Preventing holiday-related illnesses | Athol-Thurman

The Salvation Army is currently taking calls for appointments for their Warm the Children program.

Through this effort, coats, hats, mittens and boots for children up to age of 18 are purchased and distributed to those who need them. Thanks to the generosity of donations received many children will not be cold this winter. To reach the Salvation Army, call 792-1960. Families are not allowed to receive such assistance two years in a row.

Those who haven’t received a letter from the state regarding your STAR exemption, contact the assessor’s office at 623-4593 or email them at thurmanassessors@verizon.net. or via mail at: P.O. Box 29, Athol, NY 12810-0029.

Interpretive Center offers plenty to do

The Adirondack Interpretive Center, located at 5922 State Route 28N in Newcomb, offers outstanding learning opportunities right in our own backyard. Managed by the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, the center serves thousands of visitors and area residents each year.

A noteworthy program of theirs is the Winter Solstice Shindig on Dec. 21 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 21 marks the beginning of winter and the folks at the Center know how to do it in style! There will be a celebration of fresh snow, steaming chili and great music!

This is sure to be a fun-filled day, starting at 2 p.m. there will be Solstice tree decorating.

Wear your warm winter boots, as you will be venturing outdoors to select the seasonal Solstice Tree. In the afternoon the Interpretive center staff welcomes you to join them to help create homemade decorations.

Enjoy live music from The Center’s program manager, Frank, and his bluegrass group — the Morehouse Family Band — will perform live from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Then at 5 p.m. there will be a potluck dinner. For just $5, come enjoy all-you-can-eat chili and corn bread. For those who bring a dish to share, dinner is free. Reservations are requested, and you can reach the Center at 582-2000. Those planning on bringing a dish, call or email them at aic@esf.edu.

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