Ice jam floods Thurman roadway
A stretch of River Road which runs alongside the Hudson River in Thurman was closed on the evening of Sunday, Jan. 12 due to flooding, caused by an ice jam in the river. The road was cleared of ice by the Thurman town highway crew and re-opened in less than 24 hours, and a channel in the river opened, allowing water to flow downstream.
The type of flooding we have seen over the past few weeks is extremely rare for this time of year, something we usually only see during mid- to late March. Use caution while driving our roads here in town, as we all know too well a flash flood could come through at any time washing out roads in its course.
Thoughts about living in a remote area
Ever since I was a young child, I’ve had a desire to live on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere and I have achieved that goal. I have discovered that there are some minor drawbacks to this, however, and I chuckle at some and ponder others. For one thing, when you go out to town and forget that one item you had to have you must debate just how important it was. Is it indeed important enough to turn around and go get it, or can it wait until tomorrow? When I was pregnant for my last child, I wanted to use cloth diapers and came upon a stumbling block when I discovered that no service would come to our remote territory far to deliver or retrieve the diapers.
Dirt roads and trash removal issues
Living in a remote area on a dirt or gravel road gives local residents an enjoyable connection with nature, but it raises some problems. Take for example trash collection service by Ace Carting, which has been servicing Thurman for the past year since municipal collection was discontinued. Recently, calls have been received about Ace Carting’s service — apparently Ace Carting has decided to no longer pick up some residents’ waste, without advance notification. When contacted, an Ace employee said they couldn’t pick up trash during the winter from residents who live on dirt roads. Those in need of trash removal — residing on dirt or paved roads — may contact Jim Desourdy of Thurman at 623-4524. Desourdy picks up weekly for a fee of $5.
Keeler getting help on food pantry duties
While the Myrna Keeler has been on vacation enjoying much-needed rest and relaxation, several Thurman residents have stepped up to the plate to try as best they can to fill her shoes at the Food Pantry. A big Thank You goes out to Ruth Keller and Jacqueline Mundy for being there for those who are in need. Hats off, ladies!
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Lake George Winter Carnival coming up
The 1st annual Lake George Winter Carnival was held in the winter of 1961. Well over a half-century later, the tradition continues. The Winter Carnival is held every weekend in February and opening ceremonies will be held at noon Feb. 1 on Shepard Park Beach. There is to be an endless amount of activities including fireworks over the beach every Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m.
Events & activities in the hills
Thurman town offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings at the Thurman Town hall every Monday. This week’s session occurs Jan. 20 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 to Glens Falls makes trips to Glens Falls twice a month on the second and fourth Friday. The next scheduled trip will occur on Jan. 24. The service will pick you up at your home. To arrange pickup, contact Laura at 623-9281 by Jan. 22 with directions to your home 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. These meetings are held 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. There will not be a meeting in January. The next meeting will occur at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 15 in the hall. Norma Galusha says that she anticipates the group will go back to their regular meetings on the third Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. for the month of March — but this is all dependent on spring weather. Membership is still only $10 per year. For more information, call Norma at 623-9425.
Thurman residents are urged to attend a reception for John Goralski, the new Superintendent of Warrensburg Central School District. The event is to be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 21. For details, see the Town Talk column elsewhere in this issue.
It’s time to think about 2014 gardens
Now may be the time to start selecting what types of vegetables you will choose to grow this spring. It’s possible to have a fine vegetable garden by buying young plants. But you will have a much wider range of possibilities if you start your own plants indoors from seeds.
Not only is it much cheaper, but you can buy seeds for many more varieties than you will find for sale as plants.
Many of our favorite flowers and vegetables, including tomatoes, peppers, squash and beans, evolved in places such as Central America and Mexico where they had many more hours of sunlight in their growing season than they can get in most of the U.S. Seeds will not sprout in soil that is still cold in spring and the fruits need more sun to ripen than is available in the waning days of autumn.
On a personal note
Celebrating anniversaries this week are Gary and Linda Rounds on Jan. 18, also Richard and Sally Wallace on Jan. 22.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Lewie Gallup, Jr. on Jan. 18, Daniel Vanselous on Jan. 19, Will Hill on Jan. 20, Curtis Tyler and Keith Sonley, Jr. on Jan. 21, plus Bethany Herrmann and Glen Germain, Jr. on Jan. 22.