History of homes to be explored
This Saturday, a group of people from across the county will be visiting several historic Thurman homesteads and hearing some stories about local folks from long ago and their exploits. On Sept. 14, the John Thurman Historical Society is hosting A Guided Jaunt into Thurman Homes and History. The event will start with lunch at 11:45 a.m., and then at 1 p.m. a caravan of cars will travel to the sites.
The first stop will be The Amos Bowen Homestead, which may have been one of the stops on the Underground Railroad. Next up is The William J. Baker Farm where you’ll see how residents once lived without modern conveniences. Then at The Steve Wood Farm, people will hear how a young man was driven to commit an unthinkable crime and its consequences. The last stop on the tour will be The William and Chloe Pike Farm, which was built by Irish immigrants and has a story all its own.
Space is limited — call now to reserve a spot. With lunch, the tour is $20 per person and includes a copy of The Quarterly, which will detail all of the stops on the tour, or it’s $13 without the lunch. The tour concludes at about 3:45 p.m. Join the tour — learn new aspects of the town you live in and make some new friends.
Success in school is spelled s-l-e-e-p!
Establishing a good bedtime routine can ensure your child gets the proper amount of sleep to be successful in school. An average child today has so many extra-curricular activities that often they often do not receive enough rest to perform well in other areas.
It has been recommended by some leading pediatricians that school-aged children get between 10 and 12 hours of sleep per night. Bath time and reading a book to your child before bedtime calms the youngster down so that good sleep habits are established early.
Be prepared — it’s a wise idea up here
Here in Thurman, it seems like power outages are common — and we’ve had our share of violent storms that have caused road washouts and cut families off from civilization. Few Thurman residents can forget the 2011 memorial Day flash floods that stranded as many as half of the residents in town. Also, hurricane season is here, and nearly every year a fierce storm associated with a hurricane passes through our area.
Thus, it may be a good idea to stock up on emergency supplies for both your home and car. For the home you should have a battery-powered radio and a plentiful supply of flashlights, batteries, and water for every member of the household, as well as matches, first aid kit, and bread, crackers and dried fruit. For the car it is a good idea to have blankets, snack food, first aid kit, tools, and a bright colored flag to signal for help. One never knows when a disaster will strike and when it does supplies seem to fly off the store shelves so it is always a good idea to have these supplies on hand and check them regularly.
Local PTSA welcoming new members
School is back in session and the Warrensburg PTSA is holding their annual membership drive. Adult membership is $7 and a child membership is $4. You don’t have to be a parent, teacher or student to join, though. Grandparents, guardians and aunts and uncles are welcome to join and attend monthly meetings which occur on the second Tuesday of the month at the elementary school, at 8:15 a.m. and an additional session at 6:30 p.m..
Painless ways to help fund school’s needs
Box Tops, Labels for Education and Campbell’s soup labels are wonderful ways to help our school. Simply carefully clip them – ripped or torn labels are not accepted for redemption – then drop them off at the Thurman Town Hall, the elementary school lobby, Richards Library or at Direct Deposit located on Main St. in Warrensburg.
A new way to help our school is registering your Tops grocery membership card and when you shop they will contribute 1 percent of your purchase back to Warrensburg Central School. As at the customer service desk how to accomplish this registration.
Events & activities in the hills
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the town hall. What better time to pick up a new hobby or re-learn an old one. Handmade items make wonderful Christmas gifts. Bring your knitting, sewing, or quilting projects and make some new friends. Coffee, tea and light refreshments are served. For more information, contact Myra at 623-2633.
Due to the Primary election, the regularly scheduled Thurman town board meeting was postponed to Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Attending these meetings is a way to let your voice be heard.
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls will run Friday, Sept. 13 and is free to seniors age 60 and over. Laura has stated that this is an enjoyable time for all who ride. Those who wish to go, call Laura by Wednesday Sept. 11 at 623-9281.
Gail Needham wishes to remind folks that Operation Christmas Child sends boxes filled with useful items not only to children on holidays, but to youngsters affected by hurricanes and other natural disasters here in the U.S. Additionally, she reminds readers that thoughtful items to add to these boxes may be a washcloth, towel, and bar of soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush and deodorant. Filled boxes may be dropped off at the Thurman Town Hall during regular business hours.
Thurman Connections Snowmobile Club holds their meetings on the last Friday of the month at their clubhouse on Bear Pond Road. Their next meeting will be held on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. For details, contact Doug Needham at 623-9234.
The Thurman Fall Farm Tour is to be held Saturday Oct. 12. Make sure to mark your calendars because this year it will only be a one-day event — that you surely won’t want to miss!
Valley Road Maple Farm will be keeping the old tradition alive, by being open both Saturday and Sunday serving up their famous pancake breakfast.
Thurman has so much to offer, so be sure to check out the many maple farms: Nettle Meadow Goat Farm with their gourmet cheeses, Martin’s Lumber with various activities throughout the day, visits with Lima the llama at Peru Llama Farm — and be sure to bring the children to Whitefield’s Farm where they can see the turkeys — and to Adirondack Ambiance art gallery, where exquisite art work is on display. At the day’s end, be sure to stop by Toad Hill Maple Farm for a chicken barbecue at 4 p.m.
Thurman residents planning a quilt show, routinely a part of the Thurman Fall Farm Tour, are now seeking quilts from decades past to be shown at the event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have an old quilt you would like displayed, contact Avis at 623-9921.
Help sought with veterans’ dinner
The John Thurman Historical Society will be hosting a free pot luck dinner on Tuesday Oct. 1 for all veterans and their families residing in a region from Saratoga to Pottersville. The event, is to be held at the Thurman Town Hall starting at 5:30 p.m.
Retired and active service personnel, as well as family members of deceased veterans, are all invited. Donations of a covered dish entrée are now being sought. Dishes of food may be dropped at the Hall on Tuesday Oct. 1 no later than 5 p.m.
On a personal note
Celebrating anniversaries this week are Bill and Cindy Altman, Jim and Gail Needham, and Ted and Kelly Schmidt on Sept. 15; Tom and Pam Near on Sept. 16; Don and Ruth Mitchell also Robert and Debbie Perone on Sept. 17; and Erwin and Polly Fullerton on Sept. 18.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Michael Allen on Sept. 15; Tom Needham on Sept. 16; Doug Strodel, Alysia Griswold, and Bruce Dingman on Sept. 17, Joshua Vopleus, Patrick Eldridge and Lori Vanderbilt on Sept. 18; Max Galusha and Jessica Smith on Sept. 19; then Vic Baker and Van Baker on Sept. 20.