2018-01-09 / Communities


Survivors of Suicide Support group meets every second Wednesday of the month, so Jan. 10 from 6-7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 101 North Street. Use the entrance at the bottom of the ramp. The group is led by trained facilitators who have also suffered loss. If you need to talk, find comfort or support, please give it a try. No charge.

The American Legion Auxiliary will start pancake breakfasts Sunday, Jan. 21. The breakfasts will be the third Sundays of January, February and March. The proceeds will go to the building fund. Thanks for supporting our veterans.

Join the First United Methodist Church, at 101 North Street, for the annual roast pork dinner on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 4:30-7 p.m. Tickets available at door: adults: $11; 5-11 years: $5; up to age 4, free; 20 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Walton Theater. Enjoy listening to bluegrass music as you dine on: boneless roast pork, homemade applesauce, whipped mashed potatoes, peas, carrots, sauerkraut, gravy, dinner rolls, homemade apple raisin cake with fresh whipped cream and choice of coffee, tea, milk. For more information call coordinators Janice Foley at 607-865- 8512 or Deb Martin/Betty Fox at 865-7943. Take outs available.

The final meeting for the Place Alliance Visioning Workshops is Monday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Walton Fire Hall. All are welcome to come see the final plans, get an idea of costs, and how the plans could be funded. Come and share your vision of what you want Walton to become, and together we will all work toward that goal.

During the remainder of January and all of February and continuing, the Walton Grange will be collecting good, clean clothing of all sizes. The clothing/ coats/boots etc, will be offered free to the community at the Grange Hall, at 135 Stockton Ave., on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come “shop.” Anyone with a clothing need is welcome regardless of income. To make arrangements for pickup of items call Linda at 607-510-4004 or Sharon at 607- 865-4934.

Jason Schwartz wants to extend a thank you to the community for supporting the Walton Historical Society. December was the WHS biggest sales month ever at the Walton Big M. Also, remember, the Eells House is closed on Saturdays until March, but if you need anything you can call 865- 5895 and leave a message. There are books, calendars and postcards at Full Circle Antiques on Main Street at both locations. It’s great to see people interested in local history.

Go to the Catskill Regional Harvest in Delhi on Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., when Betty Pillsbury of Green Spiral Herbs will talk about herbal remedies for relief of symptoms associated with colds and flu. Whether it is clogged sinuses, scratchy throat or mild cough, there are herbs that can help. Be well, naturally. Timely and useful information in this cold snap.

Walton Central School students in grades 10 and 11 who meet the Broome Community College (BCC) criteria for the “Bridges to Broome” program are invited to meet with the principal and school counselors on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Additionally there will be a parent information session on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. in the board room. Information will be shared on the availability and requirements for the college credit courses that are offered at BCC.

Remember, its Regents week at the high school, so encourage your high school students to do their best and aim high. A little encouragement from everyone is sometimes all that’s needed to give them the added boost they need for success.

December was a busy month for the Walton Fire Department. The December activations brought the yearly total to 175. Bill O’Conner received a pin for five years, Cal Courtney 15 years, and Steve Hodge, 45 years of service. The department held its annual elections and both the department and auxiliary held Christmas parties. The Christmas tree lot was open in December at the school bus garage. Thanks to all who stopped by, and thank you to the school board for the use of the parking lot at the garage. If you would like to know more about joining the Walton Fire Department see any current member or call the station at 607-865-4958 and leave a message.

Because the cold weather has really set in be sure to be careful with all heating sources and extra careful with any supplementary systems you are using. Watch as you walk on the icy surfaces and slow down as you drive. Frozen pipes should be thawed with a hair dryer - nothing with open flames.

Be sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Also, remember to properly dispose of your woodstove and fireplace ashes. Hope you have a safe and healthy 2018.

The Community Foundation for South Central New York will be conducting a free grantwriting technical assistance workshop on Thursday, Jan. 18 from 10:30 a.m. - noon at the Walton Theatre. This workshop will include information about grant opportunities in Delaware County and review every aspect of the application process. The Community Foundation accepts applications from non-profits, municipalities and school districts in a five-county region. Register for this opportunity at, or call 607-772-6773.

On behalf of the Walton Toy Bank, the staff at the Community Bank in Walton - Donna Bundy, Pamela Lakin, Janet Hulse, Rosanna Marshall and Megan Johns - would like to thank everyone who made the 26th annual toy drive a success. This year 266 children in the Walton Central School District were served. Without the community’s continued support this would not be possible. Thank you for helping provide for these children for the holidays.

Well, another successful Walton FFA fruit and cheese sale is in the books. It’s an event that the community looks forward to, and it’s delicious and nutritious. The FFA sold a lot of products, and they generously donated some leftover to the WEB programs and the Walton Food Bank. Kudos to the kids, and Penny Tweedie and Erin Pierce for their guidance in molding these FFA members to give back to the community.

There will be two vacancies on the Walton village board this year, as two members who have been serving have chosen not to run again - thank them for their service. If you live in the village, consider running. There is one meeting a month, generally, but the position will allow you a voice and help Walton’s progression. Stop at the village clerk’s office to see what you need to do to file a petition to run. The election is in March, so decisions need to be made soon. Research what it takes to run and to be a board member, and decide if you can help improve Walton.

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