Safety reminders as fall arrives
If you haven’t taken measures to service your home heating equipment already, a reminder that it is important to do so. It’s vital that an annual service of furnaces and wood stove is conducted to ensure safe operation.
It is also time to consider changing batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Additionally, every family should have an escape plan with a location where all family members will meet in case of an emergency in effect.
Activities & events in the hills
The Thurman Youth Commission would like to remind residents of the upcoming annual children’s Halloween party set for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Thurman Town Hall. Children are urged to wear their Halloween costumes to the event, because there will be prizes given for the funniest, scariest and most original getups in each age group. There will also be crafts, games, and an assortment of goodies to eat. In addition, there will be door prizes and a raffle of Halloween baskets.
Thurman’s Country Christmas Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. Cheryl Kenyon will be heading up the event once again, and she reminds people that vendor space is limited to 17 tables. The fee for reserving a spot is $10. To inquire about availability, contact Cheryl at 623-9718.
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls will run Friday, Oct. 25 and is free to seniors age 60 and over. This service will take you to just about any location in Glens Falls, whether it’s grocery shopping, getting your hair done or a doctor’s appointment. Those who wish to go, call Laura by Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 623-9281.
Thurman Connections Snowmobile Club holds their meetings on the last Friday of the month at their clubhouse on Bear Pond Road. The next meeting is to be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 25. For more information, call Doug Needham at 623-9234.
Seniors and the new STAR re-certification
Senior citizens receiving Enhanced STAR benefits are not affected by the new registration requirement, which applies to Basic STAR benefits only. Sue Baker asked me to remind seniors that they need not do anything to secure their Enhanced STAR benefit, as long as they receive a letter from the state. If you do not receive a letter, simply contact the Thurman Assessors office and they will be happy to assist you. You can reach them by phone at 623-4593 or simply stop by the hall for assistance. The Town Assessor’s office hours are 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays.
Precautions for Halloween
Be on the lookout for Ghouls and Goblins circulating down our rural roadways a week from Thursday — youngsters will undoubtedly be out in full force on Halloween, Oct. 31, seeing who will collect the most loot.
If you wish to have visitors on Halloween night, leave your porch light on or light your Jack-o’-lantern so parents and caregivers know you welcome them.
A note to parents and grandparents: Family Dollar in Warrensburg has those florescent glow-in-the-dark bracelets and necklaces for sale at a reasonable price and they’ll illuminate children as they walk from house to house.
It is advised to inspect your child’s candy before allowing them to consume it. An idea that might work for your family is to bring several snacks from home to avoid your children whining about being hungry.
Over the fence
Donations are now being sought for the annual local program that provides Christmas baskets for shut-ins. Items that were donated last year included canned soup, fruit and vegetables, baked goods, gift cards and handmade items. A thoughtful touch may be including a box of inexpensive holiday cards and stamps for the basket recipients to send out to family and friends.
Gail Needham wishes to remind folks that the deadline to have those shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child filled and dropped off is Nov. 8. Hats off to her for all the hard work she does, and a tribute to all who help out to make this program such a success.
Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious hot meals to seniors age 60 and over, Monday through Friday. A voluntary contribution of $3 is suggested. To reach your local Meals on Wheels site to schedule delivery, call Warrensburg at 623-2653, Chestertown at 494-3119 or Johnsburg at 251-2711.
Voting by absentee ballot
We do not cover politics in this column; however as a public service we are including information on voting by absentee ballot. If you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day, you have the right to vote by absentee ballot.
An application for an absentee ballot submitted by mail must be postmarked by the post office no later than Oct. 29. Nov. 4 is the last day to apply in person at the Board of Elections. Warren County Residents may apply in person for an absentee ballot at the Warren County Board of Elections, 1340 State Rte. 9, Human Service Bldg., 3rd Floor, Lake George, NY 12845. The last day a valid ballot can be submitted and postmarked is Nov. 4.
For details or assistance call 761-6456 or 761-6457.
Locals to determine Post Office’s hours
There will be a meeting at the Athol Post Office to discuss the issue of reducing hours and days they are open. This meeting, to be held at noon Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Athol Post Office, will include a statewide post office official. Local residents who haven’t already returned your questionnaire about preferred post office hours, may submit them at this time.
Rabies clinic to be held in Warrensburg
Warren County Public Health will hold a rabies clinic Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Warren County Public Works garage located at 4055 Main St., Warrensburg.
Pets must be three months old to receive their first immunization, which will afford them protection for one year. The next shot, a booster will provide protection for three years and is required one year after the first shot. From then on, every three years a booster should be given to protect one’s pet. Both initial and booster shots will be given at all clinics sponsored by county Public Health.
A $10 donation is requested for each pet. No one is turned away due to financial hardship. Bring dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. For details, call the county agency at 761-6580.
On a personal note
Celebrating anniversaries this week are Roy and Jamiee Ross on Oct. 19, plus Chet and Sarah Hensel on Oct. 23.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Tina Parker and Brett Moulton on Oct. 19; John Kindred on Oct. 20; Myra Vopleus, Bruce Ross and Doug Needham on Oct. 21; Christie Russell, JoAnn Russell, Larry Germain and Amanda Wood on Oct. 22; Renee Murphy, JulieAnn Russell, Janice Beers, Donna Knickerbocker and James Cooper on Oct. 23; and Cemanda Roberts on Oct. 25.