Friday, July 31, 2009

Bright and Beautiful Add-ons from "Rusty!"

(Be sure to click the images!)

WOW! Those sure brightened my morning!

Thank you, Rusty!!

The Dog Days of Summer


You can tell when there's nothing going on around Waterville. That's when I resort to posting definitions of words or phrases: this one is from Wikipedia.

The term "Dog Days" was used by the Greeks as well as the ancient Romans (who called these days caniculares dies (days of the dogs) after Sirius (the "Dog Star", in Latin Canicula), the brightest star in the heavens besides the Sun. The dog days of summer are also called canicular days.
The Dog Days originally were the days when Sirius, the Dog Star, rose just before or at the same time as sunrise (heliacal rising), which is no longer true, owing to precession of the equinoxes. The ancients[who?] sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather.
Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time "when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies" according to Brady’s Clavis Calendarium, 1813.

In Ancient Rome, the Dog Days extended from July 24 through August 24 (or, alternatively July 23-August 23). In many European cultures (German, French, Italian) this is still the period to be the time of the Dog Days.
The Old Farmer's Almanac lists the traditional timing of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, coinciding with the ancient heliacal (at sunrise) rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. These are the days of the year when rainfall is at its lowest levels.
According to The Book of Common Prayer (1552), the "Dog Daies" begin on July 6 and end on August 17.


It's 65 degrees and the night-long rain has stopped.


Three years ago ..........

...... July 31, 2006.

Now blooming in soggy spots and ditches, purple-spiked Vervain and pink Joe Pye Weed.

Cardinal Flower

Along the banks of the Sangerfield River in Nine Mile Swamp.

Draped over roadside hedgerows, Wild Clematis - sometimes called "Virgin's Bower."


It's "Children's Day" at the Oneida County Fair in Boonville.


Do you have your tickets for tonight's Monk Rowe concert at the Library?


Have a good weekend, everyone!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

It's Garbage Day again



Steve Best has reminded his Facebook friends that

today is


The WKTV weather forecast: "Less humid, pleasant weather today, with a return to humidity and wet weather by tomorrow.

A few showers and sprinkles in spots early this morning will continue to push east and exit the area. In addition to some light wet weather, some patchy fog in spots as well. Look for the fog to lift by mid morning, with a return to sunshine for all. Humidity will start out high this morning, but will noticeably drop as we head through the day. Comfortable this afternoon, with sunshine and highs near 80.

The humidity will surge back into the area as a warm front approaches tonight. Clouds, showers and storms late tonight and early tomorrow morning. Overnight lows near 60.

Tomorrow looks unsettled as an area of low pressure crosses Central New York. Showers and thunderstorms are a good bet during the morning and afternoon as another cold front approaches. It will also turn quite humid again by Friday afternoon. Highs near 80.

Drier weather again to start out the weekend. Saturday looks excellent! Partly sunny and dry with highs near 80. Turning a bit warmer for Sunday and Monday. More showers and storms are likely by Monday."


Also from WKTV: "Gov. Signs Legislation to Enhance Historic Preservation Tax Credit" This applies to buildings that are on the National Register of Historical Places, and since there are quite a few of those in Waterville, this could be of interest to property-owners.


Yesterday was a real "washout!"

Not only did Farmers' Market fold early, but the scaffolding and bracework around the bandstand columns was removed and - having nothing to do with the weather but adding to the gloom - no more photos arrived from Florida!

This comment arrived at the blog site: "wait....waterville has a marching band? How did I miss that? Great pics!!! I wish I'd known yall were going to be there, I would have come to see!!!"

It was signed "marybeth" and I'd love to know WHO "marybeth" is and what connection she has to Waterville!


Trumpet Vines are blooming.



One of Sally's three gardens ...........

........ and the one planted by the Moshers, who live right next door.



Thursday, July 30th, 2009
Baking Contest, 4H Shows ALL day!
8:00 AM Gates Open
8:00 AM 4H Swine Show - Show Pavilion
9:00 AM 4H Western Horse Show - Infield Horse Arena
10:00 AM 4H Dairy Judging Contest - Show Pavilion
10:00 AM Out of Field Tractor Pull - FREE Grandstand
12:00 PM Magic John - 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
12:00 Noon Coleman Bros. Midway Opens
2:00 PM Combined Livestock and Dairy Challenge Contest - Show Pavilion
5:00 PM Open Class Tractor Pull - Paid Grandstand -
Adults 13 and over $5.00, 12 and under $3.00
6:00 PM Wristband Ride Special - $20.00. On sale 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM and good 'til closing.
6:30 PM Dairy and Beef Costume Class followed by Sheep and Goat Costume Class and Leadline - Show Pavilion
8:00 PM Hauf Brau - Wanted




Menotti's Consul - 1:30

La Traviata, Verdi - 8:00


Purcell's Dido and Aeneas - 11:30


It's 65 degrees and the sun is shining: a good start to the day!

Enjoy it!


Wednesday, July 29, 2009


It's Recyclables Day! 61 degrees and dry

The Forecast from WKTV: "Warm and humid weather will continue today, with some changes by tomorrow.
A mild, humid start to the morning. With a bit of sunshine this morning, temperatures will race into the low 80s by early afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms will fire up along a cold front advancing from the west. Expect showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Some showers and storms will produce heavy rain and gusty winds.

Storms come to an end tonight, with overnight lows in the mid 60s. Drier weather expected Thursday, with much less humidity. Expect partly sunny skies with highs near 80.

A second surge of humidity expected on Friday. More showers and thunderstorms expected Friday evening as another cold front moves in from the west.

A pleasant stretch of weather expected this weekend with sunshine and highs in the low 80s."

Vendors and shoppers who arrive at the Park early, today, will find this rather pretty "structure" waiting for them!

All eight galvanized steel posts are in place. Four already have Fypon columns installed over them; four more will probably be set in place today.

Once a post "sleeve" has been slipped over the steel pipe, Mike Tower pours grout between pipe and Fypon post: he knows, already, that that's a very successful method of installation!

Right on!


According to a sign at the end of their Deansboro driveway, "Longview Farms" has fresh Sweet Corn! That means that they'll have some in the Park, too!


8:00 AM Gates Open
9:00 AM Draft Horse Show
9:00 AM 4H Dairy Show (Junior Animals Only)
with Fitting & Showmanship - Show Pavilion
9:00 AM English & Dressage Horse Show - Infield Horse Arena
12:00 Noon Coleman Bros. Midway Opens
4:30 PM Lightweight Horse Pull - Grandstand $2.00
6:00 PM Beef Show - Show Pavilion
7:00 PM Goat and Sheep Quiz Bowl - Youth/Grange Building
7:00 PM Heavyweight Horse Pull - Grandstand $2.00
8:00 PM Hauf Brau - Knight Riders


I have an E-note from Jill Getman at the Waterville Public Library in re: the Monk Rowe performance on Friday evening ----

"If the weather is nice the Monk Rowe with John Hutson Concert will be in the library garden. If so, tickets will not be needed and we encourage people to bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. There will also be lemonade and baked goods for sale from the Friends of the Library. If the weather does not cooperate, we will have to move into the Program Room where tickets will be required due to space. Moral of the Story: Even if you haven't picked up a ticket, come, and hopefully we'll be able to fit everyone outside or inside!"

(Photographs courtesy of Jeff Reynolds who also sent the next picture and who writes........)

"Ace circulation man, Travis Olivera, gives service with a smile to his mom, Leslie Olivera VanWormer the other day at WPL. PDCute! Incidentally, Travis is a spring journalism grad from Utica College, engaged to be married later this summer--- and on the prowl for a job in the industry. He's a natural reporter and, though we'll miss him here, we hope he's discovered soon."


The price of gasoline at Nice 'n Easy in Sangerfield is holding at $2.69.9.

Here's what it was a year ago!

Have a great day, everyone!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I Have Pix from Florida!!


"The band was AMAZING - and the sound was terrific coming down Main Street - they went from the firehouse on Main Street to Frontierland which was the opposite of what was told to us before hand - so I have their backs marching towards the castle, but what a great picture it was!!"

(The pictures are "clickable," of course!)

(Great thanks to our Florida Photographer!)

I expect another photograph either later today or tomorrow morning -- something having to do with some "Super T-Shirts!"

Another slow day..........

56.7 degrees and Summer Sunny

WKTV's forecast: "High pressure builds back into the region today, drawing in some of the warmest weather we've seen this summer today. Expect plenty of sunshine this afternoon, with highs in the upper 80s. This is perfect beach and swimming weather so long as you make sure to bring the sunscreen. It will feel a bit humid, especially by the evening.

Clouds roll in tonight, with the chance of a shower or thunderstorm towards tomorrow morning. Overnight lows in the mid to upper 60s. The A/C will come in handy tonight.

A stronger cold front moves in Wednesday, bringing us relief from the heat in the form of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the mid 80's. Some of these showers and storms may be on the stronger side. Stay tuned.

Cooler, but drier on Thursday with a return to sunshine. Another surge of heat and humidity expected on Friday. More showers and thunderstorms expected Friday evening.

A pleasant stretch of weather expected this weekend with sunshine and highs in the low 80s."

Remember this? Six months ago we couldn't wait for Summer!


Today's a good day for:

  • Yardwork early

July 28, 2006
  • Check out the sunflower field s. of Vernon Center


Watch in cool comfort at the Library.
  • showings at 3:00 and 6:00
  • Cans & Clams at the Legion





and, hopefully, photos from Florida of


at Disney!



Musician Monk Rowe

will be performing

the top ten hits from the last 6 decades.


Friday, July 31st @ 7pm

in the program room @ the library

Seating is limited so stop by the library to pick up your free tickets or call us to reserve them.


Here is Leslie Olivera-VanWormer's photograph of Christine Campbell and Ron Viola, who were married last Saturday in the chapel at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.


Have a great day, everyone!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Direct from Disney!

"The Kids did a Super Job!"

"They're having fun!"

"The hotel's beautiful."

"Everything's going well!"

"More pix tomorrow!!"

(Click the images to enlarge.)

(Thanks, Dale!)


Wait, wait.............. there's MORE!

just sent by Leslie Olivera VanWormer


"They were AWESOME!"

"It's hot .... (but) they performed so well even in the heat!"

(Thank you, too, Leslie)


She also sent photographs taken at Christine Campbell's wedding to Ron Viola at Duke University on Saturday. I'll blog those in the morning!