Warm weather warnings

The warmer we’ve been experiencing in the Adirondacks means many residents are getting outside, so please remember a few important advisories.

While driving on our roadways please be alert to those on bicycles — and you bicyclists, always wear a helmet.

If your outdoor activities include venturing into the woods, remember to wear proper clothing and insect repellent to prevent being bitten by a deer tick which can cause Lyme Disease as well as dozens of other debilitating illnesses. When you are through with your hike, check your body over carefully for tiny black ticks. Tick infestation has been on the rise since 1986, with over 95,000 cases having been confirmed in New York State. Lyme Disease and associated tick infections are now at epidemic level, and people need to be vigilant to prevent lifelong disability which can occur if a bite by an infected tick — often undetectable — is left untreated for several weeks. If you have been bitten, see the health care professionals at the Warrensburg Health Center — they are aware of the latest recommended treatment regimens.

Also note there currently is a burn ban in effect due to the drought conditions causing an increased risk of forest fires.

Exceptions include campfires less than 3 feet in height and 4 feet in diameter are allowed. Small cooking fires are also allowed. Fires cannot be left unattended and must be fully extinguished — preferably with plenty of water. Only charcoal or clean, untreated or unpainted wood can be burned. Ceremonial or celebratory bonfires are allowed. After May 14 you may burn tree limbs with attached leaves. The limbs must be less than 6 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length – also referred to as brush.

History of the Thurman sale

The Thurman Townwide Sale, set this year for Friday May 17 through Sunday May 19, was originally started by Thurman’s own Evie Russell, who was doing her spring cleaning and wanted a way to get rid of some unwanted items. She and a group of residents developed the idea and we hear that the first year more than 100 residents signed up to have their site on the map.

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