Preventing holiday-related illnesses
The Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner and here are a few tips to keep your family safe. The USDA has a toll-free Meat & Poultry Hotline which will be staffed with food safety specialists on Thanksgiving Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer callers’ turkey questions. The number is (888) 674-6854 or you may email them at email@example.com.
During the holidays, people are busy and can sometimes forget that unsafe handling and cooking can lead to food-borne illness.
For food safety questions year round, people may talk with a food safety specialist, in English or Spanish, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
It is also recommended that you plan ahead to ease the countdown tension for your Thanksgiving meal.
A favorite recipe at our home for Thanksgiving dinner is Rice and Almond Stuffing. You will need 1/2 cup slivered almonds, 3 tablespoons butter, 1 medium tart red apple — cored and diced, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon thyme, 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper, 2 cups cooked brown rice, plus 1 cup wild rice– cooked in 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth.
Start out by cooking your rice mixture and set aside; cook almonds in butter in large skillet over medium-high heat until golden brown. Add apple, onion, celery, poultry seasoning, thyme and pepper; continue to cook until vegetables are tender crisp. Stir in rice; cook until thoroughly heated. You can stuff the bird with this concoction or serve it as a covered side-dish baked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Over the fence
It’s almost that time of year again, when some residents go inside and don’t return until spring. This dilemma can only be characterized as Thurman hibernation, if you will. Please remember to drop in on your neighbors to see if they are lonely or need anything.
Feeling uneasy about those high home heating expenses coming up in a matter of weeks? There will be a HEAP clinic offered from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25 at the Thurman Town Hall by the Warren County Office for the Aging. Bring documents, such as identification and income with you to expedite the application. For more information, contact the Office for the Aging at 761-6347.
Thurman Christmas Bazaar next Saturday
Thurman’s Country Christmas Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. The show and sale will feature handmade items by area crafters, artisans, bakers and farmers. Shoppers will find pure Thurman maple products, one-of-a-kind Adirondack rustic miniatures, hand-knitted mittens and sweaters, colorful kitchen accessories, fleece throws, unique jewelry items, stained glass stepping stones, fabric handbags, books by local authors and more.
Don’t miss the bakery items for sale, or the well-known local duo who offer knick-knacks, glassware and linens. One vendor will sell hand-crafted items to benefit the Philanthropic Educational Organization, an international group that supports women’s educational needs through scholarships, grants and loans.
You won’t want to miss this day of fun, friendship and great shopping.
Cheryl Kenyon is organizing the event, and she reminds people that vendor space has filled up rather quickly and there are only a few spaces left. The fee for reserving a spot is $10. For details, you can reach Cheryl at 623-9718.
Gifts for neighbors home-bound, alone
Vendor fees from the Thurman Country Christmas Bazaar help fund Thurman’s annual community Christmas Basket project, which makes sure that elderly folks living alone are remembered during the holidays with a thoughtful gift from their neighbors. Donations are now being sought for the annual local program that provides Christmas baskets for the home-bound. Items that were donated last year included canned soup, fruit and vegetables, baked goods, gift cards and handmade items.
The Salvation Army is currently taking calls for appointments for their Warm the Children program.
Through this effort, coats, hats, mittens and boots for children up to age of 18 are purchased and distributed to those who need them. Thanks to the generosity of donations received many children will not be cold this winter. To reach the Salvation Army, call 792-1960. Families are not allowed to receive such assistance two years in a row.
Those who haven’t received a letter from the state regarding your STAR exemption, contact the assessor’s office at 623-4593 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. or via mail at: P.O. Box 29, Athol, NY 12810-0029.
Interpretive Center offers plenty to do
The Adirondack Interpretive Center, located at 5922 State Route 28N in Newcomb, offers outstanding learning opportunities right in our own backyard. Managed by the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, the center serves thousands of visitors and area residents each year.
A noteworthy program of theirs is the Winter Solstice Shindig on Dec. 21 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 21 marks the beginning of winter and the folks at the Center know how to do it in style! There will be a celebration of fresh snow, steaming chili and great music!
This is sure to be a fun-filled day, starting at 2 p.m. there will be Solstice tree decorating.
Wear your warm winter boots, as you will be venturing outdoors to select the seasonal Solstice Tree. In the afternoon the Interpretive center staff welcomes you to join them to help create homemade decorations.
Enjoy live music from The Center’s program manager, Frank, and his bluegrass group — the Morehouse Family Band — will perform live from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Then at 5 p.m. there will be a potluck dinner. For just $5, come enjoy all-you-can-eat chili and corn bread. For those who bring a dish to share, dinner is free. Reservations are requested, and you can reach the Center at 582-2000. Those planning on bringing a dish, call or email them at email@example.com.
At 6 p.m. there will be a Full-Moon Snowshoe Hike. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy a guided walk along the trails by moonlight. The event is a wonderful way to get to know people from neighboring towns. At 7 p.m., hot chocolate will be served.
The AIC offers programs, events, various speaker series, courses and other activities throughout the year to the general public as well as school groups. The Center’s programs provide individuals and groups with opportunities to learn directly from ESF faculty and staff members and guest experts. The facility was formerly known as the Visitors Interpretive Center.
Activities & events in the hills
Thurman town offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 in observance of Thanksgiving.
The Thurman Children’s Christmas party will be held at the Thurman Town Hall on from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14. Dress in your holiday best and bring your camera for a photo opportunity of your child sitting on Santa’s lap.
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the town hall. Bring your knitting, sewing, or quilting projects and make some new friends. For details, contact Myra at 623-2633.
On a personal note
Celebrating anniversaries this week are Eric and Holly Lohrey on Nov. 24, Howard and Evie Tucker on Nov. 25, and Eugene and Wendy Baird on Nov. 26.
Birthday wishes go out to Erica Sparks on Nov. 24; Evie Wood Hall plus John Chase on Nov. 25; Chip Ligon, Albert Baker, Traci Wood, and Carter Combs on Nov. 27; Florie Siletti plus Yvonne MacNeill on Nov. 28; and Bruce Beldon and Sierra Galusha on Nov. 29.
Shirt Factory to hold holiday open house
GLENS FALLS — The Shirt Factory artists complex is hosting its annual post-Thanksgiving open house weekend from Friday Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 1
Scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, the event allows the public to browse through 30 galleries, artists studios and boutiques housed in the historic building. The open house also features the work of 34 guest artists and artisans as well — a record number for the venue, Shirt Factory publicist Kate Austin-Avon said. “Experience the Shirt Factory’s energy at its busiest!” she said, noting that the open house features free acupuncture demonstrations, mini-lessons, and the opportunity to observe artists at work, as well as plenty of artwork and handcrafted items perfect for gift-giving.