2018-08-08 / Communities


I had a call from a reader, Margaret Gorton, asking about the solution that I used to clean my grandmother’s headstone. It is called D/2 Biological solution. It’s non-carcinogenic and is non-toxic. Marianne Greenfield told me that it is light reactive, so it needs to be kept in the dark and cannot freeze, so it needs to be kept indoors. It has a shelf life of about five years. You can find it on Amazon. It can be used on any kind of stone including masonry, marble, granite, limestone, brownstone, travertine, terra cotta, concrete, stucco, wood, canvas and vinyl and aluminum siding. If you have a stone bench or planter, you can use D/2 to remove stains from mold, algae, mildew or lichens It’s pretty amazing. I went and visited my grandma’s grave a week after I cleaned it, and it’s beautiful. Thanks for calling, Margaret.

There are a lot of changes with tax laws this year, which could change what you need to have withheld from your paycheck. With only five months left in the year, you may want to check out the withholding calculator provided by the IRS at irs- withholding- calculator. According to the website, the IRS encourages everyone to use the withholding calculator to perform a quick “paycheck checkup.” The calculator helps identify your tax withholding to make sure you have the right amount of tax withheld from your paycheck. By checking your withholding, it can help protect you against having too little tax withheld and facing an unexpected tax bill or penalty at tax time next year. If you determine you need more taxes or less taxes taken out, give your employer a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. You can use your results from the Calculator to help fill out the form and adjust your income tax withholding.

Last week’s trivia question: In what year was the United Ministry’s Preschool program started? The Christian Play School started in September of 1968, and this year they celebrate 50 years. The first school was held at Wesley Hall, formerly known as Mason Block, now called the Luce Center by the old Methodist Church on Court Street. It began with two teachers, Dorothy Cook and Carole Sparkman with six children, then grew to 16 by the end of the first year. Play School was sponsored by the Commission on Education of the United Methodist Church in Delhi, and was open to all community families as it is today. At some point after the Methodist Church and the 2nd Presbyterian Church merged, becoming Delhi Corporate Ministry, the Christian Play School was moved to the education wing of what is now called The United Ministry of Delhi. The Play School program is accepting students for the fall. School runs from September to end of May, Monday Thursday 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. They are currently searching for past Alumni who attended Play School. If you or someone you know attended or for anyone looking for information regarding Play School, contact Pam Savage at playschool. or visit and message through that. You can also call Pam at 607-746-2191, ext. 206.

This week’s trivia question: What years was the Delaware Republican-Express published? Learn about this and more at the Delhi Historical Society’s Newspaper Display on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Cannon House, 47 Main Street. The Delhi Historical Society and Francis Ruggiero will display old Delhi newspapers.

Community volunteers of the week are the members of the Worn and Weathered Club who hosted a fundraiser last weekend to support the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society who are celebrating 50 years this year. Thanks to the members of the Worn and Weathered Club for all they do to support the animals, and our community.

There are many programs happening at the Cannon Free Library this week. “Creative Movement” with Ailisa Boyer - a dance/movement therapist and founder of Nautilus Dance Arts in Delhi - Wednesday, Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Ailisa will lead kids and caregivers in exploring geology themes through creative movement, music and mindfulness - a mix of art and science. All ages welcome - caregiver participation encouraged. A Didgeridoo Down Under program will be held Thursday, Aug. 9, at 10:30 a.m., an exciting Australia themed show of music, culture, science, comedy, character building, anti-bullying, environmentalism and participation. There will be family coloring on Friday, Aug. 10, at 3 p.m. Coloring is not only for children - bring the whole family for an afternoon of coloring. Light snacks and music will be included. On Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 10:30 a.m., a music of the plants program will be held. Listen to the sounds plants make with Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower who will lead a demonstration along with her favorite houseplants. Guaranteed to be an awe-inspiring morning full of intrigue and questions. Grades 3-6; call 607- 746-2662 for more information.

Part “space-maker,” part “money-maker,” the Delaware County Solid Waste Facility will host an open house and ‘Trash 2 Cash’ event in partnership with the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, Aug. 11. Attendees can tour the facility, including the composting and recycling centers - the use of which have extended the life of the landfill and generate a quarter of a million dollars in revenue annually. If you have never been, I recommend you check it out. The Delaware County Solid Waste Facility and the Chamber will show residents and business owners how garbage is transformed into compost, watch leading-edge technology at work and see how trash is turned into cash. Tours are available from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m. at the Solid Waste Facility, 32230 State Highway 10 in Walton. There will be an “American Roots Harmony Singing” workshop with Val Mindel Saturday, Aug. 11 from 2 until 5 p.m. at the West Kortright Centre, 49 West Kortright Church Road, East Meredith. In the 3-hour workshop, you’ll create chord-based country harmonies and the characteristic buzzy close-harmony blend that is a part of American roots music. The afternoon features non-stop American old-time, bluegrass, and country harmony singing, working knee-to-knee with other workshop participants.

There is another Honest Brook Music Festival concert on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m. at the Honest Brook Music Festival Barn, 1885 Honest Brook Road. The Zora String Quartet will perform a concert of classical music. Call 607-746-3770 for more information and tickets.

Mission Fest 2018 will be held Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 565 Andes Road. Immanuel Lutheran Church invites you to hear from individuals who are involved in local community services and programs. Learn about the work that is already going on in Delhi, and about areas that need to be addressed, as well as how you can be involved. Church service at 10 a.m., and the presentations and Q & A will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Coffee, lunch, and dessert are provided.

The Delaware County Fair officially starts Monday, Aug. 13, although, there are some activities happening on Sunday, Aug. 12. Visit to view the entire schedule.

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