Churches plan holiday events
The Christ Community Church in Athol will have a Christmas Candlelight Service Saturday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. Members of the congregation encourage everyone to attend and help celebrate the birth of Jesus.
The Thurman Baptist Church will have a candlelight service at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve at the South Johnsburg Road church. They also have an adults Christmas party at 6 p.m. Dec. 17. The event includes a gift exchange. Those attending are asked to bring a gift for their own gender an a dish to pass for the dinner.
The following day — Sunday, Dec. 18 — the Sunday school Christmas program will begin at 11 a.m.
The Kenyontown Methodist Church, located on Valley Road in Thurman, will have a special Christmas program on Sunday, Dec. 18, featuring Nashville recording artists Reynolds & Dunn as special guests for the service.
Events and activities in the hills
Put on your dancing shoes and bring your appetite for the dance party set for Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Northwoods Inn on Bear Pond Road. This establishment, which has a colorful history, is holding these celebrations every other Saturday. The entrance donation of $15 is collected at the door. A deejay provides music and lessons in line dancing. Both line dancing and couples dancing finishes off the night. We hear the first such party held recently was a great success. Watch this column for upcoming dates in January.
The Thurman Connections Snowmobile Club is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 at the Bear Pond Road location. On the agenda will be ideas for developing new trails in the area. As this event is so close to Christmas, those planning to attend may want to call 623-9234 to confirm the event before venturing out.
The senior bus for all town residents age 60 or older is available to pick up riders at home and take them all to Glens Falls for a day of shopping or for appointments. The next trip is set for Friday, Dec. 23.
Call Laura at 623-9281 by Wednesday evening to participate.
The local Ladies Bible Study Group will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at The Manor apartments in North Creek.
Over the fence
People from all over the area that seek to recognize a loved one are urged to participate in the Thurman Emergency Squad’s Memory Tree fundraiser.
You can sponsor an bulb or ornament for only $3, and your donation both recognizes someone who’s had special impact in your life, while helping support vital emergency medical services in town provided by our dedicated volunteers.
Send your name and the name of the person(s) to be memorialized along with $3 per bulb to: P.O. Box 114, Athol, NY 12810 or drop off payment and names at the squad building.
Motorists are advised to slow down to avoid skids caused by the virtually invisible “black ice” on the pavement.
With colder weather here, a few drivers have experienced the dangerous condition on our area roads. Black ice was also implicated in the recent fatal crash on Schroon River Road in Chester. Motorists are urged to drive with caution.
Gripes have been called in on the fact that the town will cease its traditional garbage pickup as of Dec. 28. and many are asking what they should do with their recyclables. The answer, of course, is that recyclables should be transported, like household trash, but separately — to the Thurman Transfer Station.
Also, many callers have expressed their concern about the town’s ambulance service. Suggestions have been aired that some of the town’s Occupancy Tax money be used to train an EMT in Advanced Life Support, so our squad can have trained personnel on duty, available to respond to critical medical emergencies. However, Occupancy Tax money, by law, must only be used in ways that support tourism, this source of funding is questionable.
But the Thurman ambulance squad is needed in this town for the elderly and the young who get hurt. Voice your opinions at the town of Thurman’s organizational meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 3 and let’s start the new year off with becoming a happy town again!
It’s holiday time again, so I’m publishing the drug and illegal party anonymous tip line. Residents concerned about teens who might be partaking of illegal substances may call 761-9800 to report such activity. Those who do call this line — a service of the Warren County Sheriff’s Department —may be saving a life by taking action when they see or hear of questionable activity.
A special town board meeting was held on Friday, Dec. 2, and discussions centered on whether to pay a flat annual amount to the Thurman Emergency Medical Services as has been traditional, or to dispense payment on a per-call basis to the squad that responds, whether it is from Thurman, Stony Creek, Warrensburg or Johnsburg. While some people have said this might be a fair allocation based on performance, others question whether such a system will penalize our local squad that must pay ongoing costs to have trained personnel on duty, ready to respond. The 2012 contract between the town government and the Thurman squad is still pending.
Minutes of the meeting can be found online at the Thurman government website. Or, you can request a copy from Thurman Town Clerk Cynthia Hyde at 623-4588.
On a personal note
Couples celebrating wedding anniversaries this week include Ginny and Joe Mosher on Dec. 17; Lisa and Bill Arnold, 30 years on Dec. 22; and Tammy and Nick Moon on Dec. 24.
Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Adorna Wright and Milton Kennedy on Dec. 18; Jonelle Bacon and Sue Baker on Dec. 21; Ida Reynolds and Tom Belden on Dec. 22, Rex Reynolds Jr. and Nicky Zuboff of Dec. 23, and to Preston Hennessey and Dick Lamphier on Dec. 24.
Get Well wishes go out to Jay Siletti, Cheryl Kenyon, Ronnie Dibble, June Germain and Bob Florance.
Sympathy from the community goes out to the family of Franz Sayer, who passed away Saturday, Dec. 3 at Westmount Nursing Home in Queensbury.