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 www.halfshire.com or halfshire@hotmail.com.

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