Our fate is in the paws of a groundhog
Every year on Feb. 2 a crowd gathers at Gobblers Knob in Pennsylvania to see if the furry critter known as Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow leaving us with six more weeks of winter — or not see the shadow, which indicates an early spring. The crowd was left with disappointment this year as the critter indeed did see a distinct shadow and retreated back to his burrow to finish off his winter hibernation.
I only have a couple questions; who is the groundhog “whisperer” Phil conveys his message to — and did the sun come out in Pennsylvania at exactly 7:20 a.m. Feb. 2?
High utility bills despite some relief
Many Thurman residents have phoned me this week reporting their extremely high energy bills – nearly double or triple in some cases the total of prior years. The situation could be a lot worse, according to a statement issued recently by utility provider National Grid.
The press release says “Costs for the electricity supply for upstate New York have increased substantially in the past few months due to colder-than-normal weather conditions and a dramatic rise in the cost of natural gas that fuels many electricity generating stations. These increases, coupled with much higher than typical usage, prompted the company to take action to help stabilize energy costs for its customers.”
The state Public Service Commission, which regulates and sets delivery rates, has authorized National Grid to to provide its customers with a $32 million temporary credit to upstate New Yorkers to help soften the blow of this increase. Without this relief, utility bills could have jumped 20 to 30 percent higher for the month of February, National Grid reported.
If you are having a difficult time paying for heat, the Home Energy Assistance Program offered through Warren County Department of Social Services, also known as HEAP, is still taking applications for assistance.
HEAP is distributed on a first-come first-served basis, so if you are in need of assistance, call their office at 761-6300 as soon as possible. Also, please remember to plug in your heat tape, install faucet insulation, or keep those faucets dripping to prevent costly broken water lines.
Over the fence
Warren County Public Health will again be holding rabies clinics in 2014, and they begin in late February. Check back here in a later issue for dates, locations and times. For details, call the agency at 761-6580.
The Thurman transfer station hours are: noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Purchase the required trash bags from Monday through Friday or at the transfer station. Packs of ten 33-gallon bags are $20 and packages of ten 15-gallon bags are $10. Additionally, the landfill accepts some items for an additional fee: box springs, mattresses and couches for $4 apiece. Non-processable pick-up truckloads are charged $8, passenger tires are $2 each, truck tires $5 each. Metals and recyclables are accepted free of charge.
Those who need curbside removal of their trash can call Jim Desourdy, who picks up weekly for a fee of $5. To contact him, call 623-4524.
Please remember to clip those box tops, save those Labels for Education as well as Campbell’s soup labels. Once redeemed, they mean cash for our school. There are several local drop-boxes — in Warrensburg at Direct Deposit Redemption Center, Richards Library on Library Avenue, and the lobby of Warrensburg Elementary School on James St., and in Thurman at the town hall.
Events & activities in the hills
Valentine’s for Vets is scheduled for Feb. 8 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Thurman town hall with refreshments to follow. Last year there was a paltry showing at best — Let’s all come together for this year’s event and show our Veterans how much they mean to us all year long.
If you missed The Gleaning food distribution on Monday Feb. 3 and are in need of items to feed your family the Thurman Food Pantry is open on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please bring your reusable cloth bags or plastic shopping bags to tote your goods home.
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls operates twice a month — on the second and fourth Friday. The next scheduled trip will occur on Feb. 14. The service will pick up local residents at their respective homes. To arrange pickup, contact Laura at 623-9281 by Feb. 12 with address and directions. Laura has said that the bus service is a very enjoyable time and a great way to get out during the winter months when “cabin fever” erupts.
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. Tea or coffee are offered. For details, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The Sugar Loaf Seniors group will hold their monthly meeting at the Town Hall on Feb. 15 at 11:30 a.m. These Saturday dates are only during the winter months when it can sometimes be tricky for the seniors to get out in the evening hours due to snow and ice. Norma Galusha says that they will be going back to their regular meetings on the third Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. for the month of March. Membership is still only $10 per year. To find out more information, call Galusha at 623-9425.
The monthly meeting of the Thurman Town Board is held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is to be held Feb. 11.
Writing workshop postponed
The memoir and fiction writing workshop series planned for Wednesdays in February at Willows Bistro has had to be rescheduled to a later date, which is to be determined soon. Any beginning or intermediate writer seeking details about the course may email event organizer, Perky Granger at (352) 463-3089 or via email at: PersisGranger@aol.com.
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The Adirondack Journal’s mailing list has been updated to boost readership while cutting down on newspapers that were being sent to dead addresses. The new address list now being used has omitted some addresses. Please note that anyone formerly receiving their copy of the Adirondack Journal through a post office box — or at an apartment building — needs to call Denton Publications to keep receiving the newspaper. Also, a few readers with street addresses may have been bypassed in the new list. People who haven’t received their Adirondack Journal this last week and who reside within the newspaper’s circulation area should call and sign up for their free weekly copies. New local residents are also encouraged to sign up.
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Thurmanites’ special days
Celebrating anniversaries this week are Jim and Maria Ligon plus Dan and Juanita Cameron on Feb. 9, and John and Lenny Parker on Feb. 11.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Vonda Beattie, Jim DeSourdy and Kayden Breault on Feb. 8; Cole Mosher, Patrick Hennessey and Hillary Vaughn on Feb. 9; Chet Hensel, Carol Hall, Zachary Hennessey, Laura Rafferty, Nick Moon and Philomena Rivello on Feb. 10; Amanda Castro, Donna Keck, Kara Bacon and Kailey Bacon on Feb. 11; and Trudy Siletti on Feb. 13.