Veterans Day recognizes U.S. military veterans
Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans and marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919.
The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional Act approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'."
In 1945, WWII veteran Raymond Weeks had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985.
This year Veterans Day will be celebrated on Nov 12, so what will be your contribution to the effort of world peace? Will you go out of your way to be nice to someone who has not been nice to you? How about saying ‘Hello’ to every person you meet, just to let them know you care? Will you be teaching any of this to your children? A heart felt thank you to all Veterans and have a great Veterans Day!
Activities and Events in Thurman
The Thurman Town Offices will be closed on November 12 for Veterans Day.
Thurman residents should be aware that the Town Hall has New Food Pantry Hours; the food pantry will be open on the first Monday of the month from 1p.m. - 2 p.m., and open Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. all other weeks.
The next Thurman Cemetery Committee meeting will be at the Town Hall on Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. They are currently in the works of putting together up-to-date maps of the cemeteries in Thurman. Stop in and see how you may be able to help out, for more information contact Marc or Cheryl at 623-9718.
Events around the hills
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 next Sugar Loaf Seniors Club meeting will be on Thursday, Nov 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. George Henry’s in Warrensburg has been chosen as the location to hold their Christmas Party. The Christmas Party is to be held Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1:30 p.m. till whenever. Membership is still only $10 for a year, contact Norma at 623- 9425 to join.
The Office for the Aging offers the following to those over 60 years of age.
Nutrition Program – Congregate meals – Nutritious hot meals are served at noon, Monday through Friday. Any person age 60 and over and their spouse of any age are welcome regardless of income level or resources. A voluntary contribution of $3 is suggested. Local congregate meal sites are located in: Chestertown (494-3119), Johnsburg (251-2711), and Warrensburg (623-2653).
Meals on Wheels is another Nutrition Program that utilizes volunteer drivers; home-delivered meals are provided to the home-bound elderly within a reasonable distance from the congregate meal site. A voluntary contribution of $3 per meal is suggested.
Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) – Provides Financial Assistance to help eligible New York seniors cope with the high cost of prescription drugs. Office for the Aging provides outreach and other assistance in filing for benefits.
There will be a HEAP clinic at the Town Hall on Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. To learn more about what they have to offer you can reach them by phone at 761-6347.
The annual Christmas Bizarre will be held on Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To obtain your space for this event please contact Cheryl Kenyon at 623-9718. There is a small fee for vendor space of $10 and all the proceeds from this fee goes directly to the Christmas Basket fund. Various food items will be for sale to nibble on while perusing the numerous items. Some additional items to be showcased are maple products, craft pictures, blankets, and knitted mittens.
Thurman Station Association is looking for local businesses and people to join the ever growing group, to brainstorm new ideas to promote Thurman businesses and the surrounding communities. Also, in collaboration with Saratoga and North Creek Railroad’s ‘Polar Express’ Train which begins on Nov. 16, they are seeking volunteers to prepare the Thurman Station for the Holidays. To contact them by phone call Cheryl at 623-9718, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Thurman Station Association, Inc., P.O. Box 145, Athol, NY 12810.
Over the fence
Warrensburg Laundromat collects all types of cold weather clothing year round for the Coats for Kids program, which will be distributed to children in need during November. You can drop off coats, jackets, heavy fleece sweaters, snow pants, boots, hats & mittens. To find out more you can reach them at 623-3101.
It is not too late to sign up for the Warm the Children program, contact the Salvation Army at 792-1960. Warm the Children is a program that will purchase coats, hats, mittens and boots for children up to age of 18.
Saratoga and North Creek Railway would like to remind businesses that they offer free advertising on their website at www.sncrr.com, once there mouse over ‘contact us’ and scroll down to ‘Get your business listed form’ and click it to fill out the form.
The Thurman Connection Snowmobile Club will be having their Blizzard Blast at Thousand Acres on November 10th. The doors open at 5 p.m. and the cover charge is $15 per person at the door. Baked ziti, salad and dinner rolls will be served at 6 p.m. Please feel free to bring a pot luck dish or dessert. If you wish to, please have it there by 5 p.m. There will be a live band called Road House from 8 p.m. to Midnight. The snowmobile raffle for the 2012 Polaris Shift 600 will be drawn at 10 p.m. There will be 50/50 raffles, door prizes and a genuine great time. Don't forget to call Thousand Acres Ranch to reserve your room, they are going fast. Please call Michelle 696-2444 for your reservation. Hope to see you all there and think snow!!!! Thurman Connection Snowmobile Club, www.thurmanconnection.com.
Please come out to support Operation Santa Claus in their effort to make sure needy children have something under the Christmas tree. The Elementary school will be hosting a Trash to Treasure fundraiser for Operation Santa Claus; The sale dates are Tuesday and Wednesday Nov. 13 & 14 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. to noon.
The PTSA meeting that was scheduled to be held on Nov. 8 at 8:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. has been re-scheduled. The new date is Thursday, Nov. 15 at 8:15 a.m. in room 117 and 6:30 p.m. in the library at the Warrensburg Elementary School. Additionally, Direct Deposit located on Main Street in Warrensburg is currently taking donated bottles and cans to benefit the PTSA’s effort to create two new playgrounds at the Elementary School. Membership is still $7 for adults and $4 for students and they welcome parents, grandparents and guardians to join, stop into the Elementary school to pick up a membership form.
On a personal note
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I would like to take this time to send my deepest sympathies to all of those who have lost so much do to Hurricane Sandy. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you try to reclaim normal lives.
Celebrating Birthdays this week are Charlez McCraw on Nov. 10, Reisha Thissell on Nov. 11, Frank Gallup, Suzie Baker, Carolyn Grotevant and Roland Hennessy on Nov. 12, Freida West on Nov. 15, Amanda Baker, Brian Angell and Tom Palleschi on Nov. 16. Happy Birthday!