Friday, September 25, 2009

It's going to be a nice day!

Cooler -- 44 degrees --- but, after all, it IS Fall!

From The Weather Channel

From WKTV: "Good morning Central New York! A cooler but nice finish to the work week.


A much cooler start to the day across Central New York. Starting out about 15 degrees cooler this morning compared to previous mornings, with temperatures in the 40s. Some patchy fog in spots near bodies of water is expected.
Sunshine will be in abundance today.. Expecting wall to wall sunshine this afternoon with highs in the low to mid 60s. Breezy at times, with a northeast wind between 5-15mph. The winds turn calm tonight and temperatures fall quickly. Most areas in the Mohawk Valley stay frost free tonight, but a few outlying cooler areas may see some patchy frost by daybreak. You should bring in your sensitive plants or cover them tonight as a precaution. Overnight lows in the upper 30s.

Sunshine to start out Saturday. Despite the chilly start, high temperatures are expected to climb into the mid 60s. Our next storm system approaches from the west, bringing clouds by Saturday afternoon. The rain is expected to hold off until after dark.
The bulk of the rain falls Saturday night, with only a chance of showers on Sunday. Most of Sunday is expected to be dry, but skies will average mostly cloudy."

WKTV's Foliage Report (Updated Thursday Sept 24th)

"The place to head this weekend for fall colors is the Adirondacks. The leaf change will approach near peak conditions (80-90% color) in the heart of the Adirondacks. A drive along route 28 is recommended. For peak conditions, head to high peaks region of the Adirondacks."

I received word that The Hildreth Hikers will be climbing "Giant," in the High Peaks, this weekend ----- perfect timing! (Wouldn't it be great if we could have a photo of them sitting on this rock at the summit????)

Giant Mtn. is the 12th highest Adirondack mountain at 4627'.
The ascent is 3050' ; trail distance 6 miles and average hike time 7.5 hours.


Another nice view - this one of the new Bandstand from Sanger Avenue.
It looks small, doesn't it?

Looks large, doesn't it?


I came upon a grand scene on West Bacon Street, yesterday morning: it appeared that Bill O'Dowd was splitting wood under the supervision of his son, Michael, and their friend, Jim Hart. (But after I'd returned to my car and turned around the true action was revealed -- it was Michael who was chopping while the senior supervisors looked on!)

On Conger Avenue.


Woodbine, or American Ivy, hanging from trees on the Buell Avenue hill.

From this vine comes the name "Ivy League Colleges" whose brick buildings are famously covered with ivy: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale.

On California Road.

At the Moshers' on Barker Road.


Kim Gilbert, Youth Advisor at SouthGate Ministries, sent me this announcement:

Get out of the house and enjoy some fun.

Youth group outing. Oct 3, 1-3pm

Youth group bowling.


You'll want to mark this on your


right now!


Pianist-composer Matthew Quayle and acclaimed cellist Jameson Platte will present a free benefit recital at Waterville Central High School on Thursday,October 8th at 7:30 PM. This entertaining program will feature works of Beethoven, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff, as well as several of Quayle’s own compositions. Based in the New York City area, the duo’s recent appearances include Merkin Concert Hall (New York) and the Glens Falls Symphony Musicbridge Festival. Their upcoming engagements include a recital at the Montclair (NJ) Art Museum’s Cezanne and American Modernism Exhibit. A 1994 graduate of Waterville schools, Matthew Quayle has gone on to a multifaceted career as a composer, pianist, and teacher in a wide range of styles and genres. He is currently an adjunct professor at New York University. Jameson Platte is currently a member of the critically acclaimed Axis quintet, principal cellist of the Glens Falls Symphony, principal of the New Jersey Philharmonic, assistant principal of the Allentown Symphony and a member of the Albany Symphony. Mr. Platte’s principal studies were with Carlton McCreery. He also participated in classes with such teachers as Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Mstislav Rostropovich, Harvey Shapiro and Carter Brey.

This concert is sponsored by the Brothertown Music Boosters. Admission is free of charge, but a raffle will be held at the event as a fundraiser for the Waterville Music Department.



Benefit for Linda Murphy Maher

A benefit for Linda Murphy Maher will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at 12 North Sports Bar, 10125 Mulaney Road, Marcy.

Murphy Maher, who is diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, stage 4 brain cancer, has had surgery and is currently undergoing treatments at M.D. Anderson in Texas.

The event will feature food, raffles and more. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 5 to 12. Proceeds to help defray medical expenses. Tickets will be available at the door.

For information or tickets, call 733-0122.



Cruisin photos are being posted!

Click HERE and then click on "2009 Gallery!"


Aha! Down 4 cents!

Only one game last night, but it was a good one!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Balmy 63 degrees and moist.

It's Garbage Day.

The Weather Channel Forecast

From WKTV: "Good morning Central New York! Yesterday's humid weather will be a thing of the past today, with drier, slightly cooler weather by the afternoon.

Yet another mild start to the day (that makes three in a row). Starting out mainly dry, with an isolated sprinkle in spots. A jacket is not needed today.
Sunshine will develop this afternoon as drier, cooler air works in from the north. Despite starting out in the 60s, highs this afternoon will only gain about 10 degrees, with highs in the low 70s. A nice and pleasant afternoon with a bit of a breeze.
High pressure builds in from the northwest tonight and tomorrow. Skies become clear tonight, with calm winds and overnight lows in the mid 40s.

Sunshine and cooler weather for Friday. Highs in the mid 60s. Clear skies and light winds Friday night will bring us down into the upper 30s in many spots by Saturday morning. Frost is possible, but looks to be limited to the Adirondacks and coldest spots in the area that already had a frost last weekend.

Saturday looks nice too, with sunshine and highs in the upper 60s. Some clouds will roll in Saturday afternoon ahead of our next storm system. This will give us some rain Saturday night into Sunday morning.

A larger storm may impact our weather for early next week, bringing with it cool, wet weather."



Well: I was partly right. Although the weather turned out to be much better than I'd thought it would, yesterday, only two of our regular Farmers' Market vendors showed up --- John and Edith Reile! I stopped (Edith's chocolate chip cookies were calling to me!) late in the afternoon and they chuckled over their day. They'd had quite a few customers and Edith said that it really had been a lovely day to spend sitting in the Park!

Dan Maine phoned me a few days ago to tell me that he and his crew were in the process of shingling the roof of the historic Hop House at "Parkwood" Farm ----- the Gordon residence --- on Sanger Hill Road, using real cedar shingles:

......... something you don't see every day.

The structure, built probably in the 1850's, underwent partial restoration in 2005. The property had been owned, first, by (Stanton) Parks, then Charles Terry, then his son-in-law Senator Coggeshall, followed by Hilda Ridings Barton's father and later Dr. George Riley.


At the Brouillette residence on Barton Avenue.

A field of soybeans next to Route 12, north of Sangerfield.


From "Rusty" - a really good shot!

This garden bouquet is from"Rusty," too .........

......... and this closeup of a Mandevilla blossom.

You can see more samples of this bright, tropical vine in Pat's gardens on Babbott Avenue South where they, and the nasturtiums on the fence are at their very best.


There is a new sign on the Park Bulletin Board:





A reminder from Terry Tanner:

Mohawk Valley Quilt Club, Inc.

presents its 2009


Friday & Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm

8200 Clark Mills Road
Whitesboro, NY


From Nancy Ayala, our all-important "chimer!"

"Thru the Masons I was able to meet with a Joe Conners, chime historian of Allchimes on Sunday for an interesting afternoon with the bells. He was especially happy to see the "tolling" bell as the maker is not found too often. He also brought with him a lady who gave me a sheet a friend made for her with numerous set ups in different keys for 9 bells!

Now I just have to find the time!"

(Thanks for all of your work and music, Nancy!)


Making a brief stop in Waterville, Tuesday afternoon, paying visits on a few old friends, the Rev. Byron Stuhlman. He and Hester were en route from their home in Maine to a Shakespeare Festival in Canada. I didn't see him, but am glad to know that they are both hale, hearty and happily enjoying their "retirement."


"Once Upon a Time in Waterville"

old-timers' story swap at the Library



Third annual
National Alpaca Farm Day

Rancho Cerritos,

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Event is free but donations of
canned or packaged foods
for the
Waterville Food Pantry are appreciated.



Staying the same.


Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

64 degrees with light rain

Eeek! I overslept!

AND I have an early appointment with Sharon Stiles at the Totally-U "Fingernail Place" and then Wendy and are going shopping at McLaughlin's .... yes, really! (In Norwich.)

So this will be quick!


It's Recyclables Day.

It's also Farmers' Market Day
and although the weather may not be perfect, I bet that some of our vendors -
especially the Blunts of "Longview Farms" and John and Edith Reile - will be there!

From WKTV: "A very mild start to the day! Temperatures are starting out in the mid 60s across most locations, with some clouds and pockets of drizzle.

Scattered showers and pockets of drizzle are expected to last through the majority of the day. Some limited sunshine this afternoon, bringing temperatures into the mid to upper 70s! It will feel quite humid by the afternoon, with dewpoints approaching the mid 60s. A cold front will approach the region today, sparking off widespread showers and a few thunderstorms later this afternoon.

The front officially crosses the area tonight, brining cooler, drier weather for Thursday. As the front clears the area on Thursday we'll see cloudiness give way to sunshine by afternoon with highs in the low to mid 70's.

High pressure builds in for Friday and Saturday, with more sunny, dry weather. Friday will be on the cool side, with highs in the mid 60s."


From Gil Condon: This great photograph taken at the Reunion of the WCS Classes of '53 & 54 at the Legion on the 18th!

L-R . Front Joan Jackson Krawiec, Pat Manion Roher, Teddy Lohnas, Jim Steinman, Kay Sullivan Schachtler.
2nd row: Jim Blatt, Leslie Bohner Risley, Audrey Browne Mizener, Nancy Cowles Acker, Bob Rockwell, Eugene Langone
3rd row: Ronnie Jones, Shelia O’Dowd Williams, John Peterson, Ken Bliss, Dick Hughes, Gil Condon

(Thanks loads, Gil!)

I also have three super pix from "Rusty," and will post those later on.


Work in progress at two houses on West Bacon Street!

Decorations at the Neffs', on Berrill Avenue.

Also on Berrill Ave., a "buckeye" tree!

Don't forget that there's a variety of "buckeye" that's very, very edible!!

Click the image for the recipe!


This is NOT the new Skate Park!


Back later on!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

First Day of Fall!


It's a balmy 59 degrees and overcast.

The forecast from WKTV: "Good morning Central New York! Unsettled weather arrives today, the first day of fall, with warmer, summerlike weather by tomorrow.

Clouds and showers greet you on the way out the door this morning. Temperatures will start out on the mild side, but the umbrella may be needed at the bus stop.

A weak cold front passing through the area today will bring light rain showers through the morning. Light rain will turn into scattered showers in the afternoon. Cloudy, with highs cooler than yesterday, in the upper 60s. Mostly cloudy tonight, with a passing shower or two. Overnight lows quite mild, near 60.

Warm and a bit humid tomorrow, with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Most of the day will not rain. Temperatures by the afternoon will climb into the mid to upper 70s. Warm weather will hold for Thursday as well, before our next surge of cooler, drier weather arrives by Friday.

High pressure builds in for Friday and Saturday, with more sunny, dry weather. Highs on Friday and Saturday expected to be in the upper 60s to near 70, with overnight lows in the upper 30s and 40s. A larger storm may impact our weather for the end of the weekend into early next week, bringing with it cool, wet weather."


A welcoming committee, on Madison Street.

I stopped at Alcotts' to check out progress on the "Haunted House." It will open early in October and will benefit AYSO! (Those who dare explore will also be rewarded with a pumpkin to take home!)

Watch for details.


Autumn on Elmwood.


From Google News, this morning: Ribbon Cutting for Extended Chenango Canal Towpath Trail on Saturday.

At the Library: SOMEthing's going to happen!


"CRUISE IN" CONTINUED .............

The next five pictures are from Lou Langone. Thank You!

Must be breakfast: the fellow in the gray jacket has his hands curled up to keep warm!

Main Street

Madison Street view of the Park

On the Hardings' front lawn.

Someone said that there were 200 classic and antique cars/trucks on display!


From Ed Abbe, this photo of Amanda Halwig and Stephanie Angier, the winners of the 2009 Chili Cookoff for both categories of "Best Presentation" and "Best Tasting".

(Thanks, Ed!)

Kelly Hildreth took this picture of Jody and their daughters, Tessa and Aubrey, just before the Mary Cleary Run/Walk early in the chilly morning.

There goes Jody .........

............. and Tessa .........

............ and they're rounding the turn!

(Thank you!)

I saw the Cleary girls - Martha and Megan - later in the day and they said that the Run/Walk was a wonderful success, with even more participants than last year: they just didn't know exactly how many.

CLICK HERE for pictures of the Library's parade participants!

I keep checking the Cruise-in website for new photos and race results: nothing yet!




now in progress at the library.


"Once Upon a Time in Waterville"

Old-timers' story swap

Friday morning a little after 10:00.

(With coffee and doughnuts, of course!)



Have a good one!