Children await costume judging during the annual Thurman Halloween party. The Oct. 26 event drew dozens of children for a variety of activities.
Glen-Athol Road renewed
The road construction project on Glen-Athol Road in Thurman should be completed by the end of this week. The Warren County Highway Department crew has worked through snow flurries this past week tearing up the old road and repaving the section between Valley Road and Bowen Hill Road — which everyone here knows is likely the worst section of that road. We hear that construction on the northern end of Valley Road will be starting in late spring.
Work on reconstructing the River Road is near completion and should be open to traffic in the coming week.
Operation Christmas Child underway
The deadline to fill and drop off shoeboxes full of donated items for Operation Christmas Child is Nov. 8.
Gail Needham has placed pamphlets and labels related to the program at the town hall. These labels are to be used to designate the age and gender of the child to receive the items. Gail has asked that if people can purchase a shoebox-sized rectangular plastic container at the local dollar store — this would be helpful because there is a limited supply of the existing boxes. These containers serve a double purpose — after the goodies are removed, families overseas use these containers to store rice and other dry goods. Also, she reminds readers that other thoughtful items to add to these boxes may be a washcloth, towel, bar of soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush and deodorant. Filled boxes may be dropped off at the Thurman Town Hall during regular business hours.
Over the fence
Parents, Grandparents and caretakers please be check your child’s backpack for information on early release dates coming up this week at Warrensburg Elementary School. These occasions are to make time for parent-teacher conferences during the month of November.
Warrensburg Cub Scout Pack 31 holds their meetings on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Methodist Church on Main St. in Warrensburg and the scout officials are currently seeking adult leaders and boys ages 6-14 years old. Boy Scout Troop 100 holds their meetings on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Holy Cross Church on Main St. in Warrensburg. To register your sons in either Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts simply drop in at one of their weekly meetings, or contact John Blydenberg at 428-5231. The fee to register your child is $25 per year.
Donations are now being sought for the annual local program that provides Christmas baskets for shut-ins. Items that were donated last year included canned soup, fruit and vegetables, baked goods, gift cards and handmade items.
The Salvation Army is currently taking calls for appointments for their Warm the Children effort. This program provides new coats, hats, mittens and boots for children up to age of 18 — Thanks to the generosity of donations received, many children will not be cold this winter. To reach the Salvation Army, call 792-1960. Incidentally, families are not allowed to receive assistance two years in a row through Warm the Children.
Box Tops, Labels for Education and Campbell’s Soup labels are wonderful ways to help our school. Carefully clip them out and drop them off at the Thurman Town Hall, the elementary school lobby, Richards Library or Direct Deposit recycling center on Main St. in Warrensburg. Ripped or torn labels are not accepted for redemption.
There is now another way to help our school: register your Tops Market membership card and when you shop they will contribute 1 percent of your purchase back to our school. Register your Tops Rewards card online and select “Warrensburg Central School”.
Events and activities in the hills
November 5 is Election Day and Thurman Town Hall is our local polling place. The hours to cast your vote are from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. All town offices will be closed on Election Day.
Veterans Day is Nov. 11 and Town offices will be closed in observance of this holiday.
Norma Galusha reminds folks the Sugar Loaf Senior Group holds their meetings once a month at the Thurman Town Hall at 5 p.m. on the third Wednesday.
The Thurman Fire Co. holds its meetings on the Friday of the first full week of the month at the firehouse. This month that falls on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Those interested in becoming a volunteer, stop in and ask how you can help.
Thurman’s Country Christmas Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. Cheryl Kenyon will be heading up the event once again, and she reminds people that vendor space is limited to 17 tables. The fee for reserving a spot is $10. To inquire about availability, contact Cheryl at 623-9718.
The Gleaning food distribution will be held the first Monday of every month and next falls on Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. Be sure to bring your own reusable cloth bags or your old shopping bags to bring your goods home.
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 knitting, sewing, or quilting projects and make some new friends. With the holidays and cold weather right around the corner, what better time to learn a new hobby that you’re whole family could benefit from? For details, contact Myra at 623-2633.
History of Daylight Savings detailed
On Nov. 4, it’s time to turn your clocks back. This means that we gain, not lose, an hour when we turn our clocks back an hour to 1 a.m. when our clocks reach 1:59 a.m. on Sunday.
The only U.S. states that do not practice Daylight Savings time are Hawaii and Arizona.
The idea of Daylight Savings time was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson and then it was implemented by German and Austria-Hungary starting on April 30, 1916. Many countries have used it at various times since then. Much of the U.S. used Daylight Savings time in the 1950s and 1960s, and its use expanded following the 1970 energy crisis. It has been widely used in North America and Europe since then.
A helpful way to remember whether to set our clocks ahead or behind one hour in the changeover is to say to oneself: “Fall Back” and “Spring Ahead.”
On a personal note
Celebrating a wedding anniversary this week are Greg and Lauri Sadow on Nov. 4.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Cindy Beldon, John Haskell and Ray Haskell on Nov. 3, John Germain and Robin Harrison on Nov. 4, Bill Rounds and Evan Templeton on Nov. 5, Rosann Lafarr, Randy Gilbert Bernie Monroe and Bobby Benson on Nov. 6, Kyle Keller, Zina McDonald, Cheryl Chase, John Kenyon and Jim Ligon on Nov. 7, Anne Mosher and Alice Dunkley on Nov. 8.
Halloween party a success
The Children’s Halloween Party was held Saturday Oct. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. The crowd attending the annual event was slightly smaller than the than 75 in recent years, however this smaller-sized crowd was simply delightful. Folks had a chance to really catch up with one another, and veterans of these parties got to introduce themselves to newcomers and make even more friends.
A special thank you goes out to Myrna Keeler, Nancy and Don Decker, Bob Shepler and his grandchildren for putting on yet another wonderful event for the youth in our community. Hats off to you all!