2018-02-13 / Communities


It was a busy weekend in Delhi with many various organizations holding fundraisers. Casino night was a success and helped raise funds for five local women fighting cancer. If you weren’t able to attend, but still want to make a donation to support Jessi Reed Raber, Kim Mondore Clark, Sherry Coberly, Debra Anderson and Becky Manning send a check made out to C.L.A.S.I to 163 Taylor Road, Delhi, NY 13753.

Hopefully you had a great weekend and were able to spend some of it with your sweetheart. Happy Valentine’s Day to you.

Last week’s Delaware Academy Varsity Club’s Athlete of the Week is Emilia O’Neill, a tenth grader on the JV basketball team. Emilia has been a consistent sharpshooter and a force in driving to the basket this year. She has helped her team to many great wins. Congratulations Emilia, keep up the great work.

Last week’s trivia question: How many people are known to be buried at the Delaware County Poorhouse? You may have learned this at the presentation on the poorhouse last weekend. There are 401 people buried at the former location of the Delaware County Poorhouse. All stones were numbered only. There was no other identifying information. In some of the keepers’ registers, the names of some but not all who were buried in the cemetery are matched up with a stone number. For all the others, however, no number, no idea who is buried where. The oldest person to live, die and be buried in the poorhouse cemetery was also the oldest resident of Delaware County, probably ever. He was Eri Gray of Roxbury, reportedly born in 1783 and was 108 when he died at the poorhouse on October 25, 1892. While there are several stones still to be found in one section of the cemetery, Eri’s stone has not been located, and his stone’s number is still unknown. Eri had been admitted not once, but twice to the poorhouse. First on Dec. 15, 1880 and then again on June 3, 1881. He was possibly even admitted a third time in 1891. Eri was a widower in his late years, and the reason for his admittance to the poorhouse was listed as “Feeble and destitute.” He was adamant that he did not want to be there. There are many interesting stories about the Delaware County Poorhouse.

This week’s trivia question: How many years has the American Legion hosted a clambake? This year’s event is Saturday, Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Community volunteers of the week are the members of the Rotary Club in Delhi. Maybe you attended their pancake breakfast last week which has been a long-standing tradition for as long as I can remember. The Rotary group meets every Tuesday at 6:10 p.m. at Cross Roads Cafe. Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world. The president of the club is Sridhar Samudrala. This group is pretty cool, and they are always looking for new members. Thank you to all the members of the club for their work in Delhi. If you are looking to get involved in the community, maybe this is the right club for you. Their meetings are open to the public, so attend the next meeting on Tuesday.

The Hamden Hill Ridge Riders Club will host its annual winter drag race, on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Several different classes. Registration is from 9-10 a.m. Food and raffle tickets available.

On Saturday, Feb. 17, SUNY Delhi’s women’s basketball team will host Youth Day starting at 2 p.m. when the Lady Broncos take on Central Penn in the Maines Arena at the Clark Fieldhouse at SUNY Delhi. Admission is free and half time will feature giveaways, basketball musical chairs and relay races. Meet the team after the game for autographs and pictures.

The next film in the Get Woke Series “13th” will be shown Sunday, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. The film is an hour and 40 minutes long and is an in depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. Afterward, attendees will discuss the film with Samantha Howell of the NY Civil Liberties Union, recently of NY Prisoners Legal Services.

The Greater Delhi Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its next networking mixer on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Dixie’s Wine & Liquor on Main Street. The stunning new store opened on the last days of December. Meet there for some light snacks and wine and an opportunity to meet others from the local business community.

Registration is open to learn to weave a hearth basket at the workshop at the Delaware County Historical Association on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Experience the satisfaction of weaving your own basket – and enjoy a creative midwinter afternoon learning a new craft or broadening skills you already have. Adults and teens are encouraged to come to learn the basics of basketry - no prior experience is necessary. The hearth basket has been used for years to carry wood and to sit near or on the hearth. It also makes an ideal carrier or magazine basket. This is a great beginner basket. We will use smoked, natural and dyed rattan to complete the hearth basket. Approximate size is 10” wide, 16” long and 14” high. All materials and tools will be provided. A towel is optional. This class is taught by master basket weaver Martha Bremer. She has been teaching and weaving baskets regionally for the past 30 years. Registration required by Monday, Feb. 19. Cost - $65 per person, which includes a $35 materials fee. Call 607-746-3849 or e-mail to register.

Do you have a formal dress, shoes or accessories that you would donate? The Delaware Academy counseling office is hosting an event in the middle school and high school that provides the means for our students to attend formal social events. Donations of quality new and “gently used” formal dresses and accessories will allow young women to attend the school’s formal occasions without the financial burden associated with attending such events. This provides the opportunity to have memories of the most special events in a young girl’s life. All dresses, shoes and accessories will be free for all students, regardless of family income range. In addition to local donations, there will be donations from formal dress shops and related organizations. If you would like to donate, contact Michelle Cleveland at 607-746-1310. Dresses can be dropped off at the high school guidance office.

To raise money for the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society, raffle tickets for a do-it-yourself wine rack are available at Curtis Lumber. Drawing to be held March 1. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5.

Sheep & goat international night has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the CCE-Resource Center on Route 10 in Hamden. Call 607-865-7090 to register.

The Toddler Play Group at the United Ministry meets in McIntosh Hall from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Monday and Friday mornings. There is a lot of space and plenty of toys. Let the little ones run off some steam while you meet up with other moms and daycare providers. On Thursday, Feb. 8 at 10:30 a.m., the Cannon Free Library will host Toddler Rhyme Time and on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m., Preschool Storytime. The Library is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. through March. Friday, Feb. 16, is movie night at the United Ministry at 7 p.m. Bring your friends and enjoy Cars 3. Bring a blanket and pillow; popcorn and lemonade will be provided. Open gym at Delaware Academy every Sunday from 1 until 4 p.m. through March. Bring dry sneakers to change into. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the town and village of Delhi, Delhi Community Fund and D.C.C.A.N. Call 607-746- 1300 for more information. At the request of Superintendent Thomson, children must be accompanied by an adult please.

The Delhi Food Bank is open Mondays from 1 until 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. in the United Ministry Church.

Mended Hearts Support group Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at O’Connor Hospital in the medical library. Call Trudy Barlow at 746-3385 for more information. A diabetic support group meets on the third Monday of each month, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m. at O’Connor Hospital, 460 Andes Road.

Delhi Senior Social Club meets Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Delhi Senior Community Housing Center, 7 Main Street at noon. There will be a luncheon followed by guest entertainment and a short meeting. Open to all area seniors. Call 607-464-4012 for more information. The Bovina Senior Citizens Club meets at the Bovina Presbyterian Church on Maple Street in Bovina on Monday, Feb. 19 at noon. For more information, call 607- 832-4316. The Meredith Senior Club also holds its monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 19, at noon, at the Meredith Community Church. Call 607-278- 5520 for more information.

The Delhi village board meets on the third Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the village hall, 9 Court Street - Feb. 19.

Delaware River Lodge #439 meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Delhi American Legion. Call 607-434-1403 for information about their meeting on February 15. The Delhi Women & Men’s Club meets at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 565 Andes Road from at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The meeting will include a dinner catered by Sarky’s Burgers & Wings and feature a presentation by Christi Mack on nutrition and fitness. Dinner is $18. RSVP to or 607-746-3729 by Thursday, Feb. 15. Habitat for Humanity of Delaware County meeting Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at the United Ministry Church on Church Street. Help is needed. Call 607-746-9987 or email for more information, or send a donation to PO Box 226, Delhi, NY 13753. Habitat for Humanity of Delaware County is heavily recruiting for volunteers. If you or someone you know might be interested, come to this meeting. The group is looking for board members, committee members and volunteers.

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