Prepare for winter’s frigid, snowy grip
Apparently, this winter has decided to make up for the lack of snow we’ve had in previous seasons. Last year’s snowfall came in spurts of a few inches at a time with really only one large storm that came in the spring, while this season here in Thurman we’ve received over two feet just in the first two storms.
The extreme cold has seemed to come with these storms, either preceding it or following. Remember to plug in your heat tape or keep those faucets dripping, if you haven’t already done so, to prevent costly broken water lines.
Thurman has appeared to have dodged the bullet as far as loss of power goes. This doesn’t mean we are out of the woods yet. So it may be a good idea to stock up on candles, batteries and other various supplies to make it as comfortable as possible should we be unfortunate enough to lose power.
Additionally, it’s always a good idea to check in on those seniors who are home-bound. It can get lonely out here for someone who may only get out to town once or twice a month.
Packages earn cash for WCS students
Previously this column reported on a new recycling program spearheaded in Warrensburg Elementary School. The program is named TerraCycle and it is an upcycle-recycle program that earns money for schools. Each “recycling brigade” signed up for earns a specific amount of money per piece that is shipped to them. To date three brigades have been collected: Capri Sun, Entenmann’s Little Bites, CLIF energy bars. Each pouch earns a point and each TerraCycle point earned is equal to a penny. There is a minimum ship weight of five pounds for Capri Sun, which equals about 500 pouches for each brigade and shipping is free as they offer shipping labels to be printed from their website. If over 20 pounds or 2,000 pouches, two points are earned per pouch. Warrensburg Central PTSA officer Jen Lanfair says that this is their goal and that she is currently preparing the first shipment of Capri Sun pouches. Lanfair thanks those families who are also saving pouches at home and sending them in for redemption. Billions of these pouches are dumped in landfills each year and this program helps keep them out of landfills by upcycling or redeeming these pouches into stuff like book bags, pencil cases, trash bins, and plastic lumber.
Activities and events in Thurman
Thurman’s traditional Valentine’s for Vets event is scheduled for Feb. 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Thurman Town Hall with refreshments to follow. Last year’s event had a modest showing at best, with only a handful of volunteers making one-of-a-kind valentines to be distributed to veterans and elderly in area nursing homes. With all the talk of volunteerism on the decline nationally, let’s take this opportunity to show folks that Thurman isn’t to be found among those statistics.
The town’s annual Road Crew Appreciation Luncheon is scheduled for Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. If you have not yet volunteered an entrée or your time it’s not too late, call Deb at 744-5677 or drop in to the Town Hall — Deb will be there at 9 a.m.
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings at the Thurman Town Hall every Monday. This week’s session occurs Jan. 13 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 will make their 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, simply contact Laura by Jan. 22 with directions to your home and she will make sure you are picked up. You can call Laura at 623-9281.
The Sugar Loaf Seniors group holds their meetings once a month at the Thurman Town Hall on the third Saturday’s of the month. There will be no meeting in January. The next meeting will occur 11:30 a.m. Feb. 15 at the town hall Membership is still only $10 per year. To find out more information, call Norma Galusha at 623-9425. If you missed The Gleaning food distribution this month, the food pantry located at the town hall is open every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Be sure to bring your reusable cloth bags or plastic shopping bags to bring your goods home.
Saranac’s winter fest offers family fun
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is a sight to see with activities galore and it all began over 100 years ago, in 1897 as a one-day event. This year’s festival starts on Jan. 31 and runs through Feb. 9. So pack a lunch, put the soup and hot chocolate into the Thermos – separately of course – and head up for a fun-filled family adventure.
Over the fence
If you are having a difficult time paying home heating bills, the Home Energy Assistance Program offered by Warren County Department of Social Services, also known as HEAP, is still taking applications for assistance. Simply call them at 761-6300 and follow the prompts.
Anyone wishing to arrange for delivery of a hot noontime meal to a senior citizen in the county may call the Warren County Office for the Aging at 761-6347.
Aileen Baker would like to thank Mike Eddy for plowing out her driveway without even being asked. She states that it’s nice to live in a community where we take care of one another.
The deadline to apply for town Occupancy Tax funding for an event that boosts tourism is Friday, Jan. 10. For an application, email PersisGranger@aol.com or phone Sally Feihel at 623-4889. Any questions or concerns may be directed there, as well. Eligible events or projects are ones that are expected to draw tourists to Warren County or provide tourists already here with entertainment to help fill or extend their visits. A special meeting is to be held at 2 p.m. Friday Jan. 17 at the town hall, and all applications will be reviewed. Applicants are encouraged to attend, and the public is welcome to sit in.
Jack Wax Party a treasured tradition
Thurman Maple Days and the 55th annual Jack Wax Party will all begin on Saturday, March 15. This is when area sugar houses open their doors to guests wishing to see how maple syrup is produced, bottled and sold. There is an array of different sugar houses located all over Thurman. The sugar houses will be open for three weekends in March from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Jack Wax Party is a one day only event which offers an all-you-can eat buffet of various savory dishes ranging from salads, Nettle Meadow’s Macaroni and Cheese, Ham, Turkey from Whitefield’s Free-Range Farm, corned beef and much more.
If you would like to volunteer your time, a dish or help with making phone calls to support this worthy charity, contact me, Kathy Templeton, at 623-2967.
Last year we raised $700 — more than previous years — all to go to the American Cancer Society to help find a cure for this atrocious disease.
Welcome, Sophia Elizabeth Baker!
Brad and Stephanie Baker of Thurman welcomed the birth of their daughter, Sophia Elizabeth at 11:47 a.m. Dec. 22. Baby Sophia weighed 8 pounds 12 ounces and mother and child are doing well. Maternal grandmother is Robyn Gy of Connecticut. Maternal great-grandparents are Aileen and Kerly Baker of Thurman.
Thurmanites’ special days
Celebrating birthdays this week are Hial Hall IV, Lonna Sonley, Jacob Siletti, and Makailyn Wood on Jan. 11, John Baker and Cassie Mott on Jan. 13, Wendy Pasco and Kristen Frasier on Jan. 14, Nicholas May on Jan. 15, Matt Pasco, Steven Smith, Meredith Sonley and Joy Baker on Jan. 16.
Public demo of ‘white space’ broadband
The Thurman Town Board meeting on Jan. 14 will feature a special presentation of how white space broadband Internet accesss will work for Thurman.
Fred Engelmann of Rainmaker Network Services will be conducting a demonstration featuring live streaming broadband feed to a computers and other devices at the town hall, all using white space technology. Fred will be at another location on Garnet Lake Road, the area to be first served in the three phase project to bring broadband Internet to our area. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. with a question and answer session at the end.
All are invited to attend.