Thanks go out to caring townspeople

As 2008 draws to a close, now is a good time to reflect on our surroundings, and what we can truly be thankful for.

As snow piles up around us here in the hills and cold winds whip around our homes, it's time to stop and realize how blessed we are for the warmth of family and friends, particularly those who help out when times are tough.

We are all proud to live in a small community where our residents all step up to help out and where many who find time will volunteer to help out both with others and with benefit community efforts. Some of you do not want to be named, so we are only going to use a few first names. But we do thank you all for your help in keeping Thurman a wonderful place to live.

Special thanks go out to Dick, George, Jimmy, Bruce, Jon, Jerry, Bob, Cliff, Randy, Ernie, Bill, Chuck, Jed, and all the silent ones. Appreciation also goes to the ladies who give of their time and are always helping out. Thanks to Paula, Cindy, Helen, Sue, Lisa, Grace, Karma, Bonnie, Barb, Diane, Charlotte, Becky, Robin, Amber, Joan, Ruth, Maria, Jamiee, Ida, Mary, Dot, and to those who want to be anonymous - all of you are so much appreciated!

Santa hosts joyful children

Just ask any of the 65 children who watched in excitement as Santa arrived on a firetruck and was later escorted into the Town Hall Sat. Dec. 13 by volunteer firemen - as a holiday "honor guard."

Mrs. Claus and an elf came from the North Pole with Santa, and all the children received gifts, played games and won prizes.

Thanks for all the help with the event go to Don and Nancy, Norma and the Girl Scouts, Ida and the Boy Scouts. The John Thurman Historical Society for the town Christmas tree, to Jamiee Ross and all the fire company members, and also to all those who helped with refreshments.

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