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Evie Russell a ‘live wire’ in nursing home

Recently, I dropped in on former Adirondack Journal columnist Evie Russell, who for many years had reported news in Thurman and Athol.

Evie is now residing at Adirondack Tri-County Rehabilitation & Nursing Home and is doing very well.

It seems she has become quite the trickster when playing board games — she tells me that she yells out “Bingo!” when playing Yatzee, which cracks everyone up.

Evie has a neighbor and resident of Thurman, Bunny Bills there with her in the nursing home, and they enjoy spending time together, talking about their hometown.

She giggled about the two of them fighting over the Adirondack Journal — which they share when they can get their hands on a copy.

There are a few things Evie asked me to mention: Jeff and Theresa Grants had an anniversary on Sept. 17, celebrating 33 years of wedded bliss.

Jeff is the Minister of the Kenyontown Methodist Church and Theresa is Bob Goodnow’s daughter. Evie also wanted to express what a good job she thinks this writer is doing — she said, “Keep up the good work, kid!” — and I am flattered by her compliments.

In the past Evie had asked me not to write about her in this column, but since she has now given me permission, you can now expect some news occasionally about her.

Events & activities in the hills

The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls will run Friday, Oct. 25 and is free to seniors age 60 and over. To make pick-up arrangements, call Laura at 623-9281.

Thurman Connections Snowmobile Club holds their meetings on the last Friday of each month at their clubhouse on Bear Pond Road. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Oct. 25. For details, contact Doug Needham at 623-9234.

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