Unusual weather was a wondrous event
A rare spectacle occurred this last week in Thurman, one that reminds us of the grandeur and power of nature.
A thundershower in winter complete with lingering lightning - when the ground had two to three feet of snow, and evergreen trees were white - made the whole outdoors look like a thousand light bulbs were illuminated.
Yes, it was beautiful at mid-evening Feb. 5 to look out and see everything so clearly. The lightning seemed to linger and was not the fast flashes that we see in summer months. Even the thunder had a different sound.
It had snowed and left another 9 inches of new covering before we got a bit of hail and mixed rain. And I might add, us folks in the hills country sure have been lucky with no power outages so far this winter!
Special days back here in the hills
Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Jerry and Evie Lucia, Feb. 22.
Those celebrating birthdays this week include Marie Allison, Feb. 20; Peggy Florance and Margaret Kruger, Feb. 21; Cheyanne Hill and Dennis Galusha, Feb. 22; Dennis Dempsey and Terry Beadnell, Feb. 23; April Robinson, Sean Cameron, Brett Springer, Venena Kennedy and Roberta Cassidy, Feb. 24; and Tammy Winslow and Matt Lanfear, Feb. 25.
Jim Williams of Queensbury, former Thurman resident, celebrated his birthday Feb. 6.
Lila Walters celebrated her 96th birthday with a small family gathering at the home of her daughter, Anne Rohe in Athol. Ronnie and Earl E. Dibble brought Lila up from their home in Queensbury where she has been spending the winter months. Other family members and close friends joined in this special birthday celebration.
Over the fence
Again everyone will be celebrating Presidents' Day Feb. 21, but in yesteryear George Washington's birthday was celebrated Feb. 22, which was the only day off from school. Happy 279th birthday, George!
School vacation will last a week, from Feb. 21 through 25 and school will resume Monday, Feb. 28. Many places will be closed Feb. 21, so check before you go.
A reminder to drive with care, especially approaching street corners - snow banks are so high it's nearly impossible to see oncoming traffic.
Our Thurman groundhog started trying to dig out of his den Feb. 2, but he hasn't go to see daylight yet! Just think of the fun mud we'll have when all this snow melts!
Get Well wishes go out to Suzie Baker, Cindy Crandall, Ken Ackley, Myron Cameron, Joe Mosher, Diane Gold, Sally Feihol - and to all who have "Cabin Fever."
Some Thurmanites are mystified by the appearance of a solitary street light along a back road in Thurman. All of a sudden, a street light appeared on Dartmouth Road in front of a vacant lot - it illuminates automatically at night - and there's not much around. It's just one of those local mysteries, I guess.
Hungry and cold kittens and cats have been left in the Kenyontown area and are seen roaming house-to-house looking for a handout. No one seems able to handle so many of them and shelters and other animal places are unwilling to help. Anyone out there with some ideas?
Activities and events in God's country
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club will hold a short meeting and covered dish luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Thurman Town Hall. Anyone wishing to join the club please bring a dish to pass. Membership is still $10 per year and anyone age 55 and over will fit right in the group. The club members will soon be discussing trips for the season, so all are welcome to bring their ideas and suggestions. The theme this week will be Valentine's Day.
The Thurman Town Hall will be closed Monday, Feb. 21. Some of our elected officers will be attending the Association of Towns meetings in Manhattan Feb. 20 through 23.
The Thurman Connections Snowmobile Club will have a meeting open to everyone at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Thurman Town Hall. Those who want to help on trail maintenance or other duties, call Doug at 623-9234.
The Senior Bus is scheduled to run Friday, Feb. 25, for all seniors age 60 or more to go to Glens Falls for a day of shopping or appointments. Those who plan on going, call Laura at 623-9281 by Wednesday.
The local Warren County mealsite, in the basement of Warrensburg United Methodist Church on Main Street, will be presenting the classic movie "State Fair" Wednesday, Feb. 23, starting at 10 a.m. The showing is free, so bring a friend.
State Fair starring Jeanne Crain, Dick Haymes, Dana Andrews and Vivian Blaine, is a top-rated Rodgers & Hammerstein musical written for the screen and released in 1945. Refreshments and popcorn will be available.
Volunteers, food sought for Jack Wax party
Are there any volunteers that would be willing to help organize the annual Jack Wax party planned for March 12? Could you help in the kitchen? Would you volunteer to wait tables? How about manning the door and selling tickets? Those who are willing to donate a few hours, call 623-4024.
The Jack Wax Party is scheduled for Saturday, March 12, at the town hall beginning at 4 p.m. All Thurman families are asked to donate a cooked dish or other food item. This is the town's way of giving to the local cancer crusade with all proceeds from the dinner. Call 623-4024 or 623-9649 and let them know what you can donate.
Last call for filing 2011 tax exemptions
Homeowners should be advised that Tuesday, March 1 is the deadline to file exemption applications for 2011.
Note the state Legislature has merged their Office of Real Property Services into the state Department of Taxation and Finance, which now verifies income eligibility for basic STAR recipients. Letters have been sent to anyone whose eligibility could not be confirmed. If you received such a letter, income information must be provided to your local assessor or your exemption will be deleted. Anyone with an adjusted gross income of over $500,000 will no longer receive a STAR exemption. If you previously received a basic STAR exemption and did not receive a letter, your eligibility was probably confirmed by the state.
If you changed residences within the last year, be sure your new STAR exemption information has been entered.
Those who have questions call 623-4593 or stop in the town Assessors' office from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays.