Heritage Showcase coming soon
Be sure to check out the regional exposition of local crafts, culture, produce, and history occurring in Thurman next weekend.
The Wilderness Heritage Corridor Showcase is scheduled for from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday July 27 at the Thurman rail station, located on Rte. 418 a few miles out of Warrensburg. There is sure to be something for everybody at this premier event.
Charlie and Michelle Wallace from Hidden Hollow Maple Farm will be present with delicious maple products.
Michelle and Don Whitefield from Whitefields Farm will be there with garden-fresh vegetables, fresh eggs, and meats from a certified slaughterhouse.
Lorraine Lambiase and Sheila Flanagan from Nettle Meadow Farm both have a great love of animals and of artisan cheese. So it was a natural fit when they founded the farm which is now the home of over 300 goats, several dozen sheep and a variety of farm sanctuary animals.
Their remarkable recipes and meticulous procedures in nurturing their carefully crafted gourmet cheeses have earned them an enviable national reputation.
Also featured at the Heritage Showcase will be acoustic music by two leading Adirondack singer-songwriters, dowsing demonstrations, jewelry making, presentations by history re-enactors, artwork for sale, and spinning demonstrations.
We hear that more than 40 businesses signed up for this first-ever event.
Avoid ticks & Lyme Disease!
We are in the height of deer tick season and the moist weather we have been enduring in the Adirondacks is a perfect breeding ground for them. Ticks seem to multiply more rapidly in moist weather. Remember when you to go outdoors to wear protective clothing, such as long pants and shirts and tucking your pants into your socks and the use of DEET has been known to repel the ticks, which commonly carry Lyme Disease and dozens of other bacteria which can cause serious, debilitating infections.
In addition, be sure to check every inch of your body once you return from your adventure to make sure you are free from any ticks. Remember, an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure!
If you find a tick on yourself or a loved one, there are simple measures you can take to effectively remove a tick, according to the Center for Disease Control. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
The CDC also recommends avoiding remedies such as covering the tick with petroleum jelly to suffocate the parasite, this will only make the tick dig deeper in.
If the tick has attached, see a health professional. The staff at the Warrensburg Health Center and other Hudson Headwaters clinics know how and when to treat with antibiotics to quell the infection before it causes untreatable, chronic health problems. Remember, not all Lyme Disease and other tick-bite infections cause the tell-tale bulls-eye rash.
If you do develop a rash or fever within a week or so of removing a tick, see a health provider. Be sure to tell a physician or qualified nurse about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where you most likely acquired the tick, which are carried by small mammals and rodents as well as deer.
Deer exhibit varied colors
I have received many calls from readers about the increase in the deer population this year. One such caller commented on how red they appear this year, which prompted me to conduct some research. What I discovered is that there are actually five different hair colorations on Whitetail Deer.
Most common is the brown whitetail deer, which is the routine coloration. Depending on the season, these deer will have either reddish-brown fur in the summer or grayish-brown fur in the winter. This is their natural camouflage to keep them hidden from predators.
Another coloration often heard of, but not often seen, is the albino. The Piebald is another coloration that is becoming better known, and is sometimes called a Pinto. Piebalds are actually two or three colors, white and brown or white, brown and gray.
The fourth type of coloration is very uncommon and is often confused with the albino. It is the white whitetail. This deer will have white fur all year round, but will not have the pink eyes, nose and hoofs of a true albino.
And last coloration oddity is the melanistic whitetail. This whitetail is said to have too much pigmentation causing it to be very dark brown or even black. This is the rarest pigmentation type of all and some question its existence.
Events & activities in the hills
Come on out to Veterans Field Monday July 22 and meet the Bluebillies band at Thurman’s Monday Night Concert & Market in the Park. This husband and wife duo of Mark and Mel Guarino have spent nearly 30 years preserving the tradition of close harmony in mountain-bred country music which they’ll be performing July 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
So, bring a lawn chair and listen to this soul-satisfying music, and while you’re there be sure to check out the wares offered by vendors. Or, bring a card table and set up your own space to sell your wares.
Attendance at last weeks’ concert was exceptionally good. Come on Thurmanites, let’s show everyone what Thurman has to offer! Note that since that the concerts are held in a pavilion — behind the town hall — they are held rain or shine.
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 details, 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 Thurman Fire firehouse. This month the meeting will be held Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. Those interested in becoming a volunteer, stop in and ask how you can help.
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls runs on the second and fourth Friday of every month. It will next run Friday July 26 and is free to people age 60 and older. Seniors report that these bus trips offer a delightful time and a great opportunity to socialize with neighbors. Those who wish to go should call Laura by Wednesday July 24 at 623-9281.
The Gleaning food distribution will be held the first Monday of every month and it next occurs Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. Be sure to bring your own reusable cloth bags or old shopping bags to bring your goods home.
Over the fence
A reader called this week to comment on how nice Athol Road looks and commends the Highway Department employees for a wonderful job in resurfacing the road.
Gail Needham would like to remind residents that now is a great time to pick up items to fill shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This mission sends shoe-boxes filled with pens and pencils, hard candy, small toys and perhaps a shirt for children who might otherwise receive nothing on Christmas morning. Last year out of the 96 boxes shipped in this regional project, 13 came from Thurman.
I personally cannot wait for deer hunting season this fall, as the deer population I previously wrote of has massacred my vegetable garden, and since I will not be eating the fruits of my labor – I will be eating venison!
On a personal note
Celebrating anniversaries this week on July 25 are Manny and Bambi Castro, as well as Lewie and “Peanut” Gallup.
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