Over the backyard fence
A local lady called and wishes to thank six Thurmanites for their thoughtfulness and generosity. She had a very nice surprise when she found her fuel tank had been filled, in this last week of January just when our temperatures dropped way below zero. Thank you to the secret angels!
Now that our ground hog has nestled back in his warm den after looking out last week on Feb. 2, we have another holiday, and this one is for love-birds - Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
But are those other birds - snow birds - keeping warm in the south?
A call came in this week from a gentleman who was excited to have seen a bald eagle in late January sitting in a tree near the river when he was taking a trip via state Rte. 418 to Warrensburg.
Congratulations to Cheryl Kenyon for being elected as president of the Warrensburg chamber of Commerce.
I have only three Persis Granger books left - two of the original Adirondack Gold volumes, and one of the sequel, "A Summer of Strangers." If you wish to get one, give me a call at 623-2580. The books are $11.95 and $9.95.
Special Days in Thurman
Happy Birthday to Trudy Siletti who is celebrating on Feb. 13; to Karen Ward on Feb. 15, Elizabeth Hayes, Cliff Dureau, Millie Venton and Merlin Russell on Feb. 16, Theresa Stannard on Feb. 17 and Ed Baker Jr. on Feb. 18.
Myron and Lillie Cameron celebrate an anniversary on Feb. 14. Reggie and Gail Needham, Matt and Liz Kennedy celebrate on Feb. 17.
On a personal note
Bob and Becky Hitchcock of Drexel Rd. have returned from an extended visit in Gainesville, Fla. where they enjoyed time with their son Jason Sparks and family. Their grandson Hayden is now three years old.
Congratulations to Steven Smith who made the Dean's List at ACC and to his brother Eric who has been accepted at Delhi University. All the family is proud, boys, keep up the good work!
Get well wishes are out to Elmer Buyce, Becky Hitchcock, Boyd Guynes, Don Vopleus, Richard Wormwood, and Ed Brown.
Duells take month-long trip in their R.V.
Glenda and Kent Duell of High St. and friend Ed Bennett of Warrensburg left on Nov. 18 to visit many new exciting places in their large, luxurious recreational vehicle.
They first stopped over in Fort Hood, Texas to surprise their son who was returning with other soldiers from Iraq. The return flight was delayed, so the group ended up staying an extra three days but finally Sergeant Luke Duell was there. Glenda said the Army base goes all out to celebrate the return of the soldiers, complete with bands.
After this, they traveled on to El Paso and spent a week with Ruth and Art Wadsworth and family -- son Karl Duell flew in from Albany to join in this get-together.
On the return trip, a stopover in Nashville to visit Kent's sister Tanya and then on to Graceland where they enjoyed the Elvis Presley estate and viewing other interesting area attractions dealing with the Presley saga.
Local activities and events
The Thurman Emergency Medical Services squad meets at 6 p.m. Sunday Feb. 14, at the High Street squad building. Meetings are open to the public and at this time there is a need for volunteers.
The EMS group is also planning to start up a junior squad, age 14 and up. Call and leave a message 623-9014 and all will be called back, we're told.
The Thurman town board will hold their fiscal meeting, open to the public, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 16. The regular monthly business meeting follows at 7 p.m. Residents are encouraged to air their opinions at the meetings.
Bring your sweetheart to the next meeting of the Sugar Loaf Seniors on Saturday Feb. 20 which will incorporate a Valentine's Day theme. Bring a dish for luncheon at noon at the Thurman Town Hall and join the other seniors from our area. The group will be discussing upcoming trips during this year. Call 623-9425 for details.
Church invites all to dinner
A fellowship dinner will be held at the Kenyontown Methodist Church on Valley Rd. at 6 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 17. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish to pass. For details, call 623-3940. Regular Sunday church services are held at 11 a.m.
An upcoming job opportunity has arrived. Interviews are being held during this month, right in our own hometown. The U.S. Census will be hiring folks to accomplish a variety of jobs connected with the 2010 census survey. Call Donna Wormwood at 623-9654 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.
The Gleaning food distribution will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday Feb. 16 at the town hall. This free food program is open to all residents. For details, call 623-9649.
Town government news review
At the fiscal meeting held Dec. 15, discussion occurred on how to reduce veterinary bills. Also, Councilman Leon Galusha reported that National Grid has pledged to look into ways to help save energy at the town hall.
It was noted that the town assessors will not be moving into the town hall until the ramp for those with physical limitations is installed.
Councilman Al Vasak volunteered to survey area landfill operations to check on disposal prices, to see if some minor fee increases would be appropriate.
Two town employees resigned in December - town Tax Collector Eileen Baker, and part-time account clerk Susan Shepler. At the December meeting, the board voted to appoint Robin Croissant as Tax Collector for the term ending Dec. 31, 2011.
Discussion occurred regarding the position of accounts clerk, with talk centering on the town board deciding who to hire for the position, rather than allowing the supervisor to choose, as has occurred in the past.
After a closed-door session, the meeting was adjourned.