Winter solstice this Saturday
The winter solstice is the time at which the sun appears at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon. This is the shortest day of the year —Ω after Dec. 21, each day will get increasingly longer. So there is good news in sight for those of you who are looking forward to the cold weather ending and spring’s arrival.
Over the fence
If you have not yet picked out your Christmas tree or you are one who gets it on Christmas Eve, your may just be in luck. Tom Lloyd of High St. has a 50-foot tree. All you need to do is remove it yourself, Don states that he does have a bucket loader and can assist you with removal. This tree is free of charge to any church that is interested; if a private citizen is interested all you need do is make a donation to the charity of your choice and it’s yours. Several years ago Tom donated a 50-foot tree to a local church. To reach Tom, call 623-9515.
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.
Remember the Thurman transfer station will be open on Dec. 21 and 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. These will be the only hours this week as Wednesday, Dec. 25 is Christmas. If you have plans on cleaning out the house in preparations for the holiday this will be your last chance to get them removed before guests arrive.
Despite the recent public meeting to shift hours, the Athol Post Office is still open regular hours and they are: Monday through Friday – excluding legal holidays – from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The Postal clerk closes her counter window at 4:30 p.m. and asks those obtaining packages to arrive by 4:15 p.m. To reach the post office, call 623-2018.
Applications for Thurman occupancy tax funding for 2014 are due no later than Dec. 20, 2013.
Those who are having difficulties delivering bags of 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.
Would you like to be vital part of your community? How about becoming a member of the Thurman Planning Board — once an active group here in Thurman. In past years, this group has 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 Box 29, Athol NY 12810.
Lila Walter would like to thank the kind residents of Thurman who dropped off a gift basket on her porch last week. Lila says the bowl was filled with lovely items and she truly appreciated the gesture.
This time of year is when many families clean out their children’s bedrooms to make room for more age-appropriate items. Please remember those who are less fortunate when you do this. An item that is no longer used in your household could be dropped at North Country Ministrieson Main St. in Warrensburg just across from the post office.
Recently, the Thurman Station Association donated $125 to the food pantry in Thurman. We hear that they are planning on contributing 5 percent of their profits throughout the year from their events to the pantry, which so many local residents depend on to feed their families.
Activities & events in the hills
The Thurman Baptist Church, located on Valley Road, will be having their Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24, of course.
The Gleaning food distribution sessions are held the first Monday of every month — and the next such event is Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. Be sure to bring reusable cloth bags or plastic shopping bags to bring goods home.
The Thurman Connection Snowmobile Club meets at the clubhouse on Bear Pond Road on the last Friday of the month at and this month that falls on Dec. 27 at 7 p.m.
If you still have someone on your shopping list for Christmas, 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. This would make a wonderful gift for a writer. The four-session course is open to those who wish to learn more about writing memoir or fiction. Classes will be held at Willows Bistro, 3749 Main St., Warrensburg, and the fee will include lunches 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 by calling 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. Participation is limited to ten.
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings at the Thurman Town hall every Monday. This week’s session occurs Dec. 23 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.
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls will make their last trip of 2013 on Dec. 27. Laura has said this is a lovely time and a wonderful way to get reacquainted with your neighbors. The service will pick you up at your home. To arrange pickup, contact Laura at 623-9281 by Dec. 23 with directions to your home and she arrange it.
The Sugar Loaf Seniors group holds their meetings once a month at the Thurman Town Hall on the third Saturday of the month. There will be no meeting in January. The next meeting will occur in February at the hall at 11:30 a.m. Membership is still only $10 per year. For details, call Norma Galusha at 623-9425.
Thurmanites’ special days
Congratulations go out to Nick and Tammy Moon who are celebrating their 30th anniversary on Dec. 24.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Jonelle Bacon and Sue Baker on Dec. 21; Ida Reynolds and Tom Belden on Dec. 22; Rex Reynolds, Jr. and Nicky Zuboff on Dec. 23; Preston Hennessey and Dick Lamphier on Dec. 24; Paige Baker Fruda on Christmas Day; Bert Germain and Jimmy Nelligan on Dec. 26; and Danielle Bolton, Brian Russell and Christopher Murray on Dec. 27.
Reflections on the prior months
With all the turmoil our town has seen over the past year, I think it overdue to extend an olive branch.
An olive branch held by a dove was used as a peace symbol in 18th century. If for no other reason this is the time of year for forgiving and accepting one another.
We may have differing opinions, but when it comes right down to it, we all share this town.