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2018-12-05 / Communities

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I’m pleased to say Frank Ward has agreed to send me his monthly statistics to share. While it doesn’t replace hearing him each morning, and I miss that, as I know many others do, but at least we can keep up on the stats that he will still keep. So here it is, “Finally it’s done, a horrible month. Normal average temperature is 38 degrees; we had 32 - 6 degrees below normal. Everyone’s heating bill will reflect this. It was also another wet month. Normal is 3.8 inches, we had 6.22, which is 2.43 inches above average. It was a very snowy month, normal is just under 10 inches, we had 27.2; up 17 inches on snow. November is now the tenth month out of 11 with a surplus of precipitation. We now have 61.68 inches for the year. If we get 4.3 inches in December, we’ll have the wettest year since records were kept.” Thanks, Frank and we look forward to next month!

The Girl Scouts will be singing Christmas carols at Veterans Plaza on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 5:45- 6:15 p.m. All are welcome to come, listen and enjoy.

The First United Methodist Church of Walton will host a living nativity on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 4-6 p.m. Santa will be there at 4 p.m. sharp to read a Christmas story and to celebrate Jesus’ birthday with a gift for each child. There will also be a freewill lasagna dinner, with a box for food bank donations. Children will also have a chance for a picture with Santa.

The Christmas Eve service will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24 and all are welcome. If you have questions, call 607-865-5765.

The DVH Volunteers still have special Christmas tables in the lobby by the gift shop. Find stocking stuffers, gifts and more from the shop and tables with lots of books and puzzles and decorations.

On Thursday, Dec. 6, the volunteers will host a bake sale with lots of goodies - treat yourself or give as a Christmas treat. Then on Thursday, Dec. 13, the Cheese Man will be back - last chance for your holiday cheese tubs. Lavendar Dreams will be at them hospital with corn bags and other homemade crafts on Dec. 17 and Hare and Feather will be back on Dec. 20 with cheeses, jellies, baked goods and sauces.

Riverside Alliance will have a Christmas program on Sunday Dec. 9 called “What’s So Special” following a Christmas brunch at 9:30 a.m. The public is welcome.

Townsend School’s annual Winter Concert will be Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at the high school auditorium. This year’s concert will feature the second and fourth grade choruses, and the Townsend band and advanced orchestra. The pieces are directed by Miss Theresa Bolton and Mr. Erik Parry. Admission is free and the public is invited. Come get a dose of Christmas cuteness from the elementary students.

Saturday, Dec. 8, will be the first ever Walton Central School student craft show at the high school from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The vendors at this show will be students, grades K-12, who have made crafts to sell for their profits. Some of the items expected are sock snowmen, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, artwork, wreaths, slime, hot cocoa mug gifts, table centerpieces, bird feeders, wooden bats, corn bags, chocolate covered pretzels, key fobs, and other baked goods. The event is sponsored by the Townsend and HS/MS PTAs and they will be selling refreshments, such as hot dogs, chips, candy and beverages.

The middle school book fair will also be open during the craft fair -a great time to purchase Christmas books and other items.

UHS Delaware Valley Hospital will have a visit from Santa on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 5-7 p.m. Kids will receive a gift from Santa and can get a free photo taken with him. They can also make a Christmas craft to hang their picture with. Stop at the UHS DVH Finance Building at 20 West Street if you’ve been good boys and girls.

If you miss this visit, or if you just want another chance to see him, Santa will be at the Ogden Library on Dec. 15 at 11 a.m.

There will be a Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the United Presbyterian Church, corner of East and North Streets. The time for the drive is 12 noon until 5 p.m. There is always a critical need for blood, especially during the holidays. Walk-ins are welcome, as are first time donors. Come in and donate - you will be saving lives!

Cherish the Ladies’ Christmas shows are legendary. The group has released three holiday albums: “On Christmas Night,” “A Star in the East,” and “Christmas in Ireland.” This show on Saturday, Dec. 8, is one you will not want to miss and tickets are on sale at www.waltontheatre.org, by calling 607-865-6625, or at Wayne Bank, Molto Espresso and Sidney Federal Credit Union in Walton. Further information is available at 607-865-6829. Tickets are $20 for advance purchase and $25 at the door.

Go to the annual Community Band Christmas Concert on Monday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at the high school. They will play lots of fun Christmas music as well as some solos, duets, and small group specials. Following the concert there will be delicious refreshments. Come and bring a friend to celebrate the holiday season.

The Walton Central School Drama Club will present a holiday production, “The Little Town of Christmas,” on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Walton High School Auditorium. Bring the entire family to enjoy a festive evening of theatre to kickoff the holidays.

Everybody in the little town of Christmas is friendly and funny. Also included are old favorite but updated stories such as “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and “A Christmas Carol.” A group of carolers, kids trying to be wise men in the Christmas play, and a lecture on Christmas etiquette, and you’re in for an evening of holiday laughter and warmth. Tickets are $4 for students, and $5 for adults on resale, they will cost $1 more at the door. Tickets will be available at the school office and Molto Express.

New Hope Community Church Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the church on Stockton Avenue. Hot lunch will be available for purchase. Also there will be a bake sale. Sale runs 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and many craft vendors will attend.

Classic Flix for December is “The Bells of St. Mary’s,” which will air on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Walton Theatre. All seats $6; come see the classic Christmas movie on the big screen and enjoy a step back in time through the theatre.

Teen Night at Wm. B Ogden Library on Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. Teens get together every second Thursday of the month at 5 p.m. to watch a movie, play games, make crafts, etc. Activities will rotate each month. Light refreshments will be available.

Walton First Baptist Church will present a Christmas cantata (a musical that tells a story) during the church service on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 10:45 a.m. and the community is welcome.

Join the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. for “Jesus Calling - The Story of Christmas.” Celebrate the journey of Christ from Creation to Birth through stories, games, art, snacks. There will also be a Christmas workshop for children from UPK through eighth grade.

The mitten tree is up at Dr. Dohner’s Walton office - take a set if you need them, or donate a set if you’d like to. It will be in the lobby for the month of December.

The Walton Veterans Club and its organizations are opening its annual children’s Christmas party to local Veterans with young children Dec. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. Games, arts and crafts and maybe a surprise guest... local Veterans must call the Vets Club at 607-865- 8094 with ages and gender of the child(ren) for reservations. Veterans - bring proof of service to the party, please!

The grief support group meets this week, Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 6-7 p.m. at 103 North Street next to the United Methodist Church. Use the front entrance on North Street. The session will be led by trained facilitators who have experienced loss.

The Walton Central School District will live-stream home boys’ and girls’ basketball games, and wrestling matches this season. JV and varsity games/matches that are held in the Walton high school gymnasium will be broadcast via the school’s YouTube channel. www.youtube.com/channel/ UCeNyGfgqoZkRPqVwVc3VD1g. Only games in the high school gymnasium will be broadcast. For select basketball games, WCS graduate Ron Galley do the playby play work. In games that Galley does not broadcast, the live feed will just have the game without commentary.

Thank you WCS Tech Administrator Rick Robinson for his efforts to make this happen.

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