Jamboree offers two days of mountain music
The annual Fiddlers' Jamboree begins on at 8 a.m. Saturday Sept. 11 at the Veterans Memorial Park in Athol. Our local firefighters will be presenting a delicious breakfast, to be followed by a day of foot-stomping music.
On Sunday Sept. 12, the Jamboree continues noon to 8 p.m. with the music centering around good old-fashioned gospel tunes. Special guests will be Jim Davis, the Seeley Family, Hoddy Ovitt and Jam Witham & Family, plus a large group of musicians who will be joining in a Singspiration event. Bring your instrument and your best singing voice. Donations will be accepted. Food and snack booths will be staffed by local organizations.
Activities and events in 'God's Country'
The Thurman Quilting Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday Sept. 12 at the Thurman Town Hall in Athol. Meetings are open to everyone, of any age, who enjoys the sewing-related crafts.
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 15 at the Thurman Town Hall and will begin with a covered dish dinner for all to enjoy. All are welcome to join this fun-loving group - just bring a dish to pass. The group will be discussing upcoming trips and a Christmas project. For details, call Norma at 623-9425.
The Southern Adirondack Four-Wheeler Enthusiasts (S.A.F.E.) will be meeting Saturday Sept. 11 for a guided trail ride. Follow signs and meet at the trail head. Sign in at 7:30 a.m. Donations will be accepted for the excursion. In conjunction with this trip, the group plans to attend the Thurman firefighter's breakfast at the Fiddlers Jamboree. For more information, call 792-9472 or 623-9471.
S.A.F.E. is also sponsoring a poker run on Saturday Sept. 18, and club members invite all ATV riders 18 and older to bring attend. All participants must bring their own registered, insured ATV for this outdoor adventure. Riders are to meet at 10 a.m. in the pavilion behind the Thurman Town Hall to register. A fee will be collected, which will include admission to a barbecue at 1` p.m. Prizes will be awarded, and it promises to be a fun day for those involved.
A Warren County rabies clinic will be held Saturday Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Thurman firehouse. A $10 donation is requested for each pet. Dogs need to have these shots before obtaining licenses. Bring cats in carriers and dogs on leashes. For details, call 761-6580.
A safe driving class is being held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 15 Those who are age 45 and older and have not yet signed up can call 623-9425 to see if there is still room in the class to register. The fee is $14.
Over the fence
If you see a trolley rolling through town on Saturday Sept. 18, it's not a figment of your imagination, but it is a group of people touring Thurman's historical houses and sites. The excursion is an annual event of the John Thurman Historical Society.
Have you reserved a sale table at the annual Christmas Bazaar to be held Nov. 27? Space is limited so reserve a table or two early by calling 623-9718.
Be on the lookout for a calico cat which has been missing since the end of August from its Garnet Lake Road home. Those with any information on this family pet are urged to call 623-5070.
A gripe was received this past week on why our town seems not to have any law enforcement patrol cars checking our area once in a while. Prior to this gripe, I received many calls on all-terrain vehicles riding on the roadways, and some seen tearing up dirt roads and woodland paths.
Our taxes seen high enough to get police patrol coverage, even if it's driving though town at least once per week!
Up here in Thurman, we are becoming overpopulated with beaver, deer, foxes and coy dogs - or so I'm told. Alert your children to not try to pet any of the wildlife, as rabies is always a concern!
Golden Rule Club has room for for all of us
If you take some time to help someone out and make them smile, it will make you feel better also.
Many disabled and elderly folks find themselves in need of a ride to the doctor's office, or they might need someone to pick up something for them at the grocery store - it can be done when a volunteer goes shopping for their own items. Little thoughtful gestures mean a lot when people can no longer accomplish everything for themselves.
Think of this as you make your plans for Make a Difference Day, which is coming up in October. And teenagers, why not babysit for a mother to give her a break from the home chores and allow her several hours off to do errands?
We also suggest that if you cannot visit a loved one who has been placed in a nursing home, remember them with cards and notes. A little gesture like this will definitely brighten up their days.
Happy anniversary wishes go out Sept. 10 to Milton and Venena Kennedy; and on Sept. 11 to Charles and Jackie Dingman, 62 years; and to Tom and Amber Grace, 29 years that same day. On Sept. 12, Wanda and Cecil Vopleus celebrate 61 years, and Nancy and Jim Simkins observe 23 years. On Sept. 15, Cindy and Bill Altman mark 9 years, Gail and Jim Needham, 47 years. and Kelly and Ted Schmidt 20 years. On Sept. 16, Tom and Pam Near celebrate 15 years; and on Sept. 17, Ruth and Don Mitchell, 33 years.
Birthdays to be celebrated this week are Norm Russell, Nathan Groff and Betty Geraghty on Sept. 11; David Freidman and Mary Cutter on Sept. 12; Luke Beadnell on Sept. 13; Michael Allen on Sept. 15; Betty Gallup and Tom Needham on Sept. 16, and Doug Strodel, Alysia Griswold and Bruce Dingman on Sept. 17.
Get well wishes go out to Tina Brown, Floyd Baker, Ed Feihol, Iva Hall and Wanda Vopleus.
Tonnesens have new grandchild
Kristy and Alan Vecchio of Fort Edward are the proud parents of a son born Monday Aug. 16 at Glens Falls Hospital. The baby weighed 8 pounds 7 ounces, and was 21 inches long. The boy has been named Adrian David, and he joins sister Avery and brother Christian at home.
Proud grandparents are Mike and Jeanne Tonnesen of Dippikill Rd. and Paula Vecchio and David Fleury of Hudson Falls.
Serena and Cody Rumble of Warrensburg are the proud parents of a baby girl, born Aug. 20 at Glens Falls Hospital. The child weighed 6 pounds 8 ounces and was nearly 19 inches long. Little Mya Sage is now at home with her sisters, two-year-old Jade, and Chloe, who is three.
Proud grandparents are Jennie and Peter McNeill of Warrensburg, and Melanie Groff of Thurman and Joe Groff of Warrensburg.