Former Warrensburg Central School Athletic Director Albert Vasak was appointed to the Thurman Town Board July 24. He was named by the town board to take the post of Councilwoman Ruth Keller, who has resigned from her seat.
Vasak was a candidate for Town Supervisor when former Supervisor John Haskell left the post late last year. Among the issues Vasak campaigned on at that time was to bring broadband Internet and cell phone service to town.
Town supervisor Red Pitkin said this week he would like to see town residents at the meetings if all possible. He said he would like to hear residents' comments and opinions, particularly suggestions to improve the town's services, facilities or general condition. You can call him at 623-9649 or drop a note to P.O. Box 29, Athol, or stop by the Aug. 18 meeting at the town hall.
The Gleaning food distribution will take place at the Thurman Town Hall Tuesday Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. Participants are asked to bring clean bags to carry items home. Call 623-9649 if you can not get down to pick up your portion.
Henry Wescott Road is now partially paved. The new little Beetle convertible with the frog leaping behind doesn't even get any dust when it stays at home.
Youth activities now abound
A total of 15 children have started their own gardens, growing tomatoes, squash, peppers, carrots, and other vegetables in their own small plots behind the Harris House.
The next program offered on behalf of the town is the Nature Explorers Club. Youth ages 10 and up are welcome to sign up at the town hall for this adventurous program, which includes walks, experiments and hikes. Do you know how many wonderful things are in our wooded areas?
The Nature Explorers Club will have its first meeting at 11 a.m. Sat. Aug. 8 at the town hall. Children should be age 10 or older and will need a signed parental slip to go on our hikes and trips. All children are invited to stop by and find out about all the exciting things that the club will be doing.
Experienced youth activities director and counselor Irv West is coordinating these new programs in town.
Pasquale and Mary Jo Fortuna and their children Isabella and Francesco of the Bronx plus cousin Joseph all enjoyed a week at the Garnet Lake Road home of Filomena Riviello. Filomena and Mary Jo are sisters and really enjoyed their time together.
Happy Birthday wishes this week go to Scott Brown and Daniel Cameron on July 31; to Mary Robinson, Aaron Brown and Jordan Baker on Aug. 1; to Ed Castro and Helise Hennessey on Aug. 2; to John Smith III and Wendy Baird on Aug. 3; to Joan Proctor and Pat Wood on Aug. 5; and to Evelyn Harris and Russell Howe on Aug. 6.
Sympathy from folks all over the area goes out to the family of Kym Duell Wells who passed away July 13 at Glens Falls Hospital.
Local people we hear are getting involved in gathering donations for Samaritan's Purse, a Christian missionary outreach effort. Brochures are available at the town hall describing the program. For details, call Gail at 623-2335.
Looking back in time
From the July 3, 1890 edition of the Warrensburgh News, the predecessor of this newspaper, comes this news item:
An accident occurred about 8 p.m. Monday night on the corner near the Grand Army House, and those involved were exceedingly fortunate in its outcome. Will Ovitt, who was enjoying a drive in his wagon, was just turning the corner when David Woodward, who was also enjoying an evening ride and was accompanied by his wife and daughter, attempted to pass him. The wheels of their wagons became interlocked and Mrs. Woodward and daughter were thrown from the wagon. A young lady who was riding with Mr. Ovitt was also thrown out. Fortunately the horses were kept under control and no damage was done. The ladies, although badly frightened, were not injured.
Local groups set meetings, activities
The John Thurman Historical Society will have a special meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 4 at the Thurman Town Hall. The topic will be the full story of the Aug. 19, 1946 tragedy at The Glen. The program features guest speaker Ray Flanigan from the North Creek Depot Museum. The historical society's meetings are open to the public and new members are always welcome.
Twenty members of the Sugar Loaf Mountain Senior Club gathered at the Chinese Restaurant July 15 and enjoyed a delicious luncheon. Everyone was reminded that the money for the upcoming bus trip in October must be in by Aug. 20.
The next gathering will be 3 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 19 at the annual picnic at the Fish Hatchery in Warrensburg. Participants should bring a dish to pass, and the meats will be furnished. Everyone must bring their own silverware. Anyone wishing to join the club can stop by the picnic or call Norma at 623-9425 for details.
The Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. will hold an open meeting at 7 p.m. Monday Aug. 3 at their Athol fire house. Anyone wishing to donate some of their time to the community by becoming a volunteer should stop by.