Keep our cemeteries pleasant
It's getting near Memorial Day, when many folks will be visiting cemeteries in the town of Thurman to remember those who have passed on. Local regulations for decorating include:
• Do not plant any trees.
• Do not place any glass jars or use any breakable glass objects on graves.
• Dispose of any old decorations and place them in the nearest trash bin or bring a bag to carry refuse out.
• Don't bring ATVs on the lot and tear up the grounds.
• Both natural flowers or artificial ones are okay.
The town Cemetery Committee is not active at this time, so cemetery volunteers are depending on all citizens to help us keep the grounds nice.
On a personal note
How lucky can one get? With the weather so cold and snow remaining in the woods, I was shocked to be brought a bouquet of real May flowers on May Day! A gentleman in the neighborhood does never seem to forget a few of us when the May flowers are in bloom. Thanks!
May baskets were arranged and delivered Sunday, May 1 in the neighborhood. This old tradition is still being carried out in Thurman. At my household, we heard a knock at the door, so we opened it, no one was there, but a pretty little homemade basket was sitting on the porch. Those who received these nice surprises express their thanks to the May basket elves!
Anniversary wishes go out to Candi and Jerry Cameron on May 15, to Cindy and Bruce Belden on May 16, to Shelly and Roger Durkin on May 17, and to Robin and Mike Croissant on May 18.
Celebrating birthdays this week are: Lucas Smock on May 14; Tyler Cameron and Rex Reynolds IV on May 15; Cindy Crandall, Jackie Holbert, and Floyd Planty on May 16; Steve Baker Sr. and Lori Pennock on May 17; Hope Crandall and Muriel LaPoint on May 19; and Kathy Leigh on May 20.
Easter Dinner at the Bakers
Eileen Baker of Mud St. in Thurman held a big Easter dinner for family and friends and served around 40 people. Everyone enjoyed the get-together - folks came from as far away as Albany.
Valerie Smarro of Indiana recently visited Thurman to spend time with her mom, Bert Wilde on River Road. They enjoyed dinners and lunches out and visiting other family members in the area.
Marc and Cheryl Kenyon of Bear Pond Road left on April 19 for a trip to California to visit their son Marc Kenyon Jr. and his family. Marc Jr. and his wife Jeanna and their two children Gibson and Lauren enjoyed celebrating his Dad's birthday on April 23 while they were in California. The grandparents also went on an Easter egg hunt with their two- and-three-year-old grandkids. Returning home, they were shocked to see Rte. 418 bridge closed, so had to backtrack and go home by The Glen, adding a few more miles to their long trip.
Over the fence
If Ripley was still around, we'd have a topic for his "Believe It or Not" books.
The day before Easter, Thurman residents awoke to a fresh coat of new snow covering the lawns which had finally started turning green. Then, three days later, we saw our thermometers hit a high of nearly 80. Beat that, Mr. Ripley.
During the week of April 27 to April 30 the Thurman Bridge on Rte. 418 was closed because of flooding - the Hudson and Schroon rivers both had rushing waters at record flows. The bridge was closed only a matter of hours, but during that time, many residents had to re-route through Warrensburg to go up through The Glen to get to their homes - with some worrying if they had enough gas to get there.
Free llama fertilizer is available locally - call 623-3987. Bring your own containers.
For those Thurman residents who have been tending their front yard with the hopes of some official recognition, please note: the town of Thurman is not planning to hold a lawn contest this year.
If you see or hear of the misuse of alcohol or drugs by any of our teens, call the sheriff's anonymous tipline at 761-9800. If a party is ongoing with trouble brewing, your call could save a life. No one will ever know you have called, unless you want it known.
Townwide sale this weekend
The weekend of Thurman's annual Town-Wide sale is now here, so stop by where you see a pink sign and browse through the bargains. Thurman sales have no vendors, just friends and neighbors setting up items that they no longer need. Event organizers ask that folks drive with caution and watch for cars parked on roadsides. Maps that list sale sites many of the items offered are available at entrances to the town. Enjoy our country-style sales!
Events and activities in town
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club will gather for a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 at the town hall. All who attend are asked to bring a dish to pass and join in making decisions on upcoming trips. Those who seek to join the Club are extended a warm welcome. Call 623-9245.
Assessors will be in their offices on Saturday, May 21, at the Harris House from 4 to 8 p.m. with open book for taxpayers to check assessments and to get forms to fill out if they want to attend Grievance Day on May 24. For information, call 623-4593.
The Gleaning free food program session will be at the town hall on May 17, 10 a.m., and is open to all town residents. If you have clean, used grocery bags, they are needed for bagging the groceries. For details, call 623-9648.
The Methodist Church in Kenyontown will hold a fellowship dinner at the church at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, and the public is invited. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass. This is one of the original churches left in our town and has the stained-glass windows which were donated by some of our ancestors. The services on Sundays are held at 11 a.m. at this church on Valley Road. For details, call 623-3940.