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Seniors and the new STAR re-certification

Senior citizens receiving Enhanced STAR benefits are not affected by the new registration requirement, which applies to Basic STAR benefits only. Sue Baker asked me to remind seniors that they need not do anything to secure their Enhanced STAR benefit, as long as they receive a letter from the state. If you do not receive a letter, simply contact the Thurman Assessors office and they will be happy to assist you. You can reach them by phone at 623-4593 or simply stop by the hall for assistance. The Town Assessor’s office hours are 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Precautions for Halloween

Be on the lookout for Ghouls and Goblins circulating down our rural roadways a week from Thursday — youngsters will undoubtedly be out in full force on Halloween, Oct. 31, seeing who will collect the most loot.

If you wish to have visitors on Halloween night, leave your porch light on or light your Jack-o’-lantern so parents and caregivers know you welcome them.

A note to parents and grandparents: Family Dollar in Warrensburg has those florescent glow-in-the-dark bracelets and necklaces for sale at a reasonable price and they’ll illuminate children as they walk from house to house.

It is advised to inspect your child’s candy before allowing them to consume it. An idea that might work for your family is to bring several snacks from home to avoid your children whining about being hungry.

Over the fence

Donations are now being sought for the annual local program that provides Christmas baskets for shut-ins. Items that were donated last year included canned soup, fruit and vegetables, baked goods, gift cards and handmade items. A thoughtful touch may be including a box of inexpensive holiday cards and stamps for the basket recipients to send out to family and friends.

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