Tuesday, December 31, 2013


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Monday, December 30, 2013

Hibernation is a wonderful thing, but every now and then, especially early each morning, I open one eye just long enough to see what it looks like outdoors and then to check the news.

Here's what I've found today:

At 7:30 a.m. it's 24 degrees, blustery and snowy.
In other words, it's Winter!!!

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The morning Weather Forecast from YNN:  

"Early Flurries and Blustery,  Getting CODLER!
Today will be much colder across the region. An arctic front will bring scattered flurries during the morning. Temperatures will fall behind this front with most of the day featuring temperatures in the teens.
A clipper system will bring scattered flurries and snow showers Tuesday, along with slightly warmer temperatures.

 Behind this system, look for another blast of arctic air to move in for the middle/end of the week."



VVS Tournament Championship

Waterville (4-0, 7-0): Luke Lachman 5, Jon Piersma 22, Jake English 10, Zach Sawyer 22, J.T. Machold 2, Hunter Williams 8, Will Specht 2, Tyler Lemery 6. Totals: 28-17-77.
Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (1-8): Christian Tiffin 6, Dalton Cousin 27, Jones 5, Justin VanDuLuitgaarden 11, Jeremy VanDuLuitgaarden 15. Totals: 28-7-70.
3-point goals: Waterville 4 (English 2, Sawyer, Lachman); VVS 7 (Metzger 2, Tiffin 2, Jones, Jeremy VanDuLuitgaarden 2).

Tournament MVP: Jon Piersma (Waterville). All-tournament team: Tyler Lemery (Waterville), Zach Sawyer (Waterville).


Today at the Library

"Kids' Movie at 1:00"


"LEGO Mania" at 3:00


The calendar also tells me that I only have a day or so left to design / develop the blog format for 2014!

Another forty winks and then ........

I'll be back!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Things to Know!

#1.  It Snowed!

Not a lot, but it's Christmasy!


#2.  It's 24 degrees at 7:00 a.m. 

and here is the morning forecast:

"Snow Showers and Cold, Very Chilly the Next Couple of Days.
An upper-level disturbance looks to keep a few snow showers in the forecast  (especially to the south and west) but the bigger story will be the temperatures. Highs will only be in the upper teens and low 20s and many will actually see temperatures fall through the day.
Christmas Day we'll notice clouds increasing from the west out ahead of our next system of interest with highs in the low/mid 20s. While a late day Christmas snow shower cannot be ruled out, there will be the increased threat for some snow on Thursday.
This is also when temperatures are expected to return to more seasonable levels."


#3.  Santa's Reindeer have been issued a permit by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) to enter the U.S.

 According to Google, Santa has already left the North Pole.
You can follow his travels, HERE.

Norad also has him on their radar.


#4.  I want to thank all of you for your Christmas cards and E-greetings.

I've decided that I have a Magic Christmas List: every time I cross off one "to do" item, three more appear!  This will not be the first year that I will have spent some of Christmas day with paint brush and colored pencils in hand, but until my real Christmas card is finished, please accept this old view, again, with my very best wishes.


Here is a special greeting - "Good News!" - courtesy of Bruce and Dolly Ladd.

Monday, December 23, 2013

It's Garbage Day today.
41 degrees and rainy at 6:00 a.m.

The YNN morning Weather Forecast:

"Showers to Flurries, Getting Much Colder. 
Colder air arrives through the day with any lingering showers switching to flurries and snow showers.
Much colder air will arrive for Tuesday.

We stay cold with occasional flurries and snow showers for the rest of the work week."


Yesterday morning at this time, with the temperature pushing sixty degrees, I could probably have taken my morning coffee with me  outdoors to sit in the back yard. It stayed warm throughout the day and by late afternoon the Gallaghers' fields in Sangerfield, across which a snowmobile trail runs, looked like this:

I stopped at the Christmas Tree Sale in the Park in the afternoon to chat with Leroy Pomeroy, l., and Skip Kemp of Sanger Lodge and their young assistant, Jenna.  They told me that there were "twenty-three trees left." They had reduced the price to $20 - "or negotiable" - and if none of the Masons were there that customers should see Ken Paulsen at his Garage on Conger Avenue.

Perhaps it was one of those Christmas trees that had found its way up Sanger Avenue to the second-floor balcony at the Mowery residence and whose lights made an unexpected glow, late in the afternoon.


It's "Open House" Season in Waterville and in neighboring communities.

I can remember that forty-plus years ago there were two major "open house" events, here in Waterville, both on New Year's Day:  one was at Dr. and Mrs. Battles' home on Stafford Avenue and the other at the George Reillys' ("Parkwood") on Sanger Hill Road.  Invitations were coveted and elegant outfits - many of which included fur stoles and wraps, hats and gloves -  were a "must," at least for the ladies!

Events are much less formal, now, and include entire families - even the children!


It could be, however, that THE social events of THE season, this year, have been the Farmers Markets at the Bank building in the center of the Village where attendees have exclaimed about  the many "very friendly" vendors,  their wide range of  excellent products, and the always-enjoyable fact that "there were so many people to talk to!"

A special "Thanks!" to the "host"  who owns the building and organized the events, Jack Brouillette.



Today at the Library

LEGO Mania at 3:00

The Library will close at 8:00 this evening and reopen at 10:00 on Friday morning.


Children's Movie Matinee at 1:00 on Friday



SouthGate Ministries 
" ... will have a live Nativity scene outside in front of the church 
at 6:00pm Christmas Eve with refreshments following.  There will be a candlelight service inside at 7:00pm with refreshments afterward.  All are invited!"

The First United Methodist Church, 401 Tower St., 
will host a Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24.

Three Steeples Church in Paris
Christmas Eve Service – Stories, carols and candles
at 7:00 pm


Have a good day, everyone!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

A record High?

I don't know, but - at 7:25 a.m.
the temperature in Waterville, New York, was

58.8 degrees!

--- but that won't last long:

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Garbage Day,
26 degrees and clear at 6:30 a.m.

The morning Weather Forecast from TWC:

"Quiet and Milder Today, 
  Looking Mainly Wet Tomorrow through Sunday

After the passage of a warm front, today will be milder with limited sun and highs well into the 30s to around 40.

An area of low pressure will approach tonight with mostly cloudy skies and a sprinkle or two. Lows will be in the mid 30s. This area of low pressure will track overhead during the day tomorrow with on and off rain showers. Highs will be in the low to mid 40s. A little push of chillier temps will come in tomorrow tonight and with any lingering precip., there may be some spotty freezing rain.  Areas north of the Thruway corridor will see the best chance for some freezing rain. Watch out for slick roads Friday evening through Saturday morning.

Another storm will arrive Saturday night into Sunday with mainly rain and wind. Highs on Sunday will be in the 40s and 50s. With the rain and snow melt, localized flooding could be an issue.

Chillier temps with some limited lake effect will work back in for the beginning of next week."


From Bonnie Dobmeier for Dana O'Brien and Sue Price.

2013 Waterville Garden Club’s Christmas
Decorating Contest Winners

"The Waterville Garden Club would like to thank all of those who decorated to celebrate this year’s holiday season. The four judges from out of town were so pleased to see the many beautiful decorations and lights.
Homes within the village of Waterville were judged in 2 categories, overall effect and doorway. Businesses were judged separately. Keep in mind the best of the best category is a separation of those who have won over the last two years. This year the judges added a few new categories, please see below for this years winners. Thanks for keeping the village looking festive."

Best of the Best Overall Category:

1st Place:
Mr. and Mrs. Rob Verdon
359 Putnam St.

2nd Place: (tie)
Mr. and Mrs. Don Neff
164 Berrill Ave
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Holic
125 W. Bacon St

3rd Place:
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Abbey
Canning Factory Rd.

Best of the Best Honorable Mention:
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Wright
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Nichols
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Upcraft

Best of the Best Doorway Category:

1st Place:
Ms. Bonnie and Joanna Bechy
160 Babbott Ave

2nd Place:
Mr. and Mrs. Salata
203 Osborne Ave

3rd Place (tie)
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Nasypany
325 White St.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Falk
347 Putnam St.

Best of the Best Doorway Honorable Mention:
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Briggs
Mr. and Mrs. Snow
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Morgan
Ms. Suzette Baumgarten

Most Elegant Doorway Category:

1st Place:
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Maine
McCabe Rd

Most Elegant Victoria Category:

1st Place:
Mr. and Mrs. John Pumilia
44 Tower St.

2nd Place:
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Coiro
466 White St.

3rd Place:
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Blinebry
179 Madison St.

Religious Category:

1st Place:
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pumilia
Stafford Ave.

2nd Place:
Ms. Lurena McNamara
216 Sanger Ave.

3rd Place:
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Petrie
White St.


Patriotic Category to support our troops:

1st Place
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Manion
1515 Hanover Rd.

2nd Place
Mr. and Mrs. Bancroft
Sanger Ave.

Overall Category:

1st Place:
Mr. and Mrs. John Vaughan
125 White St.

2nd Place: (tie)
Mr. and Mrs. Davis
Osborne Ave
Mr. Richard Bloomquist
8333 Upper White St.

3rd Place: (tie)
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Coffman
State Rt. 12
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Barnes
7893 Upper White St.

Honorable Mention:
Ms. A Pilchen
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Bogan

Doorway Category:

1st Place:
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Tower
133 W. Bacon St.

2nd Place:
Mr. and Mrs. Stillman Wright
349 White St.

3rd Place: (tie)
Mr. Andy Eisenhut and Kayla Buschor
174 E. Bacon St.

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Rogers


1st Place: (tie)
NY Pizzeria
Main St.
Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home
Main St.

2nd Place: (tie)
Morgan’s Hardware
Main St.
Good Times Bar and Grill
Main St.

3rd Place:
Daniel Maine and Associates
7229 Madison St.

Honorable Mention:
St. Elizabeth’s Medical Office
Sticks & Stones
The Village of Waterville for the beautifully decorated light poles


I didn't receive this list until after I had made my afternoon "rounds" of the Village, but here are the picture that I took, yesterday. Some are on the winners list - some others got my attention.

As always,  the Judges did NOT have an easy job!
And, as always, I urge all of you who live in or near Waterville to take a ride through the community to enjoy the sights and lights for yourself!

The Salata residence on Osborn Avenue.

The Bancrofts' on Sanger Avenue.

At Bonnie Bechy and her daughter Joanna's home on Babbott Avenue.

The Nasypany residence on White Street.

John and Amanda Vaughan's home on White Street.

Also on White Street.

I'm sorry: I don't know whose West Bacon Street residence this is.

South of the Village, in a field next to the Coffmans.

On California Road.


The Verdons have posted two videos of their synchronized display that involves over 12,000 computer controlled Christmas lights on Youtube:



"As announced by its executive director, Jerry Kraus, on WKTV News ......... PLASTIC SOUL will be performing at the Stanley Center for the Arts in Utica, NY on Thurs., Feb. 6, 2014. The show will both commemorate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Beatles in America and function as a fundraiser for this grand old theater we're so fortunate to have in our midst. Look for a "Beatle-fest" atmosphere, with vendors/exhibitors on hand, cash bar...and, of course, PLASTIC SOUL's unique spin on the music of the Beatles. Advance-sale tickets will be available through Ticketmaster."


- from the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

(Mary Rose lived on Upper White Street for several years in the home now owned by Mike and Sue Fryc.  I'm going to order my copy, right now. It's available on Amazon.)


WCS Sports

Waterville 78, Morrisville-Eaton 47
Morrisville-Eaton 13 9 6 19 - 47
Waterville 30 19 23 6 - 78
Morrisville-Eaton: Matt Roher 22, Coby Merkle 10, Brad Smalley 6, Matt Paljarvi 3, Dan Hilts 4, Charlie Clark 2.
Waterville (3-0, 4-0): Luke Lachman 6, Jon Piersma 8, Jacob English 7, Zach Sawyer 23, J.T. Machold 4, Hunter Williams 26, Will Specht 4.
3-point goals: M-E 5 (Roher, Merkle 3, Paljarvi); Waterville 4 (Lachman 2, English, Williams).



For Friday and Saturday schedules, please see DigitalSports.



At the Library

Holiday Story Hour Today at 6:30 p.m.

"All ages can come to the library in their pajama's (if you choose) for our annual holiday story hour. You can listen to a book or two, enjoy some hot cocoa and make reindeer food. Also, every child will leave with a jingle bell!"


Friday's Movie Matinée at 1:00


from Jill Getman 

This list of Friday Matinée Movies that will be shown in January and February.

If you know of anyone who you think would enjoy these films but does NOT have computer access to this list or blog reminders, it would probably be appreciated if you printed out a copy for them!


Have a good weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tues.afternoon Photo update plus ...


The temperature has reached a "high" of 21 degrees
 at 5:00 p.m.


These are the pictures that I took on Monday afternoon.
Because I had left my camera out in my car overnight, in bitterly cold temperatures, I was almost surprised that the images didn't have ice crystal patterns like this on them!

My lawn chairs are well-upholstered!

Snowmobile trails have been marked and, apparently, tested ......

............. but even with another inch of snow that fell today, the total accumulation is not that great and corn stubble still shows in fields out at Hanover.

The extreme cold has resulted in an icy cover over the little waterfall next to Gridley-Paige Road ....

................  and has hung icicle curtains at the entrance to the Caves in Forge Hollow.

 It has not, however, deterred those who have been shopping for trees at the Sanger Lodge Christmas 
Tree Sale in the Park.  There were two hundred to start with, but now there seem to be only forty or fifty left.


The Waterville Times is on the newsstands and here are the
Front Page Headlines:

"Holiday Deadlines"
"Marshall Adopts Comp Plan"
"Options Discussed for Vacancy"
"Math Requirement Would Add Class"
"Brookfield Discusses Wind Mill Interest"
"Church Services"

To read more, please click HERE.


Wednesday Events



At the Library

"Kids Get Crafty"
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Let your kids get creative at the library! Ages 5 & up can visit the library anytime between 3-5pm to create something new each week!  
Wednesday's Project: Holiday Decorations


Have a good day tomorrow.

Back on Thursday morning!