Annual townwide sale approaching
Town residents are reminded that the townwide Garage and Yard Sale event is set for May 14 through 16, and it's time to gather and organize sale items.
Those who are hosting sales can register between 2 and 6 p.m. Thursday April 29 through Saturday May 1 at the Thurman Town Hall to be placed on a map.
Volunteers will be on hand to take information, which will be used to publicize your sale on the town website and on the maps which are handed out to visitors to town.
Folks hosting sales are asked to bring a list of their representative sale items which will be described in the map packet and in advertisements. Those who wish may set up for just one or two days rather than all three.
All who register pay $3 for these ads and publicity.
All vendors are reminded to make sure sale items are marked with a price and be prepared to put up some bright pink signs leading shoppers to your yard sale.
Protect your loved ones
A rabies clinic offered through Warren County Public Health Services is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday April 24 at the Lake George Firehouse. Those seeking details may call 761-6580 for details. Keep your pets and family members safe, as rabies has been reported in the area.
Please note there is a leash law in the town of Thurman, and pets must not be running at large. Those who find animals who have been dropped off on their door stoop or have wandered onto their property, are welcome to call the town dog warden at 623-9810 and he will pick them up.
Over the fence
Residents have reported that mosquitoes are back in swarms, and it's early for those pesky creatures. Does this mean we won't get the black fly infestation in May? With our crazy April weather - so far we've had an 80-degree high followed by 35 degree weather including snowfall - even the birds are confused. Let's hope their not too perplexed to consume as many mosquitoes as they should be.
In time for spring planting, there is llama fertilizer available for the taking. Bring your own containers. Call 623-3987 for details.
A complaint was called in this week about the government's continuing talk of their money shortfalls.
If we really were so short of funds, wouldn't the federal government cancel the space program which spends billions of dollars annually? It may be fun to explore the unknown, but doesn't it make sense to check into what's happening on Earth and seek out some common sense?
If we were meant to be on Mars, we would have been born there. Then we could, of course, have a space program to check out Earth.
Life in the hills has its rewards
As our editor like to insert the words "In the Hills" into our Thurman column, we all prefer the term "These Slopes," where we enjoy the simple pleasures of life.
These joys include hearing the "peepers" singing at dusk, looking out and seeing birds frolicking on our feeders, watching an occasional deer or fox dash through the fields.
All these are enjoyed without the audio interruptions of town life, like the roar of vehicle engines or horns honking or neighbors squabbling!
School budget to be detailed
The local hearing on the Warrensburg Central School District 2010-11 budget will be held at 7 p.m. Monday May 3 in the Thurman Town Hall. The public vote on the budget is set for May 18, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Warrensburg Elementary School. To be eligible to vote, people be residents of the school district for at least 30 days. Call 623-2861 to reserve an absentee ballot.
Reminder for teens
Did you send or deliver your application in for the summer jobs which are open to area teens? The jobs are offered through the town Youth Commission summer program, and the deadline for applications is April 30. Openings left to fill are for one recreational assistant at least 13 years old, another at least 14, and a third, 18 or older.
Employment season approaching
With summer coming up soon, teenagers who plan on working during their vacation are reminded to check with their school to obtain working papers as soon as they are age 14 in order to be ready for employment.
Teenage volunteers needed
The Thurman Emergency Squad will soon be starting to train Junior Emergency Squad members, ages 14 and up. Those who are interested in the field of emergency medical care and enjoy the idea of helping others in their community are urged to call 623-9014 and leave their name and phone number.
Mommie & Me play group dissolves
The locally-based Mommie & Me youngster play group has been disbanded, according to Town Supervisor Red Pitkin. The group's director expressed thanks this week to the parents and caregivers who have participated in the past. The meetings of the group set for April and May - and the June picnic - have all been cancelled.
A window on the past
April 3, 1890: The new iron bridge between Glens Falls and South Glens Falls will be completed so far as to allow teams of horses to cross next Friday.
In 1919, it was expected that a bill would be introduced in the state Legislature empowering each township to appoint a Town Historian.
Thurman Town Board March meeting notes
A lengthy town business meeting on March 16 hosted much discussion on the Haskell right-of-way over town property. The town board passed a resolution authorizing a corrective deed clarifying the utility easement over the property, which is located behind the Thurman Town Hall.
Also discussed was whether or not to abolish the Town Tax Collector position. This initiative will be presented at the town's April meeting.
Supervisor Pitkin announced that Jay and Salem Zuno have offered to let the town move their fence and cut back their bank on their property to improve the safety of the intersection of Athol Rd. and state Rte. 418.
The Highway Department recently completed a first aid course taught by Bob Frye, officials said.
Two letters were read at the town board meeting, one from Dexter Baker concerning the recent turmoil involving the Thurman emergency squad, and another from Cindy Hyde describing developments in bookkeeping and payroll at the town hall.
Information on town operations and policies, and minutes of meetings, can be found on the Thurman Town website. Citizens can also request a copy of the minutes in person.
Sympathies, special days in Thurman
Birthday greetings go out to Emily May and Bob Galusha on April 24; to George Chonko on April 25; to Minnie Albanues, Wanda Ackley and Canyon Arroyo on April 267; to Darrin Bolton on April 27; to Shirley Jackson, Andrew Hall and Adirondack Journal Executive Editor John Gereau on April 29.
A Happy Anniversary wish goes out to Heidi and John Baker, 30 years on April 27.
Get well wishes are sent out to Elmer Buyce, Cliff Dureau, Don Vopleus, Joe Mosher, and Jackie Dingman. Wishes for a speedy recovery also go out to Tammy Winslow who underwent knee surgery April 14, and to Bonnie Cobb Monroe who had shoulder surgery this week.
Sympathy from the community is expressed to the family of Loretta Tillema DeGelormo who passed away on April 11.
Surprise May baskets a local custom
Secretly leaving a May basket on a friend's doorstep on the first day of May is a very old tradition, and it's still being carried on in our area.
These May baskets can be simple - they'll still be greatly appreciated. Children can make small baskets by decorating foam cups, then use yarn or string for a handle to hang the creation on a recipient's doorknob.
These cup "baskets" can be filled with wildflowers. There are endless ways to make pretty baskets to brighten up the day for your neighbors or area shut-ins.
Let us at the Journal know if you hear a knock on your door, respond and find no one there - but a surprise May basket left behind!