Gardeners & artisans sought
The first of 2012’s summer concerts in the Thurman town park — offered weekly on Mondays — was very enjoyable July 2 and it had a great turnout.
The fireworks show was spectacular — however, there were no local vendors, gardeners or artisans, as was expected.
Thurman residents who wish to sell their wares at the weekly concerts are urged to call the town hall at 623-9649 to reserve a space. Set up time for the market is 6:30 p.m.
This week’s free Monday concert will feature Hoddy Ovitt and the Warren County Ramblers with their traditional bluegrass tunes.
A favorite in our region, this bluegrass group showcases Ovitt on guitar and six-string banjo; Johnny Mosher on mandolin, guitar and lead vocals; Kenny Myers picking bass and Pete Bolster on guitar.
Light refreshments will be available. Youngsters can enjoy the playground at the field. Guests may wish to bring a comfortable chair and wear layered clothing for varying Adirondack weather.
Churches offer varied activities
The Thurman Baptist Church has had a strong presence in the Thurman community since the late 1800s. Located in the north end of town at 380 South Johnsburg Road, the church welcomes people of all ages to their Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., followed by worship services at 11 a.m.. Sunday evening services are held at 6 p.m., and a prayer meeting on Thursdays at 7 p.m.
In addition, the church has a youth group, plus a “Senior Saints” organization with activities for those aged 50 and over, a Young Adults group for those 18 through 49, and a Vacation Bible School for all ages. the church also sponsors missions conferences and a nursing home ministry.
The Kenyontown United Methodist Church is located at 304 Valley Road near the intersection with Garnet Lake Road South. Services include: Sunday school at 10:15 a.m.; Sunday worship service at 11 a.m.; and Bible Study at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month.
Also, Fellowship Dinners are held with everyone bringing a dish to share. Along with home mission projects, the church also supports a missionary couple in Poland. The group invites all to come and join in worship or Bible study.
Christ Community Church broke ground in 1960 and is located at 383 Athol Road. Several local families rolled up their sleeves and went to work to create a church at the Athol end of town after the Athol Methodist Episcopal Church building was taken down. The bell from that church tolls at Christ Community Church today. The church welcomes people of all faiths. Sunday worship is held at 11 a.m. The church also offers Sunday school and has a nursing home ministry.
Over the fence
Did you know that the Thurman Volunteer Fire Company was organized by a group of local volunteers, who built the firehouse in 1955? It has been a growing organization within the community ever since.
Incidentally, local fire officials note that many Thurman residents do not yet have their house number displayed.
To prevent delays in dire situations, be sure to display your correct house number so that it can easily be seen from the road by emergency personnel.
Public libraries across the state, including Richards Library in Warrensburg, are encouraging youngsters to read this summer in their “Dream Big” program. contact Richards Library or another are library — for details.
Several enterprising birds have built nests this year on public property — a bluebird built one in the birdhouse on the sign in front of the Thurman Town Hall, and is busy caring for her youngsters. Right behind the sign is a forsythia bush, in which a robin built a nest and is taking care of her babies. They take turns sitting on the sign and are always coming and going.
Recently there have been several reports of nuisance animals. On South Garnet Lake Road there has been a visitor that has not been very well received — a busy bear has been raiding resident’s bird-feeders and garbage cans. This creature seems to quite intent as it goes from one location to another until all the neighbors have been visited. It may be a good idea to elevate your bird feeders to discourage a visit from bears. On Huber Road there is an even more dangerous animal — a coy dog has been seen attacking a neighbor’s cat
The Department of Environmental Conservation has reported that there has been a rise in the number of coy dogs in the area, noting that the creatures travel the same route every two weeks and that they are prevalent on an every-other-year cycle. So area residents may choose to keep their pets indoors and accompany them while outside.
The Warren County Board of Supervisors has named the Blacked-Eyed Susan to be the official flower of the Bicentennial in 2013. County Clerk Pam Vogel has said this flower has a long-standing history in the county and plantings of the species would be a fitting tribute during the bicentennial. Plans are underway to promote the Black Eyed Susan county-wide for the year-long event.
Activities and events in the hills
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club is scheduled meet at 6 p.m. July 18 at the Thurman Town Hall. A covered dish dinner will be held, followed by a short business meeting — upcoming day trips are to be discussed. This fun-loving club has room for more members and membership is still only $10 for a year. for details, contact Norma at 623-9425.
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 quilting, knitting, crocheting, or sewing project and enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or a delicious dessert item while visiting with friends and neighbors. For more information, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The Thurman Connections Snowmobile Club recently acquired a new groomer, trading in their Piston Bully device to obtain it. Also, the club are selling tickets for their snowmobile raffle. Those interested can stop by the saloon at Thousand Acres Ranch to see the snowmobile to be raffled, and purchase tickets there.
On a Personal note
Celebrating anniversaries this week are Michelle and Robert Olden on July 14, Bonnie and Bernie Mosher Sr. on July 18, and Millie and Bob Venton Sr. on July 19.
Observing birthdays this week are Steve MacNeill on July 14; Sarah Bills, Roger Monroe, Bill Wagner and Charlie Bills on July 15; Joe Sayer and Cindy Needham on July 16; Michelle Leigh and Jim Rafferty on July 17; and Rosalie Haskell, Bernie Mosher Sr., Anthony Rawson, Maria Ligon and Austin Cooper on July 18.
As always, if you have any news or events you’d like to see in this column, feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 623-2967.