December 4, 2009

The last meeting of the year will be followed by an exciting musical program held at the H. Douglas Barclay Court House in Pulaski on Saturday December 5, beginning with a light lunch at noon. At 1 pm Kelsey Munz of Osceola will perform Christmas selections on her concert harp. This is a “must not miss event” from 1-3pm as the acoustics in the nearly 200 year old Court room are fantastic for the harp. The event is free, and there will be cookies and refreshments provided. For more information contact Shawn Doyle at 298-3620.

During the Thanksgiving holidays the scores of people who helped us this year came to mind. Half-Shire was very fortunate in these tough economic times to continue our building repair program, offer monthly lunches and occasional programs, and continue our Revolutionary War grave marking endeavors. All of our work could not have been accomplished if it were not for the generous contributions of over 300 dedicated members and several local industries such as Entergy Corporation and Healthways.

During the year volunteers such as Erma Schroeder, Rose Graham, Rita and Phil Rombach, Kay Ann Colvin and Richard Cooper have spent a great deal of time at the building assisting with various projects. Members of the Pulaski history Club such as Adam Wickert, Kenny & Kari Bacon, Jon Thousand, Dan Bellinger and their advisor John Gosek have begun a new cemetery documentation project, picking up where Leah Munz left off the year before on the east end. Jodi Wickert, Carol Thompson and Keith Munz donated three gorgeous hand-made afghans that in toll netted us nearly $1,700.00 during two very successful raffles.

As we look forward to 2010 with George Widrig continuing on as our Experience Works employee four days a week, we will again offer hours first at the Pulaski Court House Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Fridays From 9-12, then at Richland the same days beginning in April. Our new Snow scholars Christi Savastano and Colin Wansink will undoubtedly add much to our collections with their two projects that will span the winter. All in all it is an exciting time to be working in the historical field in our region!

We are hoping to re-launch the Tug Hill literary Review in 2010, with George Widrig and Richard Cooper’s valuable research we have uncovered some good poetry and prose from the past 150 years that we would like to share. This writer has been working on compiling a couple of historical ballads based on material from our files. In one such work the Florence town “character” Edwin “Ned” Roach has been spotlighted. Some good data on Roach’s colorful life has been located, detailing his six marriages, his business activities and support of St. Mary’s Church. However, we are still in search of a photo of this colorful Irish Immigrant who dominated Florence town democratic politics during the late 1800s before his death in 1889. Any information that can be shared is most appreciated.

Half-Shire can be reached at P.O. 73, Richland, NY 13144 or on the net at or halfshire

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