Reaching out to Newtown PTA
The Warrensburg PTSA has reached out to the PTA in Newtown, Ct. to offer whatever help they can give in the wake of the horrific shooting incident at Sandy hook Elementary School.
The Newtown PTA has asked their Warrensburg counterparts to spread the word about a snowflake drive they are having through their organization.
The snowflakes eventually will be used to decorate Chalk Hill, a former school in the neighboring municipality of Monroe where the Sandy Hook elementary children will be attending classes for the immediate future.
While work is ongoing to coordinating a collection effort for Fawn Hollow Elementary in Newtown, representatives of Warrensburg PTSA wish to share this information on the Newtown school district’s behalf.
Remember, no two snowflakes are alike, so get creative. For ideas, see: www.kerliandanimals.blogspot.com/2009/12/tutorial-how-to-make-lovely-snowflakes.html
Send snowflakes to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12.
Ideas for fulfilling family fun
The holiday break is an ideal time to relax and spend some fun times with your children, rather than getting caught up in all the hustle and bustle.
How about taking a long walk with them and just listen to what they have to tell you? Just let them talk while you listen. We all remember what it was like to be a child and it seemed like your parents never stopped talking and you just had to listen.
Studies have shown that parents who listen have much more well-rounded children, because they are serving as good role models. So ask yourself how you want your child to turn out — Do you want them to be compassionate and listen to others?
Another idea may be to play some board games — or read to them and have them read to you. A fun game idea that I found while surfing the Internet was drawing some different pictures on 20 to 30 pieces of scrap paper and turning them upside-down. Each person then gets a turn to flip over 3 to 5 pieces and make up a story from the pictures they see.
As I write this, our first winter storm is on its way to drop 6 to 9 inches of snow on us, so my plans will include a building a snow man, the first one in three years!
Over the fence
Dozens of people collaborated in our town’s heart-warming holiday charity, and we hear their efforts are much appreciated.
Cheryl Kenyon has told me that many area residents were very pleased to be on the list to receive Christmas Baskets this year.
Pastor Nathan and Amber Herrmann will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party at their home at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 and they invite the public to attend.
A warm “Thank You” goes out to all the members of Thurman Fire Co. for so kindly adopting many children on the Christmas holiday, making sure they had a few toys under the tree — Job well done!
Barbara Turner also expressed deep appreciation to all those planning or turning out for a fundraiser to help her deal with burdensome expenses while she fights off cancer. The party, held at the Thurman Town Hall in mid-November, featured no less than 98 gift baskets which were raffled off.
Also, her friends sold T-shirts to those attending — and the town hall was filled to capacity, demonstrating the community’s generosity and caring attitude, Turner said.
“Everyone was so wonderful,” Turner said. “I can’t imagine how I could ever pay you all back — Thanks from the bottom of my heart!”
Activities & events in the hills
There was an error in last week’s edition of the Thurman column in regard to the Sugar Loaf Seniors Club. The group will indeed be holding meetings in January, February, and March on the third Saturday of the month at 11:30 a.m. Membership dues of $10 will be collected at the January meeting.
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Thurman Town Hall. Bring your knitting, sewing, or quilting projects and make some new friends. For more information, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. holds their monthly meetings at the firehouse on the Fridays occurring in the first full week of each month at the Fire House. This month’s meeting is to be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 11. Those interested in becoming a volunteer are urged to stop in and ask how to help out the community by joining.
Thurman Emergency Medical Services ambulance squad meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the squad building, located at 572 High St.
The next meeting is slated for Jan. 3. Those interested in becoming a member, are urged to stop in and ask how you can help.
Landfill reminders offered
The hours of operation for the Thurman transfer station are: Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m.; plus Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the required special trash bags can be purchased at either the Thurman Town Hall or the town transfer station. The days and hours to purchase them at the Town Hall are as follows: Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday, closed (so see Sue Baker for garbage bags 9 a.m. to noon); Friday, hours vary, call 623-4588 for details.
Those who are having difficulties getting their orange bags of trash to the transfer station may contact Jim Desourdy at 623-4254 and he will take them to the facility for $5 per week.
The Thurman town hall will be closed Dec. 28 and Dec. 31 for floor maintenance, and closed on Jan. 1 in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.
Jack Wax Party help needed
Let’s not forget about the Jack Wax Party to be held March 9 from. To be a part of the fun, contact me, Kathy Templeton, at 623-2967.
This year marks 53 years this event has taken place, and all the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. In addition to the great food and unbeatable socializing, representatives from the American Cancer Society will be in attendance this year.
The sooner people sign up to help, the smoother the plans will progress. I thank you in advance for committing early to help out with this remarkable traditional local charity that expresses the true spirit of our community.
Special days occurring this week
Celebrating a wedding anniversary this week are Rick and Georgia Kenyon.
Blowing out birthday candles this week are Landian Templeton on Dec. 27; Norma Venner Galusha on Dec. 28; Herman Baker, Heidi Haskell, Theresa Clayfield and April Gill on Dec. 29; Robert “Red” Veillette, Jack Binder, and Calista Murray on Dec. 30; Darin Springer and Nancy Simpkins on Dec. 31; Bonnie Cameron, Clarence Roberts, and Mark Kuklinski Jr. on Jan. 1; Brigid Kelly on Jan. 2; and Holly Haskell on Jan 4.
History of New Year’s revelry
New Year’s is the world's most popular and universally celebrated festival.
The origin of celebrating New Year’s Day dates back to the era of emperors who established a special day to observe the end of one year and the beginning of the next.
In 46 B.C., Roman emperor Julius Caesar officially declared Jan. 1 to begin the new year. At that time, Romans worshiped the god Janus who was said to have two faces, one looking forward and the other looking backward. The month of January was named after this Roman god and it prompted the emperor to establish January as “the gate” to the New Year, as implied by the meaning of Janus’ name. People adopted the Julian calendar, and in doing so observed January as first month of the year.
About 500 years later, Pope Gregory XIII abolished the Julian calendar and introduced the Gregorian calendar which incorporated a leap year after every four years to accommodate the true length of the year, the earth’s annual trip in orbit around the sun. Finally, in 1582, it was settled that Gregorian calendar was set to celebrate New Year on the first day of January.