Good riddance, dialup!
Many residents have phoned to tell me how overjoyed they will be when “white space” broadband technology finally rolls into town. These callers and many other people in town now have only dial-up connections to the Internet, and accomplishing just about anything on their computers with such a slow speed makes the “information superhighway” a rutted gravel road — a nearly impossible challenge to accomplish anything.
But we can be proud that our town of Thurman is considered a leader nationally in employing this new technology — using the space between channels on the old analog television transmission — to broadcast Internet broadband throughout our rural town. Thanks go to our town board for working to establish white space transmission, then lobbying for $200,000 in funding — and more money may be coming our way — to connect hundreds of households that are beyond the reach of the commercial Internet service providers.
Broadband to boost jobs, education
This prompted me to think about what this technology will mean to our children who are in school and facing this new “common core” teaching, that most of us parents and grandparents have never even heard of? With the Internet at their fingertips one would be able to access tutorials guiding parents and other caregivers on how to help their students succeed. And the college students, now able to conduct their studies from home, instead of traveling down to their respecvtive campuses to do their research.
Work-at-home jobs will increase, as well, possibly boosting the average wage that residents earn in our small community. Perhaps keeping families here in Thurman, instead of having to move out of town or worse, depending on the state to support them in any field other than cashier or waitress.
And for those who have moved away — with this new technology, family members will be able to reach out to one another and have face-to-face conversations using such applications as Skype. The only drawback to this, that I can see, will be trying to keep our youth from staying online all night long!
Help with home heating costs
HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy expenses. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat-related emergency. Additionally, HEAP offers heating equipment repair and replacement benefits for homeowners with inoperable heating equipment.
HEAP may help families for electricity, propane, natural gas, wood, oil, kerosene, coal, or any other heating fuel. To reach the Warren County HEAP office, call them at 761-6300 and follow the prompts.
A HEAP clinic is held annually here in Thurman and I will keep you updated on when it is to occur as soon as that information is available.
Over the fence
The apple orchards have had a very good season this year. Apples are large, plentiful, flavorful, crisp and juicy.Make sure you get out to one of them and enjoy the fresh fruit. When you’re there, get a half-bushel extra and can some for homemade apple pie this winter.
Anastacia Montalvo’s kitten Ayvah went missing a little over a week ago. Ayva is long-haired grey kitten with white on her belly and paws. She is four months old and weighs about 6 pounds; she was last seen on Mountain Road. If you or anyone you know has spotted this little beauty, you can reach me at 623-2967 or Anastacia at email@example.com.
Activities, events in Thurman
Don’t miss the Thurman Volunteer Fire Company’s annual chicken barbecue next weekend, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 12 at Toad Hill Maple Farm. For only $10 you get a savory barbecued half-chicken accompanied by salads and dessert. The fire Company holds their meetings on the Friday of the first full week of the month at the firehouse. Their next session is Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. Those 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 details, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The Gleaning food distribution is held the first Monday of every month and the next session is on Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. this month. Please be sure to bring your own reusable cloth bags or your old shopping bags to bring your goods home.
Thurman Town Board meetings are routinely held on the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
People unable to attend town board meetings can read the minutes are available on the Town website http: www.thurman-ny.com simply scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the minutes link. Or you can stop into the town hall and request copies of the minutes — there may be a small fee for this service.
The County sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls runs two times per month, on the second and fourth Fridays. The next trip will run on Friday, Oct. 11 and is free to seniors age 60 and over. Those who wish to go, call Laura by Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 623-9281.
Winter outerwear for children in need
It’s time to prepare our families for winter, and the Salvation Army has a program named Warm the Children which provides winter clothing for children in need.
Area residents who are short on both money and winter outdoor wear are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Glens Falls Chapter of the Salvation Army, which can be reached at 792-1960. They are located on Chester Street in Glens Falls.
On a personal note:
Celebrating anniversaries this week are: Jeremy and Karen Ward on Oct. 8 and Rod and Mary Kenyon, Oct. 10.
Celebrating birthdays this week are: Rachel Castro and Chrystal Beadnell on Oct. 5; Nancy Beadnell on Oct. 6; Heather Leigh on Oct. 7; Buddy Russell, Kelly May, Cherie Hill and Lisa Arnold on Oct. 8; Elizabeth Dimmick on Oct. 10; and Cy Combs on Oct. 11.
Fall Farm Tour set for next weekend
The Thurman Fall Farm Tour will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 — this year it will be a one-day-only event that area residents won’t want to miss.
Valley Road Maple Farm will be keeping the tradition alive, by being open both Saturday and Sunday serving up their famous pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
When you’re in town be sure to check out the many maple farms, plus Nettle Meadow Goat Farm with artisanal cheeses. A special attraction this year at nationally renowned Nettle Meadow is The Grafton Street Trio which will be performing from noon to 2:30 p.m.
Martin’s Lumber will be showing the workings of their sawmill as well as tours of their premises, explanations of their sustainable tree farming practices and displays of various crafts.
Adirondack Spectral Investigations is inviting the public to be part of an investigation of paranormal phenomena from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sally Feihel said folks can join Cheryl Kenyon and her in such an encounter.
Those interested must sign up ahead of time, as participation will be limited to a small number. The investigation will be followed by coffee and dessert. The price is $20. Contact Sally at 623-4889 to preregister.
Also be sure to visit Lima the Llama at Peru Llama Farm, where we hear there will be a maze of sorts for the children who attend. In addition, bring the children to Whitefield’s Farm where they can see the turkeys, and drop in at Adirondack Ambiance art gallery to see the exquisite artwork.
At the end of the day be sure to stop by Toad Hill Maple Farm for the Thurman Volunteer Fire Company’s chicken barbecue from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. — these extended hours are to accommodate people hosting visitors at event sites.
Organizers of the Thurman Quilt Show, routinely a part of the Thurman Fall Farm Tour, are seeking quilts from the past to be shown at the event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have an old quilt you’d like displayed, contact Avis at 623-9921.