Saturday, October 3, 2009


Utica O-D: 4:39 P.M.
Oriskany upset previously unbeaten Waterville 23-13.

Saturday Special!

Monday would be too late to tell you that:

An article entitled "Waterville moves on Without Star" appeared in yesterday's Observer-Dispatch.

Watch the Waterville Indians take on the Oriskany Redskins today at 2:00 P.M.


on the Whitesboro Web.

Note: you'll need Windows Media Player 11!


Trek Trenton Falls Today or Tomorrow

The trail will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 4. If you miss the trail this weekend, don’t worry, Oct. 10 and 11 will be the final weekend to view the falls before spring.

To get there: Take Route 12 into the Mapledale commercial district, turn onto Route 28 south, which extends off the east side of Route 12. Follow Route 28 to first left, on curve, which is Trenton Falls Road. Follow signs to four-way stop. Go straight and continue to end of the road, where you can park.

The illustration is from the Harper's Weekly, September 19, 1863.


Earlier this year, a two-part article entitled "Oneida County and Waterville in the Civil War," written by former Watervillian Eric Kennedy, was published in The Waterville Times.

It was, to the best of my knowledge, the most thorough such study that has been made available to the public for a long, long time and I am most grateful to Mr. Kennedy for writing it in the first place and to Ms. Patricia Louise, Editor of The Waterville Times, for printing it.

Somehow, since its publication, Mr. Kennedy's computer "lost" the original file (!) but now, thanks to Ms. Louise, Eric now has a copy of his own once again; a copy has been sent to the Waterville Public Library for the "History iMac" and I've just posted the article on my blog, "Heaps of History."

It only takes a few minutes to read, but it leaves a much longer-lasting impression!

Thank you Eric and Patty!


The results from the Sept. 19 2009 MARY CLEARY 5K RUN / WALK have been posted on the WCS website!


from Joanne Campbell, Class of '99
Attention Class of 1999
It's time for the 10-Year Reunion

Friday, November 27, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Michael's Fine Food & Spirits, Sangerfield, NY

For information and to make a reservation, contact Joanne Campbell at
(with "Class of 99" in the subject line).




If you saw Blair Raker and the U.S. Air Force Band of Liberty when they performed in Waterville, last Spring, you'll want to go again! If you DID NOT see them and wish that you had, now's your chance!

At the Stanley Theater in Utica on Monday night!



If you remember when you were a little kid and had a dream


if you're a bigger "kid," now, and still have one,

picture Matt Quayle.

He sat in the WCS Auditorium 20-plus years ago, listening to - and watching - music happen! He wanted to do the same thing; especially to be able to put real sound to the music that he told his mother he "heard in his head!"

It's more than a Concert:

it's a chance to hear once-upon-a-time "dreams" by Beethoven, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff - as well as Quayle - made real by two extraordinarily accomplished young musicians who are happy to share their experiences in How-To with all of you!

It's more than a concert:

you can support the Food Pantry. Please bring a contribution!

It's more than a concert:

the Brothertown Music Boosters will hold one of their famous


Tickets to shows in the Broadway Theater League

2009 - 2010 season

See you there!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

40 degrees and overcast/ WITH ADD-ON "VIEWS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN!"

It's Garbage Day!

Yesterday it was so cold and wet and dreary that not even the Reiles showed up for Farmers' Market!


According to Fr. Tom Servatius, "The major work on the northern tower of St. Bernard's Catholic Church (the top 7-8 feet) is pretty well set. They're going to hopefully get the other one done before the snow flies, and then point the brick on the towers and facade."


(Two new photographs added at 9:30 a.m.)

courtesy Fr. Tom

" The north and center entrances will be open this weekend.
After that, we're hopeful that the south entrance will be reopened as well, albeit with a temporary set of stairs."


The weather's not helping!

Mike Tower, r., and Blake Hotaling were in the Park just long enough to install the two remaining sections of baluster to the back side of the Bandstand. Coming next: Victorian arches that go between the posts, bluestone on the front steps and covering for the foundation as well as more grading for extended walkways.

The Weather Channel

WKTV predicts: "A chilly and cloudy start to Thursday with a few rain showers in the morning as temperatures start out in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees. Clouds with a few sprinkles at the bus stop this morning.

Chilly weather continues for Thursday with lake effect rain throughout the day. Highs once again will only be near 50 degrees, with most outlying areas in the upper 40s. Low pressure finally pushes out by Thursday night into Friday, with some sunshine Friday morning. Sun fades behind clouds by Friday afternoon as a warm front approaches the region, setting off showers by Friday night.

An area of low pressure will bring a cold front for Saturday, along with more rain and perhaps some thunder. Drier weather for Sunday."

Fall decorations at the Walters' on Buell Avenue.

It's going to be a good year for Bittersweet!

It will take another week or two and a good "cold snap" for the berries to open, but then they'll be really bright!

Polyporus craterellus - possibly? - or
*Dryad's Saddle or Pheasant's-back Polypore (Polyporus squamosus)

*Thanks to Mr. John Peterson.


Don't try it!


Click this link to order a really GOOD mushroom book:

Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America:
A Field-to-kitchen Guide by David Fischer and Alan Bessette

(which has excellent photographs, easy-to-understand descriptions, great recipes and some of my most-fun-to-do drawings, ever.)




Down two.

The forecast really is so ratty that I'm going to spend a few days immersed in history at various area libraries. If something super-important happens please let me know: otherwise, I'll be back on Monday!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

42.8 and clear.

Recyclables Collection





WKTV's meteorologist predicts that; "It will be a chilly day today, with highs only near 50. The breeze will be with us during the morning and afternoon, coming in from the west/northwest around 10-15mph with gusts over 25mph.

Winds shift into the northwest today as a weak disturbance passes by. This is a good setup for lake effect rain showers. A few lake effect rain showers will develop during the day, but will be mainly confined to the lakes. Overnight, the lake bands will intensify. With a northwesterly wind, most of the rain showers will be south and west of the city of Utica in areas like Western Oneida, Madison, and Otsego County. Temperatures tonight due to the clouds are expected to drop to near 40.

Still chilly tomorrow, with some lake effect rain showers. Highs again only near 50. Slow improvements as we head into Friday morning.

Our next storm system will fast approach the area for the weekend. Rain is expected to develop on Friday as a warm front passes through. An area of low pressure will bring a cold front for Saturday, along with more rain and perhaps some thunder. Drier weather for Sunday."

WCS Boys' Varsity Soccer 4 - 1 over Little Falls.


5:30 A.M. Realization:

my camera's not in the house, ergo, my camera is in my car, which is in the barn ...................... where it will stay 'til later this morning!


In place of a few mediocre pictures that I took in the rain yesterday, here - with permission - are two beauties from Jody Hildreth's collection of photographs taken in the vicinity of Keene Valley, last Sunday.

(Thank you, Jody!)


Speaking of the "North Country," in my morning mail I found a letter re: a new - and upsetting - state of affairs at the tiny community of Beaver River on the Stillwater Reservoir: along with new rules and regulations governing the parking of vehicles and boat trailers at the public parking lot and the new requirement that vehicles at Beaver River (where there are six miles of dirt road going only from boat landings to camps) must be registered, insured, etc., etc., the Thompsons may no longer be able to operate their barge, party barge or water taxi becaue it's "illegal" to make a profit from public waterways .....................

Various "GOOGLINGS" and Emails on that subject have taken up the better part of two hours!

There may be an "uprising" and if there is, I'll be there!



Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer

Masterful, Genre-Bending Musicians

Three brilliant genre-benders and the leading virtuosos on their respective instruments—banjoist Béla Fleck, percussionist Zakir Hussain and bassist Edgar Meyer—join together for the first time to perform an intimate concert of original music that explores American roots and the classical Indian tradition. These master musicians, the most limitless creators and composers in the history of music, will bring this very special collaboration to select venues for a limited United States tour.

Click HERE for Tickets



Stay dry, and have a great day!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

It's starry-clear at 5:30, however ...........

.......... more rain is on the way!

WKTV predicts that: "Some sprinkles are possible this morning. Wet weather is expected later on today.

A large and strong storm system will drop in from the northwest today. Cooler weather is expected this afternoon, with highs only in the upper 50s, along with a steady rain. Rain is expected to develop around noon and last through the afternoon. Rain turns to rain showers this evening and tonight, with overnight lows in the 40s.

Winds shift into the northwest over the next several days, drawing in chilly air. This is a perfect set up for lake effect rain on Wednesday and Thursday. Expect occasional rain showers, clouds, and chilly temperatures. Temperatures will struggle to get out of the 40s!

Slow improvements are expected as we head closer to the weekend. Temperatures will warm back into the 60s over the weekend, but some wet weather is expected."

After a damp, dull morning, the sky turned bright blue for a while yesterday afternoon. Then, without much warning, a "front" rolled through; by 4:30 the sky was as dark as it cold get and suddenly it was hailing! I was in my big barn when it began, beneath a metal roof, and although brief, it was the loudest storm I'd ever heard!

Before the skies opened ..............

On Madison Street.

At Terry Meadows.

On Shanley Road.

One good thing about rain, this time of year:


This one was found - unfortunately - in New Zealand, but they do grow this large in southern Oneida County, too!



This letter and series of photographs from MaryBeth VanDenbergh.


"The race ( and I use that term lightly) was very emotional. The beginning was in the tunnel 1.7 miles and very warm. As they came out of the tunnel HUNDREDS of firefighters were lined up along the road either with American flags or banners with the 343 fallen firefighters photo's on them. These firefighters were thanking the runners and giving them high fives! As they came towards the finish line they had to walk, there were so many runners! It was raining but not cold. There was an after party of sorts and at one point all the firemen that had the banners and flags all marched in to bagpipes. WOW! We will do it again and encourage others to join.

This race is in memory of the 343 fallen firefighters that died in the 9.11.01 terror attack. Firefighters came from all 50 states and from around the world to show support. We saw firemen form London, Ireland, Canada and Romania. The one photo is of a group from Floyd that ran. Hundreds of Cadets from West Point ran this year, also many military units.

Bob and our daughter Sarah participated.

"The race is in memory of Stephen Siller, beloved husband and father of five, who was a firefighter from Squad 1, Park Slope Brooklyn. On 9/11, he was off-duty, and on his way to golf with his 3 older brothers.
When Stephen heard on his scanner that the World Trade Center had been hit, he turned his vehicle around and headed towards the site. When his truck was prohibited from entering the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, typically of him, he raced on foot towards the site with his gear strapped to his back.
He was last seen alive on West and Liberty Streets where he, more than likely, went looking for his Squad, all of whom perished. The Tunnel to Towers Run retraces Stephen's footsteps on that fateful day.
In running along his path, we honor the memory of all the Firefighters, Police, and EMS workers who performed their duty that day. In running this race, we are reclaiming still another part of the city for all our heroes and for all of those who died on 9/11.
They will never be forgotten!"

(Thank you, MaryBeth!)


(Click the calendar!)



Have a good day!

Monday, September 28, 2009

52 degrees and clear.

8:30 a.m. Just in - the Hildreth Hikers at the summit of "Giant," and posed right next to just the right rock!


(Click for a better view!)

Jody also sent this panoramic view in which the colors of the foliage show up better. He said the reds were amazing, and he's off to climb Wright Peak next weekend!

Thanks loads, Jody!



Yom Kippur


It's Garbage Day!

..... and there'll be a change in the weather ...............

According to WKTV: "Good morning Central New York. Some dramatic changes in our weather over the next 24 hours.

Temperatures starting out in the 50s this morning with patchy fog. The fog is expected to lift before 9am, giving way to partly sunny skies.

A powerful storm system will be the game changer for the weather this week. A strong cold front will approach the areaa from the west this morning. Ahead of the front, breezy, warm, and partly sunny weather. Temperatures will climb into the upper 60s to near 70 by early this afternoon. The front is expected to cross between 2-4PM this afternoon, bringing with it showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms will be accompanied with brielfy heavy rain and gusty winds. Wind gusts could exceed 40mph at times as the front crosses. Once the front passes, temperatures are going to drop rapidly. Temperatures only in the upper 50s and low 60s by this evening. Breezy at times tonight, with overnight lows in the upper 40s to low 50s.
A large storm system will draws in a northwest wind and cool Canadian air Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This is a perfect set up for lake effect rain on Tuesday and Wednesday and even into Thursday. Expect occasional rain showers, clouds, and chilly temperatures. "


Align Center

Yesterday was soggy and foggy.........

.......... but I spotted an annual Autumn treat:


"Autumn Crocus"

by a driveway next to the old "Allen Acres" building.


From Debby Gerhardt:

"Carl and I made a trip to Fort Drum today (Friday) for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team Deployment Ceremony. Our son, Cpl Brandon Gerhardt, will be deployed to Iraq on October 15th. The day could not have been more perfect."

Thank you, Debby, and our thanks to your son! We'll keep him - and his buddies - in our prayers!


This letter came to me from Mary Fanning, and I'm forwarding it to Nancy Ayala!

"I wish I had known someone from All Chimes was coming to look at the bells. My daughter, Denneice, reminded me a few months ago that I used to play the bells in the Temple to start the Waterville Christmas visit of Santa Claus. She said I always started off with "Here Comes Santa Claus". She thought it was great that she, along with Valerie & David, had the opportunity to climb thestairs to the Tower and watch me play the bells. I would like to try to play them again."


From a blog-reader in Clinton:

"The Pot Man" on Williams Street!



Frances M. Butrym



Have a good day, everyone!