Well, finally made it. I haven't completely captured the finer art of graphics for my site, but I'm working on it. In the meantime I will get back to work. Been so long I miss giving my unsolicited opinion on local events having relevance to Thurman.
Of course now it is time to start thinking about the Election.
Cynthia Hyde is once again running for Supervisor. Although I don't know why. Perhaps she is a glutton for punishment, considering the attitudes from Mrs. Seaman and her cohorts. She is an Angel for putting up with it. Please stay with us Cynthia, you have many folks behind you. And I honestly doubt Mrs. Seaman will obtain any position in Thurman if the voters have any say.
Mrs. Hyde was our Town Clerk for eight years before becoming our Supervisor. She certainly knows this Town. And when she saw the shananigans going on under Ms. Wood as Supervisor, and her strong support from Mrs. Seaman and a few misguided residents, Mrs. Hyde stepped up and tried to make things settle down in Thurman. It was not easy, and so far she has weathered the storm.
Of course Mrs. Seaman was able to get back on the Town Board, and has continued to this day to be disruptive, negative, and a downright "fly in the ointment" to our Town Board.
Now she is running for the position of Town Clerk!! What qualifies her for that position I will never understand. Her public 'persona'
is seriously lacking; her choice of vocabulary is somewhat confusing, and her command of "facts" is also questionable. I remember she was a strong advocate along with Ms. Wood in getting the Emergency Squad out of Town. Yes, I will not forget that abominable event. It has left many Senior Citizens without the security of a readily available response. It has cost many a great deal of money. And it has hurt the real estate values of the homes in Thurman. Not a pretty legacy that Mrs. Seaman carries in her baggage, along with the laughable event to burden our Board members with an Ethics profile that is just ridiculous for a Town this size.
She has several "letters" after her name, but they all relate to the Medical field, and I don't see any relation to an ability to deal with people as a supervisor or mentor, and expecially as a person who would have to deal with the public on a daily basis. Those of you that have such a position dealing with the public know exactly what it takes, and are very much aware she is not qualified or able to handle such a job.
All things considered, Ms. Staples, our current Town Clerk, is certainly very qualified and has been doing a terrific job. You know the old addage "... if it ain't broke don't fix it ...."! Well, let's keep her in the seat; no change is needed there.
Kathy Templeton is once again running in an attempt to recover her seat on the Board. Gosh knows she was definitely an asset when she was there. I understand she has not been able to make the rounds of candidancy due to a fractured ankle. If you want to ask any questions why not contact her and speak directly. I only hope that many have not listened to Mrs. Seaman and her vitriol toward Mrs. Templeton. Personal feelings should not be in the equation. Kathy is very qualified for the position.
I was thrilled to see that Randy Galusha is running for a seat on the Town Board. I am sure he will be welcomed with open arms from the citizens of Thurman. He is a 'born-and-bred' Thurmanite, and a successful businessman here in Town. His innate knowledge of life in Thurman, his education, his many years of service as an Engineer for Warren County, and of course his amiable and pleasant demeanor dealing with the public can only be a plus for our Town. Randy deserves and will get, I am sure, a strong supportive vote from the residents of Thurman.
Seeing that Mrs. Sheplar is once again throwing her hat in the ring, leaves me with a huge ".. can't-believe-it ..." attitude. Her background certainly does not speak well for the position of Supervisor. I would almost welcome Ms. Wood back before wasting my vote there. I understand Mrs. Sheplar's background does not speak well of her leadership and common sense abilities. I have heard the negative feelings she has left with a certain Church in Warrensburg, and the many problems she and her family have left behind in Westchester County; but I can not attest to anyone else's word. If it's not in writing I won't print it.
So I will cross that one off the list.
Will get back soon with further information on the candidates, especially those I have missed here.
Enjoy the day; Mother Nature is just cleaning up after a nasty Winter.
Jean Frances Coulard 6/16/19
Here we are; another voting year for Thurman. Has anything changed? I think not. We have Mrs. Gail Seaman once again having been disruptive of our Town meetings as a member of the Town Board, running for the position of Town Clerk.
Do you remember when she was a previous member of the Board and Evelyn Wood was Supervisor?
Under her and Mrs. Wood a great deal of damage was precipitated on our beautiful oasis in the Adirondack Mountains. They implemented a lengthy Ethics protocol on the Board Members. It was obviously originally indicated for a large corporation or vast reaching public organization; it certainly was overkill for our lovely little Town.
I refer to Thurman in an affectionate way, and as a "lovely" Town, as that is my true impression of late. Having just spent seven months living on Long Island, I can personally attest to this opinion. The contrast is "mind-blowing". Having grown up on Long Island I was anxious to return, until I got there. It has not 'just changed', it has 'transformed'!!!
Thurman is like a Haven in a wild storm. You may not agree, but the weather is ideal and very safe comparatively speaking. The traffic is enjoyable, (except for the slowpokes going down the Mountain), and the roads are in great shape, again comparatively speaking.
I am gathering background and local information on the candidates for the Town Board, and will be commenting on that situation in the very near future.
Enjoy this beautiful Monday, I will be back!