October 10, 2008

Despite high gas prices it is still a bargain to take a country drive and explore our region on a sunny fall day. The autumn colors across the Tug hill/eastern Lake Ontario landscape are now approaching their most brilliant. This writer looks forward to just such a day next week, to travel around and wander some of the cemeteries from Barnes Corners to Florence, Glenfield to Redfield. This anticipated road trip will offer an opportunity to gather material for our autumn 2008 edition of the Tug Hill Literary Review—our occasional periodical that was suspended for the past year and a half due to lack of content.

Work on the 2009 calendar and next edition of the newsletter has also been stepped up. We are in hopes of getting both done before months end. The next newsletter will contain a set of raffle tickets on the two hand crocheted afghans that were donated to us for our annual holiday raffle. Look for the newsletter to come out the first week of November.

Vice President Greg Monette and Rhonda Nipper both represented Half-Shire at a set of workshops put on by the Northern New York Library Network in Potsdam on September 24 and October 8. The classes have enhanced out knowledge in the process of scanning old photos and documents. In Greg’s report we learned that we should be scanning at a higher resolution and saving our original scans to the external drive instead of CDs for better clarity. Other methods that we have been using for presentation and CD storage have been approved. Thanks to Greg and Rhonda for taking the time to go to these classes for us!

The next meeting of the Society will be an extra special one as Kelsey Munz of Osceola will be coming with her concert harp to perform. A home cooked beef stroganoff dinner is planned with salads and desserts to accompany it. All are welcome; however we would appreciate a phone call or quick email to let us know in order to plan the menu amount. 298-3620 or SPDinPUL@hotmail.com. Our former Librarian Pam Kellogg will be stopping by to say goodbye, she has recently relocated to Cottageville, South Carolina. Pam is the one who took the time to organize our research library to its current state. During the years 2005 and 06 when she Penny Schott worked together an incredible amount of work was done. Friends of Pam are encouraged to stop in and wish her well.

We are running a bit behind in our research correspondence due to this writers work schedule, it is anticipated that we will catch up in mid October. If you have called or written with a request please be patient. Inquiries on the Olcott, Averall, Miner, Preston and Baldwin families all await our attention.

Condolences go out to the family of former Redfield resident Nellie Lago, who passed away on September 27 in Rome. She was the last of the children of Joseph and Kathleen (Helbock) Lago who were born and raised in Redfield. Of the many Nieces and nephews who survive are: Fay Ann, Paulette and Don Yerdon.

On the brighter side of things, we received two phone calls from member Ron Bumpus of Redfield, who is currently “on the road” working in the tidewater region. Our last call came while Ron was visiting our friend and member John Stedman in Virginia. We are glad to hear the pair got together, and imagine it was quite an evening!

Half-Shire can be reached at P.O. 73, 1100 County Rte. 48, Richland, NY 13144 or on the net at halfshire@hotmail.com. Our web site is www.halfshire.com with a link to this weekly column on our blog.

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