Activities and events in the hills
Warrensburg-Thurman Girl Scout Troop 3426 will be having a cookie sale from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, March 15 at Warrensburg Stewart’s Shop.
If you missed The Gleaning food distribution this month, the Thurman food pantry is open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Be sure to bring your reusable cloth bags or plastic shopping bags to bring your goods home.
The Sugar Loaf Seniors group will be going back to their regular monthly meeting schedule at the Thurman Town Hall. These regular meetings will start March 19 at 5:30 p.m. Membership is still only $10 per year. For details, call Norma Galusha at 623-9425.
With fuel prices rising, learning how to make a warm quilt to keep your family warm is a skill unlike any other. The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings at the Thurman Town hall every Monday. This week’s session occurs March 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments and tea or coffee are offered. For details, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls makes its trips twice a month on the second and fourth Friday. The next scheduled trip will occur March 14. This is a wonderful opportunity for home-bound seniors to get out of the house, visit with other Thurmanites and get a little shopping done. The service is not only for doctors’ visits, though. The bus service will take you just about anywhere in the Glens Falls region for hair appointments, grabbing a bite to eat or just to enjoy the ride and have a chance to socialize. To arrange pickup, contact Laura by March 12 with directions to your home and she will make sure you are picked up. You can reach Laura at 623-9281.
Facts about sugaring season
Some interesting facts about sugaring season are that it takes 50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup.
Mother Nature dictates when sugaring season begins. Early in the spring, when maple trees are still dormant, temperatures rise above freezing during the day but drop back below freezing at night. This fluctuation in air temperature is vital to the flow of sap in sugar maple trees.
The science of making syrup has changed significantly in recent years. Long lines of plastic tubing linking trees to sugar houses have replaced hanging metal buckets and reverse osmosis machines speed up the process of condensing the sap, reducing the time it takes to boil the sap into syrup.
During warm periods when temperatures rise above freezing. positive pressure develops in the tree. This pressure causes the sap to flow out of the tree through a wound or tap hole. During cooler periods when temperatures fall below freezing, negative pressure develops, sucking water into the tree through the roots. This replenishes the sap in the tree, allowing it to flow again during the next warm period.
History of the Jackwax Party
I have received some calls and been stopped in town by some folks who were curious how the tradition of the Maple Sugar Party began. This column has covered this story in the past — and with this traditional fest just around the corner I thought it fitting to do it again.
Jackwax parties have been held in the North Country for ages and most likely originated with the Native Americans.
In a Thurman diary dating back to 1930s, the writer tells of a Jackwax party held at Athol Methodist Church, which once stood between town hall and the Harris House. It raised funds for the church back then, but one year the call went out to raise money with a Jackwax party to help the family of a young local boy stricken by leukemia. The next year, the church had closed and the young boy’s life had been lost. Organizers decided to carry on the tradition of hosting the meal as a fundraiser to help those with this disease, and that year - and every year since, the dinner has raised money for the American Cancer Society. 2014 is the 55th year that the dinner has been held for this purpose.
This year’s Jackwax Party will be held at the Thurman Town Hall from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 15. Come enjoy socializing with your neighbors, savor the home-cooked food and show your support by helping raise money to assist the American Cancer Society in finding a cure.
Over the fence
Thurman town tax collector Jamiee Ross, will be stationed at the town hall for payment of current tax bills from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. In addition to these hours, she will be at the hall from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, March 31, the final day to get the tax bills paid before they are sent to Warren County for collection.
The Thurman town board meeting will be held this week at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11.
Parents as Reading Partners launched
The Parents as Reading Partners program, also known as PARP, has kicked off at Warrensburg Elementary School. At the school’s monthly Pride assembly held Feb. 28 it was announced that the grand prize winner in the PARP program will be awarded a new Kindle tablet.
Children will be required to read a certain number of books over the month of March. If your child cannot read proficiently yet, you may read with them. Your child should have come home with weekly forms that will need to submit to their homeroom teacher at the end of each week. If you have not received your forms, contact your child’s teacher or the elementary school at 623-9747.
The student who reads the most will win the Kindle tablet. This program is sponsored by the Warrensburg PTSA.
On a personal note
Celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this week are Chuck and Linda Arlin on March 14.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Cynthia Hyde on March 8; Linda Griswold, Jenifer Ligon and Ava Lohrey on March 9; Hans Wenker and Alexandria Werner on March 10; Calvin Varnum, Paul Siletti and Pauline Germain on March 11; Bob Venton, Sr. and Killian Baker on March 13; Gregg Sadow, Georgia Kenyon, Renee Walker and Laurona Dibble on March 14.