Help available with heating expenses
Heating season is upon us and there are several programs to help those who may have difficulty with this expensive time of year. The Home Energy Assistance Program offers benefits such as a regular HEAP benefit to assist households that pay a high proportion of household income for energy. The regular benefit of the 2013-14 HEAP season is available beginning Nov. 18.
The HEAP emergency benefit assists qualifying low-income New Yorkers who are facing a heat or heat-related energy emergency and do not have resources above the established limits. The emergency benefits are available beginning Jan. 2. If you have an emergency, contact the Warren County Social Services office.
HEAP heating equipment repair and replacement benefits are available to help eligible low-income homeowners repair or replace primary heating equipment necessary to keep the home’s primary heating source functional. This benefit is available beginning Nov. 12.
The county HEAP office can be reached at 761-6300 — just follow the prompts.
A HEAP clinic is held annually at the Thurman Town Hall. Look in this column for the date and time of such a session as soon as the session is scheduled.
Over the fence
The Thurman Station Association is now seeking people and local businesses to join the ever-growing group, to brainstorm new ideas to promote Thurman businesses regionally. To join, call Wini Martin at 623-9595.
Deer hunting season is now open, and we remind our readers to wear bright colored clothing when venturing into the woods.
When I was a youngster, may father taught me that when you hear gunfire, slowly get down on one knee and give a shout out to alert hunters that you are in their vicinity.
Dates to remember concerning the Town Hall: Thursday Nov. 28 is Thanksgiving Day and all Town Offices will be closed. On Dec. 14 the Thurman Youth Commission will be holding their annual Christmas Party at the town hall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Some local firefighting history
The Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. was organized more than a half-century ago by a group of local volunteers who built the firehouse in 1955.
Since then, the agency has grown in membership and influence, working to prevent loss of life and property during fires and other hazardous situations.
The organization also promotes public-safety awareness and holds monthly drills.
The fire company meets on the Friday of the first full week of the month at the Thurman firehouse, 368 Athol Road in Athol. The meetings are open to the public.
The group welcomes new members. Applications are approved by the membership and successful applicants must complete a basic firefighting course within one year. To report a fire, dial 911.
Thurman fire officials remind residents that if they have not yet displayed their 911 address, now is the time to do so. At a recent town board meeting, Warrensburg emergency squad’s operations manager Steve Emerson asked that Thurman residents do this to assure prompt response when an emergency arises.
Events and activities here in the hills
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Thurman Town Hall. All are welcome to bring knitting, sewing, or quilting projects and make new friends. For details, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The annual Thurman Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To obtain a vendor space for this event — for a modest fee of $10 — contact Cheryl Kenyon at 623-9718. All proceeds from the fees go to the Christmas Basket fund, which delivers local baskets of food and other items that cheer up local citizens, most elderly, confined to their homes or alone for the holidays. Various food items will be for sale to nibble on while browsing among the many craft items.
Some additional items to be showcased are LucyAnn’s paper beads, stained glass stepping stones, maple products, craft pictures, blankets, and knitted mittens.
There was an error in last weeks edition — the next Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club meeting is to be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the town hall. This meeting will be a Thanksgiving-themed event. We are told that one member has already volunteered to cook the bird.
Those who attend are asked to bring a covered side dish to accompany the meal. All club members planning to attend are asked to contact Norma at 623-9425. Membership is still only $10 for a year — contact Norma to join.
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls runs on the second and fourth Friday of every month. It will next operate on Friday, Nov. 22 and is free to seniors age 60 and older. Those who wish to go, call Laura at 623-9281 by Wednesday, Nov. 21.
On a personal note
Celebrating anniversaries this week are Bonnie and Sean Cameron on Nov. 17, also Bill and Carol Rounds on Nov. 21.
Observing birthdays this week are: Bobby Baker Jr. on Nov 17; Adorna Wheelock Wright, Juanita Cameron, and Milton Kennedy on Nov. 18; Jonelle Bacon and Sue Baker on Nov. 21; Ida Reynolds and Tom Belden on Nov. 22; plus Rex Reynolds Jr. and Nicky Zuboff on Nov. 23.