It looks like our town has been bypassed by the federal government concerning financial help with our extensive storm damages totaling $7 million from the Memorial Day floods. So do you think none of our federal representatives need our 500 or so votes when they come up for re-election?
The deadline is fast approaching to submit an independent petition to run for one of the eight positions up for election in Thurman this November. Anyone interested in public service must file a petition by Aug. 23. Call 761-6459 for details. Also, those who seek to file an absentee ballot should call this number.
Gripes were called in this week concerning dogs running loose with the deer population being so big this year.
Another caller asking if we should bother to get out and vote in November when there seems to be no one running for offices except the incumbents.
There is a food pantry at the town hall for those who need a helping hand. Many items that were damaged in the storm had to be disposed of, but the town is slowly restocking their pantry due to generous donations.
Please help in locating a family pet that ran off the last week in July from his Huber Rd. home. This is a Maine coon cat about two years old, a male with extra toes on his front feet. If you have seen this big cat anywhere, call 623-3191.
The Thurman Youth Commission’s summer recreation program will soon be ending after six weeks of summer fun. They had a good turnout, with 20 to 25 local children attending. The family picnic for those participating will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 18 at the Veteran’s Memorial Field. Parents, guardians, and family members are invited to join the event. Bring a dish to pass for the picnic. Other food donations can be dropped off earlier or left at the town hall.
Town meeting notes
Town Supervisor Evelyn Wood announced that there were over 40 applications submitted for the position of town hall janitor. Only top choices were interviewed, but every applicant received a letter. Hired for the position was Donna Knickerbocker at $7.59 per hour for nine hours per week.
The town board authorized the town justice to hire Linda Moffitt as the new town court clerk at $12.50 per hour. She will take over for Tonya Springer who resigned from her position.
A resolution was passed with three votes cast authorizing the supervisor to enter into a contract with the Warrensburg Emergency Medical Services, not to exceed $25,000 for coverage for the remaining five months of the year. The motion was approved with three Yes votes cast by town board members Al Vasak, Becky Hitchcock and Evelyn Wood. A No vote was cast by Leon Galusha. Board Member Charles Bills was absent.
All members who are planning on attending the Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club picnic on Aug. 17 are reminded to bring a dish to pass. Bring your own silverware, and be there by 2:30 p.m. to participate in the event, to be held at the Warrensburg Fish Hatchery. For details, call Norma at 623-9245. In September, plans call for the Seniors to take a day trip to Hartford, Conn. Anyone wishing to join the club, age 55 and over, is encouraged to join the group members at the picnic. Or, call Norma at the above number for information.
This week’s Concert in the Park in Thurman features the Blue Sky Boys, with banjos and mandolins. They’ll be presenting their delightful music Aug. 15 at the Veterans’ Field in Athol. Music begins at 7 p.m. and snacks will be available.
Area residents are urged to bring their pets Aug. 20 to the rabies clinic set for the Thurman firehouse from 10 a.m. until noon. Dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers. A $10 donation is requested for each pet. For details, call 761-6580.
The Kenyontown Methodist Church on Valley Road is planning a picnic supper at 7 p.m. Aug. 17. If it rains, the meal will be held inside. Everyone is invited to join; just bring your family and a dish to pass. For information, call 623-3940.
The annual Russell family reunion is being held Saturday Aug. 13 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Echo Lake Fish Hatchery pavilion. Everyone should bring a dish to pass for the picnic lunch. Also bring your camera as well as some old family “fish tales” you’d like to share. For details, call 623-3843.
The Gleaning free food distribution program, now locally administered, is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 at the Thurman Town Hall. Those attending should call 623-9649 before making the trip to make sure the new local organizers have accomplished all they need to do to hold the session.
Those who seek to know more about the bygone era locally are urged to participate in an upcoming tour Saturday, Sept. 17 of four historic Thurman homes in Thurman. The event begins with a luncheon at the town hall at 11:45 a.m., followed at 12:45 p.m. with a trolley trip. Prices for the narrated trip are $13 for the tour, $7 for lunch, or both for $20. This special event is offered by the John Thurman Historical Society. Participants must pre-register by calling 623-2692. The four trip destinations are the Thomas Gallup farm, the Orley Needham place, the old stock farm, and the home of Will and Myra Cameron.
A fundraiser event to increase awareness of mitochondrial disease will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 26 and 27 at Adirondack Ambiance gallery on Rte. 418 in Thurman. Attending will be watercolor artist Joe McChesney. On sale at the event, to benefit the area mitochondrial association, will be note cards bearing Adirondack scenes painted by Anne Rohe. For details, see: www.Mitohopeandhelp.com or call 623-3600.
On a personal note:
Local residents celebrating birthdays this week are Kim Schmidt on Aug. 13; Spencer Cameron on Aug. 14; Mike Russell, Bill Lucia, and Noah Persons on Aug. 15; Bernie McQuade, Myrtle Buyce, Joe Mosher, and Thomas Russell on Aug. 16; Doreen Cooper on Aug. 17; Eileen Annis, Kathleen Curley and Evie Tucker on Aug. 19.
Get well wishes go out to Shirley Russell, Earle Dibble, Tina Parker, Ken Ackley, Joan Murphy, Suzie Baker, Barb Baker, Faith Schemerhorn, and Jim Gallup.