles along Stafford Avenue, Sanger Avenue and right through the business district.

On White Street.

Flowering trees and shrubs are at their best.

At the Hudsons, on Sanger Avenue .......

........ next to the Sambora residence on White Street ..........

............. and on Babbott Avenue.

On the shady shores of the Sangerfield River in Nine Mile Swamp, the "cranesbill" are blooming .............

............. and yellow Bullhead Lilies dot the water.

About Morels: I found the remains of some of the light, golden-brown variety in my back yard, but some small "critters" had gotten to them first!




(Click to enlarge standings)


Enjoy the sunshine and

Have a Great Day!