Snow buries us up here in the hills
Thanks all of you who complained of no snow, nature responded last week with three or four storms depositing over a foot of wet heavy snow.
On several days last week, we had snow falling all day long. Our power was out several times on Feb. 24 for hours at a time, and the Wednesday snowfall alone totaled about 17.5 inches, and by Thursday we accumulated more - and still more on Friday. Totals varied as some regions had a rain mixture, but was well over two feet was recorded.
Local men with pickup trucks had a hard job trying to plow as the snow was so heavy. Town crews were out night and day keeping our roads open - the snow fell so fast that roads were never bare. With heavy snow weighing down limbs, trees fell, blocking roads and bringing down utility lines which caused many neighbors to be without electricity and phone service. One neighbor on Sky High Rd. had a tree fall across their home. Neighbors went to help them get the tree cut up and out of the way. Snow continued falling Saturday Feb. 27 and the next day. Whew!
Seniors Club news
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club will be going out to a luncheon, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday March 24 at the Chinatown Restaurant in Queensbury. Those who would like to attend the meeting and luncheon, call Norma at 623-9425.
At the Feb. 20 meeting, 22 Club members enjoyed a hurried meeting and covered dish lunch, and Donna Wormwood presented information on the 2010 census. The upcoming trips were not discussed but will be at the March meeting. The March 20 seniors meeting scheduled at the town hall has been canceled.
Events and activities in Thurman
The Thurman Emergency Medical Services organization will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sunday March 14 at the squad's High St. headquarters. At this time a junior squad, accommodating teens ages 14 and up, is being formed - primarily for training purposes. Those interested in joining the junior squad are invited to stop by the meeting or call 623-9014 and leave name and phone number. The squad is also looking for adult helpers. Will you become a volunteer?
The Thurman Town Board meets Tuesday March 11 at the town hall. The fiscal meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and this will be followed by a 7 p.m. monthly meeting. Both meetings, open to the public, include a time when questions and comments are entertained from those attending.
The Gleaning free food program will be hold a food distribution session at the town hall Tuesday March 16 at 10 a.m. Bring clean bags with which to take food home. For information, call 623-9649.
The Kenyontown Methodist Church, located on Valley Rd, will be having a fellowship covered dish dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday March 17. Bring a dish and join in this get-together. Sunday services at the church are held at 11 a.m. Thurman is joining in with the New York State's maple weekend on Saturday March 20 and Sunday March 21, and also on March 27 and 28. Maps to maple farms and other local attractions are available online. There will be demonstrations of how maple sap is extracted from trees and how it is converted into syrup. For information, call 623-9718.
The upcoming Easter party and Easter egg hunt is set for Saturday April 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Thurman Town Hall. Children should be accompanied by an adult. There will be lots of fun and many special treats. Children are asked to wear Easter bonnets or other traditional Easter clothing. Nice prizes will be awarded.
At this time volunteers are needed to donate eggs, can be hard boiled, some snack foods, or beverages for the Easter party Those seeking to help out, call Maria at 623-9961.
Benefit spaghetti dinner to help Vopleus family
Friends and neighbors up here in the hills are getting together to hold a spaghetti dinner to benefit Don Vopleus who is recuperating from a tree accident. The dinner will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday March 20 at the town hall with a silent auction to follow. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults, and $5 for age 12 and under. The proceeds will all go to the family. Anyone wishing to help can donate spaghetti or sauce or a dessert. For information call Jessie at 791-6118.
Don was hurt when a tree fell, crushing him to the ground on Nov. 25, 2009. After many months in the hospital and rehabilitation centers, he is recuperating at home. Those who can't attend the fundraiser and wish to send a donation, can stop by at the Thurman Town Hall or send a check to P.O. Box 29., Athol, NY 12810, Attn: Vopleus family fund.
'Flower of Hope' for sale soon
The lovely first burst of yellow for spring will be seen around town with the arrival of daffodils. While some are certainly going to be sprouting up in local gardens, the earliest of the daffodils will be coming to town via the Warrensburg Elementary School's flower sale.
Set for Thursday March 18 and Friday March 19 from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., the daffodil sale with benefit the American Cancer Society's annual crusade. The price will be $1 each or bunches of 10 for $10. For special orders, call Lisa at 623-2984.
Fishing season opens April 1
Thurman Town Clerk Cynthia Hyde will be at her office at the town hall during regular hours to issue fishing licenses and conduct other routine business. She's scheduled to be in her office on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.; On Tuesdays fro 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 623-4588 for details.
Personal news, special days
Wearing birthday smiles this week are Bob Venton Sr. and Killian Baker on March 13; Georgia Kenyon and Renee Walker on March 14; Tom Wunchel and Paula Hubert on March 16; Sara Hightower, Alice Prosser, and Kaylee Baker on March 17; and Eric Smith on March 19.
Anniversary wishes are out to Linda and Chuck Arlin on March 14.
Jim and Maria Ligon of High St. have returned home after spending some leisurely time in sunny Florida where they found the weather very cold for that region. However, they were happy to hear that they missed the big snow-week in Thurman, Feb, 23 to Feb, 28, but they found out when they returned there was some snow left to shovel.
Several readers this week observed that the historic photo with the Journal's Feb. 27 "Bygone Days" article describing old-time life in Thurman was from Warrensburg, as was noted in the accompanying caption. We never had 16 or more kids in the one-room schools.
Remember to turn your clocks one hour ahead on Saturday night or Sunday morning. The time changes on March 14 and spring arrives on March 20.
The anonymous drug and alcoholic tip line to report upcoming illegal parties is 761-9800. Call it to save a life.
Over the fence
One big angry gripe came in on the first session of our big snow. A lady got stranded on Valley Rd. when her car refused to go up a small hill which was covered in wet heavy slush. She kept backing down and retrying but finally she heard a town plow coming, so she pulled over and got out of the car, waving her arms to get them to stop, she said. The woman was hoping that the town employee could make a phone call for her, but the truck kept going and this was about 2 a.m. on her way home from her job. Needless to say she was angry. This was early in the morning Feb. 25 after 16 inches or more of snow fell.
Many gripes came in this week concerning the way our Governor has been treated by politicians and the media. If they took the polls in our smaller communities, I'm sure Gov. David Paterson would have been the leader. Many here hope he will run again, considering his no-nonsense calls to stop spending money we don't have, and to shrink government - He's acting like a conservative Republican!