Help sought for Christmas charity
Formed in 1981 by Thurman’s own Evie Russell, the local Christmas Basket Committee provides a warm seasonal remembrance to those 50 or so folks in the community who will spend the holidays alone.
For this outreach, townspeople donate home-cooked foods such as breads, muffins, cookies, candy or fudge. To each basket they add a little fruit and a small gift.
Help is needed and appreciated when it comes time to bake, pack and deliver the baskets in mid-December.
Those who’d like to help this year, call Cheryl Kenyon at 623-9718.
The Christmas Baskets will be put together on Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. and the committee still needs donations of baked goods or anything that would go with the theme of Christmas.
Drop off donations of food from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Thurman Town Hall.
Sign up to help Jackwax party
Every spring when the maple sap starts flowing, folks from all around the region look forward to the traditional Thurman Maple Sugar Party.
Based on an age-old New England tradition, The “Jackwax” party began about a half a century ago, with residents donating homemade salads and casseroles to create a savory all-you-can-eat buffet supper —topped off with old-fashioned jackwax made from maple syrup produced right here in Thurman.
At the festive party, local talented musicians performing traditional country music entertain people while they are dining, or waiting to get seated. Proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society.
Those who can volunteer to help out this year are asked to contact me, Kathy Templeton at 623-2967 — I’ve volunteered to organize this event, succeeding the late, beloved Becky Hitchcock in the role.
Any help local citizens could provide, whether it be large or small, is a step in the right direction — whether it’s offering to cook up a dish or to help with phone calling, serving or clean-up for this worthwhile event.
Local snowmobile club’s history
The Thurman Connection Snowmobile Club, founded in summer 1996, has since accomplished a lot on behalf of sled enthusiasts in the area.
By Sept. 4, 1996 the club became incorporated with 50 members.
The founders realized that Thurman represented the missing link between the Prospect Mountain trails and Speculator.
Knowing that trails providing that vital link once existed on private, state and county lands, the club members worked to re-establish trails by obtaining permission from landowners and government authorities.
Early on, the club’s work was assisted by former members of the first snowmobile club in Thurman, the Schroon Hudson Ridge Runners — they helped the Thurman Connections members locate some of the old trails. The snowmobile enthusiasts spent endless hours locating trails, which included examining tax maps and obtaining names and addresses of property owners.
The club members then went door-to-door to get permission from these landowners to clear trails and cross private land. Without the generosity and support of these property owners, there would be no snowmobile trail system today in Thurman.
The club members then spent considerable time contacting those people who owned snowmobiles, recruiting them as members and for support.
With no grant money to pay for trail insurance, the group drew primarily on the support of club members.
The trail system became reality — and the vital, active Thurman Connections club was formed with help of Palmer Brothers and the Northern Warren Trail Blazers group.
St. Nick headed for Thurman soon
Santa Claus will be making his annual appearance in Thurman on Dec. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Thurman Town Hall for the annual children’s Christmas Party.
Planned for the event are delicious refreshments and arts and crafts to occupy the little ones while they wait for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive.
This event is quite well attended; and each year, everyone has a great time.
Once Santa arrives. he visits with the children for a while then children get to personally tell him about their Christmas wishes.
Every child receives a gift from Santa at this free event. So dress your little ones in their holiday best — bring a camera.
Be thoughtful of the birds
Now that cold weather is upon us, let’s not forget to feed our feathered friends.
After super-storm Sandy struck the East Coast, many migrating birds are struggling to survive. While they were trying travel to their winter homes they were halted by pounding rains and strong winds, we hear..
Let’s do whatever we can to help our northern birds — and how about getting your youngsters involved?
You could help children make a pine-cone bird feeder. Simply take a pine cone, attach a string or wire for hanging, smear it with peanut butter and then roll it seeds or nuts and watch the birds enjoy the homemade treat! Or for the older children, gather some simple building materials and construct a wooden bird feeder.
Thurman to host rare parade
Warren County's Bicentennial will be celebrated in Thurman the weekend of June 14 & 15, 2013, and town Supervisor Evelyn Wood is seeking local organizations to participate in the town’s parade. Anyone interested in creating a float or participating in the parade should contact Evelyn Wood at 623-9649.
PTSA seeks playground upgrade
The Warrensburg PTSA is seeking donations to build a new playground at the Warrensburg Elementary School. The current playground, used primarily by children in grades K-3, is in serious need of reconstruction, as it does not meet federal access requirements.
The playground equipment is quite pricey and are vital to youngsters who are developing their motor skills.
Members of the PTSA have been canvassing local businesses for donations of goods, gift certificates or cash.
The gift certificates or items donated will be auctioned off at a spaghetti dinner to occur in early February.
The community’s support of the PTSA is greatly appreciated. To become a member of the organization, pick up an application form at the elementary school. Adult membership is still just $7 and a student membership is only $4.
Events, activities in the hills
The county-sponsored bus service to Glens Falls runs on the second and fourth Friday of every month. It will next run Friday, Nov. 23 and is free to seniors age 60 and over.
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Thurman Town Hall. These skilled members are more than just quilting — stop in and see what they are all about. Bring your knitting, sewing, or quilting projects and make some new friends. For more information, contact Myra at 623-2633.
Over the fence
The Warm the Children program is sponsored by the Salvation Army and now is the perfect time to call them. This program will purchase coats, hats, mittens and boots for children up to age of 18. To make a donation to this worthy charity contact them at 792-1960. You may also call this number to apply to receive such items.
I received several phone calls Nov. 16 from Thurman residents soon after a special town board meeting to ratify the budget was held at 5 p.m. on Friday instead of the traditional time of 6 p.m. Some residents reported they arrived at 5:45 to find out that the meeting had already taken place and a vote had already been held to deny town funding to the Thurman ambulance squad, which is disappointing to a good number of people in town.
On a personal note
Celebrating anniversaries this week are Eric and Holly Lohrey on Nov. 24, Howard and Evie Tucker on Nov. 25 and Eugene and Wendy Baird on Nov. 26.
Birthday wishes go out to Erica Sparks on Nov. 24; Evie Hall plus John Chase on Nov. 25; Chip Ligon, Albert Baker, Traci Wood, and Carter Combs on Nov. 27; Florie Siletti plus Yvonne MacNeill on Nov. 28; Bruce Beldon and Sierra Galusha on Nov. 29; and Kendra Russell and Cheryl Kenyon on Nov. 30.