Christmas party prize winners announced
The Thurman Children's Christmas Party was presented Dec. 4 at the Town Hall by the town Youth Commission. No less than 55 children were on hand when dear old Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in on a big fire truck, bearing gifts for all the good boys and girls. Raffles were later held and children winning prizes were Nolan Templeton, Kayten Constantineau, Makala Griswold, Aiden Moulton, Cameron Allen, Audryona Swartz, Faith Carson, Dawson James and Alexis Gaucher. The Shepler Family won the door prize. After enjoying snacks, everyone donned their coats to go outside and decorate the Christmas tree, after which Bruce Tvrdik and his daughter led the group in singing Christmas carols. A wonderful time was had by all. The Commission expresses their appreciation for those sending cookies and treats.
Activities and events in the North Country
The Glens Falls YMCA on Glen Street is conducting a free Family Fun Night, open to residents of area communities, Friday, Jan. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. Families with children ages 5 to 11 are encouraged to bring the family for a night of crafts and games, followed by an open gym and swim time.
There will not be a John Thurman Historical Society meeting this month or in the month of February.
The Gleaning food distribution will be held at the Town Hall Tuesday, Jan. 4, at 10 a.m. We are always in need of clean, used grocery bags and if you have extra, they can be dropped off at the Town Hall anytime. This free food program is open to all town residents.
The Thurman Emergency Squad had set new meeting dates of the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Squad Building on High Street. As I write this, I'm not sure of what will happen with our much needed squad, so perhaps you can call ahead at 623-4254 to see if they will meet as planned at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5.
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club enjoyed their Christmas party at the Hofbrau Haus Restaurant at the Exit 19 Ramada Inn Dec. 12. Twenty-one members not only enjoyed a Christmas feast but also had a good time with a Christmas gift exchange. Anyone wishing to join this fun loving club - age 55 and older - is particularly welcome to attend a covered dish dinner to be held Saturday, Jan. 15, at 12 p.m. in the Thurman Town Hall. Bring a covered dish to pass, and any ideas or suggestions for upcoming trips in the New Year! We hope to meet lots of new friends and neighbors at our next and first meeting of the new year.
The Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. meets Monday, Jan. 3, at the Athol Fire House at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and any new volunteers are always needed.
A reminder that the Warrensburg School will be having a marathon dance from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. beginning Jan. 15 at the high school to raise money for charitable organizations. There will also be a raffle and other activities. Donations can be made and checks can be sent to WCS and mailed to the attention of Darlene Gordon.
Work halted on Woolen Mill Bridge
The construction work on the Milton Street Bridge in Warrensburg has concluded for the season and the contractor, Tioga Construction, has closed down operations temporarily at their field office, located on the Jean Hadden property, the site of the former Warrensburgh Woolen Mill and later, the Warrensburgh Pants Factory.
For decades in an earlier era, both these mills once supplied employment to so many folks in this area.
Since last February, Tioga Construction has been working to build a new two-lane span to replace the single-lane Woolen Mill Bridge over the Schroon River. The Woolen Mill Bridge, originally a trolley bridge, was bought second hand and placed over the Schroon River in 1897.
Tioga Construction Co. is expected to return in March to complete the construction of the truss bridge which has a historic look, yet is far stronger than the one it's replacing.
The new bridge will be a great gas saver and convenience to residents of northern Warrensburg who wish to get to Thurman and Thurmanites who seek to get to the elementary school, library and the northern end of the Queen Village.
Squad changeover worries many Thurmanites
Many folks up in Thurman are still very worried about whether the Warrensburg Emergency Squad will be able to respond quickly enough to urgent medical calls in Thurman, because some back-country roads are an hour away from Warrensburg.
One caller this week asked what better expenditure could be made with our tax dollars than to go towards helping out our own community by providing timely aid for those in need.
Why not spend town occupancy tax money towards ambulance services, because for years, so many tourists have been injured mountain climbing, and our own Thurman Emergency Medical Services, which now does not have a contract with the town, has responded to help out.
Another caller said whether Thurmanites have a medical emergency or not, they merely feel better just knowing that the local squad is available.
Others wonder whether the Warrensburg Emergency Squad has enough vehicles, equipment and personnel to handle a call from Thurman if the squad is busy on other calls elsewhere.
A Happy Anniversary wish goes out Jan. 1 to Georgia and Ricky Kenyon celebrating 42 happy years.
Birthdays being celebrated are Bonnie Cameron, Mark Kuklinski Jr., and Clarence Roberts on Jan. 1; Sam Millington and Brigid Kelly, Jan. 2; Margery Rocker and Holly Haskell, Jan. 4; Stuart Baker and Bonnie Monroe, Jan. 6; and Mark Rogers, Jimmy McGowan and Jenny Hill on Jan. 7.
Filomena Riviello and Ron Rosati of Garnet Lake Road have recently returned from a delightful vacation in Treasure Island, Fla. They also experienced some sightseeing at Busch Gardens, and in St. Augustine, plus they visited some museums in the area.
Jim and Joan Murphy of The Glen spent the Thanksgiving holiday with their daughter Jill and Kevin Keuhner and family in Syracuse. The Keuhner children - Sammy, Anna, Margaret and 6 week old Elizabeth - were delighted to see their grandparents.
Over the fence
Happy New Year, everyone - May it be a very good year for all! Good luck in keeping your New Year's resolutions.
Gripes came in this week over folks dropping off cats and kittens in various neighborhoods.
Is there anyone who would like to organize the T.O.P.S. meetings in Thurman? It would be a good community service and will help improve local folks' lives and increase lifespans. Call Debbie at 792-2888 and let us know when you can start.
Also, is there anyone who would like to write a weekly column for the Journal? Call 623-2580 and volunteer. I'm not leaving this position anytime soon, it's just that I'm planning for the future, and I know how important this news column is for so many people in our community.
Marilyn and Jim Williams, former residents of Mountain Road, express thanks to the Thurman Christmas Basket Committee for remembering them and they wish all former neighbors and friends a very Happy and Healthy New Year. The Thurman Rescue Squad is wished a good year - The Williams, who now live in Queensbury, thank the EMS personnel for helping in their time of need.
A local woman, nearly stranded, contacted the Journal to thank her neighbors who helped out. She was recently leaving the Thurman town hall after a town meeting, only to get to her car and remember she had locked her car keys in an office. She expresses thanks to the folks who helped and waited for her to get her keys! It would have been a long, cold walk home in the dark without their help, she said.