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Prepare for winter’s frigid, snowy grip

Apparently, this winter has decided to make up for the lack of snow we’ve had in previous seasons. Last year’s snowfall came in spurts of a few inches at a time with really only one large storm that came in the spring, while this season here in Thurman we’ve received over two feet just in the first two storms.

The extreme cold has seemed to come with these storms, either preceding it or following. Remember to plug in your heat tape or keep those faucets dripping, if you haven’t already done so, to prevent costly broken water lines.

Thurman has appeared to have dodged the bullet as far as loss of power goes. This doesn’t mean we are out of the woods yet. So it may be a good idea to stock up on candles, batteries and other various supplies to make it as comfortable as possible should we be unfortunate enough to lose power.

Additionally, it’s always a good idea to check in on those seniors who are home-bound. It can get lonely out here for someone who may only get out to town once or twice a month.

Packages earn cash for WCS students

Previously this column reported on a new recycling program spearheaded in Warrensburg Elementary School. The program is named TerraCycle and it is an upcycle-recycle program that earns money for schools. Each “recycling brigade” signed up for earns a specific amount of money per piece that is shipped to them. To date three brigades have been collected: Capri Sun, Entenmann’s Little Bites, CLIF energy bars. Each pouch earns a point and each TerraCycle point earned is equal to a penny. There is a minimum ship weight of five pounds for Capri Sun, which equals about 500 pouches for each brigade and shipping is free as they offer shipping labels to be printed from their website. If over 20 pounds or 2,000 pouches, two points are earned per pouch. Warrensburg Central PTSA officer Jen Lanfair says that this is their goal and that she is currently preparing the first shipment of Capri Sun pouches. Lanfair thanks those families who are also saving pouches at home and sending them in for redemption. Billions of these pouches are dumped in landfills each year and this program helps keep them out of landfills by upcycling or redeeming these pouches into stuff like book bags, pencil cases, trash bins, and plastic lumber.

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