Children’s Christmas Party set for Dec. 14
Santa Claus will be coming to town on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Thurman Town Hall for the annual Children’s Christmas Party. There will be delicious refreshments and arts and crafts to appeal to the little ones while they wait for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive. Area children look forward to this event every year and young and old have wonderful time. Once Santa arrives he visits with the children for a while then each child gets to sit on his lap to tell him what they most want for Christmas.
Every child will receive a gift from Santa at this free event. So dress your little ones in their holiday best and don’t forget your camera!
Formed in 1980 by Thurman’s own Evie Russell, the local Christmas Basket Committee provides a warm seasonal remembrance to those 50 or so folks in the community who will spend the holidays alone.
For this outreach, townspeople donate home-cooked foods such as breads, muffins, cookies, candy or fudge. To each basket they add a little fruit and a small gift.
Help is needed and appreciated when it comes time to bake, pack and deliver the baskets in early December.
The Christmas Baskets will be put together on Dec. 7 beginning at 9 a.m. — and the committee still needs donations of baked goods or anything that would go with the theme of Christmas.
Drop off donations of food from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Thurman Town Hall. Those who know of anyone in Thurman that will be alone, or has been ill or hospitalized and would be an appropriate recipient of a gift basket, call Cheryl at 623-9718 as soon as possible. This is will be the 33rd year that the Christmas baskets are to be delivered in Thurman. In 1980, 12 baskets, all handmade, were distributed.
Reception slated for Sarah Farrar
The Friends of Richards Library are holding a retirement reception for long-time library director Sarah Farrar at 1 p.m. Dec. 1. The public is welcome to come to the library for the reception and wish Farrar well for her nearly 40 years of work at the helm of Richards Library, a cultural center for Warrensburg and Thurman.
New library director Michael Sullivan, who assumes the Farrar’s post on Jan. 1, said this week he plans to attend the event — so the reception will be a good time to get acquainted with him.
Local residents help those less fortunate
Gail Needham would like to thank Thurman residents for stepping up to the plate this year to help fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Twenty-two boxes were filled this year and she wishes to express a heartfelt Thank You to every one of you. In particular, one family who was overwhelmingly generous filled six of these boxes. Shoeboxes are being prepared to be shipped out within the week to needy children all over the world.
Snowmobile clubs here have long history
The Thurman Connection Snowmobile Club, founded in summer 1996, has since accomplished a lot on behalf of sled enthusiasts in the area.
By Sept. 4, 1996 the club became incorporated with 50 members. The founders realized that Thurman represented the missing link between the Prospect Mountain trails and Speculator.
Knowing that trails providing that vital link once existed on private, state and county lands, the club members worked to re-establish trails by obtaining permission from landowners and government authorities.
Early on, the club’s work was assisted by former members of the first snowmobile club in Thurman, the Schroon-Hudson Ridge Runners — they helped the Thurman Connections members locate some of the old trails. The snowmobile enthusiasts spent endless hours locating trails, which included examining tax maps and obtaining names and addresses of property owners.
The club members then went door-to-door to get permission from these landowners to clear trails and cross private land. Without the generosity and support of these property owners, there would be no snowmobile trail system today in Thurman.
The club members then spent considerable time contacting those people who owned snowmobiles, recruiting them as members and for support.
With no grant money to pay for trail insurance, the group drew primarily on the support of club members.
The trail system became reality — and the vital, active Thurman Connections club was formed with help of Palmer Brothers and the Northern Warren Trail Blazers group.
The group meets on the last Friday of every month, and the next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at the clubhouse on Bear Pond Road.
Over the fence...
At the most recent thurman Town Board meeting, the board voted to contribute $500 to the Warren County Youth Court after a request for a donation was sought by Youth Court organizers. Additionally, the board approved appropriating $1,000 to the local seniors group to help support their extensive schedule of programs.
Some citizens have expressed an interest in reviving the Thurman Town Planning Board that was once an active group here in Thurman. In past years, this panel had been a critical part of keeping Thurman a nice and welcoming town. Those interested in joining this group to help make decisions on the town’s future development, are urged to send a letter of interest with name and phone number to P.O. Box 29, Athol, NY 12810.
Applications for 2014 events to be funded from Thurman Occupancy Tax receipts are now being received by the town board. The deadline for such applications is set for Dec. 20.
Activities & events in the hills
Norma Galusha wishes to remind area folks the Sugar Loaf Seniors group holds their meetings once a month at the Town Hall on the third Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Membership is still only $10 per year.
Those who want to learn a new craft should stop in and visit with the ladies at the Thurman Quilting Group, which holds a meeting at the Thurman Town hall every Monday. This week’s session occurs Dec. 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Bring craft projects and enjoy a visit with friends and neighbors. For more information, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The Gleaning food distribution sessions are held the first Monday of every month — and the next such event is Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. Be sure to bring your reusable cloth bags or plastic shopping bags to bring your goods home.
The Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. holds their meetings at their firehouse on the Friday falling in the first full week of the month at the Fire House. This month, their meeting is to be held on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Those interested in becoming a volunteer are encouraged to stop in.
The Thurman transfer station hours are: noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The required trash bags are available at either the town hall or the transfer station.
Those who are having difficulties transporting trash to the transfer station should contact Jim Desourdy at 623-4254 and he will take them there for you for $5 per week. If you do not need weekly pickup, Jim will pick up as needed.
The county-sponsored bus service to Glens Falls is available to all town residents age 60 and older and is scheduled for Friday Dec. 13 for a day of shopping or appointments. All those who wish to take the trip and be picked up at home, call Laura by Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 623-9281.
On a personal note
Happy anniversary wishes go out to Theresa and Jon Moyer who celebrate their wedding on Dec. 6.
There was an error in last week’s column and some birthdays were overlooked, while others were given additional Birthdays! My apologies, and here is the corrected list of birthdays for last week: Holly Hightower, Rickie Gilbert and Dallas Palskai on Nov. 26; Cody Cameron and Josh Langabeer on Nov. 28; Woody Cyr and Destiny Warrington on Nov. 30; and Jay Siletti on Dec. 2. For those of you whose birthdays we missed last week, our apologies.
Happy Birthday greetings go out this week to Brielle MacNamera on Dec. 3; Kelly Schmidt and Eric Ross on Dec. 4; Phil Deloria, Brittany Lawrence and Ed Brown on Dec. 5; plus Cala Pelakai and Samantha Rogers on Dec. 6.
New wares at PTSA Holiday Shoppe
The Warrensburg PTSA Holiday Shoppe will be operating from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Dec. 3 through Dec. 6 at the Warrensburg Elementary School.
This year the local PTSA group decided to opt out of the usual program which did not garner very much profit and have been collecting items all year long to sell instead of those tired trinkets that use to be available. Stop in and check out the inventory!
All classrooms will have a particular time scheduled for class members to visit the shop and purchase items to be wrapped as holiday presents for loved ones. If you wish for your child to attend please send in a few dollars for them to make their selections. In addition the shop will be open one evening on Friday, Dec. 6. For hours, contact the school at 623-9747.
Entertainment Books will be on sale at Warrensburg High School — also as a PTSA fundraiser. These hefty books have many valuable coupons and offers for just about any use imaginable. They are $25 and to obtain a copy, contact a local high school student or the high school at 623-2861.