Emergency squad's tearful last sanctioned run?
The Thurman Emergency Squad made their last official outing on behalf of the town Dec. 31 when they picked up a lady on High Street Dec. 31.
The lady was having difficulty breathing and after 911 was called, the squad immediately responded. One member stopped in ahead of the ambulance as she had oxygen to administer for the patient. Within minutes, several local Emergency Medical Technicians were on the scene. Maria Ligon expresses heartfelt thanks to Barb Baker, Skip Bessaw, John Kindred and to all of the crew who were compassionate and knew exactly what to do and what care was needed. Thanks to all the emergency responders, and may the Thurman Emergency Squad soon be up and running again on behalf of local town government - Thurman needs you!
Later it was learned that the Thurman Town Board had canceled the compensation insurance as of 2011 on the squad members. If you are ill, call 911, but the Warrensburg Emergency Squad is the agency to respond, as the town ended its tradition of contracting for service with the Thurman Emergency Medical Services. Of course, if you have good neighbors they could take you by car.
A petition was presented to the Thurman Town Board Dec. 2 with over 277 signatures signed by year-round residents requesting the town retaining the local emergency squad, but the board decided otherwise.
I am getting numerous calls on this issue. One caller said the Board doesn't seem to care about its residents.
another suggested this issue should be put before a public vote. You can voice your opinions by sending a letter to the editor to: Thom Randall c/o Regina Porter, 2 Jennijill Loop, Warrensburg, NY 12885.
Special days up in the hills
Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Gary and Linda Rounds for their 48th on Jan. 18.
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Nick May on Jan. 15; to Matt Pasco, Lillian Hayes, Steve Smith, Meredith Sonley, Joy Baker and Harold Corlew all on Jan. 16; to Anna Lucia on Jan. 17; to Lewie Gallup Jr. on Jan. 18; to Daniel Vanselous on Jan. 10; to Will Hill Jr. on Jan. 20; and to Curtis Tyler, Keith Sonley and Christopher Robinson on Jan. 21.
Guests over the Christmas holidays at Joan and Jim Murphy's home in the Glen, Hill Cottage Rd., were their daughters Joann Zwerger and Jill Keuhner and their husbands Bill Zwerger and Kevin Keuhner and the Murphys' son John. Accompanying were the Zwergers' two daughters and John Murphy's wife Michele Murphy and their family of Loon Lake.
Get Well wishes are out to Carol Hall, Brenda Webster, Ed Binders, Joe Mosher and Luke Beadnell.
Cheryl Kenyon of Bear Pond Road returned home for Christmas after spending 10 days with her son and family in Roseville, Calif. She enjoyed spending time with Marc Jr. and Jeana, and playing with 3-year-old Gibson and 17-month-old Lauren.
Brandon Beadnell spent the Christmastime holidays in Thurman with his dad, Luke and fianc e Jenny on River Road, and while here Brandon went skiing for the first time - the trip was to Ridin' Hy ski hill. His cousin three-year-old Colton also came and spent a play day, plus he had fun at his grandparents, Nancy and Terry Beadnell's, before returning to his home in Livermore, Maine on New Year's Eve.
Over the fence
Share your memories - what was it like to live in Thurman in your day? Were things the same as today? Jot down a few notes for the John Thurman Historical Society, or better yet write a short story and send it to: PO Box 7, Athol, NY or call 623-2007. Did you learn about the world in a one-room schoolhouse where spankings were given? Did all the kids drink from the same water pail and use the same dipper? Did you walk to school? Did you wear tire patches on your winter boots? Did you walk on snowshoes to visit your neighbor in the winter months? Please share your memories!
I'd like to find an old orange crate, the kind we used to set on end and was often used to put books in - recall them?
Remember to stop by the town Assessor's Office or the Town Hall to get your application forms for property tax exemptions. There are three programs: STAR, the aged exemption and the Veterans exemption, all of which must be filled out and returned by March 1.
The Gleaning food distribution program will be held at the Town Hall at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18. This free food program is open to all Thurman residents.
The Extra Helpings food program is also available and now they have several choices for families to choose from. The cost for the packages are low and consist of meat, vegetables, side dishes, and more. Orders can be placed and payment is due the first part of the month and delivery is around the third week of each month. For details, including the February menu, call 623-9649.
The anonymous tip line to report the drinking- or drug-related phenomena in our community is 761-9800. All calls are anonymous, and a caller could be saving the life of a local teen or a friend of theirs.
Activities and events in the Thurman area
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club will meet Saturday Jan. 15 at 11:30 a.m. Bring a dish to pass and join the first pot luck luncheon of 2011. Membership dues should be paid at this meeting which is still $10 per year. All are welcome, including those 55 and older who seek membership. those with questions or suggestions, call Norma at 623-9425.
The Thurman Town Board will hold both its fiscal and the regularly monthly meetings on Tuesday Jan. 18 starting at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and there is an public session when concerns are heard.
Volunteers needed for youth activities
A decade ago, there were many winter activities for our youth and more volunteers willing to help out.
Think back 10 short years, and we had the Mommy & Me parents and toddlers program, karate classes, a supervised skating rink, a town skiing program, Nature's Explorers' Club, plus there were occasional dances, a tutoring program and even a self defense class for women. Also, there was a YMCA-sponsored bus offering transportation.
Now, these offerings are gone - and much of it is due to lack of volunteers, as well as low participation rates.
If weather permits we may have a sledding hill or a skating rink this season. Those willing to volunteer to help with any activity for our youth, call 623-2249 or 623-4024. We would like to keep our town as unique and caring as it once was - won't you help?
Countryside Home residents say 'Thanks'
A special Thank You goes out to to all the folks that visited Countryside Home during the Holiday season, whether it was individuals or groups. To those who brought or sent gifts and cards, groups who sang carols or just stopped in for a visit, sincere thanks. All of this activity brightened the residents' days and it is hoped all will stop by again again for a return visit.
Shermans welcome new child
Bruce H. and Keri Sherman of Queensbury are proud to announce the birth of a son born Jan. 3 at Glens Falls Hospital. The little man was named Alex James and weighed 8 pounds 14.7 ounces and was 21.2 inches long. At home he joins a nine-year-old sister Karley. Proud grandparents are Cindy and Jay Randall of Queensbury and Pat and Bruce Sherman of Cameron Road in Thurman.