Emergency Squad seeking teenage volunteers
The Thurman Emergency Squad is planning on starting a junior squad for those over age 14 who would like to become a volunteer and help out with emergency medical services in our community.
Volunteering for an ambulance corps is seen as a good introduction for youth into the world of health care services; plus, teens can help provide a vital service upon which we all depend. Call 623-9014 and leave your name and phone number and you will be notified.
The Thurman Emergency Squad held an election of officers recently and taking seats for 2010 are Captain George McKinney, Captain; First Assistant Captain, John Kindred; Second Assistant Captain, Robert Russell; President, Jim Desourdy; Vice President, Rick Ovitt; Secretary, Scott Mosher; Treasurer, Ann Lloyd; and Directors Ed Castro and Becky Desourdy.
The next meeting of the Thurman Emergency Medical Services will be at 6 p.m. Sunday Feb. 14. All meetings are open to the public.
Over the fence
Here it is mid Jan. as I write this and we were supposed to experience a January thaw Monday with temperatures going to the mid 30s, but it's well over 40 degrees. We've got a lot of rain coming down - we need canoes and not snowshoes up here - and much of this precipitation is freezing up on the roads and driveways.
The snowbanks are getting much thinner, and so are our wallets with property tax bills due and the electric bills, which went through the roof with the recent cold spell - which is expected to return Friday.
So if you find your family getting financially stressed, remember we do have a food pantry at the town hall, open during regular office hours. You can contact them at 623-9649.
If anyone needs assistance to get to their doctor appointments, or other errands, call Marilyn and she will try to help 623-9710 or get help for you.
On Tuesday Feb. 2, look outside for the woodchuck to see if he could get through the snow and see his shadow. Do this very early in the morning as Mr. Groundhog will surely want to rush back into his warm underground home and go back to sleep.
Activities and events in the hills
The Southern Adirondack Four-Wheeler Enthusiasts Club meets on Friday Jan. 12. For details, call 623-2007.
There will not be a Valentine for Veterans workshop this year at the town hall like there has been in the past. It used to be go gratifying to see the youth create and send off Valentines to the veterans who served our country so valiantly. Perhaps the tradition can be revived next year.
The Thurman Connections Snowmobile Club meets at 7 p.m. Friday Jan. 29 at Hickory Hill Ski Center. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The John Thurman Historical Society will not meet in February. Those with questions - or wishing to join the group - are urged to call Irene at 623-9539.
The Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday Feb. 1 at the Athol fire house. All residents are welcome and those wishing to become a volunteer can get all their questions answered at the meeting.
The Gleaning food distribution will be held at the town hall at 10 a.m. Tuesday Feb. 2. This free food program is open to all residents. Bring good used grocery bags. For additional information, call 623-9649.
Cast your vote for 'Movies on the Hill'
Last year, this summer-long program of a weekly family movies was a success, local organizers have determined. Therefore, this series is again in the planning stages for the upcoming summer, and program organizers need suggestions on family-oriented movies to be shown. Call 623-3987 and tell Irv the name of a good movie. We need a total of eight, one for each weekend in July and August.
Wards welcome new child
Karen and Jeremy Ward of Mud St., Thurman are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl born at Glens Falls Hospital Monday Jan. 11. The girl has been named Makailyn Ruth and she weighed 8 pounds, 9.4 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. She joins her big sister, Layna, age 2, at home. Proud grandparents are Wanda and Doug Olden of Warrensburg and the late Teddy Ackley of Athol; and Sylvia and Leon Ward of Raymertown.
Great grandparents are Tony and Evelyn Trapasso and Gertrude Ackley all of Warrensburg and Anna Ward of Troy.
Personal news, special days
Birthday greetings go out to Sarah Hennessey on Jan. 29, and Frank Wormer on Jan. 30. Then on Jan. 31, special birthday wishes go out to Lila Walter, a young 95 this year, as well as to Bob Dibble and Christian Siletti. Also celebrating this week are Josh Cameron and Barb Metzger on Feb. 1; Makayla Griswold and Ethan Schmidt on Feb. 2; Tegan Castro and Lillian Powers on Feb. 3; Dan Shoemaker and Andy Knoll on Feb.4; and Laura Cameron and Dot Maxam on Feb. 5.
Little Nicky, son of Jalene and Anthony Lapradd of Messena has returned home after spending a week with his grandparents Jeff and Theresa Grants at their home on South Johnsburg Rd.
Hope the new year finds everyone feeling better. Get well wishes go out to Tammy Winslow, Hial Hall III, Don Vopleus; Jackie Dingman, Joe Mosher, and Irv.
Filomena Rivello and friend Ron Rosati of Garnet Lake Rd. enjoyed a weeks vacation in Florida at Disneyland during Florida's recent cold snap. They said temperatures were in the 40s for only a couple days. They returned home to 6 inches of new wet snow.