April fools? Nope, a wacky local fundraiser
Sure enough it was April 1 when motorists through Thurman and homeowners began seeing pink flamingos on their lawns. It was not a prank, but the start of a fundraising effort by the Thurman Cemetery Committee. These pink flamingos seemed to travel around quite a lot from lawn to lawn, road to road for a few days at the beginning of April, but no one seemed to see them flying or moving to the new locations! The flamingos are breaking up into two flocks we hear; so watch for them in your own neighborhood.
Emergency squad boosts its
Good news from Town Supervisor Red Pitkin: our local emergency squad was out on three calls at the beginning of the month, and seem to be doing a good job of keeping our Thurman response right here in town. As you know, the town board has been concerned that in the last few months, our squad's response tally has fallen sharply, and the emergency calls have been picked up by the Warrensburg ambulances.
But now, it looks like the situation is turning around. Let's hope this trend continues.
Special days up Thurman way
Birthday greetings go out to Lewis Gallup, Betty Srock, and William Seeley on April 17; to Robert Vopleus, Wanda Vopleus, Bert Wilde, and Sue Stoddard on April 18; to Diane Strobeck, Barb Keene, Norma Galusha, Charlotte Wood, Colleen Dempsey, and Charlie Metzger on April 19; to Margaret Vice on April 21, and to Robin Croissant and Eileen Baker who celebrate on April 22; and to Marc Kenyon, Jeremy Ward and Harold Monroe on April 23.
A happy belated birthday wish is out to Brandy Baker who celebrated on April 8.
Happy Anniversary wishes go out this week on April 19 to both David and Mary Robinson and Terry and Nancy Beadnell - the Beadnells for 35 years - then to Bob and Sue Baker on April 21, and Jack and Claudette Schloss on April 24.
Over the fence
A gripe came in concerning the Emergency Medical Services dilemma and town board meeting held on Sunday March 28 to air the issue - because the meeting was not announced in the local newspapers. The caller asked if public meetings are not being published a few days ahead of the actual meeting as they should be, not only by law, but to alert citizens so they can offer their viewpoints and participate in local government.
March went out like lion. Snow fell on March 29 and 30 but it soon melted, high winds and downed trees knocked out power for about four hours on March 29, and our daytime highs stayed in the thirties. But the week before we were spoiled with 60 degrees!
Complaints are coming in on the 2010 census forms not being filled out and sent in, but a few residents did receive forms.
No on has called with a fish story yet. Did anyone go out when the season opened April 1?
Sympathy goes out to the family of Isabelle Knoll who passed away at home last week.
Can you help with food deliveries?
The Gleaning food distribution program will be held at the town hall at 10 a.m. Tuesday April 20. At this time, a couple of helpers are needed to help deliver and also to assist with the Meals on Wheels program. Contact Red Pitkin at 623-9649 and let him know if you can help. The Gleaning volunteering would be two times each month, and the Meals on Wheels duty would be once per week.
Area activities and events scheduled
The Warrensburg Elementary School will be holding Kindergarten screenings on April 21 and 22 at the elementary school from 8:15 to 2 p.m. Children who will be 5 years of age on or before Dec. 1 will be eligible. Those with questions, call 623-9747.
The Kenyontown Methodist Church will have a Fellowship Dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday April 21 at the church on Valley Rd. The public is invited to bring a covered dish and join in with their neighbors and friends. For more information, call 623-3940.
The Thurman emergency squad will have a meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday April 18 in the High St. squad building. The meetings are open to the public, and new volunteers are always in need, throughout the community. The town of Thurman holds two meetings this week, and both are on Tuesday April 20. If you want to know where taxpayer money goes, this is revealed in the fiscal meeting at 6:30 p.m. The regular monthly meeting, where you get your questions answered about town government operations, starts at 7 p.m. Both meetings are held at the town hall.
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors club will have a covered dish dinner at the town hall at 6 p.m. Wednesday April 21. The group will be choosing some trips that would be interesting to all. The seniors welcome anyone wishing to join the group to stop by the meeting or call 623-9425 for details.
Town Assessor available
All taxpayers can check the information which will be used to establish the assessments on town properties at the Harris House any Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. before the May 1 deadline. Appointments can be made by calling 623-4593.
School Budget meetings set.
The town of Thurman will be hosting a presentation of the Warrensburg Central School budget at 7 p.m. May 3 at the town hall. The budget voting for all district residents will be held 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday May 18 at the Warrensburg Elementary School. Those who need an absentee ballot, call the school office at 623-2861.
Mommie & Me group now in limbo
Those who were holding the locally based preschool playgroup Mommie & Me announced Friday that they are suspending meetings at this time due to the low level of participation. The group, which has been running for at least a decade, has been a way for mothers and other caregivers to network and socialize while providing fun activities and valuable social experiences for children. For information, call Jennifer at 623-5024.
Local summer jobs remain open
The Thurman town summer recreation program is still in need of a director, age 18 or older, plus one assistant - age 14 or older - and one in training, at least age 13. All positions are leading the children's six-week summer program. The deadline to submit job applications is April 30 and teens can pick up the forms at the Thurman Town Hall or send a letter of interest to the youth commission, P.O. Box 29, Athol 12810. Include your phone number with your application.
popular in Thurman
The town hall was packed with excited children and their parents Saturday April 3 at the youth commission's annual Easter egg hunt. Over 600 eggs were hidden, and the children wore not only Easter outfits, but wide smiles as they grabbed a basket and ran around searching for these eggs. Children came from near and far, some from Queensbury, North Creek, Pottersville, Stony Creek, and Johnsburg, just to name a few area towns.
The Easter Bonnet contest winners were Calista Steves, Audrey Steves and Elizabeth Schumek, who who won some very nice prizes. Their hats or bonnets were all original and handmade.
Maria Ligon, who planned this special day for children, expresses special thanks to those who stepped up to help: Jed and Lisa Quinn, Don and Nancy Decker, Bruce Tvrdik, Marilyn Hoy Youngblood, Nancy Beadnell, Jim Ligon, and to various parents who assisted.