Monday, August 7

Donald L. “Toots” Winn

September 26, 1942 ~ July 29, 2023
Oriskany Falls-Donald LeRoy “Toots” Winn, 80, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2023, following a courageous fight against cancer, at Community Memorial Hospital, with the love and support of his family at his side. He was born in Sangerfield, on September 26, 1942, the son of the Arthur and Ella Karlman Winn. Toots had attended Madison High School.  At a young age he had a fascination of heavy excavating equipment. He furthered his education by apprenticing under experienced operators and on the job experience. His work experience included T.J Madden Construction, Fred Burrows Construction, Lancaster Construction, Eastern Rock, and most recently Pat Kitchen Excavating. Toots could work a piece of equipment moving earth, as an artist would paint a portrait.   His love was not only in earth moving equipment.  He was just as at home on farm equipment, helping local farmers do tiling and field work.  Toots had served his community as the Highway Superintendent for the Town of Augusta for ten years and a board member of the Town of Augusta Town Board.  He had also served as a fireman for both the Oriskany Falls Fire Department and the Madison Fire Department. He was a member of the Cassety Hollow Rod and Gun Club in Oriskany Falls. On September 1, 1973, at St. Joseph’s Church in Oriskany Falls, Toots married Lois Kennett. Toots played as hard as he worked.  He enjoyed hunting, tractor pulls, NASCAR, and socializing at Fred’s Barber Shop.  Most of all, he loved any precious moment that he spent with his only grandchild, Carly Winn.



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Food Bank of CNY August Food Sense Menu:

Waterville Historical Society:

LOOMIS GANG COUNTRY TOURS ARE BACK! Our summer festival will be Saturday, August 26th! We will have our
Loomis Gang Country Tours at 9:00, 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 pm. The cost is
$20.00 per person paid in advance. Tours last approximately 1 ½ hours.

Reserve your chicken BBQ today for only $15.00. Hotdog meals will also
be available for $8.00. Got a sweet tooth? We’re having a bake sale too!
Drinks and snacks will be available too.

Our museum and gift shop will be open all day. Be sure to look over all
our exhibits and enjoy the air conditioning. Loomis Gang books, t-shirts
and more souvenirs are available in the gift shop.

I’ve attached the Festival flyer and a 2023-2024 membership form for
you. We truly appreciate your support.

These tours sell out quickly so make your reservation now!

Call 315-202-4102 or email

Waterville Central School District:

Registration is still available for the 2023-24 Waterville Central School District Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program.

⭐No cost to families
⭐Full day classes align with MPS school day September through June
⭐ Child must be 4 years old by Dec. 1

More information is at the link:

Village of Waterville:

Waterville First:

Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society:

George Washington creates the Purple Heart

“On August 7, 1782, in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington, the commander in chief of the Continental Army, creates the “Badge for Military Merit,” a decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, edged with a narrow binding of silver, with the word Merit stitched across the face in silver.The badge was to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action” and permitted its wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge. The honoree’s name and regiment were also to be inscribed in a “Book of Merit.”

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Boarding the bus.  Tickets for the Loomis Country Tours were completely sold out – in advance.

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The price of gas today.

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