Volunteering, a traditional community value
How do you get acquainted with your neighbors when everyone is usually on a job and never have an idle moment at home? The answer is volunteering in town functions, perhaps merely by assisting with a few phone calls, or helping out for a couple of hours at a get-together. You'd be surprised at how many neighbors are there too. If you'd like to get on a list to be called when some volunteers are needed, call Perky Granger at 623-9305 or Evie Russell at 623-2580.
If you can help out, great and if not we'll let you know of the next need that crops up.
There is always a need for volunteers for the Thurman Emergency Squad and for the Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. The ambulance squad needs helpers, drivers, and those with skills in the medical field. Call 623-9810 for information. The fire company accepts volunteers over age 18. Call 623-2464 for details.
The Thurman fire company. will meet at the fire house in Athol Monday June 1 at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can stop by and see what it's all about.
Strange weather in Thurman
It's nearly summer, yet on May 19 we had a hard frost and the green grass on the Kenyontown lawns was white. Wood smoke was seen coming out of chimneys as stoves were once again needed for folks to keep warm. Now we're ready for some nice warm weather.
Local groups schedule events
The local Mommie and Me group is planning a family day barbecue Wednesday June 3 for all preschoolers, their moms -or caregivers - and grandmoms at 10 a.m. at the recreation field behind Harris House. Please bring a dish to share and join us for a morning of fun. For details, call 623-5024.
The John Thurman Historical Society will hold an open meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday June 2 at the Thurman Town Hall to which everyone is invited to stop by. The group's guest speaker will be author Pat Richards.
Thurman's quilting group is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday June 5 at the Thurman Town Hall in Athol. Everyone is invited to attend. For information, call 623-2633.
Those interested in joining a bus trip to a quilt show in Vermont on June 20 are asked to call 793-2189.
The Gleaning food distribution will take place at the Thurman Town Hall Tuesday June 2 at 10 a.m. This free food program is open to all residents. Please bring clean used grocery bags to carry your groceries home.
Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Cheryl and Marc Kenyon, celebrating 33 years on May 30, and to John and Terri Murray on May 31, and to Fred and Robin Witz, June 1.
Birthday wishes go out to Jim Murphy Jr. on May 29, to Rose Berretta, Marge Rolfsen, Cherilyn Dempsey, Betty Dimick and Samantha Moyer on May 31. In early June, celebrating birthdays are: Chris Millington, Matt Vaisey, Eric Semon, and Andrew Galusha on June 1, Amy Baker, Louisa Allen on June 2, Kevin Baker on June 3, and Travis Galusha and Amy Mattison on June 4.
Get well wishes go out to John Cooper, Lila Harrington, Jackie Dingman, Jeff Grants, Irene Lamphier and Doreen Cooper.
Jay Putnam of Saratoga and Myrtle Buyce of Thurman recently flew down to Orlando, Fla. where they spent a short time with their sister Doris Lasselle enjoying some sunshine. The three of them then started an automobile trip toward home - stopping off in South Carolina to visit Bob and Gay Farmer, and going on to Carlisle, Pa. where they called on their sister-in-law Evelyn Putnam before returning home.
Barb Keene of South Johnsburg Rd. has had a busy couple of weeks. She visited her daughter and family Sally and Peter Holmes in Cape Cod, Mass. and her daughter Karen and Ray Putney and grandson Liam of Luzerne also went with her on this weekend trip.
Returning home, she was pleased and surprised when a birthday celebration was thrown for her the following week at the local Baptist Church fellowship hall. She thanks everyone for this special time.
Over the fence
Welcome Home Ronnie and Earl E. Dibble. It's always nice to see some of our faithful volunteers returning home from Florida.
An apology to all on behalf of the newspaper for a typographical error in the May 16 issue relating to the Thurman Food Pantry. Of course, folks should not feel ashamed or downcast if they need temporary assistance with food. Unfortunately the word "not" was omitted in the article, but I'm sure readers spotted the error. Anyway, there is plenty of food at the pantry at the town hall, so stop by anytime and partake if you need to.
One more correction: Innocenzo Riviello and his wife Mitzi of the Bronx were recently visiting his sister Filomena Riviello at her Garnet Lake Rd. home.
Townwide Sale successful
The Thurman Townwide Sale committee expresses thanks to the folks who not only paid the $3 to help with the cost of publicity, but also to those voluntarily helped to put up the directional signs and arrows. The three-day sale was hampered only with a few showers on Saturday; and those with listed sales were quite pleased with the results. However a couple of gripes came in: complaint No. 1 was on the robust black fly population and No. 2 was a wish that the pink arrows were positioned closer together.
At one sale starter house plant slips were given away for a donation - to be put toward a future museum - and a total of $13.75 was in the jar.
All in all, it was a good week end with many very nice people stopping by the sales. To volunteer to help with next year's sale, call 623-9305.