Primary election, 'swingers' presentation
The Thurman Town Hall was a busy place Sept. 15 with the primary elections in the older half of the hall and simultaneously in the new half were the routine town board meetings at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
This latter full board meeting included a presentation by "Krazy J," founder of the Lake George Social Club telling assembled curious townspeople about how their polyamorous or "swingers' club" members boost the economy and don't bother anyone, because their activities are behind closed doors at the Bear Pond Lodge. He depicted his club members as ordinary wage earners and professionals that just have different sexual and lifestyle preferences than most other citizens, and they merely want to get together for socializing - and more.
Many were accepting of his club members' freedom to do as they please in private, but I believe many others were silent because they were too polite to express their feelings publicly about the situation. I know one prominent resident said later that their club meetings, since they charge money for their get-togethers, essentially turn the Bear Pond Inn and surroundings into a "red light district," and it's wrong.
This person and others were alarmed that the swinger club representative received loud applause from those assembled, which bothered those residents, I hear, who still believe in upholding community values. A curtain type divider separated the voting from the town meetings.
The Republicans chose between two of the four candidates for a town board seat in the primary election. Results were as follows: Charles Bills -54, Albert Vasak- 69, Glenda Duell-33, and Rebecca Desourdy-35. One write-in vote was for Eileen Baker.
Note that Al Vasak and Glenda Duell will be running on an independent line, plus the two winners, Vasak and Bills, on the Republican line.
Special days in Thurman
Happy Birthday wishes are out to Todd Kuklinski and Jamie Ross celebrating on Sept. 27, Marion Gill celebrates on Sept. 28, Jim Simkins on Sept. 29 and Randy Baker on Sept. 30. In Oct. on the first Chad Rounds celebrates and on Oct. 2 Riley Fisk will be looking for a big cake.
Anniversaries include Dave and Faye Newkirk celebrating 43 years on Oct. 2, Dave and Vicki Robinson 33 years on Sept. 26. Laurona and Earle Dibble 57 years on Sept. 27 and Joyce and Loren Eddy 60 years on Sept. 28.
Get well wishes from the community are out to Cliff Belden, Charles Dingman Sr., Betty Gallup, Wanda Vopleus, Hial Hall, Loren Eddy, and Jackie Dingman.
Thank you all for the many phone calls when once again the Thurman news column was omitted in Sept. 12 issue of the Journal due to a production error. Special apologies from the Denton publishing crew to all those affected by the column being left out.
Over the fence
There is a food pantry open to all Thurman residents from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those who are hungry, bring a bag and stop by any weekday.
Thurman also has the Extra Helpings food program which distributes lots of good food once a month. There is a small fee. Give Norma a call at 623-9649. In this program you get meats, vegetables, fruit, plus an assortment of other food items and you can order your family's preferences about a month before the delivery.
Then too, there is the Gleaning food program which comes in two times per month. For those who seek to purchase locally home-grown vegetables, there's the farmer's Thurman Station market on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
There is still room for one or two more members to sit on the Cemetery board. Those interested, send a note with your name and phone number to PO Box 47, Athol NY 12810.
A reminder to all who have reserved lots that are unused to send in your dues by the end of Oct.. The dues are still $2 per reserved lot and can be mailed to the Cemetery Committee at PO Box 47, Athol, 12810. These dues are used to keep our Che town cemetery in good condition, including repairing broken headstones and mending fences. If dues are not paid after three years, lots go back to the town for resale.
The next scheduled meeting of the committee is be at 10 a.m. Tuesday Oct. 13 at the Russell residence on Garnet Lake Rd. For details, call 623-2505.
Meetings, events set
All veterans, and families of veterans, are invited to a chicken dinner presented by the John Thurman Historical Society on Tuesday Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m.
We are asking for a helping hand for prepared dishes to pass. Call Joan 623-2007 and tell her what you can do to help.
The Quilting Group will gather at the town hall on Monday Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Bring your needle and thread and join the group. For information, call 623-2633.
Make a Difference Day is on Saturday Oct. 24. What can individuals do to make a difference? Helping out in their neighborhood, or by helping someone in need. Let us know what good deed was done for you or by you!
Family fun night at the YMCA is to be held Oct. 16. Watch for details in the Adirondack Journal.
The landfill did close a month early, Sept. 9. It is now open only on weekends, Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays: 12p.m. to 5 p.m.
Flu shots will be given at the town hall on Friday Oct. 1 between 11 a.m. and noon. Those who have insurance will have to pay $25 and all with Medicare will be free. Bring your cards. For information, call 761-6580.
The last Movie on the Hill showing will be presented Saturday Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Bring the family for a night out to see "Ratatouille," a movie suitable for children and adults.
Neighborhood Halloween fest
Plans are progressing for a Halloween party, with games, prizes and fun, to be held 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 by neighborhood people for the children. Those who would like to help, may call 623-9961.
Countryside Home news
In the month of August, several residents of the home enjoyed weekly trips to the Warrensburg bandstand to listen to the music of a variety of bands. In between rain days, two campfires were enjoyed and many trips were taken, including o see a movie in Bolton, to view fireworks in Lake George, and two shopping trips to Glens Falls and one to Warrensburg.
Entertainers stopping in were Cliff & the Kitchen Pickers, Frank and Friends, a pet visit, a sing-along with Joan and friends and a few games of Bingo with Jo. Residents hope everyone will stop by for a visit.
Hunting season upcoming
Deer rifle season in our region will be opening for all licensed hunters on Saturday Oct. 24. Warn the children to stay out of wooded areas and every one should dress in bright colors.
Archery season opens Sept. 27. Licenses are available at the town clerk's office. Call 623-4588 for details.
Fiddlers Jamboree results
The annual hoedown with professionals and amateurs gathering on Saturday Sept. 12 at the Veteran's Field in Athol, with their fiddles, banjos, guitars, and other instruments made for a delightful day.
Many folks came early to have a delicious breakfast prepared by the Thurman volunteer fighters, and later enjoyed lunch and snacks at the food booths. The music throughout the day was wonderful for both dancing or just listening.
The committee expresses thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the day, also special thanks to Nancy and Don Decker who prepared a Fall basket for a raffle, plus they stayed all day to help. The organizing committee thanks everyone who donated food items, and to all who helped out in anyway. Thank you Debbie for the big donation of brownies.The 2009 Jamboree was considered a success by its organizers and participants.