Monday, April 15

Melody Marie Akins

August 26, 1960 ~ March 25, 2024 

Madison-Melody Marie Akins, 63, of Madison, NY passed away peacefully on March 25, 2024, at home with her devoted family by her side. Melody was born on August 26, 1960, in Canastota, NY the daughter of the late Milford and Beverly (Williamson) Lovett. She grew up in Canastota, where she attended Canastota Central Schools. On June 21, 1980, Melody was united in marriage to James M. Akins at the Methodist Church in Madison, NY. Melody and James settled in Madison and soon after began to build a family of their own. Melody dedicated her life to raising her children. There was nothing she loved more than being a mother, and later, a grandmother. Her family was her greatest joy, and she theirs. She was a sincere friend who was always ready to help others, and she was a truehearted sister, with limitless love and loyalty. Melody had many interests and talents. She was an excellent bowler and enjoyed her league at the Waterville Bowling Alley. However, where Melody truly shined was with gardening, baking, and sewing. She was a skillful seamstress, she could identify nearly any flower she saw, and she could bake delicious treats better than any bakery. Melody also enjoyed games, but she was particularly clever at scrabble. Adored by all who knew her, Melody will be remembered for her unwavering kindness, her ability to love endlessly, and above all her incredible inner strength. Melody was gracefully courageous; she had the kind of strength that was awe-inspiring.



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Village of Waterville

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Food Bank of CNY April Food Sense Menu:

Village of Waterville:

The Village of Waterville will be sponsoring a Village-wide garage sale on Saturday, May 18th, more information to follow.

Waterville Central School District:

LAST CALL TO ENTER YOUR ACTS! Register by THIS Friday, April 16!

The Community Talent Show is open to all members of the community. There must be a minimum of 10 acts signed up by April 19 for the show to proceed. If you are interested in participating or if you want more information, email


Forms are also available in the main office.

Brothertown Optimist Club:

In partnership with the Waterville Public Library, the Waterville-Brothertown Optimist Club is conducting its first-ever Optimist Visual Arts Competition. This exciting program is designed to encourage and celebrate youth visual art skills in two categories – painting, and drawing. The 2023-2024 topic is Hope.

Brothertown Scholarship Fund:

Waterville United Methodist Church:

Starting setup for our rummage/garage sale. Take a peak as l’m sure there is something you need. Visit us April 18th 4-7, 19th 9-4 and 20th 9-1

The church will be open for donations this Week from 10-2 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and Thursday from 4-7.

Waterville Baptist Church:

Join us on May 5th, at 2:00 pm for a Tea Party and cookie decorating. Ladies of all ages are welcome!

Three Steeples United:


Unearth hidden treasures at the Three Steeples Barn Rummage Sale! Thousands of items await and every purchase supports Three Steeples United! Ready to part with pre-loved treasures? We welcome all clean, working donations with open arms! We’re all about second chances for your cherished goods.

Oriskany Falls Fire Department:

Brooks BBQ:

Brookfield Artisans Craft Sale:

Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society:

Madison County Public Health:

The first clinic will be on April 24th at the Town of Fenner Highway Garage in Cazenovia from 4 PM to 7 PM. The second clinic will be on May 21st at Gorman Community Center in Oneida from 4 PM to 7 PM. Interested Madison County residents need to follow the directions on the flyer to make an appointment on our website or call us at 315-366-2526.  A QR code for appointments and another one for downloading our app are provided on the flyer. Anyone who downloads the app will also get regular push notifications about upcoming rabies clinic locations and other events.

Daniel Barden Mudfest:

We’re officially 1 MONTH OUT until the 10th annual Daniel Barden Mudfest on May 4! Close your eyes and imagine the spring weather in May instead of…this today. Don’t miss the mud, the glory, or the party! Tag your Muddy Buddies and get registered ASAP: We can’t wait to get muddy with you!

Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American player in Major League Baseball

“On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson, age 28, became the first African American player in Major League Baseball’s modern era when he steps onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson broke the color barrier in a sport that had been segregated for more than 50 years. Exactly 50 years later, on April 15, 1997, Robinson’s groundbreaking career was honored and his uniform number, 42, was retired from Major League Baseball by Commissioner Bud Selig in a ceremony attended by over 50,000 fans at New York City’s Shea Stadium. Robinson’s was the first-ever number retired by all teams in the league.”

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Springtime on Main Street 2012.


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