2017-11-08 / Communities


The bags containing food for the Scouting for Food Drive will be picked up this Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. The Scouts distributed the bags to homes last weekend, but if they missed you and you want to participate, just place some food items in a bag on your porch for pick up.

The Walton Fire Department turkey raffle fundraiser will be held at the fire hall on Nov. 11. If you can, consider donating a product or two for the raffle. Contact Mary Torma Kelly at the fire department or ask for anyone involved in the Walton Fire Department turkey raffle committee. Admission to the turkey raffle is $2 per person (includes children) and you can win turkeys, pork loins, pepperoni and spiral hams, and more. Doors open at 5:30, raffle starts at 6:30. The raffles and door prizes will come from the community.

Days for Girls is a non-profit organization that helps girls stay in school and retain dignity, and give back important days to their lives. The group empowers woman and communities to teach them sanitation and health training. The United Presbyterian Church will meet on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 6-9 p.m. and again on Sunday, Nov. 12 from noon-6 p.m. to assemble high-quality feminine hygiene kits for girls in developing countries. Even an hour or two of your time will help them to cut, sew, iron and assemble the kits. Stop by the church at 58 East Street on either of these dates.

About 125 Veterans and their families were served at New Hope Church last weekend for the church’s first free dinner for area veterans. Families from the surrounding area, who were invited through their VFW’s, travelled for a delicious dinner cooked by TA’s staff and served by church members.

Let’s Talk Turkey, Townsend School’s yearly fundraiser where every classroom purchases a turkey is underway. Please send in some change if you can. The money is combined and donated to the Walton Food Bank. Every year, with the community’s help, enough is raised to buy a turkey from every classroom. Your help is appreciated and helps teach the students to help families that need a hand.

More groups have contacted me to join the annual Christmas parade. Will I get a call from you and your group? Any group of friends, families, team, club, classmates, etc., is welcome. We meet at the Walton bus garage on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 5:30; parade starts at 6 p.m. We will go down Delaware Street, turn at Bridge Street and turn right on Water Street and stop at Veterans Plaza. Children are encouraged to bring an ornament for the tree. Call me to let me know you’re coming: 607-865-5009.

The annual fall blood drive sponsored by the Walton Central School (WCS) National Honor Society is Nov. 15. There are still many open appointment spots and ask for help filling the quota. Blood of all types is always needed and your donation will help save lives and will help a senior earn a scholarship. Call Stephanie Rosa or Jen Lamoreaux at the school (607-865- 4116) to schedule an appointment.

The Walton Veterans Day Parade is Saturday, Nov. 11. Veterans, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, Scouts and our WCS Marching Band will step off from Gardiner Place at 10:45 a.m. The parade will march to the World War II monument in front of Castle on the Delaware. At the monument the schedule will be: prayer, volley, Taps, and The Star Spangled Banner as the flag is hoisted. Participants will then return to Gardiner Place.

All Veterans are encouraged to join. Vehicles will be available to transport those unable to make the march. Luncheon will be served at Walton Veterans Club, 10 Park Street, after the parade. Lunch is free for the marchers - good will offering for others.

Veterans are encouraged to bring their town tax bill to the Walton Vets Club after the parade, to have it reviewed to ensure proper real estate deductions show. Also if you served at Camp Lejeune or Camp Geiger between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987 for at least 30 days, there is a list of presumptive conditions of diseases for the bad water soldiers drank. There is also a list of presumptive illnesses for Vietnam Veterans.

The Christ Church 18th annual roast pork dinner will be Saturday, Nov. 11 from 5-7 p.m. at the church on Gardiner Place. Menu is roast pork, mashed potatoes, dressing, assorted vegetables, rolls, applesauce, homemade pies. Adults $11, children 5 to 12 $5, under 5, free. Takeouts available from 4 to 5 p.m. only by calling 607-865-4698.

The First United Methodist Church, 101 North Street, sponsors suppers and activities each Thursday. The fun starts at 2:30 for games and puzzles until 4:30. Soup supper will be served 4:30- 5:30 p.m. Anyone in the community can enjoy a nutritious, free meal. Then, stay for Holy Ground Ministries, starting at 6 p.m. with programs including music, crafts, movies and more. All are welcome.

The New Hope Community Church is still collecting items for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry for children for Christmas. This week they are looking for “Wow” items: small stuffed animals, matchbox cars, harmonicas, jump ropes, yo-yos, small tools, small balls of all types or small jigsaw puzzles. All items can be dropped off in the lobby of the New Hope Church. Jayne Francisco is the organizer, so questions can be directed to her. Jayne says beanie babies fit in the shoeboxes perfectly, and are a big hit with the children. New Hope Church is also currently hosting a Krispy Kreme Donut fundraiser to cover postage for the boxes. See any church member to order. Orders must be paid in advance of delivery which is Nov. 17. Coffee also available.

First United Methodist Church will hold its 2017 gift basket raffle on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Doors open at 10 a.m.; final bids at noon. Distribution begins at 12:15 p.m. There will be many door prizes with a minimum value of $5. Admission is $4, per person which includes a door prize ticket, a generous slice of layer cake and a bottomless cup of beverage. Cash and local checks accepted. Ten percent of the proceeds will be given to the altar family selected by the church.

The Walton Dream Team will have a spaghetti dinner Saturday, Nov. 18 from 4-8 p.m. at New Hope Church on Stockton Avenue. Adults, $10, children under 12, $5. This supports the children who want to play baseball in Cooperstown next summer.

The Delaware County Office for the Aging is looking for people willing to volunteer their time to do transportation work for the non-emergency medical transportation program. Volunteers providing transportation will be reimbursed for their mileage at the current county rate of 50.5 cents per mile. Destinations may be in-county as well as out of the county, such as to Oneonta, Cooperstown, Binghamton, Kingston, Albany and other locations. Even though there are volunteers from all over the county helping, there is always a need for more. Extra help is especially needed in the towns of Sidney, Deposit, Hancock, Colchester, Walton, Davenport and Stamford. For more information or anyone with interests in volunteering, call the Delaware County Office for the Aging at 607-832-5750.

The United Presbyterian Church will sponsor its annual Christmas bazaar and luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church on the corner of East and North streets - the red brick church. The lunch is always delicious and there is always some beautiful Christmas decorations and neighborly visits.

The Christ Church will be hosting its annual Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with a great variety of vendors, and Lunch will be available. Here is a chance to purchase the church’s famous homemade peanut brittle or RADA knives before Christmas.

New Hope Community Church will hold its holiday craft fair on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the church at 45 Stockton Avenue. Come support local crafters and do some Holiday shopping. This year will be the biggest year yet with 22 vendors - upstairs and down.

Are you missing breakfast at White Birch? Let Walton Grange #1454 help you out! Come out Sunday, Nov. 12, for an all you can eat pancake breakfast buffet at Walton Grange Hall, 135 Stockton Ave. Serving from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., menu includes pancakes, french toast, sausage, eggs, home fries, apple or orange juice, coffee, tea, milk, hot cocoa. Adults: $10, children 5-10, $5, under 5, free. This is the first breakfast of the season at Walton Grange Hall, and while there will be no breakfasts in December, they will resume on the second Sunday of each month, starting January 2018 through April.

Then, in conjunction with the Walton Chamber of Commerce “Spend the Day in Walton” event, the Walton Grange will have a craft show and gently used (gift quality) flea market items on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be multiple vendors, lunch, snacks, coffee and drinks. They will also be collecting canned goods and non-perishables for the Walton Food Bank. For more information or to sign up as a vendor, call Sharon at 607-865-4934. Eight-foot tables are $15 each and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

The Castle at the Delaware will host youth organizations to fundraise for their groups at the Nov. 25 Spend the Day in Walton event. There will be vendors from a variety of youth organizations from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Stop in on your way around town to support these organizations.

Welcome Jodi Duffy, a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist and nursing student at SUNY Delhi who is joining the staff of A Time to Heal. Stop on Nov. 25 for Spend the Day in Walton to meet Jodi and enjoy chair massages, and refreshments with her and Rachel James.

Levi’s Table, a free community meal on every second and fourth Monday at the First Baptist Church, is held from 4:30-6 p.m. This month they will be held on Nov. 13 and Nov. 27. The menu alternates between breakfast and pasta.

Women’s fellowship annual pie sale at First Baptist Church on Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

On Saturday, Nov. 25, the First Baptist Church, corner of Platt and Townsend streets, will host an indoor flea market from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. as part of the Spend the Day in Walton event.

The DVH Volunteers are happy to have Karen’s Chocolates in the lobby again this year, selling chocolate candies, cookies, etc., for Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 10. She will be there from 9 a.m. - 2:30, across from the gift shop.

The Cheese Man will be at the hospital next Tuesday, Nov. 14 so you can grab up all your Thanksgiving cheese, dried vegetables and jellies. He will be there from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

And, the DVH Volunteers will meet Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. in the West Street Board Room. As always, remember to bring something for the food bank.

Thank you to all who browsed, bought, and made donations in support of Elijah’s Closet last weekend. The revenue and donations from Nov. 3 and 4 yielded $1,935 which went to My Brother’s Keeper, an arm of the Walton First Congregational Church which gives one-time help to people in the Walton with a specific need. This time the money will go toward helping a local person with a medical need. The volunteers working in the Closet are overwhelmed and appreciative of the generous support that Walton area people give to help their neighbors. A friendly and caring small town is a wonderful place in which to live.

The November Coffeehouse at the Theatre will feature Delaware County singer Laurie Mc- Intosh (aka Story Laurie) on Nov. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the historic Walton Theatre. For more information on Coffeehouse events, see or call 607-865-6625.

The Walton Fire Department (WFD) had six activations in October. The department, squad, and Explorers put on fire prevention and life safety programs for Kindergarten, UPK, and Headstart classes. A poster contest was held for grades 1-5. The department thanks Park Studio’s for donating the awards.

The Walton Emergency Squad stood by at the snowmobile drag races; the fire department chartered a bus trip to New York City and the 911 Memorial and Museum for many members.

It is that time of year, so be sure to defrost and clean the snow off all your vehicles windows before driving. Also, this time of year you might be using your dryer more, so be sure to keep the vent and filter free of lint to guard against fire.

The WFD, auxiliary and Explorers can all use more members. Consider helping to serve your community with one of these groups.

Horton Brook Free Methodist Church, 110 Fuller Hill Road, Roscoe, is hosting Part 2 of the Man vs. Godly Man seminar Thursday, Nov. 9 from 6-8 p.m. If you attended part 1 it’s free, if you didn’t there is a $5 admission.

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is the week before Thanksgiving. In observance of the week, the staff at Ogden Library ask friends and patrons to bring non-perishable food items for the local food pantry. From Tuesday, Nov. 14 through Saturday, Nov. 18, the staff will forgive 50 cents worth of overdue fines per donated item, as an added incentive to give.

The William B. Ogden November 2017 calendar is available on the Calendar page at, and also available at the library. The library will be closed to observe Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 11, and on Thanksgiving Day.

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