New history calendars now available
The John Thurman Historical Society has its new 2011 calendars ready, and price is still $8. Folks will be undoubtedly be delighted when they see the vintage photographs of many local barns that will bring back memories! Calendars are available at Nemec's Sports Shop, Warrensburg Car Care, Becky's Flower Shop and Willows Bistro in Warrensburg, and at the Thurman Town Hall in Athol.
Outreach to those alone over the holidays
For those folks who are volunteering for the annual outreach to those needing some extra attention over the holidays, a session to fill the Christmas Baskets with baked goods and maybe a craft or two is to be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, in the Thurman Town Hall. The snow day is Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Thurman Emergency Medical Services squad building on High Street also at 9 a.m.
The baked and homemade items for the baskets must be delivered to the Thurman Town Hall by 9 a.m. Dec. 10.
Organizers of this effort say items are still needed, including home-baked cookies, small breads, brownies, candy and fudge, and small gifts - to fill about 50 baskets. These will be delivered to folks who will be alone on the holidays, as well as shut-ins and the elderly. Help in this outreach would be well appreciated. Volunteers are needed to help in all aspects. Call Cheryl at 623-9718 for details or to volunteer.
Heating fuel assistance outreach set
An outreach session of the HEAP program - to help local elderly or those on limited incomes with their heating fuel costs - is upcoming for Lake George.
On Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 9:30 to 10 a.m., Warren County Office of the Aging representatives will be providing information at the Lake George Town Hall on Old Post Road. Call 761-6347 for details.
Activities and events in the hills
The Thurman Town Children's Christmas Party and community tree trimming is scheduled at the town hall Saturday, Dec. 4, starting at 1 p.m., with the tree decorating to begin at 3 p.m. Bring the little ones to see Santa! Gifts and refreshments will be available for all.
The Thurman Baptist Church will have their adult Christmas party at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, not on Dec. 4 as previously announced. Bring a gift to exchange. On Sunday, Dec. 5 a Singspiration will be held at 6 p.m. at the church on the South Johnsburg Road. For information, call 623-2007 or 623-3843.
The Southern Adirondack Four-Wheeler Club meets at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, and this will be when they pick up the Toys for Tots box sponsored by the U.S. Marines, and it hopefully will be full of new toys. Meetings are open to the public - call 623-2007 for information.
The Thurman Emergency Squad will have a meeting for board members Sunday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. Anyone wishing on becoming a much needed member of the squad can call Jim at 623-4254 to volunteer.
The appreciation lunch for Thurman's highway crew is set for Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. Please bring in a food dish to show your appreciation to the men who keep our roadways open. For information, call 623-9961. Hot entrees will be featured.
The Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. will meet Monday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Athol firehouse. Meetings are open to the public and new volunteers are always needed. Stop by and get acquainted!
The Gleaning food distribution session will be at the Thurman Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7. This free food program is open to all Thurman residents regardless of financial status.
The county-sponsored Senior Bus will be running Friday, Dec. 10, to Glens Falls for a shopping day for residents 60 and older. Call Laura at 623-9281 and ask for a reservation on the trip. This is a good way to get your Christmas shopping accomplished.
The John Thurman Historical Society will be starting off their monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, with a pot luck dinner at the Thurman Town Hall. Bring a dish to pass and join this dinner. The event includes a Christmas party with a gift exchange. The event will include election of Society officers. For details on the event, or on joining the historical society, call 623-2007.
Gifts sought for Toys for Tots effort
A reminder to take a new unwrapped toy - or several - to deposit in the box at the Thurman Town Hall for the Marine's Christmas Toy Drive for children. This will be picked up by Friday, Dec. 10.
Anniversary wishes go out to Theresa and Jon Moyer who will celebrate the anniversary of their marriage Dec. 6.
Birthdays to remember this week include those of Kelly Schmidt, Bonnie Bills and Eric Ross, Dec. 4; Brittany Lawrence and Ed Brown, Dec. 5; Samantha Rogers, Dec. 6; Howard Tucker Sr. and Heidi Burch, Dec. 7; Leila Wood and Billy Altman, Dec. 8; Andrew Warrington, Dec. 9; and Russ Leigh and Charles McCraw, Dec. 10.
Laura Cameron has returned home after spending nearly a month visiting relatives in Florida and Louisiana. She flew to Tampa, Fla. and met her daughter, Jackie and hubby Ed Holbert who had driven down for a visit, and they all spent a week with grandson Chad Holbert. They all had an early Thanksgiving dinner before traveling by car to Pearl River, Pa., to the Holbert home where she spent another two weeks.
Live simply, like in the bygone days
Have you wondered and would you really like to know how the Christmas holidays were for your grandparents here in the North Country? Our grandfathers and grandmothers were very special people who had so much more ambition and knowledge than is seen today. So if you really want to know how folks got by two generations ago, start today by shutting down your electric power, get out pails to carry water, burn wood only for heat, turn off the television and computers, abandon those cell phones, wash the clothes by hand, unplug your refrigerator and plan on hoarding chunks of ice. And when Christmas comes most all gifts for the family will be handmade and you would probably get just one gift. After your experience, you can write a book or an article for the John Thurman Historical Society, Box 7, Athol, N.Y., 12810
Howe/Marro family welcomes child
A baby son, Jacob, was born Nov. 10 to Brian and Christine Marro of Long Island. Proud grandparents are Patti and Les Marro of Long Island. The great-grandmother is Geri Howe of Warrensburg.
Prosser family expands
Zoey Prosser has a new baby sister, named Jasmyn, born Oct. 26. The girls are the daughters of Courtney and Darryl Prosser of Athol. Proud grandparents are Gail and Maurice DeMars of Warrensburg, Linda Tennant of Stony Creek and Darryl Prosser Sr. of Bolton.