Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday: looking ahead + Add-on


at the request of Tom Eisenhut.


While I was en route to the Car Wash to take that picture, I noticed that:

1. the rope "stands" for the Masons' Christmas Tree Sale are in place! (That means that the trees will be coming sooooon!)

2. Mike Tower and Blake Hotaling were installing the one missing piece of decorative framework on the foundation of the Bandstand.



It's partly cloudy and 30 degrees F. / -1 degree C.

WKTV's weather forecast: "A quiet but chilly start to your Friday with partly to mostly clear skies. A winter jacket is needed as you head out to work or school with temperatures in the low to mid 30s.

A weak area of high pressure will control our weather for today. Expect a mix of sun and clouds throughout the morning and early afternoon with temperatures into the mid 40s. Clouds begin to thicken up this evening and tonight with overnight lows in the mid 20s.

A storm system in the Atlantic Ocean will begin to trek north along the east coast on Saturday. The low pressure system is just too far to our south and east to have a major impact on our weather for the weekend. . Right now, the steadiest snow looks to stay southeast of the viewing area, but as an upper level trough energizes this storm system, some if its precipitation may be pulled a bit further west than earlier thinking. Thus, a period of light snow is possible Saturday afternoon and evening across Otsego, Southern Herkimer and Montgomery Counties. At this point it still appears that any snow accumulations would be minor. Temperatures will feel a lot cooler this weekend with highs only in the mid 30s and overnight lows in the 20s."



There will be a


at the

Village Hall this

Saturday, Dec. 5th

8:30am to 1:30pm

It costs you nothing but a little time and can save up to three lives.


Varsity Basketball Scores gleaned from the O-D:
December 1 Girls Basketball: "Waterville 45, West Canada Valley 30."
Lauren Homer and Jessica Zogby combined for 18 points in the second half as Waterville broke open a close game on the way to a CSC crossover win over West Canada. Zogby led all scorers with 14 points.
Jennie Maxwell, Brittney Florian and Ciera Sportello each scored seven points for West Canada Valley.
West Canada (0-0, 0-1): Jennie Maxwell 7, Brittney Florian 7, Meghan Lewis 2, Alissa Stack 4, Alexia Fauvelle 3, Ciera Sportello 7. Totals: 11-7-30.
Waterville (0-0, 2-1): Brooke Williams 3, Jenna Fallon 7, Katie Buell 2, Dylanne Hodge 3, Siobhan Fitzgerald 2, Lindsey Wratten 1, Shelby Ritzel 2, Jessica Zogby 14, Lauren Homer 11. Totals: 17-10-45.
3-point goals: West Canada 1 (Maxwell); Waterville 1 (Fallon).
JV: Waterville 30-24.

Boys' Basketball: "Morrisville-Eaton’s boys basketball team fell to Waterville 51-42 on Wednesday."

M-E freshman Will Thomas scored 11 of his team-high 17 points in the first quarter to help the Warriors go on top 24-20. Waterville tied the game at 29-29 at halftime and pulled away in the second half.

“We didn’t hit our shots in the second half, but they are playing hard and I’m proud with the way they played,” M-E coach Chad Snow said.

M-E’s Ben Thomas added 11 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks and six assists. Jamie Maciag finished with 10 points.

Taylor Jaquays led Waterville with 14 points.
M-E 24 5 7 6 - 42
Waterville 20 9 15 7 - 51
M-E (0-0, 1-1): Ben Thomas 11, Will Thomas 17, Jamie Maciag 10, Kameron Brown 2, Matt Pelton 2
Waterville (1-0): Taylor Jaquays 14, Robert Hughes 2, Brett Baumgarten 12, Jared Henderson 12, Donnie March 5, Jordan Henderson 5, Dan Kelley 2."



I'll be back on the usual schedule next week with lots of items for your calendars and as many pictures of Christmas Lights and Decorations as I can take!


Wednesday, December 2, 2009


To repeat that:

"LUCY is NOW at HOME!"

I received an email from Patty Louise early this afternoon that read:

"Someone in Madison had decided to keep her, but thanks to Denise Carr of North Brookfield, who coordinates a Rescue Me in North Brookfield, we found out who the person was. Steve picked her up just 30 minutes ago.

And yes, that was Fred running loose not once but twice yesterday. He first busted out the window in the laundry room and then one in Mary Kate's room to, we think, go look for Lucy. Our neighbors will appreciate that he will no longer sit in the yard and howl in grief. We are just happy beyond words to have this work out. "

All's well that ends well!


An Enote from Val Schenk to inform everyone that:

"They rescheduled

'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

Tuesday, December 8, 8:00/7:00c

"Charlie and Linus ponder the meaning of Christmas."


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It Snowed!

But that was early this morning, and now it's melted (shucks!) and the sun's out.

In the Observer-Dispatch: "Time Since Last Real Snow Since 1902."

DECEMBER 2009: temperature 28.5° (2.5° above avg.); precipitation 2" (1" below avg.); Dec 1-4: Rain and snow showers, cold; Dec 5-7: Showers, mild; Dec 8-14: Snow showers, cold; Dec 15-19: Snow, then showers, warm; Dec 20-23: Snow, then sunny, seasonable; Dec 24-27: Snow, then sunny, cold; Dec 28-31: Sunny, seasonable."




In this morning's O-D: "Two Morning Burglaries Reported in WATERVILLE —
Law enforcement is looking into two reported burglaries on Stafford Avenue Monday morning.

The New York State Police in Marcy and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office are each investigating a separate residential burglary. Both incidents occurred between 5 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Both houses were occupied and only a few items were stolen.

Agencies are asking for anyone with information to contact either state Investigator Thomas Fort at 736-8802 or sheriff’s Investigator Chris Ferguson at 765-2226."



I had three Emails right in a row, this morning, asking if Lucy had been found. As far as I know, the answer is "No." I'll let you know as soon as I hear anything at all from the Gannons.


"Sunset at Hickory Hilll"

by Shirlee Langone.


A nice note and the following three pictures came from Suzy Quayle. She and Tom were in New York City over Thanksgiving, visiting their son, Matt, and his wife, Kate. They also went to see Tracy Olivera in "Ragtime!"

"It was wonderful and she gave us a backstage tour which was REALLY interesting! Seeing how they had to even choreograph their backstage movement because of the limited space, the costumes and changes, the set and was all fascinating. Tracy is truly wonderful in the show. She plays numerous characters and is just about every scene. As Bridgett the maid she has lines and lets out a fantastic scream reminiscent of her role in the amateur Waterville production of "Death has a Horse Voice" for all who were fortunate to see this video!

The pics are of Tracy signing autographs and walking to dinner with Matt. We had great food and conversation!"

Thanks, SuzyQ!


From Jeff Reynolds, these three pictures of evening at Otsego Lake.

An old church, originally from Little Falls, Jeff thinks, now at the Farmers' Museum.

"Sunset over Cooperstown, from Country Club point (site where Tom Hutter and Hurry Harry were captured by the Iroquois in 'Deerslayer.'"

The Sleeping Lion.

(And Thank You, Jeff!)


More when it happens!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Good Monday Morning!





42.4 DEGREES F. / 5.8 C. and drippy.

It's Garbage Day


Tomorrow is BIG TRASH!

(Yes: I'm trying to be "on vacation," but there are some things, here, that you'll want to see, so I'll just get the week going for you.)

FROM WKTV: "Good morning Central New York! A soggy start to our Monday, with unsettled weather as we move into the first week of December.

A wet start to the day across Central New York. Bring the umbrella heading out to work this morning.

A cold front will pass through the area late this morning, bringing an end to the wet weather. The rain will come to an end near noon, possibly ending as a few wet flakes of snow, especially on the hilltops. Cooler, drier air builds in to Central New York later today. Temperatures will top out in the mid 40s this morning, before gradually cooling through the lower 40s and upper 30s as we head into the afternoon. A few breaks of sunshine later today are also possible.

A weak disturbance drops in from the northwest late tonight. Look for plenty of clouds during the overnight with light snow by daybreak. Overnight lows in the upper 20s. Little accumulation expected by the morning commute.

Scattered snow showers continue for Tuesday morning with little to no accumulation. An area of high pressure moves back in Tuesday night into Wednesday with partly sunny skies.

As we head toward the end of the work week, a large storm is expected to form in the Gulf of Mexico and track into the northeast. Our current projections bring the center of this storm near or just to the west of Central New York. This is a poor track for snow; we expect a heavy rain event. There will be some lake effect on the back side of this storm heading into the weekend.


Vail Fleischmann

1929 - 2009



"Over 40 classmates attended the WCS Class of 1989 reunion Saturday, November 28th at the Blue Flag Room. Between classmates, their guests and past teachers, a total of 75 people attended the reunion. We kicked off our reunion weekend Wednesday night at Michael's, had a Class of '89 float in the Parade of Lights, spent Friday night at Stinker's (where the band dedicated a number of songs to the Class of '89), we cheered on a team of classmates (who did us proud & proved after 20 years they can still play ball) in the alumni basketball tournament Saturday morning and then had the reunion Saturday night. The highlight of the reunion was a class dvd of over 600 photos set to music which was made by Cathy (Winfield) Marriott. The dvd brought lots of laughs and some sentimental tears. It was such a fun weekend reminiscing and seeing old classmates that we can't wait for the 25th!" from Jennifer Neff.



Paula Skipton, Ashley (Burback) Ryan, Emily Alcott, Shane Dunn.

Paula Skipton, a WCS exchange student from San Jose, Costa Rica during the 2002-2003 school year, made her first return visit to Waterville this Thanksgiving. Paula reunited with classmates whom she had not seen since leaving Waterville six years ago. Paula lived with Jan and Charlie Fischer, in Deansboro, during the year she spent here from August 2002 - August 2003. from Ashley Burback Ryan.


The Waterville Public Library will present a




author of

"Big Creek Valley"

at 4:00 P.M. on December 3rd.

For more Library Events, please click HERE.


Some daytime views of decorations..........

........... at the corner of Main St. and 315 .........

............... on Stafford Avenue ...........

............ E. Bacon Street ...........

............. Elmwood ...........

............ and White Street, where Elinor Petrie was hanging lights yesterday afternoon.

Dale Meszler and I managed to get the Bandstand prettied up with old-fashioned swags on Friday afternoon.

By dark, it looked just the way this Photoshopped view had shown us that it would!

(Gosh, that's pretty!)



Have a good week, everyone!

Sometimes, it's just nice to take time off from one routine to sift through "what's out there." Two things that I found over the weekend, have occupied me for HOURS - you might enjoy them, too:

Troy Bishopp's blog and his essays at "The Grass Whisperer,"
and an amazing collection of photographs by "VKEITH"
the locations of which are all indicated on Google Earth.
(Scroll down the righthand column of her Panaramia page to "Central New York" - that's just the beginning!)


I'll be checking my email, so if you have an announcement or a photo that you want everyone to see, send it along and I'll post it!)