2019-04-10 / Communities


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

A Tenebrae service will be held on Good Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. at the Hamden church.

The annual Easter egg hunt for kids will be held on Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. at the DeLancey church.

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We are very sorry to see of the passing away of Don Terry of Florida. Don grew up here in Hamden and then lived in Delhi for many years. Our sympathy is extended to Don’s wife and their family.

On March 23, Betty and Harry Bell traveled to Lake George where they stayed at the William Henry Resort. In the evening they attended an “ice breaker” where resort guests could meet and socialize. On March 24, they attended a brunch followed by nine men being inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Hall of Fame which was held at the Cool Civic Center Arena in Glen Falls. Betty’s son Jeff Baier was one of inductees. Attending besides Betty and Harry were Jeff’s son Lucas, his sisters and brother-in laws Barb and Bob Mackey (Bob was Downsville’s school superintendent during Jeff’s basketball coaching era} Jeana and Jamie Roberts, Steve Reed - the team’s bus driver, his daughter Lisa Reed Henderson who kept the official’s book, Lynn Reed (Steve’s son) who was a former player and assistant coach, John Evans, current Downsville superintendent, Chris Towsky former guidance counselor at Downsville Central School and close friend and Fred Ahart, who nominated Jeff for the award and is currently a boys basketball coach at Roscoe. It was a very nice ceremony where Jeff and the other eight inductees gave speeches. Certainly a day to remember and for Betty it was a day to be very proud of her son Jeff.

I always love to hear from folks from a long ways who enjoy reading my column and this week I heard from Deb Tompkins Olsen from Florida. Deb and her husband Melvin are former Delhi/ Bloomville residents. Deb’s father, Bruce Tompkins, worked at the Delaware Co. Farmers’ Coop which was located on the Delhi Ames Plaza years ago. Deb worked at the Delhi Hospital and that was where she met my sister, Gert Mostert. Gert tried to teach Deb how to crochet a baby sweater; when Gert found a mistake in the sweater, Gert ripped the crocheting out so Deb could start over. Deb said that discouraged her and she never has tried crocheting again. Anyway I really liked hearing from Deb and “Hi” to those in Florida.

The Hamden Senior Citizens met Wednesday for their dinner and meeting. All enjoyed the presentation by Neil Riedell who was part of the relay team that carried the torch through New York to the Olympics at Lake Placid. Next meeting of the Hamden Senior Citizens will be April 24 at noon at the town hall. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service.

Tracey Layaou and MaryAnn Merrill will co-chair a fundraising Easter bake sale at the Hamden Town Hall on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Proceeds will go to fund the Hamden Senior Club newsletter and mailing costs. The ladies are looking for baked goods to be donated for the sale.

Don’t be surprised if you see people walking around in their pajamas on April 16 as its designated as “Wear Pajamas To Work Day.”

All dogs and cats are require rabies vaccinations. Free Rabies clinic on April 26 at the Stamford Highway Garage, 6 to 8 p.m. Remember, bring a previous vaccination certificate in order to receive a three year vaccination.

On Saturday, April 13 at the Delaware Co. Historical Association at 1 p.m., author Bill Horne will give a presentation based on his book “The Improbable Community - Camp Woodland and the American Democratic Ideal.” Free admission and refreshments.

On April 12 and 13 come to the Kirk Thrift Shoppe at the Delhi First Presbyterian Church on Clinton Street. Bring your kids and your camera - the Easter Bunny will be there for pictures with the kids. Shoppe is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.

With spring weather, we like to get outside and clean up of the yard. Just remember the burning ban is in effect until May 14.

Some History of New York state: In 1956, New York City hosted a subway series: a major league baseball championship between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Vietnam War - 1961-1975. The New York State Vietnam Memorial at the Empire State Plaza in Albany commemorates the military service of New York state residents who served their country in Southeast Asia between 1961 and 1975, including more than 4,000 who lost their lives or were declared Missing In Action. 1964 - The World’s Fair opened (again) in New York City. 1969 - The three-day Woodstock Music & Art Fair was held on a former dairy farm in Bethel. The open-air festival featured icons of rock music and attracted half a million fans. Today the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts features a 1960s museum and presents concerts at the site. The New York Mets won the 1969 World Series.

Grandma’s cookie jar recipe for oatmeal chip cookies: 1/2 cup shortening, 1 cup sugar, 1 Tblsp. molasses, 1 egg, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 cup quick oats, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 cup chocolate chips. Cream shortening and sugar, add molasses, egg and vanilla and mix. Add rest of dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop on cookie pans and bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes.

From a 1932 cookbook: To stop foam from boiling over when boiling syrups and other liquids that quickly foam up when they reach the boiling point, blow vigorously in the center of the foam and it will subside while you reduce the flame or remove the pot.

My thoughts of the week: Every day now we see more spring changes coming. Except for a patch here and there, the snow is gone. I finally saw some robins bobbing around on my lawn and flocks of blackbirds. I drove by the Delhi College Golf Course and saw that renovations on the clubhouse are underway. The new clubhouse will have two dining areas, a pub and more formal seating. The restaurant will be called Bluestone and will have a bluestone patio overlooking the golf course. It will be operated by the college students and will be opened in the fall to serve lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Lynn Kinch’s joke of the week: A boy attended his first wedding. After the service, his cousin asked him, “How many women can a man marry?” “Sixteen,” the boy responded. “How do you know that?” “Easy. All you have to do is add it up, like the preacher said: four better, four worse, four richer, four poorer.”

Senior moments: Some people are disturbed by senior moments. Not me, at my age, I’ll take moments any way I can get them.

A cute saying: Green is the prime color of the world and that from which its loveliness arises.

Helpful Hint: A quick trick to prevent kitchen burns from swelling or blistering. Keep a bottle of soy sauce in your refrigerator, because chilled soy sauce can help ease the pain of a nasty burn. If you grab a hot pan or get hit by some bubbling hot oil while you’re cooking, quickly grab the soy sauce, pour a small amount into a bowl or cup and submerge the burn in the chilled soy sauce for a few minutes. You will feel the soothing effects instantly.

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