Athol-Thurman 3/20

Vopleus benefit dinner coming up

Friends and neighbors of Don Vopleus are getting together to hold a spaghetti dinner Saturday March 20 at the Thurman Town Hall in Athol from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. to benefit Don's family, which has been through substantial hardship.

Besides good food and fellowship, a silent auction will also take place at this event.

Donations of spaghetti, sauce or any dessert are being accepted. To help out, call Jesse at 791-6118. Don was hurt Nov. 15 when a tree fell, crushing him to the ground. After many months in the hospital and rehabilitation center, he is now recuperating at home. The proceeds will all go to the Vopleus family.

Those who would like to send a donation and cannot attend the dinner, stop by the Town Hall offices or send a check to P.O. Box 29, Athol, NY 12810 Attn: Vopleus fund. A silent auction will also take place at this event.

Spring arrives in the North Country

Welcome Spring! Today is the first day of the Spring season, so with all this snow up here to melt, it will soon be mud season.

Clocks were moved ahead last Sunday, so now you will be reading the Adirondack Journal one hour earlier than you have been! What did you used to or formerly get done in that hour that you lost last Sunday?

Perhaps readers may not know that many of the older generation refused to change their clocks after this newfangled daylight savings time was introduced during the World War II era. The farmers who had their cows on a milking schedule couldn't change the animals being at the gate and ready and the tiny babies also didn't change wake-up time or their feeding schedules.

Over the fence

Many calls came in after the article was published March 5 in the daily newspaper describing controversy linked to area ambulance squads. Callers questioned the town's action in withholding financial support to the Thurman Emergency Medical Services. Callers also questioned whether it was proper for the town to hold onto cemetery funding. Others were upset that squad officer Suzie Baker was questioned - she's been Treasurer for the ambulance squad for five years. I believe she has been a very honest person during her years as youth community leader, Mommie & Me play group leader, as well as an advocate of the Child Alert program -and so much more in the line of volunteer work. The callers hope to see an open apology to this lady. Why has Thurman changed so much?

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