More storm damage here
None of us up here in Thurman were singing, but after the many hours of raging winds and rain we said “Goodnight Irene” on Aug. 29. We were holding our breath that nothing else could blow away or wash downstream. It has been a tough year, considering the devastating washouts and destruction we suffered from the pounding rains over Memorial Day weekend that will leave taxpayers with millions of dollars in debt due to road and bridge repairs.
As for Tropical Storm Irene, damage was minimal compared to elsewhere. Here and there, trees fell, and branches downed power lines, particularly in the Kenyontown area. Some roads were torn up again, much like our May storm. Once again, the Sky Hi Road bridge was destroyed, right after being repaired. It was replaced about six weeks ago, but the downpours and the rushing waters were again much more than these culvert bridges can handle. Electric power and phone service were both out Aug. 28 and a part of Aug. 29 for about 22 hours.
But, after being able to watch our TV news, we all saw how lucky we were. Even with roofs leaking and more roadways damaged, at least we were not seeing our homes and washing down a river!
Did you notice and compare? Did you notice that both destructive storms occurred on the 28th day of the month?
Save clothing for folks in need
As you sort through the fall and winter clothes to see what still fits your children’s sizes, keep in mind that once again the Coats for Kids program will be ongoing through October and the Warrensburg Laundry on Richards Ave. will be participating.
All coats or heavy jackets of any size and in good condition will be cleaned by the caring workers at the laundry and then they will be given out to children who are in need of a warm coat for winter. So, as you find items that you can’t use, drop them off anytime during the month of October at the laundry — You’ll feel satisfaction knowing that you have helped keep a child warm with your donation.
Activities, events in the hills
Join the many friends and neighbors gathering at the Thurman Baptist Church Saturday, Sept. 17 for an evening of recognition and gratitude to honor Pastor Bob Herrmann and his wife Donna who are retiring from the ministry. Dinner is at 5 p.m., and those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass. A service of recognition, including talks and presentations by other ministers, follows dinner. For details, call 494-3945.
The Southern Adirondack Snowmobile Club will start their fall meetings at 7 p.m. Sept. 30, and they are now be meeting at their new clubhouse on Bear Pond Rd. Those folks willing to help in clearing tree branches and debris from trails left behind by the severe storms, are urged to call Doug at 623-9234 to learn of nearby trails to clear.
Would you like to check into your town’s operations and express your thoughts on local issues and events? There’s an open floor portion at every town board meeting, and all are welcome to offer their input.
The monthly town meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and it begins with fiscal issues followed by general business.
Also, those who would like to volunteer on a town program or project are encouraged to contact the town clerk.
A rabies clinic will be conducted by the County Public Health 10 a.m. until noon Sept. 17 at the Upper Hudson Beagle Club on Zaltz Rd. For details, call 761-6580.
The Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Athol firehouse. Meetings are open to the public and volunteers are always needed.
The Thurman quilting group meets at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the town hall. They would welcome anyone who would like to stop by to see their work. All are welcome to join. Call 623-2633 for information.
The Thurman Baptist Church Ladies’ Bible Study Group will be meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at The Manor adult home in North Creek — across from the North Creek Health Center. They invite everyone to stop by.
A reminder of the family picnic to be held at noon Sept. 11 at the Countryside Adult Home on Schroon River Road. Featured is music by deejay Paul Siletti, plus entertainment for children. The residents urge all to attend.
Over the fence
A local gentleman well known in town and now deceased is included in a book on the Civilian Conservation Corps camps. Clemont “Bo” Rounds of High St. appears in the book “Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps,” by Marty Podskoch. The volume features history and memories of the CCC camps. Besides Rounds, there are other men in the book from the vicinity.
Once again, Thurman residents will be helping others through the Samaritan’s Purse project. Folks in our town will be filling shoe boxes with Christmas gifts, school supplies, etc. to be sent to these children who are otherwise forgotten during the holidays. This is just a reminder to get the school supplies while they are on sale to fill a box or two. More information will be published next week.
As of Aug. 30, Town Clerk Cindy Hyde is being moved as of Aug. 30 into the front office at the town hall and Lester Losaw, town bookkeeper and supervisor’s clerk, will now be found upstairs. Those who have mobility problems and want to visit Lester Losaw might call ahead and arrange to have him meet you downstairs in the lobby.
Ken and Chrissy Ackley express deep appreciation to the personnel of Warrensburg Emergency Medical Services and the Thurman and Stony Creek ambulance squads, as well as to friends and neighbors who came to help during Ken’s recent hospital stay. A special thanks goes out to Daryl Tucker and the Remington family for always being there for the Ackley family.
At least two volunteer drivers are needed to deliver meals on wheels in Thurman. Call Bob Florance, 623-2102, to help.
Over the fence
If you see a trolley rolling through Thurman on Sept. 17, it will be the house tour excursion with people checking out some history portrayed by our older homes. To see if there is still an opening on this historic homestead tour, call 623-2692. The luncheon at the town hall is at 11:45 a.m. and the tour is at 12:45 p.m.
The Thurman Fall Farm Tour will be held Oct. 8 and 9. Local and home-based businesses are urged to reserve their booth space now. This is your chance to advertise your business locally. Set up in various locations and let everyone know what business you are in. Call 623-9595.
The Extra Helpings food program is no longer available in our area. Please note, however, that the town, in response to the cutbacks by other agencies, has recently ramped up its efforts to provide food for the needy in town. Call 623-9649 to see what services are now available.
The Thurman Planning Board is in need of members to serve on the panel and to help in making decisions for our growing town. Those who seek to volunteer their service, send a letter of interest to PO Box 29, Athol 12810 and include your phone number.
On a personal note
Celebrating birthdays this week are: Bob Florance and Emily Baker on Sept. 10; Norm Russell, Nathan Groff and Betty Geraghty on Sept. 11; David Freidman on Sept. 12; Luke Beadnell, Sept. 13; Mike Allen on Sept. 15; and Tom Needham and Betty Gallup, Sept. 16.
Anniversaries being celebrated are Milton and Venena Kennedy, 11 years on Sept. 10; Jackie and Charles Dingman, 63 years on Sept. 11; and Tom and Amber Grace, 30 years on Sept. 11; Nancy and Jim Simkins, 24 years on Sept. 12; Tom and Pam Near, 16 years on Sept. 16; and a trio of anniversaries on Sept. 15: Cindy and Bill Altman, 10 years; Gail and Jim Needham, 48 years; and Kelly and Ted Schmidt, 21 years.
Get well wishes go out to Kenny Ackley, Skylar Ladson, John Schroeter, Sierra Galusha, Peg Florance, and Glen Germain.
Ken and Wannetta Stephenson of Connecticut spent time on High St. recently and visited many relatives in the area. Wannetta is the daughter of the late Bo and Edith Rounds and owns their former home on High St. in Athol. Her sister Rosemary often comes up too and spends time with family members.