EMS billing worries some folks
With the pending changes to the local emergency medical services, many folks are now asking what they'd do if a family member needs help.
The local squad apparently is converting from a free service to one that bills for its responses.
Many who have been attended to recently by the Warrensburg Squad while the Thurman squad was relatively inactive have received bills - many hundreds of dollars per trip, and they're worried.
What will the people with average incomes do?
Well, the answer is that the Warrensburg emergency squad - and the local Thurman squad use the practice of "soft billing," which means that patients should forward the bill to their health insurance company or Medicaid if they are so covered.
If not, the squad will forgive and forget the bill for those of limited means, and those who have plenty of money, of course, should still pay to keep our local EMS services appropriately funded.
But the question remains, why has Thurman lost so many of their volunteers, so paid staffing is necessary? Not only volunteers for emergency medical services, but for the TOPS weight-loss program and so many other functions in town? I think it's because people are so busy supporting their families and trying to survive, so they have less time to pursue the other community-oriented activities.
However, I think it would be far better if people lived more in harmony with the Golden Rule rather than making decisions solely for financial gain.
Over the fence
Can you believe that snow flurries fell April 16 during the town's annual Easter egg hunt? It also snowed a little on April 19 as well as April 20 and 21.
Grace Flynn has decided to retire from her cleaning job at the Thurman Town Hall. Her last day on the job will be April 29.
Grace has been with the town about 10 years, and has been so pleasant, with her ready smile and friendly word to all who stop by.
Grace said this week she has enjoyed seeing everyone and getting acquainted with so many filling the elected positions in town. Grace said she will be celebrating a birthday in June, and thought it was time to retire.
We wish you a happy retirement, Grace!
Arlene Baker called in a mention of appreciation this week for a fellow Thurmanite.
"To the kind lady who lives on Garnet Lake Road, a special Thank You for sending a birthday card," she said, describing the woman as someone who is always thinking of others before she thinks of herself.
Get Well wishes go out to Ken Ackley, Liz Kennedy, Charlotte Brandt, Earle Dibble, Joe Mosher, to Tom Wunchel, and to all who are feeling ill at this time.
Sympathy goes out to the family of James Lamphier who recently passed away in Texas.
News from Town Hall
The town of Thurman is seeking proposals for the potential location and construction of a new highway garage. Sealed proposals can be sent to the Thurman Town Clerk, P.O. Box 29, Athol NY 12810. These proposals will be opened at the May 10 board meeting for analysis by the board.
The assessor's office will be open on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon and on Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. Anyone who seeks to look at the books and check assessments can stop by or call 623-4593 to make a special appointment. The tentative assessment roll was completed on May 1. Other dates and times will be published in an upcoming issue of the Adirondack Journal.
Natalie Sadow and her son Philip, of Washington, D.C., came up to Thurman for a visit Saturday, April 16. She called on her aunt Evie Russell and cousin Diane Strobeck and children. she also visited her camp off Garnet Lake Road. From here, they were going to visit Phil's grandmother Phyllis Sadow in Schenectady where nine-year-old Philip was going to spend his school vacation.
Happy Birthday wishes go out to George Baker, John Bederian and Shellie Carpenter on May 1; Dicky Germain, Jesse Arnold, Clarence Alger Jr. and Dave Robinson Jr. on May 2; Myrna Belden, Katie Bederian and Nancy Kindred on May 3; Jack Moulton, Pete Dingman, Dusty Haskell, Pam Siletti, Jay Putnam, Ryan House and Bill Hill Jr. on May 4; Mike Springer and Logger Allen on May 5; and Cassius Mosher and Linda Gatewood on May 6.
A happy lucky 13th anniversary wish goes out to Becky and Jim Desourdy who are celebrating May 2.
Belated birthday wishes for the many who celebrated on April 19: Barb Keene, Diane Strobeck, Norma Galusha, Charlotte wood, Charlie Metzger and Colleen Dempsey.
Events and activities in the hills
The John Thurman Historical Society invites everyone to join them at their next meeting, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 at the Thurman Town Hall. Special guest speaker will be David Newkirk, offering many tales from the area. For details, call 623-9305.
Family Fun Night will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 6 at the Glens Falls YMCA on upper Glen Street.
The event, open to all local families, will feature crafts, games, open gym and swim time.
April 30 is the last day to register your sale for the townwide sale to be held May 13 through 15.
Bring a short list of sale items and $3 for advertising expenses to the town hall from 2 to 6 p.m. April 30 for a sign up to get your sale on the map and your pink sale signs.
The Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. meets at 7 p.m. Monday, May 2 at the firehouse in Athol. Anyone wishing to volunteer for the fire company is urged to stop by the meeting and learn what the agency is all about.
Thurman Emergency Medical Services is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 at the squad building on High Street. Those who wish to participate, call 623-9649 to confirm this time.
The Gleaning food distribution program is scheduled to be hosted at the Thurman Town Hall at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 3. Those participating are asked to bring clean used grocery bags. This program, which offers food at reduced prices, is open to all area residents.
The new spring and summer hours for the town landfill, starting May 1, are noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
The Thurman Baptist Church on South Johnsburg Road invites all mothers and daughters to a special dinner to be held at the church hall at 5 p.m. Saturday May 7. This Mother & Daughter Dinner is held each year for the community and residents throughout the region. For details, call 623-3843.
Thank yous go out to everyone who sent cards, flowers during this correspondent's hospital stay. Thanks so much for the prayers, visits, calls, good wishes and for all the thoughtful things that friends and neighbors accomplished. Special thanks to Ray and Red who delivered wood, cut and split it, then stacked it in my woodshed.
Appreciation also goes to my girls who made many trips to the hospital during all the winter storms. And thanks also go to Adirondack Journal Editor Thom Randall for doing most of my column-writing for me during my hospital stay.