After getting up early for work for nearly 40 years - or trudging out in the middle of wintry nights to clear snow-covered roadways - Terry Beadnell is going to see some relief soon.
Beadnell, of Bowen Hill Rd. will put in his last day of work for the Thurman Town Highway Dept. Friday Feb. 27.
All are welcome to stop by the Town Highway Dept. garage and wish him well in his retirement.
Beadnell started working at the age of 16 and has been a faithful employee ever since. It was not unusual to see him driving the town trucks or plowing snow, but he also was the main operator for many years of the town's heavy equipment, including bucket loaders, backhoes and graders.
The community wishes him and his wife Nancy Beadnell - Town Clerk for 20 years - many happy retirement years. Their three children - Theresa, Luke and Jerod -are grown now. The couple also has two grandchildren to occupy their retirement hours.
Special Days in the backcountry
First of all, Happy Valentines Day to all!
Happy Anniversary wishes to Myron and Lillie Cameron on Feb. 14, and Reggie and Gail Needham on Feb. 17.
Birthdays to be celebrated this week are: Trudi Siletti on Feb. 13, Karen Ackley on Feb. 15, Merlin Russell, Cliff Dureau, Millie Venton and Elizabeth Hayes on Feb. 16, Theresa Stannard on Feb. 17 and Ed Baker Jr. on Feb. 18.
Let us know what special events happened on your Valentine's Day - call 623-2580 and tell us!
New Murphy namesake arrives
Meggen Rostetter and James Murphy III of Warrensburg are proud to announce the birth of their baby boy, born Wednesday. Jan. 21 at Glens Falls Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces, was 20 inches long and has been named James Edward Murphy IV.
Proud grandparents are Robert Rostetter of Brant Lake and Joann and James Murphy II of Queensbury.
Great-grandparents are Jim and Joan Murphy of The Glen.
Christian and Moon welcome baby boy
Amanda Christian and Nicholas Moon of Schroon Lake are proud to announce the birth of a son, born Monday Jan. 26 weighing 6 pounds 4.5 ounces, and measuring 20 inches long, at Glens Falls Hospital
Proud grandparents are Patricia and William Christian of Schroon Lake and Tammy and Nick Moon of Thurman.
Deep appreciation was expressed this week from Ken and Chrissy Ackley to the Thurman Emergency Squad for their prompt service and compassion to the Ackleys' call on Jan. 23. The Ackleys also appreciate all the help from their neighbors, Jerry and Fran Remington and son Daryl, Donna Knickerbocker and Cheryl Ross, plus all the others who have helped them in various ways. The Ackleys reserve a special Thank You to Pauline Buckner for always being there.
Sympathy from the community goes out to the family of Alan "Duffer" Hall who passed away Jan. 30.
Get Well wishes are out to Ken Ackley, Doreen Cooper, Jeff Grants, Carl Clemons, Liz Kennedy, Vern Baker Jr. and to all who have the flu-type illness - like me - at this time.
All of the Thurman volunteer firefighters are appreciated for responding to the early morning calls so promptly that occurred twice in a month a home on Garnet Lake Rd. Thank You one and all for rescuing the new town judge Filomena Rivielo from her worries when all the smoke alarms went off at her home.
Thank You's also go to Daniel and Chipper for shoveling off all the snow on this correspondent's roof.
Over the fence
The Gleaning food distribution will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday Feb. 17 the Thurman Town Hall. This free food program is open to all residents. Call 623-9640 for information.
The Clever Quilting Group plans to meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday Feb. 20. For more information on what you need to get started in the group, call Myra at 623-2633. The quilting group's meetings are held at the town hall twice a month, and they are open to all.
Near the end of January, yellow finches were visiting a bird feeder on Sky-Hi Road - Is Spring near? Two days after the sighting, however, we were blanketed with an additional 14 inches of snow, and school was canceled.
Has anyone started to write or jot down memories of the bygone days for the John Thurman Historical Society Quarterly?
A reminder to all taxpayers to stop at your assessors office for the tax exemption forms which musty be filled out before the March 1 deadline.
Questions that are asked frequently in and around our neck of the country but are difficult to answer. Do you have the answers ?
1) Do children know what the Golden Rule is?
2) Are there any honest politicians in government?
3) Are there any doctors left who take fresh garden produce as payment for office visits?
4) Are there people in our community who would like to volunteer to assist? Do some folks think that their time and talent really would not help a cause?
Seniors work on bringing cheer to soldiers
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club met Saturday Jan. 17 with 16 members attending. The club extended a warm welcome to three new members and sat down together to enjoy a covered-dish luncheon.
The club is now working to fill two gift boxes of goods to be sent to soldiers from Thurman who are serving their country in Iraq.
Citizens are urged to donate what they can to help fill these boxes, and bring their goods to the group's February meeting Saturday Feb. 21.
All club members should be prepared to give club officials their phone numbers and addresses, as they are preparing a member directory booklet.
There is always room for more members in the Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club. Dues are still only $10 per year. Call Norma at 623-9425 for details.
Town officials to meet, public welcome
The state's Open Meeting Laws were adopted for a good reason: to keep governmental decisions above-board and so they will appropriately reflect the will of the public.
But citizens must play their part in assuring good government. At the town and county level, citizens should attend all the meetings they can to assure the legislative process is honest, open and reasonable.
The public is urged to attend the February meetings of the Thurman Town Board: the fiscal meeting at 7 p.m. Monday Feb. 16, and the regular legislative meeting at 7 p.m.Tuesday Feb. 17. Both are held at the Thurman Town Hall in Athol. The Town Board welcomes residents to air their concerns during the public comment periods of the meetings.