Quirky facts about St. Patty’s Day
Originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years the color green and its association with Saint Patrick's Day developed. As early as the 17th century, green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. It has been said that the celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day is on March 17 because this is the day he passed away.
Why has corned beef become the traditional dish to enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day? while we might assume it is because that’s what the residents of Ireland eat on this holiday— however eating corned beef on St. Patty’s Day is actually as American as apple pie. Beef was only eaten by the rich in Ireland. The corned-beef tradition began when the Irish emigrated to the U.S., particularly New York City, and they were looking for a substitute for bacon.
Beef was more affordable, so they treated the beef as they would have bacon. Over time, this became a traditional meal here on St. Patrick’s Day, although it’s still not popular in Ireland. The only places you will find serving up corned beef in Ireland today are those venues that are catering to American tourists, who think they are having an authentic Irish meal. Don’t let this information stop you from enjoying your corned beef. It still is a tradition — an American tradition.
Thrifty ways to help our schools
Those who collect Box Tops as well as Labels for Education, can now drop them off at several convenient locations — at the elementary school just inside the front doors; at Direct Deposit Redemption Center on Main Street in Warrensburg; and at the Thurman Town Hall in a coffee can marked “Box Tops.” At this latter drop-off point, I will collect the labels and tops monthly and make sure they get to the appropriate person. If you drop them off at Direct Deposit, make sure you tell them which school is to receive the points. Torn or taped labels cannot be accepted. Every label means real money to our schools and saves tax dollars!
Events & activities in the hills
The Thurman Food Pantry will be open Tuesday March 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. There is unopened milk left over from the Jack Wax Party, so ask about obtaining a carton for your family.
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.in the town hall. Bring your knitting, sewing, or quilting projects and make some new friends. For details, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The seniors’ bus service to Glens Falls runs on the second and fourth Friday of every month. It will operate next on Friday, March 22 and is free to citizens 60 and over. Those who wish to go should call Laura at 623-9281 by Wednesday, March 20.
The Thurman transfer station’s hours of operation are from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Residents can purchase the required trash bags either at the town hall or the transfer station. The town hall is open for such transactions from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays; on Thursdays the office is closed, so see Sue Baker from 9 a.m. to noon. On Fridays, hours vary, so call first at 623-4588.
Residents having a difficult time getting their trash to the transfer station can arrange for Jim Desourdy to take them to the town landfill for $5 per week. If weekly pick-up isn’t necessary, he will transport the trash as needed. Jim routinely picks up every Saturday starting at 9 a.m., To reach him, call 623-4254.
Richards Library cannot currently accept donated books — as library employees are in the process of moving their collection of books as construction is underway for their building expansion and renovation.
Some important dates to remember at Warrensburg Central Schools include the community budget forum at 7 p.m. March 18 at the high school; Superintendent’s Conference Day on Friday March 22 when school will not be held; and the Scholastic Book Fair March 26 through 28 in the Elementary General Purpose Room. Also, Open House will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 27 at the Elementary School, during which several basket raffles are to be held. Also, a PRIDE Assembly Day is to be held March 28.
Warrensburg Central School’s Drama Club is to present the musical Grease at 7:30 p.m. on March 21, 22 and 23 in the high school cafetorium. Tickets go on sale March 4. Adult tickets are $8; students and seniors are $6. Call or stop in the high school main office to order tickets. The show will take place in the High School cafetorium. Proceeds benefit the Drama Club to help support their future productions. Jim Corriveau and the students annually present musicals that are spirited, innovative and remarkably professional — so don’t miss this crowd favorite!
A blood drive is to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 19 at Warrensburg High School. All are welcome to donate and help save lives.
Warren County Public Health will be holding a rabies clinic on Saturday March 23 at the firehouse located on Lake Avenue in Lake Luzerne from 10 a.m. until noon.
A $10 donation is requested for each pet, but no one is turned away due to financial hardship. Bring dogs on leashes and cats or ferrets in carriers. For details, call 761-6580.
Those families looking for some family fun on Saint Patrick’s Day, the 63rd annual Albany Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday March 16. The procession begins on Quail St at Central Avenue then travels east, merging with Washington Avenue, continues toward Albany City Hall and travels east on State St., turning left onto Pearl St.
Jack Wax Party— true to tradition
The 54th annual Thurman Jack Wax Party held March 9 was a huge success! More than 150 tickets were sold and servings were sold out by 6:30 p.m. A preliminary accounting indicates we raised $1,865 — all to benefit the American Cancer Society.
The winners of the Basket Raffles were Jeannie Jenkins, a member of the band performing at the dinner who won the Maple Basket donated by Adirondack Gold Maple Farm; and the St. Patty’s Day Basket was donated by the Thurman Youth Commission. The Believe & Faith Basket, also donated by the Thurman Youth Commission, was won by David & Gretchen Millington. Bea Karr won Nettle Meadow Farm’s basket of assorted cheeses and kindly donated some of the cheeses to the members of the band – talk about giving back! The winner of the first pair of round-trip tickets on the Saratoga & North Creek Railway was Bill Liebl. The winners of the second pair of train tickets were Rod and Mary Kenyon. The pair of bluegrass festival tickets were won by Tuck and Arlinda Birdsall.
A personal Thank You goes out to many volunteers at the party — beyond those mentioned in the main Jack Wax article — including Adrienne Gliha-Bell, Gretchen Millington, David Millington, Tina Parker, George Chonko, Cynthia Hyde, Susan Jennings, Paula Hubert, Emma Feiden and Aiden Templeton for helping set up the hall in preparation for this event. Also, to Derrick, Paisley, and Winni Conine for taking care of my son, Nolan on Sunday when we were all busy cleaning up. Also, thanks to Tuck Birdsall for selling tickets and to Nancy Decker for manning the basket raffles. Incidentally, Bob Sheppler’s homemade raspberry-filled and maple-filled cookies were a huge hit with folks attending.
Appreciation goes to the area maple producers who donated their savory maple syrup for the Jack Wax dessert: Charlie and Michelle Wallace of Hidden Hollow Maple Farm, Cheryl and Marc Kenyon of Adirondack Gold Maple Farm, Mike Hill of Valley Road Maple Farm, and Randy and Jill Galusha of Toad Hill Maple Farm — they also donated a ham as well. Appreciation also goes to Rex Reynolds Jr. and Irene Hall who donated a gallon.
Keith Davidson of the Glens Falls chapter of the American Cancer Society spoke at the party, thanking all who attended the dinner and donated to this worthy charity. When I spoke with Keith personally, he said he just loves coming to Thurman and enjoys the company of the guests who attend. He also said that the quaint “Norman Rockwell” atmosphere at the event is always delightful.
Plans for next year include more servings of meat, which seems to be the first thing to go at an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner. Thank you to all of you for the support of this annual tradition — saying Hello to spring while making a difference in the effort to find a cure for cancer.
Thurmanites’ special days
Celebrating birthdays this week are Sarah Hensel and Paula Hubert on March 16, Sara Hightower and Kaylee Baker on March 17, Eric Smith on March 19, Lance Chadwell and Chance McCraw on March 20, Patrick Galusha and Billy Arnold on March 21, and Daniel Cameron Jr. on March 22. Belated Birthday greetings go out to Lauryn Constantineau whose birthday was on March 5.