2019-05-15 / Communities


Services for the DeLancey, Hamden and West Delhi churches during the month of May will be held in the West Delhi church at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Connie Stone. The DeLancey and the West Delhi churches will participate in the New York Landmark Conservancy Sacred Sites open house program on the weekend of May 18 and 19. The DeLancey church open house will be Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the West Delhi church open house is on Sunday from noon until 3 p.m.

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Month of May birthday folks: Jane Alverson, Florence Grill, Lynn Liddle, Joe Whittaker, Arlene Calhoun, Lois Klukkert, Linda Gray, Mary Ann Piroha, Jean Newkerk, Brianna Eichhorn, Beverly Watson, Judy Ford, Joe Costa, Minnie Miller, Ed Rossley Sr., Nancy Avery, Jean Liddle, Terry Mostert, Lynn Roye, Ruth Marshall, Tina Moshier, Branden Bodo, Deb Mostert, Jeremiah Anderson, Pat LaRocque, Tom Vroman, Eleanor McKee, Margie Tweedie and Vera Hunt.

May anniversary folks are Wayne and Pam Metlicke, Doug and Jean Bull, Walter and Lynn Roye and Hank and Jean Groth. Enjoy your day folks and another good year together.

The family of Riley Wake helped her celebrate her birthday last Sunday with cake at her Delhi home. Riley, who turned five, was full of energy and fun and enjoyed the attention and cake with her family.

Delaware Co. Public Health will have a free rabies clinic on May 16 at the Sidney Fire Hall from 5 to 7 p.m.

The town of Hamden Senior Citizens monthly dish to pass dinner and meeting will be held May 22 at noon at the town hall. Come and bring your dish to pass and table setting and enjoy time with friends. Drinks will be furnished.

The Delhi Historical Society will have guests, “4 Ever Young” singing a cappella harmony from the 50s and 60s. There are four members who have been singing together for five years and have 105 years of barbershop experience among them - at the Cannon Free Library on Tuesday, May 28, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

At the Walton Theatre on Gardiner Place, on May 19 at 6 p.m., longtime musicians Kathy Shimberg and Erik House perform joyful old-time traditional American and Canadian dance tunes. Fiddle, banjo, piano and other instruments. Admission is free.

On May 25, there will be a Bob Wyer - Famed Catskill Photographer film premiere at the Delaware Co. Historical Assoc. At 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Some history of New York state: On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks destroyed the World Trade Center. Nearly 3,000 people were killed. The New York Stock Exchange closed for four days-its longest closure since 1933. Symbolizing our nation’s strength and resilience, it reopened on Sept. 17, setting a record volume of 2.37 billion shares. Today, the national Sept. 11 memorial & museum honors the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks at the World Trade Center site; near Shanksville, Pa., at the Pentagon, and the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February of 1993. In 2006 The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor opened in November at the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site in the Hudson Valley. The facility commemorates the extraordinary sacrifices of America’s servicemen and servicewomen who were killed or wounded in combat and shares the stories of America’s combat wounded veterans and those who never returned, all recipients of the Purple Heart.

A Grandma’s recipe from Nadine Shampine for her banana cake. I have tried it and it’s very good. 1 box yellow cake mix, 3/4 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 cup chopped nuts, 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 small), 3 eggs, 1/2 cup water, 1/3 cup oil. Beat eggs 3 minutes then add cake mix, baking powder and bananas; add water, oil and nuts and mix well. Pour in a greased 9x13 cake pan or a bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 40 to 60 minutes. Frost with a confectioner’s sugar frosting.

From a 1932 cookbook by the Mystery Chef: How to color gravy just the exact shade you want: Into a frying pan that is bright and clean place two good rounded tablespoons of granulated sugar. Then put your frying pan over the fire. Watch the sugar begin to melt. As you see it showing signs of beginning to brown, just tip your frying pan and keep the sugar moving so that it all browns. Keep rocking the frying pan, slowly tipping, allowing the sugar to run from side to side so that it all gets evenly browned. Keep the pan over the fire until the sugar is burnt to a very deep color, about the color of bitter chocolate. Then remove the pan from the fire and slowly pour the burnt sugar into a large iron spoon or a tablespoon if you do not have a larger spoon. Let the burnt sugar solidify in the spoon. It will take a minute or two to cool and settle down. In case you can’t get it all in, keep the pan warm and then when the burned sugar has settled down in the spoon pour some more in. It may be necessary to put your pan over the fire again for a minute to make the sugar run. Now when the burnt sugar is cold it will be absolutely solid in the spoon and you can hang it up ready for immediate use whenever you require it. I tie a piece of wax paper over mine to keep the dust from it. Now how do you use that spoon? Suppose you have a lamb stew or have cooked chicken by some recipe that gives you chicken that tastes all right but with a weak-looking liquid - just put the spoon containing the hardened burnt sugar into the stew or into any gravy that you desire to color. Stir the spoon around and see how it gradually starts to color the gravy or stew. Stir the spoon around until you have the exact color you require, then remove the spoon, run a little water over it and let it dry. Cover the spoon with wax paper to keep it clean and hang it up for use again whenever you want it.

When I read this one I couldn’t help think they went through a lot back in those days and we can be thankful for how things have improved through the years.

My thoughts of the week: If you’re driving toward Delhi, on Burgin’s Flat, watch where you’re driving and don’t end up off the road in one of the newly dug ditches. If you get in one you’re not going to get back out by yourself. Just overnight, my lawn is covered with dandelions. I love the bright yellow color of them and even the mowing doesn’t make them go away. The bright yellow color of them is pretty but not as beautiful as the variety of daffodils Don K. brought me. Years ago I tried making wine with the dandelions and it turned out good, but it was only a one-time thing that I wanted to try.

Lynn Kinch’s joke of the week: Hospital regulations require a wheelchair for patients being discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn’t need any help to leave the hospital. After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the elevator. On the way down I asked him if his wife was meeting him. “I don’t know,” he said, “She’s still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.”

Senior Moments: I honestly think I’ve gotten better looking as I’ve gotten older. It has been almost a decade, however since I had my eyes checked.

A cute saying: The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Helpful Hint: When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

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