Activities and events 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. Coffee, tea and light refreshments are served. For more information, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The county-sponsored bus service to Glens Falls will next 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, a visit to a beauty salon 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 the clubhouse on Bear Pond Road. The next meeting is Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. For details, contact Doug Needham at 623-9234.
Norma Galusha reminds folks the Sugar Loaf Senior Group holds their meetings once a month at the Thurman Town Hall on the third Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Over the fence
At the last Town Board meeting, Thurman Emergency Medical Services Vice President Barbara Farrell announced that the agency now has three Emergency Medical technicians qualified in administering Basic Life Support.
As residents are aware, the storm that passed through Thurman during spring 2011 washed out many roads and bridges and landlocked many for weeks. Well, there is good news in sight for River Road residents. Reconstruction on the River Road bridge that was washed out is underway. It has been reported that the project is to be completed within five weeks.
Hats off to the Thurman residents who have dropped off their box tops and labels for education. I stopped into the Town Hall to retrieve these valuable coupons and much to my surprise there were over 200! Please remember that Campbell’s soup labels are also being collected for redemption.
It seems as if department stores are gearing up for Christmas earlier and earlier every year, and while our family doesn’t have television, I’ve heard from friends that do, that the Christmas commercials also have started already. Following in this vein, we remind you that now is the time of year to think of those in need.
There are so many ways you can get involved, whether it be a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, adopting a less fortunate child for Christmas, filling one of the shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, or helping fill up the Christmas Baskets in the local time-honored program. These holiday baskets annually get filled with trinkets, baked goods and canned food items to show local seniors here in Thurman who are alone during the holiday season that we all are thinking of them.
Thurman’s annual Country Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Cheryl Kenyon will be heading it up once again and she said this week vendor space is limited to 17 tables, which will be provided upon request. For prices and availability, call Cheryl at 623-9718.
One thing that stands in my mind from when I was a single mother was when I brought my children to a church in Glens Falls on Thanksgiving Day where we served plates of food to seniors and the less fortunate. I believe that taught them the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
STAR tax exemption registration
To continue receiving a basic STAR property-tax exemption, all homeowners must register before Dec. 31 with the state tax department in order to keep receiving the exemption. Homeowners will likely not have to re-register every year. Based on the information provided in the registration process, the tax department will monitor homeowners’ eligibility in future years.
Homeowners can register online at www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star13/default.htm. Property owners will need to provide a STAR code, which will be mailed to you, provide all the names and social security numbers of property owners and spouses, confirm that the property is the primary residence, that the owners’ combined income does not exceed $500,000, and that you only have one residency based tax benefit.
You can also register by calling 457-2036, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Senior citizens receiving Enhanced STAR benefits are not affected by the new registration requirement, which applies to Basic STAR benefits only. Seniors must, however, take steps to ensure that they continue receiving Enhanced STAR. Seniors receiving Enhanced STAR must continue to apply annually, or participate in the Income Verification Program.
On a personal note
Celebrating anniversaries this week are Ed and Herma Baker as well as Brian and Donna Davis on Oct. 14.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Debbie French on Oct. 15; Jonathan Moon on Oct. 15; and Sara Pasco and Kathy Haskell on Oct. 17.
If you would like your birthday or anniversary added to this column call me at 623-2967. Additionally, if you no longer want you birthday or anniversary mentioned, feel free to contact me. If you have an event you would like publicized, let me know at least 10 days prior to the event.