Volunteers sought for Maple Sugar dinner
The famous Jack Wax party, a tradition here in the hills for decades, is coming soon to the Thurman Town Hall - and the event organizers are seeking local people who would like to help out and make it the success it has traditionally been.
Those who've attended through the years can attest to the fact that the food and socializing in recent years has been better than ever!
The Jackwax Party is to be held March 13 beginning at 4 p.m. with dozens of homemade dishes prepared by townspeople spread out for all to enjoy.
There will be mountain-style entertainment by local musicians and an all-you-can-eat buffet with sugar-on-snow for dessert. This annual event is put on to benefit the American Cancer Society. Prices are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6 to 11, 5, and under are free.
Helpers and volunteers are needed to assist at the Jack Wax Party and all residents are being ask to donate covered dishes or other food items. They can be left on Saturday anytime after 8 a.m. Call Helen or Amanda at 623-2909 and let them know that you can help.
Activities and events in the hills
The YMCA in Glens Falls will be holding a family fun night Friday March 12 with special guests from Radio Disney who will be showing a movie and offering some games. This free family night is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and all families are invited to attend.
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club has canceled the meeting on March 20 at noon at the town hall. They instead will meet on March 24 for an outing in Queensbury. Details will be publicized in this column next week.
Thurman's Maple Weekends
Many sugarhouses will be open to the public Saturday March 13 and Sunday March 14. Tours will be given and demonstrations of how maple syrup gets from the tree to your table. Maps are available, and a pancake breakfast will be served 9 a.m. at the Valley Rd sugar house. For information, call 623-9718.
There will also be maple weekends on March 20 and 21 and March 27 and 28.
Bus vote approaches, other school news
The school vote on leasing new school buses will be held Tuesday March 9 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Warrensburg Elementary School gym. This a vote on whether to lease three buses at a cost of $48,200 for five years. School officials say this initiative may save money on major repairs, plus allow the school district to have a newer, safer fleet. The regular school budget vote will be coming up in May.
The school is also looking for donations towards improving the playground. Checks for this purpose can be mailed in to the school, or dropped off at the school office.
Over the backyard fence
Next week it will be time to start tomato and pepper seeds in the house to get ready for spring planting. This week you'll need to get dirt, containers, and the seeds, and clear off a window sill that gets lots of sun.
The Thurman Baptist Church on South Johnsburg Rd. will be holding an appreciation lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday March 6 to show gratitude for all that Myrtle and Elmer Buyce have done for the Church. Everyone is welcome to attend. For details, call 623-3843.
Meetings and events here in the hills
The Thurman cemetery committee will be meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday March 10 at the Garnet Lake Rd. home of Evie Russell. For information call 623-2505. There is room for a few new members on the board.
All preschoolers and their moms or guardians are invited to stop by the next meeting at the youth building in Athol on Friday March 12, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The subject for some fun projects will be St Patrick's Day. Everyone welcome from any town. For information call 623-5024.
The quilting group meets at the town hall at 6:30 p.m. Monday March 8. To find out what you would need to start your own coverlet, call 623-2633.
The Southern Adirondack Four-Wheeler Club meets at 7 p.m. Friday March 12 at the town hall. Meetings are open to the public. For information, call 623-2007.
The free bus service for all residents age 60 and over will run Friday March 12 to take folks shopping or to appointments. Call Laura at 623-9281 and let her know if you plan on going.
Vendors are being sought for the annual summer farmers market which will run from June until mid-October on Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. For information call 623-9718.
Job hunting? The U.S. Census will have some openings soon. Call Donna Wormwood at 623-9654 and get in on helping out with the 2010 census.
Court in Thurman is held on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. Court office hours are 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.Wednesdays, and the phone number is 623-9660.
Thurmanites to celebrate birthdays
Birthdays being celebrated this week are: Todd Chase on March 6, Charlotte Haskell on March 7; Cindy Hyde, Lucille Cameron, and Alma Weis on March 8; Linda Griswold, Alta Pratt, Jennifer Ligon, Ava Mae Lohrey on March 9; Hans Wenker and Alexandria Werner on March 10; Calvin Varnum, Paul Siletti, and Pauline Germain on March 11.
Isaacs and Morehouse welcome new child
Gabrielle Isaacs and Alex Morehouse of North Creek are proud to announce the birth of a son born Thursday Jan. 28 at Glens Falls Hospital. At birth, he weighed 6 pounds, 14.5 ounces and was 20 inches long. The child has been named Evan Matthew.
Proud grandparents are Sue Isaacs of Warrensburg, Jodi Blake of Warrensburg, and Steve Palmer of Glens Falls.
Great grandparents are Larry and June Germain of Thurman.
Over the barnyard fence
Are the robins back already? A local lady was shocked to see a flock of birds in Glens Falls that as she drove closer turned out to be robins on a particularly snow covered lawn. This was on Feb. 18 way way too early for birds to fly back from the south. However, our editor tells me he has had several flocks of hundreds of robins land in his yard over the past several weeks on their way north.
These aren't the only sign of spring we've experienced. There's a neighbor up here who is trying to rush the season and he was out tapping maple trees on Feb. 19 and guess what? The sap was running - perhaps due to the near-40 degree days.
Thurmanites: Democrats, lay off Paterson
We're read the gossip, or comments on Tiger Woods and Gov. Paterson recently, so when do we get the lowdown on Andrew Cuomo or others running for offices? Can't we have some clean politics, b3cause after all, how many of us haven't got "bones" in our closets? A fair number of people up in Thurman think Paterson - who was the first Democrat ever in Albany to try to stop the unrestrained spending - was shafted politically by his fellow party members. Paterson was the first Democrat in Albany to warn about how extreme cutbacks in government were necessary, due to the collapse of Wall St. and the resulting plummeting state tax revenues. Maybe he got shafted because he was a fiscal conservative!