2019-02-06 / Communities


Worship services for the DeLancey, Hamden and West Delhi churches during the month of February 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. Give me a call: 607-746-6860 or email

On the passing of Richard Baldauf we extend condolences to his wife Marlene, his children and all his relatives and friends.

I had a call from David Stevenson of Harpersfield the other day. He called to tell me he enjoys my cookie jar recipes. He has tried some of the recipes and takes the cookies over to Mountainside Care Center in Margaretville for his wife Sandy and the other patients. I enjoyed my chat with David because back in the year 1954 David and I were members of the Delaware Academy graduating class. I also like hearing from people who read my column and like what they read. Thanks David and cheers to your wife, Sandy.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, Brayden Eckert turned 10 years old. His mother Lynn Schriver, sister Kyla, Aunt Savannah Wake, cousins Madison and Riley Wake and Uncle Wayne Shepard gathered at Grandma Shepard’s home to help him enjoy his birthday cake. Brayden also shared cupcakes with his friends at school and he was happy with his special day.

We’re very sorry to learn of the passing of Ruth Kelsey. Our sympathy is extended to Ruth’s relatives and friends. Ruth can be well-remembered from long ago when she helped her husband Russ in the Fraser post office and gas station and then in the little ice cream shoppe and restaurant in the same location. It was a great place to get a nice meal along with the great soft ice cream.

Sympathy to the family of long-time Delhi resident Bill Vetter on his passing.

Condolences to all the family and friends of Helen Roach on her passing.

Some New York state history: From 1754 -1763 The French and Indian War, a fierce contest to gain control of the New World (New York), changed the course of history. The British and American colonists fought against the French and Canadians, with Native American allies on both sides. By uniting the colonies and building their military strength and confidence, this war set the stage for the American Revolution. In 1765, New York City hosted the first Colonial Congress, a conference called to discuss the King of England’s Stamp Act. The Revolutionary War - 1775-1783: On May 10, 1775, Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold and 83 Green Mountain Boys, surprised the sleeping British garrison at Fort Ticonderoga and took the fort, called the Key to a Continent, without firing a shot. This was the first American victory of the Revolutionary War. In 1776, after serving as a colony of Great Britain for more than a century, New York declared its independence on July 4, becoming one of the original 13 states of the Federal Union.

Grandma’s cookie jar recipe: Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies. 1 1/2 cups shortening, 2 2/3 cups packed brown sugar, 4 eggs, 2 tsp. vanilla, 2 1/4 cups flour, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 1/2 tsps. baking soda, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, 4 cups old fashion oats. In bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in vanilla. Add rest of ingredients and mix well. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2” in apart onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool. For filling, in a mixing bowl cream 3/4 cup shortening, 3 cups conf. sugar and 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow cream. Add enough milk (1 to 3 Tblsp.) to achieve spreading consistency. Spread filling on the bottom of half of the cookies and then top with the other half.

From the 1932 cookbook: Making Gravies, flour will dissolve immediately and mix in smooth and quickly if you put it into hot fat or butter. In making gravy mix the flour into hot drippings, then add water and stir while you bring it to the boil and allow it to boil a few minutes. If you do that you will have no lumps and no flour taste. Where you have a watery gravy to thicken don’t try sifting the flour into that hot watery liquid because you cannot stop it lumping if you do. Do this instead: Melt some butter, dissolve your flour in the butter and then dissolve that with a little cold water. Now you can pour that mixture into the hot watery gravy and all you have to do is stir as you pour it and you will have no lumps. Be sure to season your gravy with salt and pepper and perhaps a very little Worcestershire sauce. In making gravy for roast beef, for instance, never roast the beef with any water in the pan. When you take the roast out of the roasting pan pour most of the hot drippings or fat into a crock, leaving only about a tablespoonful in the pan. Into this hot fat stir your flour and mix so that there are no lumps and then add water and boil for 2 or 3 minutes. The juices which have been browned on the bottom of the roasting pan will dissolve and flavor and color your gravy. Don’t forget to season it.

My thoughts of the week: I have noticed our daylight is beginning to get longer now. As far as our weather has been this week, we have had a little bit of everything. Snow, cold, a little warming with rain which caused the river to come up and overflow and cause ice jams and caused a few roads to be closed. We were glad at this point that it turned colder again to slow the river water and ice jams down before it caused real flooding problems. Valentines Day Feb. 14, don’t forget guys to buy your wife, sweetheart or loved one a box of chocolates or flowers to celebrate this special day.

Lynn Kinch’s joke of the week: A boy yelled to his teacher, “I ain’t got no crayons!” The teacher smiled and tried to correct him. You mean, “I don’t have any crayons. You don’t have any crayons. We don’t have any crayons. They don’t have any crayons. Do you understand?” “I think so,” the boy said, puzzled. “Teacher, what happened to all the crayons?”

Sister: “What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple?” Brother: “What?” Sister: “Finding half a worm in your apple!”

A cute saying: May God grant you always, A sunbeam to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you, a sheltering angel so nothing can harm you. Laughter to cheer you. Faithful friends near you. And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you.

Helpful Hint: An interesting way to make deviled eggs: To avoid the mess to transfer deviled egg filling from a mixing bowl to a pastry bag. Mix the hard cooked yolks and seasonings directly in a zipper lock bag. After adding the ingredients, seal the bag and run your rolling pin back and forth over the bag to thoroughly combine the ingredients. When this is done snip the corner off the bag and pipe the filling into the whites.

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