2018-04-10 / Communities


A mailing went home to all residences from the Walton Central School. It includes the UPK application for children four years old by Dec. 1, 2018. It also included a green form that is to be filled out for any children birth to four years old so that we can record them in our census for upcoming enrollment. If this applies to you and your children, bring them to Townsend School, or mail to me Att.: Patty Wood (at school), Townsend School, 42-66 North Street, Walton, NY 13856. If you did not receive the paperwork, call me at 607-865- 5220 extension 4077 and I will send them to you, or just to give me the information by phone.

Applications for 2018-19 UPK need to be returned by Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

As part of an educational forum being held at the Walton Central School District, the documentary Smacked! Heroin Addiction & Recovery in Rural America will be shown at the Walton Central School District tonight - Tuesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. Following the documentary, which runs a bit more than an hour, there will be a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers. The documentary was filmed by videographer Jessica Vecchione and journalist Lillian Browne, who look at the insidious nature of narcotic addiction and how it gained a stranglehold on millions of people across the country, and what makes rural America especially vulnerable to problems like a drug epidemic. The showing of this documentary is part of a series of educational sessions being held at Walton Central School District this spring.

On Wednesday, April 11 there will be a College Night for Juniors at 6 p.m. at the Walton High School auditorium. There will be information for Juniors and their parents on the college application process

Then on Wednesday, April 18 there will be orientation from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., at O’Neill High School for rising Freshman and their parents. There will be information of schedules, courses, clubs, and support services.

Seventeen middle school students competed in the annual St. Jude Math-A-Thon, a fundraiser for St. Jude’s Research Hospital. The students solved math problems and asked for pledges for the fundraiser, which helps kids with cancer and other lifethreatening diseases. The school raised $877 this year. The sixth grade raised the most, with a total of $692 which brings the total the school has raised for St. Jude to $13,799.33 since starting several years ago.

The village of Walton is seeking applications for summer help. If you are 16 and over and have a with a valid driver’s license, there positions for mowers, an Arts and Crafts Supervisor, and tennis and basketball coaches. Also, lifeguards with current Water Safety Instructor certificates, and a weekend pool supervisor. Pick up applications at the village clerk’s office on North Street, and return them by April 30.

There will be a “Shop Local” event at the Trout Creek Fire Hall Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fee money from vendors will be donated to Walton Little League for the upcoming season for concession, field help, new bats and the new girls’ softball league. Come buy from your friends and benefit the kids.

The Delaware County Republican Committee will host the 65th annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Delhi American Legion Hall. Cost per dinner is $50, and if you would like to attend the VIP reception prior to the dinner at 6 p.m., include $25 more. Tickets are available from Walton GOP chairman Gary Grayson at his office on Townsend Street, or by calling 607-865-6571. Guest speaker for the dinner will be NYS Deputy Majority Leader John A. DeFrancisco, who is also a New York Republican candidate for governor.

There will be a free roast pork dinner for firefighters, EMS personnel and auxiliary members and their families as a thank you for their service from the New Hope Community Church congregation. Dinner will be served at the church on Stockton Avenue on Friday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. Reservations must be made in advance - by call Marie Celli at 607-464-4187.

The Delaware County Relay For Life is being held at the Delaware County Fair Grounds in Walton this year on Saturday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. There will be vendors, games, food, a bonfire, music, performers, 50/50 raffles and more. This year’s theme is “Delaware County is Camping for a Cure!” There will be a free luncheon for “survivors” and a guest but they need to sign up ahead of time if possible to receive a t-shirt or hat. Luminaries will be lit at dark “In Honor Of” or “In Memory Of” someone affected by cancer. They can be purchased for $5. For more information contact Bring the family for a day outing and support the American Cancer Society through the Relay For Life.

Bentley Hadden is the three year old son of Derik and Brittny Hadden. He was recently diagnosed with leukemia. INKdicted will sponsor a fundraiser on Saturday, April 28 at which they will do flash tattoos all day, starting at 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The shop is located at 31 West Street. There will also be a raffle with donations from area businesses. If you would like to drop off a donation bring it to the shop or call Jesse on the Bentleys Brigade Facebook page.

There is also an ongoing junk food basket raffle that will benefit nine-month-old Rhemie Roloson, daughter of Rich and Meaghan Roloson. Rhemie was born with kidney abnormalities and has since endured several trips to Albany Med for infections and surgeries. Proceeds will go to the family for travel expenses and any other needs they have. Tickets are $1 each and can be purchased from Jennifer Healey (I will also have some).

Reach out to help these families if you can.

With spring approaching and conditions for wildfires heightened, remember that residential brush burning is prohibited March 16 through May 14 across New York state according to the DEC.

There will be a benefit breakfast for Kelly McLaughlin on Saturday, April 21 at the Royal Oasis on Delaware Street from 7-11 a.m. Proceeds will help with expenses as she is undergoing treatment for blood cancer.

Genealogy 101: Professional genealogist Laura Lee will be at the Ogden Library, with a presentation to gently guide a search for ancestors. This free program will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12. If you’ve ever wondered about your personal history, here’s a great place to start. Call the library for more information: 865-5929.

There will be a Wilson’s Chicken BBQ and bake sale at the Walton Country store on Saturday, April 13 starting at 9:30 a.m. to benefit the Kountry Kids and Kritters 4-H Club.

Save the Date! New Hope Community Church will host a community-wide picnic at the church on Saturday, July 28. All are invited and further details will follow.

The William B. Ogden Library’s author’s tea series continues at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 20 with the visit of local author Denise Dailey. The topic of the tea will be Ms. Dailey’s book, Riko: Seductions of an Artist. The recently published biography tells the story of the Czech artist who, by marrying a Jew, was caught in the Nazi dragnet and twice-exiled, first to wartime England and then to the United States. In America, the couple “delight and despair over re-establishing Riko as a first-class artist in the radically evolving cultural decades from the ’50s to the ’80s.” Coffee, tea and dainties will be served during the reading, discussion, and Q & A session. This event is free, and everyone is welcome.

Also of note: the “Celebrate Spring, Celebrate Reading” art exhibit and silent auction in the lower floor gallery will be on view through April 26. Birdhouse high bidders and people’s choice awards will be revealed on Thursday, April 26 at the end of the Alma Lynch Poetry Slam (2 p.m.)

There will be a Red Cross blood drive Thursday, May 5 at the United Presbyterian Church, corner of North and East streets from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and walk-ins are welcome. As always, there is a great need for blood, so come in if you can and help save a life. Thank you.

Music on the Delaware’s April Coffeehouse at the Theatre will feature Bainbridge musician and entertainer Steve Eisenberg, along with several guest musicians. The event is scheduled for Sunday, April 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Parlor floor of the Walton Theatre.

Townsend School PTA sponsors an essay contest about “Why I Want to Go to Camp” for an all-week paid stay at Camp Shankitunk in Delhi this summer. Students eight to 16 years old can attend sleepover camp this summer and chose from a list of classes like archery, backpacking, geo-catching, woodworking, rocketry, astronomy, cooking and many more. A full list and more information can be found at Students who would like a chance to win the scholarship should submit their essay to the Townsend office by April 13. Winner will be announced by May 1.

High school students, do you have something to say about abortion, euthanasia, infanticide or stem cell research? Prepare and present a 5-7 minute speech to give on any of these subjects and enter the 2018 NYS Right to Life Oratory contest. The local contest will be held at St. John the Baptist Church on Benton Avenue on Sunday, April 22 at 12:15. The winner of the local contest (includes Walton, Delhi, Downsville students) will win $50 and move on to the state contest where you can win cash prizes and a trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national competition. Any questions, contact Brigid at 434-5874.

The Walton Chamber of Commerce is looking for vendors for the All Seasons Sportsmen’s Expo on May 5, on the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Walton. If you run a business that operates during a season or two, or maybe you are involved in activities that happen outdoors in Delaware County, or have an interesting hobby you would like to showcase, perhaps you would be interested. Covered and open booth spaces are available with electricity. For more information, send an email to or call 607-761-2670.

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