Athol-Thurman 1-22-11

Remember as you go about your busy life that there are some folks who are alone and lonely - and a phone call or a card would really brighten their day.

A reminder for all who don't have broadband access to save your old phone books, as Verizon will not be printing full phone books anymore. Their 2011 phone books will only have the Yellow Pages' business listings.

Watch next week's column for details on the upcoming Valentine's for Vets project which will be held Saturday Feb. 5. Meanwhile, you can get any lace or extra decorations out to bring with you. All ages are needed to help make hearts for our vets. This craft project, which communicates support for those who served our nation, is sponsored by the Thurman Youth Commission.

I'm still fielding phone calls from folks worrying about the town government not signing contract with our local emergency squad. As you know, people are very upset, so I will not repeat all of their opinions again. However, I do believe that the squad could be sanctioned and paid by the town to provide basic emergency medical services. For patients with urgent critical needs, our squad members could give them immediate assistance and meet up with Advanced Life Support technicians from Warrensburg en route to the hospital. Thurman squad officials, by the way, thank all their supporters for their recent help. Activities and events in the hill towns

Starting in February, the Thurman Town Board's regular monthly business meetings and fiscal meetings are moving back to the second Tuesday of each month. The fiscal meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8.

Despite its lack of contract with the town government, the Thurman Emergency Medical Services squad is continuing operation, and its members meet on the first Wednesday of the month. Anyone wishing to help with the agency's efforts to help townfolk, are welcome to stop by and join the squad. There are no restrictions for membership, except members should be 18 or older, care about the welfare of the community and be committed to help out friends and neighbors.

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