Other townsfolk have also left their posts Thurman has been on the front page of the daily paper so often lately that I'm sure people from a wide area now know where Thurman is located.
The simultaneous resignation of the town supervisor and his deputy are the talk of the region. But these are not the only folks who threw in the towel this year and left their elected and appointed positions.
Besides town board member Jim Ligon and Supervisor Lawrence "Red" Pitkin leaving office, there have been several others exiting recently: former town Historian Robin Croissant, former Tax Collector Eileen Baker, Town Secretary and Bookkeeper Susan Sheplar, Secretary Nancy Beadnell, town Cemetery Committee member Robin Croissant -and more who have resigned positions to health problems or family matters. There's also Maria Ligon, the dedicated member of the Youth Commission who brought us all those great parties this year - she was voted off the panel by the town board.
Gone are the days when one trusted person held the same position for years and years. Why? Now the same citizens demand influence and control over how civic organizations or town business is run or how events are held in town - or at least they want to air their gripes about it. Are their opinions better than the old way of doing things? Maybe. But it doesn't appear any better with so many resignations occurring over the past year.
I think back to the years when the late Jean Reynolds organized and ran the Jack Wax Party, planned the Children's Christmas Party, helped with the Old Home Days Celebration, and for a few years was a Girl Scout Leader, a tax collector and organized the annual Christmas Bazaar. She did so much more in planning for this town and was well-liked. Others did not air criticisms or try to undermine her work.
She no doubt was an exception, but I can't believe that there are not others in town now who could take over some of these activities and events.
Some of those who are making accusations and criticizing others should stop trying to be noticed or worry about control, and simply offer to help and lend a helping hand without changing the old traditions.
Why do so many people think their ideas are so much better? Now would be a good time to remember and live by the Golden Rule!
Political uproar new to 'Almost Heaven'
I have received numerous calls and heard many versions of the special town board meeting held June 29, but until the pending resignations of the two top town officials are accepted by the remainder of the board, I will remain silent about all the uproar.
However,many Thurmanites want to know what has happened to our town, known as "Almost Heaven." Remember when things were peaceful and neighbors helped neighbors in stead of bickering and launching personal attacks? Can we ever gain it back?
A mistake was noticed in the July 2 Post-Star write up of the meeting, referring to Ruth Keller as a "town board member." Keller has not been on the board for some time.
Moose roaming the hills here
A big moose has been seen around dusk wandering through some of the grassy fields in the Bowen Hill region.So far as of July 1 it hasn't come in contact with anyone or stayed long enough to visit, so we're not sure if its a male or female.
Murrays welcome baby boy
John and Terry Murray of Glens Falls are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, born Tuesday June 29 at Glens Falls Hospital. The child weighted 6 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19 inches long. He has been named Johnathon Levi Jr. Proud grandparents are Chrystal and Gary Murray of Mud St., Robert and Holly Smith of Newport News, Va., and David and Kathlene Hill of Delmar, NY. Great-grandparents are Eileen Baker and the late Ellis Baker of Athol and Robert Smith of Guilderland. The child's great-great grandparents are Leila Wood and the late Jack Wood of Thurman.
Geri Howe enjoyed her Fourth of July birthday with her son and his family making a trip up from Long Island to help in the celebration. Russ and Nerida and son Ryan decided that a relaxing dinner at home would be the way to go on such a busy weekend. They gathered at the Mud St. homestead with family friend Cliff Dureau of Sky-Hy Road joining in. The delicious dinner was lovingly prepared by Geri's daughter-in-law Nerida. Everyone enjoyed the day.
Filomena Riviello of Garnet Lake Road and Ron Rosati enjoyed a long weekend in Long Island over the July 4th holiday and visited her sister and family, Mary Jo and Pasquale Fortuna and children Francesco and Isabella. Other family members joined them July 4 to join in the celebration of Isabella's 10th birthday at the party held at her parents' home.
Special days celebrated in Thurman
Anniversary couples this week are Bernie and Bonnie Monroe Sr. on July 18 and Millie and Bob Venton on July 19.
Birthdays to remember are Jim Rafferty and Michele Leigh on July 17; Rosalie Haskell, Bernie Monroe Sr., Anthony Rawson, Maria Ligon, Austin Cooper and Beverly Johnson on July 18; William Cox on July 19; Patti Baker on July 21; and Walt Baker, Chad Holbrook and Millie Dibble on July 22.
Get well wishes are out to Debbie Collignon, Diane Wood, Bea Bevins, Floyd Baker, Jackie Dingman, Don Vopleus, Kermit Baker, Elmer Buyce, Ken Ackley and Wanda Wood.
How can anyone win two different times in contests which are a few weeks apart? (There is some good news in Thurman after all!). This gentleman, not wanting to brag, asked to remain anonymous. He won a 46-inch television in a national contest, and later, when taken out for dinner, won an outdoor grill from the host restaurant.
Vacation Bible School starts this week
The Thurman Baptist Church will start its family-oriented Vacation Bible School at 6:30 p.m. Monday July 19 and all ages are invited to attend. Special guests for the week will be Pastor Bert Kuehner and his wife Carol, who will be coming down from Canada. The daily program will be held 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., July 19 through 23 and incude lessons, games, crafts, refreshments and genuine fellowship. The church is located at 386 S. Johnsburg Rd., in the town of Thurman. Friday night will be a closing program with special refreshments. For details, call Pastor Bob Herrmann at 623-2666 or Joan at 623-2007.
Town government news
The town's fiscal meeting is scheduled for 6: 30 p.m. Monday July 19, and the Monthly meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday July 10. Call 623-9649 before 4 p.m. that day to make sure these dates haven't changed.
Those local citizens wishing to run in the November 2010 election for any of the positions that have now opened up, can obtain the necessary petitions at the Board of Elections at the Municipal Center. For details, call 761-6459.
It's not too early for those of you who do not file a federal tax form to stop by the town Assessors Office and get your STAR exemption form. For more information, call the Assessors Office at 623-4593.
The Gleaning free food distribution will occur at the Town Hall at 10 a.m. Tuesday July 20 starting at 10 a.m. This program is open to all residents.
The Senior Bus runs on Friday July 23. All residents age 60 and over are invited to join in this free shopping trip to Glens Falls. Please call Laura at 623-9281 by Wednesday and let her know you are going.
A gripe was called in this week that several cemeteries are not being mowed this year and they look like hayfields.
Events and activities here in the hills
A lineup of special events are being launched this week up here in Thurman.
Among them are the Movie on the Hill, held each Saturday at 7:30 p.m. for families. There is food and snacks available or you can bring your own picnic to enjoy during the show. The film scheduled to be shown Saturday July 17 is "Rocketman." For more information, call 623-9649.
The Thurman Station Farmer's Market will be open 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday July 21. There will be a large selection of garden veggies to choose from, plus eggs, baked goods, maple products, homemade soaps, crafts and so much more.
Monday evenings there will be Free Concerts at Thurman's Park on the Hill. This week, July 19, the band will be "The Sky Blue Boys" featuring mandolin and banjo and old-time mountain music starting at 7 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket, and you might like to bring your dancing shoes. Snacks are available for purchase. These special events are made possible through the Town's occupancy tax money.
The Sugar Loaf Seniors Club will meet Wednesday July 21 at the Town Hall. Those attending should bring a dish to pass and join in the potluck dinner at 6 p.m. which will be followed by a short business meeting. The annual summer picnic is set for next month. For details, call 623-9425.
The Kenyontown Methodist Church will have a Fellowship Dinner at the church on Valley Road at 7 p.m. Wednesday,July 21 at 7:00 p.m. Weather permitting, it will be a picnic. Bring a dish to pass and join us. For more information, call 623-3940.
The Thurman Emergency Squad will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 18 at the High Street squad headquarters. This meeting is open to the public. Those seeking to become a much-needed volunteer can stop by the meeting with any questions or call 623-9054 or 623-4254.