Monday, November 14

Edward “Ed” W. Wilk

September 15, 1945 ~ November 5, 2022

Edward “Ed” W. Wilk, 77, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2022, in the comfort of his own home surrounded by his family.Born on September 15, 1945, Ed was the son of Edward and Nellie (Listovich) Wilk. He was a graduate of Whitesboro High School and attended MVCC. On March 18, 1994, Ed married Pamela Freemire in Waterville United Methodist Church, a union of 28 years. Ed was a payroll administrator with Oneida Limited in Sherrill prior to retiring. A devoted husband, loving father, and grandfather, Ed’s family was most important to him.!/Obituary

Michael S. Mizgala

 October 22, 1933 ~ November 8, 2022

Michael S. Mizgala, 89, passed away November 8, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Rome on October 22, 1933, son of the late Sam and Rose Yuschak Mizgala. Michael attended Rome schools and was a 1953 graduate of Rome Free Academy. On June 18, 1955, he married Helen Pawlikowski in Rome, NY.  She passed away September 27, 2021.  Michael worked at Rome Developmental Center as a cook retiring in 1989.  In his earlier days he participated in area baseball leagues.  Once his baseball playing days were over, Mike turned his athletic talents over to bowling and golf leagues. Michael enjoyed woodworking through the years and crafted many pieces for family & friends.

Daniel G. Bensley

 June 6, 1956 ~ November 2, 2022

Daniel G. Bensley, 66, of Sherburne, passed away unexpectedly on November 2, 2022 at Chenango Memorial Hospital, Norwich. He was born on June 6, 1956, in Utica to the late Donald E. and Ethlyn I. “Peg” Gale Bensley. Daniel was a graduate of The Sherburne-Earlville School District; Farmington University, LI., with an A.S degree in graphic arts; The State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville with an A.S degree in mechanical engineering and a B.S degree in mechanical engineering from the State University of New York at Binghamton. On December 22, 1984, in Tucson, AZ, Daniel was united in marriage to Clara Suzanne Grainger. Daniel worked as a senior designer for Lok-n-Logs, Inc. in Sherburne. He was a member of the Faith Baptist Tabernacle Church in Sherburne, and was also a former member of the Odd Fellows in Earlville and had served on the Sherburne Library Board. Daniel was a talented artist and musician, he enjoyed drawing and playing the guitar. He also liked spending time in his garden and doing projects around his home.

Stephen R. “Steve” Salata

September 9, 1949 ~ October 26, 2022
Waterville-Steve R. Salata Jr, 73
, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at Faxton-St. Luke’s Hospital, with the love and support of his family at his side. He was born in Oneonta, on September 9, 1949, the son of the late Steve R. Salata Sr. and Jeannie Hughes Salata.  Raised in Oneonta, Steve graduated from Trinity-Pawling School.  He furthered his education by graduating with a Bachelor Degree from Arizona State University. Both in high school and in college, Steve excelled in baseball.  After college, he had played for various farm teams to include: the Arizona Diamond Backs, the Boston Red Sox, and the Chicago Cubs.  Steve carried his love for baseball throughout his entire life.  He also was an amazing golfer. Steve’s work career was with Bonide and Titan Homes. He so enjoyed working at both companies.  His big smile and easy disposition would brighten anyone’s day.

Bonnie E. Bakeman

August 28, 1952 ~  November 8, 2022 
(Medina) Bonnie E. Bakeman age 70
, passed away November 8, 2022 at Buffalo General Hospital following a short illness. She was born August 28, 1952 in Rochester, a daughter of the late Julian and Evelyn (Thomas Kolb) Bertrand and had lived in this area most of her life.
Bonnie was a member of the Junior Wilson Sportsmen’s Club where she bartended for many years and as of late, worked as a bar steward. She was also a member of the Butts-Clark Post #204 American Legion in Medina, VFW Post #1483 in Medina and VFW Post #4635 in Albion.



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From Route20Catholic:

Hamilton Ecumenical Thanksgiving Project 2022
Due to a supply chain issue of wholesale turkeys, the most effective way to help families in need this holiday season is to give directly to the Hamilton Food Cupboard. All of the area churches in the Hamilton community are rallying around a collective effort to directly support the Hamilton Food Cupboard in their mission. For the next two Sundays, a special collection envelope will be made available in the pews for monetary donations to Thanksgiving food that will be purchased directly by the Food Cupboard. There is also a need for side dishes like gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pie crusts, mashed potatoes, and canned corn. You can leave your food donations in a giving box labeled “Hamilton Ecumenical Thanksgiving Project” which will be placed in the sanctuary of our churches for the next two weekends as well. Kathleen Stahl has graciously agreed to oversee St. Mary’s parishioners participation in this ecumenical initiative this year. If you have any questions about how you can support this effort, please email Kathleen at

Our very first Election Day Pasta Dinner sponsored by our Knights of Columbus was a huge success! They sold out by the end of the night serving over 100 meals! God is good! Thank you to all who came out to support our Knights at Route20Catholic.

Food Bank of CNY November Food Sense Menu:

From: Barton Hose Company

Waterville Historical Society:

The Waterville Historical Society will hold its 18th annual Victorian Tea from 2 to 4 pm on Saturday, December 3, at the Society’s home at 220 East Main Street.
This popular event, a full tea, consists of pots of tea or hot
chocolate, savories, scones, and sweets, served to your table. All refreshments are made from recipes in Volume 1 and 2 of the Society’s cookbooks. The festivities will begin at 2 pm with Christmas carols by the Blue Parsley Boys. There will be a presentation by guest speaker Sue Buschor. The cookbooks and many other items will be available in our Gift Shop for holiday shopping.
Tickets are $15 each, or you may reserve a table of 6 for $85. Tickets are sold by advance paidreservation only. Please call 315-202-4102 to purchase tickets or email Ladies of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend

Oriskany Falls Public Library:

Get ready for the Annual Craft Show and Basket Raffle!
Saturday, Dec 3 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. The library will be full of vendors and crafters selling their wares. Come and do your Christmas shopping or just buy something for yourself! Their products are amazing. You won’t go away empty handed. And while you’re here, take some chances on the basket raffle that benefits the library. There will be many baskets and gift certificates available for you to take a chance on. Tickets will be $1 each, 3 for $2, and 15 for $5. No inflation on our ticket prices! Help keep a library in your small town. Every small town should have a library.

Village Of Waterville:

Waterville Blood Drive:

A blood shortage? Now that’s a SCARY thought! 😱🧛♂️ 🩸 Yesterday, the Red Cross announced an EMERGENCY NEED for type O blood. The Red Cross is asking donors to CARVE out a time to give ASAP so we don’t let the blood supply FALL🍂🎃

Donors who give 10/16-11/22 will receive a $10 eGift Card to their choice of hundreds of merchants!

Please help the us meet our blood collection goal and ensure there are enough units for all patients by sharing the attached flyer to your company, personal or any community social media pages. Social media is a fast, free & efficient way to reach donors in every community!

Herman Melville publishes “Moby-Dick”

Moby-Dick is now considered a great classic of American literature and contains one of the most famous opening lines in fiction: “Call me Ishmael.” Initially, though, the book about Captain Ahab and his quest to catch a giant white whale was a flop. Its author, Herman Melville was born in New York City in 1819. As a young man, he spent time in the merchant marines, the U.S. Navy and on a whaling ship in the South Seas. In 1846, he published his first novel, Typee, a romantic adventure based on his experiences in Polynesia. The book was a success and a sequel, Omoo, was published in 1847. Three more novels followed, with mixed critical and commercial results.” To read the full article, click this link:

“Supermoon Rising Sat. Nov. 12 2016” This amazing picture came from the 2016 Blog archive that you can continue to read here:


This past Tuesday’s ‘Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse.

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