Athol-Thurman 2-19-11

Unusual weather was a wondrous event

A rare spectacle occurred this last week in Thurman, one that reminds us of the grandeur and power of nature.

A thundershower in winter complete with lingering lightning - when the ground had two to three feet of snow, and evergreen trees were white - made the whole outdoors look like a thousand light bulbs were illuminated.

Yes, it was beautiful at mid-evening Feb. 5 to look out and see everything so clearly. The lightning seemed to linger and was not the fast flashes that we see in summer months. Even the thunder had a different sound.

It had snowed and left another 9 inches of new covering before we got a bit of hail and mixed rain. And I might add, us folks in the hills country sure have been lucky with no power outages so far this winter!

Special days back here in the hills

Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Jerry and Evie Lucia, Feb. 22.

Those celebrating birthdays this week include Marie Allison, Feb. 20; Peggy Florance and Margaret Kruger, Feb. 21; Cheyanne Hill and Dennis Galusha, Feb. 22; Dennis Dempsey and Terry Beadnell, Feb. 23; April Robinson, Sean Cameron, Brett Springer, Venena Kennedy and Roberta Cassidy, Feb. 24; and Tammy Winslow and Matt Lanfear, Feb. 25.

Jim Williams of Queensbury, former Thurman resident, celebrated his birthday Feb. 6.

Lila Walters celebrated her 96th birthday with a small family gathering at the home of her daughter, Anne Rohe in Athol. Ronnie and Earl E. Dibble brought Lila up from their home in Queensbury where she has been spending the winter months. Other family members and close friends joined in this special birthday celebration.

Over the fence

Again everyone will be celebrating Presidents' Day Feb. 21, but in yesteryear George Washington's birthday was celebrated Feb. 22, which was the only day off from school. Happy 279th birthday, George!

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