Memories of bygone days
The John Thurman Historical Society will be holding an interactive program of projected photographs and anecdotes with David Newkirk and John Parker at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the Thurman Town Hall. People attending this free presentation are urged to share memories that may reveal the history of some unidentified pictures. Readers note that recent issues of the society’s Quarterly are still available. For more information, call 623-2007.
The Society is now accepting reservations for its Sept. 14 Tour Thurman: A Guided Jaunt into Homes and History. My husband and I attended this event last year and learned so much about the town we live in. The event begins at 11:45 am in the town hall with a luncheon and continues with a caravan of cars to four historic Thurman sites where tours and talks will be conducted. Featured on tour 2013 will be the sites commonly referred to as the Amos Bowen home, the Wm. J. Baker farm, the Chloe Pike farm and the Steve Wood Farm. Those interested are encouraged to reserve early so adequate arrangements may be made for the luncheon and the tour book order. The cost of the event is $20, or $13 without lunch. The tour leaves Thurman Town Hall at 12:45 p.m. and returns at 4 p.m. For details, call Perky at 623-9305.
Over the fence
Be sure to give yourself enough time for traveling at a reasonable speed to and from to work. School is back in session this week and busses will once again be on the roadways. Children are often overly excited the first few days of school and while our bus drivers are skilled at overseeing the children safely, a youngster may be so happy to see their friends again that they disregard the drivers’ instructions.
Sally Feihel of Adirondack Spectral Investigations expresses thanks to the Thurman Station Association, Nettle Meadow Goat Farm, Valley Road Maple Farm and to everyone who donated items for the luncheon and gift baskets for the Historical Haunts of Thurman Ghost Tour held Aug. 17. Sally adds that it was a huge success and plans are in the works for another tour next year.
When you go out into the woods this fall please remember that early bear season starts Sept. 14 and runs until Oct. 18. Muzzle loading begins Oct. 19 and runs through Oct. 25. Bow hunting opens on Sept. 27 and concludes Oct. 25. Regular hunting season extends from Oct. 26 to Dec. 8. Be sure to wear bright colors when going for a walk or hike in the woods.
The state Department of Conservation has a program called Become a Black Bear Management Cooperator. There are three simple steps and they are as follows: first, report your bear harvest. Second, submit a premolar tooth from the bear for DEC to determine the bear’s age. Upon completion you will receive a commemorative patch.
Gail Needham would like to remind residents that now is a great time to pick up items to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. This mission sends filled shoeboxes overseas to children who may receive nothing on Christmas morning. Items that are often added to these boxes are pens and pencils, hard candy, small toys and perhaps a child-size shirt. Last year out of the 96 boxes shipped a mere 13 came from Thurman. Come on Thurmanites, we can do better!
Transfer station hours will remain the same throughout the fall season, noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Required bags can be purchased either at the Thurman Town Hall or the town transfer station.
Those having a difficult time getting their trash to the Thurman transfer station can call Jim Desourdy at 623-4254 and he will take them for you for $5 per week or as needed. He only charges for the week he picks up. Jim runs his route every Saturday starting at 9 a.m..
Activities and events in the hills
There is a change in the Gleaning food distribution routine this month due to the Labor Day holiday — Gleaning will be held Monday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. Bring your own reusable cloth bags or your old shopping 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 new friends. For details, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The Thurman Fire Company holds their next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Friday Sept. 6 month at the Thurman firehouse. Becoming a volunteer is a very rewarding way to give back to the community. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, stop in and ask how you can help.
Thurman Town Board meetings are routinely held on the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. Drop in and see what’s going on in your community.
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls will run Friday, Sept. 13 and is free to seniors age 60 and older. Those who wish to go should call Laura by Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 623-9281.
There is so much planned this year for the Thurman Fall Farm Tour! Have you ever heard of geocaching? Well, on Saturday, Oct. 12 the Magpies of Thurman will be at Valley Road Maple Farm demonstrating geocaching and answering your scavenger hunt questions!
The Sugarloaf Senior group will be hosting a defensive driving course on Thursday Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Thurman Town Hall. Jerry Ferro from Corinth will be conducting the course. The fee for AARP members is $17 and $19 for non-AARP members. Bring lunch and your driver’s license. The class can take up to 40 reservations, so call Norma at 623-9425 to reserve your place.
On a personal note
Celebrating anniversaries this week are Frank and Betty Gallup on Sept. 2, and Tom and Cindy Needham on Sept. 6.
Celebrating birthdays this week are: Marty Baker on Sept. 1; Bill Galusha on Sept. 2; Beth Galusha, Donna Hermann and Kyle Lee Combs on Sept. 3; Ruth Russell, Beth Ligon, and Jean Coulard on Sept. 4; Rene Yarmowich on Sept. 5; and Carter Germain on Sept. 6.