Martin Luther King Day
Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday, celebrates the birthday of the nation’s primary spokesman for nonviolent action to achieve civil rights.
King’s birthday is Jan. 15, but it’s celebrated on the third Monday of January under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
While the campaign to establish a holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination, it was signed into law in 1983 after Congress passed legislation establishing the holiday by a heavy majority — and it was first observed in 1986.
Several states — including New Hampshire and Arizona — resisted the holiday observance until 2000 when all 50 complied.
Activities & events in the hills
The next meeting of the Sugar Loaf Seniors Club is to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday Jan. 19 in the Thurman Town Hall. the group is to meet on the third Saturday of February and March as well. Membership dues in the amount of $10 will be collected at this next meeting.
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the town hall. So stop in and meet with these skilled members. For details, contact Myra at 623-2633.
If you have children who are students at Warrensburg High School, make sure they are well-rested and have eaten a nutritious breakfast every day next week, because the state Regents exams are to be held from Jan. 22 through 25.
Mark your calendars for the PTSA Spaghetti Dinner and Auction scheduled for Feb. 9 at the Haskell Brothers VFW Hall on Main Street in Warrensburg. The communities’ support of the PTSA is greatly appreciated. To become a member of this vital, active group, simply drop into the Elementary School to pick up an application form. Adult membership is still just $7 and a student membership is only $4.
Preparations are progressing for Thurman’s 54th annual Jack Wax Party to be held Saturday March 9. The event benefits the American Cancer Society.
This event requires months of advance work to make it as successful as it has been for decades. Before I volunteered to organize the Jack Wax Party, I had no idea how much went into making sure this event was held without a hitch — well, I am the wiser now!
Many area businesses have volunteered food items or gift cards to be used for the purchase of food. Also, many more local residents have volunteered not only to prepare homemade food items, but donated their priceless time to help make sure this is an event to remember. I just have to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for making this come together so well!
If you would like to donate a dish or your time or both, please do not hesitate to call me, Kathy Templeton, at 623-2967 or if email is more convenient, send me a message at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
News from thurman Town Hall
Applications for the STAR property tax exemption program are available at the Thurman Town Hall for those who meet the requirements. The deadline for completed applications is March 1. The state School Tax Relief (STAR) program provides homeowners with two types of partial exemptions from school property taxes. All are welcome to check with local and county authorities on details of the program.
Have noticed that there hasn’t yet been a tribute luncheon held this year for the town highway crew? These men do such a good job clearing our roads and sanding them to assure we can drive safely. The luncheon has been a way to thank them for their hard work. Anyone interested in organizing a luncheon is asked to contact Evelyn at the Town Hall at 623-2967 to volunteer.
The Thurman Town Hall will be closed Monday Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day.
Over the fence
Stock up on your birdseed as February is National Bird Feeder Month! This designation was launched in February 1994 to educate the public on the benefits of feeding wild birds and the pleasant hobby of observing them.
A cautionary message goes out to all ice fishing anglers out there. After the rains last week, it is strongly advised that all you ice anglers know your surroundings and the source of water you are approaching before starting your day. By preparing properly and respecting the ice, tragedy can be prevented and you can enjoy a day of fishing.
Those having a difficult time getting their trash to the Thurman transfer station are welcome to call Jim Desourdy, who will take bags of household refuse to the transfer station for $5 per week. For those residents who do not need weekly pickup, Desourdy he will provide his service intermittently as needed, only charging for the weeks he provides the service. Jim routinely picks up every Saturday starting at 9 a.m. — to reach him, call 623-4254.
Special days for Thurmanites
Best wishes go out to Richard and Sally Wallace who are celebrating a wedding anniversary this week.
Observing birthdays this week are Daniel Vanselous on Jan. 19; Will Hill on Jan. 20; Curtis Tyler and Keith Sonley, Jr. on Jan. 21; Bethany Herrmann and Glen Germain on Jan. 22; plus Grace Allen, Shanika Arroyo and Hunter Germain on Jan. 25.