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August 10, 2016

WHS Celebrates 50th
With a month to go, most of the 70 spots for the sixth annual Loomis Gang Tour had been claimed. That people clamor to take a bus tour of places and sites that Waterville used to have, and some of those visitors more than once, speaks volumes about how the Waterville Historical Society has made local history such a strong presence. This year the Society marks its 50th year. After an Open House in May and the sixth annual Summer Festival Aug. 20, the anniversary year culminates with a Hop Dig Sept. 24. The Society was founded in 1966 by Mary Cleary, a native of Waterville who believed the area needed something to mark down its history, in particular as the once Hop Capital of the United States. In 1989 Cleary became publisher and owner of the Waterville Times, which in its early days served as the official Hop Reporter of news. In the 1870s Waterville’s hops were considered the best available and were in great demand. That demand peaked in the 1880s-1890s, sparking the growth of railways locally to transport the crop. Hops had several uses - the young shoots, for example, can be steamed and eaten similar to asparagus - but of course the main demand was for brewing beer. Prohibition in the United States and blue mold ended Waterville’s reign as King of the Hops world, but that history is not forgotten. Joe Falk, president of WHS since 1999, and his wife, Kelly, said the Hop Dig next month at Four Eleven Tower builds on the barn dances hop pickers had on Saturday nights. On most Saturday nights they’d gather in a barn and there would be dancing, food, pies and cakes,’’ Kelly Falk said. “It was their one day of R&R.’’ The 2016 version will also include food, music and dancing, and exhibits on the area’s hop history. Joe Falk worked with Roc Langone to develop a hop ice cream that will be served and Good Nature Brewing of Hamilton is creating a special brew for the anniversary. Utica brewer F.X. Matt will have a booth as will other area hop brewers. A special postal cancellation is being done for the occasion. The menu is labeled as a beer-themed grazing menu, with foods that will pair with the beers available for sampling in the souvenir glass given to all attending. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple and sold in advance only. Call Michael’s Fine Foods and Spirits, the partner with the Society on the event, as is Waterville First, at 841-3077 for tickets. The Hop Dig will help the Society raise funds, as will next week’s Summer Festival and the concession stand at Cruise in the week before the anniversary event. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

One Night, One Note
Organizers of the event “One Night, One Note” are asking residents to gather on the Village Green in Clinton for one night of singing Wednesday, Aug. 10. The flyer for the event states, “Let’s raise our voices in celebration of human connection and respect, both in our community and globally. Voices are needed to sing Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah.’” Leah Johnson Fay, who is one of the organizers of the “One Night, One Note” event, said she was inspired by a Facebook video of about 1,500 people singing the song “Hallelujah.” It was very moving, and a lot of my friends had shared it. And we just thought we could do that here in the Village Green.” She said it took about a week to organize “One Night, One Note” in Clinton, getting together musicians and someone to videotape the event. It’s not meant to benefit any business or charity,” Johnson Fay said, “it’s really just to bring the community together. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Clinton’s DPW Chief Will Retire
Superintendent of Public Works Dale Jewell announced his retirement at the monthly meeting of the Village of Clinton Board of Trustees at Lumbard Memorial Hall last week. Jewell will retire effective Oct. 14. Jewell told Mayor John Lane; Clerk/Treasurer Rozanne D’Acunto; Trustees Carrie Evans, Amy Smith, John Crossley and Thomas Firsching and Village Attorney William Schmitt that he had put in the paperwork processing his retirement. He took a moment to recall his history with the village, saying he started as part-time summer help back in April 1985. Jewell said he was full time with the village by the following December, and spent 17 years as assistant superintendent and the last nine years as superintendent of the Public Works department. He served the village over the course of four mayors and many trustees, he added. Jewell made a point to stress it was no slight against the village that he was retiring. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

A Peel Day Spa
Deborah Scully, a licensed medical aesthetician, recently opened A Peel Day Spa on Fountain Street in Clinton. She offers natural, organic body treatments such as facials, body waxing and chemical peels. Scully, who has lived in Brookfield for several years, decided to strike out on her own after working at other local spas. For information, call 794-6532.

Diving In
Swimmers at the Jack Boynton Pool in Clinton hosted a swim meet recently. The Clinton Sharks team formed this summer and competed with swimmers from nearby pools. Story, photos, Page 11

Open House At Spring Farm Cares
Spring Farm Cares’ 25th Anniversary Open House is Saturday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spring Farm Cares Animal and Nature Sanctuary will celebrate 25 years of service to Oneida County, its people and its animals. A large part of that service has included the spay/neuter of over 75,000 cats and 1,500 dogs, in the county. The sanctuary houses 230 animals ranging from horses to cats and rabbits on the 250-acre nature sanctuary, which are SFC’s major programs. Highlights of the open house, besides meeting the animals, will be guided tours of the nature sanctuary, hay wagon rides to the hilltop to inspect SFC’s windmills and solar arrays, fun for the kids in the Purrfect readers program, and musicians out in the SFC gardens. Utica's marvelous concert pianist, Sar Salom Strong, is going to be performing on stage on the concert grand from 2 to 4 p.m. with three prodigies, as young as 11, Dominic Fiacco, Son Duong and Christopher Spinelli. This will be a real treat for lovers of classical piano. There will be a bake sale, Chinese auction and raffles, and pictorial, video and stage displays. For details, go to

Village Of Waterville
Several matters were covered at the Waterville Village Board’s meeting last week. The board passed a resolution to release sewer funds from the reserve which will go towards the sewer treatment plant upgrade. It was also made public that employee health insurance policies have been switched over to Silver 14. For an update, the pending consolidation of ambulance services, with Waterville Area Volunteer Ambulance Corp and Oriskany Falls Ambulance Service becoming part of Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance Corp is ongoing. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!


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Wednesday, Aug. 10
Waterville: The Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society (MVAS) will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterville Public Library, 206 White St. The program will be: "The Winter Star Party" Presented by Carol Higgins, MVAS.

Aug. 12 & Aug. 13
Camden: The Camden Continentals, the oldest Fife and Drum Corps will perform behind the VFW in Camden on Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. At 12 noon on Saturday, Aug. 13, there will be a parade on Main Street in Camden with many Corps from all over the country participating.

Sunday, Aug. 14
Deansboro: Join us as we celebrate our community at a special Marshall Days Service at 10 a.m. in the Pavilion at the Town Hall. Friends, neighbors, music and wisdom plus strawberry shortcake and beer tasting! (Hey, it's Biblical!) Hosted this year by The Deansboro Congregational Church UCC. For information, call Pastor Ed Townsend 841-5053.

Madison: August Sale from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Madison Baptist Church on North Street in the village, will have tables both inside and outside filled with a wide variety of items. There will be pretty dishes and everyday dishes, useful houseware items and lines, knick snacks, home decorations, toys, puzzles, games and books. Even holiday items for decorating. There will also be some new clothing items and new shoes. We may have just what you are looking for, so please stop by.

Saturday, Aug. 20
Waterville: American Red Cross blood drive, 8:30 - 1:30, at Waterville Municipal Hall, 122 Barton Avenue. If you would like to schedule a time, please call 800-REDCROSS or go online to Urgent need!

Sunday, Aug. 21
West Winfield: Annual Concert in the Park, Remnant, The Benjamins, Harmony Four, Winfield Memorial Park, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 27
Clinton: Brookdale Independent Living Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Annual Rummage Sale and Art Show. Household and decorative items and featuring the work of resident artists. All proceeds benefit the Central Association of the Blind & Visually Impaired). To find out how to donate items, call 853-1224. No clothing.