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Posts from 2011

November 11, 2011

The society will host the famed Salmon River Boys bluegrass band on Sunday November 20, from 1-4pm. This free concert is offered as part of the NYS Arts Council Decentralization Grant for 2011. Refreshments will be offered along with free coffee and cider. Come join us and hear the acclaimed Salmon River Boys as they perform and entertain on a Sunday afternoon!

The Society was saddened to learn of the passing of Terry Potter of Richland on November 5, after a long illness. Terry is brother to our Trustee Erma Schroeder, and sibling, Uncle and cousin to several other members. A kind man, who has battled health trouble the past few years, Terry’s loss leaves a void in the family who cherished him so much.

A fundraising letter was sent out the first week of November to members, friends and local businesses to solicit funds towards the handicapped access lift for our main hall. All funds up to $7,000 will be matched by the John Ben Snow Foundation making this very important for us to reach our goal by the end of December. We appreciate any donations toward this effort, realizing these are tough times.

Solicitation for 2012 society dues was also in the fund drive letter. A new newsletter with raffle on a painting of St. Mary’s in Florence will also go out in mid-November.

President Doyle had a lengthy phone conversation recently with Betty Brown Goal, 88, of North Syracuse. Betty was born in Richland in 1923 the daughter of John & Elizabeth (Frost) Brown. She recalled her grandparents in Greenboro, and told stories of her youth in Richland and all of the people she knew through her long life. This past summer Betty had visited the area and left a note to say hello, she keeps up with several of her nieces and nephews who number in the hundreds.

On November 6, Betty’s first cousin, author Doris Brown Allen joined several relations for dinner in Pulaski. Doris recently marked her 90th birthday and is working on her second book that will carry on the story of her life, with detailed family history material included.

Our sincere thanks to Robert Lawton of Richland who has assisted us with some lawn mowing this fall. Bob and Charlotte have been long-time good friends and great supporters of Half-Shire. Lloyd and Celia Potter of Orwell have continued to volunteer weekly, assisting Librarian Sharon Turo in her efforts to reconfigure the research wall in the main hall. Sharon has color coded the books which has made locating volumes easier.

Half-Shire can be contacted at or on the web at Our new phone number is 298-2986 and we are on facebook under the search halfshire. Our mailing address is P.O. 73 Richland, 13144.

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October 7, 2011

The Society extends its sympathy to the family of the late James Comins of Pulaski. Jim was a native of the Redfield/Osceola region and was the last combat veteran of World War II from the area. He also was the last living member of the original Jolly Miller 4-H Club organized by Agnes Grant in 1932 for local youths. Twelve of the club members served in World War II and were followed in their exploits by the late Mrs. Grant through her ardent scrapbooking and clipping. Comins is survived by a daughter Sandra Langer who assists our society on occasions.

On Saturday October 8 there will be a community Day in Richland Hamlet. The fire department will host a chicken Bar-B-Que and the will be an open house and tag sale at our facility. All are welcome. Erma Schroeder and Nancy Smith will be in charge of our end of the event. Hot coffee, cider and doughnuts from Burrville Cider Mill will also be available.

The annual Salmon River Festival in Pulaski was a bit of a wash out this year. The Saturday event was cold, windy and rainy all day. Most events in the South Park were cancelled, and two food venders vied for customers from the few who braved the rain to hear music and purchase vegetables from our two lone venders. Oswego County tourism spent some time there with their kids “fish pond” and some displays, as did the art center and OCO. Half-Shire kept out books and papers inside, and dry. On the other end of town, the new fishing derby went well, with over 55 venders on fireman’s field braving the rain.

Half-Shire’s “Youth division” staffed the two events with volunteers. Thanks go out to Dylan Cox, Rodney Tilkins, April McNitt, Ricci Hoyt, Sam Washburn and Joshua Pool for their time and energy helping our friends at the Salmon River Fishing Museum by working the day.

On Saturday October 16 the Tug Hill Players will perform a concert of folk and popular music from 1-4 with refreshments provided. This will be a free concert sponsored by a grant from the Central New York Arts Council.

Half-shire is open through the fall Wednesday through Saturday normally from 11-4. Our phone number is 298-2986. We can be also be reached at or

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September 30, 2011

The annual meeting of the Society was held on Saturday September 24, 2011 at 1pm at the Richland headquarters with over 25 people in attendance. Trustees Florence Gardner and Rita Rombach were elected for three year terms, with Trustee Charlene Cole reelected for one year term as Trustee at large. Henry Piseski of Amboy was elected to represent that town of the board.

President Doyle went over work on the budget for 2012, as well as a fundraising letter to go out for the handicapped access lift. Celia Potter of Orwell was recognized for her Entergy volunteer grant received, and her planned fall work with Librarian Sharon Turo. Librarian Sharon Turo outlined her plans for the research wall.

Doyle reported that on September 11, 5 college and high school students assisted in tarring and painting the roofs. Doyle feels with some additional drain work we will be ready for winter. Work on the grounds has been taken over by Josh Pool of Richland, who has been weeding gardens and assisting in mowing. Pool also worked at sorting files during the meeting.

Doyle reported on the progress on the historic Florence Catholic Church, and the celebration of mass held on September 18.

A handful of additional people attended the meeting for Museum Day that was planned to highlight the efforts and collections of Half-Shire, as well as Pulaski Historical Society, the Salmon River Fishing Museum and the Sandy Creek History Center.

On Saturday October 16 the Tug Hill Players will perform a concert of folk and popular music from 1-4 with refreshments provided. This will be a free concert sponsored by a grant from the Central New York Arts Council.

Half-shire is open through the fall Wednesday through Saturday normally from 11-4. Our phone number is 298-2986. We can be also be reached at or

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Due to remnant of Hurricane Irene, the concert set for today is cancelled…..

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AUgust 19, 2011

The July meeting of the Society was held on Saturday the 23rd and was well attended. Our AmeriCorps worker Tyfany was on hand to discus her projects on local tours of historic sites and cemeteries. On July 24th we held our first summer concert series at the site, and less than two dozen people enjoyed a pleasant afternoon on the lawn listening to the sounds of “Two much fun”.

The next event at the Richland headquarters will be the annual Redfield Schools reunion, held this upcoming weekend on Saturday August 20. Anyone who ever attended a school in the town of Redfield is invited, and honorees include the few living graduates of the old Union High School there. Fay Ann Colvin has charge of the event, and can be reached at The following day, Half-Shire President Doyle will be a guest speaker at the McClear Reunion at Black Lake. The McClear family is closely tied to the Yerdon and Castor families of Redfield.

On Saturday August 27, the Society will hold its next monthly luncheon meeting. All are welcome, contact Shawn Doyle at 298-3620 to let us know you are coming so we can plan for lunch. On August 28 we are expecting to have our next concert series musical event, and more information will be out next week. The time will be 1-4 pm with a barbeque on site offered by another local group. These events are a great way to bring the community and the organization together and are absolutely free! Please join us.

Our extended hours this summer have been a boon for researcher. We will continue to be open Wednesday through Saturday into the autumn months, hours vary around 11am-3pm and extra time can be offered by calling us. We now have a phone! 298-2986 is not only our new number, but the number of our longtime secretary George Widrig who passed away a year ago. An internet hotspot in the main hall also is proving its worth; our thanks go out to Frontier communications for al, the work in getting us up and running!

Research continues on the Sampson and Tryon families of Richland and Sandy Creek. Brenda Sampson May of Liverpool has been a great new member encouraging us to look into the Revolutionary War record of Levi Sampson. George Wise of Volney donated and early Sampson bible that ties into the family for which we are grateful. Sharon Turo continues to work on cataloging images of her family donated to our collection. Her template is now a model for how to organize photos! Kathy Watson has been putting together some information on the McNett families along with Tousley and Potters. There is always activity in the building during volunteer days!

Nancy Smith and Erma Schroeder hosted an art class with Pulaski Art Center Director Pat Tanner on August 11. Over 40 people came to work on beads and other jewelry and art. The 2012 calendar is being researched thanks to the efforts of Erma Schroeder and Nancy Smith, look for that by the beginning of the month.

Half-Shire can be reached at or searched out on facebook at “halfshire” This site has become a great forum for members. Our email is and our phone number is 315-298-2986.

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