Carolers spread cheer through town
Just after dark Dec. 18, if you thought the four or five cars creeping up local roadways was a wagon train, it was - loaded with some happy Christmas carolers who were delivering cheer with their melodious voices to area neighbors. In stop after stop, 42 kind folks, ranging in age from 6 to some in their 80's, piled out of the vehicles, dressed in warm coats, hats and mittens and sang old-fashioned carols in perfect tune, filling each home with the spirit of Christmas. Can you believe the group included a little girl handing out a Christmas basket full of home baked goodies? This age-old tradition is such a delight to all - and is greatly appreciated! Thanks go to the Thurman Baptist church singers for coming out in the cold night air, and delivering such a wonderful holiday present to so many!
The carolers traveled many roads in Thurman and sang in 14 different homes. At the end of their day, they all gathered at the home of Myrtle Buyce where they enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies. Carolers express their thanks to Mrs. Buyce for her hospitality.
Happy Birthday wishes go out Jan. 10 to Gail Needham, Jean Rumble, Lorrie Smith, Chip Aldrich, and Matt Kennedy; to Hial Hall IV, Lonna Sonley, and Cynthia Fowler, Jan 11; John Baker and Cassie Mott, Jan. 13; and Kristen Frasier, Jan. 14.
Get well wishes go out to Carol Hall, Ed Binder, Geri Howe, Brenda Webster and Barb Keene.
Irene Hall of Hudson Street, accompanied by her daughter Brenda and her grandson, recently took a weekend trip to Oxford, Mass., where they visited the newest family member, month-old Alexis Jalyn, daughter of Thomas and Stephanie Hall. While in the area they stayed with Irene's son Ric and Paula Hall and all enjoyed a day of visiting and catching up on recent events.
Robin Croissant expressed deep appreciation to Albany Medical Center for the wonderful care of her husband, Michael in his recent bout with cancer. Special thanks go to Dr. Nigam and his down-to-earth and honest approach, Croissant said.
Special thanks to the hospital's fourth floor staff; and to all the concerned people who stepped forward to give them strength and hope; to all the members of her family who were so supportive at this trying time, to Tom and Tim Baker; and to the "Wilcox Warriors" - all of whom demonstrated outstanding kindness and compassion, she said.
Folks say 'Thanks' for citizens' generosity
Many thank you's were expressed this week from folks who received the Christmas baskets Dec. 10 in this vital community-based project to remember those likely to be alone or who are in special need over the holidays. Also thanks to the teenagers at the Thurman Baptist Church who helped assemble and distribute baskets of baked goods they handed out while Christmas caroling Dec. 18. Thanks also go to Junior and Andy for the goodies and to Marilyn and Jim for their thoughtful remembrances.
Even though Thurman has endured many negative write-ups in the daily paper, it is still a great little town with many compassionate and caring people!
Appreciation also goes to all the people who showed up for work on Christmas Day to make the day happier for others. Those would be nurses, aides, doctors, waitresses, cleaners, maids, troopers, convenience store clerks, pharmacists, babysitters, cooks, and so many others who had to fill a needed job. Thank you all for being there when needed.
Town board awards Tyler Baker
At the Dec. 21 town board meeting, Tyler Baker, son of Tim and Tammy Baker of Mud Street was presented with a certificate of excellence for his part in the Warren County Youth Fair as an assistant.
Tyler, 12, is one of the top students in fifth grade at Warrensburg Elementary School. Tyler has helped at the youth fair for three years, and has won one of the top awards from the fair managers for two years.
Over the fence
We are still receiving angry phone calls from many upset people who are afraid we are going to lose our much-needed locally-based emergency medical services, and our local ambulance squad - with all its dedicated personnel.
The people of the town do not want their emergency medical services delegated to Warrensburg's ambulance squad. They want to retain at least Basic Life Support services offered through Thurman Emergency medical Services, Inc. for now while this agency works to boost their credentials and staff.
They are very upset with the town board's decision to sign an emergency services contract with the Warrensburg squad and hope they will listen carefully to the local residents' concerns.
Don't go without food for your family. Thurman has a food pantry at the town hall for all who may find themselves needing a helping hand.
Don't let it embarrass you to ask for help as you can always give some back when things improve in your family. You can just stop by during regular office hours or call ahead 623-9649.
Have you met your neighbors yet? If you are a newcomer the best way to get acquainted is to volunteer to assist in some project or program. Watch the column and you will often see someone asking for help.
Activities and events in the North Country
The Thurman quilting group will meet Monday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall. Now is the time to start making gifts for next winter. For information, call 623-2633.
The Southern Adirondack four-wheeler club will meet Friday, Jan 14, at 7 p.m. at the town hall. For information on this safe riding group, call Joan at 623-2007.
The free bus service for all residents age 60 and older will be taking a trip to Glens Falls for a day of shopping Friday, Jan. 14.
This would be a good time to catch some of the Christmas items marked down. Call Laura by Wednesday at 623-9281 to reserve a seat.
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club will be meeting Saturday, Jan., 15 at noon for their Pot Luck Luncheon. Details will be published in this column next week.