No doubt, Winter has arrived
Merry Christmas everyone, and if we're still buried under all this snow that fell Dec. 9 and 13, I hope Santa did find all of our readers. Thurman residents were expecting only a few inches of snow on Wednesday, but it kept snowing and we received 14 to 15 inches, before turning to a tiny bit of hail with freezing rain, making it heavy and hard to plow.
On top of that, several days later it's been very cold, as low as about 15 below zero at times.
Appreciation to those who put others first
And now with 2009 about to end, we would like to get a few Thank You's out. Thanks to the highway crews for keeping our roads in decent shape, especially in winter storms. Thank You to our girls who faithfully bring the mail rural -delivery mail every day - we all appreciate what you do. Thank You also to the man who delivers our daily newspapers and rarely misses a day.
We also want to thank all the workers who seem to get to work through all kinds of weather to keep stores and offices open. And a big special thanks to all of our compassionate and caring people who give so much of their time doing volunteer work - and to good neighbors who look out for each other, and for all who think of others who may need help, then try to act on it. Thanks to you all and may the new year of 2010 be an exceptionally good one for you and all your family members!
Good Samaritans prevail in the mountains
Many families were indeed surprised and happy when they received a Christmas turkey. We want to thank the unknown donor who anonymously gave 40 turkeys to townfolks.
Also many called and wanted a big thank you in to the folks who made up the lovely Christmas baskets. The baskets were delivered on Dec. 11 and were full of goodies and very nicely decorated - Thank you all.
Generous door-to-door salesman recalled
Back in the 1940s our family had a little boy living next door, about age 5, and he was going around the few homes situated in the area trying to sell Cloverine salve. Each full tin of this salve was 25 cents and if he sold enough he could get himself a bicycle. I well recall how his little eyes lit up when he could make a sale. He was so good that when one lady told hin she'd buy one, but she didn't have the quarter that day, his response was "That's okay, I'll run home and get my quarter so that you can pay for it."
Don't you wish there were car salesman like that today?
Over the fence
The town assessors have some advice to assure you get the benefits and tax breaks you deserve.
Folks should hold onto their income statement from Social Security, which may have already arrived in the mail. Seniors are advised to bring it and other proof of income into the town hall for a consultation over qualifying for enhanced STAR benefits, which provides relief from school property taxes. For the enhanced STAR rebates, growth in IRA accounts doesn't count except for the interest paid, according to Assessor Susan Baker, who has been praised for her help to seniors to maximize tax savings for townspeople. For details, call 623-4593.
Shovel out your mailboxes for your mail delivery; and if you expect a delivery of fuel or propane shovel a small path. As you do this remember the Golden Rule. However, U.S. postal service policy calls for all mailboxes to be shoveled out to assure delivery.
There is an open benefit account for the Don Vopleus family set up at TD Bank, any location. As of mid-December he is still a patient at Albany Medical Center. Don had a tree fall on him and was very seriously injured.
As of mid-December, there are still phone line problems at the town hall. Those of you calling, don't give up, just keep trying to get through, town officials have said.
Thurman events and activities
The Thurman Baptist Church will have special service to welcome in the new year on Dec. 31 starting at 6 p.m. until about 10 p.m. There will be refreshments for all.
The senior bus will run on Monday Dec. 28, a few days later than normal because of the Christmas holiday. Anyone age 60 or over is welcome to this free service of a trip to Glens Falls for shopping or appointments. Call Laura by Saturday at 623-9281 to reserve a seat.
Personal news and special days
Bert Germain and Jimmy Nelligan will celebrate birthdays on Dec. 26, Crystal Murray will add a year on Dec. 27, Norma Galusha celebrates Dec. 28, Herma Baker, Heidi Haskell, Theresa Clayfield, and April Gill all celebrate on Dec. 29, Jack Binder and Red Veilletta on Dec. 30 and Nancy Simkins and Darin Springer on Dec. 31. On New Year's Day, Bonnie Cameron, Clarence Roberts and Mark Kuklinski Jr., add a candle.
A happy 23rd anniversary wishes go out to Suzie and E.J. Baker on Dec. 27, to Bert and to Pauline Germain on Dec. 29.
Get well wishes are out to Myrtle Buyce, Don Vopleus, Iva Hall, Jackie Dingman, Wanda Vopleus, Doreen Cooper, Joe Mosher, and Jasmine Baker
Leila Wood of Mud St would like to thank everyone who made her 91 birthday on Dec. 8 extra special. She received many phone calls and lots of birthday cards and all kinds of treats and attention from family members. "Thank you one and all," she said.
Baker and Olden welcome baby boy
Carrie Baker and Kasey Olden of Warrensburg are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy born on Monday November 30 at the Glens Falls Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds 5.1 ounces and was 22 inches long. He was named Seth Lee.
Proud grandparents are Michelle and Bill Randle of South Carolina and Mike and Marina Baker of High St. Athol; Sandy and Mike Carr of Lake George and Ken Olden of Warrensburg.
Great Grandparents are Albert Baker and the late Amy Baker of Athol.
Vernums bring boy into the world
Kayla and Ethan Vernum of Warrensburg are the proud parents of a baby boy born at Glens Falls Hospital on Saturday Dec. 5. The child weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces and he measures 19 inches long. The boy has been named Noah Logan and he joins two big sisters at home, Sonna and Sofie.
Proud grandparents are Juanita and James Bliss of Warrensburg, Terry Vernum Sr. of Athol and Cathy Webster of Warrensburg.
Vopleus family expresses appreciation
A grateful Thank You goes out to the town crew and workers, to all of the Warren County workers, to neighbors and to co-workers who have all stepped in to help while Donnie Vopleus is in the Hospital. We are so grateful for everything, and especially for the prayers for Don's recovery. The family appreciates the help provided by the Fire Company and the Thurman Emergency Medical Services; as well as cards and calls. Thank you all so very much,
- Myra Vopleus and family