The Waltonian - September Newsletter

Hello Waltonians!

The start of the school year is upon us, and fall is approaching. Here are some suggestions from The Waltonian for things to do this month:

That’s all I have this month, but if you’re looking for more to do, check out Everything Walton’s community calendar. And definitely submit your events both here and there if you’re involved with hosting anything.

The next newsletter is scheduled for October 1st. If there’s an October event or news you’d like us to share, just respond to this email prior to that date. Feedback and ideas always welcome.

Thanks for reading,

—Chris Ogden

P.S.: Who’s checked out this new mini-golf course in Bovina? Looks like fun! If anyone has more information or reviews, please write back and I’ll share.

The Waltonian - August Newsletter

Hello Waltonians!

This month’s newsletter contains the usual list of events that’s happening in and around Walton. Before we get to that though, we wanted to share a list of recommendations for making the most of the rest of your summers: The Waltonian Recommends.

Hope that gave you some ideas for some end of summer activities! Here’s some of what else is happening in Walton this month:

  • The Delaware County Fair, of course! You didn’t need me to tell you that, but if you’re looking for a schedule, it’s available here on the fair website.

  • The Walton Car Fair and Vendor Show. Saturday, August 10th, from 4:00 to 8:00pm, with the cruise to take place at 6:00pm.

  • The Walton Farmers Market, every Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Don’t miss the free bike repair day on August 9th.

  • Meet and Greet with NYS Senator Jen Metzger, this Saturday, August 3rd, from 12:00 to 2:00pm. Village of Walton trustees Nate Jamieson and Eric Ball will also be present. Held at the Lucky Dog Store and Cafe in Hamden.

  • If anyone’s looking for work, check out the Greater Binghamton Job Fair on Friday, August 9th. Also, the village library is looking for a part-time library clerk (see link below).

  • Plenty of events at the library again this month, including free yoga events. More info in the library newsletter.

  • Some upcoming events at Bushel (in Delhi) that sound interesting, including DIY bookmaking.

The next newsletter is scheduled for September 1st. If there’s a September event or news you’d like us to share, just respond to this email prior to that date.

Thanks for reading,

—Chris Ogden

The Waltonian - July 1st Newsletter

Oh my! It’s been over two months since the last newsletter went out. My apologies! I was busy with a job search and move; I now live in New York City (eek!) but plan on returning to Walton when I can. This newsletter will continue on a monthly schedule.

Here’s some of what’s happening in Walton in July:

  • The Walton Farmers Market kicks off at Veterans Plaza on July 5th, from 10am to 2pm and will then continue every Friday through September. For the kick off on July 5th there will be special events including an ice cream social and live music, for more information check out the event on Facebook.

  • There will be village-wide yard sales (over 45 of them, I’ve heard) on July 5th and 6th. Those interested are encouraged to check out Walton Gently Used for updates.

  • West Branch Artists is hosting its first annual “Walton Art Walk” on July 20th. More details from the event page: “Join us on a FREE self-guided walking tour in the Village of Walton, featuring the work of local visual artists and artisans. Tour-goers will see original artworks on display in the storefront windows of local businesses and within venues located along Delaware Street, Gardiner Place and North Street in Walton, New York. Lots of creative activities for the whole family, an Artisans Market at Veteran's Plaza, and a few surprise happenings are in store for visitors! It is an excellent opportunity for both the artists and our local businesses to highlight what they do best. The Walton Art Walk is a project of the newly formed, West Branch Artists. WBA's mission is to build community and economic resilience in Walton through creating, making and sharing art.“

  • The village library’s summer programs are so plentiful I can’t fit them all here! So be sure to check out the July library newsletter for a bunch of fun activities for kids, teens, adults, and families.

  • The Cannon Free Library in Delhi is celebrating its Literary Landmark Status (it was once featured in Jean Craighead George’s My Side of the Mountain) tomorrow: “The Board of Trustees and the staff of the Cannon Free Library invite everyone in the community to join them at a celebratory reception on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 (incidentally, the 100th birthday of the late Ms. George!) to witness the unveiling of the cast bronze plaque in honor of the library’s Literary Landmark status. Light refreshment will be served and various materials relating to Jean Craighead George and My Side of the Mountain will be on display for examination.”

  • A reminder that the elementary and high school are serving free breakfast and lunch for kids and youth under 18 from Monday through Thursday for most of the summer. Adults can also eat, for $3. Breakfast at Townsend from 7:45 to 9am and lunch from 11:00am to 12:30pm. At the high school breakfast is served from 7:30 to 8:30am and lunch from 10:00am to 12:30pm. These meals start July 8th.

  • The next village board meeting is tonight at 6:00pm, the next town board meeting is July 8th at 6:00pm, and the next board of education meeting is July 2nd at 6:00pm.

Submissions welcome for the next newsletter, which is planned for August 1st. Also, for more timely information about happenings in Walton, I encourage you to check out Everything Walton’s community calendar.

The Waltonian - April 18th Newsletter

I’ve been enjoying the crocuses as a sign of spring! And now we've other flowers in bloom as well. 😊

Thinking about hosting a Walton photo scavenger hunt. If that sounds like fun to anyone, just respond to this email to say so! If we get enough interest, there might even be an award for the winner.

Here’s what’s happening in Walton and the surrounding area in the next few weeks:

Upcoming Local Events 🏹 🥞 🍳 📕 🥾

  • Starting April 22nd, the Walton Central School District will be going to a single point of entry for the middle and high schools. Everybody who comes into the school will have to come through the high school entryway from that date forward.

  • Max Jacobs is holding a breakfast fundraiser on May 11th to raise money for his Eagle Scout project to purchase and install a scoreboard for the Walton Booster Club Football program. The breakfast will be held at the New Hope Community Church from 8:00am to 12:00pm, free will offering.

  • The William B. Ogden Free Library will host local author, Dr. Michael Freeman on May 1st from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. "Dr. Freeman's book, Buen Camino is a reflection of the journey the author and his family took during the summer of 2014 as they hiked and biked the roads and trails of El Camino de Santiago in Spain. Dr Freeman will share some practical knowledge of embarking on such a journey as well has some of the revelations and spiritual benefits he gained from the experience. Light refreshments will be served."

  • The Walton Farmers' Market is taking vendor applications at this time.

  • Upcoming meetings include:

    • School – April 23rd, 6:00pm (budget adoption); and May 7th, 7:00pm (budget public hearing; note time change).

    • Village – May 6th, 6:00pm.

    • Town – May 13th, 6:00pm.

    • Chamber of Commerce – May 21st, 6:30pm.

Further Afield 🥚 🛤️ 🚴 📰

  • The Town of Delhi will be holding an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 20th. Ages 2-4, 10:00am to 11:00am; ages 5-7, 11:00am to 12:00pm; and ages 8+, 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Held at the Delhi Town Square.

  • With spring here, Revolution Rail Co., in North Creek, NY is accepting 2019 bookings for their rail-biking expeditions. Might make for a fun date or a family excursion (though it's pricey: tandem bike rentals are $80 and quad bikes are $140).

  • The River, a Hudson Valley newsroom, writes about the growing number of local news deserts across the US. It's a reminder that we're very lucky to have The Reporter as a local paper. If you're not currently a subscriber, I encourage you to sign up today. A year's subscription ends up being less than a dollar per issue.

Thanks for reading,

—Chris Ogden

The Waltonian - March 29th Newsletter

Warm (and rainy) today. But plenty of warm weather to come, perhaps with some sunny days later in the week. Here's some of what's happening around Walton this week and in the month of April:

  1. The Livestock Foundation is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a 2019 Delaware County high school graduate pursuing a career in agriculture. Applications and essays are due April 15th.

  2. The next round of the Watershed Agricultural Council micro grants program opens for applications on Monday, April 1st. Any farmer, logger, forester, forest landowner or Pure Catskills member with property within the watershed is eligible for the grants within the categories outlined here.

  3. I hope you got out and enjoyed NYS State Maple Weekend last week! But if you didn't, good news: it's actually two weekends this year, so you have tomorrow and Sunday to visit a local sugar house and pick up your favorite maple syrup products. You can also read about one such maple business in the March 13 issue of The Reporter if you missed it.

  4. At the library, on Tuesday, April 2 at 3:00 PM: “Ann Thayer, from the Alzheimer's Association, will be here to discuss the ten warning signs of Alzheimer's and what to look for in yourself and others. Early detection matters.”

  5. Also at the library, on Wednesday, April 10th, 6:00 PM: “Walton native, David Salton, will be here to discuss his book, White Rock, and to reminisce about what it was like to grow up in Walton in the 1950’s. His book will be available for purchase and signing.”

  6. Also at the library, on Thursday, April 18th, 6:30 PM: “Karen Land, public speaker and Iditarod racer, will be here with her dog and gear to talk to us about dog mushing. This is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with a real-life Iditarod racer and one of the dogs on her team! You won't want to miss this.”

  7. Be sure to check out the library website for more events and programs. They've got a lot going on this month.

  8. Please note that with spring here, meaning conditions are ripe for wildfires, there is a brush burning ban in effect until May 14th. Small campfires using charcoal or untreated wood are allowed, but people should never leave such fires unattended and must extinguish them. Burning garbage or leaves is prohibited year-round.

  9. The Revelers will be at the Walton Theatre on April 6th. Check out their website for a preview of this Louisiana band's eclectic style. Tickets available at the door.

  10. Walton Central School presents The Music Man, tonight and tomorrow night, both at 7:00 PM in the high school auditorium. Tickets available at the door.

  11. If you encounter our newly elected officials, be sure to welcome them to their new roles!

The new roof is going up quickly now at the library. And it looks great!

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