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Help sought for Christmas charity

Formed in 1981 by Thurman’s own Evie Russell, the local Christmas Basket Committee provides a warm seasonal remembrance to those 50 or so folks in the community who will spend the holidays alone.

For this outreach, townspeople donate home-cooked foods such as breads, muffins, cookies, candy or fudge. To each basket they add a little fruit and a small gift.

Help is needed and appreciated when it comes time to bake, pack and deliver the baskets in mid-December.

Those who’d like to help this year, call Cheryl Kenyon at 623-9718.

The Christmas Baskets will be put together on Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. and the committee still needs donations of baked goods or anything that would go with the theme of Christmas.

Drop off donations of food from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Thurman Town Hall.

Sign up to help Jackwax party

Every spring when the maple sap starts flowing, folks from all around the region look forward to the traditional Thurman Maple Sugar Party.

Based on an age-old New England tradition, The “Jackwax” party began about a half a century ago, with residents donating homemade salads and casseroles to create a savory all-you-can-eat buffet supper —topped off with old-fashioned jackwax made from maple syrup produced right here in Thurman.

At the festive party, local talented musicians performing traditional country music entertain people while they are dining, or waiting to get seated. Proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society.

Those who can volunteer to help out this year are asked to contact me, Kathy Templeton at 623-2967 — I’ve volunteered to organize this event, succeeding the late, beloved Becky Hitchcock in the role.

Any help local citizens could provide, whether it be large or small, is a step in the right direction — whether it’s offering to cook up a dish or to help with phone calling, serving or clean-up for this worthwhile event.

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