Saturday, August 12, 2006

Saturday afternoon

What a great Day! Sunny, warm - perfect for any and all outdoor passtimes - or, for those who stayed inside to watch baseball, it was not bad either:

We're watching the sky, hoping that it stays clear for the earlier part of the evening as darkness falls so that we can sit outdoors and watch the Perseids!

We know where we're going tomorrow! It may be five days 'til the Bouckville Antique Show officially opens, but tents are going up, browsers gather and temptation calls!


It's a shivery Saturday morning! Not quite 44 degrees at 6 o'clock this morning. But Weather Underground gives us a mostly sunny Smiley-face and forecasts a great day!

Friends camping on Adirondack Lakes will want something warmer to wear than shorts and T-shirts when they take their coffee out to the shore to watch for loons in the morning mist!

And, by 8:00, physical therapist Tim Francisco, his brother and a friend will have set out from the ADK parkinglot east of Lake Placid and be on the trail leading to Algonquin and, hopefully, making the ascent to the 5,114' summit - second highest of the Adirondack Mountains - before it gets too warm. Their day's hike will also bag Iroquois and Wright peaks - a good little day-scoot, for sure!

Algonquin as seen from Iroquois

Baseball fans feel the temperature rising: with the Redsox taking the first game in their series with Baltimore 9-2 and the Yankees dropping their opener against the Angels 4 - 7, all eyes and ears will be on the Fenway on Friday afternoon when the five game series between the home team and the NYY starts at 1:05 p.m. Of course, alot can happen between now and then!

To be continued.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Friday afternoon Wrap-up

I don't think it rained at all, today; I never saw a rainbow, but here on Tower Street I found a veritable Pot o' Gold!

It was unusually quiet all along Main Street and Sanger Avenue.

The brick pavers and sidewalk along the North side of West Main Street were being swept and scrubbed --- perhaps in preparation for the application, next week, of the mysterious "sealer" that everyone says will make the red bricks look browner.

On Sanger Avenue, a TIOGA crew was working to smooth driveways from the sidewalk onto private property by carving out four inches or more of existing surface and filling in with gravel, soil, boards or hot mix.

I had a chance to talk with TIOGA's Jack Bennett, this morning, and he gave me a rough schedule of what's going to happen, when: watch next for more topsoil and either "Hydroseed" application or sod (I think everyone hoped that they'd seen the last of the Hydroseed operation!) and for the "milling" of Route 12 pavement. Final surface paving may not take place until after Labor Day and only when that's finished will the new traffic signals be activated.

At the Library, Paul, Travis and Amanda had just about finished organizing all of the book sale contributions into categories: alot of categories; alot of books!

BOOK SALE starts Monday morning at 10:00!

As always, watercolorist W. Ralph Murray has donated a painting to be raffled off as a benefit to the Library. It's one of his peaceful Winter scenes; quite large and beautifully framed. I was unable to take a photograph that didn't show some reflections, but I hope that this picture will give you an idea of just how lovely the work is.
Raffle tickets: $1.00 each or 3 for $2.00.

We'll take the day off, tomorrow - unless something really newsworthy happens - but will be back with a late-Sunday afternoon report on our weekly "Ride in the Country."

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49.3 degrees and Brrrrisk! (especially on the feet, if you're used to going out for the newspaper barefoot!) but sunny! Weather Underground's figures for today:

WKTV News Channel 2's forecast. " .... on Friday, highs will struggle to get to 70. In fact, most locations will remain in the mid 60s on Friday afternoon. It will be slightly breezy as well. Sun and some clouds will be the rule.

On Friday night, skies clear out and temperatures will tumble. Lows on Friday night will be into the 40s, perhaps close to record territory. The record low is 46, and we're forecasting 45, so it will be close. Outlying areas will fall into the low 40, with a few locations possibly as cool as the upper 30s! Chilly for August!

It gets better from here though. Saturday and Sunday will be gorgeous. Wall to wall sunshine and highs in the low 70s Saturday and mid, perhaps upper 70s on Sunday! A perfect weekend to get outside!"

Both the Yankees and the Sox lost; standings stay the same.

Perfect weather, now that it's a little cooler, for an afternoon or evening at Glimmerglass Opera. Or ride down to Sherburne, to see the Sherburne Music Theater Society's performances of "The Wizard of Oz," at 8:00, tonight and tomorrow at the Sherburne-Earlville High School.

Before we head uptown to see where the "action" is, here's the answer to Mrs. Desany's long-distance question: "What and where is 'Stinkers'?"

And a thought from yesterday morning:

I spotted several stalks of "Great Blue Lobelia" (Lobelia siphilitica) blooming in a soggy ditch next to the road from Oriskany Falls to Solsville.

Not as flashy, tall or rare as the Cardinal Flower,(Lobelia cardinalis) it's still eye-catching!

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Thusday wrap-up

Beside the excitement over the lamp post on East Main Street, word that new plantings are in place at the Library has drawn people to that corner of the village, as well.

There is a great deal of new shrubbery, including hydrangeas and - I'm told - Rose of Sharon, as well as Gloriosa Daisies and Daylilies with many more varieties to come.

Quite early, today - before the business of the Lamp Post came up - I drove through Bouckville. "How different," I thought, "it will be a week from now!" I could easily maintain the 40MPH speed limit, this morning: next week traffic will move at a snail's pace! Just a few vendors have arrived and set up shop (or camp) on the edges of fields and the main display area is marked with stakes as far as you can see. It will be spectacular - as always!

Congratulations to Registered Nurse Lynne Gaiser!


Happy Birthday to Jennifer Sexton!

Street Lamp's Up!!

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The sample Victorian Street Lamp is up! (and it didn't take motorists but a minute or two to see what was going on and come to a not-quite-screeching slow-down!)

This post is the shorter of the two heights on order -- 10' -- and is the size that will be installed in the Park and along Sanger Avenue.
Throughout the business district, the poles will be 12' tall and have "banner arms."

The lamp unit itself is three-and-a-half feet tall.

The color of our lamp posts will be a pleasantly antique shade called "Verde Green."

Thursday morning

55.4 degrees; blue sky with puffy clouds, but Weather Underground predicts a chance of a thunderstorm and 33% chance of precipitation.

In MLB Standings, the gap widens!

Off to take an early ride uptown to take a picture of the "new" New York Pizzeria!
This photo was taken on July 5th.

and then on July 17th,

and these two - Today!

Thank You, Frankie and Rosa!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Wednesday Sweep

They're here!

The TRAFFIC SIGNALS at the junction of Routes 12 and 315 have been hung!
I couldn't find out when they are due to be activated but it will no doubt happen when no one's watching!

Cindy's CORN STAND is open!!


  1. It looks as if every single driveway on the Western side of Sanger Avenue has been poured.
  2. The entire length of sidewalk has been poured except for the last segment which will meet Park Place.
  3. Sidewalk forms are in place in front of Stewart's and along the East side of the Swanberg Home on Stafford Avenue.
  4. At least three imperfect blocks of sidewalk pavement on the South side of East Main Street are being removed and replaced.
  5. Today was Mr. Dan Kentile's last day on the job. I shook hands with him, wished him well and asked who I should pick on from now on: he said "Bob!"

On tomorrow's schedule: "Jimmy D. and the Big Pickle" from 7:00 - 10:00 at "Michael's."

No college text books or National Geographics, please! But the Library will accept all other donations for the ANNUAL BOOK SALE which begins on Monday!

Wednesday morning ride-around

Mexcon's moving right along, this morning. They were pouring a driveway at #188 Sanger Avenue; several more had the grids in place, and it appeared that the sidewalk reached nearly to the corner of Park Place.

While Mr. Woodman's Park Place driveway was being prepped for paving, work resumed on the steps in front of the Woodman-Getman Law Offices,

and both of the tall black towers that will support the Traffic Signal are being wired.

The Rose of Sharon and Gloriosa Daisies in the side garden at St. Bernard's Catholic Church were bright, in the sunshine,

and Hop Vine in the back yard, there, is going to be filled with fine blossoms in a few weeks!

Throughout the village and down Route 12 to Sangerfield runners and walkers were out enjoying the almost-chilly morning.
If there was ever any question about the reason for a sidewalk all the way to Sangerfield, all anyone has to do is watch for a few minutes: someone will come smiling by!


It's a refreshing 50 degrees, at 6:00 A.M., with nice bright sunshine!

Last evening's forecast by WKTV Channel 2's Matt Lanza went like this: "This will be the coolest night since early-mid June. Also, with a full moon, it will be bright out there!
But on Wednesday, we'll bring back the sun again from start to finish. It will be a little milder too, as high temperatures should push 80 degrees. After another cool night on Wednesday night, a cold front will approach us from the north."

WeatherUnderground gets specific:

Baseball fans are blue: the Yankees lost to the White Sox 6 - 5 and Boston lost to the K. C. Royals 6 - 4, so the standing stay the same with Boston 2 G.B.

Many blog-followers live quite some distance from Waterville, and ask for more "Before & After" pictures!

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On East Main Street - April 2005 and July 2006.

The 1906 Watering Trough is now IN the park - moved on one very cold day in January - but now surrounded by a nice walkway. -

A slightly different angle of the Park, but you can get the general idea!

The dirt path right in front of you will soon be grassed over so that the only access to the Park will be pedestrian.

One set of photographs from the Sunday "Ride in the Country" drew a great deal of interest - the field of Shocks of Grain - but some blog-readers did not realize that any words that are UNDERLINED, as "sheaves" and "shocks." - are a link to another website. Just run your cursor over the copy of these blog posts and, when you see something that's underlined, click on it: magic will happen! To return to the blog, click on your browser's "back" arrow.