Times are tough, help is available
During these difficult cold winter months can be rough on household budgets. Those who are having trouble keeping food on the table, remember that help is available.
The Thurman Town Hall has a food pantry, the Gleaning food program is at the town hall twice every month, and the Extra Helpings food program distributes its discounted food packages once a month. So don't let pride prevent you from asking for help as you can always repay when your job resumes. Call the town hall at 623-9649 for details.
Forms for S.T.A.R., Vets and aged exemptions - all methods of reducing property taxes - can be picked up at the Town Assessors office and filled out anytime. The deadline to return them is March 1. Questions? Call 623-4593.
Memories of life in bygone days
Will you have time this winter to write down some of your Thurman memories to help out the John Thurman quarterly committee? Do you remember ice packed in sawdust for an ice box or for the ice cream freezer? How about town officials being dunked in water at the small fair held here? For details or to offer information, call 623-2580 or 623-2007.
Meetings, activities set in town
The ice skating rink at the town recreation field in Athol is now ready for use. Small children should be accompanied by an adult or guardian. The hill at the town field is also ready for sledding. Skating is reserved for children only due to height limitations at the rink
On Saturday Jan. 9 hot chocolate and light snacks will be available from 1 to 3 p.m. Proceeds are to benefit the Thurman Youth Commission. Townsfolk can call 623-9961 to see if refreshments are available on any other particular day.
The Thurman Emergency Squad meets at 6 p.m. Sunday Jan. 10 at the High Street squad building. Meetings are open to the public and prospective members who wish to help out in the community can stop by or call 623-9810 for details.
The town's Occupancy Tax committee will meet at 10 a.m. Friday Jan. 15 at the Glen Lodge. For details, call 623-9649.
The quilting group meets at the town hall at 6:30 p.m. Monday Jan. 11. In case of bad weather, call 623-2633 to confirm.
The Mommie and Me play group will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday Jan. 15 at the town youth building in Athol. All toddler and moms from any town are welcome to attend and join in the fun of craft projects. For details, call 623-5024.
Benefit drive for Vopleus family
A benefit account has been set up at T.D. Bank for Don Vopleus who was airlifted to Albany Medical Center after a falling tree injured him on Nov. 25. Donations to help the family can be left at any branch of the bank. As of Christmas, he was still in the hospital.
Personal news, special days
Celebrating birthdays on Jan. 10 are Gail Needham, Jean Rumble, Lorrie Smith, Chip Aldrich, and Matt Kennedy; and on Jan. 11, Hial Hall IV marks another year.
Cindy Fowler and Lonna Sonley, John Baker and Cassie Mott all celebrate on Jan. 13. Wendy Pasco and Kristen Fraiser add a year on Jan. 14.
A call came in from Nashville, Tennessee asking us to put in special birthday wish to mom Lillian Hayes of Athol on Jan. 16.
The Christmas basket committee expresses thanks to the ladies who helped out by baking goodies and the couples and individuals who helped pack and deliver the nearly 50 baskets to many homes throughout the community, and to all who helped with this effort to bring cheer and glad tidings to area residents.
A big thank you is out to Helen Baker for organizing this operation for many years with keeping the Christmas basket project going.
Thank you is out to Charlotte, Robin, Evie Jr. and John P. for the pre-Christmas surprises.
Over the fence
A few gripes came this last week, several after reading the local daily newspaper, have asked why an illegal right of way road is still open to traffic? Shouldn't it be closed off?
Another gripe asked where the younger generation is when it comes to volunteering in the town?
Why is it that that a nickel-pack of gum now costs nearly $1.50?
A gripe came in on the daily newspaper's sports write-ups. Why is only one player on the team mentioned each week? Do you wonder why other members of the team want to quit?
Thank goodness for our Journal which shares the credit among team members!
Get Well wishes are out to Pat Sherman, Hial Hall III, Don Vopleus, Jackie Dingman, Ed Brown, Doreen Cooper, Iva Hall, and Red Pitkin.
Please use caution as you step outside and watch for slippery spots. Too many have fallen this season.
Welcome home to Jesse Arnold
Spc. Jesse Arnold has arrived home after spending four years in the war. He was home from Iraq in April and then was sent to finish out his time in Hawaii, and finally made it home to spend Christmas with his family, Bill and Lisa Arnold of Bowen Hill Rd.