All local families with children of any age can take advantage of a free family fun night at the Glens Falls YMCA Fri. Feb. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. The YMCA officials ask that folks call head at 793-3878 and tell them the ages of their children, so the staff can arrange to have fun activities planned for each age group. Also, there are activities for adults to enjoy.
There are the old standbys such as games, crafts and swimming as well as added new adventures. Turn off the television for an evening and take a trip to "The Y!"
The Thurman Quilting Group meets 6:30 p.m. Fri. Feb. 6 at the town hall. Everyone is welcome to join this social and fun sewing group. For information, call Myra at 623-2633.
The Take off Pounds Sensibly program in Thurman, held on Thursdays at the town hall, has changed its hours from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Anyone who would like to join this weight watching group to lose a few pounds before swimming weather, can stop by any meeting or call Jane at 696-2766 for more information.
The Gleaning food distribution is set for the Thurman Town Hall Tues. Feb. 3 at 11 am. This free food program is open to all Thurman residents.
Share your memories of bygone days
What did you do in the "Good Ol' Days?" Did you go to the little country store by horse and buggy or did you walk? Did you carry a packbasket? Were you snowed in and found you had to wear snowshoes to get out?
All our memories are now history and the John Thurman Historical Society is looking for tidbits or stories before they become forgotten. Were you a "bad" kid at the one-room schoolhouse? Did you have to carry pails of water from a well to provide water for your bath?
Everything, no matter how insignificant it seems, is important to the history of our region.
Let us know about the almost-forgotten days by making notes or call 623-2580 or 623-2007 and someone will stop by for your story.
Why not do more than offer a story - join the local historical society and enjoy the tales of the old days as well as socializing with neighbors.
The John Thurman Historical Society would welcome anyone to join the group, and they can do so by attending the society's next meeting at 7 p.m. Tues. Feb. 3 in the Thurman Town Hall. New members of any age can help the group in their mission of keeping alive the memories and history of Thurman and Athol. For information, call 623-2007.
Would you like to sit on a committee with Thurman Town Board Members and help make some of the decisions for the town? Committees helping plan for issues related to youth activities, landfill, highway and land-use planning all need help of local citizens.
Those interested in serving on a town committee are asked to call Norma at 623-9649 and give her their name and phone number.
The Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. meets at 7 p.m. Mon. Feb. 2 at the Athol firehouse. Meetings are open to the public and anyone seeking to help out in the community is invited to stop by to find out about membership. The fire company is always in need of a helping hand.
Happy Birthday wishes go out Jan. 31to Lila Walter, Christian Siletti and Bob Dibble; on Feb. 1 to Josh Cameron and Barb Metzger; on Feb. 2 to Makayla Griswold and Ethan Schmidt; on Feb 3 to Tegan Castro, Jamiee Haskell and Lillian Powers; on Feb. 4 to Dan Shoemaker and Andy Knoll; and on Feb. 5 to Laura Cameron and Dot Maxam.
And don't forget a Happy Groundhogs day to all the woodchucks and all the other critters that peek out of their shelters on Feb. 2.
Phyllis Schermerhorn of Huber Rd. expresses her thanks to the Thurman Emergency Squad and members of the Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. Also, she thanks Brian Constantineau and all of her good neighbors who have stepped in to help during her time of need. Phyllis says, "Thanks one and all, everything is very much appreciated."
Get Well wishes go out to Doreen Cooper, Hial Hall III, Charlotte Brandt, Jeff Grants, Orpha Baker, Liz Kennedy and Pearl Cameron.
Over the fence
On Feb. 2 and 3, 1970 it was raining in Thurman, and according to a local diary, the precipitation was sending chunks of snow off local roofs. The diary also detailed shopping 39 years ago in the old Warrensburg A&P supermarket.
We once got complaints because Thurman was not on the map -- but with so much publicity in the past few months, everyone seems to know where it is now! A reminder -- there is a leash law for all dogs. They must be on leashes at all times. Dogs running at large are apt to be picked up by the town's dog warden. His phone number is 623-9810.
Don't pay more taxes than you have to!
Call or stop by your local Assessor's office to get forms for property-tax exemptions. These forms include applications for exemptions for veterans, seniors, and general STAR rebates. These applications must be filled out and returned before the March 1 deadline.
(Editor's Note: we welcomed back Evie Russell Wednesday from cataract surgery, and hear she's enjoying ultra-clear eyesight now from at least one of her eyes while her three daughters are giving her special attention. She endured the physicians' knife well, similarly to how well the physician and health care workers withstood her humor, we hear. Anyway, all is back to normal, and we're happy Evie did not miss a beat with her column.)