2018-11-07 / Communities


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

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On Monday, Gert Mostert enjoyed a visit from the Seneca Falls area when cousins Dawn Burgin, Maris Molisani, Marilyn Liseno and Jackie Tweedie visited. The girls were all Tweedies born in Walton before their family moved to Seneca Falls so they still love to come back to visit.

Carol Dibble from Bloomville and Linda Shepard went to the Delhi Nursing Home on Wednesday to visit Ellen Sanford. We always enjoy seeing Ellen and this time to wish her a Happy 105 Birthday on Nov. 1. I also got to say “hello” to Blanche Fletcher. Carol and Linda then went out for lunch.

The Hamden Hill Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club will have a pancake breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon at their Covert Hollow Clubhouse.

Now that Halloween Trick or Treating is over, look through the treat bags the kids got. Think back of the favorite candy given out. In the 1930s it was the 3 Musketeers, Snickers, Tootsie Pops; in the 1940s M&M’s, Junior Mints, Fun Dip; 1950s Hot Tamales, Pixy Stix, Pez; 1960s Starburst, Swedish Fish; 1970s Reeses’s Pieces, Pop Rocks, Twix; 1980s Airheads, Sour Patch Kids, Skor; 1990s Starburst Jelly Beans, Dove Chocolates, Baby Bottle Pops. Today’s favorite candies? Did you Know Tootsie Roll was the first candy company to trade on the New York Stock Exchange? The Smarties Candy Co. produces more than 1 billion candies annually or enough to place end to end for 85,000 miles. They come in flavors of orange, pineapple, cherry, strawberry, grape and orange cream. About nine billion kernels of candy corn are sold annually. On the average two billion Marshmallow Peeps are produced each year, enough to circle the earth two and a half times.

Lava Lamps were first introduced in 1971. Come to the Delhi Cannon Free Library on Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. and build your own Lava Lamp.

Red Cross blood drives coming up: Nov. 8: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at SUNY Delhi, Farrell Student & Community Center. All types of blood are needed

It’s the time of the year for hunters to head to the woods. Bow hunting runs to Nov. 16. Regular deer hunting season will start Saturday, Nov. 17 to Dec. 9. Have fun, but remember to hunt safely as there are other hunters in the woods.

Nov. 9, WW I Posters Exhibit opening reception at the Delaware Co. Historical Assoc. with wine and cheese reception; 4 p.m. Free admission.

Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cannon Free Library, the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society will celebrate 50 years of caring for dogs and cats. Director Deb Crute will share information about the history and operation of the shelter. There will also be information available on how you can volunteer at the shelter.

My Grandma’s cookie jar recipe this week is from Gert Mostert: Cocoa Pink Cuplets. 1 1/4 cups sugar and 3/4 cups shortening creamed together, 2 cups flour, 1 tblsp. cocoa, 1 tsp. salt, 2 eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla. Combine together 1 tsp. baking soda with 1 cup cold water, add this alternately with the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix all well. This will make 24 cupcakes. Put a few chocolate chips on each cupcake before baking. Bake 350°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

From a 1932 cookbook: To make potatoes mealy: After the water is drained off boiled potatoes, return the pot to the fire, put the lid on and shake the pot, enough to gently turn the potatoes over in the pot while the heat dries out the moisture. Raise the lid every few seconds to let the steam out and continue shaking the pot only until the potatoes are mealy. Do you understand this one??

My thoughts of the week: Another sign that fall is over - the flower tubs through the Hamlet have been picked up and stored away for the winter. With all the rain we had this summer they stayed very pretty and we once again thank the town for putting them out. Tom Hutson started his corn cutting this week, I can now see down the valley. Rumor has it a bear has been visiting our hamlet so be careful when you go out at night. I had my last home-grown tomato this week - they sure were nice this year and are so much better than store bought tomatoes.

Lynn Kinch’s joke of the week: An irate woman burst into the baker’s shop and said, “I sent my son in to buy two pounds of cookies this morning, but when I weighed them there was only one pound. I suggest you check your scales.” The baker looked at her calmly for a moment and replied, “Ma’am, I suggest you weigh your son.”

Brother: “If your neighbor’s rooster comes onto your property and lays an egg in your garden, who owns the egg?” Sister: “Gee, I don’t know. Who?” Brother: “Nobody. Roosters can’t lay eggs.”

A cute saying: We are, each of us, a miracle, unique in our own way. Each day is made special by what we bring to it, the joy, the caring, the closeness we share, our rich pasts and varied experiences. We explore our differences and become closer to each other as we celebrate the gift of friendship and the miracle of ourselves.

Helpful Hint: Winter squash are easy to grow. A single plant can produce several squash, and most squash can be stored until spring if kept in cool storage. Winter squash kept the pilgrims alive - they ate squash at morning and noon. Some types of squash, like the Hubbard, is hard to cut, but a saw or hatchet works well. The butternut has a sweet flavor. The Hubbard is not as sweet as the butternut and is thick skinned but are the best storage squash. The acorns have a nutty flavor but don’t store as well as other winter squash. It’s easy to save winter squash seeds for future gardens. Just remove the seeds, lightly wash to remove any clinging flesh and then leave them to dry at room temperature. Store them in a airtight jar in a cool, dry location.

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