Athol-Thurman 6-19-10

Cemetery workshop draws citizens from afar

Folks hailing from the Adirondacks to the lower Hudson Valley attended the area's first workshop on gravestone preservation held June 5 at the Pendall Cemetery in Athol.

Organized by the Thurman Cemetery Committee and led by gravestone expert Jonathan Appell, the workshop offered a wealth of information on repairs, cleaning, and resetting of monuments. The 21 people who attended not only got hands-on experience in the cemetery, but they were given folders containing information for future ventures.

Workshop participants came from towns and cities across the region, including Hague, Kingston, Hyde Park, Newcomb, Johnsburg, Thurman, North Creek, and Warrensburg.

Videos and photographs were taken, and plans are being considered to make DVDs of the occasion.

The cemetery committee thanks everyone who gave donations and had fun with the pink flamingo promotion, in which residents pledged money to the committee for the privilege of "flocking" their friends with an installation of the pink flamingos on neighbors' lawns. All those who participated and sent donations helped make this workshop possible.

Over the fence

To call the Thurman dog warden when you find dogs running loose, call Dexter at 623-9810. Yes, there is a leash law in our town for all dogs.

Sorry for the wrong phone number for the emergency squad being published in my column in a recent issue.

Gripes came pouring in on Thursday June 3 after some residents read a sign posted at the Thurman Town Hall calling for a special board meeting for 5 p.m. June 4 to hire a new town bookkeeper. The emergency posting apparently gave people very little notice. Our town clerk posted signs on doors, on the bulletin board and on the sandwich board on the front lawn, and town officials said the notice was according to law.

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