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Athol-Thurman

Bed tax grants to be allocated

The Thurman Occupancy Tax Committee met Dec. 21 to discuss appropriations of money for various events proposed by groups and individuals who submitted budgets and grant requests.

The committee’s recommendations are passed onto the town board, which determines grant amounts.

The Town of Thurman received $30,000 in 2013 occupancy tax receipts, which is used to promote tourism. The committee proposed allocating $20,000 of the bed tax receipts as follows: Thurman Summer Concert Series, $11,640; Thurman Bicentennial Celebration, $5,620; Publicity, $2,200; other related expenses, $540; leaving $10,000 for Events such as Maple Days, Jack Wax Party, Thurman Fall Farm Tour, Town Wide Sale, Christmas Bazaar, and a new event to be named Wilderness Corridor Showcase.

Thurman’s roots run deep

Several months ago I reported on the founding of Thurman, which according to Warren County Historical Society was the original name of the town. Between 1813 and 1853 it in fact was named Athol.

In 1813 Warren County was established and the name came from Revolutionary War patriot and hero of the Battle at Bunker Hill, General Joseph Warren.

In 1799 the Town of Bolton and Chester were formed from Thurman, and 1805 the Town of Johnsburg was formed also from Thurman. In 1810 the Town of Lake George (known as Caldwell until 1963) was formed from three neighboring towns, Bolton, Thurman and Queensbury.

In 1819 the first building housing the Court house, jail and clerk’s office was constructed with Lake George as the county seat.

Townfolk to celebrate heritage

Those interested in being part of history in the making will not want to miss Thurman’s festivities on June 15 celebrating Warren County’s Bicentennial. That event is to include a parade, a barbecue and fireworks. Anyone interested in creating a float or participating in the parade should contact town supervisor Evelyn Wood at the town hall at: 623-9649.

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