Traditional Jack Wax fest needs volunteers
The Jack Wax Party will be here very soon. This old-fashioned Thurman event, a beloved tradition in the region, annually brings many people out to enjoy the socializing, the large selection of dishes and the dessert of Jackwax, or "sugar on snow" for dessert. All residents bring in food items to help this benefit, which is a fundraiser to fight cancer. This year we need helpers to assist in planning and carrying out this event, planned to occur March 12. Will you help? Call Evie Russell at 623-2580.
Local emergency squad responding again
The Thurman Emergency Squad is once again the town's designated responders. Everything was signed and back in place at about noon Jan. 26. The year-round folks of the town are very much relieved, but won't forget the scare they went through for about two months of not knowing who they could call. The squad would like more folks volunteering to help out in this needed endeavor. Call 623-4254 and let them know if you can spare an hour or two per week.
Over the fence
Hungry and cold invaders are in the local community! Stray kittens and cats have been crawling into buildings, sheds and under porches trying to survive the severe cold temperatures - up to 30 below zero. They are so hungry that a crust of bread looks good? Folks have made numerous calls asking for help from shelters, pet hospitals, etc. but nothing is being done and it has been over a month. Any ideas?
Did we vote on the state buying yet more Adirondack land - 87,000 acres at a cost of $30 million? I don't remember it being a referendum on the November ballot? Or isn't that necessary anymore?
For all of you who call and ask for an occasional weather report for our area, the morning of Jan. 24 temperatures dropped, ranging from minus 25 to minus 29 with a few reports minus 18 or so! We have lots of snow on the ground - about 18 to 24 inches so far, with more storms in the forecast.
A gripe came in from a family with young kids who had received a HEAP grant and the fuel supplier that they dealt with refused to fill their tank that day, citing they needed a week's notice - even though the household was without fuel and using small heaters to keep warm. Can you believe this? What is happening to the compassion and caring when some of these companies get so big?
Events and activities in the hills
The "Valentines for Vets" event at the Town Hall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 5. The event needs lots of volunteers to help make many hearts for the Veterans in our area. All ages are welcome and homemade pizza is planned for all. This community event is held by the town Youth Commission.
The Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. will conduct an open meeting on Monday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Athol Firehouse. Those seeking to become a volunteer can stop by for details.
The Southern Adirondack Four-Wheeler Enthusiasts will meet Friday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. Folks seeking to join can stop by or call 623-2007 for information.
The Thurman Town Board has scheduled their meetings for Tuesday Feb. 8 to start off the new schedule of public meetings on the second Tuesday of each month - for years it's been the third Tuesday. Plan on attending on Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. for the fiscal meeting and at 7 p.m. for the regular meeting.
Free transportation to Glens Falls is available for all seniors age 60 or over on the small bus, and it will run on Friday, Feb. 11. Call Laura at 623-9281 by Wednesday evening and let her know you want to go.
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club conducted a short meeting Jan. 15 with all 19 members attending. Anyone wishing to join can stop by the next meeting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday Feb. 19. The price to join is $10 a year and this next meeting will be a covered-dish luncheon. For details, call Norma at 623-9425.
Happy Anniversary wishes go out this week to Bob and Peggy Florance who will celebrate 58 years on Feb. 7; also to Jim and Maria Ligon, 7 years; and Dan and Juanita Cameron - both celebrate on Feb. 9.
Birthdays to be celebrated this week are Dot Maxam and Laura Cameron on Feb. 5; Jill Galusha and Jason Baker on Feb. 6; Vonda Beattie, Jim Desourdy and Kayden Breault on Feb. 8; Cole Mosher and Hilary Vaughn on Feb. 9; Carol Hall, Zachary Hennessey, Laura Rafferty, Nick Moon and Filomena Rivello, all on Feb. 10. Amanda Castro, Donna Keck, and Kara and Kailey Bacon celebrate on Feb. 11.
Sympathy is out to the family of Mary McAllister who passed away Jan. 20 at Glens Falls Hospital.
Get Well wishes go out to Suzie Baker, Irv West, Ken Ackley, Myron Cameron, Ed Binder, Diane Golden, Sall Feihol, Bob Florance and Cindy Crandall.
Many thanks to the community, friends and neighbors who were so helpful during Ken's Ackley's ten-day hospital stay last month. Chris and Ken Ackley thank you all for helping them through their difficult time. Special thanks go to Daryl and Hank.