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

The Waltonian - February newsletter

Lots of things for you to do this month!

What’s happening in Walton

  • February 1st - Little Women (I've watched this; recommended!) at the Walton Theatre @ 1:00 and 6:00.

  • February 2nd - Little Women at the Walton Theatre @ 1:00.

  • February 3rd - Village board meeting @ 6:00.

  • February 4th - Last day to pay sewer/water bills without penalty. Library closed for the day for interior renovations.

  • February 5th - Little Women at the Walton Theatre @ 1:00. New York State Senator Jen Metzger mobile office hours at the library @ 3:00 -7:00.

  • February 6th - Kids Craft Night at the library @ 6:00.

  • February 7th - High school open house. Middle school awards ceremony. Parent/teacher conferences. Townsend School report cards home. Townsend school talent school at 6:00 (at high school).

  • February 10th - Town board meeting @ 6:00. Levi's Table Free Community Meal at the First Baptist Church, 4:30-6:00.

  • February 12th - Teen night at the library @ 5:00-7:00.

  • February 16th - Coffee house at the Theatre @ 6:00, featuring Kim Hawkey, John Colonna, Evan Jagels.

  • February 17th - President's Day. Town, village, and school district offices closed. Also the beginning of winter recess at the school.

  • February 18th - Board of Education meeting @ 6:00. Book and film chat at the library @ 3:00.

  • February 19th - Walton Writer's Group at the library @ 6:00.

  • February 20th - Classic Flix presents "The Bridge on The River Kwai" at 7:00.

  • February 22nd - Delaware County Diggers talk at the library @ 11:00am.

  • February 24th - Kindergarten registration begins. Levi's Table Free Community Meal at the First Baptist Church, 4:30-6:00.

  • February 26th - Book club at the libary @ 7:00.

  • February 27th - LEGO Club at the library @ 3:30. Author talk by Kent Garrett & Jeanne Ellsworth (authors of The Last Negroes at Harvard) at the library at 6:30.

Other things to do

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The Waltonian - December Newsletter

My sister and I launched the The Waltonian a year ago, with a series of advent calendar posts from December 1st through Christmas Eve. And we’ve been sharing events around Walton and other Walton news since January. I moved to NYC at the end of June, but inspired by the changes I’ve seen in Walton over the past few months and years and grateful for the support and interest I’ve seen for this newsletter, I decided to keep it up, with a newsletter going out monthly. We’re now at 250 subscribers to the newsletter! So a big thanks to everyone who subscribed! I hope this newsletter continues to inform you of the Walton area events you’d like to attend, and I hope we can expand on what we’ve started with more news, informative essays on issues facing our community, provocations for a better future, and other fun projects.

Some Things to Do This December

  • Christmas Trees - Pick out a pre-cut Christmas tree at the school bus garage and support the Walton Fire Department. Or cut your own Christmas Tree for $20 at the Elderkin Christmas Tree Farm across from More Park (open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00-3:00, saws provided). Once you’ve got your tree, here are some ideas for decorating.

  • Charitable Giving - This is a season for giving generously and receiving graciously. If you are able, consider donating to the Walton Food Pantry (monetary donations are especially helpful, you can give through the Regional Food Bank of Northeaster New York), or other local charities (if you’re willing to consider donating further afield, GiveWell evaluates the charities “that save or improve lives the most per dollar”). Short on cash? Here are some other ways to help people out by giving of your time: from the comfort of your home or around our town.

  • Shopping Local - Keep up the momentum from Spend the Day in Walton by checking out the shop local gift guides we compiled last year for gifts and gift cards (note that some details in these posts may have changed since they were written last year). Also check out the 2019 Pure Catskills Gift Guide for more ideas.

  • Goal Setting - It’s a New Year’s tradition to set goals for the upcoming year. Now is a good time to think about what you want to achieve in the coming future and start forming the habits to get you there. (By the way, we recommend this newsletter about techniques for productivity and creativity informed by neuroscience.)

  • Enjoy the Outdoors - Last year we shared a list of fun outdoor winter activities and also our guide to down-hill skiing (and snowboarding) in the Catskills. We encourage you to spend as much time outside this winter as possible for your health and sanity. It may get cold around here, but we live here and might as well make the most of it!

December Events

  • The next Village Board of Trustees regular meeting will be Monday, December 2nd at 6:00pm.

  • The next Board of Education meeting is Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:00pm. There is also a BoE meeting on December 17th.

  • The next Town Board of Trustees regular meeting will be Monday, December 9th at 6:00pm.

  • Don't miss the Delaware River Stage Company's Christmas variety show on December 6th, 7th, and 8th.

  • The United Presbyterian Church is hosting their Annual Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Proceeds will benefit Presbyterian Women’s mission projects.

  • The Community Band Christmas Concert is December 9th, from 7:00 to 10:00pm.

  • The Christ Church is hosting their annual Christmas Bazaar from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday, December 14th. Lunch and snacks available.

  • Don’t miss the December events at the William B. Ogden Free Library!

Plenty more happening in Walton and the surrounding region this month! Enjoy and be safe!

Other Things of Note

  • The Village of Walton now has its own Facebook page for important updates.

  • There is no parking on village streets between the hours of 2:00am and 6:00am until April 1st.

  • Village sidewalks need to be free of ice and snow by 9:00am.

  • The last day to pay your water-sewer bill without penalty is December 4th (bills were mailed on October 3rd).

  • College-bound students who are a primary member of a Sidney Federal Credit Union account are eligible to apply for New York Credit Union Association scholarships. The application can be found on the SFCU website and must be received by January 10th.

  • A reminder that open enrollment for health insurance will only last until January 31st. If you need health insurance, you can check out your options via the New York State of Health website or call the customer service center at 1-855-355-5777.

Thanks again for subscribing and reading! We'll be back with another newsletter at the beginning of January; feedback and submissions always welcome! Just respond to this email.

—Christopher Ogden


The Waltonian - November Newsletter

This newsletter is a little late because I was in Tennessee celebrating my cousin’s wedding; thanks for your patience! I hope you all had a fun, safe, and spooky halloween!

Here are some of this month’s events:

Other things to check out:

  • The November newsletter from the William B. Ogden Free Library. Plenty of interesting events at the library this month.

  • The Elderkin Christmas Tree Farm, across from More Park, will be open weekends 11:00-3:00, starting the last weekend in November (also open on Black Friday) and going until December 17th.

If you enjoyed this newsletter, would you do me a favor? I want to make sure everyone who would find this newsletter useful is subscribed, so I’d appreciate it if you’d share the word with your friends, neighbors, and family:

Share The Waltonian

Thanks so much! Next month’s issue is schedule for December 1st, so if there’s any events or other news you’d like us to share, please get in touch by then.

—Chris Ogden, The Waltonian

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