Thurman’s ‘Maple Days’ this weekend
Sugaring season is now in full swing in the Adirondacks, and and people from near and far are welcome to visit maple sugar farms this weekend in our rural mountain town.
Visitors this weekend and next are likely to get a good taste of traditional culture during Thurman Maple Days, which features he little town with a big maple industry. In a region where historically more families than not tapped sugar maples to make syrup for pancakes and sugar for baking, late winter is a time of intensive labor. Maple producers trek into the sugar-bushes, often on snowshoes, to drill holes, set taps and run or repair lines to carry sap to the sugarhouses for boiling and processing into a multitude of sweet treats.
Beginning March 15 and 16, continuing Saturdays and Sundays through March 30, four Thurman maple producers will open their sugarhouses for tours.
Each weekend open houses will be held at four maple operations – Hidden Hollow, Toad Hill, Valley Road and Adirondack Gold maple farms, with demonstrations and talks about tapping, evaporating, filtering and candy-making. Expect some wonderful samples and great shopping for an expanded inventory of maple treats. Also hosting will be Martin’s Lumber & Certified Tree Farm—featuring maple slabs and Lucyann’s craft specialties, both with demonstrations.
Peru Llama Farm will feature opportunities for children to visit some tame llamas, as well as children’s games.
Nettle Meadow Farm will be offering samplings of its renowned gourmet cheeses and hourly tours as weather permits. Activities at all sites are from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Valley Road Maple Farm opens an hour earlier each day, serving pancakes and famed local Oscar’s sausages from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. Take a camera and submit your best shots to info@ThurmanMapleDays.com for future event publicity.
Jack Wax Party preparations underway
Arrangements are progressing for the annual Jack Wax Party set for Saturday March 15 and it looks like it’s going to be quite an event, perhaps a record-breaker.
Also known as the Thurman Maple Sugar Party, the event — which is one of Thurman’s claims to fame — is to be held at town hall, beginning at 4 p.m..
I thank all of you for donating your savory dishes and helping with the preparations.
The food includes no less than four trays gourmet macaroni and cheese prepared and donated by Nettle Meadow Farm, and 14 pounds of roast sirloin from Oscar’s Smoke House, and 2 fresh free-range turkeys from Whitefield Farm, our gourmet local meat producer. Note that Bill’s Diner in Warrensburg has donated 14 pounds of ham, Thurman resident Kathy Terrell is donating a huge garden salad.
It’s also so gratifying to know that out-of-towners also want to assist in the success of our town’s famous community meal that benefits the work of the American Cancer Society. Mary Beth King of Hudson Falls is donating two giant trays of her Green bean casserole for the fundraiser.
It will be fun to watch local children enjoying the old-fashioned maple Jack Wax dessert, as well as participating in activities provided by local scouts. See you at the party!
Over the fence
Volunteers working for The Gleaning food distribution effort would like to thank the anonymous donor who has been dropping various food items off at the hall for those less fortunate receiving food items from the pantry. Times are tight, and this generosity is greatly appreciated.
The Thurman town food pantry is open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. 11 a.m. These Tuesday dates include the Tuesday following the Gleaning session held on Monday. Be sure to bring eusable cloth bags or plastic shopping bags to bring goods home.
Rabies clinic moves to Lake Luzerne
Warren County Public Health will be holding a rabies clinic Saturday, March 22 at the Hadley-Luzerne Firehouse located on Lake Avenue, Lake Luzerne.
Pets must be at least three months old to receive their first immunization, which will provide protection for one year. The next shot, a booster, will afford protection for three years and is required one year after the first shot. From then on, every three years a booster should be given to protect one’s pet. Both initial and booster shots will be given at all clinics scheduled by Warren County Public Health. A $10 donation is requested for each pet. No one is turned away due to financial hardship. PBring dogs on leashes and cats or ferrets in carriers. Call Warren County Public Health at 761-6580 with questions.
Tree & shrub sale deadline here
Orders are due on Friday March 14 for the annual tree and shrub seedling sale conducted by the Warren County Soil & Water District. There are various trees and shrubs available for purchase, including new varieties. For details, call 623-3119 or see: www.warrenswcd.org. Pickup of orders will occur Friday, April 25.
District Technician Dean Moore notes that the trees and shrubs are useful in improving one’s landscape while the soil and wildlife reap benefits.
The new varieties include American Larch and Ninebark trees, Golden Delicious Apple trees, Bartlett pears and Barren Strawberry. Offered in the sale are 35 species of trees and shrubs, wildflowers, tree stakes, mats and shelters, wild game seed mixes, wildflowers, fertilizer, watering crystals, bird and bat houses.
‘White space’ progress anticipated
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that an additional $9 million will be granted to towns with a lack of Internet services in the state to expand broadband access. This is the very program that Thurman qualified for and received $200,000 to implement its wireless “white space” high-speed broadband that features no data caps and unlimited access, and is to be available for a modest fee.
Unforeseeable events regarding awarding of bids have delayed the installation of white space equipment, but it is hoped that once this cold weather breaks, soon afterwards this new technology will be operating and available in the northern section of our town.
Activities and events in the hills
The next Thurman town board meeting is to be held at 6:30 p.m. April 8.
Thurman tax collector Jamiee Ross will be stationed from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays fat the town hall in Athol for payment of current tax bills. She will also be at the town hall during evening hours on Monday, March 31 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is the final day to get those bills paid before they are sent to the Warren County for collection.
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls makes its trips twice a month — on the second and fourth Fridays. The next scheduled trip is set for March 28. To arrange pickup, call Laura at 623-9281 by March 26 with directions to your home and she will make sure you are picked up.
The Sugar Loaf Seniors group will be holding their next monthly meeting on March 19 at 5:30 p.m. Membership is still only $10 per year. To find out more information call Norma Galusha at 623-9425.
It’s Girl Scout cookie time
The Warrensburg Girl Scout Troop 3426 of
will be conducting a cookie sale at the Warrensburg Stewart’s Shop on Saturday, March 15 from 9 a.m. until noon.
All are invited to buy a box of the famous cookies, available in a wide variety, and help out the girls in their fundraiser.
Events set at Warrensburg Elementary
Warrensburg Elementary School staff is showing its appreciation to the community for its continued support of the school, its programs and students by hosting a free Community Spaghetti Dinner.
The event will take place on Wednesday March 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. RSVPs are requested and they can be called in at 623-9747. Also, the Elementary school is holding its semi-annual Science Fair during Elementary Open House, beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m.. Parents and friends are encourage to attend and demonstrate they are interested in what the children are researching and studying. Experts say that showing such interest helps inspire children to excel in academics and subsequent careers, as well as developing lifelong interests in other worthwhile activities.
Special days for Thurmanites
Celebrating birthdays this week are Tommy Sesselman on March 15; Sarah Hensel and Paula Hubert on March 16; Sara Hightower and Kaylee Baker, March 17; Eric Smith, March 19; Lance Chadwell and Chance McCraw on March 20; plus Patricia Galusha and Billy Arnold on March 21.