Clean your vehicle, boost community safety
For a mere $3, folks can soon get their car washed while contributing to a vital community enterprise.
Volunteer members of the Thurman Emergency Squad will be washing cars Saturday, July 3 at their headquarters on High Street.
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the squad members will wash any size automobile for a minimum $3 donation. For those interested in joining the organization, the squad members will be answering questions about the benefits and responsibilities of membership.
A "board members only" meeting of the Thurman Emergency Medical Services will be held at Sunday, July 4, at 6 p.m. in the High Street squad building.
The Thurman Occupancy Tax Committee will be meeting at Sunday, July 4, at 10 a.m. in The Glen Lodge.
The Gleaning food distribution session will be at the town hall Tuesday, July 6, at 10 a.m. Participants are asked to bring clean used grocery bags. This free food program is open to all Thurman residents. For information, call 623-9649.
The Extra Helpings food program is also available in the Thurman area. For a small fee, families can obtain extra groceries to help feed their household. Stop by the town hall for details.
Over the fence
Happy Fourth of July! Please drive with care this weekend if you have to travel.
Do you know how many more jobs would be available if all commercial enterprises had real people answering their telephone calls rather than computerized gadgets? Or if gas stations still hired folks to pump gas for their customers? Or if hay in our fields were still cut with scythes or if dishes were still washed by hand in restaurants? And most important of all, if there were real local farms being worked across our county?
Were all the squad audits necessary?
Apparently a series of audits of the local emergency squad finances, required by the thurman town board, is costing the squad money - and some feel this scrutiny is excessive. A letter describing the squad's compliance to the audits was turned in to town officials at the June meeting,
Last year, records were submitted to a Queensbury auditor, in an effort to detect any financial irregularities, and an audit report was completed and delivered to the Thurman town supervisor Jan. 8. This audit cost the volunteer squad $1,750. Then a request for a financial review by the same firm, which was completed at the end of April and hand delivered to the supervisor May 10, cost the volunteers another $3,000, according to the letter recently submitted from the squad to the town board. This audit included copies of checkbook stubs, bank statements, and mortgage history reports. Lacking was a report of the ambulance loan with the town - records seem to be lost - and the yearly ambulance payment to the town of $12,685. This letter, five pages long, is on file with the town clerk and is available for inspection.
Special days in hill country
Anniversaries to be celebrated this week are: Kent and Glenda Duell, 26 years, July 6; and John J. and Nancy Kindred, 43 years, July 7.
Birthdays to be observed this week are those of Geri Howe and Kylie Baker, July 4; Brandi Baker, Ryan Belden, Drew Kuklinski and Daisy Alger, July 5; Jim Murphy and Kaitlyn Keller, July 6; Julie Angell and Dan McGovern, July 7; and Jason Rogers and Sam Steele, July 9. We hope all of you with birthdays this week have a happy one.
Lesley Rohe of North Carolina and her children Michael, Emma and Leah have been visiting her parents, Al and Anne Rohe of Thurman Station, her grandmother Lila Walter, and many other family members during their short stay. The granddaughters Emma and Leah are staying here for an additional few weeks with their grandparents.
Summer movie series underway with 'Avatar'
The film "Avatar" will be shown Saturday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the pavilion behind the Thurman Town Hall. This film is the first in the town's 2010 Movie on the Hill series.
Don't, however, expect to see Avatar in 3D. For that experience in Thurman, you'll have to wait at least until the year 2120. Don't let that deter you, however. The Movies on the Hill series includes great socializing and plenty of family fun - these free movies are intended for all ages.
Food will be available, or folks can bring picnics, as well as blankets and chairs.
Summer recreation program begins this week
The town's summer recreation program begins Tuesday, July 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., daily.
The program is intended for children ages 5 to 12.
Parents are responsible for their child's ride to and from the daily program or they must sign a permission slip if some other person will be transporting their child. The program runs Monday through Friday through Aug. 13. Each day there will be special activities for the children including games, crafts, demonstrations of various skills, and occasional trips. The leaders would appreciate donations of snack foods and juices.
Activities and events in Thurman
Heritage Day will be the prevailing theme Wednesday, July 7, at the Thurman Station Farmers Market. From 12:30 to 5 p.m., there will be music and special displays and activities as well as the weekly selection of farmers' produce, eggs, maple products and crafts. For details, call 623-9718.
The Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. will hold an open meeting Monday, July 5, at 7 p.m. in the Athol Firehouse. New members age 18 and older are always needed to help with this volunteer work that is likely to someday save the lives and property of your neighbors.
The Southern Adirondack 4 Wheeler Club will meet Friday, July 9, at 7 p.m. in the Thurman Town Hall. Stop by the meeting and join in the fun of this club, which stresses safety first.
The senior bus will be picking up local residents 60 and older at their homes Friday, July 6 taking them to Glens Falls for a day of shopping or appointments. Those who want to go on the trip, call Laura at 623-9281 and let her know. New riders should note she will need directions to their homes.
Area history subject of presentation
The John Thurman Historical Society will meet Tuesday, July 6, at 7 p.m. at the town hall. Guest speaker and author John Hastings will offer an illustrated presentation "Around Warrensburg." All meetings of the historical society are open to the public, and new members are always welcome.
Smokey Greene to entertain in Monday concert
The renowned country music artist Smokey Greene and his band will be featured in a free concert Monday, July 5, at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Field. All are welcome to attend, and bring blankets, chairs and a picnic. Additional food will be available at a concession stand.