The Waltonian - May Newsletter

Hello!

This newsletter is mostly just a reminder to vote for the school budget tomorrow.

School Budget Vote

Don't forget to vote yes on the school budget and library budget on Tuesday, March 18th, between 12:00pm and 9:00pm at the school bus garage.

To be qualified to vote in the annual school district election you must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and a resident within the school district for a period of 30 days prior to the election. However, you do not need to be a registered voter or own property in order to vote. The district may require proof of residency, such as a driver's license, voter registration card, or utility bill.

For additional information regarding the budget, check out the web page at https://www.waltoncsd.org/budget.aspx. You were also likely mailed a pamphlet about the proposed budget.

Other Thoughts

  • Now that I'm fully vaccinated I feel like I've had a weight lifted off my shoulders. If you're still looking to schedule a vaccination, I recommend this vaccine search tool.

  • If you're looking to get in shape this summer, sports are a fun way to do so. Here are some local Facebook groups for soccer, volleyball, and hockey. Please leave a comment if you're part of another local sports group that is welcoming to new players.

  • I've heard the Village of Walton Pool is in desperate need of additional lifeguards for this summer. If you know anyone who is a certified lifeguard and looking for summer work, please encourage them to reach out to the village.

  • I’ve appreciated Walton Mayor Ed Snow’s weekly video updates. Check them out!

The Waltonian - February Newsletter

Hello Waltonians!

I haven’t published a newsletter here since August, so thank you for your patience! I’ve set myself a goal of a newsletter at the start of each month for the rest of the year, and perhaps some special editions along the way.

Suggested February Activities

  • Outdoor activity - When’s the last time you explored Bear Spring Mountain? A few weeks ago I went hiking up there with my family and found some beautiful trails I’d never known about before. There are a bunch of trails suitable for for hiking/snowshoeing and others that are great for cross country skiing. For hiking I’d suggest driving a few miles past the campground at Launt Pond and picking any trail. (Bundle up and don’t forget it’s always a good idea to let someone know where you’re going, just to be safe.)

  • Try a new recipe - This month’s recipe is my mom’s sugar cookie recipe. It makes quite a few cookies so consider taking some to a friend or neighbor! Also, this is a fun and easy recipe to make with kids.

  • A good deed - I am personally matching up to $500 of cash donations to the Walton Food Pantry this month. If you’re able to, would you consider making a donation? You can donate through this form for the The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and specify the Walton Food Pantry in the ‘Adopt-a-Program’ section at the bottom of the donation form. If you give, reply to this newsletter with a receipt and I’ll match your donation. Thanks so much!

Elsewhere

That’s all for now. As always, feel free to respond to this email with suggestions for next month’s newsletter!

The Waltonian - August Newsletter

Hello Waltonians,

Still not many events to share, but it’s been a while since I’ve written a newsletter so I figured I’d share a few things:

Public Water

As part of the NYC watershed, the history of Walton is closely tied to the need for public water supply in NYC. The website Public Water catalogues this history as part of a public artwork by Mary Mattingly. Check it out!

2020 Census

Please don’t forget to fill out the census as soon as possible! It only takes a few minutes and it is critical for representation and funding: “The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.” You can respond online at https://2020census.gov/en.html.

Suggested Activities

Pick your own blueberries - Windy Knob Farm in Delhi and Blue Sky Farm and Winery in Stamford are currently advertising for blueberry picking. Afterwards, try out this Blueberry Fruit Cake recipe from Upstate Dispatch.

Walton Farmers’ Market - Every Friday through September at Veteran’s Plaza, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. 10:00-10:30 for seniors and high-risk individuals.

Party on the Plaza - The Walton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a market and carnival with live music on August 22nd, 11:00am-7:00pm.

Hope you’re all keeping healthy!

–Chris Ogden

P.S. I moved back to Walton from NYC full-time at the end of July! Excited to have the opportunity to work remotely and be a true local again.

The Waltonian – June Newsletter

Hello neighbors,

Because of the lack of community events due to COVID-19, we haven't published a newsletter since March, but things are starting to pick up. And while I haven't been writing any newsletters, I have been doing some work and thinking behind the scenes to 1) grow the number of subscribers to this newsletter, and 2) come up with some related projects to build and celebrate community in Walton:

Increasing newsletter subscribers

This newsletter takes a bit of effort to write and I also think – hope! – it's helpful to those who read it. So I would like it to reach the biggest relevant audience possible.

To that end, I'm running two incentives right now to get new subscribers:

  1. Gift card giveaway - For the past 5 weeks I've been giving away a $20 Molto Espresso gift card each week to one subscriber (new or old). If you're already getting this email, you were automatically entered to win (So be sure to check your inbox/spam folder in case you won. Giveaway emails were sent from my personal email address: ogdenchris@gmail.com.) A few of these gift cards have yet to be claimed, so I'll be giving away more if they remain unclaimed after next week.

  2. Donating for each new subscriber - As announced on our Facebook page last week, I'm giving $5 dollars to Black Visions Collective for each new subscriber (up to $100) this week (I'm extending this until the end of the month since I've only received one new signup this week). If recent events have got you down, here's a chance to help reduce oppression of people of color through community-led safety efforts focused on healing and transformative justice. In addition, subscribers get updates on what's happening in Walton. It's a double win!

So there's even more reason to subscribe to The Waltonian than ever right now, but I could use your help getting the news out. Please consider sharing this post with a Walton family member, friend, neighbor, teacher, or student; and tell them they can subscribe at https://thewaltonian.substack.com/. Thanks in advance!

Other Projects

I've also been brainstorming and working on some other projects of possible interest, including:

  1. A tiny local social network - I'm developing a tiny social network for Walton modeled after Elliott Cost's web experiment called Gossip's Cafe. Gossip's Cafe is a web page that encourages daily sharing of a short status update, music links, and links to relevant documents or important news items. I thought it'd be interesting to have a clone of this functionality just for people in Walton. I'm interested in what my fellow Waltonians are working on each day. If this sounds like fun, respond to this email and I'll commit more time to get this up and runnning.

  2. A local digital archive - I'm exploring building a local digital archive (somewhat resembling the Internet Archive and their Wayback Machine). This site would archive email newsletters and websites from local organizations from different points in time. We could also ingest pamphlets, postcards, etc, with a document scanner. This project is a considerable amount of work, so let me know if you think it would be valuable.

Other Updates

Hope you're all doing well,

–Chris Ogden

March Events In Walton

This month’s newsletter for The Waltonian is mostly about what events are happening in Walton this month. Other than that I have just two things to add:

  1. Coronavirus - Please don’t panic and please don’t hoard, but take precautions as you are able. And take extra care when washing your hands. Also, with presidential and congressional elections approaching, please consider candidates who will support Medicare for All and anti-poverty initiatives (and will fight against corruption; we need capable experts leading organizations like the CDC and nepotism contributes to the reverse).

  2. Plans for this newsletter - I want to expand on the writing I’m doing for this newsletter. Currently I’m working on a summary of technological innovations and trends from a rural perspective so if you have any relevant input or questions about things like broadband access, autonomous vehicles and transport accessibility for the elderly, etc., I’d love to hear them. My sister, Beth, is also working on a piece summarizing the lessons she’s read on community-building from The Little Book of Lykke. If you have an essay you’d like to contribute, please reach out. I’m also interested in collaborating in other projects related to this newsletter or the Walton area in general so if you’re working on something or have an idea, just respond to this email and I’ll be in touch.

What’s happening in Walton

  • March 1st - Walton Rising Video Screening at the Walton Theatre @ 5:00-6:00.

  • March 2nd - Village Board Meeting @ 6:00.

  • March 3rd - Mahjong at the library @ 12:00. Knit & Crochet at the library @ 4:00. Soup-it-up at the New Hope Community Church @ 5:00-6:00. Walton Central School District Board of Education meeting @ 6:00. Meet-the-candidates at the library @ 7:00-8:30.

  • March 4th - Beginning Sketch Series at the library @ 6:00 - 7:30. Board of Education Budget Workshop @ 6:00.

  • March 5th - Kids Craft Night at the library @ 6:00-8:00. Mahjong at the library @ 6:00-8:00.

  • March 6th - Preschool Story Time at the library @ 10:30-12:30am. Lenten Fish Dinners at the United Methodist Church @ 4:30-7:00.

  • March 7th - Walton Writer's Group at the library @ 11:00am-1:45pm. Hungrytown Concert at the library @ 11:00am-1:00pm.

  • March 8th - Daylight Savings Time begins.

  • March 9th - Levi's Table Free Community Meal at the First Baptist Church @ 4:30-6:00. Town Board Meeting @ 6:00.

  • March 10th - Mahjong at the library @ 12:00. Knit & Crochet at the library @ 4:00. Soup-it-up at the New Hope Community Church @ 5:00-6:00.

  • March 11th - Board of Education Workshop @ 5:30. Beginning Sketch Series at the library @ 6:00 - 7:30.

  • March 12th - Teen Night at the library @ 5:00-7:00. Mahjong at the library @ 6:00-8:00.

  • March 13th - Preschool Story Time at the library @ 10:30-12:30am. Adult Crafternoon at the library @ 1:30-3:30. Lenten Fish Dinners at the United Methodist Church @ 4:30-7:00.

  • March 17th - St. Patrick's Day. Mahjong at the library @ 12:00. Book and Film Chat at the library @ 3:00-5:00. Knit & Crochet at the library @ 4:00. Soup-it-up at the New Hope Community Church @ 5:00-6:00. Board of Education Meeting @ 6:00.

  • March 18th - Village Trustee Elections @ 12:00-9:00. Beginning Sketch Series at the library @ 6:00 - 7:30. Walton Writer's Group at the library @ 6:00-8:00.

  • March 19th - Dinner in the Dark at Danny's Restaurant @ 5:30-8:30. Mahjong at the library @ 6:00-8:00. Catholic Charities Mentoring Program Presentation at the library @ 6:30-8:30.

  • March 20th - Preschool Story Time at the library @ 10:30-12:30am. Lenten Fish Dinners at the United Methodist Church @ 4:30-7:00. Townsend School Science Fair @ 5:30.

  • March 21st - Wilson's Chicken BBQ - Relay for Life team at Walton Motors @ 9:30am. Tole Painting for Adults at the library @ 10:30am-1:00pm.

  • March 23rd - Levi's Table Free Community Meal at the First Baptist Church @ 4:30-6:00.

  • March 24th - Mahjong at the library @ 12:00. Knit & Crochet at the library @ 4:00. Soup-it-up at the New Hope Community Church @ 5:00-6:00. Regular Meeting of the Library Board of Trustees at the library @ 7:00-9:00.

  • March 25th - Book Club at the library @ 7:00-9:00.

  • March 26th - LEGO Club at the library @ 3:30-5:30. Mahjong at the library @ 6:00-8:00.

  • March 27th - Preschool Story Time at the library @ 10:30-12:30am. Lenten Fish Dinners at the United Methodist Church @ 4:30-7:00. High School Musical @ 7:00.

  • March 28th - Pancake Breakfast at The Grange @ 8:00am-12:00pm. 25th Employment Anniversary Party for Vina Byrne at the library @ 11:00am-1:00pm. High School Musical @ 7:00.

  • March 31st - Mahjong at the library @ 12:00. Knit & Crochet at the library @ 4:00. Soup-it-up at the New Hope Community Church @ 5:00-6:00.

Details for many of these events can be found in the Everything Walton Calendar, but if there's event missing from there you need help tracking down more information about, just respond to this email and I'll try to help.

Thanks for reading,

—Chris Ogden

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