2018-02-13 / Communities


Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all. Tell your loved ones often how you feel about them, not just today.

The Walton Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Valentine’s dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 4:30-6 at the fire station. All you can eat. Free will offering. Takeouts available. Bring your sweetheart!

It is also the 100th day of school this year. Time flies so fast, wish winter would go as quickly. But the higher temperatures of the weekend were a nice relief even if it was raining. At least it cleared a lot of snow.

Kindergarten registration will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., or 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Townsend School. If your child is turning five years old by December 1, 2018, he/she is eligible to register for kindergarten. Come to Townsend School at one of the times listed above that is convenient to your schedule. You will fill out registration papers, and will need your child’s birth certificate and immunization records. Your child does not need to accompany you to this registration, but you will be setting up a date for screening for May which your child will attend. If your child was born by Dec. 1, 2013, or you know a child who was, please share this information with them, or call the school office at 607-865-5220 x4077 so we can mail a registration packet to you. Children currently attending UPK in Walton do not need to register. If your child attends another pre-school, please attend or call for the registration packet. Applications for the WCS UPK 2018-19 program will be mailed to everyone in the District sometime in April.

The awards assemblies that were postponed because of the three-hour delay are rescheduled to Tuesday, Feb. 27. Kindergarten at 8:30, third grade at 9:05, first grade at 9:45, second grade at 10:20, and fourth and fifth grades at 11:20. Students in grades K-3 who are being recognized for their first quarter Student of the Week, OLWEUS, and Academic Awards have been notified. Students in fourth and fifth grade will be recognized for these awards and Honor Roll, Principal’s List and Superintendent’s List. Notifications also went home to those students.

Reminder, there is a half day of school on Friday, Feb. 16. Townsend dismissal at 11, Middle and high school dismissal at 11:15. No school next week for winter break.

Friday Fish Dinners will start this Friday, Feb. 16 at the United Methodist Church on North Street. Adults $11, children 5-12, $5, Under 5-free; an extra portion of fish-$4. Menu will be fried or baked fish fillets, or chicken nuggets, New England (white) clam chowder, coleslaw, baked potato or french fries, carrots, assorted desserts and beverages.

Takeouts are available by calling 607-865-5765 the day of the dinner. There will be a dinner every Friday from now until March 23 during Lent.

Survivors of Suicide Support Group will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, North Street. Free, and open to any adult who needs some support from others that understand. For more information call: 1-607-832-5888-Delaware County Mental Health (noncrisis only).

Walton’s Bill Seneschal has put together a new act that he will perform with Steve Eisenberg. We have enjoyed Bill for years as a teacher, and a performer with several area bands. His new act, “The Bluesome Twosome,” will be performed locally at the Deposit Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. They play an assortment from sea shanties to old blues, ragtime, gospel, country, and bluegrass with some yodeling and tall tales thrown in. Sounds like a fun way to break up a cold winter.

The third-fifth grades participated in a Super Bowl of Math Facts last week before the game. Students went to the math lab with Mrs. Jackie Smith to take math fact tests and compete against themselves to earn points for their grade level. Nearly half of all the students in those grade levels participated on a volunteer basis, resulting in over 678 tests being taken in three days. The students took tests that were timed, and then came back to re-take the tests to improve their personal score or goal. When they did they earned points toward their grade level. So it was an individual effort, that resulted in a team score. Grade 4 won with 1427 points, third grade was second with 962 points, and fifth grade had 925 points. We are proud of all of the students who played the game, and improved their math knowledge at the same time.

The Hamden Hill Ridge Riders will host its annual Winter Drag Races on Saturday, Feb. 17, (rain date Sunday, Feb. 18) at The Delaware County Fairgrounds in Walton. Registration from 9-10 a.m.; $20 per race. Chest protectors and tether switches are required. $20 fee for PIT pass. Spectators, $5, general admission - 12 and under- free. There will be stock classes: everything stock, even ride height must be in stock height position. (No lowering of front suspension). Improved trail a modified class, studded and non-studded classes for stock and improved trail classes. Optional stroke class if there are enough to run it. Food and chance tickets will be available for purchase. It’s a family-friendly event, don’t miss it.

The Walton H.S. PTSA Corn Hole Tournament date was changed to Saturday, April 7. To participate complete the registration form and submit along with $10 payment to the high school office by April 2.

Girls on the Run of Central New York is again seeking girls in grades 3-5 to participate in the interactive curriculum that teaches life skills, and uses running to build self esteem and inspire self respect in preteen girls. GOTR meets Tuesdays and Thursdays for 10 weeks from 3-4:15 at the Townsend School at a cost of $25 per child. The first round of registration has passed, but they have opened a last chance registration online from Feb. 12-16. Go to Registration must be done online. When you get confirmation, the girls will stay after school starting March 13, and every Tuesday and Thursday that school is in session. Mark your calendar for June 3 for the celebratory 5K event in Cooperstown for all local chapters.

Speaking of Girls on the Run, there was a nice turnout for the Walton Lions Club and Danny’s Restaurant fundraiser to support the Walton Education Foundation (who sponsors GOTR). The ziti and meatballs meal, along with Danny’s famous soup and salad bar, was a nice way to spend a rainy Sunday with others in the community. The Foundation wants to expand its reach with some other ideas to support in addition to the GOTR program and YMCA scholarships. Look for more news from the Foundation as they get some money to expand. They raised about $2,000 with this dinner. Thanks to all who donated, volunteered and attended.

The Sunday, Feb. 18 Coffeehouse at the Theatre will introduce Steve Fabrizio and Friends to the Walton area. The evening of jazz will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and as usual, is free, with donations accepted. The group will perform classic tunes of singers like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Tony Bennett. Desserts and coffee/tea will be available.

The NY Botanical Gardens Orchid Show, theatre, gaming and a show are included in the Order of the Eastern Star bus trip on April 10-11. Trip will also include the live performance of “Steel Magnolias” at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, outlet shopping and coupon book, and overnight accommodations at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa. Bus ticket, snacks on the bus and all gratuities is just $260 per person/double occupancy. Reservations with a deposit of $150 are due to Jo Hoffmeister by Feb. 21. Balance due by March 16. Make checks payable to Jo, and mail to 29514 St. Hwy. 10, Walton, NY 13856. The bus will leave from Walton, and pick-up in Liberty. A detailed itinerary will be sent to those who send a deposit. If you have questions call Jo at 434-8129 or email her at The trip’s proceeds will benefit the Willemoc Downsville Chapter #304.

Pennies From Heaven runs the month of February at Townsend School. Each classroom collects pennies in milk jugs to be weighed at the end of the month to see who wins. Some classes have one jug, some classes end up with three or five. It’s a fun way to contribute to Delaware Valley Hospital, who then rewards the winning class with a pizza party. Winning classes at each grade level get an ice cream treat party. So collect your pennies and join the fun. Because they are weighed, not counted, the only change we ask you to send is pennies.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life Daffodil Sale is on. Orders and money due by March 5; flowers will be here the week of March 19. Just $13 for a 6.5” pot of regular daffodils, or $8 for a 4.5” pot of miniature daffodils. Half of the proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Or you can give a “Gift of Hope” for $25 and the Society will anonymously delivers flowers to a local health care facility. It also helps support the mission of the American Cancer Society searching for a cure. Contact Beth O’Brien to order.

This year the Delaware County Relay For Life will be held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Walton on April 28 from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.

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