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Over the fence

The deadline to fill and drop off shoeboxes full of donated items for Operation Christmas Child is Nov. 8.

Gail Needham has placed pamphlets and labels at the town hall. These labels are to be used to designate the age and gender of the child to receive the items. Gail has asked that if people can purchase a shoebox-sized rectangular plastic container at the local dollar store — this would be helpful because there is a limited supply of the existing boxes. These containers serve a double purpose — after the goodies are removed, families overseas use these containers to store rice and other dry goods. Additionally, she reminds readers that other thoughtful items to add to these boxes may be a washcloth, towel, bar of soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush and deodorant. Filled boxes may be dropped off at the Thurman Town Hall during regular business hours.

On a personal note

Condolences go out to the friends and family of Yves Fontaine, a resident of Valley Road in Thurman Yves passed away on Oct. 5.

He was born in St. Evariste, Quebec, Canada, on Dec. 31, 1936, the son of the late Francois and Clarisse (Couture) Fontaine.

Yves was an avid fisherman, hunter and trapper.

Besides his parents, Yves was predeceased by his brothers, Laurier Fontaine and Egide and his wife, Rose Fontaine. He was also predeceased by a nephew, Jean-Claude and his wife, Debra Fontaine; and his longtime companion, Dorothy Bennett.

He is survived by his brother, Gerald (Connie) Fontaine of Newcomb; his sister, Huguette (Jean-Pierre) Delvaux of South Glens Falls, and his sister-in-law, Laurette Fontaine of Amenia, NY as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Yves’ memory may be made to the local food pantry.

Thurmanites’ special days

Celebrating birthdays this week are Tyler Baker on Oct. 26; Wyatt Hitchcock and Hayden Sparks on Oct. 27; Joan Harris on Oct. 28; June Beers, Elizabeth Kennedy and Ron Rosati on Oct. 29; Betty Peck, Jonathan Roberts, Brian Davis and Christan Hoffay on Oct. 30; plus Howard Greenholtz and Cindy Altman on Oct. 31.

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