Valentine’s for Vets is scheduled for Feb. 8 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Thurman town hall with refreshments to follow. Let’s all come together and show our Veterans how much they mean to us all year long.
Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings at the Thurman Town hall every Monday. This week’s session occurs Jan. 20 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 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 Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. Be sure to bring your reusable cloth bags or plastic shopping bags to bring your goods home.
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 Feb. 14. The service will pick you up at your home, to arrange pickup simply contact Laura by Feb. 12 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 Town Hall on the third Saturday’s of the month. There will not be a meeting in January. The next meeting will occur on Feb. 15 at the hall at 11:30 a.m. Membership is still only $10 per year. To find out more information call Norma Galusha at 623-9425.
Thurman Connection Snowmobile Club meets at the club house on Bear Pond Road on the last Friday of the month at and this month that falls on Jan 31 at 7 p.m.
The Thurman 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 Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Those interested in becoming a volunteer are encouraged to stop in.
What is the occupancy tax, and how does the funding work? According to the law a hotel or motel is defined as any facility providing lodging on an overnight basis, which would include bed and breakfasts and inns.
Since Occupancy Tax was established in 2003, Warren County has charged tourists a four percent occupancy tax, also known as bed tax for renting a room during their stay. Aimee Azert and her husband Doug are proprietors of the Glen Lodge, located in Thurman; Aimee stated that the four percent bed tax is above the seven percent state tax that is already collected. Revenues from this tax are returned to towns, like Thurman, for the express purpose of promoting tourism.
Six Thurman event organizers received occupancy tax funding to aid their efforts at a Jan. 17 meeting at Thurman town hall. The Thurman Station Association’s occupancy tax grant review committee studied the applications and discussed them with each other and with those applicants present. All who applied received grants, but, due to tight funds, almost all received less than requested. The funded events are the John Thurman Historical Society’s returning Fiddlers’ Jamboree, as well as Thurman Maple Days and Maple Sugar Party; Thurman Townwide Sale; Thurman Showcase in the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor and Thurman Fall Farm Tour. For more information about the occupancy tax grant process in Thurman, visit ThurmanStation.org .
Deb Runyon would like to thank everyone who contributed food and helped out in the kitchen for the highway crew appreciation luncheon. Deb says, “There was so much food there. It was great to see the guys chowing down. I know they appreciate it.” Runyon fondly remembers the former organizer of this and many more Thurman events, “I really miss Becky Hitchcock and realize now that with all the events she ran, she must have been one busy person. She’s the one who got me started helping with the appreciation lunch, that’s how I met her. So I kind of want to keep doing it in her memory.”
Recently while doing some spring cleaning I discovered some of my husband’s collection of Quarterly’s from the John Thurman Historical Society. In these tattered pages reference was made to life in Thurman during the winter months.
An excerpt from a 1949 newspaper clipping written by Mrs. Mildred Vaughn tells of the early life of Mrs. James G. Ready, whose maiden name was Elva Baker. “There were nine children in our family, and I was the third. My grandmother used to operate the spinning wheel and weave the wool from our own sheep. We knit our own socks and mittens. Food was no problem to us. In the winter we had potatoes, beets, turnips, and carrots in the cellar. Father made great crocks of sauerkraut; we had maple syrup and maple sugar and plenty of buckwheat cakes. Our apple orchard of five hundred trees kept us well supplied with apples. The beef and pork was plentiful, and it was salted down for the winter. That, with milk and eggs from our own cows and chickens and plenty of good homemade bread was our winter diet.”
It goes on to tell of Mrs. Ready marrying Mr. Joseph Thissel at the age of 17 and living in a cabin built by her grandfather even though she was born in a frame house, she insisted she was very comfortable in the cozy cabin. She gave birth to twin boys who died at an early age, and then two daughters. When the youngest daughter was fifteen Mr. Thissel passed away and Elva was certain to continue to provide for her daughters.
For several years prior to Mr. Thissel’s death she served as the post mistress at The Glen and also had a very lucrative business of baking pies and breads.
At some point she took a white collar job in her home, by then in Warrensburg. She permitted the Bell Telephone Co. to install the first telephone exchange in that area and she became the first telephone operator. She kept the exchange for eight years.
She opened a rooming house at 8 Elm Street, Glens Falls, in 1922 and fed a table of thirteen for many years. At the time of her death the rooming house at that address was still maintained by her daughter, Mrs. Cassie Needham. Elva Thissel married James Ready after coming to Glens Falls and he died a year after their marriage.
Mrs. Elva Ready passed away in 1957 at the age of 94.
Please look here in this column for future monthly snippets from the past.
If you are searching for a way to broach the subject with a loved one about what their wishes are for their final days, this may be the perfect way.
High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care was awarded $100 to purchase 100 copies of the ‘Five Wishes’ pamphlet to distribute and fill out with members of the community so that they have a Health Care Proxy and Living Will in place. The pamphlet also contains information about why this is beneficial and necessary. Five Wishes are important because it is a way to communicate with your doctor, notifying them; Who you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make them. The kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want. How comfortable you want to be. How you want people to treat you. What you want your loved ones to know.
Five Wishes is changing the way America talks about and plans for care at the end of life. More than 18 million copies of Five Wishes are in circulation across the nation, distributed by more than 35,000 organizations.
To learn more, please contact Sue Gillingham at 743-1672 or visit www.highpeakshospice.org .
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so now is the time to make those dinner reservations before the restaurants are all booked up.
A few months ago I had what I thought was minor issues with my computer; unfortunately it turned into larger issues. The problem was unavoidable and I had to reboot my computer to factory settings. This process saved the computer, but did not save my documents contained in the computer. To make a long story short I lost many of my records on birthdays and anniversaries. If I miss one of yours please feel free to let me know.
Celebrating anniversaries this week are Kith and Grace Allen on Jan. 27, plus Richard and Donna Wormwood on Jan. 28.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Grace Allen, Shanika Arroyo and Hunter Germain on Jan. 25, Russ Hubert on Jan. 26, Sondra Cameron and Dorothy Mosher on Jan. 27, Kelly Angell and Autumn Moulton on Jan. 28, Sarah Hennessy on Jan. 29, Lila Walter, Bob Dibble and Christan Siletti on Jan. 31.