Town’s Easter party scheduled
Break out your “Sunday best” and clean those camera lenses, because the Easter Bunny is coming to Thurman Town Hall on Saturday March 23. The holiday party is to be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Children will be lining up to sit on the Easter Bunny’s lap after they’ve created their own special craft item. Other activities and refreshments will be provided.
This seasonal party, free to the public, is annually hosted by the Thurman Youth Commission and paid for by Thurman Occupancy Tax funds.
Home-grown planting tips
With the economy in the current state, it makes sense for us all to grow our own vegetables.
In Thurman, most all residents have the luxury of sufficient land surrounding our homes for growing produce that can fee our families at minimal cost.
In addition, scientific tests have shown that homegrown food is generally far more nutritious — and tastier — than commercially available varieties that are raised with shipping durability as the top priority.
Most of know that Thurman and surroundings are designated as Zone 5 for planting purposes. So, we’re publishing is a schedule of what you can plant and when you can plant it.
There are some cool weather crops that can be planted in the spring, just as soon as it is warm enough to get outside and work the ground. These vegetables include spinach, arugula, mache, salsify and mustard greens, onions from sets, peas, and root crops: parsnips, beets, carrots, potatoes, radishes and turnips.
In addition to these vegetables that are sown outdoors in the spring, some vegetables are best started indoors in the spring. Starting the vegetable seeds indoors extends the growing season, by allowing these warm weather crops to grow to large plants before transplanting them outside. When the weather warms enough that it is safe for these plants they are then taken to the vegetable garden and planted. Also, they will be ready to harvest sooner by starting them indoors first. These crops include broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, endive, leek, lettuce, melon, peppers tomatoes.
Consider adopting a pet
Spring is the perfect time to adopt a pet — and choosing a suitable creature from The Pumpkin Fund is an option that is a caring thoughtful method of doing so.
This not-for-profit corporation is dedicated to healing sick or injured pets when their owners can’t afford needed treatment and are likely to choose euthanasia simply because of monetary reasons. It is the organization’s objective that by assisting in the pets’ recovery, the owner’s hearts will be relieved of the anguish of having to face such a difficult decision, and the owner in return will perform a random act of kindness for someone else in the future.
You can reach The Pumpkin Fund via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Activities and events in the hills
The Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. holds their meeting on the Friday of the first full week of the month at the Thurman firehouse. The group’s next meeting is set for 7 p.m. March 8. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, stop in and ask how you can help.
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, call 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 meeting will be held Tuesday March 12.
Over the fence
With our Thurman EMS in a financial bind, many have asked where they may send monetary donations. The address is :Thurman E.M.S., P.O. Box 114, Athol NY 12810.
Jack Wax reflections
Sitting on my pantry shelf is the original pan used here in Thurman for preparing Jack Wax. It was borrowed from Rex Reynolds, whose mother Jean organized the party for decades. We hear the pan has been used to prepare the tasty confection every year for the Thurman Sugar Party since the year after its inception. Rex has stated that the pan is indeed old and dates back to the 1800s.
The 2013 Thurman Jack Wax Party is set for Saturday March 9, so stop by and enjoy the mountain music, great food presented buffet style, warm socializing and of course that traditional rural favorite, Jack Wax, or maple syrup drizzled over shaved ice or snow. See elsewhere in this issue for details.
Jack Wax parties have been held by North Country folks forever, and this confection, it has been said, probably originated with the Native Americans.
In a Thurman diary from 1930, the writer tells of a Jack Wax party held at Athol Methodist Church, which once stood between The Thurman Town Hall and the Harris House. The event raised funds for the church, but one year the call went out to help the family of a young local boy stricken by leukemia. The next year, the church had closed and the young boy's life had been lost. Organizers decided to carry on the tradition of hosting the meal, and to donate the funds to the American Cancer Society. This year marks 54 years that the dinner has been held for this purpose.
Menu items at the party will include fresh turkey from Whitefields’ farm, spiral hams donated by the Witz family, corned beef provided by local grocery stores, baked macaroni and cheese prepared by Loraine Lambiase and Sheila Flanagan of Nettle Meadow – let’s not forget to thank their goats; maple carrots donated by Sally Feihel; breads and pastries by Myrna Keeler; a green-bean casserole created by Yvonne MacNeil; a baked ham donated by the Ligons; cranberry-topped green beans provided by yours truly; garden salads donated by the Terrells; other savory dishes by Adrienne Gliha-Bell, Susan Jennings, Gretchen Millington, and much, much more! Thank you to you all for your generosity. Appreciation also goes out to all of the volunteers as well — you know who you are! Also, others seeking to donate may drop off cooked side dishes just prior to the event and they will be warmed up for serving.
If you are looking for something to do in Thurman prior to the party, stop into one of the several sugar houses, or all of them, and see how maple syrup is made. This is sure to be a hit for the young and old alike. For a map listing all of the sites stop into the town hall for a brochure or visit http://www.persisgranger.com/ThurmanMapleDays.htm#MapleParty.
If tired after the day’s events, then stop into the Glen Lodge. To book a room, see: www.theglenlodge.com or call 494-4984.
Susan Baker remembered
Deepest sympathies go out to the family of Susan Baker of High St. who passed away March 2.
Susan will be fondly remembered not only for her personality and character, but for her community involvement.
Susan worked tirelessly on the town Summer Youth Program, and was the founder of the Mommie & Me group that was popular for many years.
She served on the town Youth Commission and her accomplishments include the town Memory Tree, paying tribute to departed loved ones. Also, Susan served as an assistant to the town clerk, and substituted as town bookkeeper.
For many years, she worked with the Thurman ambulance squad as Treasurer, as well as responding to many medical emergencies.
Special days in the hills
Celebrating a wedding anniversary this week are Chuck and Linda Arlin. Their special day is March 14.
Observing birthdays this week are Linda Griswold, Jennifer Ligon, and Ava Mae Lohrey on March 9; Hans Wenker also Alexandria Werner on March 10; Calvin Varnum, Paul Siletti, and Pauline Germain on March 11; Bob Venton Sr. and Killian Baker on March 13; Greg Sadow, Renee Walker and Laurona Dibble on March 14; and Tommy Sesselman on March 15.