Warm weather warnings
The warmer we’ve been experiencing in the Adirondacks means many residents are getting outside, so please remember a few important advisories.
While driving on our roadways please be alert to those on bicycles — and you bicyclists, always wear a helmet.
If your outdoor activities include venturing into the woods, remember to wear proper clothing and insect repellent to prevent being bitten by a deer tick which can cause Lyme Disease as well as dozens of other debilitating illnesses. When you are through with your hike, check your body over carefully for tiny black ticks. Tick infestation has been on the rise since 1986, with over 95,000 cases having been confirmed in New York State. Lyme Disease and associated tick infections are now at epidemic level, and people need to be vigilant to prevent lifelong disability which can occur if a bite by an infected tick — often undetectable — is left untreated for several weeks. If you have been bitten, see the health care professionals at the Warrensburg Health Center — they are aware of the latest recommended treatment regimens.
Also note there currently is a burn ban in effect due to the drought conditions causing an increased risk of forest fires.
Exceptions include campfires less than 3 feet in height and 4 feet in diameter are allowed. Small cooking fires are also allowed. Fires cannot be left unattended and must be fully extinguished — preferably with plenty of water. Only charcoal or clean, untreated or unpainted wood can be burned. Ceremonial or celebratory bonfires are allowed. After May 14 you may burn tree limbs with attached leaves. The limbs must be less than 6 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length – also referred to as brush.
History of the Thurman sale
The Thurman Townwide Sale, set this year for Friday May 17 through Sunday May 19, was originally started by Thurman’s own Evie Russell, who was doing her spring cleaning and wanted a way to get rid of some unwanted items. She and a group of residents developed the idea and we hear that the first year more than 100 residents signed up to have their site on the map.
Over the years, the number of residents signing up for the sale has dwindled, but perhaps we can all do our part to make sure it’s a success this year and tourists are aware of our sale. Contact Perky Granger at 623-9305 if you would like to place fliers at various locations that tourists frequent.
Legacy of Mother’s Day
Remember, Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12, and what will you be doing for your mother?
Anna Jarvis held the first memorial for Mother’s Day in 1908, however, Jarvis’ holiday was not adopted nationally until 1914. Reportedly she was disappointed by the commercialization of the holiday in the 1920’s. Traditionally, Mother’s Day is celebrated with cards a simple gift or a kind gesture.
Jarvis did not recognize Julia Ward Howe’s attempts in the 1870’s to establish a “Mother’s Day for Peace”.
Barbecue set for WCS Elementary
Giffy’s Barbecue is coming back to Warrensburg Elementary School on Friday, June 7. The fundraiser sponsored by the WCS PRIDE student group will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the front circular parking lot of the school. Obtain your tickets early as last year they sold out. Tickets are available in the WCS Elementary School office for $10 each. The event includes live music.
The dinner consists of a half chicken grilled with Giffy’s signature barbecue sauce, baked potato, homemade salad and more.
Giffy’s Barbecue was started in 1995, when a Methodist church invited them to cater a fundraiser. Their enterprise started soon after, catering events using a converted RV. Years later, they have acquired a fleet of refrigerator trucks in addition to establishing a restaurant in Clifton Park.
School fundraisers ongoing
Recently the Warrensburg Elementary School Student Council held a Box Tops Madness contest for students in grades 2 through 6. Their effort was a substantial success, with 2,710 box tops collected, which equates to $271 for the school district student activities. One student Sebastian Laforge, collected an amazing 342 box tops.
Additionally, the school is involved in Price Chopper’s Tools For Schools program, however in order for our school to receive credit for your purchases you must register your card at the customer service desk — merely presenting your card at checkout does not credit points for the school. Such registration takes only a few moments at the Customer Service desk. I hear Warrensburg Central currently has 27 families registered.
Over the fence
Recently I wrote in this column about the amount of litter there has been on our Thurman roads. I heard from Gary Martin that in the past week he has seen people walking the roads picking up the trash. He has seen a couple of young mothers with their four children, plus a grandmother and her grandchildren ages 2 &1/2 and 5 years old picking up refuse along the roadways. Also Wini Martin and her friend Ellen have been routinely walking Thurman roads, picking up others’ carelessly discarded trash. Kudos to all of them for beautifying our rural town.
Current activities and events
Warrensburg School District’s proposed 2013-2014 budget is up for a public vote from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at the high school.
The Thurman Food Pantry will be open Tuesday May 14 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Thurman 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. meets at 7 p.m. on the Friday of the first full week of the month at the firehouse. This month this occurs May 10. Those interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter, stop in and ask how you can help out.
The next Thurman Town Board meeting will be held May 14 beginning with the fiscal business session at 6:30 p.m.
The Thurman Station Association will be hosting benefit breakfast, lunch and food sale on May 17 at the Thurman Town Hall for Claudia Jean Wheeler of Wolf Pond Stables. Set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event features breakfast-style foods available from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Lunch, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature a $6 buffet with hot and cold beverages. Take-outs will be available, and this fundraiser would be a wonderful way to bring a hot lunch to a neighbor who is tending a sale. There will also be a white elephant table with used items. Anyone who can help out in some way large or small, contact Perky at 623-9305. Donations of time or food items are currently being accepted.
The Thurman Emergency Squad will be holding an auction at 1,000 Acres Ranch on Mother’s Day, May 12, starting at 2 p.m., and we hear there are plenty of items going up for bid.
Warren County Public Health Services will be holding a Rabies Clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday May 11 at the Warren County Public Works garage at 4055 Main St. in Warrensburg. Pets must be 3 months of age to receive their first Immunization. A $10 donation is requested for each pet.
Thanks for aid to Thurman EMS
Becky Desourdy and the members of the Thurman E.M.S. would like to thank everyone who helped out or attended the agency’s recent Spaghetti Dinner. Many residents turned out to support the squad, which garnered more than $800 in this fundraiser.
On a personal note
Couples celebrating anniversaries this week are Bruce and Cindy Belden on May 16, also Roger and Shelley Durkin on May 17.
Observing Birthdays this week are Debbie Penna and Lanora Merkle on May 11; Colby Birch on May 12; Marc Markle on May 13; Lucas Strock on May 14; Tyler Cameron and Rex Reynolds IV on May 15; Cindy Crandall, Jackie Holbert and Floyd Planty on May 16; plus Steve Baker, Sr. and Lori Pennock on May 17.