History calendar now published
The John Thurman Historical Society's 2013 calendar is now back from the printer —in time for people to pick up one or several as gifts for family members or friends. The cost is $8 apiece. This year's edition of the calendar features a theme of celebrating Warren County’s bicentennial.
The calendar depicts 200 years of Thurman’s history with plenty of photographs.
The calendars are available at the Thurman Town Clerk’s office, as well as these Warrensburg locations: Rebecca's Flowers, Nemec's Sport Shop, Richards Library, Willows Bistro, Jacobs and Toney Meats and Glens Falls National Bank.
Enjoy the depictions of our town’s history, and thanks go to our readers for supporting the John Thurman Historical Society.
Hardware & variety store reopens
Local folks are pleased that Athol Hardware & Variety, located on Mountain Road near Bear Pond Road, reopened recently on a part-time basis — and they now feature a lot of essential items for the home.
Prior to the reopening, store owners Joe and Cathy Mannuci were hard at work preparing the store by painting and re-stocking the store.
The hours of the store change week to week, according to the schedule of the Mannucis. Call 623-3080 for details. Present plans call for the store to be closed from Sunday Dec. 9 through Friday Dec. 21. In the first week of January, however, the store should be open full-time with regular hours. They will be offering hardware, variety, and some used items along with collectibles and a limited line of grocery staples.
The store’s inventory is expected to include plumbing, carpentry, electrical and painting supplies, as well as necessities for home heating, including stovepipe and furnace-related items. Also, expect such household goods as batteries, emergency candles, and other essentials. Joe and Cathy welcome you to come in and browse and see what they have to offer. Also, you can keep updated on their progress on their Facebook page.
Events & activities in Thurman
Christmas Baskets will be put together on Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. and they still need donations of baked goods or anything that would go with the theme of Christmas. Folks may drop off donations at the Thurman Town Hall on Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those who would like to help out, contact Cheryl at 623-9718.
Santa Claus will be coming to town on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Thurman Town Hall for the annual Children’s Christmas Party. There will be delicious refreshments and arts and crafts to occupy the little ones while they wait for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive. Area children look forward to this event every year, and young and old have wonderful time. Once Santa arrives he visits with the children for a while then each child gets to sit on his lap to tell him what they most want to open on Christmas morning.
Every child will receive a gift from Santa at this free event. So dress your little ones in their holiday best and don’t forget your camera!
The Thurman quilting group holds their meetings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Monday at the Town Hall. With the holidays approaching, what better time to take up a new hobby that the whole family could benefit from? So drop in and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with these skilled members. To find out more, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The Thurman Baptist Church has the following events set for December: Christian Country Recording Artist Jay Witham will be featured in a country gospel concert at 12:45 p.m. Dec. 16. Since 1975, Witham has pastored churches throughout New England and the northeastern U.S.
On Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. the church will be hosting their annual Christmas caroling event, with a gathering afterwards at Myrtle Buyce's home for refreshments and socializing.
On Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. Pastor Nathan and Amber Herrmann will be hosting a New Year’s Party at their home.
Publicize your local events
The Thurman Town Board has set a due date of Dec. 7 for occupancy tax grant applications relating to 2013 events. The Occupancy Tax Committee is expected to meet later in December to review the applications and make recommendations.
Events scheduled for 2013 can be listed at no charge in Warren County brochures and on placemats, so now is the time to nail down the details and submit the information to the county Tourism Department. Send the information to Ellen at county Tourism via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, send the details to Perky Granger and she will format the list and send it to Ellen after collating it with other sources. We hear that Ellen would like information on any event from April through September, but if you have later ones, send all dates.
Be sure to notify Perky Granger of all event-related information anyway, so she can include it in the town brochure, which will be printed in January. These brochures are distributed on the Northway rest stops, at the Lake George Visitors Center, at train stations, and at the new county tourism information in the Adirondack Factory Outlet Mall. These events will also be listed online on the Thurman events page, www.persisgranger.com/Thurman-NYEvents.htm.
Perky can also arrange to have email blasts sent out for local events.
Over the fence
The Thurman transfer station’s hours of operation are: noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Those who are having difficulty transporting their bags of trash to the transfer station may contact Jim Desourdy at 623-4254 and he will transport them for $5 per week.
Fire safety tips offered
With the heating season underway, Thurman Fire Chief Jeremy Bradway has offered advice about making sure homes have adequate fire extinguishers on site.
Bradway said the National Fire Protection Association recommends that at least one fire extinguisher is situated on each floor in a single family residence, and another vulnerable areas such as the kitchen and in a furnace room, or where any open flame or heating appliance is present. Place the fire extinguisher on the wall opposite the heating appliance and within easy reach so it can be accessed quickly in an emergency, Bradway said.
As far as type and size, a 2.5-pound ABC or multi-use fire extinguisher is usually sufficient for all areas of the home and a 5-pound one for a workshop area.
In case of a fire, the first thing anyone should do is call 911. The extinguisher should only be used if the fire is small and the smoke level is bearable — if so, stand four to six feet from the fire, pull the safety pin out and sweep back and forth at the base of the fire, and not the flames, he advised.
If the fire is still not under control after the extinguisher is depleted, leave the building immediately, closing the door behind you.
Appropriate extinguishers can be purchased at most home supply stores and a 2.5 pound model normally costs less than $20.
Bradway also advised that each home should have an appropriately-placed carbon monoxide detector as well as one smoke detector outside every bedroom in the home. Also, remember to change the batteries every six months.
Help sought for Jackwax party
The Thurman Maple Sugar Party which occurs every spring after the sap flows has become an annual tradition that folks from throughout the region look forward to.
This “jack wax” party is a tradition which began almost half a century ago, with residents donating homemade salads and casseroles to create a fantastic all-you-can-eat buffet supper, topped off with old-fashioned jack wax made from locally produced maple syrup. Local musicians demonstrate their talents to entertain those ticket holders waiting to dine. Proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society.
Those who can volunteer to help out are asked to contact me, Kathy Templeton, as I will be organizing the event this year. Call me at 623-2967.
There is much work to be done and any help local citizens could provide, whether it be large or small is a step in the right direction. It could be offering a dish or to help with phone calling, serving or clean-up for this worthwhile event.
On a personal note
Celebrating birthdays this week are Leila Wood and Billy Altman on Dec. 8, Andrew Warrington on Dec. 9, Charlez McGraw on Dec. 10, plus Frank Gallup, Suzie Baker, Carolyn Grotevant and Roland Hennessy on Dec. 12.