Highway crew ‘Thank You’ meal set
The traditional appreciation luncheon for the Thurman Town highway employees is to be held once again here — and a special thanks goes out to Deb Runyon for stepping up to the plate to organize it again this year. 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 Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. Deb will be at the town hall at 9 a.m. to start setting up. Those who would like to donate a dish or their time, contact Deb at 744-5677.
Events & activities in Thurman
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings at the Thurman Town hall every Monday. This week’s session occurs Dec. 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Stop in for a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy a visit with friends and neighbors. For details, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The county-sponsored senior bus service makes trips to Glens Falls twice a month on the second and fourth Frida’s. The next trip will be on Jan. 10. The service picks those 60 and over at their home. To arrange pickup, contact Laura at 623-9281 by Jan. 8 with directions to your residence. and she will make sure you are picked up.
The Sugar Loaf Seniors group holds their meetings once a month at the Thurman Town Hall on the third Saturday of the month. There will be no meeting in January. The next meeting will occur in February at the town hall at 11:30 a.m. Membership is still only $10 per year. For more information, call Norma Galusha at 623-9425.
The Thurman Fire Co. holds their meetings at their firehouse on the Friday occurring in the first full week of the month at the Thurman Firehouse. This month, their meeting is to be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 10. Those interested in becoming a volunteer are encouraged to stop in.
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 town government’s organizational meeting and swearing-in ceremony for newly-elected town board members, Dan Smith and Michael Eddy, is set for Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. The next town board meeting is to occur on Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Writing workshop scheduled
Heather Haskins, a writer, blogger and writing instructor from Clifton Park, will teach a writing class in Warrensburg on the four Wednesdays in February from noon to 2 p.m. This would make an appropriate gift for a writer; the four-session course is open to those who wish to learn more about writing memoir or fiction. Classes will be held at Willows Bistro, 3749 Main Street, Warrensburg, and the fee will include lunches supplied by the Bistro. Sign-ups are requested by Jan. 15.
Advance payments of $148 per person can be made by contacting Perky Granger at PersisGranger@aol.com or 352-463-3089. The fee covers all workshops and four Bistro luncheons which will include soup of choice, salad, toast points, coffee/tea and cookie or cream puff. Participation is limited to ten.
Over the fence
The Thurman Planning Board was once an active group here in Thurman. In past years, this group has helped keep Thurman a nice and welcoming town. Those interested in joining this group to help make decisions on the town’s future development, are urged to send a letter of interest with name and phone number to Box 29, Athol NY 12810.
The Thurman transfer station hours are: noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The required trash bags are available at either the town hall or the transfer station.
Those having difficulties delivering bags of trash to the transfer station should contact Jim Desourdy at 623-4254 and he will take them there for you for $5 per week. Those who don’t require weekly pick up, Jim will pick up as needed.
Help collect food package labels
Please remember to clip those box tops, Labels for Education and Campbell’s Soup labels. Once redeemed each one of these means real dollars for our school. There are several drop box locations throughout Warrensburg: Direct Deposit Redemption Center on Main St., Richards Library at Libray Ave. and Elm St.; the Warrensburg Elementary School lobby, and in Thurman at the Town Hall. In an effort to promote recycling in the school, Jen Lanfair recently launched a new program which collects juice pouches. There are various drop boxes located in the Elementary School for your youngster to deposit the empty containers in.
A little bit of good news for our school age children: the school year is nearly halfway over.
Occ’y tax $$ request deadline extended
For those who missed the deadline to submit applications for town Occupancy Tax funds for 2014 events, there’s good news: the deadline has been extended to January 10. To obtain an application and guidelines or have questions answered, email PersisGranger@aol.com or call Sally Feihel at 623-4889. Events or projects eligible for funding are ones that are expected to draw tourists to Warren County or provide tourists already here with entertainment during their visits. There is to be a special meeting at the Town Hall on Friday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. where all applications will be reviewed. Applicants and the public are encouraged to attend.
‘Coy dog’ seen on Dippikill Road
There was a report of a coy dog sighting last week on Dippikill Road. While it is not uncommon to have coy dogs in the Aditrondacks, it is a rarity to spot one. Coy dogs can sometimes be confused with Coyotes, while in the same family, a coydog is the hybrid offspring of a coyote and a dog. Together they are genetically capable of producing fertile young. The prevalence of naturally occurring coy dogs is problematic. Experts say that if interbreeding between the species were common, the coyote population would be expected to acquire more dog-like traits with each successive generation.
Breeding experiments in Germany with poodles and coyotes, as well as with wolves, jackals and later on with the resulting dog-coyote hybrids showed a decrease in fertility and significant communication problems as well as an increase of genetic diseases after three generations of interbreeding between the hybrids, unlike with wolfdogs. All this suggests that genetic mutations could be the issue.
But now that it we know coy dogs are present here, please remember to keep your pets safe. If they go between being inside and outdoors be sure to bring them inside in the evening. A domesticated pet doesn’t stand a chance when up against one of the wild creatures.
Athol Hardware resumes standard hours
After some changing hours of operation, Athol Hardware and Variety is back to normal hours. Joe and Cathy Manucci welcomed the birth of the grandchild, Dillon on Thanksgiving Day and took some much needed time off to bond with him. We hear that mother and child are doing well and Joe and Cathy wish to thank you all for your understanding and continued patronage. The store hours are Tues. through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On New Year’s Eve they will be closing at 2 p.m. and they’ll be closed New Year’s Day. To call the Manuccis, dial 623-3080.
Town office staff changes pending
Les Losaw, the secretary/bookkeeper for the town supervisor, is expected to take a full-time job for the town of Cambridge — closer to his home in Washington County, so his hours in Thurman are being reduced —and we hear that a new secretary has been selected to work hours to cover when the supervisor is out of her office. The supervisor has many meetings she regularly attends during the week and needs someone to attend to inquiries at the town hall during these hours.
It was determined at a special board meeting Dec. 27 that the new position will be part time at 20 hours per week at a rate of $12.50 and Losaw will be training the person — yet to be determined — at a rate of $15.75 for eight hours per week for a duration no longer than six months.
On a personal note
Celebrating birthdays this week are Holly Haskell on Jan. 4; Bonnie Monroe, Stuart Baker and Earle Dibble on Jan. 6’ Mark Rogers, Jimmy McGowan and Jenny Hill on Jan. 7; Gail Needham, plus Jean Rumble, Lorrie Smith, Chip Aldrich and Matt Kennedy on Jan. 10.