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2018-11-07 / Communities

WALTON

A big thank you to the cable company that has been stringing new lines through the village. As we were getting ready for the Halloween parade, they were working right at the intersection by Gardiner Place. I explained the situation and they were very gracious to move the truck so that the kids could come back through. Mrs. Geidel rewarded their kindness by bringing them Halloween candy.

What was forecasted as a dismal day turned out to be a wonderful fall afternoon for the Halloween parade. The kids were excited and I saw some wonderful, creative costumes such as a peacock, the pinata llama from Fortnite, struck by lightening (crazy hair with a burnt umbrella), R2D2, and Edward Scissorhands. The faculty outdid themselves this year with several themed costumes; the second grade team was Super Heroes, the fourth grade team was the Baby Sharks, fifth grade was “Under the Sea” creatures, the music and tech departments were a roller coaster, and an assortment of therapists and support were Pac Man characters. Mr. Snider had another awesome costume as Captain Hook, and Mrs. Aubin was a great Mary Poppins. It was a fun day, that went surprisingly smoothly and a good time seemed to be had by all.

Boy Scout Pack and Troop 45 have dispersed bags for Scouting for Food and they will be collecting them on Saturday, Nov. 10, starting at 10 a.m. Just leave at your doorstop. If you did not get a bag, any bag or box of nonperishable food left out would be appreciated. All proceeds go the Walton Food Bank.

Holiday Hoopla at the Walton Grange every Thursday between now and Christmas except Thanksgiving; local crafters and vendors. Open evening hours, every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grange on Stockton Avenue. Come check out the local, talented businesses that have ideal presents for Christmas gift giving.

Christ Church annual roast pork dinner will be Saturday, Nov. 10 with extended dining hours from 4-7 p.m. this year. Menu includes roast pork, mashed potatoes, dressing, assorted vegetables, rolls, homemade applesauce and pies. Takeouts are available from 4-5 p.m. call 865-4698. Adults, $11, children 5-12 , $5 and kids under 5 eat free.

There will be a hunter’s delight bake sale sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women of Christ Church on Friday, Nov. 16 from 1 p.m. until sold out, in front of Gifford’s Sporting Goods and Walton Grange. There will be homemade pies, cookies and the famous Christ Church peanut brittle.

Also, Christ Church is holding the annual Christmas bazaar on Dec. 1 from 9-3. The organizers are looking for vendors for the event. Anyone interested can call Jennifer Wright at 865-8446.

The library will host a Viking weaving re-enactment from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Walton’s own Dr. Richard Schmidt Jr., D.C., a historical re-enactor, will dress in traditional Viking clothing while he demonstrates weaving the old, old-fashioned way. Dr. Schmidt will bring wooden looms that he has crafted with the projects that are on them. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the William B. Ogden Free Library at 865-5929.

There will be a penny social at St. John’s Catholic Church on Benton Avenue on Friday, Nov. 30. Doors open at 5:30, drawing at 7. It will be hosted by St. John’s Family Life Committee to benefit youth attending the National Catholic Youth Conference (NYCY) in November 2019. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a ‘specials’ table. Also there will be pizza slices and drinks for sale. Organizers are looking for donations of used holiday décor, children’s toys, and household items and may be dropped off in the parish hall (in the corner by the door to enter the church) through Nov. 29. Donations of new items, gift certificates, and themed baskets would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off on Thursday evening, Nov. 29, from 6:30-8 p.m. and Friday, all day, Nov. 30. Students who have attended NCYC in the past are invited to help set up tables on Thursday evening, Nov. 29, at 6:30. Students who are interested in attending the 2019 NCYC conference are asked to attend as this will be the first fundraiser for the conference. This will be a great student opportunity to learn about the conference. Parishioners who would like to help set up the items are invited to come on Friday, Nov. 30, anytime between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Maureen Davidson, at 607-293- 7901, if you have any questions.

Let’s Talk Turkey, Townsend School’s community project, is happening again this month of November when change will be collected to donate to the Walton Food Bank to buy turkeys. It’s a great lesson in giving back, and in reaching out to help others in our community. Our goal each year is to raise enough money to buy a turkey from each classroom (about 27), so that it helps the Walton Food Bank provide turkeys for local families in need. If you can spare some change in any denomination, please send it in with your elementary students and they can bring it to the bucket in the office. Happy Thanksgiving.

First Baptist Church Women’s pie sale in the new atrium on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at the church 8:30-12. The women bring them in warm, and they go right out the door, traditionally, so don’t delay. Pumpkins rolls will also be available. Church is at the corner of Platt and Townsend streets.

There will also be a Christmas bazaar featuring gently used Christmas items and some gift baskets in the atrium on Saturday, Nov. 24 for the Spend the Day in Walton festivities. Proceeds go to mission work and community services.

There will be a celebration of life for Dr. Magda Daoud at the Catholic Church on Monday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. Coffee and light refreshments following. Dr. Daoud was a well-respected doctor in Walton for several years, and she raised her children here and they graduated from Walton Central School. Her family wants to welcome her Walton friends to come to show their respect.

Walton Fire Department turkey drawing Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Walton Fire Hall. Admission is $2 per person and there will be drawings and door prizes. Turkeys, pork loins and pepperoni. Doors open at 5:30 and drawings start at 6:30. Benefit Walton Volunteer Fire Dept. and refreshments are available.

Frank Ward reported that in October we had 5.27 inches of rain, which put us up 17 inches for year to date as we’ve had almost 56 inches of rain. And November has been plenty wet already. Almost an inch of rain fell over the weekend, and only 9 more inches before we break the record for the year. But the forecast for Wednesday on is for sun for four days. We can hope!

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