Bed tax grants to be allocated
The Thurman Occupancy Tax Committee met Dec. 21 to discuss appropriations of money for various events proposed by groups and individuals who submitted budgets and grant requests.
The committee’s recommendations are passed onto the town board, which determines grant amounts.
The Town of Thurman received $30,000 in 2013 occupancy tax receipts, which is used to promote tourism. The committee proposed allocating $20,000 of the bed tax receipts as follows: Thurman Summer Concert Series, $11,640; Thurman Bicentennial Celebration, $5,620; Publicity, $2,200; other related expenses, $540; leaving $10,000 for Events such as Maple Days, Jack Wax Party, Thurman Fall Farm Tour, Town Wide Sale, Christmas Bazaar, and a new event to be named Wilderness Corridor Showcase.
Thurman’s roots run deep
Several months ago I reported on the founding of Thurman, which according to Warren County Historical Society was the original name of the town. Between 1813 and 1853 it in fact was named Athol.
In 1813 Warren County was established and the name came from Revolutionary War patriot and hero of the Battle at Bunker Hill, General Joseph Warren.
In 1799 the Town of Bolton and Chester were formed from Thurman, and 1805 the Town of Johnsburg was formed also from Thurman. In 1810 the Town of Lake George (known as Caldwell until 1963) was formed from three neighboring towns, Bolton, Thurman and Queensbury.
In 1819 the first building housing the Court house, jail and clerk’s office was constructed with Lake George as the county seat.
Townfolk to celebrate heritage
Those interested in being part of history in the making will not want to miss Thurman’s festivities on June 15 celebrating Warren County’s Bicentennial. That event is to include a parade, a barbecue and fireworks. Anyone interested in creating a float or participating in the parade should contact town supervisor Evelyn Wood at the town hall at: 623-9649.
Over the fence
Town residents should be aware that the winter months routinely bring inclement weather conditions — and that during storms, Meals on Wheels does not transport hot meals. So, perhaps our readers, when heavy snowstorms hit us, could drop by their neighbors, and prepare them a warm cup of tea, or bring them a dish of soup or sandwich from home.
January often delivers below-zero temperatures; so residents should make sure they plug in their heat tape, or make sure their pipes are adequately insulated — or just leave the cold water faucet dripping to ensure you are not stuck with frozen pipes.
Apply for tax relief!
Applications for the state School Tax Relief (STAR) program are now available at the Thurman Town Hall. The deadline for completed applications is March 1.
This program provides homeowners with two types of partial exemptions from school property taxes:
Basic STAR is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the resident owner and spouse’s income is less than $500,000, it exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes.
Enhanced STAR provides an increased benefit for the primary residences of citizens 65 and older with qualifying incomes, and exempts the first $63,300 of the full value of a home from school taxes. This exemption level was raised this year from $62,200.
STAR exemptions apply only to school district taxes. They don't apply to property taxes for other jurisdictions, such as counties, towns.
Activities & events in the hills
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls runs on the second and fourth Friday of every month. The next run is to occur Friday, Jan. 11. The trips are free to citizens age 60 and over. Those who wish to go, call Laura by Wednesday, Jan.9 at 623-9281.
The Sugar Loaf Seniors Club’s next meeting will be held Saturday Jan. 19 at 11:30 in the Thurman Town Hall. Membership dues of $10 will be collected at this gathering.
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, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The Thurman Fire Co. holds their meeting on the Friday of the first full week of the month at the Fire House. This month the group is to meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 11. Those interested in becoming a volunteer, stop in and ask how you can help.
The Gleaning food distribution is held the first Monday of every month and the next session is at 1 p.m. Jan. 7. Bring reusable cloth bags or plastic shopping bags to bring food items home.
The Warrensburg PTSA is seeking donations to build a new playground at the Warrensburg Elementary School. The current K-3 playground is in serious need of reconstruction, as it does not meet federal requirements for children with mobility issues. The playground equipment is quite pricey, but provide vital exercise to youngsters still building their motor skills.
Members of the PTSA have been visiting businesses seeking donations in the form of cash, merchandise or gift certificates. The gift certificates or items will be auctioned off at a spaghetti dinner to occur Feb. 9.
The community’s support of the PTSA is greatly appreciated. To become a member of the PTSA, visit the elementary school and pick up an application form. Adult membership is still just $7 and student membership is only $4.
School lunches to change
Beginning Jan. 2, Warrensburg schools new cafeteria management will be serving new options for their student lunches. Aramark Corporation will be serving hot meals which will consist of various items such as macaroni and cheese to pancakes and scrambled eggs at the elementary school, and Penne Pasta with meat sauce to chicken patty sandwiches or Baja salad at the high school.
Thurmanites’ special days
Celebrating birthdays this week are Bonnie Monroe, Stuart Baker and Earle Dibble on Jan. 6; Mark Rogers, Jimmy McGowan and Jenny Hill on Jan. 7; Gail Needham, Jean Rumble, Lorrie Smith, Chip Ligon and Matt Kennedy on Jan. 10; and Hial Hall IV, Lonna Sonley, Jacob Siletti and Makailyn Ward on Jan. 11.
On a personal note
Irv West would like to thank the volunteers for the beautiful Christmas basket they delivered to his household. During a difficult time, such a welcome gesture brings that more cheer and is even more appreciated, he said.
A second benefit of the basket delivery, he said was that the volunteer visited with his llamas. This time of year they do not have many visitors, West continued. If anyone would like to stop by and say hello to the wooly llamas, give Irv a call at 623-3987. “Critter Llama” he said, is especially enamored of kids, and kisses them all — so he suggests visitors bring a camera. Call 623-3987 to assure that Irv will be at home.
Also, when our readers are ready to discard Christmas trees, think of this alternative: if the tree has not been sprayed, does not have tinsel, and is a Hemlock variety, feel free to drop it off at the base of Irv's driveway. The llamas love Hemlock — and the variety is a natural de-wormer, Irv said.