Local snowmobile trails now open
Members of the Thurman Connections Snowmobile Club report that their trails are open and groomed. Snowmobilers are urged to stay away from the railroad tracks, as there are trains traveling on the tracks several times daily, and it is now illegal to ride on the railroad’s right-of-way. Also, ride on the region’s trails with caution as there are a few thin spots and rocks that are showing in some spots.
This trail system, which runs from Luzerne to Speculator, was established in 1996. The Thurman Connections Snowmobile Club holds meetings on the last Friday of the month at 7 p.m. at their club house located on Bear Pond Road. For details, contact Doug Needham at 764-8713.
Get help paying for home heating
Those having a difficult time heating their home are encouraged to apply for help from the Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as HEAP, offered through the Warren County Department of Social Services.
HEAP is a federally funded program that helps low-income households pay their home energy costs. HEAP is routinely available from November through April. There is also an emergency component.
HEAP is on a first-come first-served basis, so those who are in need of assistance, call the Warren County HEAP office as soon as possible. You can reach them at 761-6300 — follow the prompts.
Over the fence
The Thurman transfer station hours are Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
People in need of household trash removal are welcome to call Jim Desourdy, who conducts weekly pick-ups for a fee of $5. If you only need occasional trash collection, Jim will pick up as needed. To contact him, call 623-4524.
Clipping labels of consumer products can yield great benefits for our local schools, if we all do it. Please remember to clip those box tops, Labels for Education and Campbell’s soup labels. Once redeemed, each one is important — collectively, they generate dollars for our school. There are several drop box locations throughout Warrensburg and Thurman; Direct Deposit Redemption Center on Main Street, Richards Library on Library Avenue, the lobby of Warrensburg Elementary school on James St., and the Thurman Town Hall in Athol.
If you still haven’t secured delivery of the Adirondack Journal, you may do so by contacting Susan at 585-9173 and give her your full address or email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and full address.
Correction on STAR deadline
It has been brought to my attention that the deadline for applying for the senior STAR program was published recently in this column with incorrect date. The cutoff to submit qualifying documentation is March 1, not March 31. For details, call the town assessor’s office as soon as possible at 623-4593. Regular office hours for the assessors are 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays.
Events & activities in the hills
Hickory Hill Ski Center was open for the Presidents Day weekend, and they plan on being open on Saturday
Feb. 22 and Sunday Feb. 23. Hickory officials say the skiing was tremendous this last week. Adult half-day passes are $33 and full-day, $45, Junior & Senior Citizen full-day passes are $32, and Children and Seniors over 70, ski for free.
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls routinely takes its trips twice a month on the second and fourth Friday of the month. The next scheduled trip will occur on Feb. 28. The service picks up Thurman residents at their homes. To arrange pickup, call Laura at 623-9281 by Feb. 26 with directions to your home.
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings at the Thurman Town Hall every Monday. This week’s session occurs Feb. 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments of tea or coffee are offered. For more information, contact Myra at 623-2633.
Town documents, recordings available
The next Thurman town board meeting is to be held on March 11 at 6:30 p.m. Meeting packets are available by the close of business on the Friday prior to the meeting date and can be accessed on the town’s web page or by stopping into the hall and asking the clerk for a copy. Meeting packets give an agenda for the meeting as well as resolutions to be presented to the board.
Those unable to attend these meetings and are fortunate enough to have reliable Internet access, can listen to an audio recording of the meeting on the Supervisor’s web page. It is normally available a few days after the meeting, if not the very next day. You can find this page at www.thurman-ny.com by selecting the Supervisor Page under the Government menu heading at the top of the home page. The audio recordings of all the meetings are found in order on the middle of the page.
Maple Days weekends are coming up!
Thurman Maple Days will be held the last three weekends in March. This is when area maple producers open their doors to area residents and visitors eager to learn more about the industry. We have four major maple producers in our quaint town and the ones participating in Map0le Days are as follows:
Hidden Hollow Maple Farm located on Dippikill Road has been in business for over 40 years and is now in its second generation of being family owned and operated. The Wallace family with has 4,500 vacuum-assisted taps in 4,100 trees and are the largest maple syrup producer in Warren County.
Toad Hill Maple Farm has been producing pure maple for over 30 years. Toad Hill is a family-owned maple sugaring operation with over 100 acres being actively managed for maple production with over 4000 vacuum assisted taps.
Valley Road Maple Farm, owned by Mike Hill of Warrensburg and Ralph Senecal of Queensbury, have recently increased their sap collection by adding 12 miles of new tubing and doubling the number of taps, bringing their total to 2800.
Adirondack Gold Maple Farm is situated on 30 acres with 1,200 taps and owned and operated by Marc and Cheryl Kenyon. They have been in the Maple business for nine years and are the third generation of the Kenyon’s to make maple syrup on their property. For tourists planning to spend a night or two while attending Maple Days, we have a prime idea. The Glen Lodge, a newly build bed & breakfast, is owned and operated by Doug and Aimee Azert.
Located at the junction of Rte. 28 and Glen-Athol Road, it is an authentic Adirondack-style lodge, and at press time it had rooms available during the Maple Day weekends. To reach Aimee or Doug by phone, call 494-4984.
Famed Jackwax party returns
The Thurman Jack Wax Party, held in town annually for generations, will be conducted on March 15 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is an event that’s been held since the mid-1900s, and is a beloved tradition that brings back memories of bygone times.
All proceeds of the event benefit the American Cancer Society. The party consists of an all-you-can-eat buffet with a serving of maple syrup cooked down and poured over snow, giving it a taffy-like consistency. Those interested in donating time or making a dish for this event, contact me, Kathy Templeton, at 623-2967.
On a personal note
Celebrating anniversaries this week are Jerry and Evie Lucia on Feb. 22, Jeff and Janet Joly on Feb. 24, and Matt and Liz Kennedy on Feb. 27.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Cheyanne Hill and Dennis Galusha on Feb. 22; Dennis Dempsey and Terry Beadnell on Feb. 23; Sean Cameron, Brett Springer, Lila Harrington, Venena Kennedy and Roberta Cassidy on Feb. 24; Tammy Winslow on Feb. 25; Stan Shaw on Feb. 26; George Burkhardt on Feb. 27; Cindy Metzger, Marilyn Baker and Hilda Haskell on Feb. 28; and Gail Braley and Jerry Lucia on Feb. 29.