Former resident to relate Thurman history

ATHOL - Rev. David C. Newkirk, a former preacher at Kenyontown Methodist Church, will share tales of bygone days in Thurman in a presentation set for 7 p.m. Tuesday May 5 at the Thurman Town Hall. Newkirk came to Thurman in the 1960s, first as a student, then as a young minister fresh out of theological seminary. He served at Kenyontown Methodist during both his stays, living part of the time with the James Lillibridge family. Newkirk was fascinated by the people he met in Thurman and the things he learned from them, according to local author Perky Granger. He admired the simple ways of life they practiced and their country values, she said.

"Rev. Newkirk retells the stories of Thurmanites - and offers a few of his own - with warmth, respect and humor," she said.

David Newkirk has been a popular speaker on the historical society's house tours, and was drafted to tell more of his tales, she said. This program, hosted by the John Thurman Historical Society, is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 623-9305 or email ThurmanInfo@aol.com.

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