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(Editor's Note: Thurman Correspondent Evie Russell has been hospitalized for nearly two weeks due to a respiratory setback. For those who wish to send cards or visit, she is in Glens Falls Hospital, Tower 3 Room 2. True to form, Evie was observed last week ribbing the doctors and nurses and dispensing plenty of advice. Thurman readers are asked to help Evie out by sending local news to thom@denpubs.com or calling 504-4376 and leaving a message.)

Happenings here in the hills

Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20 brings us the ever-popular New York State Maple Days, which are celebrated in Thurman with many sugarhouses and one traditional sawmill open for the weekend. The maple farms will be giving tours and demonstrations, showing visitors the steps in making pure maple syrup. Maps will be available to guide visitors to the farms. At least one of the destinations are offering a pancake breakfast. For details, call 623-9718.

All of the Thurman sugar houses plan on being open March 19 and 20 as well as March 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thurman residents are anticipating that folks from near and far will bring their families for a visit.

Please be careful Thursday, March 17 to watch out for either pranksters or tipsy drivers on St. Patrick's Day. We wish all of our Irish neighbors a great day, including Mary McKenna Murphy of Warrensburg who will be celebrating her 100th birthday at a party on Cloverleaf Drive - complete with many dozens of relatives.

Personals

Celebrating Birthdays this week are: Eric Smith on March 19, Lance Chadwell and Chance McCraw on March 20, Patrick Galusha and Billy Arnold on March 21, Mark Kelly and Dan Cameron Jr. on March 22, Bertha Bellanger on March 23, Kaitlyn Kuklinski on March 24, and Rex Reynolds III and Josh Kenyon on March 25.

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