Annual Christmas Bazaar approaching
Adirondack Journal readers who are thinking of Christmas and trying to get ahead of last minute purchases can plan on attending an upcoming hometown holiday sale. The annual Country Christmas Bazaar Saturday Nov. 28 at the Thurman Town Hall will have many unique yet affordable gifts on their sale tables.
To be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the sale features a wide array of crafts and gift items for sale by local artisans and vendors. There will also be food and snacks available through out the day.
A sneak preview of the sale shows home-knit mittens, crocheted items, Christmas tree decorations, knickknacks, wooden items, afghans, fleece items and so much more. Door prizes will be awarded and the sale benefits the local Christmas Basket Fund. Event organizers hope to see you there.
Also in time for Christmas, I still have a few copies left of the Adirondack Gold book books by local author Perky Granger, both book No. 1 and No. 2 in the series. Give me a call at 623-2580 if you want one reserved for your family gift-giving.
Events, activities set in the region
The H.E.A.P. heating fuel assistance program outreach through the Warren County Office of the Aging will be held 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 17 at the Lake George Town Hall. For information call 761-6347.
The Mommie & Me pre-school play group will be working on autumn and Thanksgiving projects Friday Nov. 20 at their get-together. The group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the youth building in Athol. For information, call 623-5024.
The Gleaning food distribution will occur at the town hall at 10 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 17. This free food program is open to all Thurman residents. For information, call 623-9649.
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 18 at the Thurman Town Hall. Bring a covered dish and join the club members in a pot luck supper. New members and visitors are invited to join us. At this meeting, new officers will be elected for the upcoming year. For details, call 623-9425.
Reservations for the club's Christmas party in December must be submitted at this meeting. The Christmas party will be held at the Ramada Inn.
The Thurman Connections Snowmobile club will meet at 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 20 in the Smith Restaurant in North Creek.
News from Town Hall
The Town fiscal meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 17 will be followed by the regular town board meeting at 7 p.m. The meetings are open to the public.
The Thurman town court, now located in the town hall. and will be in session the at 2 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month - except on holidays. The Thurman Court Clerk, who is in the office from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, can be reached at 623-9660.
Welcome to this world, Benjamin
Josh and Ashley Ackley of Athol Rd. are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy born Wednesday Oct. 28 at Glens Falls Hospital. The little man weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces and was 20 inches long. He joins brothers Bailey, age 1, and Brent, age 2, at their Thurman home. His name is Benjamin Kenneth.
Proud grandparents are Lisa and Bill Arnold of Bowen Hill Rd., Ted Ackley of Warrensburg and Stephanie Ackley of Wilton. Great-grandmom is Rita Ackley of Warrensburg.
Special days celebrated in Thurman
Anniversaries to be celebrated this next week are those of Bonnie and Sean Cameron, 20 years on Nov. 17 and Karen and Rex Reynolds III on Nov. 18.
A Happy Birthday wish is sent out across the miles to Sharkey Baker on Nov. 15. Best wishes also go to Colby Clayfield and Melanie Monroe on Nov. 16, Skyler Castro on Nov. 17. Joyce Baker on Nov. 18, Diane Angell on Nov. 19 and Kathy Kelly and Heidi Reynolds on Nov. 20.
A happy belated birthday wish across the miles to Evan Templeton who celebrated on Nov. 5. Evan is the crew chief on Chinook Helicopter. He recently extended his departure and volunteered for a third combat in Afghanistan, rather than getting out in the spring because he was worried and concerned about the others in his crew. He is the son of Andy Templeton of Dippikill and Missy Templeton of Mud St.
Thoughts, prayers, and get-well wishes are out to Pearl Cameron, Joe Mosher, Iva Hall, Doreen Cooper, Irene Lamphier, Grace Allen, and to all who have picked up the dreaded flu or a cold.
Halloween was a quiet event at the Kenyontown end of town. It was a very rainy day with a bitter, furious wind in the afternoon and evening. Residents sweet treats will last a while, as there were few Trick-or-Treaters venturing out for handouts.
Arnolds welcome new grand-baby
Congratulations to Lisa and Bill Arnold who will be doing a lot of baby sitting, we hear. This happy couple became grandparents to Aiden James, son of Rachel and Adam, on Sept. 28 and to Benjamin Kenneth, son of Ashley and Josh, on Oct. 28. This makes seven grandchildren for the proud Bowen Hill Rd grandparents.
What will be taken away next?
Many years ago we learned of freedom in the U.S.A. as we daily attended the one-room schoolhouses. Many of us were born and raised in this free North Country and as the years went by we took it for granted that things would stay the same. If our parents or grandparents needed to put up a small building for pigs, chickens or for an ice house. They did it or helped a neighbor build a barn.
Then as we got older and had our own home, and a few acres of land and never dreamed things would drastically change. Then the Adirondack Park Agency was put in place, and we needed permits to put up any pig pens or outhouses. The only thing that didn't change was the fact that taxes had to be paid. Those taxes on a 40-acre plot and home in Athol went from $2.58 to $2,500 per year in just several decades.
Now in 2009 we're informed that we can not burn papers in our burning barrels? So what do we do, especially with cereal boxes, a weeks supply of junk mail, and newspapers, boxes from food products? We all have to buy extra garbage cans or build an outside fireplace and roast hot dogs often? What happened to the days when a big truck set in the Grand Union parking lot in Warrensburg and was being loaded with newspapers? Boy Scouts went around collecting these papers?
(Editor's Note: Such paper products should be recycled at the local landfill, according to state law, to save resources and save pollution. Burning inked or bleached paper products has been shown in scientific studies to release toxic dioxins, as does burning plastics, a practice that is illegal. The Boy Scouts do still occasionally collect paper products. Contact the Warrensburg troop leaders for details.)
Next is going to be our license plates, a mandatory replacement at $25 or more, I have some old yellow ones from the 1930s. Maybe we can change to them?
What do you foresee in our Adirondack future? Do not cut any trees? Do not have a wood burning stove, no cooking on barbecue grills, paint your last name on your roof for the convenience of helicopters, and your town will be run by state officials? I'm sure you can think of more.
Endorsements of local politicians?
When I first wrote for a newspaper I was advised to keep political opinions impartial and today when I see the Post-Star, I am shocked to see the editorial writers trying to sway the voters. By the way, my first writings were for a Cobleskill newspaper in the late 1950s. Is progress good?