2018-10-10 / Communities


Worship services for the DeLancey, Hamden and West Delhi churches during October will be held in DeLancey church at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Connie Stone.

I welcome news from folks on what they have been doing. Readers tell me they like to read this column but I can’t do it without your help. Give me a call at 607-746-6860 or you email me at

Our prayers and hope you are healed and back on your feet soon, Donna Gorsch.

Ted and Cathy Burczak and sons from Granville, Ohio, Jim and Teresa Burczak and daughters from Delhi, Susie and Jan Kratky from Raleigh, N.C. were all here this week to be with their mother Martha Burczak and for the funeral of their father, Whip Burczak.

Congratulations to newlyweds Eric and Jen Alexander who were married last Saturday. I think Eric and Jen make a very nice couple and I wish them a long, happy life together.

Junior Howard is happy to be back home after spending about two months in the hospitals. He got home just in time to spend his 90th birthday with his family. Our wishes for him to keep improving so he can get out and about again.

Wayne Shepard went with Rich Maxey to Myrtle Beach, N.C. to check on Rich and Mary’s home there after Hurricane

Florence. Even though it took them a few extra hours to get there due to closed roads, they found their home was all good with no damage but they both enjoyed a few days of warm weather.

Voting on the new proposed capital project for the Delaware Academy Central School will be Thursday, Oct. 11 from noon to 8 p.m. in the middle school lobby.

The annual clean sweep chemical disposal day is coming up. Businesses and farms only on Friday, Oct. 19. Businesses and municipalities from 10 a.m. to noon at a cost fee. Farms from 12:15 to 2 p.m. with no fee. Households only on Saturday, Oct. 20, 8 a.m. to noon with no fee. Registration is required - either online at cleansweepdelaware. or by phone: 607-865-6474. Some materials you can dispose of are paints, tars, oils, fluorescent bulbs, chlorine, pool chemicals, automotive solvents and more. Now’s your chance to do some clean up.

Wednesday, Oct. 17 is the last for the year - free rabies vaccination clinic by the Delaware Co. Public Health at the Delhi Fire Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. It’s the law - all dogs and cats need to have rabies vaccinations. Bring previous vaccination slips in order to receive a three year vaccination.

Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Delhi Historical Society Cannon House, the historical society will display a variety of birdhouses, a collection of preserved 100 year-old songbirds belonging to Richard McIntosh of Bovina, and other items of interest. Bill Cash will be sharing his birdhouses and three lucky people will win the birdhouse he has generously donated. Bill Barlow of Barlow’s Taxidermy Studio in Delhi will be loaning us a collection of birds, pheasant, grouse, doves and ducks for viewing as well.

A Grandma’s cookie jar recipe:

My recipe this week is for molasses sugar cookies. This one is a very favorite one for me. 3/4 cup shortening, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup molasses, 1 egg, 2 tsp. baking soda, 2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp. cloves, 1/2 tsp. ginger, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. salt. Cream together sugar and shortening. Add molasses and egg and beat well. Add rest of dry ingredients. Chill dough overnight or for a couple hours. Make balls out of a teaspoon of dough and flatten balls with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Bake in 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes.

From a very old 1932 cookbook I found some interesting cooking tips, that I got a chuckle over: Cutting up an onion without the eyes watering. Go into the kitchen and get a good strong, pungent onion, also get a quarter of a slice of ordinary bread. Now place the piece of bread between the teeth, allowing it to protrude slightly, keeping the mouth slightly open: then cut or grate all the onions you want to and not a single tear will come to your eyes.

My thoughts of the week: After five days of traveling by car across country I’m glad to know my granddaughter Amanda and family have reached their new home in San Diego, Calif. I’m sure they all got tired on that long trip but they should have seen some very nice scenery along the way. Fall has arrived here in the Catskills with the nights getting colder and even though we still haven’t had a frost as we look at the hills and mountains we can see a little color starting to come to our leaves. We are waiting for our Indian Summer to come with not real hot days but a little warmer than it has been.

Fun and Wacky Days in October: Oct. 10 - Handbag Day, Emergency Nurses Day, National

Angel Food Cake Day and Take Your Teddy Bear To Work Day; Oct. 11 It’s My Party Day, and in 1984, Space Shuttle Challenger Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space. Oct. 12 - Old Farmers’ Day, Moment of Frustration Day, World Egg Day, Cookbook Launch Day, and The very first Oktoberfest was held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany in 1810; Oct. 13, 1775, The U.S. Continental Navy was created, Astronomy Day and International Skeptics Day. Oct. 14 is National Dessert Day and in 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Oct. 15 I Love Lucy Day - I Love Lucy premiered on TV in 1951; Oct. 16 is Bosses Day, Dictionary Day, and the Cuban Missile crisis began Oct. 16 in 1962.

Lynn Kinch’s joke of the week: A lawyer had a leaky faucet in his office bathroom. He got the number of a nearby plumber and called him in. The plumber arrived and in five minutes had repaired the faucet. Washing his hands, he told the lawyer, “That will be $150.” “That’s outrageous!” the lawyer exclaimed. “That’s more money than I make in an hour.” “I know,” the plumber said. “That’s why I quit being a lawyer.”

Sister: Where are you going? Mom said not to walk on the kitchen floor unless your feet are clean. Brother: My feet are clean. It’s only my shoes that are dirty!

A cute saying: Life’s quiet moments hold all the inspiration we need for true and lasting happiness. All we have to do is slow down and open our eyesto the smile of a child, the colors of a sunrise, the effortless flight of a bird. If we can capture the simple beauty of these wonders, and carry them with us throughout each day, we’ll be at peace with the world and most of all with ourselves.

Helpful Hint: to make one of those boxed macaroni and cheese different, cook the macaroni as directed, drain and add the contents of the cheese packet. Then stir in one can of Italian style stewed tomatoes and heat through. This is a quick and satisfying dish.

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