2018-07-11 / Communities


Worship services for the DeLancey, Hamden and West Delhi churches during the month of July will be held in DeLancey Church at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Connie Stone.

Our prayers and hope you’re feeling better soon Liz Bowie and Jane Burgin.

Our sympathy to the family and friends of Jim Newkerk who passed away Saturday.

Concern and sympathy to our neighboring town of Walton on the passing of its Supervisor Charles Gregory.

On Saturday, Gert and Cindy Mostert, Linda Shepard, Cathy Roloson, Margie Tweedie went to Jan and Milt Ballard’s in Grand Gorge for lunch. While there we got to greet our niece/cousin, Jan’s sister and Margie’s daughter Tracey and Steve who had just arrived from Utah and whom we hadn’t seen in about 15 years. We all had a great time visiting and catching up on all those years.

The Oliver family arrived on the Peaks Brook family farm for their annual Oliver Pow Wow last weekend. On Thursday an open house was held in memory of Brian Oliver, son of Bill and Corky Oliver who passed away earlier in the year. Corky enjoyed her birthday on Monday, spending the day with her family.

On Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Delhi Historical Society at its Main Street Cannon House will present an exciting day for artisans. Ria Silber will be demonstrating the art of spinning on her spinning wheel. Kiki (Chiara) Ruggerio will be making jewelery and showing how its done. Betty Bell will be there with some of her knitted items. She has knitted 1,162 Christmas stockings for families through the years. Maddy Gaffney will be showing her talents with crocheted items and Alex Robinson will display his functional sculptures made from stone and wood collected from his farm along the Little Delaware River. Eloise Henault will be creating a quilt with the children in attendance. It will be a day of fun for everybody.

On Tuesday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m. The Delhi Historical Society will present a program at the Cannon Free Library when David Brandt of Oneonta will speak on his being a charter member of the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a group of sports persons in the Oneonta area united by a love of angling and protecting the outdoors. He will talk about the history of fly fishing as it applies to our area. After the talk Dave will demonstrate how to cast a fly rod outside the Library, weather permitting.

Friday, July 13 will be the second week of the Delhi Fair on the Square and will be held on every Friday night during the month of July from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on the Main Street Courthouse Square. There will be entertainment, lots of food, games for the kids, vendors and more. Its a great place to meet your friends and spend the evening with your family.

Delaware Co. Public Health will be having free rabies clinics on Wednesday July 11 at the Downsville Highway Dept. 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tues. July 17 at Deposit Town Clerk’s Office, 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 18 at Delhi Fire Hall, 6 to 8 p.m. In order to have a three years vaccination you must bring a previous up to date slip with you. Its a state law to have all dogs vaccinated for rabies.

Red Cross Blood drives for our area. All kinds of blood needed. July 11, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at SUNY Delhi O’Connor Center for Community Engagement, July 13 1 to 6 p.m. at Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

My thoughts of the week: The near 100 degree weather we had was really rough. Thank goodness for air conditioners. Here in our community were saddened on the passing of Jim Newkerk. Jim was a great asset to our area. For as long as I have lived here Jim was on hand to help anyone. If you needed electrical work, call Jim. In the winter early in the morning Jim was out plowing everybody’s driveways, he was a great member of our church always serving on positions and keeping the church in tip top shape, he also served as our town of Hamden Supervisor and for many more things he did for all here, he was just a great all-around guy and always there to help out. We will all miss his not being here. Something unusual - last week we lost three present and past town supervisors: Charles Gregory present Walton town supervisor, past town of Colchester Supervisor Bob Homovich and past town of Hamden Supervisor Jim Newkerk.

From The Furrow newspapers put out over 100 years ago by The John Deere Co. that Billy Cash gave me: “The Pivot Axle Cultivator that does ordinary field work and truck cultivation equally well. Just the tool for the man who wants a general purpose cultivator for corn, potatoes, beans, cabbage and truck farming. It has superior points that will appeal to the farmer. Light Draft New Deere Sulky. The plows that work right under conditions is easy running because of the special material and shape of the bottoms. It is so constructed that the harder the ground the more securely the plows are held to their work. Both machines are pulled by horses with farmer sitting on the machine seat.” From The 1913 Household: article about an indoor, odorless and sanitary closet... as a most desirable feature of any home. Everyone knows what the outside closet means in discomfort in hot, cold or stormy weather, what it means to small children, old people or invalids, how disagreeable its publicity is and worse than all else, its menace to health from flies and from seepage into wells. Odorless, sanitary, needing neither water system nor plumbing, they may be set up in any room in the house. These closets are not built of material to make new ones needed every little while and they cost a fair price. They are much better than the outside closets. The farmer can have no greater convenience and but few things which will give him more comfort than a bathroom and toilet in the house, but a system of sewage disposal must be provided. While the sewage may in some instances be emptied into a stream or ravine, it is dangerous for the reason that the stream will be contaminated. Nothing yet has been devised as a sewage disposal for the farm home equal to a septic tank. Now if you haven’t guessed the closet they are talking about is the bathroom with a toilet. Now as a very small kid I remember going out to the backhouse (what it was called back then). It was the only bathroom house we had then and yes, old catalogs were saved for wiping. When we moved here to our home in DeLancey there was a backhouse in back of our garage, we never used it but it was used years previous. Having a inside bathroom nowadays sure is a great luxury for us.

Fun and Wacky Days: July 6: International Kissing Day, National Fried Chicken Day. In the very first All Star Baseball game, The American League won 5-2 in 1933; July 7, 1898: The United States annexes Hawaii; National Strawberry Sundae Day, International Cherry Pit Spitting Day; July 8- National Blueberry Day, Video Games Day, 1796 - The U.S. State Department issued the first passport; July 9 - National Sugar Cookie Day, 1956 - Dick Clark hosts American Bandstand for the first time; July 10 - Teddy Bear Picnic Day; in 1985 after an unsuccessful attempt to change its formula, Coca-Cola brought back the original formula as Classic Coke; July 11 - Cheer up the Lonely Day, National Blueberry Muffin Day and in 1792 Robert Bailey Thomas published the first issue of the Farmers Almanac. It is now called the Old Farmers Almanac; in 1804, Former Vice President Aaron Burr killed Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel; July 12, Pecan Pie Day; in 1960 Etch-a-Sketch went on sale; July 13, 1898, the radio was patented by Guglielmo Marconi.

Lynn Kinch’s joke of the week: A motorist on his first visit to traffic court grumbled as the police clerk handed him a receipt for his fine. “What am I supposed to do with this?” he asked. “Keep it,” the clerk replied. “When you get four of them, you get a bicycle.”

Brother: “Why did Mom give us this for lunch? I hate cheese with holes.” Sister: “Just eat the cheese and leave the holes on the side of your plate!”

A cute saying: Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.

Helpful Hint: Those sweet red cherries are now in the markets. Sweet cherries peak in July and wind down in August. Look for firm, blemish-free cherries that feel heavy for their size. The fruits fade quickly at home, usually within four days, so keep them cold and dry to help them last longer. Refrigerate them in an open container and rinse just before eating. If you want to pit the cherries for baking, pluck the stem off and place the cherry on the opening of a thin-necked container such as a soda or tea bottle. Then push a straw or chopstick through and “pop!” - the pit will come right out.

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