Help sought to build playground
The Warrensburg Elementary School playground redevelopment project is nearing its goal, with construction now about six weeks away.
Warrensburg Central School PTSA members and officials have coordinated the project to plan and raise funds for the playground, which is to be constructed with local volunteers from Friday Aug. 2 through Sunday Aug. 4. Work on the venue, which is to be ADA-compliant, is to begin at 8 a.m. on those days.
PTSA officials are now seeking volunteers to donate their time and talent or to provide refreshments. Those seeking to help out are asked to contact PTSA Treasurer Adrienne Bell at 260-6834 as soon as possible.
Encouraging local parents and others to volunteer, Adrienne Bell said that it is not difficult, regardless of prior experience, for people to help build playgrounds.
The equipment for the Warrensburg Elementary playground is to be provided as a kit, with step-by-step instructions. She has assured PTSA members that this is the third one she has helped construct.
Graduation caution voiced
Warrensburg Central School will hold graduation ceremonies at 7 p.m. June 21 for the Class of 2013, and hundreds of students and their friends are expected to be celebrating over the weekend.
Graduation is routinely followed by parties, so parents and other adults are urged to do what they can to keep our area youth safe. Those who hear of an underage drinking party, do the right thing and call the Anonymous Tip Line at 761-9800.
Local culture expo successful
This last weekend’s Thurman Station Wilderness Heritage Corridor Showcase Preview, an exposition of local rural culture, was considered a substantial success.
The full Wilderness Heritage expo is to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday July 27, and will feature about 40 businesses, organizations and artisans from the towns surrounding the Thurman Station — Stony Creek, Warrensburg and Thurman.
The event is to showcase the wide variety of goods, services and entertainment that characterize the region.
Dan Berggren and Ed Lowman will be performing original Adirondack folk music, fine food is to be provided by Willows Bistro of Warrensburg as well as the beloved Stony Creek Inn.
Various artisans will be on hand, selling or demonstrating their work — including wool spinning by the Serendipity Spinners, plus silver jewelry and stained-glass stepping stones on sale. Authors will be at the event for book-signing.
Local farms are also to be represented with products including eggs, poultry, goat cheese, vegetables and maple items.
Nearby, Adirondack Ambiance gallery —which features paintings, carved wood sculpture and rustic furniture by Anne and Al Rohe — will be hosting several other artisans on their lawn.
One memorable way to experience this expo is to arrive at the event via a vintage railroad car. An area chamber of commerce is booking transportation for a limited number of passengers aboard the Saratoga & North Creek Railway on July 27, leaving the Saratoga train station at 10 a.m. and returning at 3:18 p.m.. The special ticket price includes lunch vouchers and a raffle ticket. Advance registration with prepayment is required. For details, call Perky at 623-9305.
Pets are safest at home
June 21 is the official first day of summer, which routinely means very warm weather. Readers are asked to remember that leaving pets in vehicles is extremely dangerous.
Nationwide, veterinary hospitals see an increase in heat-related illness as soon as the prevailing temperatures climb over 85.
Even leaving the windows cracked open for air will not prevent temperatures inside one’s car from climbing to dangerous levels for your pet. With the windows barely open, a car or truck will still heat up to 120 degrees or so. Your canine companions are indeed more comfortable at home.
What might be considered a quick trip into a store can inadvertently turn into 15 minutes, long enough for an animal to suffer. Darker colored and flat faced dogs, such a Pekingese, are more susceptible to heat stroke or dehydration, both of which can be fatal. Do your pet a favor — instead of bringing them with you on an errand, leave them at home and bring them back a special treat!
Activities and events in the hills
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls runs on the second and fourth Friday of every month. The next senior bus will run Friday June 28 and is free to those age 60 and over. Those who wish to go should call Laura in advance at 623-9281.
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Monday at the town hall. People are urged to bring their knitting, sewing, or quilting projects and make some new friends. For details, contact Myra at 623-2633.
Thurman Baptist Church will once again be holding their Vacation Bible School during the last week of June — that’s Monday June 24 through Friday June 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and all ages are invited to attend.
Over the fence
The Thurman Youth Commission is seeking additional members to help coordinate activities and parties for the youth in our community. To apply for the board, send a letter to: Town Clerk, Thurman Town Hall, P.O. Box 29, Athol, NY 12810.
Warren County Bicentennial pins are available for purchase. To buy one of these attractive items — reasonably priced at $5 — contact Cheryl at 623-9718 or Sally at email@example.com or: 623-4889.
On a personal note
Friends and family are invited to attend David Millington’s 63rd birthday bash from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday June 29 at the Sodom Scout Hall. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish to be shared. We wish David a very Happy Birthday!
Matthew and Brianne (Templeton) McNulty welcomed their second child into the world on June 15. The baby, named Ian Matthew McNulty, weighed 5 pounds 14 ounces and measured 18 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Andy Templeton of Thurman and Melissa Templeton, also from Thurman. Maternal great-grandparents are James and Martha Wallace of Warrensburg. Maternal great-great-grandmother is Martha French of Warrensburg. Paternal grandmother is Lynn Andriano of Long Island.
Celebrating anniversaries this week are Bob and Mildred Dibble on June 23, also Vern and Joan Harris on June 24.
Celebrating birthdays this week are: Wayne Rogers on June 22; Ben Reynolds and Donna Stoddard on June 23; Colton Stannard and Brianne Templeton McNulty on June 24; Roy Ross on June 25; Dallas Palekai, Holly Hightower, Jackie Tubbs, Ricky Gilbert and David Millington on June 26; plus Josh Langabeer, Kody Cameron, and Kathy Templeton on June 28.