Looked like a great Homecoming Parade, with all of Walton (and Downsville) athletes out to share in the fun. Congratulations to Caroline Gorance, Aireonna Beardslee, Eve Foster, Daisy Haven, Ella Rhinehart, Arianna Bohle, Noah Covell, Colby Phraner, David Gatchalian, Kaiden Kirkland, Seth Hunter and Dominick Armstrong for being named to Homecoming Court! King and Queen were Dominick Armstrong and Eve Foster.

The Walton Warriors Football Moms fundraiser this year is a raffle for a 58” Smart TV. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Available from any team member, winner will be announced at halftime Sept 30.

Reminder, school picture days are Oct. 4 for UPK-2, and Oct. 5 for grades 3-5 at Townsend School. Send the envelope with money back to school in order for your child’s picture to be taken. You can now also order online.

The global Manhattan Short independent film festival returns to Walton Theatre Thursday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Admission is $7 per person to screen these original, independent movies and vote for your favorites. The MANHATTAN SHORT global film festival screens independent films in select cinemas in over 500 cities, spanning six continents, for one week. The final selections screen across the world during a one-week period, where attendees vote for Best Film and Best Actor awards at each participating venue. Every short film selected will automatically become qualified for the Oscars of 2024. If you have ever fancied yourself a film critic this is the event for you!

Leona Maritato, will celebrate her 100th birthday Friday, September 29 at Mountainside Residential Center in Margaretville. Leona is a Walton native, born and lived all her years there until she and her brother Eugene moved to Margaretville together as they got older. They were both well known around town for over 90 years: Gene was the manager of the A&P (where the Ace Hardware now is) and Leona was the bookkeeper and counter person at the Agway feed store off of West Street.

Leona has been at Mountainside for 6 years now and she would enjoy birthday cards. She is quite deaf and has severe vision limitations. Therefore, cards with large-letter messages are best. The address is Mountainside Residential Center, 42158 State Hwy 28, Margaretville, NY 12455.

The Walton Market on the Green will celebrate with a Fall Festival finale Friday, Sept. 29 from 4-7 p.m. There will be live music by Whitehall Street, food vendors, and 15 craft vendors, Walton Fire Dept will be there with their fire truck and ambulance for the kids to see, Heart of the Catskills with kittens, Walton Lions and Walton Theatre with raffle baskets, free crafts, snacks for the kiddos, pumpkin painting and more. For a spot at this event, contact Amanda Conkling at waltonmarketonthegreen@gmail.com This may be the biggest event of the season - thank you all for your support.

The Walton Historical Society is excited to host its first annual Walton Fall Market at the fairgrounds Saturday, Oct 7, starting at 10 a.m. There will be a $2 admission cost, and about 40 vendors for everyone to enjoy. There will also be activities for kids, entertainment, and more. I’m excited to see this Fall Market expanded again at the fairgrounds. The colors should be just about perfect by then.

Amanda Mills is hosting her annual Halloween costume swap at the Yarn Over parking lot (22 North St.) Monday, Oct 9 from 12-3 p.m. You can donate your old costumes, or grab a used one. Amanda also will accept donations of fabric and thread to use to repair and alter for re-use. Costumes are available for any donations as you can afford. Amanda has done this for seven years to help the community.

The second annual Trunk or Treat at the DelCo Fairgrounds will take place Saturday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Black Pearl Chalkboard Bus will also be on site. Contact Melissa Steinbrecher to participate by decorating a trunk. All are welcome to come trick or treating and see all the great trunks.

The next week the Trout Creek Trunk or Treat event will take place Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Trout Creek Town Hall parking lot. New this year - a haunted house (but not too spooky for the littles) at the Trout Creek Schoolhouse, just a short walk from the town hall where the Trunk or Treat takes place. Both are from 4 -6 p.m. Sponsored by the Trout Creek Committee, all are welcome to come decorate a trunk. If you do, arrive by 3:30 p.m. for set up.

Also mark your calendar for the Trout Creek annual craft sale Saturday, Nov. 4 this year. Those interested in being a vendor - contact Lynne VanValkenburg on Facebook.

Clayton “Junie” Stanton will hold his community friends and family get together Saturday, Sept. 30 at New Hope Community Church pavilion. All are invited. If you can, bring a dish to pass (not required). Junie will supply the hamburgers and hot dogs; meal starts at 2 and Randy Hulse will supply the live music starting at 4 p.m. Junie started this a couple years ago so families and friends take time to get together to socialize and have some fun without and something other than a sorrowful event. Great reminder to live each day to the fullest. Come if you can.

The Great Give Back Project, a community service project to help knit or crochet winter hats from 50 skeins of yarn donated to Ogden Library will take place through October. The yarn is to be used to make hats for infants to 8 year olds, and the library is partnering with the Walton Toy Bank to distribute them.

The library has some simple patterns available or you can use your own. But stop in at the library to pick up the yarn for the project and return your finished hats to the library by Nov. 1.

The library’s “Movies by Moonlight” series finishes this week with the movie “Lightyear” Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and come to the Gardiner Place lawn for family-friendly movies on their giant, inflatable screen. Free popcorn compliments of the Walton Theatre, and hot cocoa will be provided. Event of rain, the movie night will be canceled.

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser Sunday, Oct. 1 from 2-6 p.m. at the fire hall for the Walton Explorers. Cost is by donation. Menu is spaghetti and sauce, meatballs, hot or sweet sausage, tossed salad, garlic toast or Italian bread and dessert. Proceeds will go to getting new gear for these young adults training to be firefighters. If your child is 14 to 21 and has an interest in joining this exciting group, contact a WFD member at the dinner.

High school students interested in considering a career in healthcare can attend MASH Camp Oct. 24 or 25 at UHS DVH. Hands-on opportunities in various departments including ER, Imaging, PT, Lab, Ambulatory and more. This event allows those participating to speak to staff members who are in these fields, learn about opportunities for employment and salary expectations, and the educational requirements to achieve them.

Call DVH at 607-865-2171 or talk to your child’s guidance counselor to sign up. The camp is one day only and free.

The American Legion Auxiliary will be resuming the First Friday dinners at the Vet’s Club Oct 6, serving from 5 p.m. until sold out. Price is still $12 and includes their famous desserts. Menu is still being determined but save the date. For more info call the Vets Club at 607-865-8094 between 3-7 p.m.

For an afternoon of fun and exploration of all that 4-H has to offer, kids are invited to 4-H Camp Shankitunk Monday, Oct. 9 from 12-4 p.m. Complete enrollment forms - or re-enrollment forms - tour the 4-H Camp, try some activities, do a craft project, enter the baking contest, decorate a pumpkin, and much more! Preregistration encouraged (though not required) at cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/.../SV_cRNRQP7OyGefyl0 4-H is a great opportunity for all kinds of adventures, lessons, and fun.

The committee bringing back the Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be organizing the Community Christmas Dinner as well. These dinners will be in person - come in, sit down and be served. The Thanksgiving Dinner will be Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23 tentatively at Walton Fire Hall. The other one - Christmas Day - Monday, Dec. 25. You can donate by sending a check to Wayne Bank, c/o Tim Gutliph, 131-133 Delaware Street, Walton, NY 13856. In the memo specify Community dinners. This is an ongoing project, so give when and if you can. Many hands make light work - volunteer if you can, or donate if you’re able. They are looking for volunteers for all aspects: kitchen help, servers, setup, and cleanup. These dinners are for everyone in the Walton community. There are no income guidelines, it is just a chance to come together as a community to celebrate.

The Fenimore Chamber Orchestra’s 12 piece Wind Ensemble opens Music on the Delaware’s 2023-2024 season on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on the Music on the Delaware Website for this in-person and livestreamed concert at: www.musiconthedelaware.org

Packin’ Heat on West Street will host a Cornhole Tournament Saturday, Oct. 21, 1-9 p.m., to benefit the Miss Rodeo New York Scholarship Foundation. The foundation promotes the sport of rodeo and the contributions of New York agriculture in our lives. There will be 50/50 and basket raffles, a live DJ, and $10 all you can eat tacos. Team registration is $20 with Venmo and PayPal accepted. To preregister contact Misty Spratley at 607-353-9943. Day of event, registration is $30 per team. Walton Booster Club is selling fundraising raffle tickets. Only 500 tickets to be sold; prizes are three guns and a trail cam. Money will be used for clubhouse equipment and repairs. Tickets are $10 and can be obtained from Ron Thompson at the field, Tuesday through Thursday 5:30-7. Winners will be drawn at the last home game in October.

Come to the Pines Brook Baptist Church Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. to hear Jim and Cathy McLachlan, and Mark and Cindy Astor show pictures and talk about the trip to Israel and Jordan they took last fall. Some snacks including foods common to the region will be offered. Feel free to bring a snack to share.

NYS six-hour defensive driving course is being offered at Ogden Library Oct. 4 and 11 from 5-8 p.m. by certified instructor Linda Karpovich. Those attending will present a on the lower level of the library. This will take place over two separate days, with three hours in each session. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate to submit to their insurance company for a 10% savings off basic liability and collision insurance for three years. The total cost to participate is $35. Space is limited. Stop at the library with payment to secure your spot.