Monday, October 31

Joseph R. Groshans

March 1942  –  October 25, 2022

Joseph R. (Joe) Groshans, died October 25, 2022, surrounded by his loving and supportive family. Joe was born March 1942 in Gloversville NY to the late Eugene and Catherine Swart Groshans. Joe grew up in Caroga Lake and graduated from Wheelerville Union Free School. Caroga was where he met his future wife Charlene O’Brien in 1959 where her family had a summer camp. Joe altered his education plans from attending RIT in Rochester to take Mechanical Engineering at (MVTI) Mohawk Valley Technical Institute in Utica NY in 1960 to be closer to Char who was enrolled in Nursing at Faxton Hospital. They became inseparable from that point on and married in 1963.

Dianne B. (Rifkin) Kirshtein

June 29, 1932 ~ October 20, 2022
Dianne Belle Rifkin Kirshtein
was born on June 29, 1932 in Syracuse, NY, the only and beloved daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Rifkin. Dianne graduated from Syracuse University with both an undergraduate degree in Speech and Drama, and a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. Although her early adult dream was to be a casting director, she acquiesced to her father’s practical suggestion to get a degree in an employable field, and she was able to use her SLP training at St. John’s in New Hartford. She also taught Drama at North Syracuse High School and was an adjunct professor at Utica college, where she taught Public Speaking in the 1970s. Dianne was active in many philanthropic organizations, including the Temple Beth El Sisterhood and Hadassah. She supported a variety of local institutions, as well as the Susan B. Komen Cancer Research Foundation and the Jimmy Fund.

John H. Clarke Jr.

July 14, 1936 — October 26, 2022

John H. Clarke Jr. Utica, NY John H. Clarke Jr., 86, of Utica, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at St Elizabeth Medical Center. He was born on July 14, 1936 in Utica a son of the late John and Veronica (Dirda) Clarke Sr. He was a graduate of Whitesboro Central Schools.
On June 28, 1958 in Boonville he was united in marriage to Margaret Evans, a blessed union of over 64 years.
John was a Carpenter by trade, he was employed with Local Union #120 in Utica working with Henderson & Johnson Construction in Syracuse, retiring in 1998 after many years of dedicated service.

Mary Elizabeth Ford

June 7th, 1963, — October 25, 2022
ALBANY-Mary Ford, age 59
of Cohoes, Mary had a love of family, opening her home for holiday gatherings carrying on the spirit of the holidays that her Mother Lois had given to the family. Mary’s love of cooking brought friends and family around the large dining room table, topping the meal off with homemade pie and fresh coffee. Mary loved her Harley Davidson motorcycle and the freedom it brought, her trips to any Harley Davidson shop along the way were always filled with laughter.


February 19, 1951 October 19, 2022
Clinton-Wayne F. Houck, age 71, of Barbara Ave. passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon October 19, 2022 in the Abraham House of Rome with his loving family at his side. He was born on February 19, 1951 in Rome, New York a son of the late Henry O. Houck II and Shirley Snook, was a graduate of the Oneida Schools and a devoted member to Crosspoint Church. On September 6, 1981 Wayne and Pamela Purdy were united in marriage in Syracuse, New York and have shared that vow of over forty-one years together. Prior to his retirement Wayne was employed as the maintenance superintendent of Parkedge Townhouses of Utica. In his spare time Wayne enjoyed fishing and golf.



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From Route20Catholic:

Come out and support our very first Election Day Pasta Dinner on Tuesday, November 8th at St. Bernard’s in Waterville that will be sponsored by the Route20Catholic Knights of Columbus Council.

Waterville Historical Society:

The Handmade Holiday Artisan Fair is still accepting vendor applications for the upcoming season!
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This year the Handmade Holiday Artisan Fair will be held for one weekend only at the Waterville Historical Society and will kick off the Friday after Thanksgiving along with the Holiday Hop & Parade of Lights on November 25th & 26th. Send them a message or email Amanda at and we will email you the application. If you have any questions please let us know.

Food Bank of CNY November Food Sense Menu:

From: Barton Hose Company

“Having a garage sale, cleaning out a house, a basement or a garage?
Please keep the Barton Hose Company’s Annual Donation Auction in mind.
Contact Bob at 315-316-6000 to arrange pick up of your items.
Please no books, clothing, exercise equipment
All items will be up for auction the first Saturday in November.”

Safe to say the Barton Hose Company Trunk or Treat was a great success!

Oriskany Falls Public Library:

Village Of Waterville:

Get ready for the 34th annual Parade of Lights! Our theme is A Griswold Christmas. If you’d like to participate in the parade, please line up on Putnam Street facing the park. Floats with lots of lights and music are strongly encouraged. Like last year, we will end at the park where Santa will be waiting. We encourage all Main Street businesses to decorate, too (lots of lights, please)! The parade will be held on Friday, November 25, 2022 at 6:30.

WCS Sports Booster Club:

Pop Warner:

Congratulations to our 8U and 12U teams. Both are Division 3 CHAMPIONS!!!

Waterville United Methodist Church:

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!

To make it easy for donors to schedule their donation appointment, please include the following direct scheduling link  with your post:

I really appreciate you taking the time to read this and I hope you will consider supporting the American Red Cross by sharing the link and attached flyer with your community networks!

Martin Luther posts 95 theses

“On October 31, 1517, legend has it that the priest and scholar Martin Luther approaches the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and nails a piece of paper to it containing the 95 revolutionary opinions that would begin the Protestant Reformation. In his theses, Luther condemned the excesses and corruption of the Roman Catholic Church, especially the papal practice of asking payment—called “indulgences”—for the forgiveness of sins. At the time, a Dominican priest named Johann Tetzel, commissioned by the Archbishop of Mainz and Pope Leo X, was in the midst of a major fundraising campaign in Germany to finance the renovation of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome…” To read more about this, click this link:

– and from Jeff Reynolds, this photograph of the front doorway of the old Methodist Church on White Street …
………. with additional thanks to creative artists Pat and Mike!

This picture is from the ‘At home in the Huddle’ back in 2014!! To read the full Blog post from 2014, click this link:


The front doorway of the old Methodist Church on White Street

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