Turkey spared the hatchet in radio promo
There is a very lucky turkey who has taken up residence at Nettle Meadow Farm in Thurman after facing the axe just days before Thanksgiving. In a promotional stunt for 100.3 The Point, Whitefield’s Free Range Farm and Nettle Meadow Goat Farm and Sanctuary collaborated on saving the life of a turkey. His name is Paul McTurkey and he will be joining Stevie Nicks as a sanctuary animal at Nettle Meadow. Thurman Station Association and Perky Granger’s Fiction Among Friends have each donated a bag of cracked corn to feed Mr. McTurkey.
The radio station was trying to achieve the goal of getting 3,000 “likes” on Facebook by Thanksgiving, and it appears they did just that. Paul has settled in well at the goat farm and we hear he has hit it off famously with Stevie Nicks!
Writing workshop scheduled in Wrnsbg.
Heather Haskins, a writer, blogger and writing instructor from Clifton Park will teach a writing class in Warrensburg on the four Wednesdays in February from noon to 2 p.m. The four-session course is open to those who wish to learn more about writing memoir and/or fiction. Classes will be held at Willows Bistro, 3749 Main St., Warrensburg, and the fee will include lunch supplied by the Bistro. Sign-ups are requested by Jan. 15.
Advance payments of $148 per person can be made by contacting Perky Granger at PersisGranger@aol.com or (352) 463-3089. The fee will cover all four workshops and four Bistro luncheons which will include soup of choice, salad, toast points, coffee/tea and cookie or cream puff. This would make a perfect gift for the writer on your Christmas shopping list. Participants are limited to 10.
Local girl scouts active for the holidays
The Warrensburg Girl Scouts will be selling baked goods, soups, breakfast sandwiches and beverages at the town hall during Christmas in Warrensburgh from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. They will also be making crafts with children attending. That evening the Girl Scouts will be singing Christmas carols and decorating the town tree with their homemade Christmas ornaments at the tree lighting ceremony.
Historical calendar available soon
The new 2014 John Thurman Historical Society calendar should be back from the printer any time now and they make lovely holiday gifts. We hear they will soon be available at the town hall for purchase.
Hats off to the Thurman Station Association; they will be donating a portion of their revenues to our local food pantry. The sum will be announced at the December town board meeting.
Activities and events in Thurman
The Thurman Baptist Church, located on Valley Road, will be holding a children’s Christmas program at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at during their evening service. They will also be holding their Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24, of course.
The next town board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. Attending these meetings is a way to find out what is going on in town government. Experiencing government operations first-hand is the primary way to make informed decisions.
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls will make its last trip before Christmas on Dec. 13. Laura has said these trips offer a lovely time and a wonderful way to get reacquainted with your neighbors. The service will pick you up at your home — simply contact Laura with directions to your home and she will make sure you are picked up. You can call Laura at 623-9281.
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings at the Thurman Town hall every Monday. This week’s session occurs Dec. 9 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.
Norma Galusha wishes to remind folks the Sugar Loaf Seniors group holds their meetings once a month at the Thurman Town Hall on the third Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Membership is still only $10 per year. During the months of January and February, the group holds their meetings on the third Saturday at 11:30 p.m..
All town offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. These closures include the landfill which is regularly open on Wednesdays.
Applications for Thurman occupancy tax funding for 2014 are being requested with a due date of Dec. 20, 2013.
The Warrensburg PTSA Holiday Shoppe will be open from the Dec. 3 to Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the elementary school. The shop has far different merchandise than prior years. All classrooms will be scheduled a time for students to visit the shop and buy items as Christmas presents to give to loved ones. If you wish for your child to participate, send in a few dollars for them to make their selection. The shop will also be open one evening — Friday, Dec. 6. For the time, contact the school at 623-9747.
Entertainment Books are on sale at Warrensburg High School as a a PTSA fundraiser. These hefty books have many valuable coupons and offers. They are $25 and to obtain a copy, contact a high school student or the high school at 623-2861.
Our sympathy for the Wood family
Condolences go out to the family of Ann L. Wood, 53, who resided on Mud St.. Ann passed away Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at Glens Falls Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born on May 28, 1960, in Glens Falls and was the daughter of Gilbert R. Wood Sr. of Athol and the late Rosalie Broe-Wood.
Ann was a lifelong resident of the area. Following her high school graduation, she worked as a waitress in numerous local diners, making many friends along the way.
Besides spending time with her family, Ann enjoyed gardening, crafts and spending time with her great-nieces and great-nephews.
Besides her father, she is survived by her children, Matthew Frye and his wife, Candice, of Hudson Falls, and Katelyn Kuklinski of Vermont; seven siblings, Gilbert Wood Jr. of Thurman, Judy Hall and her husband, Jack, of Warrensburg, Rosalie Bentley and her husband, Barry, of Warrensburg, Diane Wood and her companion, Bob Ross, of Warrensburg, Janet Wood of Thurman, Patrick Wood of Thurman and Laurel Martin of Queensbury. She also leaves behind several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A graveside service to celebrate her life was conducted Nov. 25 at Reynolds Cemetery in Thurman.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations in Ann’s memory to the American Cancer Society or the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital.
Janice Bederian passes on
Condolences go out to the family of Janice M. Bederian, 55, of Monte Vista Drive. Janice passed away unexpectedly Nov. 15, 2013, at her home, due to natural causes.
Born Feb. 1, 1958, in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the late Robert Sr. and Edith Baker.
Janice was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Warrensburg Central School.
Janice was employed by several local businesses. She was a bartender at The Pillars as well as a bus driver for Head Start. She enjoyed working with her hands and soldering circuit boards for medical devices for many years. Most recently, she worked for various local catheter assembly companies in the Glens Falls area and served food for Meals on Wheels at the Warrensburg meal site; she took great pride in caring for the many friends she made along the way there.
Janice is survived by her two favorite men, her husband of 29 years, Paul “Pete” Bederian, and her son, Jake Bederian, both of Warrensburg; and her siblings, Robert Baker Jr. and his wife, Sue, of Thurman, Richard Baker of Kingsbury, Shirley Russell and her husband, Bernard, of Bolton Landing, Joan Proctor of Thurman and Marty Baker and his wife, Emily, of Florida. She also leaves behind a large extended family, including several in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.
At Janice’s request, there are no calling hours scheduled. Services will be conducted privately at the convenience of her family.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations in Janice’s memory to Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 371, Warrensburg, NY 12885.
Oliver family welcomes baby
Congratulations go out to Matthew and Dori Oliver of Warrensburg, on the birth of their son, Matthew J. Jr., at 12:20 a.m. Oct. 31, 2013, The little tyke weighed 7 pounds 15.3 ounces and was 22 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Julia Schill and Danny DeSantis of Warrensburg. Paternal grandparents are Wendy and Duane Oliver of Whitehall.
Thurmanites’ special days
Celebrating birthdays this week are Howard Tucker, Sr. and Heidi Burch on Dec. 7; Leila Wood and Billy Altman on Dec. 8; Andrew Warrington on Dec. 9; Charlez McCraw on Dec, 10; Ruth Keller on Dec. 11; and Frank Gallup, Carolyn Grotevent and Roland Hennessy on Dec. 12.