Varied activities at Woods Walk
Martin’s Lumber Woods Walk set for this weekend is to include a wide variety of activities, including demonstrating woods-related skills as well as offering presentations focusing on Native American culture.
The Woods Walk is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday June 1 at Martin’s sawmill, 280 Valley Road in Thurman.
Launched last year as a demonstration of the sawmill and tour of the Martin woodlot, has evolved into far more this year.
Gary and Wini Martin, who run the operation with Wini’s brother Bill Good, will be joined by 12 others — wood workers, naturalists, and artisans.
The lineup includes naturalist Bill LaPrairie, who has knowledge of medicinal plants; Johnsburg’s Pinky O’Dell demonstrating firewood processors he builds; Bruce Updike operating a milling attachment for a chainsaw; John Los demonstrating wood crafting; Bob Brooks with his rustic home accessories; Dan Feldt demonstrating how he creates custom cedar signs; and Andy LeBlanc of Indian Lake, who restores old barns. At the Woods Walk event, LeBlanc will be building a timber-frame garden shed.
Also featured will be Wini Martin demonstrating paper bead-making; Donna Wormwood with her paintings and Adirondack rustic miniatures; Silversmith Ellen Kenney with her handcrafted jewelry; and Sally Feihel and Cheryl Kenyon, sharing native American culture crafts including dream catchers; plus local author Persis Granger signing her books that portray 1890s rural traditions.
Those who want to create their own jewelry on-site will have the opportunity to do so for a modest fee. Also, children will be making origami boxes. A morning workshop is set for 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and the afternoon edition is to occur from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Reservations are advised. Call 623-9595 for directions and further details on this free event.
Mathew Brady topic of talk
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, the John Thurman Historical Society is hosting a program on Civil War Photographer Mathew Brady, presented by North River resident Milda Burns. Brady was raised in Johnsburg, before he achieved national fame.
Light refreshments will be served. Historical Society memberships for this year are still available. For details, call Joan Harris at 623-2007.
Activities and events in the hills
Thurman Baptist Church will once again be conducting their Vacation Bible School in early summer — from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28.
All ages are invited to attend.
Giffy’s Barbecue is coming to Warrensburg Elementary School on Friday June 7 for a fundraiser. The event is to be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the front circular parking area. Be sure to get tickets early, because last year they were sold out. Tickets are available in the school office for $10 each.
The school’s Plots for Pride event will be held in conjunction with the barbecue. Plots will be mapped out on a grid and can be “purchased” for $5 each. Then, a cow will be brought in from 4 p.m. till 7 p.m. and the largest “cow pie to be dropped on the plot wins its purchaser $25 percent of the proceeds.
The local Gleaning food distribution was held the first Monday of every month at 1 p.m., and this month falls on June 3. Those attending are asked to bring their own reusable cloth bags or plastic shopping bags to bring goods home.
The Thurman Fire Co. holds its meeting son the Friday of the first full week of the month, 7 p.m. at the firehouse in Athol. This month, the meeting falls on June 7. Those interested in becoming a volunteer are urged to stop in and ask about opportunities to be of valuable service to the community.
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 more information, contact Myra at 623-2633.
Thurman Town Board meetings are routinely held on the second Tuesday of each month beginning at 6:30 p.m. The next monthly meeting is to be held June 11.
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls runs on the second and fourth Friday of every month. It will next run Friday, June 14 and is free to seniors age 60 and over. Those who wish to go should call Laura by Wednesday, June 12 at 623-9281.
Over the fence
The organizers of the Thurman Townwide Sale express their thanks to all businesses and individuals who either paid for ads or sale listings which helped offset the sale expenses.
Those who held yard sales during the recent event are reminded to take down any signs they posted and return to town hall any that are reusable. A container for the signs is in the entryway. Also, any leftover map booklets should not be discarded, and may be placed there as well.
Thurmanites fight area blazes
While Warrensburg firefighters were attending to a fire on Pine Mountain this last week, Thurman Fire Department members were busy taking other calls, such as a large brush fire in Stony Creek — plus tending to a tree and power lines down in the roadway on Parker Cross Road.
While conducting their coin drop May 18 at Thurman Station, Thurman firefighters were called away to provide a tanker to combat a large brush fire that was burning down camp properties off state Rte. 28 in Warrensburg. Thurman Fire Dept. needed to fill all of their tankers with water and ended up using a hydrant at the Warrensburg transfer station to do so.
New hydrants to be installed
We hear there will be several dry hydrants to be installed throughout Thurman in the coming weeks. The first to be installed will be on Garnet Lake Road South and the Conine family has generously offered the use of their pond.
This hydrant will serve the Garnet Lake Road, Henry Wescott Road and South Johnsburg Road, due to the fact that the one at Hershey Pond located on Garnet Lake Road was broken by a plow this winter.
The Hershey pond hydrant was not in a very good location to begin with, as once a tanker was filled, driving back down was too dangerous.
There will also be a dry hydrant installed at the Mill pond on Cameron Road. There was previously one there, but Hurricane Irene tore this hydrant from the ground and the pipe was snapped off. The new Mill Pond hydrant will serve the entire southern end of town. The last hydrant to be installed will be on the pond alongside Glen-Athol Road.
On a personal note
Brianne Templeton McNulty recently visited her family in Thurman and held her baby shower for her second child, which is due in mid-July. She was accompanied by her son Devin McNulty and brother Evan Templeton. Unfortunately, her husband Matthew could not get the time off from work to attend. Brianne and her husband relocated to Virginia in 2011 after their military service overseas.
Celebrating Anniversaries this week are Fred and Robin Witz on June 1; Jim and Joan Murphy as well as Russ and Paula Hubert on June 7.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Chris Millington, Matt Ross Vaisey, Eric Semon, Andrew Galusha, and Nicolas, Lucas and Kaitlyn Sesselman on June 1; Amy Baker and Louisa Allen on June 2; Kevin Baker on June 3; Travis Galusha and Amy Mattison on June 4; Leon Galusha, Joey Castro and Budgy Fish on June 6; plus Brett Pasco, Lennie Parker and Lisa Baker on June 7.
Thanks for your help in my quest
I’d like to express deep personal appreciation to the following people who played a role in the interment this week of my father Wayne B. Smith: Gene Pierce and Warrensburg’s American Legion Post 446, members of the U.S. Marine Corps hailing from Dover, Mass., officials of the Saratoga National Cemetery, John Alexander of Alexander Funeral Home, Andy Templeton, members of the regional Patriot Guard, as well as Gretchen Millington, and Thom Randall.
My thanks go out to you all for your support in my lengthy effort to have my father interred and honored, which was realized in the May 23 ceremony. Wayne served nearly four tours in Vietnam and was very proud to serve and to be a Marine. I couldn’t have done this without each of you, and I am forever grateful.