Cemetery workshop draws citizens from afar
Folks hailing from the Adirondacks to the lower Hudson Valley attended the area's first workshop on gravestone preservation held June 5 at the Pendall Cemetery in Athol.
Organized by the Thurman Cemetery Committee and led by gravestone expert Jonathan Appell, the workshop offered a wealth of information on repairs, cleaning, and resetting of monuments. The 21 people who attended not only got hands-on experience in the cemetery, but they were given folders containing information for future ventures.
Workshop participants came from towns and cities across the region, including Hague, Kingston, Hyde Park, Newcomb, Johnsburg, Thurman, North Creek, and Warrensburg.
Videos and photographs were taken, and plans are being considered to make DVDs of the occasion.
The cemetery committee thanks everyone who gave donations and had fun with the pink flamingo promotion, in which residents pledged money to the committee for the privilege of "flocking" their friends with an installation of the pink flamingos on neighbors' lawns. All those who participated and sent donations helped make this workshop possible.
Over the fence
To call the Thurman dog warden when you find dogs running loose, call Dexter at 623-9810. Yes, there is a leash law in our town for all dogs.
Sorry for the wrong phone number for the emergency squad being published in my column in a recent issue.
Gripes came pouring in on Thursday June 3 after some residents read a sign posted at the Thurman Town Hall calling for a special board meeting for 5 p.m. June 4 to hire a new town bookkeeper. The emergency posting apparently gave people very little notice. Our town clerk posted signs on doors, on the bulletin board and on the sandwich board on the front lawn, and town officials said the notice was according to law.
More gripes and opinions came in after it was suggested that a paid position was open and not advertised under "Help Wanted."
Len Losaw hired as town bookkeeper
The town board voted this week to hire a new town bookkeeper and secretary to the Supervisor. Chosen for the post was Len Losaw, who is experienced in municipal accounting and record-keeping, according to Thurman Supervisor Red Pitkin
Losaw formerly held the position of bookkeeper in the Town of Fort Edward for about 5 years, but vacated the position when a new political party came into power in town, according to thurman Town Supervisor Red Pitkin.
The Thurman Town board called a special meeting due to the present bookkeeper, Nancy Beadnell, recently announced she was leaving the position of Bookkeeper/Secretary, Pitkin said.
Pitkin said that unlike prior practice in town, the full town board voted on choosing the person to fill the position rather than having merely the supervisor making an appointment. Pitkin said Thursday that Beadnell would be working with Losaw this week to help acquaint him with procedures in the Thurman town offices.
Local events and activities scheduled
All Thurman youth can be pre-registered for the summer recreation program on June 28 beginning at 10 a.m. at the youth building.
The program begins on July 6, and is conducted Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to noon daily through Aug. 13. Registration forms can be picked up at the Thurman Town Hall.
On June 29 at 9 a.m. a Red Cross CPR course will be taught at the town youth building. Those with questions, call 623-9961.
The Thurman emergency squad will be holding a meeting at the High St. squad building at 6 p.m. Sunday June 20. Anyone wishing to join in the volunteers and help out in the community - or to obtain information - can stop by at the meeting or call 623-9014 or 623-4254 and leave a message.
The senior bus will run again on Friday June 25 to Glens Falls for shopping trips to or for important appointments. Call Laura at 623-9281 to reserve a seat.
Christmas charity needs volunteer leader
Townsfolk are still waiting for someone to step forward to take over the annual Christmas basket program. This is a program that inspires cheer in many local people when they receive a basket of homemade goodies for the holidays. Call Helen at 623-2909 or Evie 623-2580 to help out.
Farmers' market resumes
Starting Wednesday June 23, the Thurman Station Farmers Market will be open every Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by and see the wide variety of items that are available. Vegetables, eggs, baked goods, maple products, handmade sewn and crocheted items, as well as some house plants.
And while you are in the area, be sure to stop by the gallery and look at the paintings and Adirondack furniture at the Adirondack Ambiance on Rte 418. This shop has many one of a kind selections and each one is beautiful. They are open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Sunday. They are also carrying unique postcards that you can send to your friends.
Special days in Thurman
Birthdays celebrated this next week are: Donnie J. Carpenter on June 19, Savannah Mosher and Dale Needham on June 20, Scott Castro, Ron Mosher on June 21, Tim Baker on June 22, Irene Sayer, Dexter Baker and Dakota Schloss on June 23, June Germain on June 24, Bob Herrmann, Izech Carpenter and Tori Bruce on June 25. A happy belated birthday wish goes out to Karen Cassidy, now 16, who celebrated her special day on June 10.
Anniversary wishes go out to Leonard and Ruth Baker on June 20, to Mildred and Bob Dibble on June 23 and to Joan and Vern Harris on June 24.
Sympathy from the greater Thurman community goes out to the family of Lucille Cameron who passed away June 1 at Westmount Health Facility.
Get Well wishes go out to Kermit Baker, Ken Ackley, Loren Eddy, Iva Hall, Elmer Buyce, Joe Mosher, and Bea Bevins.
Thank go out to both the Thurman and Warrensburg emergency squads who once again came to Bowen Hill Rd. for Ken Ackley, who ended up going to the hospital three times in less than a month. He was and was most recently released from Sunnyview Rehabilitation Center in Schenectady. Chrissy Ackley expressed thanks to both the squads for their help, and special thanks to Jerry and Fran Remington, Daryl Tucker, and Shantel for always being there to help. Neighbors and friends are thanked for the calls and words of encouragement.
Congratulations to all of our graduates who will proudly be walking off stage with a hard-earned diploma during Warrensburg Central's graduation ceremonies, scheduled for Friday June 25.
Happy Father's Day to all of our dads and grandads - may you have the best day ever. Father's Day is on Sunday June 20, and if you can not get away from your jobs on that day, at least pick up the phone and give your father or grandfather a call.
Plan ahead to watch Thurman's first Movie on the Hill offering for 2010 which will be on Saturday July 3. These family-oriented movies will be shown every Saturday evening through the summer.