Athol Hardware & Variety reopens
Thurman’s sole retail store of its kind, Athol Hardware & Variety has reopened — and their days and hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.
The store, which was launched in 1992, but shut its doors in 2010 due to the economic downturn, has served the needs of the community well — and local folks are encouraged to see it open for business again.
Cathy Mannuci, who owns and operates the business along with her husband Joe, said this week they reopened the store due to popular demand.
“We heard the business was missed, and we thought it was time this summer to reopen,” she said.
Athol Hardware & Variety offers items such as bagged ice and propane exchange tanks, charcoal, lighter fluid, plus bug spray and night-crawlers for fishing trips.
The store has many pantry and household items, from dog food to dish liquid. They also have some dairy products available such as milk, butter, and juice.
They also have basic hardware for sale as well as some vintage glass and stoneware. The Mannucis have applied for a beer license and hope to receive it soon.
Cathy tells me that those who are in need of something and the store is not open, simply call her at 623-3080, and she would be happy to open it for local residents who have an urgent need for something in their inventory.
Summer concerts resume
Thurman’s Concert in the Park series, known for top-quality entertainment, has resumed for 2013 and this week’s edition, occurring Monday July 8 at 7 p.m., features the band Vintage Country.
The audience is sure to be pleased with their music, ranging from old country favorites from the 1950s & 1960s to even a square dance or two.
Vintage Country is comprised of Debbie and Wil Pixley, Kenny Darling, Gary Hobbs and Ken White. This group has played all over New York and Vermont, entertaining at venues ranging from dude ranches to night clubs, town parks and fairs. Don’t miss their performance at Veterans Memorial Field, behind the Thurman Town Hall in Athol.
Refreshments will be available. Bring a chair and wear layered clothing for the ever-changing mountain weather.
Several vendors are to be offering their wares at the concert, and more are invited. This Market in the Park is a good venue to for crafters, gardeners or artisans to display and sell their wares. Last year, quilter Mary Kenyon, set up a display table with handmade items such as quilts, dish cloths. Set up time for the Market is 6:30 p.m.. To reserve a space, call 623-9649.
Local political posts open
Starting next week, political hopefuls will doubtlessly be circulating petitions to launch their candidacies for local town positions throughout Warren County, and Thurman is no exception.
In Thurman, two positions for Town Board are up for election, as is the Town Supervisor post, the Highway Supervisor position, as well as Town Clerk. Party petitions must be filed with the Board of Elections by July 12. Independent petitions may be circulated beginning July 10 and filed with Warren County Board of Elections from Aug. 12 through Aug. 16.
Events & activities in the hills
Stop in and meet the members of the Thurman Quilting Group — they hold their meetings every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Thurman Town Hall. Bring your quilting, knitting, crocheting, or sewing project and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while visiting with friends and neighbors. For details, call Myra at 623-2633.
Thurman Town Board meetings are routinely held on the second Tuesday of each month. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. beginning with the financial topics, followed by all other governmental business.
The next Thurman Town Board meeting is to be held Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. Attend and see what’s going on in your community!
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls will run Friday, July 12 and is free to seniors age 60 and over. Those who wish to go, call Laura by Wednesday, July 10 at 623-9281.
The summer, transfer station hours are as follows: noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Residents can purchase the bags — required for household trash — at the Thurman Town Hall or the transfer station.
Those having a difficult time getting their trash to the transfer station are encouraged to call Jim Desourdy, who will take them for you for $5 per week. If you do not need pick up weekly, he will pick up as needed and he only charges per pickup. Jim routinely gathers trash every Saturday starting at 9 a.m.. To reach him, call 623-4254.
Re-enactor at local venue
The John Thurman Historical Society recently held a program which featured Actor Phil Jessen, well-known for his portrayals of Abraham Lincoln. Jessen portrayed Revolutionary War veteran and one of Thurman’s earliest settlers, Stephen Griffing, who settled the Thurman Station area in 1800.
This event and many other programs are sponsored free by John Thurman Historical Society. For details or to join the Thurman Historical Society contact Perky Granger at 623-9305 or Joan Harris at 623- 2007.
Heritage Showcase coming up
The Thurman Station Wilderness Heritage Corridor Showcase will be held from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27 and will feature about 40 businesses, organizations and artisans from the towns surrounding the station — Stony Creek, Warrensburg and Thurman.
Those represented will be showing the wide variety of goods, services and entertainment that reflect the region.
Listen to Dan Berggren and Ed Lowman performing folk music Adirondack-style, and enjoy fine food from Willows Bistro of Warrensburg and the beloved Stony Creek Inn during the Showcase. Also to be featured are the Serendipity Spinners creating yarn and threads from wool and other materials; Adirondack authors signing their books; and see various crafted works including stained glass stepping stones, jewelry and woven goods.
Also, sample various local natural produce, including goat cheese, eggs, poultry and maple products.
Adirondack Ambiance, a gallery featuring paintings, rustic furniture and carved fish and owls by Anne and Al Rohe, will host a tent full of artisans on their lawn nearby.
To visit the Showcase event, Saratoga & North Creek Railway has a limited number of seats available for their morning run on Saturday, July 27. The train departs from Saratoga station at 10 a.m. and arrives back in Saratoga at 3:18 p.m.
A package deal which includes transportation, lunch and a raffle ticket is available by calling Perky Granger at 623-9305.
Playground effort progressing
The Warrensburg Elementary Playground development project is progressing, and the Warrensburg Central School PTSA is now planning the construction phase, to occur Aug. 2 through Aug. 4 starting at 8 a.m. all three days.
The PTSA is seeking volunteers who can donate their time or provide refreshments for workers. Those who seek to volunteer, contact PTSA Treasurer Adrienne Bell at 260-6834 as soon as possible.
Adrienne assures prospective volunteers that it is not necessary to have skill in carpentry to help out. The playground comes as a kit with step-by-step instructions. So, come on out and support our school!
Saving labels helps students
Please remember to save those Box Tops, Labels for Education and Campbell’s soup labels this summer. There are several convenient dropoff locations to deposit these items — one is located in the main entry of the Elementary school, and others are at Richards Library, Direct Deposit in Warrensburg and at the Thurman Town Hall.
Campbell’s labels, box tops and Labels for Education are valuable to our school and save taxpayer money when these items are collected and redeemed to buy supplies for classrooms that would otherwise be purchased through tax dollars.
Johnsburg flooding concerns officials
Thurman residents and the town board members express their sympathies to their neighboring town of Johnsburg during their time of recovery after the widespread flood that occurred in their town June 27 and 28.
Supervisor Evelyn Wood said that she has reached out to Supervisor Ron Vanselow and has offered any assistance to them,
“Our thoughts are with them,” she said in a phone conversation this last weekend.
Several years ago, Thurman was inundated with massive flooding over Memorial Day weekend, and it took many months for bridges and roadways to be rebuilt.
On a personal note
Celebrating anniversaries this week are: Kent and Glenda Duell on July 6, John and Nancy Kindred on July 7, and John and Cheryl Chase on July 11.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Arthur Reynolds, Jim Murphy and Mary Parker on July 6; Linda Marshall, Julie Angel and Danny McGovern on July 7; Jason Rogers and Sam Steele on July 9; Angel Monroe and Brittany Smith on July 10; and Sierra Kennedy on July 12.