2018-07-11 / Communities


Condolences to the family of Jim Newkerk. It was his wish to reach 90 years of age. He fell short by less than a month.

Continue prayers for Liz Bowie.

Folks at Hamden Game Day on Monday, July 2, were cool and comfortable in the town hall in spite of the heat wave striking our area. Enough people were there to have a six-handed pinochle table and then two tables of Hand and Foot. All are welcome to the next Game Day on Monday, July 16, at 10 a.m. at the Hamden Town Hall. Come and stay as little or as long you can. Snacks and drinks are provided. People from Walton, Delhi, Hamden and DeLancey are there - come and join them in some fun and good conversation.

Summer is certainly here as the recent heat wave showed us. Summer is also the time when friends and family come to visit. Our area offers many fun activities to share with visitors. Many family reunions happen between now and the end of September. For those who live, have lived, or know people who live on Chambers Hollow, remember the annual Chambers Hollow picnic which will be held this year at the home of Dave Palmer on Chambers Hollow. At one time family member Amos Chambers lived there. The house is the old Chambers Hollow Schoolhouse- a white structure on the left going up the Hollow. Alice Blackman and other residents of Chambers Hollow attended that school. She will have lots of stories to tell. The picnic is at 1 p.m. Bring a dish to pass, table service, and a lawn chair. Alice will have pictures of former Chambers Hollow picnics which began at the Ralph and Lydia LePinnet farm in the ‘80s. This is a good time to see what everyone looked like years ago, and through pictures watch the Chambers Hollow families of Wilcoxes at the foot of the Hollow, the Brydens in the middle and the Merrills at the top and all the families in between grow up from being small children to adults.

Another activity for visitors to remember is the Celebration of Baseball in Hamden and the Reunion of players from former Hamden teams at 4 p.m. at the Hamden Town Hall Pavilion on Saturday, Aug. 11. The event includes food of hot dogs and hamburgers, Cracker Jacks and peanuts, cake and cold drinks. A celebration wouldn’t be complete without playing some baseball ... those wanting to play in a three or four inning softball game will have a chance to play. If you aren’t wanting to run, just bring a child or teenager to run for you. For more information about the game, contact the game organizer Jamie O’Donnell at 607-435- 5926 as he will umpire it. If you are moved to play that day, you sure can. Town Supervisor Wayne Marshfield will throw the first pitch. Also, if you have memorabilia to show others, tables will be available at the Pavilion. Teams will have pictures taken. A video has been developed showing the extent of Hamden’s passion for baseball, beginning with the named 9-man Hamden team mentioned in the Delaware Gazette in 1825 to a picture in the Walton Reporter showing the 1896 team wearing dark uniforms with the word Hamden across the front. This team played on Crawford Field on Launt Hollow where baseball has been played there since. Today the field sees the annual

Crawford game which is played at 1 p.m. the second Saturday of August each year. This video can be seen at the celebration at the pavilion. Bats and T-shirts commemorating baseball in Hamden in 1825 will be sold as well as raffle tickets for a stained glass hanging depicting a man fly fishing in a river. The drawing is at 5 p.m. Of course, by now everyone has seen the ten blue flags depicting baseball in Hamden in 1825 flying from poles lining Route 10 as it passes through Hamden.

Boating is available from the boat launch near the Covered Bridge. The Covered Bridge is still used and is one of several in this area. A kiosk which shows pictures of Hamden is there at the Covered Bridge park as well as picnic tables. The Lucky Dog on Route 10 is reminiscent of an old country store selling baked goods, candy, postcards, etc. Meals, spices, pottery, vintage clothing, and other items are sold there. The Octagon House at the blinking light towards Walton is one of several houses of interesting architecture in Hamden, and the Hamden Schoolhouse Museum can be found by turning at that blinking light and staying on that road going towards Walton. The museum is open from May to September every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon and the last two Sundays of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If these times don’t work for you, just call the Town Historian Loretta Foster at 607-865-7892 to make arrangements for a personal showing. This is a good time for some genealogy search if your family is from this area. Loretta can help with that. And of course, there is the Delaware County Fair in Walton the week starting Aug. 12 and Delhi Fair on the Square in Delhi each Friday night in July.

Church services for the Hamden, DeLancey and West Delhi churches for Sunday, July 15, will be held in the DeLancey Church at 11 a.m. Rev. Connie Stone will lead the service.

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