Evie Russell a ‘live wire’ in nursing home
Recently, I dropped in on former Adirondack Journal columnist Evie Russell, who for many years had reported news in Thurman and Athol.
Evie is now residing at Adirondack Tri-County Rehabilitation & Nursing Home and is doing very well.
It seems she has become quite the trickster when playing board games — she tells me that she yells out “Bingo!” when playing Yatzee, which cracks everyone up.
Evie has a neighbor and resident of Thurman, Bunny Bills there with her in the nursing home, and they enjoy spending time together, talking about their hometown.
She giggled about the two of them fighting over the Adirondack Journal — which they share when they can get their hands on a copy.
There are a few things Evie asked me to mention: Jeff and Theresa Grants had an anniversary on Sept. 17, celebrating 33 years of wedded bliss.
Jeff is the Minister of the Kenyontown Methodist Church and Theresa is Bob Goodnow’s daughter. Evie also wanted to express what a good job she thinks this writer is doing — she said, “Keep up the good work, kid!” — and I am flattered by her compliments.
In the past Evie had asked me not to write about her in this column, but since she has now given me permission, you can now expect some news occasionally about her.
Events & activities in the hills
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls will run Friday, Oct. 25 and is free to seniors age 60 and over. To make pick-up arrangements, call Laura at 623-9281.
Thurman Connections Snowmobile Club holds their meetings on the last Friday of each month at their clubhouse on Bear Pond Road. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Oct. 25. For details, contact Doug Needham at 623-9234.
The Thurman Youth Commission would like to remind residents of the upcoming annual Children’s Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Thurman town hall. Kids, wear your Halloween costumes because there will be prizes given for: funniest, scariest and most original getups in each age group! There will also be crafts, games, and assortment of goodies to eat. There will be door prizes and raffle of Halloween baskets.
A meeting is to be held at the Athol Post office at noon Wednesday, Oct. 30 at to discuss either closing the post office, relocating it to a local business enterprise, or reducing its hours. Those who haven’t already returned their questionnaire may submit them at this time.
The Gleaning food distribution sessions are held the first Monday of every month and the next session is at 1 p.m. Nov. 4. Be sure to bring your own reusable cloth bags or your old plastic bags to bring your goods home.
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the town hall. Bring your knitting, sewing, or quilting projects and make some new friends. For more information, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The Thurman Fire Co. holds its meetings on the Friday of the first full week of the month at the firehouse. This month that falls on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Those interested in becoming a volunteer, stop in and ask how you can help.
If you have been having a difficult time getting your trash to the Thurman transfer station Jim Desourdy will take them for you for $5 per week. If you do not need pick up weekly he will pick up as needed and only charges for the week he picks up. Jim routinely picks up every Saturday starting at 9 a.m. to reach him call 623-4254.
Over the fence
The deadline to fill and drop off shoeboxes full of donated items for Operation Christmas Child is Nov. 8.
Gail Needham has placed pamphlets and labels at the town hall. These labels are to be used to designate the age and gender of the child to receive the items. Gail has asked that if people can purchase a shoebox-sized rectangular plastic container at the local dollar store — this would be helpful because there is a limited supply of the existing boxes. These containers serve a double purpose — after the goodies are removed, families overseas use these containers to store rice and other dry goods. Additionally, she reminds readers that other thoughtful items to add to these boxes may be a washcloth, towel, bar of soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush and deodorant. Filled boxes may be dropped off at the Thurman Town Hall during regular business hours.
On a personal note
Condolences go out to the friends and family of Yves Fontaine, a resident of Valley Road in Thurman Yves passed away on Oct. 5.
He was born in St. Evariste, Quebec, Canada, on Dec. 31, 1936, the son of the late Francois and Clarisse (Couture) Fontaine.
Yves was an avid fisherman, hunter and trapper.
Besides his parents, Yves was predeceased by his brothers, Laurier Fontaine and Egide and his wife, Rose Fontaine. He was also predeceased by a nephew, Jean-Claude and his wife, Debra Fontaine; and his longtime companion, Dorothy Bennett.
He is survived by his brother, Gerald (Connie) Fontaine of Newcomb; his sister, Huguette (Jean-Pierre) Delvaux of South Glens Falls, and his sister-in-law, Laurette Fontaine of Amenia, NY as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Yves’ memory may be made to the local food pantry.
Thurmanites’ special days
Celebrating birthdays this week are Tyler Baker on Oct. 26; Wyatt Hitchcock and Hayden Sparks on Oct. 27; Joan Harris on Oct. 28; June Beers, Elizabeth Kennedy and Ron Rosati on Oct. 29; Betty Peck, Jonathan Roberts, Brian Davis and Christan Hoffay on Oct. 30; plus Howard Greenholtz and Cindy Altman on Oct. 31.