Over the fence Many local residents have called offering compliments on the performance of the newly appointed dog warden, Dexter Baker. It seems hes been prompt answering calls. Plus, callers report hes been checking with the neighbors to see if a stray animal is theirs. Also, it seems hes turning in a monthly report to the Town Board. (Dont let this go to your head, Big D!) To reach the town dog warden, call 623-9810 or 232-3912. A caller questioned how the bird-loving folks who enjoy watching the creatures deal with stray cats who sit by the bird feeders ready to kill off their prey. In the town law books, there is an ordinance that says cats should be restricted. One person suggested putting a bell on cats collars the birds would be warned but so would the mice and moles! Readers with any suggestions are urged to call 623-9810. Will taxes hit an all-time high? the Warren County Board of Supervisors recently approved $429,000 in county funds for two train stations, one in Hadley and one in Thurman. The supervisors voted on this expenditure, however, in part so they didnt have to repay over $1.2 million to the federal government in grant funds already spent on the tourist railway project. Callers have detected that many of my words in my column have been changed before publication, and theyre right. Thanks for the calls, its nice to know the Thurman column is so well read! Your letters-to-the-editor are welcome here at the Adirondack Journal, on any subject of general interest. Send your letters to: Adirondack Journal, P.O. Box 410, Warrensburg, NY 12885. Sugar Loaf Senior news A fortune cookie meeting will be the highlight of the July 16 covered-dish gathering at 6 p.m. Bring a dish to pass and join in this fun-filled evening at the Thurman Town Hall. On June 18, 24 members enjoyed dinner out at the Olive Garden restaurant. The group brought many snack and useful items for the soldiers serving in Iraq. Packages are to be sent off soon to these members of the U.S. military. Those with questions on joining the club may call Norma at 623-9425. Its still only $10 per year for membership. Events, news from Town Hall The town-sponsored free simmer concerts of homegrown mountain music at the town recreation field have been well received to date. Featured this Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. are Rick Bolton and the Dwyer Sisters. A food booth is available on-site, and people are welcome to bring lawn chairs. The Quilting Group is scheduled to meet 6:30 p.m. Fri. July 18 at the Town Hall. Check with Myra at 623-2633 to have any questions answered. The Gleaning food distribution will be held at the Town Hall 11 a.m. Tues. July 15. This food program is open to all Thurman residents. Two Town Board meetings are set for this month the fiscal meeting Monday, and the regular business meeting Tuesday. Both are open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. Citizens are welcome to stop by and learn about town matters. Drive with caution through Athol the Summer Recreation program is now in full swing and children are being dropped off around 9 a.m. and picked back up around noon in the vicinity of the Harris House. Baptist Bible conferences planned The Thurman Baptist Church located on South Johnsburg Rd. in Thurman will be holding its annual Bible conferences Fri. July 18 through Sun. July 20. Programs start at 6 p.m., featuring special guest speakers Dr. Wendall Calder, Jim Bantle and Dr. Roger Ellison. On Saturday, a banquet is planned. Call 623-2226 for more information on the conference activities. EMS squad to meet The Thurman Emergency Medical Services Squad will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday at the High St. Squad building. Meetings are open to the public. Anyone wishing to join the volunteers can stop by or call Jill at 623-4117. Veterinarian Co-op to visit Town residents who need health care for their animals are urged to sign up now if they want their pets checked by two veterinarians who will be making house calls. They provide health care for both large and small animals in their own environment. Call 623-2164 or 623-2680 now to make arrangements for a visit. Personals Birthday wishes are out to Sierra Kennedy on July 12; to Stephanie Gossen on July 13; to Steve MacNeill on July 14; to Albert Duell, Sarah Bills, Roger Monroe, Bill Wagner and Charlie Bills on July 15; to Joe Sayer and Cindy Needham on July 16; to Michele Leigh and Jim Rafferty on July 17; and Maria Ligon, Rosalie Daily, Bernie Monroe Sr., Anthony Rawson and Bev Johnson on July 18. Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Kathy and Ed Binder for their 51 years together on July 13, to Michele and Robert Olden on July 14, and to Bonnie and Bernie Monroe Sr. on July 18. The Hall family will be holding a family reunion from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 30 at the county Fish Hatchery park in Warrensburg . Call Tammy at 623-2725 with questions. Heartfelt sympathy is out from the community to the family and wide circle of friends of Elsie DeCota who passed away June 28. She was well-known for her countless hours of volunteerism and her many acts of kindness towards others in the community.