The origins of Veterans Day
Veterans Day honors the service of all U.S. military veterans and marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. U.S.
President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for Nov. 11, 1919. Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926 requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe Nov. 11 with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional Act approved May 13, 1938, designated Nov. 11 as a legal holiday: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated as ‘Armistice Day’.”
In 1945, WWII veteran Raymond Weeks had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to meet with Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985.
Veterans Day is being celebrated on Nov. 11, so what will be your contribution to the effort of world peace? Will you go out of your way to be nice to someone who has not been nice to you? How about saying “Hello” to every person you meet, just to let them know you care? Will you be teaching any of this to your children?
A heartfelt thank you to all veterans and have a great Veterans Day!
Over the fence
Thurman Town Offices will be closed Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.
Thurman residents should be aware that the Town Hall has new hours for the food pantry: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Monday of the month, and on all other weeks, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays.
If you have been having a difficult time getting your trash to the Thurman transfer station, Jim Desourdy will take it there for $5 per week, or as needed for $5 per pickup. Jim routinely runs his trash collection route every Saturday starting at 9 a.m.. To reach him, call 623-4254.
Seniors qualify for variety of programs
Did you know that the Office for the Aging offers many programs that benefit citizens over 60?
First off, there’s the mealsite program in which nutritious hot meals are served at noon, Monday through Friday at various sites around the county. Any person age 60 and over (and their spouse of any age) are welcome regardless of income level or resources. A voluntary contribution of $3 is suggested. Mealsites in our region are located in Chestertown, Johnsburg and Warrensburg. The mealsite personnel can be reached by phone at the respective phone numbers: 494-3119, 251-2711, and 623-2653. Although reservations are appreciated for advance meal planning, they welcome drop-ins of a limited number.
Meals on Wheels is related program, geared for those for who are home-bound. Meals on Wheels utilizes volunteer drivers to deliver the hot lunches within a reasonable distance from the meal sites that prepare the food. A voluntary contribution of $3 per meal is suggested. To sign up, call the Warren County Office of the Aging.
This agency also helps seniors cope with the high cost of prescription drugs. They help local citizens apply for benefits offered by the state’s Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program, which provides financial assistance for eligible seniors.
It’s cold— think of the children
Warrensburg Laundromat collects all types of cold weather clothing year-round for the Coats for Kids program, and the outerwear will be distributed to children in need during November. You can drop off coats, jackets, heavy fleece sweaters, snow pants, boots, hats and mittens, and they will be put to good use.. For details, call 623-3101.
Also, there’s the Warm the Children program that purchases coats, hats, mittens and boots for children up to age 18. It’s not too late to sign up so your children can benefit from this program — call the Salvation Army at 792-1960.
Activities and events in the hills
The Warrensburg Girl Scouts will be holding an Information & Registration Night at the Warrensburg Elementary School cafeteria from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18. For more information, call Patty Miller at 623-2237. Older girls will be at the event to play games with the girls, and refreshments will be served.
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. For details, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The next Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club meeting is to be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Thurman own Hall. This meeting features a Thanksgiving dinner prepared by members. One member will be preparing a turkey and others will be bringing covered side dishes. Also, club members will be discussing where to hold their Christmas party. Membership is still only $10 for a year — contact Norma at 623- 9425 to join.
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls runs on the second and fourth Friday each month. The next trip will be on Nov. 22. It’s free to seniors age 60 and over. For pick-up arrangements, call Laura at 623-9281.
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.
Reminder about STAR tax relief
To continue receiving a Basic STAR property-tax exemption, all homeowners must register before Dec. 31 with the state tax department in order to keep receiving the benefit. Homeowners will likely not have to re-register every year. Based on the information provided in the registration process, the tax department will monitor homeowners’ eligibility in future years.
Homeowners can register online at www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star13/default.htm. Property owners will need to provide a STAR code, which will be mailed to you, provide all the names and social security numbers of property owners and spouses, confirm that the property is the primary residence, that the owners’ combined income does not exceed $500,000, and that you only have one residency-based tax benefit.
You can also register by calling 457-2036, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Senior citizens receiving Enhanced STAR benefits are not affected by the new registration requirement, which applies to Basic STAR benefits only. Seniors must, however, take steps to ensure that they continue receiving Enhanced STAR. Seniors receiving Enhanced STAR must continue to apply annually, or participate in the Income Verification Program.
Thurmanites’ special days
Celebrating birthdays this week are Chuck Johnston and Max Sadow on Nov. 9, and Reisha Thissel on Nov. 11.
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