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Town residents should be aware that the winter months routinely bring inclement weather conditions — and that during storms, Meals on Wheels does not transport hot meals. So, perhaps our readers, when heavy snowstorms hit us, could drop by their neighbors, and prepare them a warm cup of tea, or bring them a dish of soup or sandwich from home.

January often delivers below-zero temperatures; so residents should make sure they plug in their heat tape, or make sure their pipes are adequately insulated — or just leave the cold water faucet dripping to ensure you are not stuck with frozen pipes.

Apply for tax relief!

Applications for the state School Tax Relief (STAR) program are now available at the Thurman Town Hall. The deadline for completed applications is March 1.

This program provides homeowners with two types of partial exemptions from school property taxes:

Basic STAR is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the resident owner and spouse’s income is less than $500,000, it exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes.

Enhanced STAR provides an increased benefit for the primary residences of citizens 65 and older with qualifying incomes, and exempts the first $63,300 of the full value of a home from school taxes. This exemption level was raised this year from $62,200.

STAR exemptions apply only to school district taxes. They don't apply to property taxes for other jurisdictions, such as counties, towns.

Activities & events in the hills

The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls runs on the second and fourth Friday of every month. The next run is to occur Friday, Jan. 11. The trips are free to citizens age 60 and over. Those who wish to go, call Laura by Wednesday, Jan.9 at 623-9281.

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