The holiday break from school is extra-long this year, due to Christmas falling a Wednesday. The school vacation is a record 16 days off, and if you are like many parents or caregivers you are most likely at your wits’ end right about now.
Warrensburg Central School’s athletic department sent homework home with your student. It is a little sheet of cute activities your child can do at home and if children complete the form and send it back in, they will receive a prize when they return to school.
The requirement for a prize is being active for 30 minutes per day for 12 of the 16 days of vacation.
If you didn’t receive a copy of this in your child’s book bag give me a call or email me and I’d be happy to send a copy to you.
Chiropractor aids hospice agency
Jonathan Gerber and his staff initiated a fundraiser for High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care by accepting donations in exchange for recycled grocery bags. The gesture raised $72 for hospice and will assist the non-profit in reaching its year-end fundraising goals.
High Peaks Hospice receives no federal or state support and relies on the generosity of area individuals as well as health insurance payments.
Occ’y tax request deadline extended
All those Thurman organizations, businesses or individuals interested in submitting a grant application for occupancy tax funding are advised that the deadline to submit completed applications has been extended to January 10, 2014. To obtain an application and guidelines or for information, email PersisGranger@aol.com or phone Sally Feihel at 623-4889.
Eligible events or projects are those that are expected to draw tourists to Warren County or provide tourists already here with entertainment to help fill and/or extend their visits. All applications will be reviewed at a meeting at Thurman town hall at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. Applicants are encouraged to attend the public meeting.
Events & activities in the hills
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings at the Thurman Town hall every Monday. This week’s session occurs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 23. Stop in for a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy a visit with friends and neighbors. For details, call Myra at 623-2633.
All town offices and the town landfill will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1 in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.
The Gleaning food distribution sessions are held the first Monday of every month — and the next such event is Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. Be sure to bring your reusable cloth bags or plastic shopping bags to bring your goods home.
The Sugar Loaf Seniors group holds their meetings once a month at the Town Hall on the third Saturdayof the month. There will be no meeting in January. The next meeting will occur in February at the hall at 11:30 a.m. Membership is still only $10 per year. For more information, call Norma Galusha at 623-9425.
There will be a special town board meeting at the Thurman Town Hall on Dec. 27 at 6 p.m. to discuss the recent opening of white-space engineering bids and what action to take in connection with the situation.
Over the fence
Deb Runyon will once again be organizing the Road Crew Appreciation Luncheon. Deb is seeking donations of time and entrees to be served to the highway crew for all their hard work. The luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 14. She tells us she will be at the town hall at 9 a.m. to start setting up. Deb said that whoever wants to be there to help, it would be most appreciated.
To contact Deb, call her at 744-5677.
On a personal note
I received a call the other day from Matthew Kennedy of Warrensburg. Matt would like acknowledge a very important milestone. His father, Hiram Kennedy, Sr. would have celebrated his 100th birthday on Dec. 31. Hiram Kennedy, Sr. was the father of six children; John, Milton, Wayne, Matthew, Hiram, and Cathleen. It’s been 48 years since his passing, but not a day goes by that they don’t think of him fondly.
Joe and Cathy Mannuci had a very special surprise on Thanksgiving Day. They welcomed their grandson Dillon into the world. Dillon’s parents are Adam and Stephanie Haskell.
Thurmanites’ special days
Rick and Georgia Kenyon will be celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary on New Year’s Day.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Norma Venner Galusha on Dec. 28; Herma Baker, Heidi Haskell, Theresa Clayfield and April Gill on Dec. 29; Robert Veillette, Jack Binder and Calista Murray on Dec. 30; Darin Springer and Nancy Simkins on Dec. 31; Bonnie Cameron, Clarence Roberts and Mark Kuklinski on Jan. 1; plus Brigid Kelly on Jan. 2.
Leila Wood celebrates 95th birthday
Leila Wood celebrated her 95th birthday Dec. 8 at her home on Mud St. with her family members, friends and neighbors. Among those attending were five of her six children: Eileen Baker, Wanda Wood, Bonnie Witherbee, Cheryl Greenholtz and Robin Croissant. Jackie Fonda, who lives in North Carolina, was not able to attend. About 30 people attended the joyous celebration, Eileen Baker said. The group shared many fond memories and presented Leila with two birthday cakes, one of them baked by Eileen Baker. In honor of Leila, the group sang one of her favorite hymns, “The Old Rugged Cross.” Robin and her husband Mike Croissant hosted the party. Leila’s last living sibling Archie called her to wish her well. Leila’s best friend Kim Arnold and Kathy Rumble and son John Arnold were present to help celebrate, along with Leila’s grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, Eileen Baker said. “There sure was a houseful of people,” Baker said. “I don’t think Mom expected it — She was overjoyed.”