May 11, 2012

A fresh batch of Julie Litts Robsts cemetery books of the Town of Richland have arrived and are for sale. These books cover Daysville on Rt. 3 and South Richland on Old Mexico Rd., along with some of the smaller burial grounds. They will be available at Half-Shire or by mail. Julie is working on the Riverside Cemetery on Rt 13 and the Brookside cemetery in Richland Hamlet. She is researching the families in each location and working very closely with Half-Shire. The cool weather has kept of visitors down at Half-Shire, as well as volunteers. We are open Thursdays through Saturday each week between 11am and 3 pm. If there is not a pot of coffee made we have a new K-cup machine that is sure to please! Stop in and check out our renovations as well as our expanded research area. On May 12 we will be open all day until midnight. Our regular lunch meeting will be held 12-2pm, followed by a day long open house and from 7-midnight musical entertainment by the Camden area band “Still Kickin’”. The evening concert is free admission and is sponsored by the CNY Cultural Resources Council grant we obtained in 2011. Over the past month we have lost some members and friends. Norma Coffin was a long-time member and frequent gust for luncheons and other events. Norma bought most every publication we had, and was an avid researcher as well as reader. Her family generously has had donations made in her name, and we will use these funds to further expand our research materials in her honor. Jerry Pflueger who passed away on April 30, was a recent member but longtime friend. Jerry was known to many in the area for the time he owned and operated the “Corners” at Sandy Pond. A member of Pulaski’s Class of 1961, Jerry was popular among his classmates as was evident by those seen at his services. RIP. Other members we have lost over the winter will be noted in our newsletter which we hope to send out in late May. Lynn Loomis, widow of our departed member and long time photo restoration expert Willard Loomis, has donated a scanner and several items of interest to the Society. We are very appreciative for Lynn’s thoughtfulness, and we join her in the mourning of her dear husband who was such a key member of ours over the years. The Alumni shelves in the SW classroom have been “restocked” and inventoried by Sharon Turo and Shawn Doyle. Nice collections of yearbooks and photos from four of our area school districts are shelved here. Yearbooks from Pulaski, Mexico, APW and Sandy Creek Schools are available for reference use. A collection of Pulaski clippings, as well as four boxes of “raw” photos covering the 1970s and 80s in Pulaski school are also located here. We are still missing many yearbooks from the area schools, and gladly accept any donations! We are looking for a volunteer or volunteers to work at copying and sorting clippings from area newspapers. This is a tedious task, but very rewarding work for researchers! Our goal is to reproduce the Widrig obituary collection and merge it with two others in a master obituary notebook collection that will be shelved with our research. We have 20 years plus of Queen Central News, Salmon River News and Pulaski Democrats to fill in the missing notices. Contact Shawn Doyle for more information 298-3620 Julie Litts Robst has sent us a nicely done 255 page family history of the area Manwaring family that will be added to our shelves this week. We welcome copies of any family history that might be shared. Half-Shire can be reached at halfshire.com or 315-298-3620. our website is www.halfshire.com

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