Thanksgiving gatherings around town
Irene Hall of Hudson St. in Warrensburg enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner with Kim and Keith Evans on River St. They all had a surprise phone call from Romania. Irene's great grandson Nathan Evans is going to college in Romania, and he called to wish his parents and grandmother a happy holiday.
Dot Maxam of Bowen Hill Road enjoyed the holiday with family members in Greenwich at the home of Jeffrey and Jean Hall and family. Her sister, Allie Hall of Hadley and Melissa and John Hall, also of Hadley, enjoyed time spent together on Thanksgiving with their Aunt Dot.
Paula and Russ Hubert of Combs Road decided to eat out at a restaurant in Queensbury! They enjoyed no dishes to wash!
A surprise call was received from former Thurman neighbor Randy Baker to say all was well in Alabama. He misses their friends but not the snow and cold weather.
Barb and Charlie Metzger of Sky High Road enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with their daughter and family Donna and Bob Herrmann and their children at their new home on South Johnsburg Road.
Nora and Marc Merkle and daughter Heidi of Luzerne hand delivered a delicious big dinner to their mom, Barb Keene, South Johnsburg Road on Thanksgiving and spent the day with her.
Doris Bunker of Drexel Road enjoyed the holiday with her daughters, Sue Moffitt, and Kathy and Kevin Clark from Pennsylvania in Fort Edward. Also spending the day were many grandchildren.
Leila Wood and many other family members gathered for a big Thanksgiving dinner at the Mud Street home of her daughter, Eileen Baker.
Karma and Ernie Smith of Cameron Road had a late Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday because the "boys" wanted to go hunting on Thursday. Her grandson Jerrod Smith and his friend both came home with a deer.
Gathering at the home of Liz and Stu Stewart on Athol Road for dinner were their daughter Anya and Scott Young and son Slade of South Bethlehem. Frank Stewart of Vancouver, Washington had been up earlier spending time with his brother and family.
Community mourns loss of Vern Baker
Hundreds of people streamed through the Alexander-Baker Funeral Home Monday afternoon for the wake of Vern Baker, beloved by residents of Thurman and nearby communities. At times, the line of mourners extended from the funeral home down their driveway to the street, an uncommon sight in Warrensburg.
Vern Baker wa a friend to many, a skilled vehicle and equipment repair technician, and owner of Bakers Motorsports, which sold parts and accessories for snowmobiles and ATVs and offered repair services.
Baker was also a talented woodworker and builder.
Baker not only enjoyed snowmobiling - he was a founder of the local snowmobile club - but he loved outdoor sports including hunting and fishing.
Baker leaves behind his wife Amy Combs-Baker and their children, plus many, many relatives in the area.
We offer condolences to the Baker family as we recall fond memories of Vern and the positive impact he has had on so many lives in the North Country.
Special days in the hill country
Blowing out birthday candles this week will be: Ruth Keller on Dec. 11; Frank Gallup, Suzie Baker, Carolyn Grotevent and Rolland Hennesy on Dec. 12; Louis Gregory on Dec. 14; Freda West on Dec. 15; Amanda Baker, Brian Angell and Tom Palleschi on Dec. 16; and Bob Baker on Dec. 17.
Happy Anniversary wishes are out to Joe and Ginny Mosher, wed 44 years on Dec. 17.
Sympathy from the community is out to the family of Lorna Blanchard who passed away Nov. 21.
Wanda Wood of Easton came to visit her mom Leila Wood at her Mud Street home Nov. 23. Some family members stopped to say hello while she was here, and always enjoy their short visits with her.
Irene Hall has new great-grandchild
Thomas and Stephanie Hall of Oxford, Mass. are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl born at 2:47 p.m. Nov. 23. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and she was 21 inches long. The little miss has been named Alexis Jalyn. Proud grandparents are Ric and Paula Hall of Oxford and great grandparents are Irene Hall of Warrensburg and the late Simeon E. Hall. Irene plans on going to visit the new baby and family in December.
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Like I do every several years, I'm going to seek out a writer that might like to take over my column some time in the future when I decide to retire. In the meantime, I'll be sharing with a prospective columnist how I gather the news and write it up. If there is anyone in Thurman who would be interested in writing this column weekly for the Adirondack Journal, call me after 9 a.m. and before 8 p.m. at 623-2580.
Events and activities in Thurman
The Kenyontown Methodist Church on Valley Road will be having a fellowship dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 15 and public is invited. Bring a dish to pass and meet your neighbors at this quaint older original church.
Saturday Dec. 11 the Thurman Baptist Church on South Johnsburg Road will have their Adult Christmas Party starting at 5 p.m. Bring a dish to pass and a gift for the gift exchange and join us in this pre-Christmas celebration. For details, call 623-2007.
On Tuesday Dec. 14 the Ladies' Bible Study Group of Thurman Baptist will meet at 9:30 a.m. Plus, plan an outing on Saturday, Dec. 18 to go Christmas Caroling with members of the congregation. For information, call 623-2226.
Events and activities in the North Country
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club had their Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 17 at the Town Hall with 19 members attending and enjoying the big feast.
The Christmas meeting and banquet of the seniors club is set for 1:30 p.m.Sunday Dec. 12 at the Hofbrauhaus in the Ramada Inn at Exit 19 in Queensbury, where a special dinner will be served complete with a Christmas gift exchange. For details or to become a member, call 623-9425.
The next meeting of the Thurman Quilting Club is on Monday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m.at the Thurman Town Hall. All newcomers and former members are welcome. For information on what to bring, call 623-2633.
For a meeting date for the Thurman Connections Snowmobile Club, call 623-9234.
The committee for the annual Christmas Bazaar held Nov. 27 expresses thanks to everyone for stopping by and supporting the effort to raise funds for the annual Christmas Breakfast. They express thanks to Maria Ligon for volunteering, and appreciation both to her and Jim for donating the baskets for the raffle. Cheryl Kenyon is also thanked for organizing the event.
Annual Highway Worker's Luncheon set
Every year town residents are invited to participate in a special day set aside to show appreciation to our highway crew for keeping our roads open all year. It's been a busy year with all the heavy rains, high winds and washouts.
To thank these workers, townfolk honor the road crew with a hot lunch. This year's event is to be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Town Hall.
Event organizers need donations of food dishes - especially hot entrees and side dishes. Call 623-9961 and commit to bringing a food dish!
Those folks still in need of a Christmas gift, there are still a few "Adirondack Gold" books available from a resident of Valley Road. Call 623-9595 for details on these books, written by Perky Granger.
TOPS weight loss group suspends meetings
The TOPS weight loss group gathering in Thurman has been discontinued due to the leader's health concerns. Anyone interested in keeping this program active, call Debbie Allen at 792-2888.