Vopleus benefit dinner coming up
Friends and neighbors of Don Vopleus are getting together to hold a spaghetti dinner Saturday March 20 at the Thurman Town Hall in Athol from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. to benefit Don's family, which has been through substantial hardship.
Besides good food and fellowship, a silent auction will also take place at this event.
Donations of spaghetti, sauce or any dessert are being accepted. To help out, call Jesse at 791-6118. Don was hurt Nov. 15 when a tree fell, crushing him to the ground. After many months in the hospital and rehabilitation center, he is now recuperating at home. The proceeds will all go to the Vopleus family.
Those who would like to send a donation and cannot attend the dinner, stop by the Town Hall offices or send a check to P.O. Box 29, Athol, NY 12810 Attn: Vopleus fund. A silent auction will also take place at this event.
Spring arrives in the North Country
Welcome Spring! Today is the first day of the Spring season, so with all this snow up here to melt, it will soon be mud season.
Clocks were moved ahead last Sunday, so now you will be reading the Adirondack Journal one hour earlier than you have been! What did you used to or formerly get done in that hour that you lost last Sunday?
Perhaps readers may not know that many of the older generation refused to change their clocks after this newfangled daylight savings time was introduced during the World War II era. The farmers who had their cows on a milking schedule couldn't change the animals being at the gate and ready and the tiny babies also didn't change wake-up time or their feeding schedules.
Over the fence
Many calls came in after the article was published March 5 in the daily newspaper describing controversy linked to area ambulance squads. Callers questioned the town's action in withholding financial support to the Thurman Emergency Medical Services. Callers also questioned whether it was proper for the town to hold onto cemetery funding. Others were upset that squad officer Suzie Baker was questioned - she's been Treasurer for the ambulance squad for five years. I believe she has been a very honest person during her years as youth community leader, Mommie & Me play group leader, as well as an advocate of the Child Alert program -and so much more in the line of volunteer work. The callers hope to see an open apology to this lady. Why has Thurman changed so much?
Also, a compliment was received on the repairs to the cemetery near the town hall. It really looks nice.
More gripes came in on the cruelty being dealt our governor - even Bill Clinton wasn't pounded this much with all that he did.
An older Journal reader called to say one subject that is not taught our local schools is respect. Can we put this on the new calendar for 2010-2011?
Get Well wishes from the community go out to Richard Wormwood, Wanda Vopleus, Jackie Dingman, Don Vopleus, Ed Brown, Elmer Buyce, and Hial Hall III.
The town Youth Commission expresses thanks to Pat Baker for her generous contributions of gifts which will be used for children's parties.
Volunteers -- perhaps a couple of friends -- are needed to take over organizing the annual project of arranging the Christmas baskets for December delivery. No, it's not too early, as now would be the time to start watching the stores for marked-down items that would make appropriate small gifts; also to watch for containers to use, and to check the list of those who will get baskets. Those who'd like to help, call 623-2909 or 623-2580.
Special days in the hills
Happy Anniversary wishes go out March 23 to Charles and Barb Metzger, married 53 years, and to Bonnie and Bernie Monroe on March 24.
Adding a year with another birthday is Lance Chadwell and Chance McCraw on March 20; Patrick Galusha and Billy Arnold, March 21; Mark Kelly and Dan Cameron Jr., March 22; Bertha Bellanger, March 23; Kaitlyn Kuklinski, March 24; Rex Reynolds III and Josh Kenyon, March 25; and Don Vopleus, Brandon Beadnell, and Chloe Castro, March 26.
Events and activities in Thurman
Plan ahead for the Easter party to be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday April 3 at the Thurman Town Hall. There will be an Easter egg hunt and an Easter bonnet contest. Parents are being asked to accompany the children and to have some fun too. Donations of eggs or snack foods would be appreciated. For details, call Maria at 623-9961.
To all parents that bring their children to the youth commission parties and summer programs, please be advised that each person that has contact with the kids through the program has had their background thoroughly checked, commission officials have said.
The Thurman quilting group meets at 6:30 p.m. on Monday March 22 at the town hall. Everyone who likes to create things, can stop by and see if you would like to join. Call Myra at 623-2633 for details.
The Thurman Connections Snowmobile Club will meet at 7 p.m. Friday March 26 in the Thurman Town Hall in Athol. Meetings are open to everyone and new members are welcome. The club members are busy making new trails all year long and they are always looking for snowmobilers to help.
Maple Weekends continue in Thurman
All are urged to follow road signs to locate and attend open sugar houses this weekend in Thurman for tours and various activities. For information, call 623-9718. Maps are available to the sites hosting activities during this statewide celebration of maple products, which continues this weekend and next.
Sugar Loaf Seniors activities set
The Sugar Loaf Senior Club members and anyone wishing to join this happy group will be meeting Wednesday March 24 at the China Town Restaurant on Route 9 in Queensbury at 11 a.m. The group will also discuss some upcoming trips, so folks are asked to bring their ideas and suggestions on where they would like to go. New members are always welcome. For details, call 623-9425.
Mommie & Me group to resume activities soon
The Mommie & Me preschool play group invites parents and caretakers of youngsters from all area towns to join their weekly sessions, which are now suspended for March, but resuming in April. The group organizers would like to have more mothers, fathers and caretakers attending the regular session, and everybody is invited to become acquainted with the group in April, when the group sessions resume. What better time will there be for such an opportunity than when warmer weather arrives?
Meetings of Mommie & Me are to be held in April at 9:30 a.m. on the 16th, 23rd, and 30th in the town youth building in Athol.
This group welcomes all who would like to get to know some other parents or caretakers with young children. While the kids are busy playing, making crafts, or looking at books, the moms can talk over any child-related issues. Many activities and outings are planned, and also a trip once in a while. Call Jennifer at 623-5024 - she said this week she would like to hear from all parents and caretakers.
In the upcoming sessions, the group will likely be planting seeds for Spring, or maybe drawing pictures or playing outside. The group members hope to see you at a get-acquainted meeting April 16. Snacks are provided for all.
Return the photo of Elmer Buyce!
The photograph of Elmer Buyce that was hanging on the wall at the Thurman Town Hall vanished several weeks ago. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the photo, please help get it returned, or call 623-9961.