Friday, June 5, 2009




These pictures came in yesterday's mail from Leslie Olivera-Van Wormer:

WCS "Teen All-Star" Alex Meszler with his parents and grandmothers
at the Award Breakfast on Thursday .........

.......... and with Leslie Olivera-Van Wormer, who nominated him for the Award.


Tee Ball Registration!!!

Thursday, June 11th 5:30-7:00pm

at Roc's Dari Creme

Ages 5-7 $25.00

Registration Fee includes shirt, cap and insurance Games on Tuesday & Thursdays during month of July For more information please call Jody Barnes 725-5639.



There's a dazzling "Schiaparelli Pink" rhododendron on Putnam Street.....

....... and, across the way, Patriotic Trim on the front porch.

Touches of deep rose are being added to the decorative woodwork on Mrs. Staring's White Street residence.

This home on Stafford Avenue is being readied for fresh paint!

There's a lovely new garden at the Veterinarian Clinic out on Madison Street.



At the Landis Farm on Shanley Road, straw was being spread next to rows of strawberry plants. I've seen this done, before, but always assumed that it was to keep weeds down:

Not so!

Kim explained that the straw serves three purposes: 1. to keep mud from splattering on the berries when it rains; 2. to provide a clean kneeling row when the berries are being picked; and 3. to keep birds from getting to the berries first!

Watch for boxes of berries to appear on the picnic table next to the Landis' driveway! Yesterday, there were several bunches of asparagus there -- some came home with me!


View on Lewis Road.

The alfalfa's been harvested and corn is up about 6".



At the Stanley Theater

"It's a Zoo!"

Waterville's Memorial Park School production of

"Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock"

will be the final show on Saturday, and will begin around 6:00.



Preview at 6:00

Sangerfield Town Barn


The Brothertown Music Boosters



at the High School

from 4:00 - 7:00.



"Cans & Clams at the Legion on Tuesday.


Another "Old Folks Story Swap"

at the Waterville Public Library

a little after 10:00.


The Waterville Book Discussion Group is reading

"Water For Elephants" by Sara Gruen.

Meeting on the 4th Wednesday of the month,
June 24th, at the library at 12 noon.

Call the Library at 841 - 4651 to request a copy.

Bring your lunch!

Dessert and coffee or tea is provided along with good company and discussion.

(Click the image for New York Times review.)



It's 44.4 degrees with a few clouds.

From WKTV:

Sunshine both Saturday and Sunday. A weak cold front will pass uneventfully through the region on Saturday, giving us nothing more than a few extra clouds. Highs expected to be in the mid 70s. Slightly cooler on Sunday, but still nice, with highs near 70. An isolated thunderstorm is possible late in the day on Sunday, otherwise the weekend is expected to be dry.

Feeling more like summer heading into next week. An unsettled but warm pattern, with highs in the 70s and low 80s, with the chance of storms Tuesday through Thursday.


Have a Great Weekend, Everyone!

Thursday, June 4, 2009



Special Notice re: Garbage Pickup.

According to DPW Superintendent Jamie Bechy, the Village garbage truck, "Big Orange," broke down on the way to Utica yesterday morning but "as of 9:30 Wednesday night, he had been fixed."

Garbage Pickup will happen today, but, because recyclables will have to be unloaded in Utica first, today's scheduled pickup will be a bit late.


Bright and sunny; 40 degrees.

The WKTV Forecast for the next few days: "Nice weather will hold for the day today, but some clouds and rain may try to work back in for Friday.

We're still watching that same frontal boundary to the south, which has been there for the majority of the week. So far, we've managed to stay just far enough north of the front to evade showers but not clouds. Today, the front drifts far enough south for Central New York to see a nice and sunny day! Expect mostly sunny skies with highs in the low 70s. Clear skies here for most of the night, with clouds arriving late. Overnight lows in the mid 40s.

Tropical moisture will combine with the front tonight and tomorrow. This will force the front to lift north, and back into Central New York. Our computer models are trying to play catchup with this new development, and we believe that there's a good chance for rain Friday afternoon, especially south of route 20. This rain won't last long though, and whatever we do see will be long gone by the weekend.

Sunshine both Saturday and Sunday. Highs in the mid 70s. An isolated thunderstorm is possible late in the day on Sunday, otherwise the weekend is expected to be dry."


I wasn't the only one tricked by the new signs: all afternoon, motorists circled the Park hoping that, at any minute, the Farmers Market would magically appear!

It won't be by magic, but the vendors WILL be there next Wednesday from 11:00 - 5:00.


" '09 O-D Teen All-stars Announced"

Kevin Alexander, Thomas R. Proctor Senior High School
Basia Bowens, Thomas R. Proctor Senior High School
Tarah Brand, Remsen Central School
Wen Zhen Chen, Thomas R. Proctor Senior High School
Cory Cox, Whitesboro High School
Craig Dittl, Adirondack High School
Kate Eldredge, Westmoreland High School
Emelia Failing, Whitesboro High School
Rebecca Felt, Holland Patent Central School
Tatyana Gurina, Thomas R. Proctor Senior High School
Anna Hagstrom, Clinton High School
Michelle Harvey, Thomas R. Proctor Senior High School
Jordan Heath, Herkimer High School
Kayla Holmes, Rome Free Academy
Erika Hooker, Mount Markham High School
Mallory Ingalls, Oriskany Central School
Joshua Kaye, New Hartford Senior High School
Matthew Landry, Mohawk Central School
Jeremy Lloyd, New York State School for the Deaf
Kelsey Merritt, Mount Markham High School
Alexander Meszler, Waterville High School
Anastasia Mondi, New Hartford Senior High School
Ashley Peters, Thomas R. Proctor Senior High School
Victoria Pietruszka, New Hartford Senior High School
Joseph Priore, Thomas R. Proctor Senior High School
Allen Stalker, Sauquoit Valley Central School
Ebony Stenson, Thomas R. Proctor Senior High School
Mary-Clare Stokes, Rome Catholic School
Abbie Sutliff, Herkimer High School
Madilynn Viens, Camden High School

It must run in the family: Alex' father, Dale Meszler, was honored by the Brothertown Optimists, last night, as "Volunteer of the Year!"

Congratulations to both of you!


"It's a Zoo" Theater Competition Finals This Weekend

From Mary Beth Sigmund at Memorial Park School: " The 'It's a Zoo' Regional Theater Competition, sponsored by the Stanley Theater and the Central NY Council on the Arts takes place this weekend, June 6th and 7th. Performances by 3 local school groups begin at 4:30 pm each day.

Waterville's Memorial Park School production of

"Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock"

will be the final show on Saturday, and will begin around 6:00.

Admission is $5 per person.


Anansi Monkeys


With a five-man crew and good weather, the paint job on this house on White Street should be finished in no time!

Now blooming:
Black Locust trees (Robinia pseudoacacia)

Oriental Poppies!

"Sweet Rocket" or "Dame's Rocket"

Hesperis matronalis - often confused with native Phlox species that also have similar large showy flower clusters. They can be distinguished from each other by foliage and flower differences; Dame's rocket has alternately arranged leaves and four petals per flower, like mustard, while phlox have opposite leaves and five petals.

Discovered yesterday. It's not a humming bird nest, but it's nearly that small and it's in the same lilac bush!

Any guesses who built it?


Have a great Day, Everyone!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


It's Recyclables Day!

47.5 degrees and overcast.


The WKTV forecast: "A frontal boundary has stalled to our south and will serve as a focusing mechanism for showers and thunderstorms. The front is far enough to the south to keep most of the shower activity out of Central New York. The only exception would be for the southern valleys . For today, expect partly to mostly cloudy skies with highs in the mid to upper 60s.

Skies will clear out tonight, as drier air builds in from the north. Lows in the low 40s.

A great weather pattern sets up for the end of the week. An area of high pressure will keep skies sunny, with temperatures returning to seaonal averages, in the 70s on Thursday and Friday. The only potential fly in the ointment is an area of tropical storminess that is expected to pass south and east of the region. It may steer close enough to give us a few extra clouds late Thursday and early Friday.

Warmer weather will slowly trickle in through the weekend, with highs creeping into the mid 70s by Saturday.


In this morning's Observer-Dispatch, a brief notice of the death of Harold "Buster" Davis, who passed away in Florida on Monday and whose funeral will take place here, in Waterville, on Thursday evening.


The first place that I went to take pictures, yesterday, was the most-recently proposed site of the Informational Kiosk at the corner of Sanger Avenue and Madison Street.

First, as I headed west on Madison .............

............. and then as I came back into the village.


Every time I drive out Sanger Avenue I have the same thought: it looks as if a it were a municipal "parkway" cared for by a professional crew!

The whole village looks as well cared for as any around here, thanks partly to regular sweeping by the DPW..........

........... and plantings like this on Putnam Street .........

and Fr. Tom's front porch garden!


Jeff Reynolds sent me this view of the countryside near Richfield Spring .....

........ where he found a field filled with Buttercups and "Gilleyflowers."

(Thanks, Jeff!)

On one of my country-road rides - following Zweifel Road - I found another new house growing! Little by little, the quiet farmland countryside changes.





Preview at 6:00

Sangerfield Town Barn


Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

PARADE at 1:00 on Saturday




Have a Good Day, Everyone!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tuesday - Add-on for Rusty!

It's BIG TRASH day!

57.2 degrees.

WKTV's meteorologist predicts that: " ..... a weak area of high pressure will promote sunshine across the area. Look for afternoon temperatures to climb into the upper 60's.

Another storm system will approach the area for midweek. We'll see an increase in clouds tomorrow night with a good chance for a period of rain on Wednesday. Look for highs 60-65.

As an area of high pressure settles just to our east by the end of the week look for sunshine and warmer temperatures to return.


There may be a decision - soon!

At last evening's Village Board Meeting, DPW Superintendent Jamie Bechy (saying that it was really Lou Langone's idea!) proposed placing the informational kiosk in a location that had not been suggested, before, but which seemed to "fill the bill" in that it is:

  • on Village property
  • is level and not cluttered with underground wires or pipes
  • the structure would not create a traffic hazard
  • there is safe parking space for passing motorists and
  • the site is easily accessible to pedestrians.
The site is a sizable "bump-out" at the junction of Rt. 12 and Madison Street, adjacent to but not part of Monument Park. (I'll take pictures later today.)

At any rate, the proposal was met with many smiles and expressions of agreement. No final decision was made, but it looks hopeful!

Even better....... (and Dick would be so pleased!)

Dave Carlson of Carlson Associates of Cooperstown, planner and grant-writer, was at the meeting to schedule a conference with the Planning Board, Mayor and Board of Trustees.

Finally, a Comprehensive (or "Master") Plan is in the works for Waterville!


On the lighter side .......

Rusty and Joan have just sent me this Good Morning picture from Brookfield!

and Greg sent this for Rusty from San Diego, California!


Rhododendrons (from the Greek: rhodos, "rose", and dendron, "tree") are blooming! These are at the Woodhouse residence on Madison Street and there are more right across the road at the Murphys' and throughout the village, as well.


After dark, look for fireflies! (or "lightning bugs.")


I realize that the views don't quite match, but can you believe that this is what West Main Street looked like three years ago?


Need a change of scenery? Ask Matt and Tracy Tanner about their
trip to Peru and climb up Machu Picchu! (14,000 ft.)


If local news is boring, and national news confusing or stressful, a cousin of mine suggests:

Read about The Royals!
(The official website of the British Monarchy)



Have a Great Day, Everyone!