Help available with heating expenses
Heating season is upon us and there are several programs to help those who may have difficulty with this expensive time of year. The Home Energy Assistance Program offers benefits such as a regular HEAP benefit to assist households that pay a high proportion of household income for energy. The regular benefit of the 2013-14 HEAP season is available beginning Nov. 18.
The HEAP emergency benefit assists qualifying low-income New Yorkers who are facing a heat or heat-related energy emergency and do not have resources above the established limits. The emergency benefits are available beginning Jan. 2. If you have an emergency, contact the Warren County Social Services office.
HEAP heating equipment repair and replacement benefits are available to help eligible low-income homeowners repair or replace primary heating equipment necessary to keep the home’s primary heating source functional. This benefit is available beginning Nov. 12.
The county HEAP office can be reached at 761-6300 — just follow the prompts.
A HEAP clinic is held annually at the Thurman Town Hall. Look in this column for the date and time of such a session as soon as the session is scheduled.
Over the fence
The Thurman Station Association is now seeking people and local businesses to join the ever-growing group, to brainstorm new ideas to promote Thurman businesses regionally. To join, call Wini Martin at 623-9595.
Deer hunting season is now open, and we remind our readers to wear bright colored clothing when venturing into the woods.
When I was a youngster, may father taught me that when you hear gunfire, slowly get down on one knee and give a shout out to alert hunters that you are in their vicinity.
Dates to remember concerning the Town Hall: Thursday Nov. 28 is Thanksgiving Day and all Town Offices will be closed. On Dec. 14 the Thurman Youth Commission will be holding their annual Christmas Party at the town hall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.