Friday, October 19, 2007


It's 65 degrees.

  • Friday Morning: Mostly sunny early. Warming up quickly. Temperatures to near 75 by Noon. Clouds building in late morning.
  • Friday Afternoon: Showers and strong thunderstorms. Heavy rain likely. Strong, gusty winds are possible in any thunderstorm. Humid. Temperatures holding steady or falling into the upper 60s.
  • Friday Night: Rain and thunderstorms with gusty winds. Heavy rain possible. Low in the mid to upper 50s.
  • Saturday: Sun, clouds and scattered showers. High: 65, Low: 47
  • Sunday: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 74, Low: 50

Green Tomatoes?


West Bacon Sreet.

East Main Sreet.

An observant blog-reader has noticed something particularly nice about many of the residential photographs that I've been posting: nearly all of them have AMERICAN FLAGS!


I took another photograph, yesterday, but decided not to post it because it's really not that pleasant to look at: it's one of the few mushrooms that no one finds appealing. It showed up in a friend's flowerbed and was fairly rapidly identified as Dog Stinkhorn.


I was going to go away for some of the weekend, but there's simply too much to do right here!

More bulbs to plant, of course, but also E-mails and phone calls to answer and Memorial Bandstand Informational Packets and Donation Forms and Receipts to send hither and yon. In the last three weeks- since the Cruise'in - it's become clear: people want the Bandstand AND they want to see their family names on a monument in the Park.

In order to save all of us some time, I've scanned basic informational material and a donation form to post here. Please notice that we've made a change in the donation categories: we started out with just two - "Sponsors" and "In Memoriam," but quite a few people wanted to honor still-living relatives and so we have added "In Honor of ....... ."

Just click to enlarge each page. If you want to print out the Donation Form, hold your cursor on the image and a dropdown menu will let you save it on your desktop. (Of course, if that fails, just write to me and I'll pop one in the USPS delivery system!)

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There is no set "Deadline" for sending donations. We'd like to begin construction as early as possible in the Springtime, and you might also want to have your 2007 tax deductible receipt in hand before April 15th!



The Redsox won, last night!
Next game - Saturday, in Boston, at 8:00.

Thursday, October 18, 2007



It's Garbage Day!

52.5 degrees
  • Thursday: Morning fog and drizzle, giving way to a mix of sun and clouds. Slight chance of a shower. Very warm. High in the mid 70s.
  • Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, warm and humid. Low in the upper 50s to near 60.
  • Friday: Some morning sun and clouds, but widespread showers and strong thunderstorms likely late in the afternoon and evening. High: 74, Low: 58

From this morning's O-D: "Oneida County Lifts Water Restrictions."

The best "Leaf-Peeper" report that I've seen is on the I Love New York Page,
and I intend to follow some of the advice therein on Friday and Saturday, making sure that I'm in Waterville on Sunday for the:


at the Fire House
to benefit


and her family!

(You can read their story on the front page of The Waterville Times!)



The Grace Episcopal Church


for Byron and Hester Stuhlman

at Michael's from 5 - 7.

Speaking of "Michael's," - a few weeks ago I showed you this picture of a work by artist Peter Michel that hangs on a barn on Route 12B. I couldn't find his website because I was spelling his name incorrectly, but yesterday I had an e-note from Katie Gale Petrie who set me straight: you can see more of
Peter Michel's work here! (Thanks, Katie!)

"No! Not really!" "Are your sure?"


But you can put your name on a waiting list, if you want to, by phoning the Falks.


I did scurry around, yesterday, taking lots of "After" photographs to go with those taken before the two-year Highway Reconstruction Project.

Then Skip Foppes sent me a dozen or more of his wide-angle lens shots taken in 2003,

and I'll be mixing those into a special site.


Also yesterday: the new sidewalk on the West side of Berrill Avenue is nearly finished!

More decorations appear ........ these are on White Street.

One of the largest, most inventive displays is at the Edick residence on Brothertown Road. (I'm not at all surprised!)

Go take a look!


Tomorrow - a

Have a Great Day!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Recyclables Day

It's 45 degrees.

in the PARK!!

  • Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Slight chance of a thunderstorm. High in the low 60s.
  • Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Low in the mid 50s.
  • Thursday: Clouds and sun with a chance of some afternoon showers or storms. Warm. High: 70, Low: 59.

I did check and, sadly, there's no sign of any ghosts or witches or even a Haunted House at Alcotts Greenhouses. Perhaps next year?

Go Batty at the Waterville Public Library!

A program for children 3 - 8

Saturday, October 20 at 11:00
Click HERE for details!

Great decorations along a driveway over towards Oriskany Falls!

From today's issue of the Observer-Dispatch --- Utica Zoo’s 21st Halloween Spooktacular
The Utica Zoo presents its 21st annual Halloween Spooktacular from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 99 Steele Hill Road. The event will include trick-or-treating for children, the Forest of Fear Hayride and the Haunted Hall, with a special kids section that is a little less scary, and the Franken Food Court. Admission is $3 per person. Admission to the Haunted Hall is $3 and admission to the Hayride is $3. No one younger than 18 admitted without an adult. Free parking is available at Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive, with a free shuttle bus to and from the zoo. The shuttle will be running from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.


Terry Tanner sent me this joyful picture of her with her daughter Tracy taken at Fenway Park in Boston during the first RedSox Cleveland game. The Sox won that one.

Since then, of course, Cleveland has won three in a row: Thursday night's game will tell the story, but Tracy, her mom says, is an optimist: "She has tickets for Game 7!"


Also in yesterday's mail, a note from Gary Orendorff directing me to WAVAC's new web site. It's very informative. Do check it out! (Thank you, Gary!)

Staghorn Sumac.

I spent most of yesterday crawling around planting tulip bulbs. But, in the late afternoon, I decided that some color was needed, and I headed westward.

From the top of Sanger Hill, looking westward, I counted twenty-one new windmills - the Munsville Wind Farm Project.

Over in Lyon's Mills, there were hundreds of Canada Geese resting on the mill pond.

Someone asked, yesterday, if I had ever really put together a "Before & After" collection of pictures that would show the great transformation that has taken place in Waterville in tghe past two or three years. No: I havn't, but I shall, because - looking back - it really is startling to think of everything that's changed!

I'll take new pictures, today!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007




It's Green Waste Day!

(Leaves should be raked onto the "terrace," ready to be vacuumed or placed in open containers.)

41 degrees.

  • Tuesday: Sunshine and some clouds. Mild. High in the low 60s.
  • Tuesday night: Increasing Clouds. Low in the low 40s.
  • Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a few showers and perhaps a rumble of thunder. High: 63, Low: 51
  • Thursday: A mix of sun and clouds with a few showers possible. Warm. High: 70, Low: 57

It's going to be a good year for making grape jam!
Syd Erickson always told me to wait til after the first frost to pick the grapes because they'd be juicier and sweeter, then!

Everyone loves Indian Corn!

But where do these colors come from? You can find a fairly detailed answer HERE!

Chinese Lanterns, another Autumn favorite, grow in a wild jumble in front of an old house on Alabam Road.


It's Teatime, again!

Kelly Falk wrote to tell me that, "At the Historical Society's Harvest Dinner, the date of the Victorian Tea was announced. It will be held on Dec.1. Normally ( is there such a thing?) this info is given at the Oct. meeting but since the dinner replaced that meeting, the proclamation was made then. "

Within minutes, Joe had sold 39 tickets!!!!!

(Remember what happened last year? Phone the Falks at 841-4018 or catch Joe at the Historical Society on Wednesday between 1:00 and 4:00. I don't even know what the theme of the tea will be, this year, but I don't care - I know that it will be wonderful!)


Around town .....

at the corner of Barton and Putnam,

and on Sanger Avenue.


On Route 315, near "Dicksville," Edie Eastman and friends were intent on watching ..........

......... as a huge crane lifted trusses to the roof of the new barn at the Gallagher Farm.


It's yard clean-up and bulb-planting time, and - judging from the number of chickadees that seem to follow me around the yard - filling feeders with birdseed is on the day's schedule, too!


Whatever YOU do, have a great day!!!

Monday, October 15, 2007


Garbage Day! It's 48 degrees.
  • Monday: Mostly cloudy. A bit warmer. High: 58, Low: 38
  • Tuesday: Partly sunny. High: 59, Low: 43
  • Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a sprinkle possible. High: 63, Low: 46


Waterville Village Board

meets tonight at 7:00 at the Municipal Hall.


Last week's rains raised Hinckley Reservoir by 6 feet.

I had an E-note from John Cornelius in re: the little pond at the foot of Grant Hill - my favorite "rain gauge!" - and I'll have to follow up on his suggestion. "The "Pond," as it is still known, represents some history of the source of water and to who it feeds. I am sure it was W.A.Barker and Irving Donohoe, both deceased, that told me that that "Pond" can't ever be drained or touched. That was back in the late 50's and early 60's. When there was a scamper for any land to be used for beans, peas and corn. However that chunk of land has to remain as is for water reasons of some kind." And he suggested that I talk with Jr. Baker or his sister Artie. (Thanks, John!)

According to today's O-D, District Attorney Scott McNamara received some important endorsements,

over the weekend.


It was chilly, but at least it was sunny and dry on Saturday morning. There was a cheerful group of Brothertown Music Boosters at the schoolbus garage and ............ early as 10:00, donations to their Bottle Drive were rolling right in!


I love these cheery new "leaf bags!" These are on Stafford Avenue .....

......... and this smiling creature is on Barton Ave.


Elsewhere, Mother Nature is decorating out-of-the-way places: here, the doorway at the "Tyler Barn."


Boston and Cleveland, tied at one each, will play tonight at 7:00 in Cleveland!