June 12, 2008

Preparations are moving along for the 152nd Oswego County Fair in Sandy Creek.. President Carol Sweeny along with the officers and Department Superintendents have been busy with planning and set up since the snow cleared. The Fair runs July 1-5 with “Special Times for Special People” on June 30. The annual parade will be the first night, Wednesday July 1. For more information check out the detailed schedule on the web site
The Heritage Hall Committee will meet on Saturday June 13 to review the plans for set up and sales. Our building has been cleared and cleaned and will be ready for set up that day. Several interesting historical “roundtables” are planned for fair week, and many new items of interest have been added to our family files that will be available for review. A brief Half-Shire meeting will take place at noon on the 13th to review affairs as well as a report on the building work in Richland.
The Pulaski Farmer’s Market kicked off its season on Friday June 3, with the 10th Mountain Division Dixieland band. The South Park was filled with people from 4-7 to partake of the first of the weekly events under cloudless skies. Half-Shire had tables set up just north of the bandstand, and assisted in feeding the band members and their families. Each week we will try to have rotating displays from across the coverage region, on June 12, the exhibit will feature railroad information.
The new book on World War I & II Veterans from the Williamstown region is available for $40, or $43 by mail. The Williamstown group has done a remarkable job with this edition, and are due praise. Editors Ann LaDuke, Glenna Gorski and Roberta Cleveland have printed a limited supply of these books which we have available for sale along with the earlier book on Revolution to War of 1898.
The Pulaski community lost a dear friend with the death of Judy Franklin Miller on June 3, after a very short illness. Judy will be remembered for her years of dedication to the beautification of her home village. For many years she quietly organized the planting and maintenance of the flowers in our village parks. Judy was a summer resident of the Elms, on Sandy Pond and was equally well known to the summer community of the lake shore.
The eastern shore lost its eldest resident on June 2, with the death of Perry Hastings. Perry would have been 106 this summer, and had lived at home until just a couple years back. Perry was an avid student of history, and assisted the Pulaski Historical Society in the compilation of its Salmon River Odyssey a few years back. Perry also worked with Half-Shire in the identification of many photos from our collection two years ago.
Both the Hastings and Miller families have our sincere condolences.
Half-Shire is now open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays from 9am-1 pm. Friday afternoons often go longer, and we can make other arrangements with notice. We can be reached at Halfshire@hotmail.com or on our web site www.halfshire.com or by calling 298-3620

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