2019-05-15 / Communities


The United Presbyterian Church (red brick) will have its annual Music Sunday service on May 19, starting at 10 a.m. Go and enjoy listening to the bell choir, the adult choir, and several talented singers from the congregation. All are welcome.

New Hope Church provides an award of $250 towards higher education to a Walton High School or home-schooled senior in the Walton Central School (WCS) District who demonstrates Christian character and values in his or her personal life, church and community. Applications can be picked up at local churches or the WCS guidance office. Mail application to Pat Reynolds, 15 Maple Street, Walton, NY 13856 by May 30. The recipient will be notified by June 10.

An initiative is underway with several area businesses. As a nod to Mother’s Day, A Time to Heal owner Rachel James has teamed with Alice’s Attic and Molto Expresso on a diaper drive. The diapers will be donated to Delaware Opportunities clothing and food pantry in Hamden. Drop off any size package of diapers at Alice’s Attic and your name will be entered into a drawing to win a half-hour massage from A Time To Heal, a $20 gift certificate from Alice’s Attic, or five free drinks from Molto Expresso. (I love it when the businesses work together for the greater good.) Kudos to the business owners, and those that donate.

The Townsend School will present its spring concert on Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at the high school auditorium. Elementary band and orchestra and guitar group led by Erik Parry, and the third and fifth grade choruses led by Theresa Bolton will perform. Admission is free; all are welcome.

Townsend School students also invite everyone to the annual art show on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, May 15-17. There will be a BOGO book sale at the same time. Come to see the children’s art and buy them a supply of summer books. On Friday night, the fifth grade class will help the PTA present the annual carnival on the front lawn at the school. Running from 4-7, the book and art fairs will be open during that time.

The Townsend School will celebrate Memorial Day with a red, white and blue day on Thursday, May 23, as school is now closed Friday, May 24. Help your children celebrate and understand Memorial Day by wearing patriotic colors.

Walton Little League organizers invite everyone to the annual fundraiser on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the WCS Bus Garage. There will be a car wash - let the kids will wash that nasty New York state salt off your cars under the supervision of their coaches and a bake sale, along with a Wilson chicken barbecue. Support young, talented ball players.

May’s Classic Flix movie at the Walton Theatre is Cool Hand Luke starring Paul Newman on Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. Mark your calendar for June 20 for Father of the Bride.

As I suspected, a committee is forming to organize a town-wide lawn sale on the last weekend in July. Details are not finalized but it sounds like a great idea and that it will be a go. Stay tuned to find out what you will need to do to participate.

The Walton Art Walk is a project of the newly formed West Branch Artists (WBA whose mission is to build community and economic resilience in Walton through creating, making and sharing art. Walton Art Walk will be a self-guided tour on Saturday, July 20 and will feature the work of local visual artists and artisans. Tour-goers will see original artworks on display in the storefront windows of local businesses and within venues located along Delaware Street, Gardiner Place and North Street in Walton. The event is free and open to the public. Participants will follow a tour map that lists locations with a description of each artist’s work. The event is free and open to the public and will attract hundreds of visitors — art lovers, artists, and collectors from the Western Catskills - an excellent opportunity for both the artists and local businesses to highlight what they do best. Get involved now - the Big Little Art Studio will have rock-painting days to encourage adults and children to get involved and be a part of the project. Other opportunities to participate will be announced. (I think this sounds like a wonderful idea that hopefully brings a lot of people to our little town.)

Spring fling yard and craft sale at the New Hope Community Church, Stockton Avenue, Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be available for purchase; $10 a table. Call Linda Frank to reserve at 607-865-4004.

There will be a 2019 New York State 4-H Stem Camp on Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16 at 4-H Camp Shankitunk for ages 10 and older. Seven courses will be offered. Cost is $75 per person; students will sleep overnight in the bunks at the camp. Class sizes are limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Contact Emily Roach at 607-865- 6531 x107 or email for further information or questions.

The May 19 Coffeehouse at the Walton Theatre will close this year’s Music on the Delaware season with two Otsego County musicians - Erik House and Kathy Shimberg. Their performance will include traditional American dance tunes on fiddle, banjo, and piano, and a few à cappella songs. Coffeehouse events are free to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Home baked refreshments, coffee and tea will be available. Donations are gratefully accepted.

The Walton High School PTSA will hold a spring raffle. Proceeds will benefit the Class of 2020. Tickets can be purchased from PTSA members Jen Wright - Townsend Elementary (607-435- 8929), Jami Aubin-Townsend Elementary (607-865-5220), Betsy Drumm - Palmer’s Repair Shop (607-865-5002), Tammie Tweedie - Kraft Foods (607-434-0660) or Karen Gilbertson - High School Guidance Office (607-865-4116 ext. 6143). The drawing will be May 23. Tickets cost is $5/ticket or 5/$20. Raffle winner may choose a MASPORT push mover, YAMAHA TTR 125dirt bike, or YAMAHA 4000 generator.

The staff at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital (DVH) invites the community to family fun day at the UHS Primary Care Center in Walton, Titus Place, on Sunday, May 19 from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. Animal Adventure staff will be there with 12-15 animals and “touch and see” tables. Drawings and prizes, car seat safety checks and free blood pressure screenings, and DVH staff will show the new primary care site addition. For more information call 607- 865-2409 or 607-865-2706.

Delaware County Mountain Eagle Riders will hold their annual Bill Wicks Run on Saturday, June 1, $20 rider and $10 for passenger, includes a meal at Feather and Stone where the run begins and ends. There will also be raffles for a crossbow and 50/50. Registrations start at 10:30 a.m., kickstands up at 11:30. Proceeds will benefit the Bill Wicks Memorial

Scholarship Fund.

It’s time to reserve your Townsend School and Middle School yearbooks. The books are both $15 and include all the students in the schools. To reserve a Townsend yearbook send in a check to Townsend School PTA to the TS office as soon as possible.

To reserve a middle school yearbook, send $15 or a check made out to MS Yearbook to the middle school office, or bring to me at Townsend School. Both yearbooks will have a few extras ordered but those will only be available on a first come, first served basis, so if you want to be sure to get one, reserve it now.

On Monday, May 27, the Walton Memorial Day parade will lineup in parking lot in front of school bus garage between 9:30–10 a.m. The parade starts at 10. See the details of the route the parade will take on page 4 - Walton Memorial Day Observance Schedule. Following the parade, a free lunch will be provided for veterans and unit members who participated in parade. Others who wish to eat may do so by making a free-will offering.

In the event of inclement weather, ceremonies will be held in Walton Central High School gym.

There were lots of good causes this weekend and many fundraisers were running on Saturday. By the looks, all were well attended. Walton is a very giving community - one of the reasons I get so annoyed when people write us off. We have challenges, but we have a lot of people working to overcoming them, and bringing new things and events to our little town. We are doing great, and the people here are the best. I hope the fundraising goals were all met. There will be more coming, and Waltonians will rally and respond. Thank you all.

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