Luncheon to Honor Buyces
The Thurman community has planned a public potluck luncheon for Saturday March 6 at the Thurman Baptist Church to honor Elmer and Myrtle Buyce. The event, set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., is intended to demonstrate the community's appreciation for all that this couple has done for both the church and the community over many years.
Friends and family of the couple are invited to stop by any time during the affair and share food and fellowship with the Buyces. Elmer grew up and worked in Thurman all his life, and courted Myrtle Putnam, whose parents had moved to Thurman. The two married in October 1968 and made their home in Elmer's family home on Buyce Rd., living until 1999 without electricity. The Buyces have been very active in Thurman Baptist Church and other community organizations, and have hosted many beneficial community activities on their property. All in the community are invited to bring a food dish and join the March 6 event, or just stop in and greet the Buyces. For details, call Joan Harris at 623-2007.
Get Well wishes are out to Elmer Buyce, Charles Dingman Sr., Ed Brown, Wanda Vopleus, Iva Hall, and Don Vopleus.
Thank you to all who sent cards, called and offered prayers during the recent hospital stay of Elmer Buyce. He is home now and recuperating. Thanks to all who in any way stepped in to help, Myrtle and Elmer Buyce said this week.
Filomena Riviello, Thurman Town Justice, and Tonya Springer, Thurman Court Clerk, have returned to town after spending a few days in New York City at the Association of Towns training sessions held during Presidents week.
Has anyone seen a long hair brown dachshund that has wondered away from her Athol Rd. home? She has been gone since Feb. 10 and is two years old. Any information would be appreciated. If you have any clue concerning the dog's whereabouts, call 623-2472. Are there still Stanley home product parties in the area? Call 623-2580 if you know of any.
Special days in
Birthday greetings this week are out to George Burkhardt on Feb. 27; Edna Kenyon, Cindy Metzger, Marilyn Baker, and Hilda Haskell on Feb. 28 - and to town residents Gayle and Jerry, who have birthdays only once every four years - you guessed it, they were born on Feb. 29 on leap years.
In March we have Rickie Bartlett, Jackie Dingman, Mattie Castro, Melissa Vanselous, and Tammy Moon, all on March 1; Cory Chadwell and Nereida Howe on March 2; David Robinson Sr. on March 3; Ken Baker and Ken Gossen on March 4; and Tanecia Haskell, Ruth Wood, Darrin Needham, and Maxine Cameron on March 5.
Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Don and Hilda Haskell, 26 years on March 3; and to Matt and Liz Kennedy, 18 years on Feb. 27.
Over the fence
What's the latest newfangled invention that pleases older men? Well, a recent acquisition by a local guy offers a clue.
Maurice Combs received a nice Christmas gift which he named Rosie and he apparently loves her, because he often shows her off proudly to friends and neighbors. His new "woman" cleans so well but cannot do the dishes. For those of you who have not been introduced to her, she is a robotic vacuum cleaner. So Maurice, send us a picture of Rosie, we want to see her!
Property tax exemption forms must be submitted to the town assessors office by the March 1 deadline. This applies to the STAR exemptions as well as the ones for the veterans,and senior citizens. If you need help with filling out the forms, stop by the office or call 623-4593.
Gleaning, the free food distribution program, will be at the town hall at 10 a.m. Tuesday March 2. This program is open to al residents in Thurman. In picking up food, bring clean grocery bags. For details, call 623-9649.
Contrary to a rumor circulating in town, it is not true that there are three wide-screen televisions at the school bus garage. In fact, the school board voted to disconnect a cable television outlet in the school bus garage's employee break room. A few callers this week said they supported a sensible 2010-11 budget that contains taxes.
Upcoming events, meetings in the hills
All Thurman residents will be asked to donate a covered dish or a food item for the annual Jackwax dinner put on each year to benefit the cancer crusade. This notice will give you time to plan your donation as the event is coming up Saturday March 13.Watch this column for more information.
Also there is a big maple weekend coming up on March 13 and 14. This popular townwide event includes tours of backcountry farms where maple products are being produced. Visitors and neighbors can go into Thurman sugarhouses and watch the process of producing maple syrup, plus a mill operation. Set aside this week end for the annual town-wide Jackwax dinner as well as visits to sugarbushes.
The John Thurman Historical Society will be holding a gathering of friends meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday March 2, with a covered dish dinner. We hope to see all friends and neighbors there after such a long winter. This meeting at the town hall will have special guest Donna Wormwood speaking on the upcoming census. All are invited to stop by and bring a food dish to join in the dinner.
The Thurman volunteer Fire Co. will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday March 1 at the Athol firehouse. Those who wish to become a volunteer, stop by the meeting.
The Thurman Cemetery Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday March 10 at the home of Evie Russell, Garnet Lake Rd. We are looking for any one who would like to be a member of the committee. Call 623-2505 for details.
The T.O.P.S. group meets on Thursday afternoons from 2:30 to 3:30 at the town hall. For information on this weight-loss program, call Jane Day at 696-2766 or stop by the next meeting March 4.