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Athol-Thurman

Primary election, 'swingers' presentation

The Thurman Town Hall was a busy place Sept. 15 with the primary elections in the older half of the hall and simultaneously in the new half were the routine town board meetings at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

This latter full board meeting included a presentation by "Krazy J," founder of the Lake George Social Club telling assembled curious townspeople about how their polyamorous or "swingers' club" members boost the economy and don't bother anyone, because their activities are behind closed doors at the Bear Pond Lodge. He depicted his club members as ordinary wage earners and professionals that just have different sexual and lifestyle preferences than most other citizens, and they merely want to get together for socializing - and more.

Many were accepting of his club members' freedom to do as they please in private, but I believe many others were silent because they were too polite to express their feelings publicly about the situation. I know one prominent resident said later that their club meetings, since they charge money for their get-togethers, essentially turn the Bear Pond Inn and surroundings into a "red light district," and it's wrong.

This person and others were alarmed that the swinger club representative received loud applause from those assembled, which bothered those residents, I hear, who still believe in upholding community values. A curtain type divider separated the voting from the town meetings.

The Republicans chose between two of the four candidates for a town board seat in the primary election. Results were as follows: Charles Bills -54, Albert Vasak- 69, Glenda Duell-33, and Rebecca Desourdy-35. One write-in vote was for Eileen Baker.

Note that Al Vasak and Glenda Duell will be running on an independent line, plus the two winners, Vasak and Bills, on the Republican line.

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