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Unleash the Power of Girl - (Go-getter, innovator, risk taker, leader) - that’s the theme for Girl Scouts this year, and your daughter can sign up at open house at the Townsend School on Thursday, Sept. 14. Girls in grades K-5 are all eligible to sign up. There will be a sign up table in the playroom with the Townsend School Book Fair.

Cub Scouts will also have a representative that evening where your first-fourth grade sons can sign up.

And, Townsend School open house for all grades is Thursday, Sept. 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Reference the parent letter Mr. Snider sent home Monday for times for presentations. Come meet all of your child’s teachers, classroom and specials teachers at this event. There will also be a Book Fair in the playroom on that evening, sponsored by the PTA.

A special invitation is extended for all who would like to join the Alpha Course. It’s casual, relaxed, safe and lots of fun and there is no cost to you. It begins on Thursday, Sept. 14. You can choose to enjoy lunch at 11 a.m. or dinner at 6 p.m. Then, the Alpha group will meet every Thursday through April 6. People come from all backgrounds - come alone or bring a friend; meet downstairs in the United Presbyterian (Red Brick) Church at 58 East Street. It starts with a meal, a DVD and then discussion. Just come and see! To make reservation or ask questions call Charlie, 607- 865-5024, Theresa 865-4390 or Denise 631-327-3118.

The third and final fundraiser to benefit “St. Jude Children’s Hospital” on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Harby Center at 45 Stockton Avenue next to the high school will be a full chicken ‘n biscuit dinner from 5-7 p.m. Come in support of children’s cancer research. For more information contact Denise at 631-327-3118.

Parent or caregivers of children through 17 years old are invited to join the fourth Alphabased course for parenting tips beginning Sunday, Sept. 24 at 11:30 a.m. with lunch followed by the program. Child care will be provided. The “FunRaising” workshop then meets every other Sunday for a total of five sessions. This is a casual, safe, and fun opportunity to be with other parents; there is no cost to you. This workshop is not a “how to parent,” but rather it gives you tools to improve your skills as a parent and discuss them with others. Tell your friends and invite them also. The group will meet downstairs in the United Presbyterian (Red Brick) Church at 58 East Street in Walton. After lunch there will be a DVD, discussion, then continue the DVD and follow up with more discussion. There will be separate groups for those with children age one-10 and 11-17, since parenting changes as the child ages.

Participants will explore ways to build and strengthen your child’s relationship with you. For information or to let them know you are attending, call Dan Patsos at 607-865- 4878 or Theresa at 865-4390. People have loved this program in the past and it is free. An opportunity for parents to help each other out is invaluable.

The 14th annual free “Night of Entertainment” sponsored by the Walton Chamber of Commerce will be held Oct. 7 at the historic Walton Theatre on Gardiner Place. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Featured performers are the Walton Community Band, Elvis Presley Tribute by Aric McKown, the Jason Wicks Band and the Roundhouse Rockers. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 and the raffle tickets will be drawn for five prizes from $100 to $1000. This event is the Chamber’s gift to the community. Come and enjoy the music, and maybe win some prizes.

The monthly meeting of the Walton Chamber of Commerce will be Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Walton Town Hall on North Street. All members and Walton residents are invited. Your input and ideas are welcome. For more information call 607-865-6656.

The Delaware River Stage Company (DRSC) is starting to work on the annual Christmas show. If you would like to participate in any way, come to the theatre on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7. Share your talent -be part of this great community show.

There will be a lawn sale sponsored by Lighthouse Assembly at the church on Co. Hwy. 21, one-half mile north of the village (toward Oneonta) on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Proceeds will go to hurricane relief. Donations welcome and needed. Hand tools, boat and trailer, furniture, DVDs and CDs and more, have already been donated. Come to donate, browse and buy. Let’s help our neighbors in the south. For more info call 607-865-5975 or 865- 6152.

There will be a car wash and bake sale from 9-2 on Sunday, Sept. 17 to benefit Varsity football. Event will take place at the bus garage on Delaware Street. Proceeds go to the end of year banquet and coaches gifts.

The Sons of the American Legion will be sponsoring the fly in-drive in breakfast at White Birch this Sunday, Sept. 17. Serving 8 a.m. until noon, catch a great breakfast and beautiful views of the changing trees.

Congratulations to Chad Gardepe who won the wood raffled by SAL.

The Walton Fire Department had 11 activations in August. The department and squad kept very busy fair week with fire and EMS coverage. Thank you to the other departments that helped out, also to the auxiliary for serving refreshments.

The Fire Prevention and Life Safety Committee along with EMS members took part in the County Senior Fun Day at Camp Shankitunk, providing information and materials. And, the annual clam bake for the department, auxiliary and honorary members were put on by the department.

Now that school is in session, keep an eye open for the students walking, running and on bikes. Exercise caution, and remember to always stop for stopped school buses, including in the school parking lot.

If you have not had your heating system checked, be sure to have it done soon, cold weather is on its way.

The Salvation Army bucket collections totaled just $3,800 in just two days. The money was donated to Hurricane Harvey relief. Carole Ramundo will be deploying to Florida this week to help feed people in Florida after Hurricane Irma.

The Townsend School will be collecting small change from students and staff to contribute to the hurricane relief efforts. If you can spare some change to send in we will collect it and send it to the American Red Cross on Thursday, Sept. 14. We know what it’s like to flood, and we want to help if we can. If you can contribute, send your change in with any Townsend School student. It’s a good lesson for them and will help someone in our southern states. Thanks in advance for your help in showing victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma that Walton, N.Y. cares.

Come out to the Catskills Folk Connection Old-Time Traditional Square Dance featuring John Jacobsen and the Tremperskill Boys. It will be held at the Walton Grange on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 7-10 p.m. Adults just $5, 12 and under free. All dances will be taught, so come even if you have never square danced before.

Things are coming together very well for the WDA Wrestling fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 24 at The Feather & Stone in Walton. They just received a “set of corn-hole boards” to go along with the growing list of great items for the auction. If you have any items to donate or just need more information email Lisa Davies at ldavies@waltoncsd.org or call 607-435- 7617.

This event will give our WDA Varsity, JV and Modified Wrestlers the opportunity to attend this historic event at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 4 and watch the University of Maryland Terrapins take on the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers in both Big Ten Conference Wrestling and Football in The Battle In The Bronx.

Author Leslie Sharpe will preside over an informal author’s tea at the William B. Ogden Library in Walton at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to discuss her new book, The Quarry Fox: And Other Critters of the Wild Catskills. Quarry Fox has been called “the first in-depth study of Catskill wildlife since legendary nature writer John Burroughs first chronicled the area in the 19th century.” Ms. Sharpe, a former vice president of the New York City Audubon Society, an environmentalist, and a naturalist living in the Great Western Catskills, will also read excerpts from the book, and sign copies for sale. Tea, coffee, and light refreshments.

Music on the Delaware’s 2017-18 Coffeehouse at the Theatre season will open on Sept. 17, from 6-8 p.m. on the parlor floor of the theatre (upstairs) featuring Wes St. Onge and Larry Jamieson. The duo will perform all-time favorite classic country-western tunes, with Wes on guitar and Larry on pedal steel guitar. Both have been playing and singing country-western music for many years and are also multi-instrumentalists. It’s a rare and special occasion for the two to be performing together.

The Walton Hunger Walk is planned - fall is in the air! The 5k or one-mile walk will take place at Austin Lincoln on Sunday, Oct. 1. Walk individually or as a group. Registration begins at 2 p.m., walk starts at 3. If you want to walk contact Denise Jackson for a team packet at 631-327-3118. It’s fun to do as a group and lunch is free for those who walk and raise money. The event is coordinated by the Walton Ministerial Association and sponsored by UHS Delaware Valley Hospital. Half of the proceeds go to the Walton Food Bank, 20 percent to the Walton Backpack Program (weekend food for WCS students), 20 percent to soup meals in the community, and 10 percent to Compassion International. Support your neighbors while you walk with your friends.

Walton Fire Department has announced its first gun raffle: a Browning X-Bolt 7mm-08, Thompson Center Venture Snow Camo, Henry Golden Boy .22LR, Ruger American Predator 6.5 Creedmoor, and a Remington 870 Express .20 gauge. Only 500 tickets will be sold. Drawing will take place at the turkey raffle Nov. 11 at the fire station. You do not need to be present to win. All guns are being provided by and will be picked up at Marino Firearms, Inc. in Hancock. To purchase a ticket - they are $20 each - contact any of the WFD members or send them a Facebook message and someone will make arrangements to get a ticket to you.

The Walton Ladies Auxiliary Post 32 needs your help. They are looking for names and addresses of loved ones, friends or neighbors with someone deployed overseas. The ladies want to send them a “care package.” Call the Vet’s Club and leave a message. Getting mail from “home” is always a highlight for a deployed service man or woman. Let’s them know how much we appreciate their service. Share this with your friends.

New Hope Community Church members are planning their boxes for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child this year. Last year New Hope sent 500 boxes from their little church! There are four weeks of suggestions to stretch your budget while you contribute. Week one is back to school; get supplies while they are on clearance. Pens, pencils, small notebooks, crayons, marker, pencil cases, colored pencils, ruler and safety scissors all make great box stuffers. Drop donations at New Hope in the lobby by the Harby Center. The church is on Stockton Ave. next to the high school. Next week is personal items, third week is undies and other clothes, and finally, a “wow” item - something fun like a small toy or stuffed animal. Suggestions for each week will follow. Any donation will help. Thanks for being a part of this mission.

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