Kenyontown Church anniversary attracts many
The Kenyontown Methodist Church's recent 100th anniversary celebration was quite a wonderful gathering to share the joy of the founding of the small church located on Valley Rd. in Thurman.
More than 50 people came from near and far to enjoy the day in an old-fashioned church. This is one of the few churches left that is original, with no additions constructed through its century of existence, except for the handicapped access in front.
Like in the old days, the church still has a nearby outhouse for emergency use.
The very old colored windows with etched designs bear the names of the families who purchased them years long ago. Unfortunately the old wood stove which stood in the back of the church and provided heat in winter has been removed, and a toad stool bearing one Bible verse - about 2 feet long - which was painstakingly burnt into the fungus by church member Mabel Lillibridge and placed in the entrance way is also gone. However, the original bell, the original pews and pulpit still remain like in bygone days, plus song books from the old days and the original Bible donated by a Reverend Warden.
Speakers at the anniversary celebration on Sunday Sept. 13 were the Reverend David Newkirk - now retired, Nellie Hintz, and Patty Mollack. Also participating in the service was a famous gospel duo from Indian Lake, Patty Yates and Jim Dunn, singing some inspirational songs in harmony. Guests at the event enjoyed a tour of the church as well as a covered-dish barbecue while meeting new friends and neighbors at the gathering. Th event was all organized by Theresa and Jeff Grants and other church members.
Church services are regularly held on Sundays at 11 a.m., and parish extend a warm welcome for all to attend.
Abandoned pets becoming a problem
Many neighbors have been having problems with cats and kittens being dropped off at or near their homes. If this happens to you, call Dexter Baker, the animal control officer at 623-9810 or reach him on his cell phone at 232-3912.
Events and activities in Thurman
The Thurman Station Farmers Market will be open each Wednesday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of October. The market offers not only vegetables but crafts, maple products and more.
The town cemetery committee will meet at the Russell residence on Garnet Lake Rd. on Tuesday Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. For details, call 623-2505.
Cemetery dues can be sent to the committee at PO Box 47, Athol, 12810. Dues of $2 per personal lot should be paid before the end of October.z
The Thurman Emergency Squad is seeking volunteers to help out in emergency situations. Those who would like to help their neighbors out are welcome to stop by at the squad meeting on Sunday Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. at the squad building on High Street. For information, call 623-9810.
The local quilting club is to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday Oct. 12 at the town hall. All who would like to make a quilt are welcome. For details, call Myra at 623-2633.
YMCA Family Fun Night series upcoming
The Glens Falls YMCA is launching their series of monthly free Fall Family Fun Nights on Friday Oct. 16 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. These events, held on one Friday night each month, start off with special activities including crafts projects, games and songs, followed by one hour of open gym and swimming. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Parents or guardians are asked to call the YMCA at 793-3878 and provide the ages of the children, for appropriate planning. The next family Fun Night is to be held Nov. Nov. 13 - featuring indoor group games and family team-building, and the third, set for Dec. 11, is to include holiday cookie and craft creation.
Special days in 'God's Country'
Folks celebrating birthdays his week are Mary Valastro, Elizabeth Dimick on Oct. 10; Hial Hall III, Cy Combs, and Bill Davidson on Oct. 11; Mister Richard Needham and Jason Kenyon on Oct. 12; Patty Darton, Doris Baker and Craig Baker on Oct. 13; and Jonathan Moon on Oct. 15.
Couples celebrating anniversaries this week include Mary and Rodney Kenyon, 39 years on Oct. 10; Ed and Herma Baker, 58 years; and Brian and Donna Davis, 9 years on Oct. 14.
Natalie Zazzaro and son Phil accompanied by Natalie's mother Phyllis Sadow of Schenectady stopped by Sept. 26 for a visit at Evie Russell's house.
Get well wishes go out to Iva Hall, John Cooper, Joe Galusha, Cliff Belden, Irene Lamphier, Wanda Vopleus, Betty Gallup and Jackie Dingman and Jasmin Baker.
Over the fence
A weird storm ripped through the Kenyontown area in the early evening hours on Sept. 28.
The storm started with fierce winds taking lawn chairs and ornaments and other debris for a spin, then came a few big flashes of lightening before we got pelted with downpour of a rain and hailstones with strong winds making it sound fierce. Fortunately, Thurmanites did not lose power.
Some of our fair-weather neighbors are heading south for the winter months, leaving us all to do the shoveling and plowing, Thanks folks!
Voter Registration forms are available at the Thurman Town Hall, or by calling 761-6459.
Rifle season is open for bear, and with so many leaves on the trees this fall, hunters are asked to take extra precautions while in or near wooded areas.
Gripes were phone in claiming the World's Largest Garage Sale has now become too commercial, with too many flea market vendors and not enough local residents selling used household goods. But those who toured the back streets apparently found plenty of local residents holding their traditional yard sales.
I found an original 1908 Sears and Roebuck catalog, it's heavy and thick with pages full of "remembrances" from years gone by. Milk separators that isolate the cream were offered for 25 cents, treadle sewing machines in a wooden cabinet were $14, pails of house paint were 59 cents a gallon, wallpaper was 3 cents per double roll, and road wagons and road carts for horses to pull were $12 to $30. A fancy surrey could be purchased for about $75, sheep shears were 32 cents, coal furnaces: $27, and violins: $3.75 and up. Gold-filled pocket watches were a mere $6.95, diamond rings: $3, hand ice cream freezers $1.92, and so much more. I noticed that was only a limited selection of clothing in the 1,185-page catalog.
We can surely notice that enterprises who normally send out junk mail have cut their budgets along with the rest of us - when we see occasionally that our mailboxes only have outgoing mail. We had all better start sending out more letters and cards or maybe our faithful postal workers will end up like out telephone operators, our electric meter readers or those service station employees in the old days who ran out to pump gas into your car.
Thanks for the many phone calls after reading the article describing public reaction to the "swingers" club during the town board meeting on Sept. 15. Even though I appreciate both opinions, for and against, I did not write the entire article, and I was not at the board meeting, although our editor was.
Have you planned a good deed or an act of kindness to perform for the world-wide Make a Difference Day to be held on Oct. 24?