Over the Fence
The writing workshop previously mentioned in this column still has a few vacancies.
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 a wonderful gift for a writer; the four-session course is open to those who wish to learn more about writing memoir and/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 willcover all four workshops and four Bistro luncheons which will include soup of choice, salad, toast points, coffee/tea and cookie or cream puff. This would make a perfect gift for the writer on your Christmas shopping list. Participation is limited to 10 and some of thse spots have already been taken.
The Warren County Office for the Aging located at 1340 State Rt. 9 on the first floor of the Human Services building in Lake George offers a wide range of programs for qualifying seniors. To find out all they have to offer simply give them a call at 761-6347.
Groundhog Day is Sunday, Feb. 2 and tradition has had it that if the critter doesn’t see his shadow there will be an early spring. While I do enjoy our winters here in the Adirondacks, I for one am praying that he won’t see it.
While doing some research on the above mentioned topic I came across some interesting fun facts about groundhogs. Did you know that a groundhog whistles when scared or that a groundhog’s teeth never stop growing?
It was also discovered that the tradition of stringing popcorn and cranberries on Christmas trees was to feed the birds through the hard months of winter. This will be an activity I do with my young son during the Presidents week break this February.
Fireworks on Gore Mountain the evening of Sunday, Jan. 19 caused a mild stir here in Thurman. Folks were asking one another questions on the Town facebook page, Thurman Happenings, asking who could hear the rumbling thunder-like noise. It was all settled when one resident listened to where the noise was coming from and deduced it was from the north. He logically thought of Gore Mountain and upon googling the facility found they were indeed setting off the noise makers.
Activities and event in the hills
Would you like to be part of your community? How about becoming a member of the Thurman Planning Board, this was once an active group here in Thurman. In past years, this group has been a critical part of keeping
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.
Valentine’s for Vets is scheduled for Feb. 8 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Thurman town hall with refreshments to follow. Let’s all come together and show our Veterans how much they mean to us all year long.
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings at the Thurman Town hall every Monday. This week’s session occurs Feb. 3 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 more information, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The Gleaning food distribution sessions are held the first Monday of every month -- and the next such event is Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. Be sure to bring your reusable cloth bags or plastic shopping bags to bring your goods home.
The county sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls will make their trips to Glens Falls twice a month on the second and fourth Friday. The next scheduled trip will occur on Feb. 14. The service will pick you up at your home, to arrange pickup simply contact Laura by Feb. 12 with directions to your home and she will make sure you are picked up. You can call Laura at 623-9281.
The Sugar Loaf Seniors group holds their meetings once a month at the Town Hall on the third Saturday’s of the month. There will not be a meeting in January. The next meeting will occur on Feb. 15 at the hall at 11:30 a.m. Membership is still only $10 per year. To find out more information call Norma Galusha at 623-9425.
The Thurman Fire Co. holds their meetings at their firehouse on the Friday falling in the first full week of the month at the Fire House. This month, their meeting is to be held on Feb.7 at 7 p.m. Those interested in becoming a volunteer are encouraged to stop in.
Future events in Thurman
Plans for the 55th Annual Jack Wax party are well underway. The event will be held at the Thurman town hall on March 15 from 4 p.m. till all are served. The fee for Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 - 11years old and free for those under 6. If you would like to donate your time, a side dish or both and have not yet been contacted, please feel free to call me, Kathy Templeton, at 623-2967.
Property Tax Grievance Day is held on the fourth Tuesday in May, which will be May 27 this year. This is when the Board of Assessment Review meets to hear all property taxpayers’ complaints regarding assessments, please note some Towns, Villages or Cities may have different dates & times. Check with your local Assessor for exact dates in your location.
Special days for Thurmanites
Celebrating anniversaries this week are Bob and Peggy Florance on Feb. 7.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Josh Cameron and Barbara Metzger on Feb. 1, John Kuczmarski, Makayla Griswold, Ethan Schmidt and Laura Cameron on Feb. 2, Tegan Castro and Jamie Haskell on Feb. 3, Dan Shoemaker and Andy Knoll on Feb. 4, Dot Maxam on Feb. 5, Jill Galusha and Jason Baker on Feb. 6, and Kevin Binder on Feb. 7.