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2018-12-05 / Communities

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Hamden Senior Citizens met for the monthly luncheon meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Hamden Town Hall. “Happy Birthday” was sung to Ann Gavett, Darla Jones, and Ruth Clark for having November birthdays. Congratulations were given to Don and Kathy Moore on their 55th anniversary. Many thanks to the Hamden Town Hall folks for putting up the beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the meeting room, and thank you to seniors Bill Nagel and Doug Bull for connecting the lights so now the tree also has white lights to add to the multicolored balls and ornaments. A newsletter committee was formed to explore publishing a monthly newsletter for members and interested people. The newsletter would provide information - what happened at the last meeting and notice of upcoming events. Contact Jamie O’Donnell at 607-435-5926 to be put on the mailing list. The next luncheon meeting is on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at noon a change from the usual fourth Wednesday of the month. The December Christmas meal is pork loin, catered by the Farmer’s Wife of Hobart - $14 per person. If you want to come call Ginny Wilcox at 607-865-4346 by Friday, Dec. 7, as the Farmer’s Wife needs a head count. The Second and Third Grade Select Chorus from the Walton Elementary School under the direction of music teacher Theresa Bolton will entertain the group after the meal. Friends and family are most welcome to come hear the children. The program usually starts about 12:40 p.m.

Hamden Councilman Richard Smith and Hamden Constable Rich Kelly spoke to the Hamden Senior Citizens about the newly installed Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in the Hamden Town Hall. Smith grew up on a Long Island farm and retired to Terry Clove. He was interested in Hamden and attended many town meetings, became part of some committees, and ultimately replaced Rosemarie Bryden when she retired. Richard read about AEDs in the AARP magazine. It became his project to get a device for the town hall since it is used by so many groups. He found a device which met New York’s standards and licensing rules as it’s easy and simple to use. The device cost about $1,650 - half of which was covered through an O’Conner grant that Supervisor Wayne Marshfield obtained. The other half came from town reserves. The device is the same which many of the Delaware County sheriff vehicles carry. Hamden is the only Delaware County town to have one. Hamden Constable Rich Kelly spoke about how to use the defibrillator - the town clerk, the town assessor, the judge, the supervisor, and the six constables are certified to use it. Records are sent to Dr. Dohner, the town physician. Kelly, a Walton firefighter, advanced EMT, a county dispatcher and EMT instructor. He said if there’s an emergency event with several people on the scene, have one person call 911. Another person should begin using the device, and another can to spell that person if needed. The box containing the device is on the wall next to the entry door and next to a wooden cabinet that houses a TV.

People traveling through Hamden should note that the baseball flags have been exchanged for green seasonal flags purchased through a grant which Town Supervisor Wayne Marshfield got which was matched by monies raised by the Hamden Flag Committee.

The blue baseball flags will return in the spring ready for baseball season. Thank you to Wayne and David Marshfield for putting up the flags. They hope for the weather to be better soon so the flags may be hung in DeLancey.

Church services for Sunday, Dec. 9, will be held in the West Delhi Church at 11 a.m. Rev. Connie Stone will lead the service.

The Covenant will create “Christmas Cheer” bags for members in our community who could use a pick- me-up. If you know of someone who should be included on the list, let Pastor Connie or Lois Klukkert know. The bags will be assembled on Dec. 16 following worship.

If you are in need of a warm blanket, come to the Hamden Church on Saturday, Dec. 8 or Saturday, Dec. 15 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - new, clean, and gently used blankets available.

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