Christmas charity prevails here
In an annual charitable tradition, about 50 Christmas Baskets were prepared Saturday Dec. 8 for delivery to various households in town — and the residents of Thurman truly stepped up to the challenge of filling them.
Assembled by a dozen or more local volunteers, the baskets were delivered to people who would be alone on the holidays, to local elderly, and to families who have been facing challenging circumstances.
Many residents dropped off such items as homemade baked goods and other savory edibles. A troop of Brownie Girl Scouts made cookies and brownies — very fitting indeed
Sheila Flanagan of Nettle Meadow Farm brought down some of her delicious chèvre, which added a fancy little touch to the baskets. Another resident made assorted mini-loaves of bread which were hot out the oven and had such a savory aroma.
One person donated gourmet tangerines and juice oranges obtained at Trader Joe’s.
The baskets, which included non-perishable food items as well, were topped off with crafts created by local third-grade students. The Warrensburg Elementary pupils fashioned wooden spoons into charming reindeer.
Those who chose not to bake, had prior obligations or could not be there, made monetary contributions.
The many volunteers included Susan Jennings, Gail Needham, Paula Hubert, Karma Smith, Sally Feihel, Cheryl Kenyon plus Judd and Lisa, and others.
Susan said volunteering to assemble the baskets had a special meaning for her and brought back good memories, as she recalls that when she was in her youth, her parents
Fred and Emily Martin were delivered a basket for several years.
I must say, one of the reasons why I love this small community so much is the way everyone gets together in a time of need.
The volunteers had a great time enjoying each other’s company while assembling these holiday baskets
To sign up for a family member or friend to receive a basket next year — or to receive one yourself, call Cheryl Kenyon at 623-9718.
Christmas Party coming up
Break out your “Sunday best” and clean those camera lenses, because Santa Claus is coming to town —Thurman Town Hall that is. Jolly old Saint Nicholas is sure to delight children of all ages when he visits from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 15. Once Santa arrives, he visits with the children for a while, then each child gets a chance to tell him what item they most want to open on Christmas morning. Every child will receive a gift from Santa at this free event.
News from Thurman Town Hall
The Town is now accepting letters of interest for an open position on the Board of Assessment Review. Anyone interested should submit a letter to the Town Clerk. Mail the letters to Thurman Town Hall, P.O. Box 29, Athol NY 12810; or via fax at: 623-4292.
The town Occupancy Tax Committee will be meeting at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 21 in the Town Hall to review the applications submitted for event funding. This is an open meeting and residents are welcome to attend.
The Thurman transfer station’s hours of operation are noon to 3 p.m.on Wednesday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The required bags for household trash can be purchased either at the Thurman Town Hall or the town transfer station. The days and hours to purchase them at the Town Hall are as follows: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, see Sue Baker for garbage bags 9 a.m. to noon, and on Fridays, hours vary. Call first at 623-4588 to make sure they will be available.
Those who are having difficulty transporting their orange bags of trash to the transfer station are urged to contact Jim Desourdy at 623-4254 — he will take them to the transfer station for $5 per week.
Now is the time to be creative
The Christmas holiday is just a wonderful time of the year for most, however some are less fortunate and this time of year brings stress.
Going back to old-time traditions is not only is fun and fulfilling, but it can also save some hard-earned cash. Perhaps using a skill you have to make a gift instead of purchasing it, or maybe putting fruit into stockings for your little ones to snack on while waiting to open their presents — both are good ideas. Making something as a gift is also very personal and thoughtful — and it also downplays the materialism that unfortunately has increasingly been associated with Christmas.
Going back to the simpler way not only relieves stress and tends to have more meaning, but it also just seems like the right thing for us to do.
Holiday activities in the hills
Don’t miss your chance to hear Christian country recording artist Jay Witham in concert Dec. 16 at the Thurman Baptist Church. Witham will be performing at 12:45 p.m. and has pastored churches throughout New England and the Northeast since 1975.
The church members will be going out Christmas caroling on Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. and afterwards will be partaking of refreshments at Myrtle Buyce’s home. All are welcome.
Pastor Nathan and Amber Herrmann will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party at their home on Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. and they invite the public to attend any of these events.
Jackwax Party has long history
Planning for the 2013 Jack Wax Party in March is now underway — and anyone who can help in any way, call me, Kathy Templeton, at 623-2967.
This event features great socializing, an all-you-can eat buffet and it’s topped off with a dessert of genuine jack wax, or maple syrup on snow. The event also annually features mountain music.
Jack wax parties have been held by North Country folks forever, and this confection, it has been said, probably originated with the Native Americans.
In a Thurman diary from 1930, the writer tells of a jack wax party held at Athol Methodist Church, which once stood between town hall and the Harris House.
This event raised funds for the church, but one year the call went out to help the family of a young local boy stricken by leukemia. The next year, the church had closed and the young boy's life had been lost. Organizers decided to carry on the tradition of hosting the meal, and to donate the funds to the American Cancer Society. This year marks 53 years that the dinner has been held for this purpose.
Greetings from our retiring judge
Thurman’s Hon. Filomena Riviello would like to sincerely thank the people of Thurman for giving her the opportunity to serve as their Town Justice for the past four years. Riviello adds that it has been truly and honor and privilege.
Upcoming activities and events
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the town hall. Bring your knitting, sewing, or quilting projects and make some new friends. For details, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls runs on the second and fourth Friday of every month. It will run Friday, Dec. 21 and is free to seniors age 60 and over. This will be the last trip of 2012 and also the last chance to do some holiday shopping before Christmas. Those who wish to go, call Laura by Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 623-9281.
Saratoga & North Creek Railway reminds businesses that they are offering free advertising on their website at www.sncrr.com. To participate, select “Get Your Business Listed” page under the “Contact Us” menu on the railway’s home page.
Special days among Thurmanites
Celebrating an Anniversary this week are Joe and Ginny Mosher on Dec. 17.
Blowing out birthday candles this week are Freda West on Dec. 15; Amanda Baker, Brian Angell, and Tom Palleschi on Dec. 16; Adorna Wheelock Wright and Milton Kennedy on Dec. 18; plus Jonelle Bacon and Sue Baker on Dec. 21.
Please help keep this column up to date — if you have a birth or other milestone in your family, have a news tip or wish to send out get well wishes, contact me, Kathy Templeton, at: email@example.com or 623-2967.