A gentleman on Combs Road has grown a 41-pound Golden Hubbard squash in his small garden. He totalled 144 pounds of squash overall.The little hummingbirds have left our area at the end of September. A gentleman who faithfully keeps their feeders full by his home used 60 pounds of sugar this year. He says the population of these small birds that visited this year was less than normal.The Samaritan's Purse shoebox program for Christmas giving to forgotten children will soon be underway. In Thurman, all filled boxes can be left at the town hall by Nov. 4. For more information, call Gail at 623-2335. It is preferred plastic boxes be used, but not necessary. Pre-decorated boxes and other literature is available, so stop by the town hall and get one or more to fill. Suggested items are school supplies, brushes and combs, toothbrushes and toothpaste, washcloths, soap, small toys, hard candy, etc. These children will be happy to be remembered at Christmas time!By the way, town youth commission members express heartfelt thanks to Dave and Chuck Mineo of Warrensburg Laundry & Dry Cleaners for their very generous donation to the commission.Activities and meetings scheduledThe Thurman Emergency Squad is slated to meet at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, for EMS board members only. The next open meeting will is to be held Oct. 17. Citizens have phoned in many Thank You calls recently on the fast response of the local Emergency Medical Service members during times of critical need.Emergency Squad members are preparing for a fun-filled Halloween for neighborhood children. Prizes will be given out at the party which is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Squad Building on High Street.The Quilting Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at the town hall. All are welcome. For details, call 623-2633.Women's Bible Study at the Thurman Baptist Church is to begin its series Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 9:30 a.m. All are invited to bring a friend or a neighbor and join in.The Kenyontown Methodist Church, located on Valley Road, will be having a fellowship dinner the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. They hope many area residents can join parishioners Wednesday, Oct. 20, in this first potluck dinner of the season. Bring a dish to pass, and get ready for some good conversation! For details, call Jeff at 623-3940.Flu clinics will be coming soon. Make a note of the dates. On Monday, Oct. 25, the county nurses will be in Bolton at the town hall 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 27, they will be in North Creek at the meal site from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This flu shot session is for seniors age 65 or older. Bring your insurance cards. $25 is requested for the flu vaccine and $67 for the pneumonia vaccine. Other town clinics are coming up in November and we publicize them in this column.Have you reserved a table for the annual Christmas Bazaar set for November in the Thurman Town Hall? If you have crafts or other wares to sell, you should reserve your table early by calling 623-9718, as space is limited.New hours at farmers' marketThe weekly Farmers' Market at Thurman Station, to be open a few more weeks for the 2010 season, has new hours.Open 12:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, the market features not only a plentiful harvest of vegetables and fruit, they have eggs, maple products, homemade soaps and craft items.Over the fenceDid anyone find winter coats or jackets yet to donate to the Coats for Kids Program? The Warrensburg Laundry on Richards Avenue, in conjunction with this program, will accept the items, then clean them for a child who needs a warm coat. This is only being conducted in October, so don't forget. All sizes are needed.Make A Difference Day is Oct. 23Have you started making plans to donate some of your time and talent to helping out in your community for a few hours? Whether you're a kid or an adult there is always something you can do to put a smile on someone's face. Let us know what you did on that all important day. Oct. 23 is a Saturday. Call us at 623-2580.Special Days in ‘Almost Heaven' countryAnniversaries to be celebrated this week include a special day Oct. 10 for Rodney and Mary Kenyon, 40 years; and Oct. 14, two couples celebrate: Ed and Herma Baker, 59 years; and Brian and Donna Davis, 10 years.Birthdays occurring this week include Elizabeth Dimick and Mary Valastro Oct. 10; Cy Combs and William Davidson Oct. 11, Dick Needham and Jason Kenyon Oct. 12, Doris Baker, Patricia Darton and Craig Baker Oct. 13, Debbie French Oct. 14; and Jonathan MoonOct. 15.On a personal noteGeri Howe recently spent time in Long Island with her daughter Patti and Les Marro and many other family members. Cliff Dureau of Ski Hi Road visited his children in Long Island over the weekend and he and Geri road back together to their North Country homes.New arrival in Belden familyKate and Brett Belden of Warrensburg are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy born in Glens Falls Hospital Sept. 11. The little man weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 inches long. He has been named James Thomas.Proud grandparents are Rene and Tom Yarmowich of Thurman and Sue and Tom Belden of Warrensburg.Great-grandparents are Myrna Belden and the late Cliff Belden of Warrensburg; and Marilyn Hayes of Warrensburg.Get Well wishes go out this week to Elmer Buyce, Joe Mosher, Wanda Vopleus, Vern Baker, Pearl Cameron, Matt Kennedy, and to all the folks carrying around head colds at this time.