Watch for ticks, beware of Lyme Disease
Scientists expect deer ticks that carry Lyme Disease to be out in full force this year due to the recent weather patterns.
The tick populations have increased dramatically in recent years, and the incidence of Lyme Disease has also, according to local clinics.
Those who work or play outside, particularly clearing up brush, should thoroughly check their body for these tiny creatures. If anyone gets a bulls-eye rash and fever, let them know it's most likely Lyme Disease and needs to be treated right away. If left untreated, Lyme Disease can cause serious debilitating arthritis-like conditions and damage to internal organs. So be cautious when you are out near wooded areas and if you can dress in long sleeves and long pants.
We hear the Capital Region is heavily infested with them, recording a high number of reports of deer ticks from area clinics - among the highest in the state.
Local enterprise celebrates fifth year
Adirondack Ambiance, a gift, art and home furnishings enterprise at Thurman Station, will be holding a reception at Willows Bistro at 7 p.m. Friday May 7 in celebration of their fifth year in business. Many of co-proprietor Anne Rohe's original paintings will be displayed there for the month of May. They would love to have you stop by their Main St. Warrensburg location or at the gallery at Thurman Station any time this summer. Greeting cards displaying these acrylic paintings are a new item this year.
The store is located at 792 Route 418 as you pass the railroad tracks coming into Thurman from Warrensburg and there will be many items to catch your eye, from rustic furniture made by Al Rohe to the paintings by Anne, and they will officially open June 1. Their normal weekly hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
April 19 was a busy day with at least five people celebrating a birthday on the same day.
Ms. Charlotte Wood at age 97 has decided to start subtracting those years that she's endured. She had a house full of relatives who came in last week to wish her well. Coming up from Florida was Leisa Smith, and Bobbie Johnson of Virginia. Both granddaughters, plus many local cousins, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren all shared in her two big birthday cakes. She also received many phone calls from people living a considerable distance away and could not attend.
Barb Keene enjoyed her birthday over a period of time, some of her children came as early as April 10 and took her on a special outing to a concert at Proctor's Theater in Schenectady. She sends a Thank You out to Sally and Peter Holmes, Karen Putney and Leonora Merkle for this lovely birthday event. Others came and took her out to a nice restaurant and few days later her son brought in Kentucky Fried Chicken for everyone, and Barb is thankful for such kind treatment from relatives, friends and neighbors.
Diane Strobeck enjoyed her birthday by sharing the three cakes she received and the many cards. Thanks go to all.
Mrs. N.G. was treated to dinner out at a nice restaurant on her birthday April 19.
Charles Metzger enjoyed a birthday trip in Vermont with his wife Barb and daughter Donna Herrman and Cherie and Lawrence Gee. They enjoyed a day of browsing through the extensive variety of antique shops in that area.
Over the garden gate
If you were missed in the curious local phenomenon of pink flamingoes flocking on your lawn during the month of April and would like to contribute to the fund drive for the cemetery gravestone preservation, you can mail to P.O. Box 47, Athol 12810 or call Evie at 623-2505 or Diane 623-2128.
If you need spring planting fertilizer for your garden, it's now available. Llama fertilizer is a mild stimulant for your soil. Call ahead at 623-3987 and bring your own containers.
To get the John Thurman spring issue of the Quarterly publication, stop by the town hall or call Irene at 623-9539.
Question of the week. Will the Thurman Emergency Squad accept a one dollar contract from the town for their new year of operation?
Congratulations, sympathies to neighbors
Lets remember these folks who are celebrating birthdays this week: George Baker, John Bederian and Shellie Carpenter on May 1; Dicky Germain, Jesse Arnold, Clarence Alger Jr. and Dave Robinson Jr. on May 2; Katie Bederian, Nancy Kindred, and Myrna Belden on May 3; Jack Molton, Pete Dingman, Dusty Haskell, Pam Siletti, Ryan Howe, Jay Putnam, and Bill Hill Sr. on May 4; Logger Allen and Mike Springer on May 5; Cass Mosher and Linda Gatewood on May 6; and Mike Conor and Jimmy Murphy III on May 7.
A Happy Anniversary wish is out to Jim and Becky DeSourdy, 12 years on May 2.
Hey! It's May Day on Saturday May 1, so let us know if you received a nice old-fashioned traditional gift of a handmade May basket on your doorstep!
Get Well wishes are out to Tammy Winslow, Bonnie Monroe, Hial Hall III, Don Vopleus, Elmer Buyce, Richard Wormwood, and Keith Allen and Cliff Dureau.
Do school taxes concern you?
Come to the school budget meeting at 7 p.m. Monday May 3at the town hall to hear the school officials' presentation of the l2010-2011 budget. Then on May 18 at the elementary school, Thurman residents can cast your vote for or against this budget. Voting is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Those who cannot get out to vote, absentee ballots are available by calling The school business office at 623-2861.
You may want to think of an elected office to be filled when voting comes up in November, We have one opening and that is the tax collector position.
Local groups set meetings, activities
The Thurman Emergency Squad members only are scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Sunday May 1 at the squad building on High St.
The Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. will hold an open meeting at 7 p.m. Monday May 3 at the Athol fire house. This is open to the public and those who wish to become a volunteer can stop by and see what it's all about.
The John Thurman Historical Society meets 7 p.m. Tuesday May 4 at the town hall. The special guest will be Rev. David Newkirk who will tell tales from long ago. Meetings are open to the public.
Sign up 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday May 1 at the town hall for your garage or yard sale for the townwide event May 14-16, and get your bright pink signs to advertise your location. Have ready a short list of items in your sale and which days you will be open so the event coordinators can publish the details.
The Gleaning free food distribution will be held at the Thurman Town hall 10 a.m. Tuesday May 4. Bring any clean used grocery bags that you can spare. Those wishing to volunteer and help with this program may call 623-9649.
The town Youth Commission members hope everyone gets off to a good start in the summer recreation program. The commission will be holding a pre-registration event at the youth building at 10 a.m. Monday June 28, a week in advance of the program starting. The program is for children in Kindergarten up to age 13. For details, call Maria at 623-9961.