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Athol-Thurman 1-9-10

Times are tough, help is available

During these difficult cold winter months can be rough on household budgets. Those who are having trouble keeping food on the table, remember that help is available.

The Thurman Town Hall has a food pantry, the Gleaning food program is at the town hall twice every month, and the Extra Helpings food program distributes its discounted food packages once a month. So don't let pride prevent you from asking for help as you can always repay when your job resumes. Call the town hall at 623-9649 for details.

Forms for S.T.A.R., Vets and aged exemptions - all methods of reducing property taxes - can be picked up at the Town Assessors office and filled out anytime. The deadline to return them is March 1. Questions? Call 623-4593.

Memories of life in bygone days

Will you have time this winter to write down some of your Thurman memories to help out the John Thurman quarterly committee? Do you remember ice packed in sawdust for an ice box or for the ice cream freezer? How about town officials being dunked in water at the small fair held here? For details or to offer information, call 623-2580 or 623-2007.

Meetings, activities set in town

The ice skating rink at the town recreation field in Athol is now ready for use. Small children should be accompanied by an adult or guardian. The hill at the town field is also ready for sledding. Skating is reserved for children only due to height limitations at the rink

On Saturday Jan. 9 hot chocolate and light snacks will be available from 1 to 3 p.m. Proceeds are to benefit the Thurman Youth Commission. Townsfolk can call 623-9961 to see if refreshments are available on any other particular day.

The Thurman Emergency Squad meets at 6 p.m. Sunday Jan. 10 at the High Street squad building. Meetings are open to the public and prospective members who wish to help out in the community can stop by or call 623-9810 for details.

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