2017-12-05 / Communities


The William B. Ogden Library will be holding an adult art workshop tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Participants will be led through the steps (and provided with the materials) to create one or more holiday ornament out of discarded library books. The workshop is free and there no preregistration is required.

If you are looking for a good Christmas gift and would like to benefit the local Walton Historical Society, the Walton Big M has a rack with books on it about Walton’s history. There are cookbooks, fair books, 8x10 photos, books about the 1996 and 2006 floods and many more, plus 2018 and 2017 calendars are also available. There are also older calendars, postcards, afghans of old Walton buildings, more 8x10s, and Ivy Tower T-shirts, for sale at the Walton Historical Society, 9 Townsend Street. They are only open Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Support local business and learn local history.

There will be a benefit chicken and biscuit dinner for Chelsey Mead, Beth Mead and Wade Macumber on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 4-7 p.m. at the Walton Grange. Menu will be chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans, assorted desserts, beverages. Adults: $10, children 6-12 $5, five and under are free. The family lost their home and all contents due to a fire. Anyone who would like to donate baked goods or an item for the raffle table, contact Marilyn Copeland at 607-287-9766.

On Thursday, Dec. 7, stop at the Delaware Valley Hospital lobby and buy some yummy baked goods from the DVH Volunteers from 9 a.m. until sold out. Then on Tuesday, Dec. 12, The Cheese Man will be there for your special holiday needs; cheese spreads, dried fruits, jellies and gift baskets.

There will be a living nativity and a freewill offering lasagna dinner at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 4-6 p.m. Santa will arrive at 4 p.m. to start the celebration of Jesus’ birth by reading the Christmas story and giving a small gift to each child who attends. Photos can be taken before they all go out to see the living nativity - the live depiction of the birth of Jesus. There will be kings, shepherds, angels, sheep and of course, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. All are welcome. There will also be food bank collection boxes, because remember, needs at the food banks are high during the holiday season.

Christmas Eve services at the First United Methodist Church will be held at 5 p.m. and again at 11 p.m. on December 24.

The Walton Drama Club will perform “Register Here” by David Meyer on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. at the high school. It’s a mystery/ comedy; Jordan Johnston will play the owner of Moss Manor and Christian Vitek and Chelsea Finch the detectives solving the mystery. Ticket prices are: pre-sale at the front desk at the high school or Molto Expresso, students: $4, adults: $5. At the door prices will be students: $5, adults: $6. Seniors 65 and up - may attend the dress rehearsal for free.

There will be a free movie screening of “Animals” at the Walton Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 7-8 p.m. Free tickets and popcorn, this movie was filmed in Walton, Hamden and Delhi by local filmmakers. The film is rated R.

Santa has scheduled Walton in for a few more appearances before his busy night, so on Dec. 9 you can stop by Ogden Library on Gardiner Place between 11 and noon. (Gift books for children, and refreshments for all.) On Dec. 16, the Lions Club will bring him to Wayne Bank on Delaware Street for pictures from 9 to 12.

There will be a Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the United Presbyterian Church (red brick), corner of East and North streets. There is always a need for blood donors and one donation truly can save a life. Walk-ins are welcome. Take time to donate, they will be happy to see you there.

The Townsend School Winter Concert will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7 at the high school auditorium. The elementary band and orchestra, along with second and fourth grades choruses will ring in the season with a holiday concert. All are welcome and admittance is free.

This year several high school clubs contributed to the purchase of lights that they will use to light up the building at the high school/middle school. The lighting event will be at the end of the Townsend Concert on Thursday.

The students from the yearbook committee and student council spent their half days getting the lights together and organizing the event. Mr. Ashlaw’s High school art classes and Mrs. Fassler’s middle and high school art classes made wreaths and decorations for the event. Refreshments will be provided by the FBLA and Ms. Guptill’s High School Food’s class. The event is free and open to the public.

On Thursday, Dec. 14, check out the high school winter concert, and on Tuesday, Dec. 19 it will be the middle school’s turn. All concerts start at 6 p.m. at the high school. Come out and enjoy the season with the holiday performances the children have worked so hard to prepare.

The lights will be on each night during the holiday season, giving people the chance to come view the school.

The Walton Booster Club Wrestling Program will host a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Dec. 9 starting at 4 p.m., to help raise funds for new singlets for the wrestlers. Any support is appreciated. If you would like to make a donation for the raffle contact Ashleigh Murphy, Tiffany Gregory or Katie Backus on Facebook.

The Christ Church will be hosting its annual Christmas bazaar with a great variety of vendors on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Lunch is available; this will be the last chance to purchase the church’s special 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 45 Stockton Ave. church.

Townsend School third graders got to “light up” the front walk on Friday when art teacher Lori Cucciarre brought them out - thanks to Theresa Bolton and Barb Geidel who brought their classes out as well - to draw a chalk string of lights on the sidewalk in front of the school. What fun they had on the half-day of school and it looked great.

Pancake supper with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 4-7 p.m. at the Trout Creek Fire Hall. Menu is scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, juice, milk, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and all you can eat pancakes. Ages three and under free; age 4-12, $5; age 13+, $8; seniors $6. Come visit and get a picture with Santa. Sponsored by the Trout Creek Ladies Auxiliary and Community Committee.

So it was a sunny, fairly warm weekend - who decorated their houses? Are you going to enter the lighting contest? The Walton Pride committee is hosting this year’s Walton Holiday Lighting Contest. As in the past, the top three houses will receive a cash prize - $100 first place, $50 second place, and $25, third place. To enter, to send a picture of your house and your address. Pictures will be posted on Facebook for all to enjoy and “Like.” Final judging will take place by committee and will be announced on Dec. 22. This year you will have until Dec. 16 to decorate and get lit. If you don’t use Facebook, email your info and picture to You will still be entered in the contest. Open to village and town residences so let’s show off our houses with some Christmas spirit with Walton Pride.

People are still being sought to help with the luminaries on Christmas Eve. The group hopes to line more village streets. If donating clear jugs, please rinse them out and leave the top off so they dry. Also, if you have old candle ends or scraps of wax that can be remelted to create candles for the luminaries. Make your own or drop the jugs off at 17 Howell Street; call 607-865- 2222 for directions.

Don’t forget the Walton Fire Department is selling Christmas trees, kissing balls and wreaths at the bus garage on Delaware Street. If you get a real tree the fire department would appreciate the support.

The First United Methodist Church of Walton extends invitations to the community to share a free community Christmas baked ham dinner at the Walton Fire Station on Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25. Doors will open at 12:30 with appetizers, which will be served until the main meal is served at 1 p.m. Menu: baked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, squash, cabbage salad, cranberry sauce and rolls. Dessert, coffee, tea or milk. Call Kathy Grossman 607-865-6776 or Janice Foley 865-8512 by Dec. 20 with the number of people you are bringing with you. Takeouts also available by calling these ladies with the number needed for pickup or delivery in the village.

The Walton Community Band will be presenting its second concert of the 2017-2018 season on Monday evening, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in the O’Neill Auditorium in Walton. Directed by Raymond Bartlett, the Walton Community Band is made up of musicians from East Branch to Otego to Franklin. These musicians come together to rehearse once a week. They are a varied group of people whose ages range from teens to folks in their eighties. In addition to the band performance, the concert will also include various instrumental and vocal solos and small ensembles performed by members of the band including a brass ensemble, a low brass ensemble and several duets and trios. After the concert, refreshments will be served in the cafeteria. Admission is free and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Walton Cub Scout Pack #45 will set up its annual mitten tree as part of its community service project at Dr. Dohner’s office, 6 Franklin Road. The scouts will set up on Dec. 6: if you are in need of hats, mittens, or gloves stop by and help yourself to something from the tree. The tree will be up all month.

Bell ringers are needed for the Salvation Army bucket at the Big M this season. You can ring as long your schedule allows. A great community service project for students who need some credit, and for service organizations (Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, FFA). Call Barb Budine at 607-865-6230 or Lois Hodge at 865-6022 to sign up for a time. Thanks in advance for your time.

It was a beautiful show at the Walton Theatre this weekend as the Delaware River Stage Company put on its annual holiday show. Paula O’Brien and Molly Taylor directed a very talented group of folks who combined music, readings and comedy to put on a great show, called “Merry Christmas, Darling.” I hope you got to catch it at some point this weekend.

Kraft Heinz and the FFA class put together 72 bags of food for Walton’s WEB (Week- End Backpack) program. Then Kraft Heinz and employees donated 35 cases of product (over 800 food items) to the Walton Food Bank on Friday.

The star is fixed and lit on More Park again thanks to Kevin Armstrong and Tracy and Anthony Williams. Also thanks to Deb Renwick and Ren Rest for donations. Since the brush was cut down this summer by the town crew, we should see it better than ever. Love seeing it on the mountain overlooking the town.

Thoughts and prayers to local weatherman Frank Ward who has announced he will be having some eye surgery that will keep him from reporting for the next several weeks. Not only do we get our personalized local forecast from Frank, but also the history of the month and past years. He also is great about announcing local events. He will be missed. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Margaret Bailey is having a birthday on Dec. 14. She will turn 97 years old. Margaret was a mover and shaker in Walton, and we owe her for many of Walton’s improvements and developments. In fact, the big pine tree by the Wayne Bank, was dedicated to Margaret for her service to the community. Folks may also remember her running the Family Shopping Center. If you would like to send her a card her address is 12 Holley Street, Walton, NY 13856.

Florence Mugglin is celebrating her 104 birthday on Dec. 22. She would also enjoy receiving cards from friends. Her address is 50 Stockton Avenue, Walton.

And yet another Waltonian celebrates a milestone birthday when Ruth Peckham turns 102 on Dec. 11. Ruth lives at 115 Shore View Drive, Liverpool, NY 13090.

Congratulations and happy anniversary to Bill and Fran Rathmell who are celebrating 45 years on December 5.

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