This week marks the beginning of a new community column in The Wayne Independent.
This week marks the beginning of a new community column in The Wayne Independent. “Calkins Chronicles” will bring to readers the happenings from that little Damascus Township community beyond Beach Lake, nestled between Torrey and Milanville. As the word “chronicles” implies, the column will record recent events, and perhaps occasionally include some historical accounts as well.
When I was growing up in Calkins, it was almost entirely a dairy farming neighborhood. Some fifty years later, Calkins reflects the changing times; several businesses have sprung up in the area, drawing folks to this little country community. One of the remaining dairy farms, owned and operated by William and Zachary Bryant, is now also the home of Jay and Emily Montgomery's Calkins Creamery, the producer of sixteen artisan cheeses, as well as whey fed pork products. For those who would enjoy a glass of wine with their cheese, Calkins Creek Vineyard on Fallsdale Road has a fine selection of both red and white wines. Down the road in the former Calkins school house, Ed and Anne Nocera create a wide range of distinctive ceramic tiles and unique pottery. Calkins is definitely worth a visit!
As a child living in Calkins, I remember attending the annual Halloween parties at the Calkins Labor Grange Hall. Thankfully, those community parties have been resurrected over the past few years by Dawn Rutherford and Garry and Irma Sheard. This year's party, held at the Sheard's barn/airplane hangar on Saturday, October 25, drew approximately 70 “spirited” folks from the area!
Next Tuesday is Election Day, and our polling place is the Calkins Labor Grange Hall; if you get there early, you may have an opportunity to purchase some of the delicious baked goods being sold by the Calkins Ladies Aide Society.
Finally, time passes and with it comes the loss of community members. Recently, Calkins lost two of its lifelong farmers and friends to the neighborhood, Art Noble and George Gries. They will be greatly missed.
(If you know of a news event in Calkins that you would like to have included here, please give me a call at 729-7626. The column is currently planned for every two weeks.)