Quick action at fire saves home
Heidi Haskell expresses her thanks to the Thurman Fire Co. members for promptly responding to a structure fire at the home of her brother, Douglas Steele.
Thurman Fire Chief Jeremy Bradway was the first on the scene and acted swiftly, first calling for backup from Warrensburg then assisting Steele to safety outside of his home. Bradway then quenched the flames with a fire extinguisher he carries in his personal vehicle and then he made sure no one else was in the home. Steele’s cat was saved in the evacuation effort.
Three Warren County Sheriff officers arrived and offered additional fire extinguishers — which they all carry. The Thurman fire truck arrived moments afterwards.
Backup from Warrensburg was then cancelled and Thurman fire crew doused the area surrounding the fire and used a thermal imaging camera to assure there were no “hot spots” which can be miniscule and could start a secondary fire long after responders leave the scene.
Bradway reviewed the thermal imaging evidence and it was determined that there were no hot spots. The firefighters left the scene at 1:30 a.m.
Additional expressions of appreciation go out to Jim Desourdy, Kylee Combs, Richard Ovitt, Dustin Haskell and Keith Fortner. Also, Thanks go to the American Red Cross of Glens Falls for helping with clothes, food and cleaning supplies.
Steele is back in his home; however, the kitchen floor, cabinets, refrigerator, and stove are ruined and need replacing. Heidi Haskell asks that anyone who has a refrigerator, or gas stove they could offer, or has materials for fixing the kitchen to contact her at 696-3732.
We all applaud the work of our local responders, who safeguard the lives, property and health of our town’s citizens.
Highway Crew tribute lunch set
Donations are now being sought for the upcoming luncheon to honor the Thurman Highway Department employees.
The highway workers, who have served well during an eventful year, are to be hailed at the annual luncheon, set for 11 a.m. Feb. 26 at the Thurman Town Hall.
Debbie Runyon has volunteered to organize the event, and she is seeking people to assist by donating food and drinks, plastic plates and cups, silverware, etc.
Anyone interested in helping Debbie should contact her at 744-5677 — help would be greatly appreciated.
Debbie expresses thanks in advance to those who can assisting with this event. Our road crew works hard, does a great job, and deserves their special day.
Events & activities in Thurman
The Sugarloaf Mountain Seniors Club’s Feb. 16 meeting has been postponed — the group will be holding a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at George Henry’s in Warrensburg Norma asks that seniors bring their membership dues of $10 to the event.
Warrensburg Elementary School will be holding an Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. March 27. Many activities are planned for this event, including a fundraiser for the elementary school playground, an effort sponsored by the PTSA. The fundraiser will feature children stuffing their own toy animal, and associates from “Animal Land” will be there to helping families in making their own stuffed cuddly friend. The fee will be around $20 per animal and proceeds benefit the playground.
Goodnow celebrates 92nd
Laura Cameron Goodnow expresses thanks to all who organized and participated in her recent surprise party, held to celebrate her 92nd birthday.
Laura was told by one of her grand-daughters that she was being taken out to Olive Garden for lunch, but they needed to stop off briefly at the Thurman Town Hall. It indeed was a special event for her as even her granddaughter Holly Rogers came all the way from New Orleans to celebrate with her. When Goodnow walked into the town hall everyone yelled “surprise!” — to her delight.
Over the fence
Tammy Winslow extends a Thank You to a stranded motorist she assisted by volunteering the use of her home phone to call a repair man for assistance. The motorist returned the favor with a lovely gift of a bouquet of flowers delivered to her home. Tammy did not get the woman’s name, but hopes that she will read this and know how nice Tammy thought this gesture was.
This incident raises the question, what have we done lately to “give back” to others? How about paying for the next person’s coffee at the coffee shop you stop into before heading to work? Simple things like this will make you feel great and the recipient, even better!
Did you know that those little box tops on the items you buy mean real dollars to schools, Warrensburg elementary and high schools in particular? Every five box tops can yield $2.50 cash to the schools, and Campbell’s soup labels yield nearly 20 cents each, and the “Labels for Education” are worth about 25 cents per label.
The labels can be deposited in a convenient drop box at the Thurman Town Hall, just inside the front doors.
I will pick these labels up and make sure they get to the appropriate person so they can help our local students.
So, please drop these labels off when you drive through town!
On a personal note
Esther Kennedy’s 11 children would like her to be remembered on the 10-year anniversary of her passing. Her children are Hiram, Matt, John, Milton, Wayne and Kathy Kennedy; Virginia Vansyk; Shirley Burt; Vivian Ekstrand; Patricia Hill and Nancy Hill. Esther was a wonderful mother, greatly missed and on a personal note, she was a dear friend to my grandmother as well.
Congratulations go out to Sophia Magagnoli, who was recently awarded by Warrensburg Central School authorities. Sophia, a fifth-grade student, is the daughter of Jeana and David Levitsky of Warrensburg. Sophia was nominated for the award her music teacher, Mrs. Davey, who noted, “Sophia is an exemplary student. She is smart, kind, and compassionate to other students and teachers as well, understanding and tolerant of others’ opinions, a diligent worker in class, and truly loved by all.”
Celebrating anniversaries this week are Reggie and Gail Needham on Feb. 17, and Jerry and Evie Lucia on Feb. 22. This is the 10th anniversary for the Lucias!
Celebrating birthdays this week are Elizabeth Hayes, Cliff Dureau, Marilyn Russell, and Millie Venton on Feb. 16; Theresa Beadnell Stannard on Feb. 17; Ed Baker, Jr. on Feb. 18; Maria Allison on Feb. 20; Peggy Florence on Feb. 21; plus Cheyanne Hill and Dennis Galusha on Feb. 22.
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