October 1, 2010

The Society conducted its 38th annual meeting on Saturday September 25, at the old Richland School headquarters. Approximately 25 members and friends enjoyed a soup & stew lunch served up by Trustee Erma Schroeder at noon.

Elections were held with the following new and returning officers: President, Shawn Doyle; Vice President, Greg Monette; Secretary, Fay Ann Colvin; Treasurer, Anne LaDuke. Trustees that were reelected for three year terms were: Liz Grant, Redfield; Erma Schroeder, Richland; Margaret Kastler, Sandy Creek and Glenna Gorski, Williamstown. Charlene Cole was reelected as Trustee at large for a one year term.

President Doyle welcomed the new and returning officers, and noted the departure of Treasurer Mary Yerdon, citing her years of dedication and effort. Anne LaDuke will be the 4th trustee in the organizations history, and has been an active member for several years. Doyle gave a detailed report on the past twelve months progress and handed out a preliminary list of goals for the next few years.

In other business the installation of the hardwood flooring in the southwest classroom was delayed pending receipt of grant monies. The handicapped entry to the main hall has been prioritized also for the end of the year work. Doyle reported that on August 29th Carson Balcom, Kyle Halstead and Sam Washburn assisted in applying sealer to the main roof. The boys did an excellent job and Doyle is confident the roof will be leak-proof for the winter and beyond. The next meeting will be October 23rd in Richland.

Nancy Smith, who serves as the appointed corresponding Secretary has begun holding public hours on Tuesdays from noon until 4pm at Richland. Along with our Friday hours with Erma Schroeder and our other days we “set the flag out” we have seen increased numbers of guests this year. The expanded research files, especially the Widrig obituary files have assisted many people with finding what they need. A few weeks back one out of town guest was so pleased with the speed and ease in which we found material on his families that he wrote us a $100 check on the spot to join and assist.

We continue to struggle with “important clutter” as we sort things from the Widrig estate, but the hall for the most part is well organized.

Among research topics lately we have had inquiries on the McCollom family of Redfield, the Allen family of Albion and Pulaski, the Baker and Weed families of Richland and Sandy Creek and the Chamberlains and Mattesons of Pulaski and Adams.

We have received valuable donations of research materials from Charlene Weed of Cleveland on the Weed families, and miscellaneous records of South Granby families form John Snow of Granby. A member from Victor, Gloria Cronk White sent some extensive files also on the Cronk and Coe families of the region. All of this material has been added to our growing database and file system, helping others who come in later on.

Half-Shire can be contacted at P.O. Box 73, Richland NY 13144 or by email halfshire@hotmail.com. Our website is being updated again at www.halfshire.com

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