Easter brings local families together
Easter came early this year on April 4, and the holiday will bring a gathering of family members in many homes in the area. Soon our fair-weather friends will be returning from the south, which was not warm this year. We welcome them all back, as we wish everyone Happy Easter.
Churches welcome all on this special Easter morning, Sunday April 4.
The Kenyontown Methodist Church, Valley Rd., will start with a midmorning pancake breakfast at 10 a.m. followed by the Sunday Easter service at 11 a.m.
The Thurman Baptist Church, South Johnsburg Rd., will have a "Son Rise" service at 11 a.m..
The Christ Community Church, on Athol Rd., also has a Son Rise special service at 7 a.m. which will be followed by a pancake and sausage breakfast. Easter services at 11 a.m.
Easter is not just a time for candy and bunnies bringing baskets, nor just for getting pretty new clothes.
Bring your family to a church of your choice to fully immerse your family in the spiritual aspects of the day.
Missing photo mystery resolved
The case of the missing picture of Elmer Buyce, taken off the wall of the Thurman Town Hall, has been solved. As soon as the March 21 Adirondack Journal was distributed, the person involved -- honest and thoughtful -- called to say the picture of Elmer was borrowed to hang on the wall at the local Baptist Church for the recent party which honored Elmer and Myrtle. By the time this gets to print it will once again be returned to the Town Hall.
As you tackle the challenging chore of spring cleaning and sorting things, remember to keep a box handy to put the items in that you wish to put in your garage sale in conjunction with the townwide sale, set for May 14, 15 and 16.
Our ambulance corps is vital
Have you all taken notice that we could lose the services of our emergency squad? You may or may not need ambulance services right now, but you never know when you could be the one dialing 911. It could be for your neighbor, for a nearby car accident, or for a family member.
This is why our emergency squad is in need of our help, not only in recruiting new members, but also in letting them know that they have public support.
Unfortunately because of some misunderstandings and harsh words between a few members, the whole town and its residents may have to suffer in emergency situations.
As of March 20 the $38,000 or so in annual funding from the town was still withheld, and that leaves our squad without a contract. So now we need to beg our squad, and our town board members to bury the hatchet, to get together to make decisions and not subject our town to the political dirt now prevalent in government generally.
Our town needs the caring and compassion that was always shown by the Emergency Squad members. Remember folks, even back in Indian days that tribes only had one chief. Please urge the town to sign the contract to provide us essential emergency care.
Jackwax Party delights many
On Saturday March 14 the Thurman town hall was crowded to overflowing with folks of all ages enjoying the annual Jackwax Party - socializing, sampling the savory dishes in the buffet of homemade entrees, finished off with sugar on snow. Over 180 adults, plus children and helpers all enjoyed a very tasty covered dish dinner and a total of $1,800 will be given to the American Cancer Crusade, plus a donation from Bard medical devices company.
Helen Baker, the lady who annually organizes the Jackwax party every year, expresses thanks to her family members including Craig Baker, Kylie and Amanda Baker for their help. Thanks also go to the Warren County Ramblers band, Jack Toney, the Golden Corral and the Whitefields for their donations. Also very appreciated are the Jackwax helpers including Mary Fish, the Ligons, Paula Hubert, George Chonko, the youth detention group, Courtney Baker, Becky Parker, Wendy Davis, Katelyn Keller, Kathy Zimmerman, and the M. Kenyons. For the donation of maple syrup, thanks go to Jim Galusha, D&D Needham, Marc Kenyon, Mike Hill and partner, Stuart Baker and Yves Fontaine and Floyd Baker. A big Thank You also goes out to all the people who brought in food dishes and drinks - without your help we couldn't hold this special event. Also, we think of Jean Reynolds, who for decades organized this annual event.
Over the fence
Several calls came in concerning the gripes published in the March 20 Adirondack Journal. One was on the cemetery committee money which the town took over and put in an account for cemetery use. Therefore it can be used at any time for any purchases, we hear, and now the slips have to be turned in at the town hall for reimbursement.
Many called about the Emergency Medical Services dilemma. See our coverage this week on the issue.
We do seem to get plenty of responses - except when we ask for volunteers - and why is that?
The local maple syrup producers said the "sap running" season was very short this year. Expect to pay more for the home made syrup, they said this week
The last day to pay property taxes at the town hall was on March 27. Payments must now be sent directly to the Warren County Treasurer.
Burning permits can be picked up at the Thurman Town Clerk's office on or after May 15.
Special days in Thurman
Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Robin Witz and Don Haskell on April 3; to Nathan Galusha, Louis Mosher, and Darcie Carpenter on April 4; to John Parker and Jim Galusha on April 5; to Karen Reynolds, Ed Wells, Terry Vernum and Missy Rounds on April 7; to Barb Wagner, Bob Sullivan, and to Bruce Sherman on April 8. We wish you all a happy day.
Anniversary wishes go out to Ruth and Art Wadsworth on April 5, to Ken and Steph Gossen on April 6, to Jen and Will Hill on April 7, and to Fran and Jerry Remington on April 9.
Get Well wishes go out to Cal Engle, Mary Winslow, Elmer Buyce, Ed Brown and Iva Hall and Cliff Dureau. Also, we're all grieving the loss of John Cooper, long-time school crossing guard, who passed away this week.
Town job positions now open
Applications are now being sought for job openings in the Thurman town summer recreation program. Positions are now open for a director - minimum age, 18 - for two counselors, at least age 14 - and one assistant counselor, a minimum of age 13.
Application forms are now available at the town hall. The deadline for submitting them is April 30 and they can be dropped off at the town hall or sent to P.O. Box 29, Athol.
Local fundraiser deemed a success
The Girl Scout troops from Warrensburg and Thurman recently completed their food drive for 2010 and helped to fill food pantries in both towns. A big Thank You goes out to the troop members and to Lisa Baker of Drexel Rd. who has been a Girl Scout leader for 22 years.
The daffodil sale in our area totaled $700 in donations to the American Cancer crusade. Thanks go to Ruth Near and Lenny Baker who helped at the Warrensburg Elementary School alongside Lisa Baker, head of the daffodil sales.
Events and activities planned
The John Thurman Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday April 6 at the town hall. Two special guests will be featured: Edward Buyck and Winslow Homer, two artists of the north woods. Meetings are open to the public.
The Thurman Volunteer Fire company will meet at 7 p.m. Monday April 5 when they will elect officers for the upcoming year. The group's meetings are open to the public.
The Southern Adirondack Four-Wheeler Club hopes to see as many of its members attend its next meeting at 7 p.m. Friday April 9 at the Thurman Town Hall. Prospective members are also urged to attend.
The Thurman Emergency Medical Services Squad will be holding a "members only" meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday April 4 to discuss the recent issues that have emerged. The group's regular meeting is scheduled for April 18. To join the squad, call 623-9014 and leave a message, or stop by the April 18 meeting.
The Gleaning food distribution will occur at the town hall at 10 a.m. Tuesday April 6. This free food program is open to all Thurman residents. Bring clean used bags in which to take home the distributed food.
The free bus service for all residents age 60 or over will pick seniors up at home for a shopping trip to Glens Falls on Friday April 9. Those who wish to go call Laura at 623-9281 by Wednesday.
Easter party planned
Bring the children to the town hall to meet the Easter Bunny on Saturday April 3 at the annual town Easter party and egg hunt.
This family event is set for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and all are invited to attend and enjoy this seasonal celebration.
Children from infants to age 12 are welcome and should be accompanied by an adult. An Easter bonnet contest is being held, and snacks will be available. This event is sponsored by the Thurman Youth Commission.