Myrtle Buyce of Thurman gazes at the surprise friends and family members bestowed on her Aug. 16 for her birthday — dozens of fanciful balloons and other decorations in her yard.
Seniors enjoy outing
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club members enjoyed their picnic lunch held Aug. 17 at the fish hatchery in Warrensburg. Twenty-one members of the club and seven guests from the Stony Creek Seniors Club attended this perfect day for a get-together.
The good weather was indeed fortunate, considering there was heavy rain on the preceding days and then again on the day after the picnic.
The club members have been invited to the Stony Creek Club’s picnic on Sept. 1. Also, the Thurman seniors have a trip to Connecticut coming up soon. Anyone wishing to join the Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club of Thurman can call 623-9245 for information. The price is still $10 a year.
The annual picnic at the Countryside Adult Home is set for noon on Sunday Sept. 11. This get-together for residents’ family members, friends and former neighbors — All are invited to stop and join the residents in this special occasion, and arrival can be at any time until it’s likely to end at 4 p.m. The meal will start at noon and there will be music to enjoy by deejay Paul Siletti, including music to dance to. There is also a variety of activities planned for children. Plan on spending the afternoon at the home on Schroon River Rd. For details, call 623-3451.
The Thurman Volunteer Fire Company will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Athol Fire House. Those wishing to volunteer as a firefighter may attend the meeting for information.
There are local contests in the Primary Election set for Sept. 13. There were no petitions turned in for independent candidates. Therefore, write-in votes are the only option for those seeking changes in elected officials. Residents have until Sept. 6 to call 761-6459 and ask for an absentee ballot by mail. For those who visit the Warren County Board of Elections, the deadline is Sept. 12.
Area residents’ pets can get their rabies shots Sept. 10 at the Pottersville Fire House from 10 a.m. to noon. Those attending are required to bring their dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. A $10 donation is requested for each pet. Call 761-6580.
Reservations for the local historic house tour on Sept. 17 can be made by calling 623-2692. The luncheon is at 11:45 a.m. at the town hall and costs $7. The trolley will leave to tour four historic homesteads at 12:45 p.m.
The John Thurman Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Thurman Town Hall. The topic for the evening will be “Thurman History Hauntings” with speakers Sally Feihel and Maria Ligon.
Gleaning food distribution is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. at the town hall, but call 623-9649 before you go to make sure it is being held as planned.
Thurman Emergency Medical Services officers predict the squad will be back in full force soon with many volunteers.
The squad is slated to have an open meeting at the squad building on High St. on Sept. 17, and they extend a warm welcome for prospective members.
The squad is in need of volunteers so efficient, speedy medical response can continue in town. Anyone over age 18 can join. The squad needs drivers, helpers, and anyone with medical training. Will you help out? Call 623-9014.
The senior bus to Glens Falls that picks up area residents at home and takes them shopping or to appointments runs next on Sept. 9. All Warren County residents age 55 or over can take advantage of this free service. Call Laura by Wednesday at 623-9281.
Volunteers are needed as soon as possible from the Thurman and Warrensburg area to deliver lunches locally in the Meals on Wheels program. For details, call Bob Florance at 623-2102.
A “Singspiration” event is planned for 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the First Baptist Church of Corinth. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this outing with the Thurman Baptist Church members.
The Thurman summer recreation program featured about 20 to 25 children attending weekday sessions led for six weeks by Director Katherine Swartz at the Memorial Park in Athol and the youth building. Some of the trips taken in 2011 included excursions to the Fun Spot in Queensbury, the Schroon Lake beach, and Liberty Ridge Farms in Saratoga. The program participants also celebrated Christmas in July with a gift exchange and decorating the area.
In one program, Trish Marki delighted the children when she brought in an owl and told them about the habits and habitat of these big birds. The attendees also participated a day of tie-dying tee shirts. The program ended on Aug. 18 with a picnic for all, including family members of all generations.
Swartz and three helpers, Brandy, Kim and Brandon, express thanks to all who brought in snack food throughout the six week program, and all who made dishes to pass for the program’s picnic. Some of the group’s activities can be found on Facebook.
A happy 53rd anniversary is wished for Tom and Cindy Needham celebrating on Sept. 6. And a happy 49th anniversary will be celebrated by Doris and Stuart Baker on Sept. 9.
Birthdays this week are those of Beth Galusha, Donna Herrmann and KyleLee Combs on Sept. 3; Daniel Cobb, Beth Ligon and Jean Coulard on Sept. 4; Renee Yarmowich on Sept. 5; Carter Germain on Sept. 6; Barb Baker and Connor Persons on Sept. 8; and Linda Parker on Sept. 9.
Irv West’s new book
Irv West of High St., known for his various accomplishments and campaigns advocating for youth, has finished his book “Breaking the Rules.” He notes his book offers a fresh approach to building on to strength and courage of wounded youth. This non-fiction book is now ready to go to the publishers, and invites people to read it when its printed and released.
Get well wishes are out to Skylar Ladson, Carl Watkins, Joan Murphy, Barb Baker, Jim Gallup, Peggy Florance, and Glen Germain.
On a personal note
A neighbor on High St. recently had workers at his home conducting some repairs in his home’s bathroom. When he returned home that afternoon, he checked the work and then heard a “meow” noise in the wall. He would like to thank the Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. members for coming to the rescue and a special thanks to Barb Baker for getting the cat out from between the walls. The cat took off after his rescue and was gone for several hours, but is now home and doing okay.
Diana and Jim Rafferty and family of Port Washington were weekend visitors of Jay and Trudy Siletti and family, Strawberry Hill Rd., Aug. 20 and 21.
Sarah and Chester Hensel of Schoharie, who were frequent campers and visitors in Thurman years ago, stopped up for a visit on Sat., Aug. 20 with Evie Russell, Diane Strobeck and Cindy Belden, all of Garnet Lake Rd. They noted how many things had changed since the 1970s and all enjoyed their short visit.
Sympathy from the community goes out to the family of Mark J. Kelly, who passed away Aug. 17 at Albany Medical Center.
Sympathy also goes out to the family of Crystal Pixley, who passed away at her home Aug. 22.
Rusty and Mayumi Hubert of Kyoto, Japan, have returned home after spending time recently with Rusty’s parents, Russ and Paula Hubert on Combs Rd. They were amazed at the destruction endured by the bridge at the lower end of Combs Road.
Tonina and Mario DeRosa and son Joseph of Astoria, spent a pleasant weekend in Thurman with her sister, Filomena Riviello of Garnet Lake Rd.
Myrtle Buyce celebrated her 86th birthday Aug. 16 with family, neighbors, and friends attending a big surprise party held in her honor. A few friends had taken Myrtle Buyce out to a church function then out to lunch. As they approached her house, Myrtle saw balloons and many people on the lawn who called out “Happy Birthday!”
These partygoers had showered her home and yard with more than 86 balloons. Myrtle was also showered with loving hugs, words of praise and thanks for the many years of dedication to her hometown and organizations. Myrtle thanks everyone for making her special day a fun time for all.