Events and activities in the hills
Would you like to put a smile on a forgotten veteran's face? How about joining the local Valentines for Veterans effort!
Everyone is invited to the Thurman Town Hall on Saturday Feb. 5 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to help us make valentines to be given to or sent to our veterans. All ages are needed to help. Folks can bring extra decorations for the cards if they wish, but everything is going to be available to make the basic cards. Come on down and make some original and unique valentines! Pizza follows the valentine creating session. The event is sponsored by the Thurman Youth Commission.
The John Thurman Historical Society will not meet this month, allowing all members to take a long winter's nap and to be ready for the Spring sessions, we hear.
There also will not be a town Youth Commission meeting in February, but one is being planned for March.
The Thurman Volunteer Emergency Squad is holding a meeting Wednesday Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the squad building on High St. Those seeking to become a volunteer, or anyone interested in pursuing training to become a medic for the ambulance can stop by and obtain information. For details, call 623-4254.
The Thurman Connections Snowmobile Club is looking for anyone wishing to help with opening up and grooming trails. New members are also being sought. Call 623-9234 and tell Doug how and when you can help out.
The Glens Falls YMCA is sponsoring a free Family Fun Night on Friday Feb. 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for all families from near and far. The event is primarily intended for children ages 5 through 11 and their parents. Featured are crafts and games followed by open gym and swimming. Take the family out for a fun-filled evening!
A Gleanings food distribution session will be held at the Thurman Town Hall at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1. This program is open to all town residents. For details, call 623-9649.
Welcome to this world, Logan!
Danny Fancher and Alicia Baker of South Johnsburg Road are proud to announce the birth of a son born at Glens Falls Hospital Thursday, Dec. 23 at 3:11 a.m. The little man was named Logan Fancher and he weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 inches long. Proud grandparents are April Gill and Jerry Remington II of Thurman. Logan's great-grandparents are Jerry and Frances Remington, Sr. of Bowen Hill Road and Theresa and Jeff Grants of Johnsburg. Great-great Grandparents are former Thurman residents Walt and Marilyn Baker, and Bob Goodnow of Don Potter Road.
Tax exemptions need to be renewed
Now is the season to renew property tax exemptions. Those seniors who had an exemption last year should have received a mailing by this time from the town Assessor's office. Those who received a green post card, do not need to take any further action: their Enhanced STAR exemption has been approved by the state Department of Taxation and Finance.
Those who received a yellow card, the state was unable to confirm their eligibility for your exemptions. Those who take no action after receiving a yellow card, their Enhanced STAR status will be reduced to the Basic Star exemption.
If you received a letter with a renewal form, you will need to complete the form and return it to the town Assessor's office with proof of income. For the Enhanced Star renewal, or form RP425rnw, proof of your 2009 income is required: adjusted gross income from your state or federal tax of $79,050 or less, minus taxable amount of IRA distributions.
For the RP467rnw, Senior Low Income, your 2010 income is needed, and includes income from most sources. A worksheet is available, or town Assessors will be glad to assist in figuring it out. Income must be less than $23,700 to qualify.
For property owners of any age, that are new in town and this is your primary residence, and you have not signed up for the STAR B, come in before March 1 to sign up for Basic STAR exemption.
Town Assessors are in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For details, call 623-4593.
Special days and personal news
Those celebrating birthdays this week include Sarah Hennessey on Jan. 29, and a special wish to Lila Walter on Jan. 31 along with Bob Dibble and Christan Siletti; Josh Cameron and Barb Metzger on Feb. 1; Makayla Griswold and Ethan Schmidt on Feb. 2; Tegan Castro, Irene Hall and Lillian Powers on Feb. 3; and Andy Knoll on Feb. 4.
Get Well Wishes go out to Myron Cameron, Ed Binder, Diane Golden, Ruth Wood, Brenda Webster and Irv West.
Congratulations to our newest grandmother Darlene Sherman of Warrensburg who became a grandma to little Alex James, born Monday Jan. 3 to her son and his partner, Bruce H. and Keri Sherman of Queensbury.
Over The Fence
We've heard that town board members and emergency squad members are ready to sign a contract to keep our local volunteers responding to medical emergencies. If this works out, everybody in the town will be better protected because they know and trust the squad members, and response times are likely to be a lot quicker than if an out-of-town agency handles the emergency calls.
We are entering into "cabin fever" month: February. If you know of anyone alone through the long winter months, give them a call just to say Hello!
And when you wake up on Wednesday morning look out your window and see if you can spot the groundhog, commonly known as Mr. Woodchuck, because it's Groundhog Day on Feb. 2.
Also, Valentine's Day is due to arrive on Feb. 14. Don't forget to send a few extra cards to friends or neighbors who may be in nursing homes at this time.
Why are Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays no longer put on the calendars? Lincoln's is on Feb. 12 and Washington's Feb. 22. In modern times, the two anniversaries are combined into Presidents' Day.
I've been accused of having a "poison pen' for my comments in the Jan. 15 issue of the Journal, so I've thrown out all my old pens and bought new ones! I apologize to anyone who was hurt over the wording of my column in this issue! But I sure would like to see Thurman go back to the days where neighbors cared about each other and their community and there was not all this bickering going on.
December Town Board meeting notes
At the December Thurman town board meeting, the town Youth Commission sought permission to purchase a slush machine for the Summer Youth Program and to use at events held at the local train platform. Supervisor Wood said that purchasing one would have to be put out to bid. Councilman Vasak said that such a machine was expensive, and he wondered how long it would take to recoup its cost.
Vasak said stated the town garbage truck was old and needed maintenance, and some of our garbage is left outside in yard in large amounts and said he needed documentation of which households were doing this.
Vasak said the town food pantry gets extended use in November and the town may have to establish extended hours.
Town Supervisor Evelyn Wood said a workshop will be held to discuss options for garbage pick up. She also is checking on fire alarms for the Town Highway Garage and we may have to establish a prohibition on ATVs on town roads.
A Resolution to approve $8,250 in Occupancy Tax funding for 2011 summer concerts was approved by the board.
Copies of the two-hour meeting are available at the town hall or online.