June 25, 2010

The 153rd Oswego County Fair will open to the public on Thursday morning July 1st at 9 am. Our Heritage Hall on the eastern end of the grounds will open on Wednesday evening June 30th for a 6 pm reception, followed by tours of the various exhibits until 9 pm. The fair runs July 1-5 this year.

We will be relocating our 1,050 family files, a growing collection that has doubled since last year—to assist with onsite research. We have arranged the building for comfort and ease of research again this year. On Saturday June 19, Vice President Greg Monette conducted a set up meeting on the site, and as of this writing most things are shaping up well!

The theme days reflect the collections of towns and villages that make up Oswego County. On Saturday July 3, we will mark Half-Shire day, which celebrates the history of the nine northern townships. For more detailed information see the fair website at www.oswegocountyfair.com

There will be a special postal stamp cancellation on Saturday july 3, from noon until 3pm. Heather Sweeting of Fair haven has again designed a nice cancellation in honor of the theme of autumn.

On Saturday June 19th our long time volunteer and 2010 AmeriCorps worker Erin Bacon was united in marriage with William Christian Klarner of Baltimore, Maryland at a service held in the historic St. Mary’s Church in Florence. Following the beautiful ceremony the entourage returned to Richland where a reception was held at Half-Shire. Our building and grounds were in nice order and cleanliness for the day, and the decorated hall looked amazing. Thanks go out to our Trustee and kitchen coordinator Erma Schroeder, as well as a support team of Kathy Watson, Debbie Potter, Shirley Purvis, Shirley Purvis, Margaret Kastler and Shirley Rice. Several others were in and out of the kitchen through the day lending help. Our best wishes for a lifetime of happiness go out to Kris and Erin.

Half-Shire can be reached at halfshire@hotmail.com or by mail at PO 73, 1100 County Rte. 48, Richland, NY 13144. Our facility is open Fridays and by appointment.

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