Activities & events in Thurman
Thurman Emergency Medical Services is holding a public meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday Feb. 9 at their squad building to share ideas about how to keep their ambulance services operating in town. All are invited to attend and discuss solutions to the financial shortfall the squad is experiencing.
The Thurman Town Board is scheduled to hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 12 —and reportedly it should be quite an event, considering the widespread public interest in the future of emergency medical services in town. This issue has prompted a lot of discussion — particularly lately after it became clear that Thurman’s independent ambulance squad needs money to avoid shutting down.
Valentines for Vets is to be held Saturday Feb. 9 at the Thurman Town Hall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. At this traditional town-sponsored event, local children create valentines for our veterans and enjoy refreshments. This free activity is sponsored by the Thurman Youth Commission.
The Sugarloaf Mountain Seniors Club will meet the third Saturday of February and March. Membership is still only $10 for a year. Contact Norma at 623- 9425 to join.
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the town hall. For details, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The Thurman Food Pantry will be open on the first Monday of the month from 1p.m. to 2 p.m., and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. all other weeks.
Remember that Thurman will be celebrating Maple Days the three weekends in mid-March, so save at least one of the dates for a tour of the maple farms as well as the famed Nettle Meadow Farm with its cheese-making operation.
The PTSA Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday Feb. 9 at the Haskell Brothers VFW Hall on Main St. in Warrensburg. The fee for dinner is $7 for adults and $5 for children.
The VFW Post 4821 Men’s Auxiliary will be preparing the meal and providing the ingredients for the menu, which is to consist of spaghetti with sauce, garden salad and garlic bread. For details, call Eddie Bates at 260-1212. This event is being held to raise money for the WCS Elementary School Playground, which is in need of renovations.
To join the PTSA, stop into the elementary school and pick up a membership form, Adult membership is still just $7 and a student membership is only $4.
Over the fence
Volunteers are still needed help organize the appreciation luncheon for the highway crew. Anyone interested should contact Evelyn Wood at 623-9649.
Warren County Bicentennial buttons are available in two versions: one variety is available from a receptacle just inside the main doors of the Town Hall. These buttons are free and very small. Thurman Station Association also has larger buttons available for a fee of $5. I have seen these buttons and they are attractive, with gold trim around the outer edges of the rectangular pin. To purchase one of these pins, contact Sally at 623-4889.
Thurmanites’ recollections sought
The John Thurman Historical Society wants your stories about bygone days in our little town. Any topic you would like to write about is fine to send in anytime, and one topic already being worked on describes the history of ice jams, floods and bridges here. If you have memories or pictures of this topic or others, the Quarterly staff would like you to phone or email to let them know. Stories and photos may be sent to: PersisGranger@aol.com or Persis Granger, 7460 SE 51st Way, Trenton, FL 32693.
The historical society is also seeking people to submit their recollections of old sayings they remember from their youth — axioms and bywords parents and grandparents used to say to children to mold their character or teach them about life. The deadline is Feb. 14, and the magazine will be published in March.
Lovers’ Day is approaching
Valentine’s Day is the second most celebrated holiday around the world second only to New Year’s Day. St. Valentine's Day began as a religious celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. We hope that 2013 brings you a happy Valentine’s Day celebration!
Pavement heaves are annoying
Have you noticed the big dips and rises in our Thurman roads? Well, so have I.
These annoying road ridges that punish automobile suspensions prompted my research into their causes.
I’ve learned that the ice grows in the direction of the heat loss — towards the surface — and it requires a water supply to continue feeding it. The second reason is related to benzene which is a derivative of crude oil, which we all know is part of the makeup of our roadways today. Well, while I don’t particularly care for swerving all over the roads to avoid the bumps and dips — However I do prefer roller-coaster pavement over dirt roads.
On a personal note
Celebrating anniversaries this week on Feb. 9 are Jim and Maria Ligon, and Dan and Juanita Cameron.
Blowing out birthday candles this week are Cole Mosher, Hilary Isaac Vaughn and Patrick Hennessey on Feb. 9; Chet Hensel, Carol Hall, Zachary Hennessey, Laura Rafferty, Nick Moon, and Filomena Riviello on Feb. 10; Amanda Castro, Donna Keck, Kara and Kailey Bacon on Feb. 11; Pastor Nathan Herrmann on Feb. 12; Trudy Siletti on Feb. 13; and Karen Ackley Ward on Feb. 15.
Jackwax work prompts Evie’s help
I believe it is in fact “crunch time” for the Jack Wax Party, as I have started dreaming about it at night. If you are interested in donating your time, a food item or both please contact me, Kathy Templeton, at 623-2967 or via email at email@example.com.
(Note from Evie Russell: With Kathy busy organizing the Jack Wax party, I have been asked to write a few items for this column to help her out. Note that I urge all of you to assist her in any way you can with our town’s traditional, famous fundraiser! Incidentally, many Thurmanites say they love her column, so keep relaying your news tips to her!)
A surprise 90th birthday party was held Feb. 2 at the Thurman Town Hall to honor Laura Goodnow Cameron, who celebrated her birthday on Feb. 5. Laura is well-known in Thurman — she is a member of the Sugarloaf Mountain Seniors Club, a member of the Baptist church, and has helped raise some of her grandkids and great-grandchildren! She is well-liked and enjoys helping good causes when she can.
Sympathy goes out to the large family of Jack Dingman who passed away recently.
Get well wishes go out to Earle Dibble, Darlene Castro and to all who are ill with the flu or the persistent cold that’s going around.
Our congratulations go out to Lila Walter, who turned 98 years old on Jan. 31. Another Thurman resident is slightly ahead of Lila as far as longevity goes. Charlotte Pasco Wood will be celebrating her 100th birthday on April 19. Special Happy Birthday wishes to each of these ladies.