2018-05-15 / Communities


Looking for Austin Lincoln Ice Rink volunteers to dismantle the rink. If you are available Thursday - the 17th - around 4:30 p.m., they need many hands to dry, fold and store the liner for the season. Please bring old towels, mops and hope for sunshine. Thanks to all who can lend a hand.

The Walton Central School will hold its annual budget vote today - Tuesday, May 15 from noon - 9 p.m. A flyer detailing the budget was mailed to all residents. Voters must be 18 years of age, and a resident for at least 30 days prior to the vote. Voters must bring proof of identification, such as a license, a pistol permit or utility bill and you can sign an affidavit.

The Walton Little League will hold its annual fundraising barbecue chicken sale on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Barbecued chicken by Wilson’s and will be for sale at the bus garage. There will also be a bake sale and car wash. If you’d like to bring your recyclables they will take them to redeem, too.

Trout Creek town wide lawn sales on Saturday, May 19 starting from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. For a $10 setup fee, you can rent a table at the Tompkins Town Hall. There will be maps available at the town hall to direct you to the rest of the sales.

There will be a paint and snack fundraiser on Saturday, May 19 at 1 p.m. at New Hope Community Church. Proceeds to support Tim Vandemark and Nick Mathews to help them with expenses for a mission trip to Kenya. Cost to paint a safari elephant picture is $35 per person. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Also on Saturday, May 19, plan to eat at the loaded baked potato extravaganza at the First United Methodist Church on North Street, serving 4:30 to 7 p.m. Adults can eat for $8, which includes a baked potato, assorted toppings, tossed salad, dessert and beverages. Children 6-12: $4. They can have the potato or chicken nuggets, french fries, applesauce, dessert and assorted beverages. Children 5 and Under are free, as their guests. You can do take outs that you choose the toppings yourself; 20% of proceeds will be donated to the Walton Emergency Squad. This was a delicious dinner last year, and the biggest baked potatoes I’ve ever seen. Nice, new fundraising event.

There will be an open house for the YMCA JumpStart program for children 3-5 years old at the Townsend School on Friday, May 18 from 5:30-7. Come meet the teacher, see the room and enroll for the program that best suits your child’s needs. If your child is enrolled in the UPK program, they can come before or after their UPK class, or if they are too young for UPK this year, they can come for whole or half days to the YMCA program. Enrollment is currently open and ongoing for preschool children ages 3-5. For more information, contact Rebecca Banker at 607-865-4116 x4141 or email at

There will be an open house at the Walton Cemetery on May 26 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Hear interesting history, enjoy refreshments, meet the board of directors, and get information on burials and cremations.

Townsend School will make a memorial rock garden. Students can bring one or two flat rocks, no bigger than their hand to school so they can paint them this week in school. Mark your calendars for Friday, May 25 - another red, white and blue Day.

The annual Townsend School Art Show will be Wednesday, May 16-18 along with a book fair. Each student will have at least one piece of art displayed. Come check it out and grab some books for summer reading.

On Friday, May 18, the PTA will hold its annual carnival from 4-7 p.m. on the front lawn. The Spring concert will be on Thursday, May 24.

The Southern Tier Chapter of the Nam Knights will host the breakfast at the White Birch Airport on Sunday, May 20. Serving starts at 8 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. Beautiful scenery, great cause, delicious breakfast.

New Hope Community Church will provide an award of $250 to a Walton High School or Home-Schooled Senior actively involved in a local church in the Walton area who plans to pursue higher education in the Fall. Applications are available at the WCS guidance office and each local church. Deadline is May 24. Recipient will be notified by June 7.

The United Presbyterian Church will host a Music Sunday on Sunday, May 20 at 10 a.m. Come enjoy a time of fellowship with only prayers and music - and all are welcome.

On Sunday, May 20, at 6 p.m. the Coffeehouse at the Walton Theatre will host a group of Walton Central School music students in an event titled “Walton Young Artists.” With this Coffeehouse, Music on the Delaware acknowledges the music work done in the local Walton schools by both students and teachers. Student performers may include numbers learned from various visiting concert musicians during the 2017-18 school year. Coffeehouse events are from 6 to 8 p.m. on the parlor (second) floor of the Walton Theatre and feature local and regional musicians. Performances are free; donations accepted. Coffee/tea and desserts will be available.

This year’s rummage and bake sale at the United Presbyterian Church (red brick). Stop down on Friday, May 18 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., or Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. - noon (bag sale day). Clothing - adult, teen and baby sizes, dishes, pots and pans, linens, books, puzzles, craft supplies, decorative items and too much more to list - will be available. Stop at the bake sale to pick up a tasty treat or two. Something for everyone and the proceeds fund mission projects both locally and abroad.

On Monday, May 28, the Memorial Day parade line-up will be in the school bus garage parking lot in between 9:30 – 10 a.m., when parade starts.

The parade will proceed east on Delaware Street to the new Veteran’s Plaza. The lead units (fire truck, school band, marching units), will turn right between Smoker’s Choice and the laundromat, forming up on the east side of flag pole in the park. The rest of the units in parade will turn right between Underwood’s garage and the park, forming up on the west side of the park, facing the flag pole. Walton Town Supervisor Charles Gregory will have a brief message, “Taps” will be played, and the Flag will be raised.

At approximately 10:10 a.m., the parade units will reform in their respective positions, and proceed to Water Street, turn left, proceed to Bridge Street, turn right across the bridge, then stop at World War II memorial in front of the old armory (castle), where Rev. Robert Wilkie will lead all in prayer, Marge Rutherford will read a Memorial Day message and Deb Goodrich, American Legion Auxiliary, will set a wreath. The parade will then proceed to River Road to the cemetery.

At 10:30 a.m. the parade will stop for the service at the Civil War Monument, Walton Cemetery: wreath set by American Legion Auxiliary; children deposit flowers; Scouts lead “Pledge of Allegiance” and the Gettysburg Address will be recited.

At 10:45 a.m. the parade will stop for a service at new Veterans Memorial in the Walton Cemetery, there will be a legion prayer, led by Rev. Wilkie and wreaths deposited by Walton American Legion, Walton VFW, Walton Ladies Auxiliary, and Sons of American Legion. “In Flanders Fields” will be recited. Benediction will be by Rev. Wilkie, and the 21 gun rifle salute will be by Walton American Legion Color Guard. Taps will be played and the National Anthem will be played by the school band while the flag is raised.

The parade will then proceed back to old armory, where they will again stop for raising of flag, “Taps,” and Walton school band playing National Anthem.

The parade will then proceed across Bridge Street (Walton band to High School), to Delaware Street, to Gardiner Place, where parade will disband.

Following the parade, a free lunch will be provided for veterans and unit members who participated in parade. Others who wish to eat may do so by making a free-will offering.

In the event of inclement weather, ceremonies will be held in Walton Central High School gym.

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