Change of town leadership pending
The new supervisor will be taking over the Town Board, perhaps as soon at the first meeting after the Nov. 2 election. The town's Fiscal Meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The Regular Monthly Meeting will be on Tuesday Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
As of Monday, absentee ballots in the Nov. 2 election had not be counted, but they were scheduled to be tallied Tuesday afternoon. In the machine vote on Election Day, Evelyn Wood had 235 votes and Thomas "Tuck" Birdsall had 214, and there were 45 ballots outstanding.
However, Warren County Republican Elections Commissioner Mary Beth Casey said that if the absentee votes presented a plurality that could not be overcome by the remaining outstanding military votes, she and her Democratic counterpart Bill Montfort would be declaring a a winner by Tuesday afternoon. Full official election certification, however, would have to wait until each vote was counted, she said.
Town leaders have indicated they might be swearing in the supervisor this week, following the commissioners declaration.
So as of Monday, townspeople were not absolutely sure who is to be their next supervisor - but both candidates are well-liked in the community.
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Dennis Dempsey, James Dimick and Sheryl Greenholtz on Nov. 13. To Sharkey Baker on Nov. 15. Colby Clayfield and Melanie Monroe on Nov. 16. Skyler Castro on Nov. 17, Joyce Baker and Jason Murphy on Nov. 18 and Diane Angell on Nov. 19.
Anniversaries this week are Bonnie and Sean Cameron celebrating 21 years on Nov. 17 and Karen and Rex Reynolds III reaching their landmark on Nov. 18.
Get Well wishes go out to Bonnie Monroe of Schroon River Road, Myron Cameron, Richard Wormwood, Vern Baker and Wanda Vopleus.
Sympathy goes out to the family of Alice Prosser who passed away on Oct. 29 at Fort Hudson Health Facility.
Over The Fence
We have had unbelievable weather patterns recently. October was a cold month up until we had a dusting of snow covering the ground on Saturday Oct. 23. By late afternoon it had melted off, but 30 degree nights stayed around and many had their woodstoves fired up. So can you imagine our shock to wake up two days later to nearly 60 degrees on Oct. 25. Robins were once again seen on our lawns, ladybugs, hornets, flies, etc. were out in abundance and the temperatures got up to the 70 degree mark. Almost like Spring, but not Indian Summer they tell me; because that always comes in November, apparently.
Top this off with Monday's weather. Perhaps for the first time in history, snow stuck on the ground in Albany - up to two inches - while mere flurries melted off quickly up here in the hills.
Here's another Thank You to the town employees who pick up the trash. For not only turning over the empty cans, but for taking extra care to clean up behind the ravens and crows who like to scatter the trash! Thank you, boys!
Gripes poured in about the telephone calls coming in from various candidates over the past several weeks. Apparently, it does no good to be on the state's Do Not Call list that protects so many of us from telephone solicitation. I even got a call from New Jersey urging me to vote for a candidate. Isn't this going a bit far in politicking?
The John Thurman Historical Society is once again looking for help from all who remember the many restaurants in Thurman that were once thriving businesses. We need pictures too if you have them, and a short write-up on the kind of food, the friendly atmosphere, the location and anything else you remember. Society members hope to get this together for the March issue of The Quarterly, and help of all residents is requested. For details, call 623-2007 or contact Society officials by mail JTHS, P.O. Box 7, Athol, NY 12801.
Activities and events here in the hills
The Office of the Aging will be taking applications for the H.E.A.P. fuel cost assistance program for seniors age 60 or on disability at the following locations: on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the Chestertown Mealsite from 10:30 a.m. To 11:30 a.m. And also on the 16th they will be at the Horicon Community Center from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. They will be at Glens Falls locations on Nov. 19, 23 and 29. For details, call 761-6347.
The Gleaning food program will be held at the Thurman Town Hall Tuesday Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. Bring clean used grocery bags if you have some to share.
The Kenyontown Methodist Church, located on Valley Road, will host a pot luck dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 17. Church members are hoping many others in the community will bring a food dish to pass and join them in this gathering. For details, call 623-3940.
The Thurman Baptist Church will have a 4 p.m. service on Sunday Nov. 14 at the Wilde's Home. For information, call 623-2007 or 623-2226.
Are you signed up for a table at the Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 27 at the Town Hall? If you have items to sell, homemade is best, call 623-9718 to see if there is one available.
Local citizens involved in the annual Christmas charities effort are asking early this year for friends and neighbors to help with filling the Christmas Baskets, which will be packed and delivered on Friday, Dec. 10. The rain date is Dec. 12. Needed are small loafs of bread, cupcakes, fudge, cookies, etc. plus small gifts - all homemade. The volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. in the Town Hall. It helps if volunteer chefs have already put their baked items in small Baggies, counting out two to four cookies in each bag. Those who cannot be there to help on Friday, baked items can be dropped off. Every little bit of help will be appreciated.