Severe weather, good neighbors
As June rolls in with very warm temperatures - the high 80s, has everyone dared to pack away the winter clothes yet? Last week, the mercury plunged to near freezing - and we had our woodstoves burning to take off the early morning chill - shortly after some hot days.
Many neighbors had their flower arrangements ready to put on various cemeteries - before the bridges and roads washed away in what was the worst flooding of a lifetime.
Thanks go out to all the good friends and neighbors who stepped up to help out during the unbelievable flooding, bridge washouts and road closings.
Food, transportation and reconstruction help was offered to those who were in need. A special Thank You goes out from Ed and Sally Drexel to all of the family, friends and neighbors who stepped in to help them when their place was surrounded by water. Their driveway can now be used, for which they are grateful.
Thoughts on our great flood
I could fill the whole paper by writing about the storm and its aftermath.
The television weather channel warned of the usual bad weather for us, as they had been for a week - so we in Thurman went about our normal routine.
But in the night when we were all sleeping, we were awakened Thursday night with thunder and lightning like we had never seen before. The lightning was a continuing rolling effect with no letup, and it kept flashing until daylight.
The electric power went out at about 1:15 Friday morning, and it was a chore for me getting hooked up to a big oxygen tank while it was out for about two hours.
Friday and Saturday were filled with downpours, and thunderstorms continued through Friday night and into Saturday. Rain came down fast and furious, with some hailstones mixed in. Rivers and brooks overflowed, knocking bridges out on many local roads.
On Garnet Lake Road Saturday, no one could get out, the road was out by Pratt's pond, about 20 to 30 feet of road was gone by the old Wescott sawmill, then the bridge once again washed away at the Sky Hi Rd. entrance - one side of the road collapsed by the Garnet Lake/Henry Wescott intersection; Hershey's Pond once again overflowed, and by the Mud Pond intersection, a car and boat were washed off the road.
And this paragraph just describes the fate of only one road. Other roads that had similar problems, including washouts and bridges swept away, were: South Johnsburg Road near Hubert's Cemetery, Dippikill Road, Willie J. Baker Road, Valley Road, High St., Hall Mountain Road, Sky Hi Road, Mud St., Glen-Athol Road, Don Potter Road, Buyce Road, River Road, and more.
Many roads through town looked like stream beds rather than roadways after the flooding subsided.
Work crews from not only Thurman but from around the region have been working around the clock getting at least one lane passable on each road.
Many neighbors have been offering their help, and one man has been using his heavy equipment to clear paths for those who were stranded.
School was closed on Tuesday, May 31 for the children who were isolated by the storm. Church on Sunday had few people attending - only those who could get out of their driveways or were near the churches without washouts between them and the sanctuary.
Many of us missed our newspaper and mail deliveries. One lady said she felt like they were stranded on an island.
No one can guess when we will have our bridge restored. Maybe as long as two weeks, I hear.
Wedding anniversaries to remember include: Brian and Diane Angell, 23 years on June 11. Happy belated 40th anniversary wishes go out to Ed and Sally Drexel.
Birthdays being celebrated this week are Teddy Baker and Billy Neville on June 11, Bob Goodnow Sr. on June 12, Sara Baker on June 13, Kim Philo and Josh Tanner on June 14, Russ Leigh II on June 16, and Josh Clement on June 17.
Get well wishes go out to Jasmine Baker, Tina Parker, Ray Hanes, Earle Dibble, Bob Goodnow Jr., Cliff Dureau and Tom Wunchel.
Wanda Wood of Greenwich and her caregiver came up for a day to visit her mom, Leila Wood of Mud St. Her sister Eileen stopped by for a short visit while Wanda was up.
Sympathy from the community goes out to the Wallace family on the May 21 passing of Dorothy Wallace Bennett. Dot had lived in Thurman for many years, and was well-known for her gardening and craft skills, and knitting warm wool socks.
Correction on job opening
In the May 28 Journal, a job opening was incorrectly listed. The job opening was for a part-time Court Clerk, not the Town Clerk position. Cynthia Hyde is our Town Clerk, and she is diligent and well-qualified for the position. The Denton staff apologizes for their error in typing up my handwritten column.
Clarification on squad's service
Also, in last week's issue, I mentioned how the Thurman Emergency Squad had started an outreach effort as a community service to offer friendly, supportive talk to those who were lonely, or needed someone to talk to. Unfortunately, I used the word "depressed" in mentioning the service, and the Thurman Squad officials were reminded by authorities they could not be practicing psychiatry or providing counseling services. Sorry for the use of the term - we here at the Journal have high regard for work of the Thurman Emergency Services and the many ways they help out others - and we apologize for using the term we did - it of course was never their intent - or ours - to suggest they provide counseling services.
Events and activities in Thurman
Get your pets ready for the rabies clinic to be held from 10 a.m. Until noon Saturday, June 18 at the North Creek Firehouse. A $10 donation is requested for each pet. Bring dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. For details, call 761-6580.
The Thurman Town Board meets June 14 at the town hall. The fiscal meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the business meeting at 7 p.m. Those who cannot get to the meetings and have a concern can send a letter to the Town Clerk, Box 29, Athol to be presented at the next meeting.
Remember to display a flag on June 14 - Flag Day.
The Kenyontown Methodist Church will hold a fellowship dinner at 7 p.m. June 15 at the church on Valley Road. All are encouraged to bring a dish to pass and join the meal. For details, call 623-3940.
The Thurman Baptist Church, on Johnsburg Road, will have their Vacation Bible School starting on June 27 and ending on July 1. The events will be held evening from 6 to 8 p.m. For details, call 623-2226.
The Thurman Quilting Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 13 at the thurman Town Hall. For more information, call 623-2633.